Monday, March 30, 2015

33 months old

We've enjoyed being outside during the warm spring weather. The snow has melted (mostly) at our house and one of the only good enticements to take a nap is a promise that playtime outside will follow. The little dragons are growing and learning new things every day. We still encounter the terrible two's pretty regularly, but at least the tough days are few and far between. 

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Maisie:
Book: Baby Beluga
Song: Maisie is really into Raffi right now. She also loves the songs from Frozen.
Words: She is very interested in memorizing songs and books, and knows perhaps a hundred by heart. 
Toy: varies. Sometimes it's princesses. Little people, or the "tunnel" (a kid sized tent). Other days she loves stuffed animals and her dolls. 
Food: cheese, cookies, pancakes, waffles, eggs, avocado, fruit snacks, blueberries, beans, rice, tortillas, quesadillas, Indian food, chips, brownies
Animal: dog, kitty, monkey
Time of the Day: taking a "blath" or playing outside
Activity: climbing and running
Color: blue
Clothing Size: 12-18 months, some 18-24 months. 18 month PJ's. Shorts are 9 months and up. 
Shoe Size: 5.5-6
Weight: 21lbs at last checkup on 3/2/2015
Height: 32 inches
Number of Teeth: 19+

James:
Book: Baby Beluga or Hop on Pop
Song: The Globe songs (see below), Raffi, and Caspar Babypants
Words: James knows so many words and surprises us sometimes. He is also learning songs, and can sing many (less than Maisie but a lot still). Today James spelled rainy. 
Toy: The globe (it plays world music and lights up), Play Doh (homemade) or balloons
Food: grapes, meat of any kind, pancakes, waffles, snickerdoodles, chips, fruit snacks, peaches, applesauce, pasta, rice, pizza, chili, tortillas, cheese, Indian food. 
Animal: dragon or bear
Time of the Day: playing outside
Activity: putting away toys
Color: green
Clothing Size: 12-18 months, some 18-24 tops. 18 month PJ's. Shorts are 9 months and up. 
Shoe Size: 5.5, but with his fancy AFO's aka his "Green Ball Shoes" James wears a size 6.5 extra wide. We are actually getting new AFO's made so hopefully they fit in our existing shoes. 
Weight: 20lbs at last checkup on 1/22/2014
Height: 31.5 inches
Number of Teeth: 19+


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Hooligans

The little dragons are definitely pushing their two-going-on-three boundaries. They can be loud, wild, and unpredictable; hilarious, sweet and cantankerous. They manage to get into a little trouble here and there. 


Here's what they've been up to lately.

-Screaming matches at the top of their lungs, enough to cause some degree of hearing loss. It's usually temporary, thank goodness. 
-Maisie found the largest knife in the kitchen and brought it to me. She was not harmed thank goodness but it scared the living daylights out of me. Note to self- do not leave anything on the counter. 
-James loves to play with the mini blinds, guitars, and drawers. 
-Food throwing is always a blast. The kids are usually required to pick up their food, clean it off the walls or other places where it is stuck. We try to keep it to a minimum but sometimes the little dragons get the best of us and the entire kitchen is a disaster. The only way out is to remove the perpetrators. 
-Helping with the laundry is so much fun. The little dragons throw socks all over the house if you'll let them and clothing too. 
-They love to empty the pantry, especially all of the toddler cups/bowls/utensils and hide them throughout the house. Sometimes they are "cooking" applesauce, sometimes eating "soup". We are lucky that they've yet to get into the rice or our 25lb bag of GF flour. I should knock on some wood. 
-They both love to open and close doors frantically. We've been lucky to only have a few minor incidents so far. 
-Lots of hitting, punching, kicking, etc- the little dragons are definitely exercising their ability to handle things physically. 
-Lets not forget the verbal altercations. While there isn't name calling (yet) aside from stern "Maisie!" or "James!", the little dragons use a lot of "stop it", "go away", "don't touch me", etc (we think that one came from "Frozen"). They are great at keeping each other in check and also letting us know that their twin is into something bad. That is, unless they are both in on the shenanigans and then we don't hear anything. 
-Nap anarchy: we all depend on consistent daily naps to function. The little dragons are exercising their independence with nap time. Most of the time it is fine but other times they do nothing but play and scream and pass the time giggling up a storm. Following non-naps, the kids are tired and emotional. They spend the afternoon and evening collapsing in fatigue and exhaustion or fighting off fits of tears and rage. It's pretty clear we all still need nap time. 

But for all the toddler craziness, there is a lot of love in this house. The little dragons are full of tenacity and love. They have a strong connection and never hesitate to show their care or concern for one another. Perhaps this is the best part about having twins, even when they manage to test your parenting abilities. 



Thursday, March 12, 2015

Back to normal

Everyone is getting over RSV. Maisie is feeling much better and no longer needs oxygen during the day or night. She does get easily winded with exertion but this is expected. She is pretty much back to her old self, with the exception of being very grown up right now. Sometimes I look at Maisie and wonder where my little 1lb 11oz baby went, because she is just so grown up. 

James is doing really well too. He has been getting stronger physically and we are still working towards walking and standing independently. He is close to taking a few steps on his own. With James, it's slow and steady wins the race. He does things deliberately, thoroughly, and plans everything out. He is so incredibly smart and I love watching him communicate and learn. 

We are doing fine - just tired - and trying to recharge from the last month of procedures, sickness, doctors, and hospitals. It's hard to recharge your batteries, so to speak, when you are a parent. We are lucky that the little dragons are good sleepers, have great appetites, and have adapted very well to the chaos of being sick and out of their element. Schedules are everything with toddlers and they managed phenomenally well through it all, then made it back to their normal routine without incident.  

The little dragons are definitely taking advantage of our fatigue, probably unknowingly. Today I was resting following a root canal, and Maisie came over to take care of me and said she wanted to make me feel better. She brought over a baby wipe and held it on my forehead - and it felt great besides being so very sweet. It is amazing what kids pick up from all of their interactions and adventures. I sat there for a while with Maisie cooling my forehead and cheeks. 

After several minutes I realized the baby wipe was full of James's boogers. Ew!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

32 months old & finally home!


Phew! We are all together under one roof. Maisie was discharged today with amoxicillin, albuterol nebulizers and oxygen. She was doing pretty well on room air but at home Maisie needs between 3/4 to 1 liter of oxygen due to our altitude of 9,000 feet. 

Maisie is nearly back to her usually feisty self. She is a little short on energy and and only wants to eat junk food- but we will take it. James is doing great and had an awesome time with Jimmy's parents. They were so helpful with James, allowing us time to be with Maisie while attending to work and home obligations; during lots of crazy weather and many unknowns day to day at the hospital. The little dragons are both very happy to be home. James is enjoying playing with Maisie's Elmo balloons and Maisie is trying to not get caught up in the oxygen tubing. 

This was such a long week; actually, nearly two weeks now if we count when James came down with what we now know was RSV. We are thankful for flexible work schedules and family who was able to pitch in at a moment's notice. We are tired and fighting off the same infection that made both of the kids so ill. We are thankful for the many thoughts and prayers and well wishes for our family during this time. We feel loved and cared for, and we are very glad that Maisie has recovered enough to be treated at home. We are ready to sleep in our own beds, clean our house, and find normal again. 

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Maisie:
Book: Berenstein Bears go to School
Song: She loves the songs from Frozen
Words: No, mine. She also has started to say some interesting words/phrases like "it's complicated" and "it's dangerous". Sometimes we have no idea where she comes up with things. 
Toy: Little people, dinosaurs, baby doll. 
Food: cheese, cookies, pancakes, waffles, eggs, avocado, fruit snacks, blueberries, beans, rice, tortillas, quesadillas, Indian food, chips
Animal: dog, kitty, monkey
Time of the Day: taking a "blath"
Activity: climbing and running
Color: blue
Clothing Size: 12-18 months, 18 month PJ's. 
Shoe Size: 5.5-6
Weight: 21lbs at last checkup on 12/11/12, but she probably lost some during this last hospitalization. We will see during the checkup. 
Height: 32 inches
Number of Teeth: 19+



James:
Book: ABC by Dr Suess
Song: "Stompy the Bear" by Caspar Babypants, Anna's songs in Frozen
Words: James is pretty talented with learning other languages. He can say "please", "thank you", and "yes" in French. He can say "hurry up, sister" in Italian. 
Toy: Currently James likes the click-clack ponies, his num-num balls, and any football. 
Food: pancakes, waffles, snickerdoodles, chips, fruit snacks, peaches, applesauce, pasta, rice, pizza, chili, tortillas, cheese, Indian food. 
Animal: dragon or bear
Time of the Day: bathtub time.
Activity: putting away toys
Color: green
Clothing Size: 12-18 months. James is wearing 18 month PJ's now, and we are getting to 12-18 month pants due to length. 
Shoe Size: 5.5, but with his fancy AFO's aka his "Green Ball Shoes" James wears a size 6.5 extra wide. 
Weight: 20lbs at last checkup on 1/22/2014
Height: 31.5 inches
Number of Teeth: 19+