Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Looking at the boys in their carseats through the rearview mirror.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Like Mother Like Son

I can't tell you how many times I've heard from people how much they think Nolan resembles Justin. There are days when I look at him and all I see is Justin.
Well, when I went to pick the boys up from my mom's house after work today, she gave me a picture of myself when I was 3 months old...
Double chin: check

Chubby cheeks: check

High forehead: check

Super-fine blonde hair: check

He's destined to look like his mommy!
Here you are Nolan, doing your newest favorite activity! You like to lean on mommy's legs while she gently bounces you around. I love you. xo, Mommy.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Enjoy it while it lasts

We only have another month or so that we'll be able to continue taking Luke and Nolan for walks outside. The cold weather really sneaks up on us here! We usually just take a stroll through the neighborhood, but come next spring, I am really looking forward to taking them to the park! I can't wait to get the boys on a swing :-)

I think Tank enjoys the walks the most!

Nolan usually rides up front

Little brother usually rides in the back.

Our (not so exciting) Friday

In preparation for the boys' baptism in two weeks, I decided that I needed to clean the basement that I haven't cleaned since before the boys were born. I am embarrassed to admit this, but it's true. Pre-babies, Justin and I practically lived in our finished basement, but after they came home with us, it was so much easier for us to set up camp in the living room which is closer to their bedroom and kitchen ,which I frequent very often. The only time I'm ever down there is when I pass through to the laundry room or let Tank out into the yard. I have noticed that the furniture was collecting dust and the floor had little imprints of muddy Tank paws on it, but there are two cute babies who require lots of attention upstairs! Why would I want to clean a room I'm never in?!

This past Friday, I set up the pack n play in the basement, put the boys in there and I went to town on the neglected room. After two hours, it looked like spiffy and new! I was so pleased with the outcome, that the boys and I spent the rest of the day down there. I think that as the boys get bigger, we'll spend more time down there. I plan on making that their play room as we don't have a designated spot for their toys.

Here are some pictures from Friday
Luke in the jumperoo!Nolan

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Mommy Confessions

Last night, as I was warming up L&N's bottles (in the microwave), I laughed to myself thinking about how many 'Mommy Rules' I break. To name a few:
  • Heating bottles in the microwave. Every book I read while I was pregnant said not to do this because microwaves can cause heat pockets in the formula, so we bought four...yes four, bottles warmers. Why did I do this?! I figured that I'd need two for the kitchen and two for upstairs for night time feedings. After a month of listening to two screaming babies while it took five minutes to heat up their bottles, I decided to test out the microwave. Two bottle in for 45 seconds does the trick for us. I am always sure to shake the bottle up to get rid of any heat pockets before feeding the boys. They've survived so far!
  • I let our dog kiss the boys. It's not like he's licking them in the mouth. He tries to lick their faces (I think he likes the formula) and I try to head him off, but sometimes I'm not quick enough and he get them! A little doggie slobber can't be all that bad, can it?
  • Napping on the Boppy. It clearly says NO SLEEPING on the tag, but if that's where they fall asleep for a short snooze, that's where they remain.
  • I still rock them to sleep at night. I just can't put one down in the crib 'awake, yet drowsy' like the books suggest. What if he starts screaming and wakes bis brother? This is why I ensure they're both fast asleep when I lay them down.
  • I let them hang out on 'soft surfaces' like my bed and fluffy comforter while I get dressed or straighten up my room. For that matter, I've also put them in the laundry basket with clean laundry in it.
  • I've put them in the pack n play and left the room. Gasp! It's not like I'm gone forever. Sometimes mommy's got to run to the bathroom!
  • I dont' strap them onto their changing table. When they were much smaller, I didnt' strap them into their bouncy chairs either. It's not like they were going anywhere. Now I have to strap them into the bouncies because they move around so much and I'm afraid they'll fall out!
  • I let them play with knives. Kidding!!

Would you like to confess to any 'Mommy Rules' that you break?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

3 Months Old Today

Happy 3 MonthDay, Boys!!

Last night I walked into my living room where Justin was sitting on the couch with the boys. I gazed at Nolan and was amazed at how big he looked! I look at this baby for 18 hours a day, how had I not realized how big he was? He took up an entire couch cushion!

The time is passing so quickly and my babies are getting bigger and stronger by the day. If you dare to hold one of them in your lap, beware because you may get some strong kicks to your belly or ribs. Luke has come close to giving me a fat lip because of the way he whips his head around.

Their precious little outfits that I loved so much no longer fit them. I had to pack up about 25 pairs of socks because they were too small for the boys' feet. I have an excess of diapers that their little tushies don't fit into. My nephew who is scheduled to arrive in January will be receiving lots of Luke & Nolan's barely-worn clothes. Sigh.

They are in size 1-2 diapers. They eat at least 5oz at every feeding. Their morning bottle has consisted of 7oz for the past week because they've been sleeping for longer stretches at night and they're quite hungry upon waking. They sleep anywhere between from 6 to 9 hours. Last night it was 8 1/2. They are both very happy morning babies, but get cranky in the evenings (like their mommy). It's nice to be greeted with a smile and some cooing.

As they're getting bigger, I feel like things are getting a bit more manageable. They don't scream in the middle of the night when they want to be fed which is a blessing when you can barely open your eyes. They just whimper when they wake and mommy comes running! Feeding both babies at once, which was a production for the first 2 months, has become much easier. I think it's due to the fact that they have better head control now. L & N can be fed and burped in under 15 minutes. If you would have asked me in June or July, I never would have thought that it could happen! Bath time is also less scary for me because they're actually big enough for their baby tub. It was scary in the beginning because they were so tiny!

Overall, things have been good. Luke rolled over twice again on Saturday, but he wanted no parts of it on Monday! They spent Saturday night and most of Sunday with Mom Mom & Poppy because Justin and I were at the Eagles game. It's nice to be able to get out of the house with my husband and feel comforted by the fact that they are being very well loved and cared for. We have two parties again next Saturday night and the boys will spend the night with them again!

I'm looking forward to what the next month brings. I can't wait to hear more babbling from L & N and get some big smiles and laughs!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

We have a thumb sucker

I am just full of videos lately, aren't I?!

Nolan has morphed into a thumb sucker. It's the cutest thing!!

On a side note, the boys slept from 9:30 last night until 7:15 this morning! That is, by far, their longest stretch yet. I didn't think they'd sleep that well last night because they both took long-ish naps during the day yesterday. Here's hoping the trend continues...

Friday, September 18, 2009

Luke rolled over!!

I wasn't prepared for this!! My mom and I were just relaxing in the living room with the boys. Nolan was taking a nap and Luke was on his belly on the activity mat. The next thing I know, Luke rolls over! I grabbed the video camera and waited to see if he would do it a second time...he did! Crazy!

Waking up with the V Boys

Here are two videos of the boys waking up this morning. Unfortunately, the first video is a little dark, but you can still see my cutie pie Nolan just fine!

Please ignore my obnoxious "mommy" voice.

After Nolan was changed and had a bath, I went upstairs for his little brother, Luke.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Wish List Wednesday

I would LOVE a Combi Double Stroller.

I also wish for C*omast to lower their prices. It's insane that I pay $175 a month for cable, a home phone and internet.
I also wish for affordable flat black mid-calf leather boots that don't make me look like I am about to jump on the back of a Harley. Where can I find these?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

This is new...

For the past five days or so, Luke has been savagely trying to eat his fingers. He does this even after he's been fed so I know he isn't hungry. There has also been an abundance of drool and bubble blowing on his part. Could he be teething already? He does this maneuver when he's laying down where he twists his entire upper body to the side so that all of his baby drool gets everywhere and he starts grunting and the finger-eating commences.
He's also been pretty fussy, which is completely out of the norm for him. Both boys are usually fussy in the evenings, but Luke has been fussing in the afternoons as well. Any opinions on what could possibly be going on?
Here's my little cutie chowing down.Fingers...NOM, NOM, NOM!!!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Boys' First Eagles Game

A momentous event...Luke and Nolan's first Eagles game!!! This will be a quick post since the game starts in a few minutes, but we're very excited about their first Birds game!

We ran some errands this morning and mommy, daddy and the boys all had their Eagles gear on. We got lots of high fives and people peeking into their stroller for a look at the handsome men in their Birds outfits! It's crazy how grown men will never really talk to us about the babies except to say "man, you have your hands full." But...once you put two little boys into football gear, the men surround them and comment on how great it is to have sons and that you get to watch the games with!

Nolan says "we love the Birds!" Luke says "where's the spinach dip and beer?!"


Friday, September 11, 2009

2 Month Well Visit

As I type, my boys are both conked out in their carseats sitting on the floor in front of me. They just had their two month well visit, which included 4 shots. Both boys took them pretty well. They cried briefly, then fell asleep in their carseats.

Nolan's Stats: 13 lbs 1 oz -- 23 1/2"

Luke's Stats: 11 lbs 14 oz -- 22 1/4"

Every mother says it, but it's crazy how quickly they've grown since they were born! I was watching the video of Luke and Nolan in the delivery room and they both looked so scrawny, which is crazy because they had great birth weights. Now they have pudgy little legs and cheeks -- I love it!!

Nolan is very responsive to people's voices. Even if he isn't looking at you, but he hears your voice, you'll see a big smile on his face. He quite possibly has the softest cheeks I've ever felt in my life. I could nuzzle them all day. Just this past week, he has been talking and cooing more. I love hearing his voice.

Luke loves to look at faces. If you get real close to him and sing him a song or talk to him softly, he'll smile and sometimes talk back. His loves to kick his legs and squirm around. He laughs in his sleep which cracks me up! He likes to stand up with the help of mommy. He's getting stronger and bigger every day!

I love you boys and am amazed by you every day!

11w 4d

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

sleepy time question

My Blogger friend, Marcia asked about how I'm getting the boys to sleep for between 6 to 7 hours a night, so I figured I'd answer it in a post.

Answer: I have no clue.

It just happened one blessed night and it's been happening ever since. Now if there's one thing I've learned, it's that if you talk about your babies sleeping relatively well, you know that reality will slap you in the face and they'll start sleeping in two hour increments. Here's hoping this doesn't happen!

Here's what goes on during the daytime with the little guys:

By no means are they on a schedule or anything. Every day is different. Depending on when they fall asleep, they usually wake from anywhere between 6 and 9 a.m. We'll feed them, change them, then we "play" on the activity mat or on the bed with mommy & daddy if it's the weekend. Sometimes they take a half hour nap or so in the mornings, sometimes they don't. I like to try and feed them every 4 hours, but sometimes they get hungry earlier and they'll let me know. After their lunch bottle, Nolan will usually take a nap and Luke will stay awake. I haven't gotten into putting the kids in their cribs for naps because I have no clue when they'll fall asleep, so they take their naps wherever it happens to be that they fell asleep. Luke will eventually take a nap, but he definitely likes to stay awake longer than Nolan does. They'll take a late afternoon bottle and this is when they like to be awake. They aren't always super happy in the evenings though. They tend to be cranky from between 6 and 9 p.m. This is when Justin and I are trying to make dinner and relax after a long day, so it's sometimes kind of sad when your little one is looking at you with a pouty face when you just want to cuddle with him. They take their final bottle before bed time from anywhere between 8 to 10:30 usually.

I'm still flying by the seat of my pants here when it comes to the parenting game. There is absolutely no rhyme or reason as to how I do things and who knows if I’m doing it "correct," but it's the right fit for our life. I'm honestly just going with the flow when it comes to the boys. I haven't read any books on sleep training and I don't plan to. This may change in the future, but my mom and momma V managed to get Justin and I to sleep as babies without the help of a book, so I figured I'd try the same.

The only thing that we are compulsive about is feeding the boys at the same time. Nolan has been a little bugger lately and will take 2 to 3 ounces before he grows bored and starts sticking his tongue out when I try to put the bottle in his mouth. This means that I have to try and feed him the rest of the bottle in a half hour. If he doesn't take it, I can't force him to, so he just chills until he's hungry…then we give him a "snack" of an ounce or two in between his next bottle if he wants it. Luke has been consistently eating his entire bottle. I can't wait to find out how much the little guys weigh at their 2 month appointment on Friday!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

back to work

This is going to be a quick post because I'm quite tired, but I started work today. Luckily for me and the boys, my firm took me back on a part time basis, so I'll be working Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Last night, we fed the boys at 9:00 and they were in bed by 9:30. They woke at 4:10 to be fed and were back in their cribs by 4:45. I was up at 5:30 so that I could shower and make myself presentable and in the office by 7.

My mom will be watching the boys while Justin and I are at work. She came this morning after I had already left (Justin was still home) and she got them ready for the day, gave them their bottles and then she takes them to her house, which is where I pick them up later on in the day.

I didn't cry at all, which surprises me. I missed working and my friends from work, but I thought I would be much worse when leaving the house in the morning.

It worked out beautifully this morning and I hope it continues. I realize this is a very boring post, but, like I said, I'm tired. I've been up since 4:10. Hopefully the boys go right to sleep after their 9:30 bottles tonight!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Vacation in Ocean City, MD

The night before we left for Ocean City, Maryland, the boys slept for six hours straight; then they slept another five! This was a first for them and I thought for sure that it wouldn’t happen again, especially because they were going to be in an unfamiliar condo at the beach with different sounds and smells. I was wrong! The little guys slept wonderfully all week long during the night. They usually slept from between six to seven hours which was wonderful!

The car ride from our home in Philly to OCMD took a little over three hours and they slept through the entire ride. Nolan woke up once, but a quick paci replacement was all it took for him to return to sleep.
When we arrived at the condo, our family was already there. We spent the week with Grandmom, Grandpop and Aunt Danielle! The weather that first day was beautiful and we took the boys on their first walk down the boardwalk in a side-by-side stroller that my mom bought at a yard sale for $20! This thing was a life saver! My tandem Graco Duo Glider is awesome, but the front seat doesn’t fully recline, but in the other stroller both seats reclined so it was easy to take them out at night because they could rest peacefully. After we got back to the condo, we fed the boys and put them to sleep and they slept for six hours again before they woke to be fed!! My sister, Danielle (who is 17) woke every single night with the boys to help feed them. She’s amazing! Seriously. Justin was able to sleep every night while she and I fed the boys so was a nice bonding time for us. Bearded Dragons!! ;)
Sunday was our first beach day and it was beautiful! We bought an SPF50 tent off Amazon and it worked perfectly. It protected the boys from the sun and wind. Of course a little bit of sand sneaked its way in, but that’s impossible to avoid. They were great on the beach.

The weather after Sunday was NOT good beach weather at all. Monday was sunny, but there were 20 MPH winds. We attempted to set up the tent and sit on the beach despite the horrible conditions, but it was not working. We managed to get the tent up, but it kept collapsing because of the high winds. People couldn’t even use beach umbrellas. We left after an hour. The rest of the week was the same. It was either incredibly windy, rainy or overcast. We didn’t get to the beach again until Friday which was our last day and it was chilly and overcast. I was a bit upset, but we did so many other activities that it made it a fun vacation.
Here is a little of what the boys experienced on their first vacation!
First time taking a walk on the boardwalk.
Late night snack on the boards
Our first early morning walk on the beach with mommy & grandmom.

First day on the beach. This was our only sunny day on the beach :(

Aunt Danielle, Grandpop and Grandmom playing around in the ocean! So much fun!!!!

We went to Assateague Island to see the wild horses.

Luke stood close to a pony!
Since there was so much bad beach weather, there was a lot of Sudoku playing going on!Lunch at Secrets!

Lots of mini golf!! We went to play three times and the boys behaved so well during each game. We even had a bit of rain during our second mini golf outing. We shielded the boys in their stroller with blankets and beach towels. It worked beautifully! We did some Go-Kart racing! Hey boys, here's mommy in FIRST place :) Our second and last day on the beach. It was a little overcast and chilly, but definitely fun!Check out those cute little bathing suits!

We had a great time!