Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sweet 16

Happy Sweet 16, boys!! Teenage boys don't typically celebrate their "sweet sixteen," so that's what we'll call their 16 month-mark!
Nolan popped out the word "diaper" today. He said it as clear as day and all Justin and I could do was laugh! They are both still mimicking words and it's fun to try and get them to say different things. Some of their consistent words are: ball, milk (sounds like "meh'), bath, nighty night, bye bye, dada, mom, up (which really sounds like 'pph'), pop. They still haven't said "no" yet...which makes me happy!
This evening, I was sitting on the couch watching the boys play together as they rolled around on the floor and give each other hugs and it brought a tear (or two, or three) to my eye. They make me so happy sometimes. Other times they make me want to cry for a different reason, but tonight they made me so, so happy.
Our house is decorated for Halloween and the days are turning cooler. Justin carved the first pumpkin of the season and we have had the heat on in the house for about a week or two. We're coming up on our favorite time of the year - the holidays. I am really looking forward to sharing it with Luke & Nolan this year.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Cell Phone Picture Time

A few of my favorites from this past week:

Luke playing with leaves Happy Nolan
Early risers with their sippy cups

This week's cell phone pics are courtesy of Aunt Chica & Grammie!

Mommy Rant

Coming to work is like walking into the germ-infested danger zone. It seems like every corner I turn, someone is sick. I can not take it anymore! Is it too much to ask that people stay home when they are hacking up a lung or are running a fever? They could even just lock themselves in their office with a quarantine notice on the door -- I'd settle for that!

I hate being this way, but I am so scared of passing along a cold to my kids. It just isn't fair to them. Not to mention, I feel terrible when they aren't feeling well and there isn't anything I can do to make them better quicker.

My hands will be raw from the all of the washing and sanitizing I do when someone hands me a stack of papers after they've just been coughing! I may even start spraying Lysol into the air before people approach me...

becoming friends

When I was pregnant, I loved reading blogs about other twin families. It would make me so happy to see two babies who spent nine months so closely intertwined in their mom's belly actually playing together and loving each other on the outside.

After Nolan and Luke were born, I placed them in the same crib, on the same boppy or on the same activity mat and waited anxiously for them to interact with each other. I couldn't wait for them to notice one another and become close companions. I always imagined them becoming best friends from the moment they were born.

I didn't realize it would take so long for them to interact and play with one another. It's just another stage of development that I had to wait for them to go through. When they were infants, they would smile at each other or swat at the same toy, but it was nothing compared to the interaction that they currently have as toddlers.

I finally feel like they are friends. They may not always get along perfectly when they play, but they are learning how to play nicely with each other.

The boys love to chase each other and the sounds of their laughter is like music to my ears when they do. Luke especially loves when Nolan is chasing after him. Nolan likes to pick up two toys and give one of them to Luke - even if he doesn't want it!

It's so nice to see them look for each other or give each other a hug or kiss, even when they aren't asked to. It's just becoming more evident that they love one another and I'm loving it in return.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Bachelorette Party & Wedding!

Luke's Godfather, Pat got married this past weekend! Part of the reason I have been MIA from my blog lately was because there was a lot of preparation (and partying!!) that went into Uncle Pat & Aunt Giustina's wedding. It was so worth it because everyone had a fabulous time!

The wedding day was a little chilly, but beautiful and perfect for a nice South Philly wedding!

Aunt Giustina looked radiant in her wedding gown!


Heading to church!
The Bridal Party (so much fun!!)

Mommy & Daddy out for the night without the kiddos!




There was lots of dancing
and cake-smashing.


But before the wedding, there was a bachelor & bachelorette party! This took place the weekend before the wedding. We ladies had a little dinner, did some pole dancing & went to a South Jersey bar.


You don't go to Jersey & not fist-pump ;-)

Nolan's 1st Haircut

Nolan's hair was looking a little too "business-up-front / party-in-the-back" for me (aka "mullet-ish"), so he went for his first haircut!!!

It isn't often that one boy travels alone with me so it was really nice to have some one-on-one time with him. He was a very, very good boy during the cut!



Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Temper Tantrums

Because I use my blog as a journal of my life with my boys, it's only fair that on top of the good and the bad, I also mention the ugly.

Ugly = temper tantrums.

Where do babies learn how to throw tantrums? It isn't as though they witness their father and I throwing them. Okay, sometimes Justin may throw one if his fantasy football team isn't doing well, but I digress.

Last night, Luke threw the mother of all temper tantrums. Aunt Danielle was over and bore witness to the event. *Speaking of Aunt Danielle, Nolan can say "Dan elle." I was so excited when I first heard it!* She looked at me in horror and said "Jen, what is wrong with him? Do something!"

I calmly smiled at her and said, "there's nothing that I can do. I don't want to feed into it." The little guy didn't even have a tear in his eyes, but he was yelling and throwing himself on the floor (so dramatic...like his momma.)

It isn't as though he has a temper tantrum all too often, but when he does have one, he REALLY has one. I think that the cause of last night's incident was sleepiness. He was overly tired, but didn't want to be in his crib. I didn't force him to and brought him into the living room with me to watch DWTS, but he was not having it. There was nothing I could to to make him happy, so I sat beside him on the floor while he was being a little diva.

He must have gotten a good night's rest because he woke up this morning with a big ol' smile on his face.

Nolan hasn't thrown a major tantrum yet (is it wishful thinking to say that I hope he never does?), but I can't imagine what it would be like if they both did this to me at the same time.

I need to reach out to some twin mommas to see how they handle situations like this. I don't want to give too much attention to the tantrum-thrower while ignoring his brother. I've made it a point to hug and cuddle the baby who isn't crying because 1) I'm happy he isn't crying; and 2) I don't want him to feel as though he needs to behave like this for attention.

Whoever said this parenting thing was easy?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

molars be damnded

My typically sweet-tempered Luke was in misery late last week. He was running a fever, had a runny nose and some sleep troubles, so I chalked it up to a cold. Come Saturday afternoon, he was refusing food for the second day in a row and I was worried about a possible ear infection, so I took him to the pediatrician.

He was weighed like a big boy on the big boy scale and weighed 21.6 lbs! He is skinny like his mama. He was SO happy to be standing on that scale - I wish I had a camera. Then we got into the exam room and that's where the happiness ended. My goodness he was not happy to be there. The doctor arrived and discovered that the reason for his misery was that he had a big ol' molar coming through his gums. No ear infection. That's just my paranoia.

I really wish that there was more I could do for them when they're in pain. Every mom wishes the same thing. It is so difficult to sit with your baby on your lap while he's looking up at you with tears running down his face because he isn't feeling well.

Molars, be damned.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Apple Orchard

Sunday was such a gorgeous day and we couldn't have picked a better one for our trip to Linvilla Orchards. After a summer of scorching heat, it was refreshing to wake up to a crisp morning!

When I was a little girl, my Aunt Kitty & Uncle Sam would take my brother and I to Linvilla every fall to pick pumpkins and take a hayride. I have some great memories there and want the same for Luke & Nolan, so this year we began our yearly apple orchard tradition!
We started the day out with Grammie and then we were joined by Aunt Brenda & Uncle Rick later in the day!