Saturday, September 23, 2006

Why is it always her????

Since day 1, poor little Reese has been given the short end of the stick. She had to endure more stuff in the NICU, dealt with horrible reflux, awful congestion for MONTHS .. and so many other set backs. It’s always her suffering through something.

She, once again, has something going on with her at the moment ..
She has had diarrhea (excuse me .. but this IS a baby blog after all .. get over it people) for the past two days and now has one killer diaper rash because of it. Poor little thing is in so much pain that she has been crying on and off all day. It’s killing me.
I’m wondering if she may have a lactose intolerance issue since we have just started giving her more whole milk. Great. That’ll be fun to deal with.
So far we have taken her off of the milk completely and have been pumping her full of water, bananas, rice, toast, and applesauce. Of course, she has very little patience for eating .. but we are trying to get in her what we can.
I have a feeling that we’ll be getting up to change her about every hour or so to try and keep her dry.
It’s going to be a long night.
We need some healthy, happy baby butt prayers here.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Look Out World!!

Last night Reese took two steps by herself!! She was coming to me to get a bite of banana and pushed up on my leg, let go, and then took two steps to get closer. Here’s hoping Kaelin waits for Reese to get the hang of it before she decides to give it a go. One wobbly, clumsy baby I can handle .. the thought of two makes me curl up in the fetal position and cry.
Let the games begin!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

White Trash Family

What started out as a plan to play with some water ended up being the most white trash day on the front lawn. Surely the neighbors were thrilled.
The girls decided that just having their hands in the water just wasn't fun enough .. so in the tub they went!

Monday, September 18, 2006

Welcome to the World

On September 14th, little Grant Russell made his appearance into the world. Congratulations Miyoung and Alex .. and love to all of you. So, so much love. We are all so overwhelmed with joy for you.
Enjoy this new chapter as a family.
(I would write more, but by God I can’t see the keyboard through the tears!)


Each of the girls have just realized that the other baby in the room is fun to play with.

It has always amazed me that they LOVE meeting up with their little friends and get so excited with other babies, yet never really seemed to pay any attention to the one that is constantly by their side! They laugh and giggle with their friends, at babies in magazines; on tv …. but the whole “I have sister here next to me” never really amused them. Funny how that works.

For the past two weeks, every now and then I’ll catch them imitating each other … a big game seems to be picking up two balls and knocking them together at the same time. Big fun.

Last night David and I took the girls out to sit on the front lawn and while we were there a few neighbors came to hang out (we just love our neighborhood!) and out of nowhere we hear Kaelin letting out full belly laughs. We looked up and she and Reese were sitting facing each other clapping their hands and laughing at one another. It was adorable. They were just looking at each others faces and giggling and talking and laughing. It’s times like those that you live for with twins .. or siblings as well I suppose. I can’t wait to see how they enjoy each other in the years to come. How awesome is it to enter the world with your best friend by your side?!!?

Pretty awesome indeed.

Where Has The Time Gone?

Life has been busy with two babies who are cruising, climbing, and making new friends. Every night I think, “I need to update the blog”, but then opt for bed instead. Terrible.
We have been busy, busy, BUSY! So lets see what everyone has missed out on ….

We celebrated the girls first “birth”day .. yes, I use quotes since they were 10 weeks early, on August 20th. We had a small gathering of family and left it at that … for now. Mama thinks that the girls deserve a blowout in November .. when their original due date would have been had I not built Reese a bum cord! Bad mom. If anyone deserves two days of gifts, friends, and frosting it’s these two!
The girls loved their birthday cupcakes and made the obligatory mess with them. So much fun. We were suprised to see that they seemed to know just what to do with all of their wrapped presents and tore into each one like pros. It was an impressive display of utter excitement and greed! Grandma and Grandpa up in NY got to be a part of the celebration via webcam .. gotta love the world we’re living in!

Reese is now quite the little monkey. She spends 95% of the day suspended from some object in the house. Let me tell ya .. I’m thrilled by this .. (does sarcasm come through in type?)
Her favorite thing to do is climb up the highchair, feet on the wheels, hands on the tray, and bend backwards to look at the world upside down. Momma LOVES to see that little head dangling inches away from the hardwoods. Amazingly, she has never fallen. (Knock on wood)
She also loves to climb the baby gates that confine her. She is getting so close to the top that a few moms who have been here for playgroups have made the suggestion of getting second gates to screw in above the other ones. Great. That will certainly make the house look nice.
Another favorite activity is crawling in and through our coffee table, which has a small shelf under the top for storage. She’ll spend an hour crawling in … through … and out … over and over again. I don’t get it .. but hey, if it entertains her (and keeps her away from the highchair!) I’m game to watch.
She can now stand on her own but seems hesitant to take those first few steps. You can see in her eyes that she’s thinking about it, but she wimps out each time. I’m sure she’ll do it any day.

Kaelin has been very interested lately in learning new words. I guess all the time Reese spends imitating Richard Petty, zooming around the room nonstop gives Kaelin a few quiet moments to study her picture books and work with me. (Reese has no time for that kind of stuff yet .. to much to explore) So far she can identify and say cat (at), baby, hi, more (ma), eyes, ouch (outh), and we got a bye bye out of her tonight. She can also make the signs for more and ball. She crawls around all day saying “me, me, me …..” Not sure what that means .. but I’m choosing to believe it means something other than that she’s a completely self centered little princess that thinks the world revolves around her! Pray for us.

The girls LOVE that Daddy works from home and get so excited when he comes for visits during the day. They throw down whatever they are playing with and crawl super fast to climb up him. So cute.

The girls are being introduced to cow milk and soy milk (I give them soy juice actually .. a little better in the protein, nutrition department than plain juice in my opinion) .. drink it exclusively at one feeding, the others they get a mixture of formula and milk. So far so good. They are doing great with their solids and get excited when they are put into their highchairs to see what goodies await. So far, their absolute favorite thing is organic banana waffles with peanut butter. They still love their tofu and fruit breakfasts and Yobaby yogurt too.

And then of course are the Cheerios. I had to ask our pediatrician if there was actually such a thing as too many Cheerios. I swear they eat them all day. If I let them, I guarantee they could polish off a large box a week. It’s insane. Thank goodness Dr. Hassel said it wasn’t a problem because those Cheerios make for happy, quiet babies when they are hidden in places around the room … which makes for a happy, sane momma!
We may have to buy some stock in that company.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Some might call me crazy

I had a lot of plans for raising my baby when I first got pregnant. Of course, most of that went out the window when we found out that we were having TWO babies. All we heard from people was how hard it was going to be .. how crazy around here .. how exhausting. So I just kind of stopped thinking of how life would be because I figured we wouldn’t have the time or the energy for much else than just making sure the little buggers stayed alive.

After they arrived we started to think a little differently. For one, we decided against the night nurse that we had put on hold. Once they were here, I just couldn’t stand the idea of someone else taking care of them. They were mine and I wanted them to know that I would always be here for them .. no matter how many hours of sleep that took away from me. Also, I was fully aware of how fast they grow up. I knew that all too soon those late night feedings, just a baby and me cuddling in the quiet glow of the nightlight, would be gone. (Of course, I didn’t realize just HOW fast it would go by! Where did these creatures crawling and climbing and talking come from?!) We had some rough nights .. but looking back, David and I wouldn’t change a thing. I LOVE that we had that time together.

I had seriously considered using cloth diapers (yes, they still exist!) at first too. Again, the talk of “TWO babies .. oh my god your doomed” took my focus away.
There were a number of reasons to my thinking:
1) Obviously, the enviromental impact of disposables is staggering .. if you read up on it you’ll be amazed at how awful they are for our landfills. (and an interesting fact .. did you know that even on the disposable instructions they say to dump any solids? Raw sewage should be thrown in with the diapers. All of those diapers entering the landfill are in danger of contaminating the groundwater and spreading disease. ew.)
2) The comfort factor. Seriously, would you rather be wrapped in paper and plastic or cotton and fleece? Yep, I vote for the latter.
3) Financially, if you use cloth diapers from the get go it is sooooo much cheaper. A fact that can sway even the most reluctant dad!
4) Babies who are diapered in cloth tend to have no diaper rash .. which poor little Reese has had a few bouts with .. not fun. They stay much drier in cloth .. which of course goes back to comfort.
Not to mention that in this day and age they have so many styles and brands to choose from .. some of them are really adorable.

SO .. here we are a year later and the other day I remembered that I had considered that at one time. A lot of moms in a group for Atlanta Moms that I belong to use cloth and so after asking them some initial questions, I decided to broach the subject with David. He completely suprised me by being VERY open to the idea. wow. Such a good dad.

We are meeting with a woman from that group tomorrow who has an online store for natural baby products to discuss our questions, concerns, and to see if it may be a good fit for us. I think in the beginning we may try out the whole cloth diaper thing at night (again, because they stay so much drier in them) to see how it works. If we like it, we’ll add a few more diapers to try during the day until we feel comfortable in the whole experience. Ther are so many different diapers, techniques, and accessories that it can be a bit daunting to just jump right in… but I’m so excited that we’re taking the first step. It feels right.

I know that if we ever have a third little one around here, that will be the road we take from day one. I also know that I won’t have to listen to what others tell me to expect from a new baby .. or adding one while already having two here. Everyone’s experience is different .. and we have so been blessed with these two.