Thursday, January 29, 2015

Belated Birthday Post

It feels a little silly to do a One Year Birthday post over a month after the fact, but I can't NOT do one!  It will just be a very abbreviated post with lots of pictures to make up for it.  I already did a post about their birthday party, so I didn't completely miss the boat.  I just didn't do a 12 month update post.  Or a 13 month one for that matter.....  Okay.  I just suck.  I know!

I now have toddlers.  There is no denying it, but I'm still going to call them my babies.  At some point, I'm sure that will change, but not quite yet.  They are still my babies.  At their last weigh in on 1/12/15, Ayden was 24 lbs, 10 oz and 30.75 inches tall.  Rylee was 19 lbs, 10 oz and 28.5 inches tall.  Ayden is exactly 5 lbs heavier and over 2 inches taller!  He is still wearing size 4 diapers and mostly 12 month clothes, but some 18 month tops.  Rylee is all over the board in sizes.  She still fits some of her 3-6 month clothes, but also is wearing some 12 month items.  I will never understand sizing in baby clothes.  Ever.  Rylee is wearing size 3 diapers.

They are both walking all over the place now, although they weren't taking more than a step on their actual birthday.  It's amazing to see them toddling everywhere!  Rylee walks a little bit like Frankenstein.  She kind of rocks side to side with each step and has her shoulders raised.  It's very adorable, if I do say so myself.  Rylee claps ALL the time and waves.  Ayden has started to clap a little, but he's pretty content to sit back and watch everyone else instead.  They both now dance to music, which is really just bouncing up and down, but it's fun to watch them get excited.  Ayden makes all sorts of sounds: mama, dada, baba, nana, yaya....but no actual words yet.  Rylee says dada constantly.  When I ask her to say mama, she says dada.  That's pretty much what she says all day long.  She has finally started to say yaya though, so at least there is another sound in her.  And she says cheese, to go along with her cheesy face :)  That's our first actual real word: cheese.

My mom came over on their birthday and went to their doctor appointment with us.  Not very nice to have to get their 12 month shots actually ON their birthday.  They still had a good day though.  Here's the promised pics from the big day that my babies turned ONE:

When your birthday is 2 days before Christmas, you get your presents wrapped in Christmas paper.

There's that cheesy smile!  Roar!!!

Ayden just wanted to eat her shoe.

Yep.  He's eating her shoe.

Rylee's says "See ya later!"

He has such a beautiful smile.

Best picture of the day.

They got a zebra from Tony's parents!  When you bounce up and down, the zebra moves forward.  It's really cool.  They'll have to wait a few years before they are actually big enough to operate it though!

They also got a car from them.  However, it also has been put up for the time being, until Ayden can stop trying to eat EVERYTHING!  He's quite the little beaver.  He thinks the horn on this car is a teething toy, and it's too nice a car to have him chew the horn off already.

My mom got them these fun little bikes.  They can ride them like a motorcycle, or they can convert into a walking push toy.

There's that face again!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Bullet Point Update

Things are way too hectic around here for me to be able to sit down and keep up with my blogging!  I am over a month behind on my blogroll.  I'm trying to keep up, but I am so far behind.  I haven't even done the babies One Year post yet, and they just passed their 13th month.....

Here's a quick bullet point update of what's been going on in our neck of the world:

  • We all had colds over the Christmas holiday.
  • Once we got over the colds, Rylee had some sort of stomach virus that included a 3:00am full on puke in her pack n' play followed by 2 weeks of extreme diarrhea.  Oh the joy!  We were going through 3-4 outfit changes every day there for awhile.
  • The babies have colds AGAIN, so we have lots of fun, slimy snot.  Rylee likes to lick hers if I don't catch it in time and she's got a good stream going.  Ayden on the other hand, wipes his by rubbing both of his fists across his nose and all over his face, resulting in snot covering both hands and his entire face.  Disgusting.  Ayden also has a cough this time around, although it's not all the time, so I'm not sure it's anything to worry about yet.
  • Last week I looked at 6 potential houses to rent in 2 days.  Between Tony and I, we looked at 11 houses over the last 2 weeks.  What a stressful process!  It was race trying to get our applications in before anyone else!  We finally did get a house that we both like and will suit our family.  It's actually bigger than our house now.  The best part is that it is only 18 minutes from Tony's office rather than the hour and a half+ that we currently are.
  • So now I am busy trying to pack, which isn't going very well with two babies that aren't napping well.
  • Our official move in date is February 1st, but if the current renters are out sooner, we may get the keys sooner.  That's what we are hoping for, so we can have the next two weekends to move instead of trying to get it all done in one weekend the following week.  Super Bowl Sunday kind of gets in the way for Tony this weekend on Feb. 1st.
  • The sale of our house is set to close on February 13th.  Looks like it's actually going to happen!!!  Yay!
  • Oh!!  We have TWO walkers!  Ayden started walking a day earlier than Rylee, but she has passed him up by being a little better at it than him.  She is also coming to a stand without the aid of a piece of furniture or person now.  Ayden still needs to climb to a stand by holding onto something.
  • Speaking of climbing...Ayden is starting to figure out how to do that.  He is keeping us on our toes!
Okay, I think that's the major things going on around here lately.  I may be behind in my blogging, both writing and reading, but I wanted you all to know I'm still here!!

Here's a few pictures of the kiddos:

Our big boy!

She is so proud of her new walking ability!

We took advantage of a nice day for a walk

Friday, January 9, 2015

We Have A (Almost) Walker!

Whelp, Ayden is now taking steps!  I posted a video on Facebook and Instagram, and everyone says he IS walking.  I hesitate to actually call it walking though.  It's more like taking steps.  He took a record 5 steps on December 27th at my family Christmas gathering, but then he didn't do it again until the past few days and it was sporadic.  As of last night, he is now trying to walk everywhere!  He's very unstable and wobbly, but he has gotten as far as 7-8 steps now.

I am learning that this new stage also comes with more bumps and bruises.  I'm fairly certain that he gave himself a black eye this morning when he fell into a chair.  We'll see what it looks like when he wakes up from his nap, but it was a huge welt when I put him down.

Rylee isn't too far behind.  Now that Ayden is taking steps and trying to walk everywhere, she is also becoming more brave.  She hasn't taken more than 2 steps though, as of yet.  I'm sure that will change very, very soon.

And the next stage begins.....


I am going to look at a house this afternoon for us to possibly rent.  Online it looks like it could be the perfect house for us!  It's 400 sq. feet bigger than our current house, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, large laundry room, garage with shelves and workbench, covered patio, huge kitchen with lots of counter space, central air conditioning!  It's not available until February 13th, which would be PERFECT timing!  The closing on our house got pushed back about a week or two (don't know the exact date yet), so the timing is perfect for us.  

The only problem is there are other people looking at the house today as well, so we already know we have competition for it.  Fingers are crossed.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Microblog Monday: House Update

Talk about busy lately!  I still need to do the 12 month/one year update for the babies!  It's coming soon.  I promise.

Here's the scoop on the sale of our house:

  • The inspection went well with just a few minor repairs requested that have pretty much been done as of today.  I asked my mil (our realtor) if it was normal to have such a short list of things asked to be fixed after an inspection.  She said absolutely not!  Usually people have a whole list of things they ask for, but the couple buying our house know what a great deal they are getting.  
  • The appraisal was done on Friday and the gal said everything looked great!  She didn't see anything to note that was wrong with our house.  
  • We spent a day in Eugene looking at different neighborhoods and checked out an apartment complex. We've officially ruled out the idea of apartment living.  There just wasn't enough room for our family of four.  It gave us an idea of what we would be looking for - nice neighborhood that we could take the babies for walks safely in, preferably a fenced yard, minimum 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and close to Tony's work.
  • We will actually start looking at possible houses to rent next week, with the hopeful goal of moving February 1st.
  • Closing date on our house is February 13th.

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Microblog Monday: Santa Pics

My family Christmas was this past Saturday.  The babies got to meet Santa for the very first time!  They really don't have much in the way of stranger danger, but they missed an afternoon nap (not that they ever get a very good one these days) and were super tired, so we thought they might cry.  Nope!  My niece and a cousin that are both only a few months older than Ayden and Rylee on the other hand....  They were not so happy with Santa.

We have a Santa suit in our family that my Grandpa used to wear.  I'm proud to say he was the Santa for an annual event at our State Capital Building for several years.  Now the Santa suit is used for our family Christmases.  This year one of my uncles dressed up as Santa.

My absolute FAVORITE!

Ayden was thinking about giving that beard a good tug.

I love this one too!  Rylee and Santa look like they are having a good talk.

And then there was my niece.  She didn't like Santa so much!

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Our Second "First" Christmas

Technically, this was the babies second Christmas.  However, since they were born unexpectedly only 2 days before Christmas last year and in the NICU, this Christmas really seemed more like their first!

Christmas 2013
I wish I could say this year was the best Christmas EVER, but I think that time has yet to come.  I say that because almost all of us were sick!  Rylee was the only one that hadn't come down with a nasty cold yet. When Ayden and I both woke up with very colorful snot (sorry), I knew we should probably stay home from our planned Christmas Day festivities with Tony's family.  In addition to the snotty noses, Tony and I also had not-so-fun coughs.  So we all stayed home and made the best of our day together, which was still pretty special simply because WE HAD BABIES to celebrate with!

My family traditionally has celebrated Christmas on Christmas Eve.  However, this year we moved it to the Saturday after.  As our extended family grows through marriages and added children, it becomes more difficult to plan a time that works with everyone.  We found ourselves without Christmas Eve plans, but it turned out to be a great day anyway!

Tony actually had the day off work, so we took advantage of that and had his mom come over to watch the babies in the afternoon, allowing us to have a much needed movie date.  We went and saw the new Hunger Games movie, the Mockingjay.  We loved it!  It might be the one and only time I've ever thought the movie was better than the book!  I found the 3rd book to be a little slow and hard to get in to, but the movie was fantastic.

Later that night, we all went out to dinner together at a local Mexican restaurant with Tony's parents, Grandpa, and Aunt.  It was the first time we'd ever taken the babies out to eat for dinner.  We were so impressed with how well they did!  I packed them each a baby spoon in the diaper bag and we ordered them a kids meal to share: chicken enchilada, beans, and rice.  Ayden and Rylee just seemed to take everything in and enjoyed the outing.  Of course we had to keep everything on the table out of arms reach from them!  Ayden was intrigued by the ceiling fan and all the people.  We spoon fed them their dinner in order to keep them as clean as possible and they ate their dinner like champs.  They also surprised us all by being able to drink from a straw!  In addition, they got their first taste of sherbet for desert.  It was a hit!

We knew we had colds Christmas Eve, but by Sunday morning they were a lot worse.  We called the family to let them know we would be skipping out.  We are sad that we missed spending Christmas with family, but what a blessing to be able to spend it with our own little family of four!

We didn't put up a Christmas tree this year, because with two mobile babies that like to eat absolutely EVERYTHING, it would have been a nightmare.  Plus, with being in the middle of selling our house and planning to move... It just seemed easier not to have a tree.  I put a few decorations out, but not many.  I'm hoping that in the years to come, we can make it a family tradition to go out and hunt for the perfect tree together.  Being from Oregon, we HAVE to have a real tree!

Our big gift to the babies this year was 4-in-1 trikes.  They start out with a parent handle to push and steer, and the seat comes with a 5 pt. harness.  Then it transitions into a regular trike that they have to pedal.  With their birthday being so close to Christmas, buying gifts was a bit of a challenge.  What they will need and be able to play with 6 months from now is a lot different from where they are developmentally right now, so some of their gifts will need to be put up and brought out at a later date.  Tony put together the trikes Christmas Eve and I wrapped the other few presents and filled their stockings.

When they woke up Christmas morning, we gave them their bottle as usual and then we opened presents!  The trikes were a hit and they loved the wrapping paper of course.

Loving their new bikes!

"Wrapping paper sure does taste good!"

Pure joy for their first T-ball set!  (We can pretend they actually knew what it was.  lol)

Rylee actually did pretty good pulling things from her stocking.  I just had to get her started by showing her there was stuff in there!

"What is this cool little ball that lights up?"  He was intrigued.
We had a great morning, but the day as a whole was a little rough.  Both babies decided they didn't want to nap all day.  Ayden skipped his morning nap altogether, and Rylee only slept for about a half hour.  For their afternoon nap, they both slept for only about 20 minutes and both of them were up screaming.  Kind of like they are doing right now as I type this.  Sigh.  They were most definitely grumpy cats with the lack of sleep.

We decided we would distract them and take advantage of the no rain by taking them for a stroll on their new bikes.  It was either that, or let them keep screaming while fighting their naps.  They enjoyed being outside and we enjoyed the walk.

Our only Christmas Day family photo
Overall, it was a good day spent together.  We were sick and we were all a little grumpy, but we were together.  It was so much fun to experience giving them their first Christmas gifts and actually being able to put them to good use right away.  We have my family Christmas tomorrow and Tony's extended family gets together the first part of January, so we still have some Christmas left to be had.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Birthday Party!

We celebrated Ayden and Rylee's first birthday on Saturday!  It is so hard to believe that their party has come and gone already.  Of course, their actual birthday isn't until tomorrow, but still.  We have managed to keep them alive for a year.  We made it through the infant stage.  Phew!

We had their party at the church that Tony's family attends.  It was the best place we could think of for the large number that we were expecting to come.  I don't think we will always invite so many people, but we did feel that at least for this first birthday, it was important to invite everyone that has been so invested in Ayden and Rylee.  I don't really know how to explain it other than they were so long awaited, and are truly our miracle babies, that they tend to hold a special place in everyone's heart.  We ended up with a total of 44 people that came to the party, including all the adults and kids.

Other than the number of people, it really wasn't a big fanfare.  We didn't have a party theme.  I didn't make a bunch of party favors or decorations.  We just.... had a party.

Or course I did a few things....

I did make Rylee's tutu.  I had searched on Etsy for matching birthday outfits for them both and discovered that Etsy is WAAAaaayyyyyyy too expensive for me.  Most of the matching twin birthday outfits on Etsy cost about $98.  Say what?!!!!?!!  No thank you.  So I bought them personalized onsies online from Personalization Mall and made Rylee's tutu myself.  Thank you Pinterest!  I used to be fairly crafty, but that changed over the years. Now I wouldn't say I'm very crafty at all.  The first tutu I made, I ended up stretching the elastic out and it was about twice Rylee's size!  Sooooo, I had to take it all apart and start over.  When I finished it on Friday, I had Rylee try it on to make sure it would work.  You would have thought I was torturing her the way she screamed!  She did NOT want that tutu on!  I gave her a stern talking to on Saturday about how much time I spent making the darn thing and that she better wear it!  Haha. Just kidding.  But I was really, really hoping she would let me put it on her for the party, and she did.  Yay!

The stinker wouldn't look at me, but here's her birthday outfit!

I made two crockpot soups for the party.  I had to borrow a crockpot from my mil so I'd have two.  I cut up the veggies and browned the hamburger the night before so it would be ready to throw in the next morning.  I got up early Saturday morning so I could get the soups going, but wouldn't you know it, I forgot to plug one of the crockpots in!  Agh!  Thankfully, it was discovered in enough time that we could turn it on high for the last few hours and it was still ready to go.  We served Mexican Chicken Chili and Sweet Corn Chili (both recipes are from Mix and Match Mama's Family Blog), rolls, and cake.  I didn't realize the number of people that would actually be coming to the party so I was afraid that we wouldn't have enough soup, but it ended up being perfect.

I also printed off their monthly birthday pictures that I'd taken throughout the year and strung them up for display, along with some other pictures.  That's as decorative as we got, except for a few balloons.

The babies each had their own smash cakes and I got a Costco sheet cake for everyone else.  I love Costco cake!  It's my favorite.  But I always eat too much of it.

Rylee's "little" cupcake almost sat taller than she did!

Their first taste of sugar!

They didn't make too big of a dent in their cakes, but they sure enjoyed the frosting! 

First time playing with balloons!

Playing with their new Imaginarium from their Auntie and Uncle

Our little music makers.  They got a new "piano" for their birthday!

It may not have been a fancy smancy party, but it was perfect for us!  Everyone had a good time and the babies enjoyed experiencing their first cake, balloons, and opening presents.  The soups were a hit.  I got asked a dozen times where I got their cool birthday shirts and people were impressed that I made the tutu. We got to visit with some people we hadn't seen in awhile.  Most importantly, we got to celebrate these two special babies with everyone who loves them so much!