Thursday, December 31, 2009

Batteries not necessary and other things we learned over the holidays

This was our first holiday season with the boys we had a lot of fun and learned a few things. The best part of the holidays (I think) is getting to see family that we don't often see. This year we decided to skip all of the holiday parties due to RSV and flu season at our pediatrician's recommendation. Even though we didn't go to any parties the boys had the chance to meet my Great Aunt Marion who was in town from Illinois and again see my second cousins.
It was a nice visit. The boys were their usual calm and happy selves. I keep reading that boys should be reaching a stage where they only want mom and dad and have a fear of strangers, but we haven't seen any signs of that yet. They were happy to be held by everyone. As usual we took a fair number of pictures but we don't have any of the holiday photos processed yet. Hopefully I'll have a ton of photos to share in the next week.
Christmas eve we went to the traditional dinner at Cody's parents. We had a good time and the boys seem to as well. At one point Andrew was passing (kicking and batting) a toy car back and forth with his cousin, it was very cute and he kept giggling. I guess we should get them some cars to play with. The boys got the traditional gift for the boys of pajamas for Christmas eve. I didn't wrap them since I had already washed them so they would be able to wear them. Instead of the usual footy pjs or sleep sacks I bought the boys pjs that were a pant and shirt set. They made the boys looks so much like little boys and not babies.
Christmas morning I got up and fed the boys their morning bottle at 7 and went about the normal routine until almost 9. Then it was time to see what Santa brought the boys. Santa didn't wrap any of the boys gifts, but the packaging was more than enough to get open.
I can't believe the packaging for kids toys, they are almost parent proof. One of the packages even stated that wire cutters were required to open the package. Once we were able to wrestle the toys from the dozens of twist ties, we very quickly learned that the boys were terrified of any toys that moved. They are okay with lights and sounds, but once it moves that's it. It was  decided that we would be leaving toys turned off or without batteries for the time being.
There wasn't much time to play as we had a fair number of stops to make during the day. We visited Cody's grandparents, my mom, and finally went to Cody's parents. The boys made out like bandits with tons of new toys and clothes. Our big gift for this year was a Kidco Configure Gate and 4 extensions. Which is now set up giving the boys a playroom and us some piece of mind especially with how mobile the boys are now. 
On Christmas we went off the boys schedule, I felt so bad. The boys didn't get a good nap and were up way too late. They were fussy and so exhausted by the time we got them in bed. Luckily they boys are usually kept on such a solid napping schedule it only took a day to get them back on it. Next year hopefully they'll be old enough to handle going off schedule for the one day without any of the inconsolable crying.
Overall Christmas was nice, but we learned that we really need to stick to the schedule, toys that move are scary, and the boys would rather eat wrapping paper then rip it off of boxes.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

This is our card for this year. We are officially ready for the holiday, tree was repaired, gifts wrapped and we’re ready to visit family.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Teething continues

Last night Andrew was fussier that usual at bedtime. By fussy I mean screaming and by usual I mean he never does that. The only time he has ever been fussy at night was when he cut first two teeth. So, we decided to do a tooth check. Cody and I have very different methods for checking for new teeth.
I use the “feel” method, so I felt around Andrew’s gums and was pretty sure I felt a tooth coming in. It is his top left tooth. Cody’s method involves a very small LED flashlight shined in the boys mouth with which he was able to confirm Andrew’s top left tooth is coming in.
With confirming Andrew was cutting a new tooth we decided to check Parker and Nicholas. Sure enough everyone is cutting their upper left tooth. I’m not sure if all identicals teeth the way our boys have, but it would make sense. Today I made sure the boys had plenty of chilled teethers and bibs since drool is at an all time high.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

I love when they giggle

Some video from last Thursday.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The cat who flooded Christmas

This morning, my cat Willow (who has never been considered graceful) broke our Christmas Tree. Our tree is a Bubble Tree, so when it broke, it was quite the sight. It has a acrylic tube for a trunk that is water filled, and it bubbles and changes colors. We put the tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving and have been enjoying it ever since.  It’s a completely non-traditional tree, but we love it. Every year we buy one or two new ornaments, so we only have a dozen or so on the tree. This tree allows us to showcase each one as they hang in front of the tube.

The trunk changes colors and we found a star that does too, hence the triple image.

Anyway.. Willow was jumping off the window sill and didn’t quite clear the branches. I was feeding the boys at the time and watched him get tangled in the second branch from the bottom. The tree made a popping sound as the cat’s weight on one of the supports caused it to break a hole in the trunk, and then I watched 5 feet of water shoot out onto the wall and floor. There was really nothing I could do but grab as many towels as possible to try and sop up the water.

I’m very grateful for three things: 1. The boys and I were not in the splash zone (but had a great view). 2. The front room doesn’t have carpet. 3. Even though a branch collapsed not a single ornament was broken, in fact only one was knocked off the tree and it was the only plastic ornament we have.

Speaking of ornaments, we bought the boys first Christmas ornament over the weekend.

Cody also ordered a personalized ornament that has triplet boys on it that we should receive this week. Hopefully we’ll be able to get the tree fixed, which will probably require buying a new “trunk” before Christmas.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Growth spurt (I hope)

After a couple of weeks of the boys sleeping through the night, last Wednesday I was woken by Andrew crying for a bottle at 3:30am. Parker and Nicholas quickly joined in the screamfest. They all finished a 7.5 ounce bottle and went right back to sleep. This was just the start of the feeding frenzy.

We’ve been feeding on a 4 hour schedule for a couple of months now, but suddenly the boys started demanding a bottle after 3 hours again. Since then, we’ve been feeding every 3 to 3.5 hours in addition to the solid feedings and doing a feeding at 3am.  From what I’ve read (if it’s a growth spurt) it should only last a week tops. Overall, they’ve gone from drinking 28-30 ounces to 38-40 ounces a day.

Maybe this is a foreshadowing of the teen years.