Monday, August 27, 2012

Bathtime Bliss

William/Daddy Bath Fight

William has FINALLY started liking baths again.  We went through a LONG period where baths were a big, sad, production.  Grandma Garff got him some cool water toys and a kiddie pool, and it’s made all the difference. Some days, he BEGS for a bath.

Caleb has really started loving his baths, too.  He’s gone from screaming the entire time,to kicking and splashing and laughing…all in one day.  No idea what changed, but I’m sure glad it did.

And speaking of laughing, our sweet little old man baby is full of giggles. Scattered with fussiness, but lots of giggles in between. Gotta love those happy baby sounds!

Caleb Laughs

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Summer Fun

Summer at the Garffs is all about swimming

 

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Lazy days,

Little Miss Lily

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And huckleberries.

Silly Huckleface

Special thanks to Aunt Georgia for Lily’s adorable swim outfit and for the huckleberries.    ;)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Hebgen 2012

April was a saint and stayed home with newborn twins while William and I got out of her hair and headed up to join the rest of the family for a week at the cabin.
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The cousins had a lot of fun together.
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Umm… yeah… this seating arrangement lasted about 5 minutes.
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There was a brief crisis when William was stung by a bee (bees already his arch enemies long before he was ever stung by any).
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You can see the injection site there on his ear. And below is a vide of the aftermath. William handled it pretty well, though Grandpa had already calmed him down by this point.
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The Williams and I hiked up to visit Dutch Henry.
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We had tons of fun on the new pier.
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William didn’t go anywhere without “farmer hat.”
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And we had tons of fun on the boats.
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Friday, August 3, 2012

My Boys are Back

While I LOVED having the place to myself for a week (I secretly harbor hermit tendencies), I am glad to have my sweet boys back with me.

I think they are pretty happy about it too.  All that fun made them exhausted.

It's been a bit of an adjustment, with 3 kids, instead of just the two I had gotten used to hanging around with, but William missed us all and was glad to get back in our routine. He even gave the babies a kiss and will occasionally tolerate it when they sit near him on the couch as long as they have a chaperone.
 
We're working on that.

In other news, the twins hit 4 months and we finally retired those newborn onesies (and pants, too, lol).

 In case you were wondering, yes, those are the normal expressions we get from these guys.  Caleb tends to be wide-eyed, giggly, or very upset; and often like in this picture (taken minutes after they were changed mind you), Caleb spit up all down his front, and all over me, too. I'm getting really sick of laundry. Lily on the other hand, seems to be more content (especially now that she has learned to find and suck on her index finger), but reserves her smiles for special occasions (like Mom or Dad, usually). And both babies sleep through the night (6/630 pm to 6 am) nearly every night.  With 2 babies to care for, this feels like a well-deserved miracle (as any mother of twins will attest). It took a lot of effort to synchronize twin schedules (naps are still a problem...) but we've got nighttime down. I consider this my greatest motherhood achievement to date, especially considering they are exclusively breastfed. And some people think sleeping through the night is a feeding issue...

These cute little babies are growing like weeds on Momma's good stuff. Double chins, chubby cheeks, and thick thighs---gotta love that baby fat! William was long and skinny so this is a totally new experience for us. They are both pretty short (Caleb 23.5", Lily 23.75"). At 13 lbs 6 oz, Caleb is heavier than William at 4 months, while Little Lily weighs in at 12 lbs, 14 oz. I must say Lily has officially caught up to her age group in both size (since she's a girl, she will tend to be smaller) and ability.  Lily has learned to do mini-push ups to turn her in a circle, grab toys (and eat them), and has gotten great head control. When put on his tummy, Caleb usually just eats his hand. Hopefully he'll catch up more by 6 months, but since he has a strong neck and winning personality, the doctor isn't too worried at this point. As far as I'm concerned they can wait as long as they want to get mobile...I'm not in any rush to be running after 3 of them at once.