Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Chuck E. Cheese fun and our little pumpkins.

We went to Des Moines last weekend to visit my family, and as always it was so great to see them! My parents live there, and so do my brother and sister-in-law. I was hoping to go to a pumpkin patch, but unfortunately Saturday was rainy and wet, so we had to stick to indoor options. I looked into a couple places that weren't open or available, so we ended up at good ole' Chuck E. Cheese's. As I've said before, I have many great memories of going there as a child. (We took Norah for the first time back in January before the twins arrived, and she's grown up so much already since then!) And what fun to have her sisters along this time, and also Grandpa, Grandma, Uncle Keaton, and Aunt Rose! Norah had a great time!

Hands up!

Skee Ball- one of her favorites. She can just barely roll it over the ledge, and gets so excited when she does, and has no idea she's not even getting any real points. 

It's fun to watch her play slightly more advanced games as she gets older. (Although in this picture she's clearly missing the green guy in the opposite corner. Ha.)

Riding with Chuck E. Cheese himself!

Riding the roller coaster simulator ride with Uncle Keaton. She also climbed up into the play tunnel area all by herself. I was a little surprised she did both of those things. Our girl is growing up!

And now...some adorable pictures of the cutest little pumpkins!

(Unfortunately, they had a terrible cold and Lucy ended up with an ear infection, but they handled it pretty well.)

Happy Fall!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Morning on the green and college friends.

Sorry for the repeats, but we seem to find ourselves at every activity that has bounce houses, and Norah is in love. As I mentioned in my last Norah update post, Norah even regularly thanks God for bounce houses in her prayers. So, to everyone's delight, here are more pictures of Norah enjoying the inflatables!

We went to Morning on the Green, which happens every fall during Northwestern's homecoming (the college in our town). It's basically kid heaven with a bunch of games and inflatables and you earn candy by playing the games. What made it even better was that we had three of my college friends visiting for the weekend, so we all got to go together!

Playing games!

So many babies! My friend Brittany stayed with us, and so did Jackie and her husband and two kids. My other college friend Kari was here just for the day on Saturday with her baby, so we had two toddlers and four babies! It was a fun, full house. 

Trying to take pictures of the four babies.

Thankful for good friends who made the trip to visit us!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Fall Festival 2017.

We went to the Fall Festival this weekend (and my parents and grandparents were able to come too!), and we had lots of fun. It was at a local garden center and they had a bounce house, obstacle course, petting zoo, face painting, scavenger hunt, pumpkin painting, and a corn pit. A kid's paradise, right? Norah loved it!

I didn't get many great pictures, because I was either holding babies or feeding babies. It's the effort that counts!

There was debate in the family of if Norah would be able to make it over this wall. She did it!

I don't know why I continually try to take pictures of them inside of a bounce house because they always look terrible, but I can't stop.

Go, Norah, go!

This is Kley, Norah, and Ellory, if you can't quite tell. Lucy was off in the distance with my grandma.

Petting zoo! Notice how Norah's sitting way in the corner. "I will look, but do not come near me."

Corn pit!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Lucy and Ellory- Seven Months.

Lucy and Ellory are 7 months! For some reason they seem older than usual this month, like they are over half a year. We've entered the “upper months!” We say frequently that they are such sweet babies. For awhile in the beginning it seemed like they would be babies forever, but now it seems we are seeing their baby days fly away all too quickly. Ellory is calm, even-keeled, and happy almost all the time. When she gets mad, she can get really mad, but it doesn't happen often. She is quick to laugh and thinks many things are funny. Lucy is a little lover and also the biggest wiggle worm and is almost never still. She loves to be held, and especially after picking her up when she's crying/whining, she almost instantly stops and wraps her tiny arms around your neck and gives the biggest hug and sloppy kiss. Lucy has the biggest open wide smile. Ellory shakes when she gets excited and Lucy kicks her legs. Ellory's laugh and Lucy's tiny hands on the back of my neck are two of my favorite things!

Teeth: No teeth this month for either one. They love to chew on their teething rings, so maybe more are coming. In the last week, Ellory has been biting/sucking on her bottom lip.

Feedings: Both are good nursers and we thankfully haven't had any problems with that. As always, Ellory is very serious about her milk and will down her bottles quickly and would take more, but isn't as much of a fan of solids. She got much better over the month, but is much slower than Lucy. We've discovered that it works better to go at her pace, which is very leisurely and allows for a thumb suck between almost every bite. Lucy does pretty well with her bottles, but sometimes is a little picky about it, but she will down her baby food quite quickly.

So far, they have had carrots, green beans, pears, yellow squash, and zucchini. They liked the last three better than the first two. I mix their food with a little of my milk and some cereal. They are having one bottle a day still, for some supplementation, of about half my milk and half formula, and we give them 2 extra ounces of formula before bed because they want it.

Feeding schedule: Nurse at 8, 11, and 1:45, bottle at 5:15, baby food at 7:45, and nurse/bottle at 10:30.

Diapers/Clothes: Wearing size 2 diapers, but almost out of them, and switched to 9 month clothes on September 10 at 28 weeks.

Sleeping: We are very thankful for good sleepers! They sleep from about 10:30-7:45, wake up to nurse, and then go back to sleep for a bit until about 10. If we have something in the morning, we sometimes just keep them up or wake them up if needed and they do fine with that. They take a really good afternoon afternoon nap from about 2-4:30, and have two short catnaps for half an hour at about lunchtime and early evening. Ellory has been crying in her crib at night more often and needs a few extra cuddles before falling asleep (she probably just wants to take her turn when Lucy is sleeping because she demands more cuddles when she's awake!), and Lucy has been waking up first in the morning more often.

Developments: Both girls are rolling experts and roll over frequently. Lucy is such a wiggle worm and spends the majority of her time on her belly. She's a tummy sleeper and even tries to turn over during diaper changes. Girl loves her belly! Lucy also learned to scream (not like a crying scream, just a loud, high pitched noise scream) and loves to do that to try to get attention. Ellory is about 50/50 sleeping on her back and tummy. I would say they are doing “supported sitting” right now. They are definitely not sitting independently, but we've been practicing a lot and sometimes will sit for a couple seconds. They can sit for a bit longer when they use their arms to prop themselves up. Lucy first did supported sitting on 8/24 and Ellory on 8/29 at 26 weeks. They also discovered their toes at 26 weeks and have been grabbing them, and Lucy even eats them sometimes (8/29). Both girls also learned how to spit this month (Ellory on 9/9 and Lucy on 9/12 at 28 weeks) and enjoy doing that. They both started going up on all fours at 29 weeks, Lucy more in a plank position and Ellory on all fours with her knees and hands. Ellory has even been rocking back and forth!

Favorites: Some favorites for both are swinging, being outside, chewing on anything they can get their hands on, trying to drink out of our cups, watching Norah, and splashing in the tub. They've both started to grab the pages of books. Ellory loves her milk and Lucy loves her baby food. Lucy loves to be held (or at least within vision of you when down), and Ellory loves to suck her thumb. They both smile often, but Ellory laughs more and Lucy “talks” more. Ellory still likes to face outward more when being held and Lucy likes to face inward. We set up their bouncer activity seat (at 29 weeks), but both only like it for a couple minutes. They went for their first wagon ride this week (just laying down in it), and they liked that.

What sweet babies we've been blessed with! Lucy and Ellory, we love you so much!

(Proof that Lucy doesn't stay still.)