Tuesday, July 29, 2008

bunny ears and frog eyes

A few fun pics from bath time . . .

Friday, July 18, 2008


I could listen to this laugh a million times over.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

the five of us

The five of us go for a walk every day. Two dogs, two kids, and me. Everyone in the neighborhood has something to say when they see us coming:

"You've got one of everything, don't ya?"
"Looks like you're a busy mama!"
"Quite a circus you've got there!"

Yea, yea, yea.

I walk as long as the twins will let me. I just keep going, and hope they keep sleeping; I'm convinced this daily routine keeps me sane. Sometimes we walk for thirty minutes, sometimes a couple of hours. But with the unrelenting summer humidity, it can get pretty unpleasant for my fur babies. Poor little China, a 10-year old Yorkie, would love to keep up with us, but neither her age, nor her four-inch legs are in her favor, so sometimes she just gives up - all paws out, pink tongue dangling. "No more, mom. No more."

Before the twins, I used to pick up China, and carry her home. But now, my hands are filled with a double-wide stroller.

Then, I found the answer . . .

And check out China now riding first class in the cargo room below!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

new noises

We got home from the lake last Thursday. We cut our trip a little short because Owen came down with a cough. We took him to the pediatrician, and he was diagnosed with a cold.

It was probably good that we came home early though. Eliot bottomed out on her bottle feedings, and refused to take anything by mouth at the lake. It was good times all around. I decided it couldn't get much worse, so on Thursday night, I switched her bottle nipple to a totally different brand. (They do not recommend ever switching anything on a baby with feeding problems; it is just undue stress.) I guess the change was good because she took the whole bottle. The whole damn thing. She hasn't taken an entire bottle since May. :) She was doing great with her new NUK nipple until Saturday morning when she woke up with a cough.

Behold the joy of having twins . . .

Luckily for everyone, the twins have managed to fight this little cold, and not let it turn into anything serious. Because of their undeveloped immune systems, preemies can't fight off what a normal baby can. The fear of any parent of a premature baby is the common cold - that turns into pneumonia - that turns into another hospital stay.

I worried. But, it looks like they are both recovering well.

In other news, we took Eliot for an ENT appointment yesterday. Her left vocal chord is still paralyzed, but her right is compensating well, meaning she should start getting more of a "voice." She has begun to make some fun, new noises in the past few days. You'll have to turn up the volume, but here's little Elie enjoying her baby crack. I mean, her bouncy seat.

(There is a clear "uh-ooh" in this video. That's just Owen trying desperately to get some camera time.)

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

vacation, all i ever wanted

Home from our "couples-only" California trip, and now packing for a few days at the lake. This time, the babies are coming with us. This will be our first family vacation!

Mike and I were up late last night packing, then packing some more, then adding in a few more things, just in case. And one thing is for certain: we need a minivan.