Tuesday, September 30, 2008

How Cute Are We?

A few more pictures...
1. Aidan, Brooklyn and Calahan in their cool shirts from our good friend, Judy Johnson! Thank you Judy!
2. Cousin Maddie putting in the pacis
3. Aidan watching t.v.
4. Brookie sleeping with her toys
5. Cal hanging in his bumbo with big brother Aidan looking on

Girl's Night Out

September 30, 2008

I know I have said it before...but my husband is the BEST! Last week Paul told me that he was going to take me out to dinner and his parents were going to watch the babies. My sister was also coming to spend the weekend so she would be there to help Pete and Carol with the cherubs. Friday rolled around and I had just finished getting ready. I heard Pete and Carol come in so I came down the stairs and to my surprise there were my girlfriends!!! Ready to take me out for a GIRL'S NIGHT! I was so excited and really caught off guard. Paul had called Ashley and told her to set it up because I hadn't been out. We had a wonderful time at a new Tapas restaurant in Canton and then headed to Comparis in downtown Plymouth to sit outside. What a beautiful night! The party didn't end until the very last minute when we were in my driveway singing some sweet tunes (singing or screaming; I am not sure which). The next day a few of my neighbors had something to say about that. Oops! Thank you to my fabulous husband and to my spectacular girlfriends (they refused to let me pay for anything)! I am so lucky to have such wonderful people in my life!

This past weekend my sister and I ventured out to downtown Plymouth with the babies and the Breast Cancer 3 Day walk was in town. It was awesome to see so much pink and so many people cheering the walkers on. My sister and I have always wanted to do the walk in honor of our Mom and Grandma, but you have to raise quite a bit of money to participate. Some day we will do it. The babies did a great job and got to see their first (and probably only pink fountain).

On to the babies...they are almost 6 months old (October 8) and 14 weeks adjusted. They are fitting into six month clothes and size two diapers. WOW! I just can't believe how quickly they are growing.

Here is our daily schedule...

4:00 am -eat and back to sleep

9:00 am -eat, up for a short while and nap

11:00 am -play time- read books, tummy time, go for a walk, jumperoo, exersaucer, practice rolling over and sitting up

12:00 pm - eat

12:30 pm -play time continues and probably a cat nap

3:00 pm - eat again and play

6:30 pm - eat and bedtime

The babies are eating around 6 ounces at every feeding. I am worried that I am feeding them too much. They are so chubby! My doctor says that if they are eating it, then it isn't too much. Any thoughts? I am so curious to hear about what others are feeding their babies or fed their babies at this age. We go through a large can of formula a day; which is quite expensive.

Aidan, Brooklyn and Calahan are really starting to notice each other and they smile and talk to one another. It is the neatest thing to see. I haven't managed to get it on video yet, but I will. They are also noticing their bottles and get excited when they see those coming. But my favorite part of the day is going into the babies' room to get them in the morning. They get the biggest smiles when they see Paul or myself first thing in the morning. It warms my heart and is just the best feeling in the world.

That is all for now! We hope all of you are doing well!

Monday, September 22, 2008


September 22, 2008 Part 2

O.K. so the title of the post is a bit deceiving...no one is rolling over yet (although we are working on it). The title means I am on a ROLL. Posting twice in one day! Yay, me! I just thought you might enjoy one of my favorite pictures of the kids and a short video. For the picture, click on it to make it bigger so you can see the faces of all three kids. They are just hanging out. The video is the three babies kickin' it.

A Few of Our Favorite Things

September 22, 2008

Today we just wanted to share with you a few of our favorite things.

For Aidan...T.V. (go figure). Aidan loves nothing more than to sit in his Bumbo chair and watch the television. It doesn't matter what it is on, as long as it is on. We won't be making a habit of this, but is really kind of amusing to see him so enamored by the t.v.

Brooklyn is a Jumperoo Junkie. That girl is going to have some killer calves because she jumps all over the place. The other day she had such a work out that she fell asleep in the thing.

Then my little Calaman is all about his swing. He likes to observe all the activities that are going on in the house (we are never short on busy). He doesn't sleep much because he doesn't want to miss anything. He can sit in his swing for hours just watching.

As for Paul and I...our favorite things are these babies and each other (and Daisy Girl, of course). We are so happy! It is such a wonderful feeling!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Yes...We are still alive!

September 10, 2008
Sorry for our absence...life is crazy, but in a good way. The babies are 5 months old (11 weeks adjusted) and doing great. They are so amazing! So much has happened since I last posted. One emergency visit to the hospital (false blood test results) and Cal's double hernia surgery; other than that we are healthy!

Our current daily routine is as follows: 6 am eat, play, sleep, 10 am eat, play, sleep, 2 pm and 6 pm more of the same. 9 pm eat, swaddle, sleep until 2 or 3 am and then the cycle repeats. The babies are really starting to enjoy the playing part. Almost as much as Paul and I are watching them. The family room has been transformed into a baby gym. Jumperoo, bouncy seat, exersaucer, floor mat, swing, etc. However there are more than one of each of these items. Madness!

We were in Rockford for most of August at the cottage. Unfortunately, Paul's grandma passed away so the babies attended their first funeral while we were there. Gigi Popkins was the sweetest little lady and she is dearly missed. We also enjoyed our first dining experience at Arnie's; it went fairly well but we had two people for back up with us.

All of my fabulous teacher friends went back to work. We were so sad to see them go. A quick shout out THANK YOU to those that helped all summer (you know who you are). We couldn't have done it without you! We are fortunate to still have Carol over on Wednesdays all day and my Mom on Thursdays. Carol also comes during the week for feedings here and there throughout the week. Our neighbor from across the street, Debbie, has also been a big help.

Our four month check up went very well. Aidan was 13 pounds, Brooklyn was 12 pounds and Calahan was almost 12 pounds. As you can see from the pictures we are all chubby! Everyone seems to comment on how "healthy" the babies look.

Paul and I were able to make it to cousin Amy's 40th birthday party with my Mom, Dad, brother, sister-in-law, niece, aunt and cousin watching the babies. Although it was a fabulous party, we missed the babies something terrible.

Paul and I spent another night away from the babies this week in order to attend the funeral of my old dear friend, Adam. We were able to do this thanks to my mother-in-law and sister-in-law. I worked with Adam for fourteen years at the Dairy Dream and he always looked out for me. He was like a big brother (even though I was months older). We haven't spoken in a couple of years, but he was one of those family friends that you know so well. Adam will be missed by so many. Please keep his family in your prayers.

A few things about the babies...

-no more size one diapers
-no more 0-3 month clothes
-no more extra calorie formula
-no more eating every three hours
-no more actigall for Aidan or iron for Brooklyn

-loves to fold his hands (we think he is praying)
-is trying to roll over
-is a big eater (6 ounces at a time)
-is a wonderful sleeper
-loves to watch t.v. (just like his Dad)
-is harder to get a smile out of (but has beautiful dimples when he does)
-loves to stare at the light coming in through the blinds

-recently found her screaming voice (it's a very loud place)
-has a beautiful smile and she does so often
-has a red bird toy that she loves to watch
-does not tell as many night time stories as she used to
-adores her Daddy
-likes to coo and chatter

-is doing much better with his acid reflux
-also likes to watch t.v.
-has a darling smile and is doing so more and more often
-loves his swing
-loves his bottles and lets us know it by his loud sucking and umm...umm in between
-is a light sleeper during the day

We hope you are all doing well. Again, I apologize for the lull in posts. The days pass by so quickly. But not a day goes by that I don't thank God numerous times for these precious miracles. We have truly been blessed!
If you are reading this, please post a comment. I am pretty sure all of our faithful blog readers have given up on ever seeing a new post. So I am not sure if I should continue on or shut her down.