Sunday, March 28, 2010

For dinner tonight...Lobster

Katherine was trying out her new highchair! Thanks Aunt Gaye and Aunt Chris!!

The park..again

I know, but they have so much fun at the park I can't help but take more pictures.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Weekend with Granddad and MiMi

We had such a great weekend playing with Granddad and MiMi. Here are some great pictures.

Yes, that is a bow on Nicholas' head. MiMi and I went shopping and got Katherine some bows for her hair and a blue one ended up on Nicholas' head.

Look I'm sitting all by myself!

I know it is blurry, but its one of my favorites!
March Weekend with Granddad and MiMi

Click on the picture above to see more pictures of our weekend!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Katherine and the cat that gets away

Katherine is infatuated with the cat on the Excersaucer. It is a toggle cat and she wants it really bad! This clip is pretty funny.

I think they are right...She is just like me :) I'm in for a whorl of a ride!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sunday Dinner at LaLa and PaPaw Pete's

Nicholas fell asleep in LaLa's arms during dinner.

Katherine hanging out with PaPaw

Katherine is sporting the shoes that I made for her before she was born!

Super cute Easter outfits LaLa gave the twins.

Oh My!! Nicholas Just Rolled Over

They have both been rolling over from stomach to back since they were 2 months old...but never the "hard" way, back to stomach...Well, I was lucky enough to video Nicholas rolling over for the second time!! I was not expecting it the first.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Nicholas standing at his play table!!!

Thank you Uncle Michael and Aunt Jana!! Nicholas and Katherine love their Leap Frog Table. Here is Nicholas using it to help him stand all by himself. Katherine is not too terribly excited about standing just yet. She is very happy sitting, laughing and talking to Nicholas.

The second video is a little distorted because I had to rotate it after I took the video.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

30 things by Erin Crews

30 things I've (Erin Crews) learned as a mom of twins...

1. The same exact toy is WAY better if the other brother has it.

2. The toothbrush is not a toy. Even if both kids think they are the best toy ever. Even if they love to brush their own teeth. Unless you want two screaming toddlers, never relinquish control of the toothbrush(es) until they are old enough to understand that it is gross to suck on a toothbrush and then grind it into the carpet when they done playing with it. Teeth get brushed and no one screams if the parent remains in control of the toothbrush. Period.

3. All diaper pails stink, especially when filled twice as fast. I don't care what they proclaim on the box.

4. Monkey see, monkey do. Always. No matter what.

5. Throwing things is a fun game. Twice the number of kids throwing cups overboard, twice the number of times Mom has to pick it up. Therefore, 'No Throw' straps are a must for the stroller, restaurant high chair, car seat.

6. Plexi-Glass between the car seats is not a bad idea on some days.

7. Hearing one little guy learn to say his brother's name and then call for him repeatedly melts your heart.

8. There is no use in trying to keep the other guy from getting sick. He's gonna get it, no matter how vigilant you are. If you are wise, you will choose a pediatrician who knows this and prescribes medicine in double amounts so you have enough for the second kid. Unfortunately not all medicines can be doubled because the insurance companies are on to us twin parents.

9. One bowl and one spoon is perfectly acceptable when feeding two kids something they can not yet feed themselves.

10. If it is an extra poopy day for one kid, it is an extra poopy day for the other. It will never be, nor has it ever been, just one kid who needs lots of diaper changes.

11. Twins learn at a very early age how to push each others buttons.

12. They are born with the instinct to gang up on mom and dad and they use this instinct from day one (see #10 for one example).

13. It is next to impossible to get a good picture of both kids together.

14. They have their own language and they blabber to each other all day long. Little mini conversations and then resulting actions are hilarious to witness.

15. There are twice as many good night kisses to go around.

16. As soon as you think you have pegged their personalities, they flip flop. They do this to make sure they are never labeled as the 'bad' one, the 'loud' one, the 'hard' one.

17. Accept that you are on parade when out in public. There will never be a day when you are not stopped and asked about your twins. Take this as a compliment, even if they are rude. Newsflash: there is no such thing as MAternal twins.

18. When in public, get used to hearing 'double trouble' accompanied by a quick point, a head nod, and a wink. You will learn to hate this saying but you will laugh when you think about the person who just said it. The look on their face lets you know that they are impressed with themselves for coming up with such a unique saying.

19. No errand is a quick errand. The stroller must be used at all times, until twins are old enough to walk in the same general direction. With the right method, getting everyone and the stroller in the car or out of the car can be done in 7 minutes.

20. There is no perfect double stroller in existence. They are either too wide, too heavy, too long, no cup holder, no basket, one reclining seat, one sunshade that only shades the back seat. I really should invent one.

21. Getting a double stroller, be it a front-back or a side-by-side, through a door, is an art. And it is most impressive to onlookers when you don't hit a single door jamb. TIP: a side-by-side stroller glides perfectly through a door if tipped onto back wheels. Front wheels are airborne and therefore free to spin when door jambs get too close. If not airborne, rotating front wheels inevitably become lodged against door jamb perpendicular to the direction of travel. This usually results in a 16 point turn to dislodge the wheels and make it through the doorway.

22. You quickly learn which stores have automatic doors or handicap buttons. You like these stores.

23. A diaper bag is always necessary. Even if you think it is just a quick errand. And, said diaper bag is always stuffed full because of twice as many supplies.

24. Enjoy your shower. You never know when your next one might be!

25. Dressing twins the same is acceptable if the outfit is super cute. Dressing twins 'the same but different' is also acceptable. Dressing twins in completely different types of clothing is not acceptable. At least not yet. One can not have shorts and a t-shirt while the other has pants and a collared shirt.

26. Choose a sippy cup based on one thing: how easy it can be cleaned (which is directly related to number of parts and number of places old milk can get stuck. You will clean at least a half dozen each night.

27. Monogramming things is perfectly acceptable, even if your husband makes fun of you.

28. A live-in playmate is so awesome! Especially when Mom has to do some chores or take a shower.

29. Twins are a blessing. God chooses special people to be their parents.

30. There are certain things that parents of singletons will never witness. One brother bringing the other brother his blankie when he's crying. Knowing to trade toys, pacifiers, or whatever it may be with just a 'look.' Two itty bitty guys walking down the sidewalk holding hands. Double the slobbery kisses, a kiss from one prompts the other to give kisses. Seeing thoughtfulness happening at such a young age - picking out an extra sticker (even though mom thinks it is because he wants two) and finding brother to give it to him. Hearing laughing through the monitor as they entertain eachother while waiting to get out of bed. Wondering what you did to get so lucky to get TWO precious angels.

Are they twins? Question/Answer

Are they twins? - Comments by Erin Crews, mom of twin boys

The top ten most annoying questions asked by strangers to parents of twin infants.

Parents of twins and multiples have a lot of things in common. One of them is that perfect strangers come up to us on the street and ask some really stupid questions. Here are the top ten as voted by our online support group.

"Are they twins?" – No, we just had a double stroller, two car seats, two high chairs and two cribs laying around so we thought we better have two in a row! Maybe the next time someone asks if we have twins we should say, "No, one is from an affair that I had with a coworker...isn't my husband a trooper?"

"Two for the price of one!" – This one makes me want to scream. As if my two babies require the same amount of formula, diapers, clothes, etc. as a singleton! Two for the price of TWO!

"Wow you must have your hands full!" – This one seems ok on the surface, but the person saying it rarely does so out of sympathy. Usually you can tell that what they mean is "wow you must have your hands full and I'm glad I'm not you!"

"Do twins run in your family?" – Do annoying strangers that bother obviously overstressed mothers at the mall run in yours?

"Did you take fertility drugs?" – Ok. Seriously. Where do people get off?

"Which one is the cute one?" – Which eye do you want blackened?

"Oh I had my kids 11 months apart, so I know what it’s like to raise twins" – This isn't a question, but it is quite possibly the most annoying comment anyone can say to a mother of twins. Really? I doubt you know what it was like. When our twins were 2 months old, in our spare time all we did was sleep not try to make another baby.

"Are they identical?" Uh one is a boy and one is a girl. You do the math. If they are identical you might go over the one placenta, possible fusing, and DNA testing story once or twice before just rolling your eyes at the next person to ask.

"How do you tell them apart?" – Oh darn their name tags fell off again. It's back to the hospital for another DNA test.

"How do you do it?" Ummmm...I don't, I hide one in the closet and just pretend to only have one baby.

"So are you going to have more kids?" How about you let me settle into this gig a bit and then we'll talk!

"Wow! Double Trouble!" Give me a break...that is so cheesy...if anyone was ever close enough when they made that comment I would probably slap them.

After seeing one twin and then seeing the other they say "Oh, there's two of you!" No, there's one of him and one of him. They are not the same person!

"I'm glad it's you and not me!" Yes, they're twins and I'm glad they're mine and not yours too!

**Don't get us wrong, Aaron and I are very blessed and happy that we have twins. We would take all these silly comments that come along with having twins over not having twins any day! We just thought this spoke so true to our everyday that we had to share, just for a laugh!** --- I agree Erin!!!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Kids laughing at each other!

ok you all asked for it! here are the kids laughing at each other.

Nicholas in his exersaucer

Nicholas's first day in the exersaucer!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Doctor Report and Update

11/3/09 - Birthday
wt: 6lb 10oz
length: 19 inches

wt: 6lb 13oz
length: 19 inches

11/10/09 - home from hospital

wt: 6lb 6oz
length: 19 1/2 inches

wt: 6lb 6oz
length: 19 inches

11/19/09 - 2 weeks
wt: 7lb 3oz
length: 21 1/4 inches

wt: 7lb 2oz
length: 20 inches

1/8/10 - 2 months
wt: 11lb 3oz
length: 22 inches

wt: 10lb 5oz
length: 21 1/2 inches

3/4/10 - 4 months
wt: 13lb 6oz
length: 24 1/2 inches

wt: 12lb 12oz
length: 24 inches

Another day at the park

What a beautiful day to go to the park.

Click on the above picture for more "out-takes'

Friday, March 5, 2010

Where's the baby???

Can you spot the baby? Katherine was finally not in PINK!!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Nicholas sporting his shades

Nicholas didn't want to be left he is with his new shades!!

Trip to MiMi and Grandpa's house

We spent the afternoon at MiMi and Grandpa's house last Sunday to celebrate Grandpa's birthday. It was a great time and took some great pictures! Who knows...maybe next time MiMi and I will both have big fancy cameras to play with!!!

MiMi and with her smiling Granddaughter

A proud Grandpa with his Grandson

MiMi and Nicholas

Nicholas showing off his baby blues

MiMi and Katherine