Today was a hot one in Baltimore, over 80 degrees despite a few short outbursts of rain. Steve and I thought it’d be fun to hop in the car and go find a baby pool for the boys. We found one for $5 at Target. It was the best $5 we ever spent. The boys had an absolute blast. We filled it up with a couple inches of water, stripped the boys down to their birthday suits, and threw a few bath toys in with them on the front porch. Our front porch is shaded so we didn’t have to worry about the sun. It was the first time the boys got to be in water together and the first time in a pool. Note: a couple of the videos are private due to some nudity. Shoot me an email and I’ll share the link with family and friends.
I put them in the pool inside the house first without water and they were unsure about why they were hanging out together naked.
Then we all headed outside and daddy added the water. At first they were a little confused:
Then they found out they could splash!
Anthony splashed Nathan right out.
Nathan even tried to start swimming!
Anthony says, “Whoa! Watch where you’re kicking, bro!”
They sat up nice and straight the whole time playing with their toys.
Towards the end their energy levels started to die down.
All in all the pool was a GREAT success.
Now that the kitchen is “almost” done we were able to move the tables out of the living room and have installed two baby gates. It’s a good thing too because Nathan is on the move. He can get anywhere he wants to be… and pretty quickly too. He especially likes anything that is NOT a baby toy: watches, glasses, cameras, phones, cords, etc.
The way he moves it looks like he’s moving on ice because his little legs slip out from under him and he slides around.
Steve and I were so lucky to have his mom here this past week helping us out with the kitchen. It ended up being perfect timing. She did so much dusting, vacuuming, Windexing, etc. that she was sore and exhausted each night! She was so helpful, we tried to beg her to stay longer… here’s a picture of Anthony trying to pin her down.
Thank you “Grammie” for all your help! We love you!
On Friday I took a half day off of work and Keri was playing peek-a-boo with Anthony while I was helping to unpack the kitchen. It was hilarious, she would hide behind the couch and have Nathan pop out while Anthony was in the jumper and Anthony would crack up laughing like it was the funniest thing in the world. I love hearing my boys laugh. It’s music to my ears…
Anthony always wants to touch Gracie. The other day Steve was holding her and Anthony got to play with her paw. I was a little slow grabbing my camera but she was so patient with him while he got to feel a puppy paw.
Anthony LOVES to jump. For the past few days we’ve been putting him in the jump-a-roo in doorways and he just hops around with a giant smile on his face.
If you look at him and say hi he’ll jump even higher… he gets so excited when someone gives him attention. He is such a happy baby.
I read somewhere that babies tend to make more noises and sounds when they’re starting to teeth. Nathan has been making a lot more noises recently… I wonder if there will be some teeth poking in soon.
The other day Keri and I took the boys for a walk and because it was so HOT out we decided to pull over by the lakes and let the boys dangle their feet in. Anthony didn’t seem to care so much that his feet were cold and wet, but Nathan had a grand old time splashing around.
…we need to get a kiddy pool!
On Saturday Nathan was acting very sleepy. His eyebrows get red and he gets a little grouchy. So I walked him up and put him in his crib with his blue blanket. He immediately pulled it up by his face and snuggled in with it. Then he pulled it back, saw me, and started laughing. He thought it was so funny to be the one to hold the blanket and to play peek-a-boo that he kept doing it over and over again, pulling the blanket over his eyes and back down, and of course was too excited to go down for a nap. He is such a smart little guy, he has seen other adults do the same motions with a blanket to play peek-a-boo with him and now he mimicked us to play himself. I can see why these boys aren’t napping as much these days… life is way too exciting!
stiff arm [stif ahrm]
1. When a tandem nursing twin baby places his or her inward facing arm such that the elbow is not bent and then pushes away his or her sibling forcefully.
Warning, a stiff arm may result in the following:
- spilled milk
- scratched faces
- uncontrollable laughter
- distracted babies
Nathan has gotten to where he will hold Anthony’s arm down by his wrist so Anthony can’t stiff arm him while they eat together.