Sunday, May 31, 2015

35 months old / NICU Reunion

Saturday was the bi-annual Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children's NICU reunion at the Denver Zoo. It was hot and crowded, but we got to see most of our favorite doctors and our very best twin friends L&L and K&C. The little dragons were very well behaved and agreeable with staying in their stroller. 

The little dragons got to catch up with the main man, neonatologist Dr Jeff Hanson. We definitely would not be here today if it were not for Dr Hanson being on duty a few crucial nights. He oversees an amazing team of physicians over at RMHC at PSL. They are world class. 

We visit the NICU whenever we get a chance but it is always nice to see how many families these amazing nurses and doctors come into contact with. It's simply awe inspiring. We wish we would have had more time with everyone but we will have to make time to catch up later. 

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Maisie:
Book: Baby Beluga or Dragons Love Tacos
Song: anything by Caspar Babypants or Disney princess music
Words: Maisie is very talkative. Her favorite thing right now is to act out whole sections for movies and though she's been doing this for a while she is spot on. Her movie of choice is Frozen.
Toy: Little People and Water Wow book. 
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, pink, purple
Clothing Size: 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. Home weigh in on 05/15: 21.5lbs. 
Height: 32 inches
Number of Teeth: 19+


James:
Book: Baby Beluga or Dragons Love Tacos
Song: The Globe songs (see below), Raffi, and Caspar Babypants
Words: while James is not as talkative as Maisie, he does know hundreds of words and can use them in sentences. He especially likes to describe what is going on with all of his toys, and where they are. 
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. Home weigh in 05/15: 20.5lbs
Height: 31.5 inches
Number of Teeth: 19+

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Time flies

Time has a tendency to fly by sometimes.  We have been busy with work and therapy, and also preparing for an upcoming vacation to Seattle. Our month is pretty busy before we leave, too. While we are very much looking forward to spending the better part of June on vacation, there is a lot of work that goes into making that happen from a logistics point of view. 


Luckily when we visit Auntie Ca we literally don't have to bring any of the baby/toddler stuff- car seats, pack and plays, feeding supplies, etc. She has it all and this makes it very convenient, and much lighter to travel with twins. We appreciate having a vehicle to use and a place to stay. 

That being said, this will be the longest time the little dragons are away from home and we think they will do pretty well considering we've visited several other times. The surroundings are familiar and they have built-in play dates with their cousin. What will be tough is integrating therapy and making sure we don't lose progress while we are gone. 

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Here's a synopsis of what happened in the last week or so...


James had a diaper explosion in the night and got it all over his crib. Maisie is very much into chewing her fingers. They both love jumping and playing on the sunroom couch. James is obsessed with balloons. Maisie loves to wear her princess dresses- even over pajamas. James wore one of Maisie's princess dresses - and Maisie exclaimed "we are two princesses!" James and Maisie have been attempting potty training, no luck yet. Maisie orders food and then doesn't eat it- over and over again. James saw a picture of Maisie at Halloween and said "beautiful Maisie". Maisie and James have both picked up calling Jimmy "sexy Daddy" - although they will call him "Beardy Daddy" too. Maisie informed us that while James's favorite color is green, he is actually white. James told grandma, who was looking for her glasses - "your glasses are right there, on your head".  Maisie and James decided they work at preschool and make $2. 


Monday, May 11, 2015

Walking sticks

Mother's Day was very low key around here. We got more snow over the weekend (and for the record we're over it!) and stayed in without any major incidents occurring. Above else, we appreciate everyone staying healthy and staying out of trouble. They most enjoyed calling their Grandmas on the phone and wishing them "Happy Mothers Day". 

Physical therapy is a big part of our schedule currently. We are wrapping up Early Intervention and working with private PT for James. We try not to think about therapy as repetitive and monotonous activities without purpose; James especially does so much better if motivated by things he enjoys and is interested in. Maisie is close to graduating EI all together but still has some skills she is working on - mostly her clumsiness and coordination in gross motor. We are also working on directions and listening skills with both kids. 

James has made tremendous progress. He can stand for a few seconds independently and has taken a few steps. James spends more time walking with help or toys and is staying upright longer than ever done before. James mostly uses the shopping cart and the big red ball to get from one room to another. Another thing James is becoming really proficient with is using the "walking sticks". Sure, they look like plungers; James calls them walking sticks and likes to wander all around the house with his Bainey (blankie) around his shoulders while using the sticks for support. We help by controlling the top of the dowels and ensuring he doesn't tip over, but James moves them independently and very gracefully. He also does a great job getting up by himself using the sticks and standing in the middle of the room. 



Both of our kids are a little gravity challenged. They take tumbles, often, and this is something we continually work on. Sometimes falling is purposeful and they love things like "Ring Around the Rosy" and other games where they can fall down for fun. 

We try to make therapy exercises into playtime so there is more of a willingness to try new things and explore. Sometimes that is challenging with twins who often want to play with the same things yet don't want to play together. It's an ongoing learning experience for everyone. 

For example, Maisie loves to scare James into giving up toys. We are trying to teach James to stand up for himself. The other day James was fighting to stay in the car and use it as a jungle gym. Maisie kept trying to throw him out. James was not thrilled. 
James was much happier when Maisie lets him have the car. Maisie, however persists and was not gone for long. 
Now everyone's happy! Maisie got to ride inside the car, and James was happy to call Grandma AND push Maisie around.