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2 years old – The Girls

2 years old – The Girls

The girls are two years old!  They have blossomed into little girls and are no longer babies. We’re still calling them “baby sisters” but they can hold their own against their big brothers. In fact, the girls are almost as big as Nathan. They are even wearing some of the same pajamas. It’s been tough sorting laundry.

Similarities

There are very few things that are similar about the girls personalities but they get along so well. Even their body types are completely different… they both are so beautiful. We’re trying to encourage them to be best friends but being around anyone 24/7 can lead to some fighting.

  • Favorite color: they both LOVE purple. It happens to be Paty’s favorite color and now Anthony’s favorite color as well. It’s good we live in Baltimore given the Ravens.
  • We got rid of the cribs about a month ago. We took the family to Montana for vacation and when we got back the girls wanted nothing to do with their cribs. They started crawling out of them and we lowered them all the way to the ground. Something the boys never really got into unless we encouraged them to climb. But the girls were dangerously climbing out and flopping to the floor to the point where we felt it was safer to move them into big girl beds. Emily took to the new beds really well but Olivia has been struggling.
  • All the gates have been taken out of the lower level. We left the two on the stairs to keep them from going up and down on their own but they can easily go by themselves.
  • They are both talking so good. We can understand almost everything they say. They are using 2 or 3 word sentences like “big truck” “purple shoes”.
  • We can finally put their hair into pony tails and braids!
  • They know English and Portugeuse! When Paty speaks to them they understand her and even know a few words themselves like “Barriga” – belly, “Uva” – grapes, “tantao” – too much, and of course “eu te amo” – I love you. They definitely know more words than I do so this post isn’t doing it justice!
  • They are obsessed with shoes! If they could wear 5 pairs at a time they would.
  • They both love their brothers but at the same time they’re a little scared of them. Anthony always pulls them close to the table at dinner in their highchairs so they’re sitting right next to him. But sometimes if he even looks at them they scream and point at him and say “Ant-a-knee, stop!”.
  • Both girls are becoming very independent. They like to get into their highchairs themselves and insist on buckling themselves in. They like to put on their own socks and shoes and even clothes. They brush their teeth and comb their own hair.

Olivia

  • Height: 36 1/2 inches 97%
  • Weight: 26 lbs – 50th percentile
  • Favorite song: Twinkle Twinkle. She sings it all the time. We’ll be randomly all sitting in the car and she’ll burst into song.
  • Olivia is so stubborn. She gets that from me. When she sees something she wants, nothing will stand in her way until she gets it. It can be frustrating at times but I love her persistence.
  • Speaking of persistence and independence, Olivia has self potty trained. She has kept it dry for about a month now. We’re struggling a bit with #2 but I’m so proud of her. She’ll sit on the toilet and then say “yay” when she pees. She is so proud of herself.
  • Olivia has not slept well in her new big girl bed. She fights going to sleep and when she finally does she wakes up around 1 am and screams uncontrollably for an hour to an hour and a half. It. is. painful. Last night I slept next to her so the rest of the house could go to sleep and didn’t sleep from 1:30 – 6:30. The doctor recommended giving her melatonin before bedtime and Benadryl if she wakes up in the middle of the night. We need to do something because lack of sleep is hard to sustain.
  • Favorite things to point out: “hellicaca” (helicopters), “wow-wow” (dog) or “star” or “panda”

Emily

 

  • Height: 38  inches > 97%
  • Weight: 29 lbs (70 – 75th percentile)
  • Favorite toy: Her purple stuffed teddy bear. “teddy” goes everywhere Emily goes. She loves to strap him into chairs and the stroller.
  • Favorite color: purple
  • Emily is still wearing diapers but she’ll go in the potty when encouraged. I told Paty I’m never buying a single diaper again so once we’re out she’ll be potty trained. We’ve got about 3 months of diapers left though so hopefully she’s potty trained before Paty leaves.
  • Emily is the sweetest child. Our pediatrician told us to be careful about saying things like that in front of the other kids but it really is so true. She is so caring and helpful. She follows behind me closing closets and cabinets, she picks up after everyone, and she listens really well. She goes to bed in her big girl bed and still takes naps without much pushback. I know this can’t last forever but I’m enjoying having some calm in the chaos.
  • Emily has the best evil laugh and toothy smile. She’s also got a cute little freckle/mole on her face that is an adorable beautiful mark.
  • Emily is a goofball. She loves to make other people laugh.
  • Emily is an amazing jumper. She’s a natural on the trampoline.
  • She is so loving. Check out the picture of her and Paty’s panda bear above. As I mentioned before she’s always treating stuffed animals like they were living creatures and gives everyone the best hugs.

Us

Things have been really hard. Having four kids under five is tough. Especially with Olivia’s lack of sleep it’s taking a tole on us. There is more fighting and shouting and short tempers directed at the boys. I appreciate going back to work each week as it reminds me how much I miss the kids and I tend to be nicer to them. The pediatrician says we should be out of the woods in about 2 years. My mom is coming to visit soon and I’m so ready for some help. Our house is a disaster. We spend the entire weekends following around after the kids cleaning up their current messes to the point where we never get to the old messes. On the weekdays when we finally get the kids in bed I have grand plans to clean the house but I can’t get up from mental and physical exhaustion. I did end up hiring Paty’s friend Sarah to help as a “mother’s helper” here and there to clean for an hour. That has been a life saver!  I got rid of our cleaners because it was way too stressful. The 4 hours of cleaning before they got here so they could wipe down the cabinets quick was not worth the anxiety.

I got a new job at work which I’m loving. I’m learning a ton about running a company and more around the business side of decisions. I love a challenge and appreciate the new skills it’s bringing but I’m putting in a lot of hours which makes it tough keeping the household running. Steve promised us we’d be out of Baltimore before the kids started kindergarten and now it looks like that’s not going to happen. So on top of everything else we’re dealing with the stress of what to do with the kids once school starts. Having been a public school kid myself I find it outrageous to pay for school when free school is perfectly fine. So there is added household stress from figuring out what we’re going to do. I’d like to either buy a house in Austin and move out there with the kids in the fall to save on taxes plus get them into one of the best schools in the country or buy a new house in Baltimore that is in a decent school district. Steve wants to keep things as is and pay for Kindergarten. Ideally he’d just finish a paper and still apply this fall to get us out of Baltimore and onto the next adventure. I’m ready.

We only have Paty through the end of the year and then she has to go back to Brazil.  We’re going to miss her soooo much. I’m not looking forward to the devastation our girls are going to feel when we say goodbye. I’m sure they don’t remember life without her and they absolutely love her. Our whole family is going to be crushed. We are, however, looking forward to welcoming Maria to our family! Maria is from Columbia and we knew instantly she’d fit in with our crazy crew.

It is hard to keep up with the blog. I’ve been wanting to convert it into a book like I did for the boys when they were little but it takes months especially with my backlog. Luckily my instagrams are automatically posted to the blog… I need to hire a professional memory assistant who follows us around documenting our lives. …if only we were famous. 😉

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Happy Birthday Oliver

Happy Birthday Oliver

The boys favorite neighborhood friend, Willie, came over with his mom and little brother, Oliver, with cupcakes a couple weeks ago to celebrate Oliver’s first birthday!  It was so nice of them to include us in the celebration.  It took me a bit to get these pictures online but here are some of the boys enjoying the cupcakes… with sprinkles!

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2 years old

2 years old

I can’t believe it’s been two years since the boys were born.  This last year has flown by. I love this age.  They are so much fun to be around and they’re really starting to interact with one another.

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It’s still almost impossible to get the boys to pose next to each other for a picture.

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Even individually.  Anthony is much better at smiling for the camera in general.  Nathan is so busy, he’s always got something else he needs to be doing.  Luckily we can bribe them a little bit these days.  Especially to get them to hug and kiss.

Evidence:

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They really are best friends.  Like anyone would, they get sick of each other every now and then and we try to give them individual attention by taking one of them on an adventure while the other stays with the other parent at home.

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We took them to the doctor for their 2 year checkup this Monday (learned our lesson about taking them on their birthday).  They got their second dose of Hep A as well as a flu vaccine.  They fed off each other when it came to Dr. Sullivan taking their measurements… meaning there was a lot of kicking and screaming.  She suggested that next time we make two separate appointments.

Similarities

  • They are both still wearing diapers.  We’re on size 5s although sometimes Anthony wears a 6.  
  • We’re still taking a nap.  Typically sometime between 12:30 and 1:30 they go down for about 2 hours.  They go to bed around 7:30 pm and wake up around 7:30 am.  We like to let them hang out in their rooms until 8 pm but sometimes we’ll get them earlier depending on the screaming level.
  • They’re both talking a lot but not complete sentences or even phrases.  I’d say they understand almost everything we say and are starting to repeat most words.
  • They both LOVE to go swimming.  We try to get them to the Y at least once a week.  They’re both very comfortable in the water.  They jump off the ladder into our arms and run around with huge smiles on their faces.
  • They are really good eaters.  For as long as I can remember we’ve been giving them whatever food we eat for lunches and dinner.  So they’ll try almost anything.  Sometimes they don’t like it but that seems to be correlated to whether or not they’ve had a lot of snacks before the meal.  In general they love to eat.
  • They’re walking/running everywhere.  Usually around dinner time we’ll wear them out by doing “circles” around the house inside.
  • They both have gotten my sweet tooth.  They are easily bribed with candy, chocolate, and ice cream.  Nathan especially.

Nathan

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  • Weight: 25 6/16 (20%)
  • Height: 33 5/8″ (25%)
  • Favorite color: blue
  • Favorite toy: they got some Squigs for their birthday and Nathan hasn’t put them down. He’ll collect just the blue ones.
  • Favorite food: meat.  Nathan is our meat eater.
  • Nathan is so smart.  He knows his colors (red, green, blue, purple) and lots of animals.  When you ask him how old he is he’ll say “two”.
  • Favorite game (of mine): Nathan loves to say “mommy” and I say “Nathan” and then he gets louder and louder and I get louder and louder and then he’ll whisper “mommy” and get softer and softer until just his lips are mouthing “mommy”.  I LOVE this game of his.
  • Nathan has been very curious about the toilet and seems to understand that he should be using it.  He’s peeps and pooped in the toilet a handful of times but definitely still needs a diaper.  We just need to do a better job of asking him if he needs to go on a regular basis to get him used to it.
  • Nathan is very attached to his little blue blankets that he lovingly calls “Be Be”
  • Nathan is our daredevil and trouble maker for sure.  He gets an evil grin on his face whenever he knows he’s going to do something bad.  He likes to jump off of furniture and has no fear what-so-ever.
  • Nathan gets a kick out of hiding.  When you ask “where’s Nathan” he’s really quiet and just waits for you to come find him.  His favorite hiding place is the coat closet.

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Anthony

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  • Weight: 28 1/4 lb (55%)
  • Height: 34 1/2″ (55%)
  • Favorite color: Green
  • Favorite food: pastas and cheeses.  He’s a little Italian boy for sure.
  • Favorite Toy: Cars.  Any size and shape.  He’ll drive them around on the furniture and the floor.
  • Anthony is deathly scared of the toilet.  He wants nothing to do with it.  I’ve thrown him on it twice and he screamed bloody murder both times.  He is curious though.  H’ell watch us when we’re going to the bathroom and always has to be in the bathroom when Nathan is sitting on the toilet.
  • Anthony is a stuffed animals kinda guy.  He has a stuffed teddy bear from Great Grandma and Grandpa DeLuca that he snuggles around the neck when it’s time for a nap or bed.
  • Anthony is more particular about what he wears than Nathan.  If you put something on him that he doesn’t want to wear he’ll scream and flop himself on the floor until you take it off him.
  • Anthony is very organized.  He likes to line his cars up or anything really in a line.
  • Anthony is our lover.  He is the best snuggler and gives the biggest hugs.  He’s also very friendly and social.  He’ll hug almost anyone and loves to people watch.

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  • We’ve definitely fallen into a routine. Even Gracie is relaxed and at home with the boys.  She keeps her distance but barks when it’s time for them to have a meal (wonder why) and she’ll sit by the door until they get home if they go out without her.
  • Ann is still our nanny and the boys love her.  They call her “Ann-ee”.  She’s started to take them to the library on Wednesday for a toddler reading class that is fun.
  • Twins were impossibly hard for the first year… but I wouldn’t trade it for a second.  It really does get easier and easier each day.  They are incredible little boys and the fact that they have each other and get to grow up with their best friend makes me the happiest mom in the world.

 

We’re Turning 2!!!

We’re Turning 2!!!

The boys are turning 2 in November and we’re having a party to celebrate.  If you’re reading this post you’re invited.  I’m swamped this year so I won’t be sending out paper invites but the evite looks pretty cute:

birthdayInviteHope you can make it!  It’ll be pretty relaxing, just like last year.  We’ll have snacks and hang out.

 

You would cry too

You would cry too

It’s their birthday, they can cry if they want to, cry if they want to…

Happy Birthday Boys!  Today you turn one.  It’s amazing how fast a year flies by. The day started out great.  Nathan was the first to wake up and Anthony wanted to keep sleeping in.  They got to open a present from Grama and Grampa Seacat… this cute plane that lights up and makes noises.

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The boys loved it!
…then the day went down hill…
I scheduled the boys for their year checkup on their birthday… amateur move.  They had to get 4 shots.  Then, to make matters worse we decided to go across the hall to the lab where they took blood work.  After waiting 45 minutes at the time they typically go down for naps the boys were called back to get their blood drawn.  Nathan went first, they stuck him with a needle in his right arm and kept moving it around trying to find a vein.  They had a horrible time and were poking and prodding.  I was holding him as he wailed and I felt wheezy watching them hurt him.  They gave up and said we’d have to bring him back at another time.  Then it was Anthony’s turn.  Steve held him and they did find a vein as huge crocodile tears rolled down his face and he screamed in pain.  It was so sad.
They spent the rest of the day feeling horrible.  We took Anthony’s temperature around 5 pm and it was 102.6!  So we started freaking out and trying to cool him down.  Needless to say, they still enjoyed their favorite dinner (Daddy’s spaghetti), a little bit of chocolate cake, a nice warm bath, and some bedtime snuggles.

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The Party of the Year!

The Party of the Year!

If you’re reading this blog you’re invited to the party of the year…. the boys are turning 1!

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I only ordered a limited number of invites and sent them to people living close by that were likely to attend but if you want to fly in for the weekend just let me know and I’ll pass on the party details.  It’s going to be a blast!  We’re looking forward to the Crows, Seacats, and Roziers all flying in to make an appearance.