Sunday, July 29, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
Caleb and Lily are quickly approaching 4 months and I am finally starting to feel like this is our new normal. Mind you, I hope our new normal will soon also include us having Steve get a good-paying job and finally getting back into a place of our own, but for now, we are starting to get back into the groove of life.This mostly entails us starting to leave the house on a more regular basis, though I'm just glad to not need a nap every day.
Here's a glimpse of a normal play time:
I think William is finally starting to get used to a couple of babies around, too, because instead of pretending the babies don't exist, he'll sometimes let Caleb sit near him while we play trains.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Our Silly Billy has always been more than a little silly at bedtime. Lately, he’s been debating about giving up naps (which I am in NO WAY ready for until the twins get easier) and we’ve resorted to bribes to get him to nap. Like Mommy will nap in William’s room (there’s a twin bed, so win-win if the babies don’t need feeding) or swimming and/or the park. It works most of the time. One day, after I woke up from my nap in his room, I found him like this:
Gripping so tightly to the crib rails. Did I mention he STILL hasn’t figured out how to climb out yet? It’s awesome because we have both babies in pack’n’plays and our other crib is way in the back of the storage unit. So we’re trying to hold off until we get our own place before making the move to a big bed so we can have everything nice and childproofed in case he decides to wander. Which seems likely. William is certainly big enough to get out (he lifts his leg over all the time, but has never quite made the move all the way over), but he hasn’t deemed it necessary. LOVE IT.
Silly Billy also likes to have a little party before naps and bed…sometimes taking an hour or more to fall asleep. Complete monkey business. We’ve taken to filming it for our personal pleasure. It’s fantastic. Silly Billy is always good for a laugh. Here are a few of our favorite clips from a recent nap. #1 is my favorite, but really, it’s all pretty funny if you know our Silly Billy.
Needless to say, this was a nap fail.
Notice the ever growing population of stuffed toys? We found my old “Good Dog, Carl” in the garage recently, and it’s been a big hit. All the other dogs and Disney toys are his collection (practically EVERY stuffed toy he owns is in that bed), and most of the others are left over from Uncle Kevin (whose old room William inherited). Along with probably close to 20 stuffed animals, Silly Billy also insists on 4 blankets to go to bed with: Bear Blanket, which was a gift from my old office; Moon Blanket, which goes with his bedding set; Puppy Blanket, which I found at Joann’s for $6 with “Little Puppy” probably 10 years ago; and Puppy Beach Blanket, which is handmade by Grandma Garff. Since the move and the babies, I don’t have the heart to limit his bedtime comfort; and since all he requests are a few toys and blankets, we’ll go with it for now.
Today took the cake. He must be able to reach the desk near his crib, because when I went into check on him after putting the twins down, he had a book in his bed (non-stuffed toys are NOT allowed). I told him if he took a nap, we could go swimming afterward. The power was out so I couldn’t use our video monitor, so I went in probably an hour later when all seemed quiet. We found him like this:
Completely COVERED in tissues. And Baby Puppy and Daddy Puppy were in the empty tissue box. I asked him what happened, and William told me that he had to wipe his nose.
p.s. I promise to post baby pics next time.
Monday, July 2, 2012
I think our Silly Billy is starting to really miss California (me too). While he often puts in a request to go to Disneyland or the beach (how I wish we could!!!), a few weeks ago, he made the request for somewhere a little less expected: William asked to go back home.
William’s vocabulary and memory are growing by leaps and bounds. We recorded this gem of the “ABC’s”, luckily before he discovered that the alphabet contained more than 3 letters.
In other news, we survived the first 3 months with the twins!!! It’s hard to tell who’s the bigger one now; I think Lily is longer, but Caleb might be wider.
They are getting more smiley and interactive. Big shocker is that Caleb smiles and coos more than Lily now. It’s funny because his non-smiling face seems so serious, while Lily’s seems so much more pleasant even when she’s not smiling. Both babies mostly ignore each other (and are ignored by Big Brother Billy), but every so often we find them doing things like this:
Both are (mostly) sleeping through the night. Caleb more often than Lily. They go to bed at 6:30pm and Lily wants to eat around 4am, and then Caleb wakes up at 5:45am so that’s when we tend to get up for the day. Not a huge fan of his chosen wake-up time, but if he’ll sleep better and longer when he goes to bed early, I’m all for it. But I’m a big fan of only waking up every other night or so. On the days that Silly Billy decides to party instead of nap (video to come, I promise), all the kids are in bed by 7 and it’s so quiet around here and we actually have time to get something done, relax, and/or GO TO BED EARLY! I think the hardest part of twin adjustment is over (i.e. lots of crying, feeding, changing, big brother tantrums, etc.), and we are finally starting to get into our new groove. AND there is a lot less crying in our lives (from everybody). Thank goodness.