Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Just as an update, we still have no walkers, but Reagan took about a step and a half last Friday night. She has taken no steps since then. In fact, she is kind of refusing to even try. Little Miss Strong Opinions! All babies will walk behind the push walkers, and Jonathan and Zachary have even gotten pretty good at steering them. Jonathan is especially good, steering his around obstacles and in between jumpers with ease. Everyone but Thomas will let go of their supports and stand alone momentarily. Reagan does it most often. Every day we seem to have evidence of their growing understanding of language. Although they aren't really talking yet themselves (although they do occasionally say dada and seem to actually mean Jim) they understand the words of the world around them more and more. It's a lot of fun! I'm sure that as time goes on, there will be lots of stories about language development!
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Hmmm...Carter is big and cool with all his fancy walking and stuff, but I'm not sure I want to share my ball with him!
The kids try out the tables and chairs that Daddy Bud made (that's right, he MADE them!)--one set was Mommy's on her first birthday and a matching set makes it just right for four!
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
But before I talk about their birthday, I need to do some catching up...
First, on June 5 Thomas had a checkup with the pulminologist to make sure his lungs were still doing okay. They did a chest x-ray, and he looked and sounded great. He has not been getting regular breathing treatments for months now, so that was good news! He weighed 19lb 4oz that day! But this was only a small part of the big day Thomas and I had.
Since I had generous friendly helpers coming to watch the other three kids while I took Thomas to the dr., I decided to just make an afternoon of it. Thomas and I left the house at noon and went to meet Daddy for lunch at Wishbones. It was Thomas' first time at a restaurant, fast food or otherwise, and mine and Jim's first attempt at eating a meal at a restaurant with a child of our own. It was a pretty successful venture! Although he did make quite a mess in the floor, he didn't scream or cry or embarrass us in any way. He was perfectly sweet and adorable enough than a stranger stopped by our table to ask how old he was and tell us how cute he was. The nice man was pretty shocked to hear that we had three more at home!
Don't worry, we super-cleaned the table before letting him eat off it!
We LOVE Wishbones! When can we do this again?
After lunch, Thomas and I went to Target and did a little shopping. He was perfectly well-behaved there too, grinning at every passerby and charming the cashier. Then we went to CVS to pick up a prescription, and the only trouble he caused was wanting desperately to pick up and chew on the pen I used to sign off at the pharmacy. Eww!
After all that, we went to the dr. and he was super-good even though he was getting really tired by then. He fell asleep almost instantly once we got back in the car. He was exhausted from his big day out on the town!
On the 15th, all the kids had an appointment at the High Risk Clinic. We went there back in Dec. where they passed all their developmental evaluations with flying colors. They did the same this time. What a shock! I had really hoped that one of them would be walking by the time we had this appointment, but no, we had to settle for everyone crawling and pulling up and beginning to stand. They didn't write down the weights for me, so the only one I know is Reagan at 21lb 7oz. This is interesting to me as it puts her having gained only 1 and a half lbs over the last three months, whereas Thomas has gained almost 3. I'm really looking forward to our one-year checkup next week and getting their weights and percentages. It would be nice to see that Thomas is no longer at 3%!
Okay, I think that catches us up for the most part. I'm behind on the monthly pictures, but at least you're caught up with what's going on in our lives, up to birthday time! Expect it soon!
Monday, June 18, 2007
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
1. The previously mentioned Evil Snatch
2. The Cry Hysterically and Hope Everyone Else Joins In Game
3. The Everyone Climb on Mommy at the Same Time and Drive Her Crazy Game
4. The Roll Over in the Middle of the Diaper Change Game, often followed by the Screaming Roll-Over--This is a solitary game unless combined with game 3, as it generally is, because Mommy LOVES being climbed on during diaper changes.
5. The My Sibling is in my Way so I'll Just Crawl over Him Game
And best of all...
6. The This Is My Sibling's Eye (or Ear, Nose, Mouth, Hair), Watch What Happens When I Poke (or Pull, Gouge, Scratch) It Game--Zachary's personal favorite
Oh, wait...I also don't want to forget The Stare at Mommy and Daddy with Blank, Innocent Faces When They Yell No, even though We Know What It Means Game.
You single baby families may be unfamiliar with some of these games too. And aren't you the lucky ones!
Monday, June 4, 2007
1. The Laughing Game
Squealy-squeal, laugh, laugh, squeal!
This game involves usually just two babies. The first baby is playing happily with a toy, minding his own business, when the second baby crawls up and snatches it away while squealing with laughter. Baby A then snatches it back and squeals himself. baby B snatches and laughs, baby B snatches back and laughs, and on and on it goes back and forth.
Another variation on the game is when Baby A has a toy, crawls up to Baby B, waves the toy in Baby A's face and then squeals. Let the snatching begin.
Come and get it!
Unfortunately, this game is often confused with evil snatching which involves no laughing at all, only crying, or laughter on only one side. Jonathan thinks all snatching is evil, unless he's the one doing it. Reagan and Thomas think all snatching is a laugh riot.
This game involves one baby deciding that a particular area of the room is a fun place to be. Then all the other babies realize that Baby A is having an awfully good time over there and they want to be a part of the fun, so all babies then converge on the same spot and crawl all over each other, laughing all the while. You have to keep an eye on this game, however, as it goes bad really quickly and babies get all tangled up and stuck under one another and tears are shed.
Dogpile on Cris!
This is another easy game and a relatively safe one. Baby A starts clapping for no real reason, so other babies start clapping. Or baby A starts waving her arms around and saying ah-ah-ah, so someone else starts doing it too, although the sounds aren't always the same. The most often played version of this game, and the least popular with Mommy, involves baby A realizing Mommy has left the room, so he flings himself dramatically against the gate and wails his heart out. The other babies who had been perfectly content, realize that A is wailing at the gate and mommy must be gone, so they all fling themselves upon the gate and wail in unison. I really don't like that version.
So there you go...games babies play with other babies, for all you poor people out there who only had one baby at a time. I can't imagine what you did all day with just one baby. Left the house probably...went to the store...the mall...a restaurant...a friend's house...the bank...the post office...the library...McDonald's...