I mentioned in the last post that my aunt and uncle and cousin came out to visit us for Thanksgiving. Part of the reason they came out, other than to meet the boys, was to see their son, my cousin, Sam play football. He plays quarterback for Iowa State. I decided to make the drive with them over to West Virginia… and I’m so glad that I did.
Even though we didn’t get to see Sam play we got to spend time chatting on the car ride and experience the excitement of a college football game. It was one of the most exciting games I’ve seen because it went into triple overtime. Very “sudden-death” like. And the Cyclones ended up pulling off the victory 52-44 which ended their season with a 3-9 record. I did make a wish on a single star that they put Sam Richardson in… turns out there were two Sam Richardson’s on the team so I should’ve been more specific in my wish. We did get to see Sam for a little after the game before he had to jump on the bus and fly back to Iowa. It was great to see everyone. We’re going to have to plan a trip out to Florida.
The trip was the longest I’ve been away from the boys since they were born. I definitely missed them. it didn’t help that I got a few texts from Steve saying that Nathan was taking 3 and 4 steps.
I wonder if you boys will play sports in college like your mommy and daddy?!? Being athletic definitely runs in the family.
Yesterday the boys tagged along with aunt Leslie, Katie, and myself to the Towson mall to do some holiday shopping. They did such a good job. Anthony was enjoying people watching so much that he didn’t take a nap.
Nathan took a little snooze.
First black Friday shopping trip was pretty painless. I have a feeling future shopping trips aren’t going to be as easy with two boys.
I’m a little slow on this post (so I’ll have to backdate it) but we had an awesome Thanksgiving. My Aunt Leslie and Uncle Lonnie flew up on Monday evening to spend the week with us. Katie, my cousin/their daughter, joined us on Wednesday evening. It was the first time the boys got to meet Lonnie, Leslie, and Katie. Steve’s parents drove over from Pittsburgh and his brother, Paul, drove from Virginia. So we had a full house. It was so nice having familiar faces everywhere. The boys did such a great job.
Anthony was so comfortable with Katie that he just threw his leg right over her. There was no stranger danger at all with Katie. I think they thought she looked a lot like me!
She is so good with babies! She’s going to make a great mom some day.
Look at those baby holding skills:
Anthony got lots of kisses!
Our Thanksgiving feast was amazing. Besides the giant 22 pound turkey we had the typical Thanksgiving essentials: sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, brussels sprouts, rolls. And then some fun Richardson favorites: Strawberry pretzel salad, broccoli souffle and carrot souffle (the boys favorite!).
The turkey wasn’t the only 20 lb creature that needed to be prepared on Thanksgiving. The boys got to get nice and clean in the kitchen sink.
I someone didn’t get pictures of the food? …slacking this year. But everyone humored me while I took some pictures of everyone with the boys. Thank you guys!
Grandpa with Nate:
Grandma with Anthony
And here’s one of us (this one we used for our Christmas card)
It was a relaxing day of watching football and hanging out:
Yesterday both Nathan and Anthony, on two separate occasions, went and grabbed Gracie’s small pink tennis ball and tried to play catch with her. I didn’t see Nathan do it, but Ann told me he had. Then last night Anthony did the same thing. Gracie was being so good with him. She let him take the ball out of her mouth and then he threw it for her and she chased after it while he laughed.
This morning Steve shaved off his beard because he was going to teach Science to 7th through 12th graders. When we came downstairs Nathan got scared. I don’t know if he didn’t recognize him or what but he looked at him and cried. He also didn’t want Steve to hold him and climbed into my arms. Very unlike Nathan.
Yesterday Steve was walking Nathan around the room, barely holding onto his hands, and when he was done I held Nathan at arms length and asked him to come to me. He took three steps unassisted before crashing into my arms. He’s going to be full on walking any day now!
Anthony is also becoming more brave when it comes to standing. He’ll stand without holding onto anything and practice balancing. He’s also super fast with pushing his cart.
It’s been a fun last few days at the DeLuca household. Both boys are teething. Nathan is getting two teeth next to his upper two middle teeth and Anthony is getting his first upper tooth (left one). It’s sad that we can’t do much to ease their pain but it’s also exciting that the boys are on their way to completing a toothy smile.
The boys were blessed to celebrate their very first birthday with so many friends and family members. My Aunt Laurie, Grandma Richardson, mother, sister Sara, and Sara’s two sons all flew in early to help. It was a lot of work organizing the food, making the deserts, and rearranging the house. But it turned out beautiful. Thank you guys for your help!
Only thing I would’ve changed was how the boys felt. As I mentioned in an earlier post, the boys had 4 shots on their actual birthday. They had super high fevers and were all around in bad spirits. That meant for their party they were a little overwhelmed by having so much attention… they did a lot of sleeping.
Somehow I didn’t manage to get a group shot of everyone…. But here are a few from earlier in the evening:
Grandma Seacat, Paul, and Keri
Nathan and Daddy
Aunt Laurie and Anthony
Keri (1st nanny) and Anthony
Anthony and Grandma DeLuca
Georgia and Popi
Crow boys helping
The mini cupcakes
cupcakes with custom toppers
Rice Crispy Balls… yum!
The cake was my favorite part. I found this neat cake mix at the store that created a rainbow effect. Everyone helped make it, even Knox. He enjoyed seeing how different colors mixed together made new colors.
The Cake Smashing
What is this amazing new food?
Just being adorable
Cute shoulder roll
I trust mommy
Bankers helping out
Gracie likes it
Not as glamorous as I imagined the cake smash to be… Nathan was definitely not interested. Anthony humored us and at least sat there next to the cake. He was doing this super cute shoulder rolling that I’d never seen him do before. Luckily Banks was there to show them how to dive in. Thank you Uncle Chuck for capturing the memories. Grandma Seacat took a 15 minute video so when I can get that from her I’ll update this post with a video.
Thank you everyone for making their first birthday unforgettable. They loved all of the gifts and seeing everyone’s smiling faces.
The boys are a year old. I can’t believe it’s been a year. Time has flown by. Seems like only yesterday Steve and I were red eyed zombies and now we’re fully functional adults settled into a comfortable rhythm as parents.
It was tough to get a picture of the boys together this month so I took this quick video:
Not much as changed physically since last month with the boys. Neither one of them is walking yet but both of them are standing a little more without holding onto anything. They are super fast crawlers and like to walk holding onto the couch, toys, or our hands. They also like to climb the stairs and couches. They love to look out the windows, especially Anthony. They will play catch with you if you roll them a ball. They are eating anything and everything. Whatever we have for meals they’ll have as well. They are both excellent eaters.
Anthony and Nathan are smart little guys. Both of them are eager to do whatever Steve and I are doing and they pick up things quickly. They like to put toys in and out of larger toys/boxes. They have both started throwing hissy fits when they don’t get what they want. It’s the worst when they’re also tired but they will throw their heads down onto the ground and cry. They’re down to only two naps a day, morning and afternoon.
Weight: 21 lbs 11 oz (40%)
Height: 29″ (40%)
Head Circumference: 18″ (40%)
Loves to clap
Stacks blocks. We have these yellow cardboard boxes and he’ll sit in front of them and stack them.
Still loves to be held… he is a mama’s boy for sure.
Anthony’s nicknames: ‘A’ man, Big Guy, Monkey Man
Weight: 19 lbs 9 oz (8%)
Height: 27 3/4″ (7%)
Head Circumference: 18″ (40%)
He loves to put things in other people’s mouths. He thinks it’s hilarious to feed mommy his toys.
Has been doing this thing lately where he points at everything. He’ll let you know what he wants by pointing. He cracks up when you put your pointer finger onto his.
Nathan’s nicknames: Nate, Nate Doug, Peanut (not as common as the others)
Somehow I didn’t get a picture of the four of us for the boys birthday… Steve and I are doing awesome. Ann is still our nanny and comes every day from 9 to 6. It’s so nice to work from home and get to sneak down and see the boys throughout the day. Steve just found out last week that he got a prestigious fellowship for work. I am still loving my job doing mobile development at IBM. I made it an entire year breast feeding twins! I am very proud of myself… we’ll see how much longer I/they decide to go. I love these boys so much. It’s only been a year but I feel like I’ve known them my whole life. Only 17 more years to go before they’re headed off to college…
There will be another post in the next few days about the boys first birthday party… stay tuned.