Tuesday, December 23, 2008

4 months old

We have hit 4 months and life as a newborn is way over. We are grasping toys in our hands and playing with each other. We love to hold hands while we nurse and play with mommy's mouth. Baby Einstein exersaucer is our favorite thing aside from playing and laughing with Daddy.
Our doctor said we are doing just fine. Gracie is the petite one weighing 11 lbs 6 oz, while Faith was called "chunk a love" by our doc at 12 lb 4 oz. Grace is 3/4 in taller though.
Sleeping is still sometimes a challenge, but most of the time we sleep from 7 pm to 6 am with only a few minor wakenings where we maneuver mommy to put our pacificers back in and give us back our "lovies"(security blankets).

In the Christmas Spirit

Grace and Faith have had so much fun with Christmas: the lights, the decorations and dressing up in fun clothes. . . well, not sure if they love that part, but mommy sure does. We have had several Christmas parties to go to and show off our little Santa Babies!! We are looking forward to having Auntie Holly and Uncle Todd and Grandpa and Grandma Sell here for the holidays.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Three Months Old

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The girls are so grown up! Andy commented tonight that each day gets more fun as we discover new tricks the girls can do. Sleeping and eating are no longer their only skills. They smile, coo, laugh and now roll over. They sit in their bumbo chairs and like to stand supported by us. Faith sucks her thumb and Grace still "gracefully" stretches. They go to sleep around 7-8pm and wake up only one time in the night. I awake between 6:30 and 7am to sounds of their talking in their individual cribs. I love the morning times. They are so happy and talkative all morning.

We are still working on getting nap time down. I have a hard time figuring out if they are hungry or tired. It is challenging to get them down for naps when I am by myself, but I am working on a routine. They are so different in what they need which means I need to remember to treat them differently. I still haven't seen them notice each other much- hopefully that will come in this next month.

Visit from Great Aunt Cathy

We celebrated my Dad's birthday last weekend and were excited to see my Aunt Cathy from Kansas. It was so fun to have the whole family together. Go Karting, Rock band, shopping and baking cakes were some of the highlights.
See any resemblance between Faith and her Grammy? How about Auntie Holly? Kinda funny how genetics works.
We miss Auntie Cathy and I am so glad she could come even for a short visit.

Rolling Over!

Faith and Grace have both passed their milestone of rolling over! I was giving Faith an afterbath massage last week on her tummy and realized she was very active as she almost propelled herself off the changing table. This motivated me to get back in her tummy time routine. Later that day, while doing tummy time, she flipped herself over! Grace followed a few days later. It is fun to see how different they are from each other. Faith is so active and uses a lot of energy. Grace seems like she is behind, but then suprises me with a very strong roll or scoot on the floor. Can't wait to see what comes next!

Outdoor Bath with Grandma

Grandma Cheryl is always coming up with new fun activities for Grace & Faith. We had fun staying down in sunny Dana Point for a few days while Shar and Benson visited. The girls got to experience their first outdoor bath- we thought it would prepare them for future hot tubbing!

Faith sported the "gangsta" look as she was inspired by her Auntie Shar's influence from Detroit!

Visit from Grandma & Grandpa Sell

Whenever Grammy Debbie comes to visit, so do several new dresses for the girls. As always, we had a photo shoot for their "activity time" This was the first time Grandpa David got to see them since they were born. He was able to spend some early morning bonding time getting to know them. They got to hang out with grandpa during his prayer times.
It was nice to have a quick visit with Mom and Dad as they brought some things to prepare us for the holidays.

Mummy's Little Pumpkins

Doing a little blog catch up and realized I hadn't even downloaded photos for about a month. The little girlies have grown considerably in a month.
Nothing exciting for Halloween, but I had fun dressing them in their little pumpkin sleepers. Here's a few shots from that day.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

4 Babies in a bowling alley

What a blast we had last weekend visiting our friends the Davis Family! We enjoyed meeting David and Beth's little girl Julia who is about one month older than Grace and Faith. She is such a laughter and rolling over already- what fun we have to look forward to. We also got to meet David's sister Misty's newest addition, Skylar, only two weeks older than our girls. All four babies and a troupe of Davis kids headed to the bowling alley. There were plenty of helpers to keep all the babies held and happy while we enjoyed a fun bowling game. We miss David and Beth and wished they lived closer than Boston. I enjoyed getting "expert" advice from David's mother of 12 kids. We hope to see them again soon!

10 weeks old means a little sleep

I think we have reached a turning point, finally. Overnight the girls started sleeping two 4-6 hour stretches at night with only one hour long feeding in between. This has made such a difference for me, allowing me to get some much needed rest and gain independence from the absolute need for someone's help at night.
I have really been enjoying our morning routine. If they wake up before 8 am, daddy feeds them my pumped milk from the 3 am feeding. I get to sleep until 9 am and then we all wake up for our morning feeding. Andy leaves me my coffee and I grab something quick to eat while I feed them. They are so adorable in the morning! They just smile and coo after the feeding while I pump. We then begin our day which still requires constant attention from me. I haven't been able to get them to nap simultaneously very often and they eat every 2-3 hrs during the day still, but it is well worth the sleep at night. When they finally drift off to sleep at 7:30pm, we breathe a sigh of relief and get to spend some time together until the 10 pm dream feed.
It is amazing how they change so quickly and how a few hours of sleep can make the world of difference.
Here are some pics from their recent photo shoot with our personal photographer, Kate Kelly!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Relaxing weekend with our girls

Andy and I stayed at home this weekend and for the first time I think since they were born had no visitors. We took it easy, walks to the park, out to a restaurant for lunch and caught up on watching Prison Break. Here are a few shots from the weekend. Stay tuned for some video since we purchased a video camera this weekend! Andy couldn't bear not recording his adorable "Brown eyed bear"- Grace and "Blue eyed Jay"- Faith as they cooed and smiled.