Friday, May 28, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
You mean, they'll actually be able to watch Baby Einstein DVDs on our truck's DVD player when we take long road trips?! Sweet!
I admit that I'm looking forward to that day too and I've always heard that 'once your baby is 20lbs and one year old, you can turn the seat around.' I did some research on the subject before I ask the pediatrician about it at their one year checkup and the stats scared the hell out of me. My little men will be facing the back of the truck until they're 10. Just kidding about that part. They'll be 9 1/2, tops.
This video isn't in English, but it very clearly demonstrates how a rear-facing vs. front-facing carseat protects your baby in the event of a crash.
Pretty scary. The car seat we have allows the boys to be rear-facing until they reach 35lbs which is a reassurance to me because I plan on keeping them that way for a while!
Stats from Car-Safety.Org
- Rear-facing is safest for both adults and children, but especially for babies, who would face a greater risk of spinal cord injury in a front-facing carseat during a frontal crash.
- Rear-facing car seats spread frontal crash forces over the whole area of a child's back, head and neck; they also prevent the head from snapping relative to the body in a frontal crash.
- Rear-facing carseats may not be quite as effective in a rear end crash, but severe frontal and frontal offset crashes are far more frequent and far more severe than severe rear end crashes.
- Rear-facing carseats are NOT a safety risk just because a child's legs are bent at the knees or because they can touch/kick the vehicle seat.
- Rear-facing as long as possible is the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatricians, and can reduce injuries and deaths. Motor Vehicle Crashes are the #1 overall cause of death for children 14 and under.
It looks like our truck's DVD player won't be getting a work out any time soon.
Posted by Jennifer at 11:34 AM
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Combine ingredients in a shaker and shake over ice.
I love this girl!
...and our night wouldn't be complete without a picture of me making a ridiculous face
It was a very late night and early morning (because I can't seem to sleep past 8:30 a.m. - it's like a mother's disease!!) but it was awesome and I can not wait to do it again!
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Boys, first let me say that this has been the most fun month with you so far. I know that there has been a short-lived cold and teething pain, but you still manage to party like little rock stars! Watching you grow, learn and accomplish new things every day is nothing short of amazing for me.
Both of you are so very different from eachother, but I can see the comfort you bring to eachother. If someone wakes up and his brother isn't in the nursery with him - he cries out for him.
You both shake your heads when someone says "no, no, no."
You like to play together and will follow eachother everywhere, but if one of you is tired -- all bets are off and there is sure to be tears.
Puffs are your favorite snack.
You both love soft blankets & pillows. If a soft blanket is on the floor, you will flop down and rub your face on it.
I finally removed the mobile from your cribs because every day I go into your nursery, the monkeys that dangle from the mobile are thrown on the floor.
Outlets, cords, remote controls, laptops, cell phones -- just naming things that get you love to play with (but we try very hard to get you not to!).
You have a tooth!
You're still an expert cruiser & will only take steps when you want to.
You're obsessed with toilet paper. No roll is safe when you're near!
Eye glasses are another one of your favorite things to grab.
You sit on the hardwood floor and use your feet to spin yourself around in circles - it's fun to watch!
You LOVE the refrigerator and will crawl (very quickly) over to it when you hear the door open.
You walk on your own now -- no more prompting from mom & dad.
You're extremely ticklish.
You wave 'hello' and 'goodbye'
For the past couple of weeks, you've been scrunching your nose & squinting your eyes when you give a smile - it's adorable!
When you're tired, you pull on your ear and rub your eyes.
Thank you again for being such wonderful little boys. Thank you for your sloppy kisses and hugs. I even thank you for the hair-pulling and the crying. You're both loved so much by so many people. You're both fighting right now, so I'm going to intervene. I love you!!
Friday, May 21, 2010
After their afternoon nap, when I pulled Nolan out of his crib, I noticed that he was burning up. I took his temp and, sure enough, he had his highest fever yet - 103.9. The pedi said to give him medicine and bring him into the office in the morning if he still had a temp.
Do you see my sweet Luke's sad face? Right after play time, they went down for naps. When Luke woke up from his nap, he now had a fever. My poor guys!! I guess he has a sore throat too, so I started him on the meds and held him in my lap where he was very content.
This brings me to the co-sleeping thing. Luke had a miserable night and he just couldn't get comfortable enough to sleep. His fever didn't come down until around 3 a.m. which is when Justin and I decided that we need to try and get some sleep so what do we do??
Let's let Luke sleep in bed with us where he's happiest and maybe we'll all get some rest. Luke got rest. Justin & I....not so much.
We have a king sized bed so surely this would be enough room for a 120 pound mommy, her 20 pound son and his 6'3" daddy. Well, it wasn't!! Luke wanted to be right half on / half off mommy while intermittently kicking his legs and smacking her in the face because he was feeling better.
When parents co-sleep with their babies, is everyone just used to it, so they sleep peacefully? I cannot sleep soundly when a baby is in bed with me. I'm afraid of moving. I got a pain in my shoulder from propping Luke up after he fell asleep.
We're all up now. I've consumed two cups of coffee while the boys are playing. They're fevers are gone and they seem to be in good moods. Hopefully their sore throats go away by tomorrow because I have a fun GIRLS weekend planned with some girlfriends!
Posted by Jennifer at 7:27 AM
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I obviously wasn't able to get a picture of both of them, so I used individual pictures and I love how it turned out.
The birthday is right around the corner...
Posted by Jennifer at 7:00 AM
Monday, May 17, 2010
Grammy and Aunt Danielle came over for an afternoon visit and Luke took his first steps! It was so exciting, but he hasn't really done it again since then. He can stand alone very well, but he is afraid of falling, so he holds out his hands for me before he'll take another step. The same thing happened with Nolan, so it'll probably be another couple of weeks before he gets more daring & just starts going.
Nolan really gained his confidence on Friday. As soon as Justin left, Nolan just let go of the couch and began walking across the living room. He hasn't stopped since - except when he wants to get somewhere really fast - then he crawls! If Luke has a toy that he wants, Nolan will crawl over and attack his brother for it.
On Friday night, Grammy met the boys and I for dinner at a diner. We figured that diners are noisy places, so we didn't need to worry about the boys being a little loud. I don't know about moms of singletons, but whenever we go somewhere to eat, the boys draw a crowd. At one point, there were 4 waitresses standing around our table asking questions and showing me cell phone pictures of their little ones. After they left, then the people sitting at surrounding tables began with their questions and love for the boys. Luke and Nolan eat it up!! They were all smiles. I love talking to new people so I don't really mind the questions unless they get a little too personal or rude (like at the mall last week when a woman walked over to the stroller, stared at the boys and announced loudly, "they aren't identical." No kidding lady, don't you think I know that? She then stared some more and walked away. Weirdo.).
Luke at the diner
Helping Mommy make breakfast (Since daddy wasn't around, I took lots of cell phone pics so I could forward them!)The boys and I went to a friend's graduation party. There were loads of children there for them to play with which was a good thing because they all kept themselves entertained. Nolan took a liking to 4 year old, Eva. He stared up at her and followed her all over the living room. Luke found a mirror that enjoyed talking to!
We took the boys over to Mom Mom & Poppy's house so that I could go to David's Bridal to order my bridesmaid dress for Uncle Pat & Aunt Giustina's wedding. Luke & Nolan got some loving and I got a purdy dress! Chica & I had a little lunch, picked up the boys and went to Grammy's house for dinner.
Posted by Jennifer at 10:31 AM
Friday, May 14, 2010
Posted by Jennifer at 3:10 PM
A couple of weeks ago, he took his first steps. I have been trying for two weeks to catch it on video. Two weeks! The whole problem is, when he has an audience, he becomes shy.
Last night, he was standing at the kitchen table, turned around and walked about 8 steps over to the closet. Why couldn't I have my camera ready then?!
Posted by Jennifer at 7:40 AM
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I walked into the living room and noticed that they found my purse and had removed every item(including the contents of my wallet) from it and were playing with it happily. Nevermind the dirty $10 bill that Nolan was waving around in his hand, Luke had his hands on my Coach sunglasses! I packed everything back up and put my purse in a spot they couldn't grab it from. I learned my lesson: I can't leave my purse hidden behind the table any more - they're going to find it.
I find myself learning a lot of lessons lately.
For instance, I can no longer keep the bathroom door open when the boys are roaming around upstairs. I realized this when I discovered Luke sitting on the floor with half a roll of toilet paper unraveled around him. Nolan also tries to climb into the bath tub and I'm afraid he'll fall and bump his head! Lesson learned: just keep bathroom door closed.
Other lessons learned:
Post-pregnancy hair re-growth is awesome & appreciated, but it's still annoying & silly looking.
eBay is great for ridding yourself of the pre-pregnancy jeans that you no longer fit in.
Leaving the remote control on the couch isn't the best idea (as I learned when Nolan almost ordered 'Avatar' from OnDemand).
I have to distract the boys with something when I need to run to the bathroom. Otherwise, they scream for me until I come out.
Never keep a laundry basket on the floor in the path of the doorway at night. When a baby is crying & you are trying to get to the nursery while it's dark, it becomes a tripping hazard. Lesson learned.
Folding laundry while the boys are awake is virtually impossible.
Always keep baby puffs in the diaper bag. They're useful for when you're eating McDonald french fries at the food court and the boys want them too (naturally, because you're eating them), but you don't want them to have any because they're bad for them. They're bad for me too and I really need to stop eating junk food! Baby Steps...I'm in the process of creating my 101 in 1001 list & this may have to be added!
Tank likes to eat the balls out of the ball pit. I haven't figured out a way to get him to stop, but I'm working on it.
There are more lessons learned, but I think I'll save them for another day.
Posted by Jennifer at 12:01 PM
Monday, May 10, 2010
It wasn't their usual "hey mom, I'm awake and can't find my paci" whine, but they were full-on screams of anger. "Get in here NOW, mom!" I can only chalk it up to teething. I think I said this in a post back in like September but no teeth poked through their gums. Now, 7 months later, I'm going through the whole "are they teething?" phase again. Lots of crying & drool, but no teeth.
We all fell back to sleep & got some more rest until I woke at 8 & noticed that the boys were still sleeping. Sweet! Now I can sneak downstairs and start making my butter cake and hash brown casserole for brunch with the moms. A short while later, the boys woke and it was peaceful and happy as I opened my Mothers Day gift and card.
Posted by Jennifer at 8:48 AM
Friday, May 7, 2010
1) Go to your photo files, select the 8th photo folder
2) Select the 8th photo in that folder
3) Post that photo along with the story behind it
4) Then challenge 8 blogging friends to do the same!
Here is my picture:
This picture was taken May 24, 2003 at Justin's annual Bowling Banquet (because we are just cool like that). Justin would bowl with his dad and best friend every Thursday night for about 8 months throughout the year. I actually forget the name of the guy behind Justin, but he was quite a character!
Just for the fun of it, here is a picture of the same guy dancing with me. I will have to ask my father-in-law how this guy is doing (and what his name is??).
Posted by Jennifer at 12:30 PM
My mom is not the warmest and most compassionate woman in the entire world (we joke about it often!), but despite that, she is very comforting to me. Just being in her presence brings a calmness over me --it's indescribable. Last summer, after the boys were born and Justin was back to work, I was at home all day with the boys. I loved my role as a new mommy, but after a while, my hormones got the best of me and I would feel overwhelmed. My mom helped me tremendously during this time. She helped with the boys and she helped me emotionally. I could never repay her for the compassion she showed me during that time.
Thank you momma for it all. Thanks for helping me while I was on bed rest, thank you for holding my hand during the contractions, thank you for coming to our house & cooking or cleaning when I was healing, thank you for sleeping over on the nights Justin was away, thank you for making me realize that it's okay to take two boys out of the house at once & not to be afraid, thank you for the support and love you've given to Justin & I and thank you for being an amazing grandmom.
Posted by Jennifer at 7:45 AM
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Posted by Jennifer at 10:52 AM