Thursday, April 21, 2011

RTT - Random Thoughts Thursday

Here's some random thoughts for today...

1). I officially have a climber! While I was playing with Payden, I looked to see that Patrick had climbed on top of the box of books and pulled to standing against the shelf of books. They LOVE to pull books off the shelves; I guess he just figured out how to get the books on the higher shelves..
After pulling him down time after time, I had to think fast! I pulled some cushions down for the couch and that got his attention. In no time he found that the couch was way easier to climb up on and after 10-15 minutes, his new climbing fascinations was tempered for maybe 20 minutes (until he remembered how fun it was to pull at all the books...)

My life is definitely getting busier...

2) We almost have 2 toddlers (in every meaning of the word). They are so close to walking, I can taste it!!

Payden has been cruising ALL OVER and walks just about everywhere as long as he is holding onto something. He loves to walk with you holding his hands. Just lately, he has started letting go for short periods of time to play with a toy and just stand all by himself. Also, today we played Ring around the Rosy 5 different times until I got a little dizzy. It's only a matter of time.

Patrick has only been pulling up for a short while but he is also starting to cruise. The one thing that Patrick has shown tons of interest in is standing by himself. It's all a game to him until he falls forward. It doesn't matter where he is, he'll just let go and stand there! We have a little game the Physical Therapist taught us. We stand them in front of us and hold there hands and do "Shake shake" and twist their arms and upper body and then let go as they practice standing. Patrick will now stand up to us and shake our hands to play over and over again.

3). On the feeding front - they ate real spaghetti!!! I was so happy. We've had 3 times now and they just love it. Maybe it's the Italian blood in them (from my husband's side of the family.). I just used a bottle of sauce, added bananas and applesauce to it and then ground up the noodles. I was thinking today that I could make a bunch of sauce and put it in baby food jars to freeze and have on hand for some easy lunches. I thought too that maybe I could continue to grind but just not so fine so they get used to bigger and bigger pieces. It excites me that we're finally gaining a little bit in this department! Yay!!

Lastly here a few photos - courtesy of my cell phone.. I promise I have some cute ones (from my camera no less) coming in my next post if I can get to it today.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

RTT - Mostly an update!

Yay! I finally have regular visiting teachers! I love contact with the outside world!! It was so nice to sit and chat and talk to her. And she brought me these beautiful daffodils from her garden...

Random updates of information for today..

1. Payden has a new word: his favorite food. Banana. He calls it a "Ba." Today I gave them cut up pears for breakfast but he wasn't eating them real well. Toward the end, I asked if he wanted a banana and he repeated Ba four times. I gave in and gave him his banana. It's so cute as he will lift it up and say Ba before putting it in his mouth!

2. Today Patrick discovered a new game - putting every shoe from our shoe rack in a laundry basket and then started with his toys too. He definitely understands the word, "in" We're working on "out."

3. It's been a tough week and a half for us as Patrick is apparently getting his molars in. Last week around Wednesday I realized that he was really tugging on his ears and not sleeping at all. He wakes up every hour to two hours and cries for his pacifier. When he's not sick or teething, he plops it right back in the soothes himself. Last night was HORRIBLE night for me. This last weekend we were able to get him to sleep better with motrin which dulled the pain. The trick is getting him to take it. Anyone know if you can add medicine in their milk or food? I really think he'd feel better if he took it but he'll just spit it out. He usually give it in a bottle nipple but he's caught onto that and won't take it. Please pray these teeth come in soon!!!!

4. Also with the teething and a milestone I think for this age (almost 15 months) his separation anxiet is really bad. Patrick will scream when Christian leaves for work and also cries at the window because he wants outside. If it was just crying, I could handle that but it's not. When he cries, it escalates and he throws up. Yeah, smell of rotten milk.. not appetizing at the least. Anyone used to this and know what to do or will it always happen like this? It's frustrating.

5. We're holding stead at 2 bottles a day: just morning and night. They love their bottles. However on Sunday I brought out the straw sippy cups (Payden was going after a little girls sippy at church, he wanted it so bad). We were so surprised that Patrick just sipped and sipped his milk. We were so happy because he just won't tip back the other Gerber sippy that we have. I guess we need to go buy more straw sippy cups! :) Hopefully one more step closer to getting rid of bottles.

6. On the Feeding front, it also have been a frustrating point. But in my search I realized that we went from puree right to table food. I really didn't transition and boy is there a transition. So starting this week I have been grinding real food and helping them used to regular food and the different textures. So far it has been good. I made homemade macaroni and cheese the other night and ground it up. Then added some of their sweet potato chicken baby food to it and also peaches. They loved it. I had enough for 2 meals! Then today, I had a Gerber 3rd meal of spaghetti but didn't have high hopes about it. Now they like the texture and ate it just fine. I also added some applesauce and some banana too it and they liked it. It was 5 gm of protein which made me smile! Someday soon, maybe they'll like real spaghetti!

Pictures of their spaghetti laden both of them need their hair cut. I am trying to gather the courage as both have curls and I hope that they'll come back.. :)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Picture Fest!

So I realized that I hadn't taken pictures in forever. It's probably since the boys began being mobile and I've been chasing them everywhere as they explore and ahem.. destroy our living room.

Without further ado then....

Payden's a little distracted...

Both looking at the camera...that's a hard thing to accomplish.

Both coming forward to come off the chair!! Right at me!

Finally both smiling.... Whew!