First Christmas and Birthday

So it is about a month and a half since those things occurred, but I thought I would break up the blog posts for the past month and a half.  One of the reasons for the delay in doing this blog post is that not more than a few days after their first birthday, I let Riley play around the computer and he knocked off the hard drive that stored all the pictures on them. I of course did not back them up. So… I had to send the drive off to some really expensive person to fix the drive and recover as much as he could. They got about 90% back. I have a feeling a will barely miss the photos that were not recovered. But that is not what this blog post is about…

Well for the kids first Christmas and birthday, my mom and my sister made the trip to Hailey. It was good to have them here for all the fun and the length of time they were here was needed to let Hattie and Riley warm up to them. It definitely takes a special touch for these two to warm up to you. I recommend food. It seems to work well. Christmas was fun and of course what 12 month old does not love Christmas. Yeah, so they could care less about opening packages. They were interested in the items once they were opened and would make noise but that is about it. They did not even really want to rip open the paper. Though the paper was fun to play with once it was ripped off the item. The kids scored lots of toys and clothes. It was nice. We got a few pictures but as I mentioned before, pictures are getting hard to get. Mostly because they are so in love with whatever it is that is in your hands, that they want it. So once you put the camera to your face, they immediately reach for it. Thus we have lots of pictures with the kids reaching for the camera. The only way to make it so they do not reach of the camera, is to give them your phone. It is amazing to me that at 1-year old. They will take your phone and hold it up to their ear like they are talking on it. For Christmas, they got a fake phone and what was the first thing they did when get opened it, held it to their ear. It was crazy.

As far as Christmas goes, we wen to The Nutcracker on Ice at the Sun Valley Resort. We walked around and looked at the lights. We had pizza. We watched the torch light parade and the fireworks afterwards. We made it to Meggi’s boss’ house for a Nepalese dinner. Christmas day we were up early and the kids had to nap early, so opening presents was a little late. Probably the last time that will ever happen. Of course, the kids were teething, so they were not very happy campers. But we got through it.

With the Birthday party a week later… Well.. Meggi had grand ideas of a great big to do. But with the business of the Holidays and work, it ended up just being the family. Which was more than fine with me. We made some cupcakes, well my sister made some cupcakes, along with some cake pops… and we had the kids smash the cupcakes. Well, as you will see below, not much smashing was going on. They were quite content to just eat the cupcakes. They got more toys, a stryder bike, some musical instruments, books and chairs. It was a good time.

For our first Holiday Season and birthdays were a success. It was nice to have ALL the family around and be able to share that time with them. (one came a couple weeks early) And yes, it was nice to get back to the same ol’ routine afterwards.

So, here are a bunch of photos from that week and such. Again, I will (hopefully) get another post done within the next week or so… I have a few other pictures and updates.

Cold, Cold and Colds

Well since I update you all on the fun of two babies having colds, it turns out that they decided to repeat the feat. Again, it has been nothing too major. Not sure we are completely over it, as Riley still has a bit of a cough (as do I), but I think overall we survived our second cold already. Not only that, it has gotten COLD, very cold. I think this morning it was a blistering -12 degrees. Which just means more of the chilling out in the house and keeping the wood stove burning. The wood pile is going down fast but I think we should be fine. There is still a lot of wood out there.

So it is nine days after the 11 month mark, the photos are about a week after the 11 month mark. Close enough. The babies first Thanksgiving was good. They loved cranberries. Thought turkey was OK. Riley like the mash potatoes and has some stuffing. So it went well. We have yet to get them out in the snow. We did get some snow suits. But the snow here is pretty weak so far. We have about two inches of snow. I guess we could take them up to Galena Lodge. We have the Christmas tree up. Meggi is working on making them their own stockings. So over all the babies are doing good. They are both good a “cruising”. Which is walking around as long as they are holding on to something. We have some push toys that they love to walk around with. So I am guessing we will have little toddlers in the next month or so. But then again, who am I to guess, we thought they would not crawl and we have thought more teeth were coming in for the past two months and no sign of them.

The kids are definitely forming their little personalities. Both are in the shy/scared stage when it comes to new people. Riley gets over it fairly quickly. Well, he is willing to let you be near him. Hattie on the other hand will scream bloody murder if you are not 1 of 4 people. Heck, even if you are the wrong one of the four, for that moment and time, she will scream bloody murder. She is more temperamental and Riley is more laid back unless you have a toy he wants. Then he is biter. I have a feeling that some day in my future, I will get a call about how my kids bit another kid. Of course, I won’t know who started it, because Riley is the one that like the steal toys also. If you are playing with something, he wants to play with it. We have already had little mini fights with head butts and biting and screaming. The next many years will probably be interesting in that regard. Both of them are little explorers though. They love to open up cabinets and pull everything out and see what is in there. As you might guess, Riley is a little more bold when it comes to this. He is a master of opening cabinets doors. They both still love to play peek a boo with each other. Its fun to watch because now they know how to use the door, so they will just open and close the bedroom door and play that way. Both of them love to be up in your arms, mostly because they love to look around and see all the fun stuff that they cannot reach from the floor.

As far as parenting goes, well. Its the same but different, right. I mean things you use to worry about, you no longer worry about but now you have new worries. You use to be tired because they were up three or four times a night. Now you are tired from chasing them around and playing with them, keeping them out of all the rocks on the floor that you drag into the house. Oh that is right, you should clean those up, and they will be sure to “help” you. Or sit at your feet and scream to be picked up. Or fight over a toy. The hours from 7:30 till whenever you want to go to bed is when you clean, but you have to do it quietly. Heck, we use a white noise machine just so we can watch closed captioned TV. The joys of a small house that is for sure. I can see why people want, McMansions. It is so you can lock the kids away in the sound proof part of the house and still have a house to move around in. The funny part is, I have gotten so use to having the TV volume down so low, that when it gets turned up, I turned into an 80 year old! TURN DOWN THAT NOISE!

Yes there are new challenges but there is also lots of new joys. Having a moment where you and one or both of them have a laughing fit for no other reason then because you stare up at the ceiling. How they laugh when you throw them (playfully) on the bed. Tickles. The catch me if you can while you try to put my PJs on game. Riley LOVES that one. The snuggles. Using you as a jungle gym. Watching them figure out to put the round peg in the round hole.

I will not lie, it is a roller coaster. But honestly, I love roller coasters. They can be hard but in the end the entire journey is what has been so much fun. It is like mountain biking in the mountains. It is very hard work to get up the hill and you usually have to stop and take a good 10 minute breather. But man, when you are rocking down that single track with the wind in your face, it feels so good. Then when you are done, you feel even better because you know that you climbed that hill and you survived coming down. It is good stuff!

So yeah, here are your 11 month photos and a few sneak peeks at our attempt at a Christmas photo shoot. We got two good photos, but you have to wait for them in the mail.

1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 !!!

Here we are… 10 months, 10 days later. The babies have spent more time out of the womb than in the womb. Ok, that was true for last month also, but I didn’t think of it that way till now. As we have crossed into November and the temperatures have chilled, the babies of course are becoming ever more mobile and curious. It is a sad cruelty of living in a 4 season location. But we have been keeping the little buggers busy with life on the indoors. Lots of climbing on things they should not be climbing on. They have figured out how to open the kitchen cabinet doors. And you can buy them the most fancy toy in the world, but that salad spinner is the coolest thing ever to them. The have developed a great balance of independence and dependence. While they have started to refuse any food that we feed them, they are more than happy hanging on your leg and right in your feet the whole time you try to prepare any food for them. Hattie is the queen of the leg hold. She will climb up your leg and hold on for dear life, or until you pick her up. If you do not pick her up in about 30 seconds, the crying will ensue. Riley will just sit at your feet or stand up using the cabinets and scream until you pick him up or give him some food. But, seriously, do not, I repeat, do not try to feed these kids with a spoon. They use to love yogurt, oatmeal and other great foods. Now, its two bites and it is over. But give them a hand full of diced chicken, some blueberries, baked apples, salad shrimp, string cheese and life is all good again. Of course there is the ever famous rice puffs. I can see why people just give their kids Cheerios. Those rice puffs are like 4 times as much. Heck, you can get organic toasty O’s for less. But they are still a little hard for the kids in my opinion. They are still only dealing with the two bottom teeth. But there are more teeth in the works. Their top gums are quite swollen. But as with the first two, we have been thinking they would get those top teeth any day for the past month. It is quite funny how every time our kids are cranky, we mark it up to teething.

We did survive our first cold. Of course the whole family had to get it. Mostly just a lot of runny noses. It took a solid week to get over. But no one was ever really, really cranky. But you could tell they were tired from not sleeping very well.

We did make it to the pumpkin patch. Of course by the time we got there, they were pretty much picked over. The pumpkin plants had gotten a couple of good frosts. But it was great none the less. we got some great photos. We also spent a couple of days in a few spots getting fall pictures. So we got some new fun pictures. But as I have mentioned previously, it is getting harder and harder to get these two to sit together and smile at the same time. As you will see from our 10 month photos. I have a feeling, the monthly photo, for a little bit, will be not so much smiley, but more of a here they are type of thing.

I must say, I am really loving this time with the babies. They love to play and interact. You can crawl around and they will chase you. Until they find something more interesting to play with. They love to roll around and “snuggle” with their blankets. So you can get on the ground and roll around with them. They laugh and giggle. They both have their tickle spots. Riley’s feet are his weakness right now. It is too funny. As they area becoming more aware, there are some difficulties. Of course, they want to play with or eat whatever you have in your hands. If you take away that “toy” that they should not be playing with, you get the temper tantrums or just straight up crying at this point. They love to get trapped behind closed doors, smash their fingers in anything that can smash fingers. They will bang whatever they can on the floor until it breaks. Or you can be the no fun parent and take it away and prepare for the ensuing cries.

It is crazy to think that in a little more than 7 weeks, they will be a full 12 months old. I know most people like to say they grow up so fast. I think that is because they do not want them to grow up. For me, it is more of a, “I cannot wait for them to grow up.” The older they get the more fun they get. I know, I have lived with pre-teens, it will change. But it is always changing. For a person like me, who likes change. I embrace it. I love watching them learn new things, explore new items. Or be afraid of some items or noises. I think the key to not letting yourself think, they grow so fast, is to embrace the growth they make and celebrate it. It makes the time so much more enjoyable and you are not stuck thinking about how they are no longer this or that, or whatever you idolized them to be. Cause lets be honest, at some point, there is always some thing at some age that you could not stand and thought, thank god they grew out of that. Of course, then there are those things they never grew out of, right. Oh well… Some times that is just life.

Think of All the Place’s You’ll Go!

I am a week behind. What can I say, the fall is the busiest time of the year for me. Mostly because I put off all the things I should have been doing all summer. At least this year I have a good excuse, right? So, here we are, 9 months later. I think kids grow so fast or the time goes so fast because we are so bust counting the time. I mean, in college, I was not like oh, its been 9 months since HS. You never really thought of time. But here we are, all the changes that come with children. And the funny thing is, as they get a little older, things change more and more. Mostly because they are changing more and more. Little Hattie has joined Riley in the crawling department. So they are both zooming around the house. Well, Riley is zooming… Hattie is still a little slow. She takes her time and checks out the scenery on the way. We are up to three meals of solid food a day. And really… I bought this baby cookbook from Williams Sonoma, well maybe Meggi did, I cannot remember; Anyways, we have this cookbook and I swear those kids eat better than us. Truth be told, we eat like crap. Babies on the other hand had roasted red bell peppers and goat cheese the other day. I like cooking for them, but man it is a lot of work. Then I look at the options at the local grocery store and it definitely becomes worth it. I think I need to find a different cookbook, one that is not feeding my child Asparagus and wild mushroom risotto, while I heat up a frozen pizza. I am not sure if there is one out there, and I guess I need to search Amazon, but once we can get to the point where they are just eating mashed up versions of what we are eating that will be great! Of course, that would mean expanding Meggi’s taste buds. But I think we can do it. Or she will just eat a lot of pasta.

Other things going on in the babies world… Not much really. I mean they crawl around. They, of course, want to get into or grab all the things they are not suppose to get into. With the cold weather coming, the wood stove will become an issue. I hear mixed opinions on the baby gate around the wood stove. Heck, the guy at the wood stove store even said, he did not have one for his kids. Who knows. Though Riley already burned his finger over at Grammy Rothgebs… Meggi was there, so we cannot blame Grammy. She still has all her points. Well there was the one scratch that Riley got one day, so maybe she is a few points less. But either way, Riley touch the one spot on her gas stove that was hot near the pilot light. He had a little blister but it is gone now, just a scab.

The babies have graduated from their baby tub. They are way too big for that. So they get to use our Japanese soaking tub. It is not ideal but it works, and actually after talking to our friends Matt and Allison (who are also expecting twins!), the high walls of the Japanese soaking tub make it so they can not crawl out of the tub!!! BONUS!

In other exciting news, Grandma Corwin and Auntie Sheila are going to come out for Christmas and their first birthday. So, that should be fun.

Well its only a matter of time before we hit 10 months… Three weeks of time to be exact. We have some simple outfits for them for Halloween and we hope to hit a pumpkin patch before its too late. So next months photos should be more exciting… We hope. Ya never know with us…. But for now, here is the 9 month photos I tried to take. It is getting harder and harder to get a good picture. Of course the lighting was horrible and I really did nothing to try to fix it. Oh well, they are still cute and fun. Enjoy!

Cha.. Cha.. Cha.. Changes

Can you believe it has been 8 months! 2/3 of one full year. As pretty much anyone in the Wood River Valley will tell you, August was a crazy month. It all started August 7. When a lighting strike started a fire just west of Blaine County. Five days later, the fire had grown and was in Blaine County. Four days after that and the fire was not only knocking but burning down the door to the valley. That night/morning, we were evacuated from our house as the fire roared down Croy Canyon and Carbonate Mountain. Most everyone in the valley were spared due to the amazing work of over 2000 firefighters at one point. One one house was burned down, which was in a valley north of where we live. But at 3:30 am, we loaded up the kids and went to Grammie Rothgeb’s house. We were able to return later Saturday afternoon. From the 12th on, I was on 12 hours a day of work. Making maps for some local firefighters, the police and of course dispatch. I also developed and updated a webmap. (http://maps.co.blaine.id.us/beavercreekfiremap). To say the least, I was pretty busy and Meggi had to stay home to watch the kids. Sadly, the fire put a kibosh on the babies and beer cans adventures. But that is alright. It was fun. And who knows maybe next summer we can go on many more adventures.

On to the baby updates… Hattie was the first baby to pop out teeth. They are still just little tiny razor blades on her bottom gums but they are there. Riley started to pop his about 2 weeks later. Riley on the other hand has started to give us a taste of mobile babies. He can not crawl but instead do a little scoot/crawl. It is kinda cute actually. He gets one leg stuck under him and so he uses it to just push himself up, and then scoots the other knee forward. But his favorite new trick is being able to go from his belly to a sitting position. So for the past 3 nights at 4:00 am, (oh and at bedtime), he decides that he wants to sit up. So he will sit up in his crib and stay awake making noise for a while. To top it off, he has figured out how to grab the top of the crib and pull himself up into a stand position. Which of course he is then stuck and starts screaming at the top of his lungs. He has already taken a few falls on the ground and hit his head. I just hope he doesn’t get any concussions. Hattie on the other hand seems quite content for now to just be able to sit up. She is starting to lean forward to reach for toys more often and has done a few face plants. So, I have a feeling she is only a couple of weeks behind. The kids have also started to crawl/squirm out of the tiny tub, so bath time has become a lot of work. We were thinking of remodeling the bathroom and put a tub in it (it only has a shower currently and the master bathroom, bathtub is three feet deep). Instead, we are going to just make a tub with some shower tile liner material and some PVC pipe. Then our kids while probably be more of a shower type kid. That or they can stand in our tub.

As for the parents, we are doing good. There is less crying. More whining but I personally can handle that a little better. Hattie sometimes sleeps through the night, Riley still gets up 2 or 3 times in the night. That sucks. We want to try the whole cry it out thing with Riley, but why wake up Hattie? That has probably been the hardest part of raising kids. What do you do? What is right? What is wrong? Will this make them serial killer? Will it make them needy and overly dependent children? I swear the internet makes this parenting thing more difficult. You have so much information out there and so many different experiences that are shared and you get too many choices for dealing with your children. One person says this method is good, another person tells you it will scar your child for life. It is an internal battle. Luckily, so far, whatever we have been doing seems to work. Check back in 15 years and see if one of them have killed us in our sleep, if that is the case, guess we did not do the right thing. One last thing, if you want to get a lot of attention in public, have twins! As an introvert, this has been hard to deal with in public. Everyone wants to see the babies, make conversation/ask lots of questions and all I really want to do it pick up dinner for that evening. The funniest are the people who drive by as I am walking and they give me a thumbs up or this one lady was even “Way to go dad!”. You have the people that have to get their faces right into the babies. Riley will give ya big smile. Hattie screams like she just saw a ghost. So their little personalities are definitely coming out.

So with that, here are some new pictures. According to our bathroom scale, Riley is up to 19.5 lbs and Hattie is now 16.5 lbs. We have gotten rid of the infant cars seats and have gone with the convertible car seats now. Still rear facing…

We Built This Family On Rock and Roll

So what has been going on with the Corwin Family lately you ask? Well more babies and beer cans. We tried a trip to the tourist trap known as Redfish Lake. But we went on a weekend and later in the afternoon, thus it was so packed we tied to complete plan B but by then Riley was tired and so it did not go well. A couple of weekends later we went to City of Rocks. It is a national preserver because it was a stop on the Oregon Trail. Now it is a very popular rock climbing place. So we got some pictures there as you will see below. Since the beer can photo contest ends in two weeks, there will probably not be many more adventures. We will try to get to Redfish one more time and get some photos first. But other then that, the other trip involves climbing the tallest peak in Idaho. And well, I am not in that good of shape to take a baby up and neither is Meggi. So it will be just me a a few beer cans.

Otherwise it has been more of the same old. We are eating all kinds of foods but not liking others. Well, truth be told, I think its more of a texture thing. Riley is not a fan of tough or grainy things. If the pears are not good and ripe, he does not like them. Same with the quinoa and the millet. Yes, millet. It was in the baby cookbook we bought. And no, we are not likely to start having millet during meals.Both Riley and Hattie are getting better at sitting up and are getting close to crawling. Not sure why, but we keep encouraging them to crawl but they are not quite ready. That is good. I have a feeling once they get there, it will be all over for us. We are going to have to actually clean the floors on a regular basis. For now, they play on their blanket with all their toys. Riley is the toy stealer of the duo. Hattie just sits there and gets all excited and pounds her arms. Then she finds a new toy and moves on.

As far as us parents go. The sitting up has been huge. It has allowed us to get up and do a few things from time to time. Though every once in a while they still get mad when we leave. Though, we have yet to really get to the point where we take the time to clean the house. We occasionally get the kitchen clean but otherwise we have to take the kids to grammy’s for a few hours and then clean. We had a great little garden going until the dogs figured out what was in it one day. They jumped/bulldozed over the cheapo fence that had kept them out all summer and they ate all our broccoli first. Then the squash and now the cucumbers. To say the least, they are not our favorite living things right now. Guess for next year, its a taller stronger fence. The past 7 months have been a blur. Its hard to believe that we are already a week into August. It is already starting to get dark sooner. Which is nice for the bed time routine. But these kids are going to be moving about the time its too cold outside to play. That will be a challenge.  Overall, it has been a good time. The crying baby still sucks. At least now, most of the times you can comfort them. Though when driving in the middle of no where Idaho, you have no choice but to either listen to it, or pull over and take care of it. Since there is no room for a parent in the back seat. We are about to move up to convertible car seats. That will make going places with the kids a little more work. It will require us to strap them in, take them out, put them in the stroller and then walk around. Now, we have been able to keep them in the car seats. Well, only 6 months of that, then they will hopefully walk everywhere and we won’t need the stroller. Right?

Well with that, I will leave you with the latest and greatest photos, including the 7 month photo. Crazy how big these little things are!

6 months down, Many… Many… more to go…

So here we are, 6.5 months into raising Riley and Hattie. We have had our ups, we have had our downs, we have had our melt downs. We survived the yearly Allen and Co. conference. Thanks to the help of Grammie and Great Aunt Susan. We have traveled. We have stayed at home. Its definitely not like as it use to be but its not like we don’t have some resemblance of our old lives either. The babies change everyday it seems like. During the week of Allen and Co., they seemed to change by leaps and bounds by the end of the week.

The week before the conference, just before the 6 month mark. We scheduled a photo shoot with the same person who did our engagement and wedding photos, Dev Khalsa. It was proof that with kids, you never know what you are going to get. We got the babies there shortly after their morning nap. But that did not stop them from being cranky. Especially Hattie. So we got some great pictures but we only got a few with Hattie smiling. Who knows, maybe she is just camera shy. We got some fun pictures and I am happy with the results because Dev is pretty darn good. But it is a quick reminder that when it comes to photos, we might not want to spend a lot of money on pro photos because you got 1 hour and you better hope that the kids are happy during that hour. Plus, now that I have all this great camera gear, we should be set. Guess I just need to get going on taking more photos of the babies, right!?

The babies are now both sitting up on their own. They started doing this about 4 days after the photo shoot! Stubborn babies. Riley has a bit of a flat stop on the back of his head. We went to see a specialist and he said nothing to worry about, it should pop out now that he is starting to spend less time on his back. Both kids are pretty much sleeping through the night. Hattie likes to wake up around 3-4 am to have her pacifier put back. Riley though has been sleeping till about 6:00 am. If we could get one more hour, that would be perfect. They both take 3 naps during the day. About an hour each time, sometimes more, sometimes less. Both can be big talkers. Hattie is definitely the biggest talker. I swear that girl already likes to just hear herself talk. Riley likes to whisper. Riley is up and likely over 17 lbs. We have another appointment in a week or two, so we will have an update on that. Hattie is about 13-14 lbs. Both of them are eating solids twice a day. We have introduced them to apples, pears, peaches, plums, avocado, peas, green beans, zucchini, sweet potatoes, (both normal and “yams”), cauliflower, carrots, and oatmeal. Meggi has stopped pumping. With work being crazy, it was time. It was becoming a big stressor for her and we were comfortable with the fact that we made it six months with breast milk, so its now formula. It will cost us about $400 a month in formula but we are still saving a fortune with the cloth diapers. I can honestly see why people who feed their kids formula, rush to get their kids on solids. That stuff is not cheap, especially when your kid has a milk allergy!

So that is the update on the lives of Riley and Hattie. And here are the great pictures by Dev. Enjoy.

Babies and Beer Cans

So, its been a while. Close to a month. So what has been going on? Well, we have been traveling a lot. There is a small brewery in Boise that is having a photo scavenger hunt at all these outdoor places in Idaho. So, we have been trying to hit up one or more each weekend. We started out with the Camas Prairie. Then we went to Boise for a bunch of sites around Boise. We went to Shoshone Falls, Craters of the Moon and Balanced Rock. So we have been doing some traveling. The trip to Boise was our first overnight trip with the babies. It went very good. We got to Boise, did some shopping. Riley is up to 17 lbs already and is about to out grow his car seat already! Crazy! So we shopped around for one of those. Then I had a friend who wanted me to do a photo shoot for them. So we did that. So between those two things, we decided it was best to spend the night. The kids did great. No freak outs but Riley was not sleeping through the night, but he ate and went right back to sleep. So the babies have already been checking out a lot of Idaho.

As mentioned in the last blog, Riley started eating solids. Well, Hattie saw what was going on and wanted in on the action. So we started her on solids also. Which actually has been a good thing, as the milk supply is starting to go down a bit. Overall, they both have been doing great. They have had oatmeal, sweet potatoes, avocado, pears, bananas and zucchini. The bananas are the most recent and we are not sure they are agreeing with the babies. But things are going good there also.

On a not to excited note, Riley has a flat spot on the back of his head. SO, we get to go see a cranial expert and see what they think and we might end up having to put him in a helmet for a couple of months. Oh, well… Might as well do it now, unless the insurance company won’t cover it. Those things are not cheap. But, who knows… Personally, I do not think it is that bad and with us making sure he spends less time on his back, it should correct itself. But we will let the experts tell us what they think.

Other then that, the past month and been a lot of the same stuff. Babies eating, sleeping and pooping. Riley needs a little help in the pooping department. So he gets some prune juice from time to time. I think we just need to give him more water now to help keep things moving. We have planted a garden. Build a stone wall out front. Meggi has started working Saturdays. So, it has gotten a little busy. For the past few days, we have gotten both kids to sleep through the night. Last night was the first night, both sleep all the way through with out as much as a peep. We have started the cry it out method. So, there has been a couple of nights of crying… lots of heartbreaking crying. But I think its starting to pay off. At least at night. Nap times, not completely yet.

So yeah.. Babies are growing. And yes we take a few pictures now and then and well, I do believe that is what most of you only care about, so here they are…

How do you like your oatmeal?

With a little breast milk please! Well, I am guessing that is what Riley is saying each time we feed him oatmeal. Riley was drinking over 40 ounces of milk a day. Since Meggi only pumps about 56 ounces a day, we needed to do something. So we bought some oatmeal, mixed it with breast milk and we have now started Riley on oatmeal. It was a little bit earlier than we would have liked. Since they recommend that you wait until 6 months to start solids. But they do say it is okay after 4 months. SO, we went with it. And so far he seems to love it. We have not introduced anything other than the oatmeal to this point and probably won’t until 6 months. And Hattie is still doing good one breast milk. As a matter of fact, she sleeps through the night most nights. Riley, even with the solids still wakes up once or twice a night but not too bad. The good news is he goes straight back to sleep after eating.

In other news, my mom and sister got the twins some Thing 1 and Thing 2 outfits. They are sized for 9 months. Well, Riley pretty much fits in his now (mostly because of the cloth diapers). We got them out and dressed them up and took some photos. We now have a new banner photo. Along with some other photos.

And lastly, today we decided to get out with the twins and visit the camas prairie. Camas is a native lily that blooms in the spring in fields that turn into a sea of blue. The Nez Perce Indians would harvest the roots, dry it out and make a flour from it and then make camas cakes. After loading everyone up, we got out there and it was a beautiful day. The camas was a little bloomed out already. It has been a dry spring and the snow melted pretty early. But either way, we got some great new photos of the babies and we got out and enjoyed the outdoors with them for the first time. All we needed was a picnic basket and we would have been set. Next spring, we will head back. It will make for some great photos as the kids will hopefully walking and be as tall as the camas.

Mother’s Day the First

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out in the world. To be perfectly honest, Mother’s Day to me is just another Hallmark holiday, like Valentine’s Day. I mean lets face it, everyday you should show your appreciation for all the great things special people do for you. When you think about all the great things mothers do each and everyday, at the end of each day you should say Thank YOU for all You do!

Pretty much my whole life, at least all of it that I have memories from, I have been surrounded by mostly women. My dad was gone pretty early in my life. One of my grandfathers past away pretty early. I did have my mom’s dad and all her brothers. But it was not a daily occurrence to see them. Either way, the important thing to know is that my mom was my hero all my life. No, I was a typical boy and once I got old enough to be embarrassed by her, I never told her that. I think it was not until after college that I actually said I love you to my mom. But deep down, I knew that she was going above and beyond in life to give me the tools and the resources to help me become a successful person. She got me involved in the Boy Scouts. Which was a big part of me growing up. She worked hard everyday to put food on the table and to buy those things that I never really needed but wanted oh, so bad! I don’t know if it was because of her experience with raising my sister, but she always seemed to know how to handle the situation when it came to me. Whether is be my under performance with my grades or it be my staying out all hours of the night. For some reason, she trusted me. And that meant the world to me. Don’t get me wrong, we had our fights and our arguments. Our snide remarks to one another. But when I look back, it was what I needed. I could have gone so many different ways in my life but the way she raised me, the things she did made me the person I am, and it is not a person I am ashamed to be. Sure, I do not clean up and keep as tidy of a house and some people would like, but I think it does the job. I have my flaws, but I do not blame her. She did it her way and to me it was nothing but the right or the perfect way. I would not want to have it any other way. So on this Mother’s Day, I just want my mom and of course the world to know that you are the best there is, was and maybe ever will be (gotta give Meggi a chance, heh). I am sure there were times you wished you could have done more for me, but those times thought me that so much more then anything else in life. They made me stronger, smarter and in the end, happier. Thank you for being as awesome as you are!

This blog is for the twins, but of course I do the typing, and while I do not have 28 years of knowing her, Meggi’s mom, the twins grammy is an amazing mother. I mean, how could she not be one. She did raise Meggi and I did marry her. So she must have done a few things right. What I can speak to, is that in the 3+ years I have known here and especially during the past 4+ months, she has been truly amazing and supportive. She has been selfless many times and she has helped us out in many different ways. She is also the definition of Mother. You have raised a beautiful women in your daughter. You have been a wonderful grandmother to the twins and I have no doubt that, it will continue for many, many years. Thank you for all you do and for being as awesome as you are!

Then there is the best for last… The new mom that is Meggi. The truth is, if I am writing this, is it more of a Wife’s Day but while she is my wife, for the past 4+ months she has been then the spectacular mother to my children. As anyone who has followed this blog knows, the past 4 months has not been easy but it has not been that hard either. While I know there are many times we do not agree with the current method of parenting, or questioning of what the other person is doing, in the end, I know she is doing something right. Yeah, I get right now and then also. But lets face it, when it comes to the kids, she gets it right many more times than I do. One of the things that show how amazing a mother Meggi is, is her commitment to giving our babies breast milk. I have not talked about this in this blog before, or at least not to length but for the past 4+ months Meggi has pumped breast milk for the twins. Riley was never a good latch-er, and when he was, he had jaws of steel. Hattie was decent but she also was easily distracted and well, she liked the take Meggi’s nipple with her when she wanted to see what else was going on. So, it could have been so easy for her to say, formula it is. Instead, 5-8 times a day, she hooked her breasts up to a milking machine and sits there for 20-30 minutes and expresses milk for the twins. To me, it is the hardest way to feed your kids. If you nurse your kids, they suck for 20 mins and you are done. With this, not only do you have to pump, but then you have to still feed the babies with a bottle. Plus, lets face it, it is much more romantic and warm and emotional to nurse. To be hooked up to a machine is not any of those things. Quite the opposite. But Meggi loves our children so much she does it, everyday for the past 4+ months. It is amazing. Did you know that by 3 months, only 36% of mothers are still breast feeding their children? The fact that Meggi is still pumping to this day shows how much of an amazing mother she will continue to be. So on this, your first Mother’s Day, my love… I thank you for being such an amazing mother to Riley and Hattie. I know there are days when it feels like they hate you, me or both of us. You can see it, in the eyes of their smiles. They love you and to be honest, we all three need you. Thank you for putting up with my crankiness, the babies crankiness and the dogs annoying-ness. While I cannot promise you a daily paradise, I can tell you that every night I go to bed, I feel blessed that you are in our lives and that I appreciate all that you do every day, AND that I will do what I can, when I can to make it feel like paradise now and then. I hope that is good enough. Happy First Mother’s Day Meggi. Hopefully next year will not be filled with a morning of fussy babies. Then again, next Mother’s Day, I won’t try to file down Riley’s fingernails first thing in the morning.