Beneath this bowl of stars...

toddler activites, food, photos, and other orbital occurrences

A long time ago I used to write a post every Friday called Friday Favorites and list all of Amber's favorite things, new words, etc for that week. I have been meaning to start that again for the last month but have failed, so I am going to do one for the month of February (works nicely since it starts with 'F') and then hopefully next week I can get back on track. (this post is not done.. but i am posting it anyway). Amber

I still need to add Amber's

Food - Blueberries and yogurt. If he seems Amber eating yogurt, he screams like he's dying and sets off the dingdong box (our doorbell goes off if you yell too loud) until he gets some. Amber now must eat her yogurt in hiding.
Game - peek a boo, escaping to the stairs when I am in the kitchen, climbing up the stairs with Amber and Andrew
Activity - DJing at daddy's radio... he learned how to turn it on, and crawls in the dinning room (daddy's office) and turns on the radio and dances, and then opens the cd player seeming to try to change the music, also walking (side stepping) up and down the hallway along the railing, dancing (bouncing) anytime he hears a good beat or I try to create a beat (if i sing it does not work)
Firsts - waving - he really started waving to daddy in the last week or 2. He sees daddy from across the room and screams DA DA DA DA DA and waves in a funny little way.... only to daddy. Alex has started feeding people on a regular basis in the last couple weeks. Daddy and yehyeh got him to do it first, and now he will try with Amber and I as well, he really seems to enjoy it.
Teeth - Alex got his top left 2nd tooth around the 20th, it was a full day of drool!
Illness - unfortunately Alex had a fever for 3 days followed by a rash that looked like Roseola a few days before their birthday. Drew never seemed to get it. The fever was low, so we are not sure if it was Roseola or not. Then about 5 days after their 1yr doc appointment Drew got the fever and Alex the spots of Hand, Foot and Mouth. His poor little hands and feet were covered in blisters, and little bumps all over his legs that are still healing. Luckily it seemed mild in their mouths.
Person - Dada - I said it before, Alex loves daddy right now. He sometimes screams when he sees him and can't stand it until he picks him up.
Toy - Alex loves buttons. They got a firestation toy for their bday that has buttons that he just cannot get enough of pushing. He also has learned in the last week to put things in and take things out. He is really loving putting things in boxes or places... even puffs back in a bowl.
Food - Blueberries and strawberries. The first half of the month it was blueberries but now he can eat an entire box of strawberries by himself in one sitting.
Toy - vacuum and rolling things. He is completely obsessed with the vacuum. Both the tall unit and the attachments by themselves. He will follow you around while vacuuming, and crawl full speed ahead if he hears it in the other room. Any time he sees the vacuum he makes a b-line for it. He will take an attachment and push it all around the house, even back and forth just like he is vacuuming. He loves pushing and rolling things while he is crawling, cars trucks, even things that do not have wheels like hockey pucks and bowls.... but cars and trucks are his favorites.
Person - Amber is fairly sure that he has learned to say Amber. I think it sounds more like Apple, but we don't eat many apples (just apple sauce) so i can't imagine he knows that word. He has also started noticing Amber and daddy in photos aroudn the house, it makes him smile and he says their names i think. Activity - Andrew loves to laugh. Just to laugh or as part of a game. In the last 2 days Andrew has started putting things in a box and then giving me a high five after. Today he's been able to give me 5 (or at least touch my hand) any time i ask.
Game - racing up the stairs when he knows that he should not be on the stairs and I am coming for him. It's amazing how fast he can go! He also likes crawling ahead and getting someone to chase him, he turns around and laughs when he knows someone is behind him. He too loves crawling up the stairs with Alex and Amber, and dancing to a beat with a huge smile on his face.
Challenge - diaper changes! he rolls instantly! I have upgraded all the pajamas to those with zippers and still it can take me 10 min just to get him changed. The only thing that might work sometimes is if i give him a remote control with buttons that light up on it.... this will only work if it has been a few hours since he last played with the remote!

The boys turned 1 three weeks ago. We had a cake smash (pics to come) on their big day, along with family presents, noodles for dinner (chinese tradition) and 1 candle to blow out. We sang to each of them individually. Then we had their party the following Saturday. Lots of our friends were able to come and celebrate with us. The boys did not nap the whole afternoon (the party was 1-7pm) but still managed to have a great time. Here are some pictures, the party had an owl theme of course! Thanks to, another mom of twins, for lots of ideas :-)

Here are some pictures of the boys opening their birthday presents. Thank you to everyone :-)

Jocelyn, your pic in on my other camera which I can't find at the moment... i will let you know when its up.

We are fortunate to have a house with a lot of space for baby play areas. The down side to this is that there lots of stairs. I should probably count one day how many times I go up and down. With two 20+lb babies, I really cannot carry them both anymore. Sometimes I carry them both up, when its early in the day and my arms are not yet giving out, but I never carry 2 down. The babies are crawling everywhere so I can't just leave one while carrying the other. Typically if on the first floor, I put one in the jumperoo, carry the other to his room on the second floor and close the gate (he now begins to scream). I then go back down, grab the first one and head all the way up to the 3rd floor to the playroom, and put him in the "petting zoo" (baby corral). Then I go back and grab the first guy who is on the second floor and then take him up to the 3rd. Phew. Now I need a cup of coffee! I do this because that way it minimizes the time that each is alone in his new environment, with my efforts. (only one floor twice and two floors once). I always feel like I am manning the raft in the old logic problem of how to get the wolf, goat and cabbage across the river.

I just ran Alex all the way up to the 3rd floor while Amber was with Andrew on the 1st. I left my phone with him so he could study it while I went all the way back down for Andrew. When I returned he and Siri were having a conversation. Evidently he shook the phone in a way that woke her up... she must have asked him something alone the lines of "Hello Lindsay, what can I help you with" to which he must have answered "dada mama da?" getting her to reply with "I'm sorry Lindsay I do not understand dada mama da, can you try repeating that?"

This is going to be fun in another couple months. Maybe I should start a website, "Things Siri responded to my toddler"

Over the last year I have said many times that raising twinfants hones your chess skills. You have to think several steps ahead often to just get by during the day, but definitely if you want to be successful in getting things done and getting out and about. Today I already lost my game of chess.... and its only 12:24pm.

As I previously mentioned we were hit by a fedex truck the other day. Yesterday I made all the phone calls (while stuffing the babies with all sorts of food to keep them quiet). I arranged for the insurance inspection to be at 9am, and then at 10am to drop off the car at our dealer to have the airbags checked and reset. Late last night I remembered that today also at 9am Amber had the next to last day of her school's ice skating program, and I had promised to skate with her once this year. Dave was actually able to stay home with the babies today so that I could go. (next week is the boy's birthday so that complicates things even more for going that day). I didnt have the phone number of the location where I was to take the car at 9, so I just didnt show up. I called the dealer and was able to reschedule to 11am. I went skating, Amber smiled and I only fell down once! (another parent called out to me that I was the first and only parent to fall down this year, thanks buddy, hope you fall on your ass next week). I got home and much to my amazement the babies were ASLEEP! The second time I have left them with daddy and he gets them to go to sleep?!? Even Andrew who has stopped taking a morning nap the last 2 weeks??


But this gave me time to call the insurance company and reschedule the inspection. Unfortunately they are not open again until next Tuesday.

We made it to the car dealer at 11:04! (i even remembered to take out the stroller and leave it in the garage, but forgot to remove Amber's seat). I was at the desk getting the loaner car when I remembered that I lost my license and only have the expired one. Of course this would not work, even though they had a photo copy of my valid one on file. After thinking for a moment that I would have to pack everyone back up in the car and do this again next week, I remembered that we are not in the 80s anymore. So, thanks to Steve Jobs and Al Gore, I was able to order a replacement and forward the confirmation email to the car lady all from my iphone.

Checkmate avoided.

20 min later I get all 3 seats loaded into the loaner car and I decide to reward myself with some junk food from the McDonalds next door.

As I pull in the driveway of our house, I realize that once again I am in check. I typically enter my house via the built in garage door button in my car. We have one of those funky car keys so we dont keep other keys on that ring, thus no door key. Hmm. Other times I have opened Dave's car which is rarely locked and used his opener.... his car is at work with him. I actually remembered to close the front door before leaving the house today so that option is also out. But, for some reason Dave went on the back deck today and forgot to lock the back door!!!! Saved again.

So I guess the game is still on, but it has not been a elegant display of moves thus far today.

Luckily I saw it coming and I was able to move up about 10 ft.  Luckily I drive a very heavy, safe car, and luckily I still have my 5yr old in a 5pt harness.  Maybe we would have all still been ok with a booster seat in a Prius, but I don't really want to find out.

I am sitting here with this:

around my neck.  It was given to me by a good friend when I was pregnant with Amber.  It is probably one of the best gifts I have ever received.  I think I am going to start buying them for people.   Far too many times I find myself so thankful that I have it to help relax my aching muscles.

Amber says her neck hurts, but I think it might be because I asked her earlier if it did or not.  I put her on the couch with the wrap around her neck while I cooked dinner.  I won't mention it in the morning and we will see if she's ok or not.  The babies seem fine, thank goodness.

A friend joked on facebook that I should get free shipping for life!  Wouldn't that be nice :-)  I guess one good thing is that I get new carseats, I was just about to order bigger seats for the babies.

Every year about this time I wonder if there is some unspoken rule in New England that says you must leave your wreath on your door or windows until the Pats are done for the season.  Then Valentine's day passes and I realize I am wrong, that the rule must be that its good luck to leave them up until the first sign of spring.    Last year I was able to accept it since we had so much snow.... but this year, no excuses!!! We have had so many nice weekend days for taking down lights (I am ok with leaving lights up until spring as long as you stop turing them on) and wreaths on windows.... but I really cannot understand the people who can't exert enough energy to remove the wreath from the front door.  Come on, is it really that hard?  I thought it must just be lazy people, but tonight I drove through town after dark (yes I was out and about after bedtime!  Dave was home with the kids and we were out of milk and bananas so i had to go to the store) and sure enough all the town's lights are not only still up, but on.  IT'S JANUARY 25th... time to let go until next year.