Thursday, April 30, 2015

34 months old

This past weekend we attended our 3rd March for Babies and it seemed to be bigger than ever before. We met many friends, old and new, and saw so many pProm survivors and their families that it was simply awe insipiring. 

We thank everyone for their participation and support of Team Little Dragons. They are here because of the technology spear-headed by the March of Dimes and  we love to be a part of this event. 

Every single day the little dragons inch closer to 3. They know when their birthdays are, their full address, how to count to 20+, the full alphabet, dozens of songs in entirety, and much more. Their vocabulary has exploded along with their expressive language skills and reading ability. They can identify most letters and their numbers, and even read the numbers correctly off of the pulse oximeter (eighty-six, ninety-nine, etc). 

Book: Baby Beluga
Song: Maisie is really into Raffi right now. She also likes Disney Princess songs. 
Words: She is very much into the "I want" phase currently. 
Toy: Currently clothing. She really likes sparkly dresses. 
Food: cheese, cookies, pancakes, waffles, eggs, avocado, fruit snacks, blueberries, bananas, muffins, beans, rice, tortillas, quesadillas, Indian food, chips, brownies
Animal: dog, kitty, monkey
Time of the Day: taking a "blath" or playing outside
Activity: climbing, jumping, twirling, dancing, 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+

Book: Baby Beluga or Hop on Pop
Song: The Globe songs (see below), Raffi, and Caspar Babypants
Words: James likes to describe what is going on with his ball collection, where they are and what they are doing. 
Toy: The globe, big red ball, green ball and balloons
Food: grapes, meat of any kind, pancakes, waffles, snickerdoodles, chips, fruit snacks, peaches, applesauce, muffins, peanut butter, pasta, rice, pizza, chili, tortillas, cheese, quesadillas, Indian food. 
Animal: dragon or bear
Time of the Day: playing outside, especially basketball
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 6.5-7 extra wide.
Weight: 20lbs at last checkup on 1/22/2014
Height: 31.5 inches
Number of Teeth: 19+

Monday, April 20, 2015

Two little dragons jumping out of bed

Maisie has been able to climb in and out of her crib for a while. She also likes to climb in and out of James's when the mood strikes. Luckily her attempts to do so are few and far between; most likely she has been dissuaded due to a few accidental falls out of the crib during prior escape attempts. She has never been injured thankfully but Maisie now has a steady appreciation for the right time and place to "monkey around". 

When Maisie sleeps she is wild, thrashing and flailing around, asking for waffles, pancakes and "big ones" aka brownies. She has to have a collection of stuffed animals or toys with her at all times. Currently she has Mickey and Minnie, Nipa/Peepa/Teepa, a Winnie the Pooh book, baby doll, and of course her favorite blanket "Silky/Fuzzy". 

James is the polar opposite of Maisie. He is definitely not as bold with escape attempts and to be honest, we still have not lowered his crib to the bottom setting. He enjoys throwing out his blankets and pillow, listening to "Globey" play music, untying his "Marri Blankey", playing with the blinds, and chewing/sucking on his most favorite blanket "Bainie". 

When James sleeps he is very still and barely moves an inch. He will roll onto one side, Bainie in mouth and stay there for the remainder of the night. James is old faithful and has done a great job adjusting to wearing his SMO's (supra malleolar orthotics) and knee immobilizers at night and naps without a complaint. 

James has never, not even once, made an escape attempt. That is, until this past weekend when he brazenly attempted to rescue Globey off of the dresser. James fell out of the crib, landed in a laundry basket full of clothes, tipped it over, and managed to trap himself inside (it fell next to a wall and the opening was blocked). 

James fell and yelled loudly. Jimmy was the first to get to him and couldn't locate James for a few moments. He wasn't in the crib and any other obvious locations. Another cry for help led Jimmy to determine that James had indeed fallen out of the crib and into the laundry basket, knocking it over and trapping himself inside. Jimmy pulled the basket upright, grabbed a pretty shaken up James out, and set him back to bed. Needless to say, he did not succeed in acquiring Globey but he has not attempted to escape again. 

With these two little monkeys/dragons jumping out of their beds, we know the time is coming where we will have to move to toddler beds. For us, that time is not yet. We have a few options until then, such as moving their mattresses lower and even to the floor. For now, the cribs are the safest place for both of them. However, before we know it the little dragons will be ready for big kid beds and all the responsibility and lack of sleep that comes with it. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

March for Babies 2015 / Moochers

Please join Team Little Dragons at the 2015 March for Babies Denver on April 25th at City Park in Denver. Registration starts at 9am and the walk begins at 10am. This is our third year and we are proud to be a part of the walk yet again.

Please pre-register and/or donate at Team Little Dragons


We have managed to stay out of trouble lately; aside from the little dragons playing a lot and eating us out of house and home things are pretty much status quo. 

I am consistently shocked at how much food these kids can put down in a sitting or in an entire day. It completely changes how we cook and how we buy food, and I have a feeling that it will only get worse as they get older. At two the twins eat more than most adults. 

We keep a gluten free household as I have celiac disease, so the little dragons are on a gluten free diet. They haven't had the celiac genetic test done yet but will likely get it done before school age. So, to accommodate this we buy bulk GF pasta and a 25lb bag of Pamela's GF Baking and Pancake Mix through Amazon Subscribe and Save, which auto ships every few months. We save lots of cash buying in bulk this way and time going to the store. Otherwise, we don't regularly buy gluten free substitutes, except for the occasional loaf of bread or box of GF waffles. We make cookies, waffles, pancakes, muffins, and quick breads / desserts from scratch. 

Breakfast choices consist of breakfast rice (milk, butter, cinnamon, and sugar / agave), pancakes, eggs, waffles, toast, potatoes, fruit, muffins, etc. A typical morning would be 3-4 pancakes, a half banana or blueberries, and applesauce. It isn't unusual for them to eat three eggs each plus a few muffins. This morning they ate two pancakes, blueberries, and a cup and a half of breakfast rice.

All of this means being prepared, making double or triple batches of things - and getting creative with foods I can make ahead and freeze. I am not a short order cook but they are usually so hungry that I have to have a few extras available, especially at breakfast. 

When I finally get a chance to eat, generally later - both little dragons come right over and start "mooching" for bites of my food. This in-between meal and snack chowdown is a favorite of theirs. 

Today we made quinoa and egg protein muffins before dinner. The little dragons had just finished a late lunch of guacamole, chips, cheese, beans, rice- and they were done. I was making muffins to freeze for later and they wanted to help- so I set them up with stirring, adding ingredients, and putting the muffin liners in the tin. They went on about their business, playing with balls and dancing while I cooked. 

By the time muffins came out of the oven, the kids were ready to eat again and were running around chanting "quinoa!". So, while I finished them up the little dragons went to town eating the muffins. They both ate three and still had enough room for dinner an hour later.