And the outcome was…
Ann and I decided to test out taking the boys to the ymca care center while we worked out. We tried last week and neither of us had an I.D. so they wouldn’t let us leave the boys. So we each took turns watching the boys while the other did a quick workout. Well, this morning we were able to leave them at the center. We were early so we stayed with them in the play room while they got accustomed to the area. They seemed to be really enjoying themselves playing with some legos when we snuck out.
When we left them there was only two other kids there and two women to watch everyone. Anthony and Nathan seemed to really enjoy themselves and didn’t even realize we left. When we got back this is what we saw:
Anthony was still playing with the legos but Nathan was being cuddled in one of the ladies arms. Supposedly he had a melt down about 5 minutes after we left where he threw himself on the ground and started crying. At least Nathan wasn’t crying when we went to pick him up. Needless to say I think it was really good to get the boys exposed to some socializing. Nathan will likely open up over time… that or he’ll just be shy like his mommy was. Anthony did a great job according to the ladies. It was also kinda nice to see that Anthony stayed pretty close to where Nathan was. He’s a good brother!
On Saturday I took the boys downstairs and made them some pancakes while Steve got a little extra sleep. They devoured the blueberry pancakes and I put them in the babyproofed living room while I cleaned up. When I came around the corner Anthony was chewing on a triple A battery and the remote to the tv was scattered in pieces on the floor. I went on a mad hunt for the missing second battery and couldn’t find it anywhere. Steve woke up and joined in the hunt. We were panicked worried about taking Anthony AND Nathan to the emergency room… not sure which one of them swallowed the missing battery. Finally we found it under the love sac.
…being a parent is scary.
At least Anthony gave me a few extra hugs:
We spent the afternoon at Oregon Ridge park again where the boys saw their first live frog. Anthony bent down and touched him and the frog got scared and jumped into the pond. We then went to Ikea where we bought a bookshelf for the boys new room.
Steve redeemed himself by preparing this delicious dinner:
Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there! I love you mom! I know the Crows are taking care of you. Can’t wait to see you in about two months!!
We took the boys to the Pediatrician on Tuesday for their 18 month checkup. For some reason it was more tears than usual at the doctors office as well as a fight over who got to sit on Daddy’s lap. They only got one shot, Hep A, and were rewarded with a very sticky red lollipop. Their first time ever having a lollipop. Nothing too interesting to report from the doctor. They are on track and healthy. She did said that twins tend to talk much later than most kids because they see each other not talking and don’t feel the need… plus many twins develop their own language with each other. The boys definitely are jigger-jabbering with each other a lot lately.
- They both are starting to be curious about using spoons. We’ll give them a spoon and a bowl full of something and they’ll try to eat off their spoon for a little bit. Then they give up and use their hands.
- They’re in size 5 diapers still. We did buy a toilet seat cover thing but when we put them on it to see what they thought they both started screaming bloody murder.
- We’ve been going to the Y to go swimming a lot lately. They are pretty happy in the water but still cling to us as we float around.
- They love to swing on the swing in the backyard. it’ so nice that the weather is finally getting warmer…. it was a long winter.
- Lots of teeth! The both have their four little front bottom teeth and their four upper teeth. Nathan has four big molars and Anthony has two. It’s nice to know they can chew on their food.
- They LOVE to dance. We’ll put on music and they will sway back and forth and spin in circles… it’s adorable.
- Naps are limited. They still have a morning nap around 11 am for a couple hours but don’t really take an afternoon nap. Sometimes one of them will be exhausted and we’ll get a short 2nd one in.
- They’ve been interacting with each other more. They’ll always trying to play with the same toys or fighting over the same adult.
- They are both really smart. If you ask them where one of their body parts is they’ll point to it and smile. If you ask them to go get a toy they’ll go get it. If you ask them to go get a book, and a specific book, they’ll hunt through the pile of books until they find the one you want. They seem to understand most of what we tell them.
- Neither of the boys are really talking. Sometimes we’ll hear a “doggie”, “duck”, “daddy”, “mama”, “dude”, but that’s about the extent of it and it’s very rare.
- They go up and down the stairs on their own.
- They love to splash around in the bathtub together.
- They both give hugs and kisses!! This is my favorite part. If you ask them to give you a kiss they come over wide mouthed, same with a hug. Nathan typically turns his body so youre hugging his back but he’s still there for the snuggle.
- The boys typically go to bed around 7 or 7:30 pm and get up around 7.
- Height: 32 3/4″ 70th percentile
- Weight: 25 lbs 45th percentile
- Head circumference: 48
- Favorite foods: he likes anything but isn’t as excited about meats. He loves cottage cheese.
- Anthony is always the first one up in the morning. He stays happy if he can get Nathan woken up and the two of them talk to each other. But if Nathan ignores him and tries to sleep through it Anthony makes sure the whole house is up with him.
- Anthony loves to have fun but sometime he has a serious side to him like he’s busy and has work to do. He’ll be pushing along his little lawn mower (thank you grandma and grandpa DeLuca) and just goes back and forth without a smile. Then he get frustrated when he runs something over or it otherwise gets stuck. He’s got things to do!
- Anthony tends to get frustrated easily and wants everyone to know about it. Sometimes Steve and I joke that Anthony is 100% him.
- He was a little ham during this photo shoot.
- Height: 31 ” 30th percentile
- Weight: 21 13/16 25th percentile
- Favorite foods: sausage, fish, blueberries, bananas
- Nathan is pretty funny when it comes to food. He typically won’t eat the last of something. He’ll point at the food and make you give him another one so he has at least two pieces. The last piece he’ll carry around with him for a long time torturing Anthony.
- Nathan has been doing this thing lately that is super cute, he’ll climb up on chairs and just sit there like a grown up. He sits up so straight and once he’s acknowledged he’s so proud of himself.
- Nathan is a little more sensitive and very independent. He doesn’t like being told no.
- He is very much a daddy’s boy. Nathan is his happiest when he’s sitting on daddy’s lap. I couldn’t get pictures of him by himself because he’s always busy, but as soon as Daddy was there he was happy showing off his pearly whites.
- Being parents is old hat to us by now. Every day gets easier and easier. Seeing a parent with one baby, and how easy it is, gives me a sense of pride… we did it! we survived two infants! And as a reward we will only have to drive the kids to one baseball practice, one sleepover, one school… but we get the benefit of two beautiful and unique kids. Here’s hoping anyways…
- I have been travelling a lot recent for work. And by a lot I’ve gone to two conferences and am actually writing this post while flying to Santa Clara for an awards dinner. Steve has done amazing handling the boys on his own.
For a total of 8… must be some kind of record.
Ann, our nanny, told us about this fun nature trail she used to go to a lot as a kid so today we decided to go check it out. It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon… a perfect day to be playing outside.
We started out by going inside the Nature Center. There were fish tanks with turtles, frogs, snakes, and cockroaches. There was even some bees and chickens. The boys LOVED the turtles. Anthony was squeaking with excitement.
Nathan pointed out how cool they were.
Then we walked over a bridge on a short nature hike.
And through the woods
Then we headed to the beach.
The boys enjoyed playing in the sand
And eating the sand too.
We finished the day by playing on the playground equipment and sliding down the slides.
Nathan was upset when other kids tried to play on “their” toys. They got the hang of the slides very quickly. racing between the slide and the steps to get up and go again. Anthony preferred to go down on his belly while Nathan liked to sit on his bum.