Thursday, July 21, 2011

Exciting, exciting times :)

What an exciting last few weeks we've had!  James was out of town last week and so it was just me and the boys for about 6 days.  We had fun cuddling, watching Veggie Tales, and just hanging out (one day we didn't even get out of our pj's).  While James was gone, Henry learned how to sit up on his own :)  He'd done it once or twice before, but it became a multiple-times-per-day occurrence as of last week.  And, just for reference, this is about 6 months before Carter did it.

This week, it's been nice to have James home, but we certainly haven't finished our tricks!  Henry cut his 6th tooth :).  Carter has discovered he likes to make nests around the house with towels/blankets/sheets/etc.  And Tuesday night Henry pulled up for the first time ever!  We did get it on cell phone video and I'll try to post it later this week.  Henry has also spent a bit of time on his feet, leaning against our rather large footstool.  He's ventured a few steps and is learning how to sit down (so glad my kids are patient enough to learn this before  He and Carter LOVE standing on opposite sides of the foot stool and "talking" back and forth (Henry's becoming quite the motor mouth...though mostly unintelligible chatter) and playing the drums on the foot stool.  It's been so much fun, though they are certainly going to be troublemakers together.

Today I walked into the living room to find that Carter had pulled a carton of cherries out of the trash and Henry was eating them.  It had just happened so he didn't actually get to any pits (THANK GOD!).  Carter can be pretty sneaky and is good at giving Henry things he isn't supposed to have ;)  (Lara Bars, cherries, paper, etc.)

Henry is also eating really well!  The other day we had carrots, pears, and I'm pretty sure he "vacuumed" some of Carter's oatmeal off the floor during breakfast.  He also enjoys bananas (whole, not cut in bits), avocado, blueberries, cherries (peeled, pitted, and cut up), and grapes (also peeled and cut up).  It's been so nice to not have to worry about feeding him purees and he's really enjoyed learning to eat new foods.  We've actually had fewer (read: zero) choking issues than we did with Carter!  Both boys are growing like weeds and it's been fun to watch them grow this summer :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

How to kick start your kids modeling career ;)

I had totally forgotten about this picture until the subject came up in a conversation on Facebook today.

So a few months ago Carter was having HORRIBLE diaper rash issues.  I thought his cloth diapers were the culprit and put him back in disposables only to have the same problems (though slightly better b/c I could use a zinc-based cream).  We finally figured out that he has trouble with milk and has a horrible reaction that last for about 24-48 hours after ingestion (though he does ok with many cultured products like yogurt and with most cheeses).  He would be all red and swollen anywhere that his poo touched his skin.  One night I was fed up with it and remembered hearing someone say (before I had kids) that they would cut the bottom out of a diaper with boys so they wouldn't pee all over when she let them go naked--to let the skin breathe.

I will preface this by saying that I never intended to share this pictures publicly.  I took pictures only to send to my mom because it was SO funny looking.  She, in turn, showed them to a nurse she works with that is constantly harping about letting wounds "breathe".  That nurse then asked for my permission to use the picture in her teaching materials :).  So I guess this is the birth of Carter's modeling career...though I'm not sure how appreciative he'll be in the future.

***I DO NOT recommend doing this with a disposable diaper!  The little moisture absorbing beads get everywhere...on your floor as well as on the baby's skin which can be even more irritating.  I have since done this with a cloth diaper and used pins to keep it in place (snappi's don't work as well as there isn't any material to "catch" with the bottom of the Y shape).***

Monday, July 11, 2011

I am way past due on an update on this site :)  Life has been crazy lately (but that's pretty much become our new normal).  The boys are doing great!  Henry has a total of 5 teeth now (3 on top and 2 on bottom) and is interested in eating everything he can get in his mouth...books, paper, Lara Bars (that Carter gives him or leaves within reach), fruit, etc.  He is also scooting around quite well!  It's not a crawl, more of an army/belly crawl type thing.  But man is he fast!  At his last Dr appointment (about a month ago) he was 29 inches and 20 pounds.  He's doing great and is still just the happiest baby I've ever seen...I love waking up to his smile :)

Carter is also doing great!  I think it's good influence on the part of our friends children, but he has started talking a lot more!  Unfortunately, he is also copying me a lot and I have learned a few things...for instance, I apologize all the time even when it isn't my fault that something happens (something rolls off counter, Carter drops something, someone has an boo-boo) and Carter does it too.  I think I also spend WAY too much time on my phone b/c he is constantly "making calls" into his hand (or shoe, or remote, or truck).

The diet has been going well and Carter has gone from not really growing/gaining at all (dropped from 95th percentile to 25th) to getting back up to a normal weight.  He is now in the 90th percentile!  I attribute this COMPLETELY to our dietary changes.  He is eating so much more and it is healthy stuff...especially healthy fats.  His diet mostly consists of fruits, veggies, and nuts :)

We also moved both boys into the same room a while back.  I was worried it would be a problem, but both boys have actually done much better sleeping when sharing a room.  They sleep through one another fussing, go to sleep quicker, and wake up "talking" to one another (which is a nice change from Carter waking up screaming).  There have been a few instances where I've had to put one of them down for a daytime nap in a different room, but that doesn't even happen once a week.  We are so blessed to have these two amazing little ones in our care!  I am so thankful for my "miracle" babies and so blessed by their amazing hearts and beautiful smiles!

Btw...if you are interested in reading about my struggle with getting pregnant, the first part is up on my other blog.  You can find the post here.