Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Our favorite things - 8 Months

I thought I would copy my bloggie friend Emma, on her post of her son Eirik's favorite things. I thought it was great so I am being a copycat :) I will hope to do these monthly. They are growing so fast and into so many different things that I thought it would be great to look back on.

As far as favorite books for the moment, I'm gonna have to go with Baby Einstein's Mirror Me book. They are just now getting to where they know what a book is, instead of just wanting to eat them, and they love the mirrors in this book. They have a ton of books, but this one at the moment is their favorite.

The Itsy Bitsy Spider. They LOVE this song. I sing to them all the time, and literally, this song is the one that they will stop whatever they are doing and look at me and smile.

Their "scooter" - that is what we are calling it anyway. Its not a scooter, but some sort of a walker thing. They sit on it and we pull them through the house. Loads of fun.

Anything that makes music. They have a toy piano and a teetering ball. And they love those.

Josh likes anything that has a string or ribbon. Shoelaces, ribbon bookmarks in our pooh book, drawstring on my pajama pants, etc. In addition to this, he can find a tag on ANYTHING and is obsessed with it. So funny.

Josh also loves his feet. They are by far his favorite body part.

Since Jules is now pulling herself to standing, she is loving our stairs. (love this, by the way)

She also is obsessed with our cats. Josh, not so much. But Jake and I both think Jules' first word will be "Gus", because she keeps saying "Ga" all the time, and we can't think of anything else it could possibly be.

I think they are close to outgrowing the exersaucer and jumeroo. They do still like it, mind you, but since they are now both mobile they don't like to be stationary very much.

They both love playing "ride a little horsey". They both love it and it puts them in the best mood if they are grumpy.

Favorite foods will be anything sweet (for Jules, natch) and basically anything for Josh. They both really like avocado.

They love rattles (again, probably b/c it makes noise).

Their favorite video is Baby Einstein's Van Gough. Although, they also love the freebie video's in Comcast's On Demand section for babies called Baby Genius. They are about 8 minutes long and sing along songs.

And both of their favorite toys are still the little Ronald McDonald toys from Happy Meals that Jake's Aunt Sally sent them. So crazy. Of all the things they have.

And I guess you could also say that they love their Sippy Cup "toy", because they love to bang it on their high chairs instead of actually drinking out of it. Silly babies.

Friday, September 24, 2010

We're 8 months old!

Okay, I know I said that last month's 7 month pictures were hard to take. But, let's please fast forward to 8 months old, when BOTH my babies are mobile and crawling. I couldn't even do it by myself this month (which I normally do) - Jake had to help me. And also, another little lovely is that now I can't make them smile on command. They are now too smart to fall for those things. It was MUCH easier to get them to smile at 3-4 months than it is now. Plus, they are not too keen on my new camera. It's a little big and they don't quite understand it yet. But, anyway, here we are at 8 months old!! (and yes, this is the best picture I could get - I may have to change my location next time) Another funny thing to look at is how much smaller the sign it getting if you look at the monthly pictures off to the side. Outtakes are at the bottom!

Swing Fun!

We have a tot lot in our subdivision, and I thought I might take some pics with my new camera :)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


What to do, what to do? This is a big decision for me. This is their first halloween and I must make them the cutest twins that have ever been a part of such an event. I also don't want to spend a fortune on a costume they will only wear once, for maybe an hour as well. If I were a smarter person, I wodul have taken advantage of teh numerous consignment sales that are now over to find some cute costumes. I have emailed my local twin group (Parents of Twins and Triplets Organization: POTATO, natch) to see if anyone has any they might sell me, but noone does. Boo..Alas, here we are, a month before Halloween, and I must make a decision sometime. And I will pretty much garantee that I will spend a fortune. So...what do you think? What I really want to do is find some way to coordinate any Tom Arma costumes. They are, without a doubt, the cutest things you will ever see...AND they are $50 each, sigh...(they are at the end of the slideshow, seriosuly to die for cuteness.

We could go...

6 Month pictures

Well....really they were at 7 months. I got busy and by the time we could get the pics scheduled they were 7 months old. Oops. The same photographer took them as did their newborn pictures and my maternity pictures as well, the uber fabulous Josh Harris. This time we decided to do them outside at Centennial Park in Nashville. It is a beautiful park and kind of famous because it is home to an exact replica of the Greek Parthenon :) (you can see it in the background of some shots) Gotta love Nashville!!

Friday, September 17, 2010

8 Months - Update on the Babes

8 Months Old!

Wow, where does the time go? Honestly? How are my precious "babies" 8 months old? can I really call them babies anymore, because they are growing like weeds. They are each their won person and have so much personality. I can laugh at Jules all day. That girl cracks me up. She is such a little firecracker! And Josh is just such a sweet little boy. What a fun age they are now!

Feedings: My milk supply has stayed the same, and I have lots in the freezer. Do you know why? We have had some changes...They are not wanting their bottle! Is this what happens? Because I don't know, I have never had kids. Their 11am feeding, they "might" take half their bottle, sometimes more, sometimes less. Some feedings Josh doesn't want it at all. And their 6:30 bottle is the same. They will probably only take half of it. Isn't that weird? Is this some kind of natural weaning process into more/all solid foods? In other food-news, we are starting on finger foods, even though I am REALLY nervous about it, but I know it's time to start. They have teeth! They each have two on the bottom, and Josh is popping a third. They have had the finger food "puffs" that dissolve for a while now, but I am now into actual chomping and swallowing territory. So far we have just done bits of banana, but if I am brave I will do other things as well, lol. However, I will also add that most of the said bananas and puffs end up stuck to their arms, leg, and chest, without ever making contact with their mouths. We'll get there. Jules has been in an awful phase where she will just start crying in her high chair when she eats veggies-very frustrating! She used to eat anything....uuuggggg

Waketime/Napping: They are still at the 2hr mark for awake-time.

Nightime: Still doing good here!

Our Schedule:

7:00- wake/feed 7oz each for Josh & Jules then solids fruit and cereal. Josh always gets more than Jules
9:00 - nap (hopefully at least 1.5 hours)
11:00 - feed - I now only put 6oz in each of their bottles, b/c they almost never finish it. Crazy!!
1:00 - nap (usually wake at 2:30)
3:00 - feed 6.5oz for each + solids. This used to be a veggie only, now they also get cereal too, so they can pack on those pounds
4:30 - nap
6:30/6:45 - feed 6.5oz for each, + solids. This is a protein, veggies, fruit and cereal. Its usually all mixed together, or we feed the fruit afterwards, separately
7:00 - baths
7:30 - story/bedtime

Outing/Events: Our nanny has started taking them to storytime at our local library once a week. I think they like it. This is their third week going, and it was the best one yet. The first week the lady started singing "Wheels on the Bus", and Josh started crying hysterically - tears! LOL!! It was so random and funny. I sing it to him all the time, and he must not have liked someone else singing it to him! We are now officially in UT football season, so we have been up to Knoxville twice with them. (they don't go to the games though). We also love to swing at our tot lot in the park. We also had our first playdate with another set of twins! I met Maggie online as we were both struggling to conceive. Turned out she lived really close to Knoxville. She successfully conceived b/g twins as well, and they were actually born five days before mine. How cool is that? Here we are on our first playdate at Fountain City Park...

Diet: I have started walking again with the kiddos in the evenings, which is great. It has been SO HOT here (high 90's) that it has been impossible. It has gotten a wee bit cooler, so we are now on a roll with the exercise!

Milestones: Well, I now have two mobile babies. Jule is crawling, and is so fast. Josh has now perfectly the army crawl. So, he can now go forward, albeit slowly. Honestly though, you would be amazed at how quickly he can get from point A to B by simply rolling and then going side-to-side, then rolling again. They are too fun right now. They laugh out loud, and actual belly laughs too. Josh is ticklish under his arms. They both will now laugh if you make funny faces at them, which is so cute. We had to lower Jules's crib mattress. We haven't had to do that to Josh's yet, though. They like (not love) books. I wish they liked them more, now but they are just starting to enjoy the page-turning and book reading instead of just eating the books. They are still kind of babbling. No words yet. We're trying though! And no signing yet, sigh. Their favorite toys right now are the toy piano (both), anything with a tag (Josh), their scooter (more Jules than Josh) and funny enough - the free Ronald McDonald toys in the Happy Meals! Jake's Aunt Sally sent them those toys, and they honestly LOVE them! It is the funniest thing. Here is Jules with Ronald:

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

?-8 Months Slideshow

Ok, I have been a complete slacker, yes, but I have also been without a camera, and I also cannot for the life of me keep track of how many weeks old they are!! So, I am now going to do this every two weeks, and do a half-month post. So, here is *I have no idea how many weeks* up until 8 months, LOL. Enjoy!!!

New Camera!!

Hey all in the blogger world! I'm back! I have been Ms. Depressed Lady since my charging cradle on my camera went kaput. Good news, though..I have a new one! And a good one!! My birthday was on Wednesday (September 8th - Happy Birthday to Moi). I had asked for a new camera, but really didn't think i woudl get one. I assumed I would get some money and would just buy one off of Craigslist. Imagine my surprise when I opened up a brand new Nikon D3000! Woohoo! I'm going to take some professional shots and all that jazz! Woohoo! (again!)
This camera is incredible. Here are some recent shots from it, that I love. And I don't even know how to use it yet. I am so excited to learn more about it so I can take even better pics!

Friday, September 3, 2010


Was I really this large???? Really?

I'm reminiscing because my babies will be 8 months old next week. 8 months old! And honestly, try as hard as I might, I just don't remember being pregnant. I can't wrap my brain around the fact that my two precious, full-of-life, sweet , personality-crazy, funny little babies were in my belly! Its beyond my comprehension! In my job right now, I am seeing people that I haven't seen since I was this large. And I can sort-of remember walking in and out of schools and waddling around, but I honestly can't remember any of it, and its so sad!! I am so glad I blogged about it every two weeks, or I would not have any memory of it whatsoever.

Football season starts tomorrow!

and the babes were decked out this morning in their UT onsies. They have much cuter outfits to wear on game-day tomorrow, but thought they might want to celebrate for two days.

p.s. check out Josh's Bed-Head.

No camera :(

I have no camera. I cannot begin to tell you how sad I have been about it. I haven't taken a picture of the babes in two weeks! I have a Casio Exilim camera, which I have loved. Well, all of a sudden the charging cradle stopped working. I have fiddled and fiddled with it. So, then I brought out my old Kodak EasyShare camera from many moons ago, and it doesn't work either, with new batteries and everything. So, for the time being, I can only get pictures that other people have taken, which is actually ok, b/c everyone takes pictures of the babes at any given moment. But, I am used to taking pictures of them EVERY DAY. So...I'm a little blue about it. I had already asked for a new camera for the birthday next week before any of this happened. (hint, hint) So, hopefully I will get one!

Here is a recent picture of them on their new scooter-thing. They LOVE it, I can't begin to tell you how much.