Monday, September 20, 2010


So maybe I'll just post once every 3 months or so?

Yay me!

The babies are 6 months on the 24th! Wahoo! In that time since I've last posted, we've worked through weaning from the swaddle, starting cereal and weaning from the pump. We weighed the babies yesterday and they weigh in at 18 pounds and 16 pounds 9 ounces. I got me some chunky monkeys. Man.

Weaning the swaddle was... ugh. I wish we hadn't kept them swaddled whenever they slept. We are so just creatures of schedule and 'this is the way it is done for it has worked well until now' and, well, you know, habit. And the swaddling did work. And if we swaddled them again, I'm sure they (or at least Zoe) would love it. But having to find and buy expensive ass swaddling blankets they won't break out of (because when they do they wake themselves up and cry because they aren't swaddled anymore) is the mark of enough. And no more swaddling. Also was tired of getting the side eye from the mom and sister about it.

The cereal! Oh, how the babies LOVE the cereal! We started with rice, then moved onto oatmeal, then barley and finally multi-grain. For fun, about a week ago I gave them an avocado.
Henderson ate a few bites before realizing how much he hated it and proceeded to gag himself
into throwing it all up. It was quite lovely. Zoe realized quickly she didn't like it and clamped her lips shut after spitting out the first couple of bites. They both regarded me as an evil person who tried to pull something over on them and they did not appreciate it. Not at all. So we went back to cereal. And after the pediatrician visit this week, we'll be venturing out into the real food arena once more. Babies beware!

And I am trying to wean. We have acquired a deep freezer on loan and are stockpiling all the last of the liquid gold I hope to stop producing. After the pediatrician said it would be better for them to get one bottle of breast milk a day because of all the immunities, we switched them to all
formula, but one bottle. So we're hoping the milk will last a good while through the fall. And I'm hoping my boobs dry up real quick.

We are going on a trip! One of the reasons I want to quit, is that bringing the hated pump on vacation with me does not sound like fun. And shortly after going to visit Gma and Bob in their "cabin" in CO we'll be going camping, with no electricity, so I damn sure better be done by then. For reals. We're a little nervous about flying with two six month olds and staying away from home for a week, with all of us having to share a room. It will be interesting. But the babies have done really well in other new situations, so I'm hopeful. We went to a grill and bar and watched
the Packer game Sunday (the whole game!). Babies ate their cereal, drank their bottle, sat in a highchair for the first time and napped in their carseat. And did great! No crying! We had a
plumbing incident in the bathroom accessible only through the babies rooms, so did a trial run of playpen sleeping all in the same room, and it was... well. That was ok. But I think it'll be better in CO. Henderson did awesomely well. Zoe is a tougher napper anyway, so, we'll see.

In more humorous of updates; the babies had their first "fight" over a toy. It's this fake taggie ball they have and if they're sitting next to each other and one of them has the ball... the other one wants it. And if they're close enough, will grab for it. And if they aren't close enough, they watch it the entire time as if beckoning it within reach with their stare. It's pretty freaking funny to watch.

I'm decorating the babies rooms. It's taking forever. I started H's room (I want to paint six stripes in a band around the room in five different colors. I am CRAZY.) and then moved onto Z's where wall decals made doing her room much, much easier. I'm still thinking about what else I need to do in there - it needs something else, I just don't know what. I'm thinking paint? But
what? So now I'm still stuck in H's trying to tape the stripe pattern and driving myself crazy. Do you have any idea how hard it is to get tape up around an entire room in an even, perfectly level stripe? I can't measure from the ceiling - it's uneven. Same for the floor. And the doors and window make it incredibly difficult to keep the tape even all the way around. M thinks I'm certifiable for doing this. And maybe I am. After this I want to do their bathroom and then the
other guest bath. But that should be pretty easy. I just need to find gender neutral bathroom
decorations that I like for theirs and then just paint the other one - I already have the color picked out.

I have to stop now - it's feeding time for the little bits. And I'll leave some recent pictures. It's the least I can do.

So cute

Go Packers!

Go Longhorns!

And as is a subject of much fascination in my household - Z has my eye color (green) (and, it looks like, my red hair - now we'll just have to see if it's curly like mine), but H? Those blue eyes? Daddy has brown eyes, like most of his family. And there are distant blue eyes on my side. So where did they come from? Genes are a funny, funny thing.