Thursday, August 25, 2011

Videos of Ellen and Cole

I don't really have the mental energy for a real post, so here are a couple of funny videos from the past week or so.





Thursday, August 18, 2011

We have a walker!

Miss Ellen is walking!!

Here she is standing by herself (and holding my mom's camera lens cap).



She took her first steps August 5. She had been standing by herself for a few days (maybe a week?) before that. But today, she walked from the gate to the rug by herself! That's almost FIVE FEET! It was bizarre to see her doing it by herself.



And today Cole stood by himself for the first time today. He was so proud!


It is ridiculous how fast they are growing. I'm not sure I'm ready for walkers!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Latest Milestones for Ellen and Cole

Ellen and Cole are growing and changing every day it seems. Some of the things they're up to lately:

Ellen -
  • She weighed 18 pounds 14 ounces at her 1 year check-up.
  • Took her first step Friday, August 5, 2011. She let go of the chair she was walking beside, took a step, and sat down.
  • Has FOUR teeth now - two on bottom (the first two to come in) and two on top. Her teeth seem to come in two at a time.
  • Her "babbling" is more like a foreign language. It's hilarious to hear her talk. Most of the time she does it pretty quietly. Cole and I frequently mimic her language and laugh hysterically. It really is that funny.
  • She is incredibly messy while eating table food. She eats one piece at a time and nibble/gnaws on it until she's ready to swallow. She loves brownies and Nutri-Grain bars (particularly the apple cinnamon ones). She is NOT impressed by cheese, turkey, pasta, or anything else that feels weird to her fingers when she tests them. She recently tried and liked raisins a lot. She almost always makes a funny face when trying something new.
  • She still loves her hands and has gotten very good at using them. She can put Legos together and pull them apart. She can pick up a Cheerio using her thumb and index finger.
  • She loves to find fuzz from our carpet and "inspect" it. I have no idea what she's looking for or what's so intriguing about it, but she can stare at fuzz forever.
  • She is looking more and more like a little girl lately.
  • She happily plays in her crib (or stares at her hand) when she wakes up. When I go in to get them in the morning, she is usually still laying down but awake.
  • The minute the gate that corrals the twins in the playroom opens, Ellen makes a beeline straight outta there. You've never seen a girl crawl so fast; the trouble is that she makes so much noise as she's crawling toward freedom that every adult hears her and beats her to the punch, closing the gate on her dreams.
  • She has the most pitiful/hilarious sad face.
  • She is a thief.

Cole
  • He weighed 17 pounds 10 ounces at his 1 year check-up.
  • He has started scrunching up his whole face when he smiles, and then he laughs. It makes me laugh every time he does it.
  • He has two teeth on bottom.
  • He has become quite the sneezer.
  • He LOVES food. Last night he cleared his tray before Ellen had finished 3 Cheerios. He just shoves it all in his mouth. I can only put 3 Goldfish at a time on his tray because he'll put them all in his mouth at once and choke. He loves Goldfish, Ritz, raisins, and pretty much anything else you put in front of him.
  • He is still in love with the playmat. When it's set up, he giggles as he crawls through it. He must like the hanging toys hitting his head...who knows though?
  • This kid loves to laugh. Yesterday it was almost like he was on speed the way he was giggling as he crawled super fast all around the playroom. The laughing seriously lasted almost 30 minutes or so.
  • He constantly gets toys, pacis, etc. stolen from him, but he usually doesn't mind. He'll just find something else to do. This quality is especially nice for him since his twin steals pretty much anything.
  • He is eating his crib currently. He wakes up with white paint around his mouth. Should I be worried? :)
  • He lets you know pretty much the moment he wakes up.
  • His "talking" is just yelling. It can sometimes almost sound like he's upset, but he's not. He's just telling you something really, really important.
  • He looks and me and laughs when I tell him no.
  • He is still obsessed with bouncing. He used to have a jumpy-thing that he loved. He would go nuts in that thing. Now when I hold him up, trying to get him to stand on his own, he wants to bounce.

Both
  • They are so, so funny when I put them in the crib together. They sleep in separate cribs, but I put them together sometimes when I have to go get something or just want them contained. They will tackle each other, bury their foreheads in the other's stomach, and crawl around and "chase" each other, all the while laughing like crazy. It's so fun to watch and listen to.
  • They apparently hate cheese. I put it on their trays every single day, and no one eats a bite. If I try to put it in Ellen's mouth, she turns her head. If I try to put it in Cole's mouth, he'll take it and then spit it out, giving me a look that says, "WHY in the world did you put that in my mouth, Mom??"
  • On the way home from church Sunday, Cole and I heard them giggling sporadically. I looked back and saw them holding hands. Cole held his hand out, Ellen grabbed it, and they laughed. Then Ellen would hold her hand out, Cole would grab it, and they would laugh some more. All of this happened when they couldn't see each other.
  • They have a "secret" hideout behind one of the chairs in the playroom in the corner with the door to the outside. Our theory is that they like to look out of the window, but it's still super strange how much they love to be back there. They laugh and laugh at who knows what back there.
  • They both stare at William when he cries. When I am feeding or changing him in the playroom they laugh when he's laying on the couch. They both want to touch his head. I'll let them sometimes, but more often than not it turns a little violent. :) We're working on the concept of being gentle.

As you can tell, we laugh a lot around here. And I wouldn't have it any other way. There are moments of yucky, but mostly the twins seem to just enjoy life.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Ellen and Cole are 1!

Let's just pretend that I posted this July 13, the day they actually turned one. :)

We had their party on Saturday, July 16, and it was perfect.



I tried to keep it really easy and low-key. I didn't want to get stressed out about everything having to be perfect. And it worked. I was able to enjoy myself and had a great time.

I ordered the invitations, birthday banner, and cupcake toppers from Babycakes Art & Design on etsy.com. The seller was so nice to work with. Everything was shipped super fast and was exactly what I envisioned. In case you haven't looked around, it's extremely difficult to find cute birthday invitations for a boy/girl twin party. I didn't really want a "theme" party (mostly because I couldn't think of a good one that would work for both Ellen and Cole), so that made finding invitations even more difficult.

Once I found these invitations from Babycakes, though, I decided on a loose theme of cupcakes. We had a banner that said "Happy Birthday Ellen & Cole" and various cupcake toppers - "Happy Birthday Ellen," "Happy Birthday Cole," 1, a silhouette of a little boy holding a cupcake, a silhouette of a little girl holding a cupcake. They were perfect.

We got cupcakes from a bakery in town, bought some ice cream, and called it a party.






We tried to get a picture of both of them on the couch looking cute in their birthday outfits.



That's as good as we could do before Cole crawled off the couch. (The fall scared him and all of us, but he was fine.)




Martha Ann: Ummm, dude, what's that on your head?



Ellen really wanted to grab the candle.



Cole was NOT impressed with the cupcake.



Clearly, Ellen wasn't either.



They looked pretty darn cute in their hats, though, if I do say so myself. (I got them from diapers.com.)











By the end of the afternoon, Cole was just worn out. :)



It was a fabulous first birthday party. The twins behaved beautifully, and William slept through it all.

We were so happy that all of our family could be there to celebrate with us (minus Uncle Rob).

I can't believe I have two one-year-olds.