Tuesday, February 26

Another Day, Another Trip to Riley....

Although the title of this post may seem daunting, there is not bad-news to report (yet)!
Eli & Blake are doing amazing!
They have put themselves of their own 1-nap-a-day schedule. I suppose we should have waited for them in the first place instead of pushing it on them.  

Their schedule as of 12 months is:
6:30-7am = wake up, have a sippy cup, snack on puffs and fruit melts
8:30 = breakfast (oatmeal, pancakes,waffles,toast-  they still hate eggs)
10am = nap for 2 - 2 1/2 hours
12:30pm = wake up, have a sippy cup & lunch
1pm= play!, library, grocery shopping, laundry, watching elmo or giggle bellies
2-3pm = we go into our crib for some "down time" some days they stay awake and play the whole time, and some days they fall asleep for a 2nd nap. We let them do what they want, but it is an R&R time.
3:30 = sippy cup & snack time (teddy grahams, banana, zuchinni cookie, blueberries, goldfish, nutragrain bars)
6pm = Dinner
7pm= Bedtime bottle
It's been a pretty great schedule so far. They like having that earlier nap and staying awake the rest of the afternoon. Then there are days, like today, that they are taking a 2nd nap!
Eli is FINALLY getting his 8th tooth! (his 4th on the bottom)
They are talking up a storm now! They know so many words-- but at the same time, I can tell they are getting more and more frustrated with it. -- They are getting better at communicating with mommy, but when they CAN'T- they freak out and throw a tantrum- until mommy can figure out what they are trying to get/have.
We are also having a few issues with sharing now. 
It is such a difficult thing to tell one kid, you need to give that back to him, because he wasn't done playing-- so not only do you have the 1st kid crying cause his brother took his toy, but now mommy goes and makes the 2nd kid cry cause he has to give it back to his brother..
Hoping all this crying creates good sharing children ! haha
Well, to get back to the title of this post-
This week, we have another 3month check-up at Riley for the boys' eyes!

It has officially been 6 months since they have had the surgery to fix their Glaucoma.- I cannot believe it has been 6 months!!
I am once again, excited and nervous for what they have to say.
My gut tells me it will be good news again, and we are hoping to start putting more time in between our visits (as much as we love the Drs.!)- but I always have this knot in my stomach  about them taking a few steps back.
I do think that we might be needing new prescriptions at this appointment.
Blake has been pulling his glasses off a lot more than normal.. So, I am curious and anxious to see how that appointment goes!
Also, at our last doctors visit (pediatrician)- I had mentioned to the doctor a few concerns with Eli.
When Eli wakes up from naps or in the morning, there are times when he will be shaking so bad! For a while, I didn't think much of it- but the more often it happened, the closer I started paying attention..
He will be so shaky and sweaty and upset when he wakes up, that he can't hardly function. I will finally get him to drink his milk/formula- then after about 5 mins, I will get him to eat 1 goldfish or teddy....then after about 10 mins from waking up, he is fine! Happy as can be, no more shaking....
It hit me after a few months of watching this all happen, that MAYBE he has a blood sugar issue?
Diabetes runs STRONGLY in my family.- And I have been worried about it with myself for years (although, I admit, it does not stop me from eating my cookies!!!)
But, everytime I get my blood sugar checked, I have pretty LOW blood sugar.
If I haven't eaten recently, then it will come in around 60-65. If I have eaten (Right after a meal)- it comes in around 100- it doesn't usually get higher than that.
I have known this about myself for a few years now, and I can feel when it starts to get low- it also makes me nervous, because Hypogycemia can turn into diabetes if not properly taken care of.
So, I mentioned this to the Doctor- and it kind of caught her off guard.  She thinks it is too young for a baby to have blood sugar issues, but just in case, she wants us to be sent to a Metabolic specialist.
If it is an issue with blood sugar, we want to catch it before it gets out of control. 
--SO, the Metabolic specialist at Riley called us this afternoon and scheduled an appointment for us.
Which means- more doctors and more visits to Riley.  :(
I'm hoping that this ISN'T a blood sugar issue- but I will say, since I have been keeping an eye on it, we are eating tiny snacks throughout the day- in between meals and before naps- and sipping on milk all day.
So far, it has honestly seemed to be helping-- which is a good and bad thing-- it means that we know how to keep it in control- but it also means there is a good chance he does have blood sugar issues.
Ah, well thank goodness for doctors and specialist.
Other than that, the boys have been great!!!

Mommy made play-dough last week and it was fantastic!

I was looking for a homemade recipe, so if they did eat it, ( Yes, I know my boys well) it wouldn't hurt their little bodies- BUT I was also looking for a recipe that they wouldn't Want to eat!

Here it is! Simple, Quick & Easy Play-Dough!
1 cup Flour
1 cup Water
1/2 cup Salt
1 tsp. Cream of Tarter
food coloring
Mix it all together in a sauce pan. Put on stove on medium heat.
Stir continuosly until the dough starts pulling away from the sides of the pan.
Dump onto counter top and knead the play-dough until it is cool!

Viola! Play-dough!
It is SO salty and both boys tried and tried to eat it, but kept spitting it out! *Success!*
they weren't quite sure what to do with play-dough if you can't eat it though haha.
Picture from this week::
They LOVE feeding mommy and daddy! 
Such sweet boys.


Monday, February 18

"Moe" please!

I wanted to share a few pictures from Eli & Blake's 1st birthday party!!!
It was such an amazing afternoon and a HUGE thank you to everyone who made it out to celebrate such a crazy and exciting year!

And, some of mommy's decorations ;)

We had our 1 year Doctor's visit!
Eli is:::   22lb.  30" long
Blake is:::  21lb. 11oz.  29.75" long
Still right with each other!

The entire week they both were sick fighting the stomach flu.  We had 3 nights in a row of vomiting... NOT. FUN.
Those poor boys were exhausted and so were mommy and daddy.
The doctor was shocked that they hadn't really gained any weight..but I figure the puking was the reason.
On top of the stomach bug, we found out that Blake had an ear infection in his right ear :(
This is the first ear infection we have had!

So we are on Amoxicillin and tylenol (for the pain).
It's amazing to watch these boys change SO much in such a short period of time!
*Right around 11-12 months, they started pointing at objects..now, at almost 13 months, they are starting to use the pointing technique to actually let us know what they want!
*Around 11 1/2 months, we started using forks with meals..now they will hold up their fork and hand it to me when they want more food on it!
*When mommy asks one of them to 'pick up the hat and hand it to mommy'.. (So mommy doesn't have to bend over hahaha)-- they will actually pick up the hat and hand it to me!!!
* They are repeating EVERY noise/word they can!  They love when we read our animal book so they can say :: 
"Puppy" - which comes out 'pupp' in a whisper
"Bubbles" -- which sounds like 'Buba'
AND-- they know and use 1 word for the right reason now!!
They can say "More" when they want another bite of snack or another bite of food during a meal!  They will walk over to me and say "Moe" or hold up their fork and say "Moe"  :)
This is one PROUD mama!!!! 
My babies are starting to communicate with me and it's SO exciting!!
Next step is saying 'please' after "Moe" hahaha
Well, there is 1 unfortunate thing that they have learned, or are going through this phase....
It's called:: TANTRUMS.
They are not fun for mommy and daddy- and even less fun for baby (i'm sure!)
Eli is the worst about tantrums.
If I do something he doesn't like, or if he wants something and can't get it...he throws a fit!
He will collapse on the ground and start crying and screaming.
So, it has come to mommy ignoring the tantrum... and I go and play with Blake and as soon as Eli sees that Blake gets to play with mommy- his fit is over and he comes and plays with us.
We have also introduced the 'Time Out' now.
It's obviously not long, I was always told, 1 minute per year of age..So we have a 1 minute time-out.
I am trying really hard to stick with the time-outs at this age. I know that they do not fully understand why mommy is saying 'no' or why mommy isn't letting me run around and making me sit here; but I also know, that sitting on the floor is not hurting them, or 'physical punishment' and i'm hoping that this makes discipling MUCH easier in the future- and we might not have to do punishments when they get older ;) hahahaha 

Here are some pictures from today :)
They look so grown up!! 

Thursday, February 7

Monthly Menu..Bringing New Ideas

Well, as a lot of you know, I am a big cook and planner.
So, I always plan out a month of menu items for our meals.
I always know what we are having everyday and can do my grocery shopping every Sunday for the entire week!
Makes my life super easy.
But now, I am getting SUPER bored with my meals!
I checked out a few books from the library yesterday and I am hoping to get some new, inspired ideas for our dinners!
***If you have any dinner ideas/recipes-- PLEASE let me know! ***
Here's what we have on the menu for February::
(I do not have 7 meals in a week, there are always leftovers somewhere!)
Bowtie Tuna Pasta
Chicken Parmesean

Taco Salad
Hamburger Helper
Creamy Chicken & Couscous
Asian Meatballs & Rice
Loaded Baked Potatoes
Chicken Salad
Chicken Broccoli Alfredo
Sloppy Joes
Homemade Pizza
Hotdogs Mac& Cheese
Browned Butter Gnocchi
Tuna Salad
Shredded Pork Sandwiches

We went to the library yesterday morning for "Book Babies"   It was a story and nursery rhyme time for 0-18month olds.  The boys loved it! We sang songs and danced and read books and there were about 1dozen other kids there age there!


Goodbye 1st year...

Well, I obviously missed their birthday on here... but a HUGE Happy 1st Birthday to my twin babies!
The week of their birthday was amazing.
On their birthday, Brad came home early from work. We packed up the boys and took them to Monkey Joes!
They had such a great time!

After Monkey Joes, we took them to IHOP for dinner- which was more for mommy and daddy (so we didn't have to cook!) But, all the waitstaff did come over and sing "Happy Birthday" to the boys!

When we got home, we had little Banana cupcakes ready for the boys to do our birthday celebration with them :)

Friday was busy,busy! Prepping and planning everything for the party!
I will have pictures of the party soon-- but not today..
Here is just 1 picture I was able to snap with my phone::
What a fantastic party with all of our great friends and family!!!