Wednesday, December 31, 2008
No, we were not protecting stairs, as most baby gates do. We were protecting our clean little babies from the nasty litter box. I have to agree that while gross and out of place, tucked away in a corner of our breakfast area was the only place that could house this cat commode. It didn't hurt that gating off the kitchen area also protected our lower cabinets filled with breakable kitchen items. We are of the opinion that it is easier to grant freedoms as the child is mature enough to handle them, rather than allow a freedom too early and have to take it away. Owen and Mason didn't know what they were missing, nor did they care. But now they can be trusted to stay out of the cabinets. As far as the litter box, we now have the floor space to tuck it away in our laundry room with the addition of a new, stackable washer/dryer set.
So, there you have it. Kitchen freedom. Yet another milestone that signifies the entrance into toddlerhood.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
On Christmas morning, Aaron handed me a small package labeled 'love Owen and Mason.' I had no idea what was inside because, like I said, I had resigned myself to never getting a necklace like that. Sure enough, inside was my necklace. I was so shocked and of course I asked, 'how?!' Aaron informed me that he MADE it himself. I was so confused, which prompted more questions. He told me he did research and in fact he ordered the supplies, then formed, stamped, fingerprinted, fired, and antiqued these beautiful charms. Simply amazing. Forever marked with the work of my husband's loving hands, and imprinted with the tiny fingerprints of my precious Owen and Mason.
Monday, December 29, 2008
It sounded hectic going into it but it was amazingly simple, relaxing, and enjoyable. We all went to the Christmas Eve candlelight service to get into the true spirit of the season. Owen and Mason really enjoyed the live Nativity, complete with 2 camels, a donkey, a calf, a mommy and baby goat, and a real baby Jesus.
Owen and Mason awoke to Santa's gifts strewn about our living room. A train table complete with the coolest of train tracks, parking garage, and roads. Fire trucks that can actually be driven by little guys were a big hit since these little guys are WAY into 'cucks, voom voom' (translation: trucks, vroom vroom...every time they see one). Remote control cars, money for a rainy day, books, letters, hammering bench, Disney DVDs, and even an abacus from their Finance major Uncle Kyle.
We are all so thankful to every one in our special family. Aaron and I know that Owen and Mason love their gifts of love. They've hardly touched their 'old' toys and all the new ones are still out and about in the living room. You guys are awesome and the love you show our babies is so appreciated. We know that Owen and Mason will grow up knowing that there is always a lap with enough room for two...and a hug to go with it!
|Christmas Eve around the house|
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
|Decorating the tree|
Poor Santa had a death grip on them, all while keeping the perfect Santa smile. They were trying with all their might to get away. But we love the picture. It is a great representation of where we are right now. Like my friend said, we'll have many more years of smiling Santa pictures.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
The major event in our life happened in early November. My mom's dear older brother passed away after an 8 year battle with Alzheimer's. He was only 62. He was a wonderful person, touching lives as a pediatrician as far away as Cuba and Tanzania. He meant so much to our family and we will miss him. My aunt, his wife, passed along to Owen and Mason a handmade quilt that he frequently used while he was in the Alzheimer's facility. We will treasure it.
On a happy note, here are some funny things that Owen and Mason do:
They both have learned what cold feels like. I don't remember specifically teaching them this, they just picked it up and latched onto it for some reason. Their favorite meal time game is to say 'cooooold' and stretch out their hand towards our soda cans, glass of water, etc. They HAVE to touch it and say 'coooold' before they will let it go. So random. They also picked up 'hot.' Again, we didn't teach them this specifically, so we didn't realize that it was time to stress that we do not touch hot things. We're working on this, don't worry.
Bath time belly flops
Owen knows that after dinner it is time for 'baff.' Recently they decided to use the bath tub as if it were a padded room. They stand up and flop down, hitting their head against the side of the tub, each other, a toy...and just laugh and repeat. Definitely boys! They also started this new thing when the water is draining out. They wave and say 'bye bye agua' (no, we aren't actively teaching them Spanish. One of Aaron's uncles taught them agua). Then, when the water is fairly shallow, they both lay backwards and say 'nigh night.' I think they'd stay all night long if we let them.
Mason has a name!
For the longest time, both boys referred to each other as Owen. They have finally learned (for the most part) who to point to when asked where Owen/Mason is, either themselves or brother. Even more exciting is Mason has finally learned to say his name. Even though he says 'Ason' it is still adorable. And so is their little voices calling brother's name when he isn't in the room. The other day Mason woke up as I was getting him out of the car. Owen was already in the house so when Mason opened his eyes he didn't see Owen. The first thing out of his mouth, before he was fully awake, was 'Owen, Owen.'
Owen has fully learned the meaning of bye bye and uses it correctly. He lets me know when he is ready to leave a store that I am dragging them around in. The other day we were in Toys R Us and we walked passed the front door. Owen started saying 'bye bye, bye bye.' The lady walking in said 'wow, I've never heard a kid ask to leave a toy store!' Poor guy, he must have been bored.
They both let me know, loud and clear I might add, when they want to eat. This is a fairly new word so I was surprised to hear it pop out of their mouth in the correct context. The other day we were eating a casserole with large elbow macaronis in it. Mason picked one up, held it to the side of his head, and started talking. It took us a second but we realized he was pretending it was a phone. So smart!!
There is always a teachable moment regarding this concept. Owen is such an 'in the moment' kid that he doesn't understand that if Mason has something it will still exist in a little while for him to play with. He gets so frustrated and usually cries as he finds a little corner to cool off in. Mason, on the other hand, understands that one toy is exactly like the other toy so when Owen is insisting on having Mason's, Mason is okay with trading. He is very good about letting Owen play with something he has. I have to regulate though and make sure that Mason gets his turn when I feel like he really does care about having a turn.
Mother's Day Out
We are MDO hunting. Hoping to get the boys started sometime after the new year. I think they'd really like it and I sure could use a bit of time to get errands done without involving a stroller.
Words, words, words
Owen has really progressed lately in his speech. He used to listen more but now he is trying new words out. He is still not as articulate as Mason but he isn't far behind. Both of them have increased their vocabulary so much lately. I didn't realize they could say 'hand, horse, granddaddy, eat,' etc until it popped out of their mouths. They are also very good at mimicking a word you say and are really on the cusp of speaking in sentences. We are realizing as their speech gets more understandable that all this jibber jabber has been words to sentences. They just weren't good enough at saying it yet. We are hearing the sounds of familiar words taking shape in the common phrases they use. We find ourselves saying 'Ohhh, they've been saying that this whole time...'
I'm sure there are a million more things that I will think of later. I'll post as they pop into my brain again.
In the mean time, our family wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We hope that your holidays are filled with love, wonder, and laughter.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
We also made our first ever batch of Christmas cookies, complete with icing and sprinkles. They sure didn't need any help shaking the sprinkles out! And afterwards, there were red and green sprinkles everywhere! Oh well. Who cares when you get to eat your creation?
Mommy also made some crayons for Owen and Mason out of a Christmas candy mold. They turned out really cute and the boys had fun trying to figure out what exactly they were supposed to do with these weird looking crayons.
Here are our pictures for you to enjoy...
|Getting into the Christmas spirit|
Friday, November 28, 2008
- Tiny baby socks
- Fingerprints on the TV screen
- Extra laundry
- Being the Mommy when the kids are sick, even if it means they are glued to me for hours
- Toys all over the house
- Giggly boys
- Smelly diapers
- Splashy baths
- Peek-a-boo under the towel after baths
- Baby language
- Seeing them run towards me with a big grin
- Lots of dirty sippies
- Food on the floor
- Sweeping 3 times a day
- Hearing them say their brother's name
- Watching them give brother a toy or pacifier just to be nice
- Goodnight kisses
- Morning 'jumpies' in the crib because they are happy to see me
- Clingy moments
- Baby heads on Mommy's shoulder
- Being Owen and Mason's Mommy forever
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Aaron and family let me sleep in for my birthday. I only missed out on about an hour of the morning routine when Aaron busted into our room shouting, "Get up! Owen busted his chin open and he needs stitches. I'm gonna need your help!" Talk about a surprise! I'm trying to wake up and make sense of the goings on by asking what happened...what did he hit...etc. Aaron kept saying, 'Just get up, I need your help,' all the while holding a sobbing and bleeding boy.
We hurried off to the ER and sure enough, the little guy needed six stitches. Apparently he was playing with his tricycle in the living room, standing on the platform between the front wheels while holding on to the handle bars. Keep in mind, this 'platform' is only a few inches off the ground. I saw Mason do this 'trick' a few days ago and didn't think much of it. After all, he wasn't standing on the seat! I guess the way Owen leaned made the trike tip forward and pitched him over the handle bars. Thankfully, all he hit was the floor, nothing sharp. It could have been a lot worse. As it stands, his cut is about an inch long, and before it was sewn together, one might describe it as 'gaping.' I stomached it just fine, but my sister had to go lay down. Aaron did pretty good too, thankfully. He took charge of the situation and was delegating tasks to my mom, like get the diaper bag ready, get a change of clothes (since we didn't take time to get him out of his bloody pjs), get a syringe ready with Tylenol.
At the ER, the little guy had to be pinned down by three people. The nurse was at his head keeping it still. Better him (yes, a male nurse) than me. Aaron and I were in charge of his lower half. Poor Owen was so scared from being pinned down that among all the crying, he managed to cry out 'Owen, Owen...,' which is what he thinks Mason's name is (they both call each other Owen). Poor baby wanted his brother for comfort, who was at home with the grandparents, aunt, and 'greats.' Thankfully this happened while we had someone to watch Mason.
A hundred bucks and a grape sucker later, Owen was good as new. I have a feeling this isn't our first trip to get stitches. Our odds are pretty high with two boys.
Here is a pic we took after Owen went to bed...
Sunday, November 2, 2008
|Halloween in Lubbock|
Monday, October 13, 2008
|Sea World and Aaron's 28th|
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Off (op, off, or opf-switches daily)
Yellow (lellell or something like that)
This brings word count up to around 40. Wow!
New animal noises:
Elephant-buurrrrr, raises arm like a trunk
Goat-boo (They can't distinguish when I say ghost or goat)
Owen and Mason have been learning new songs, too. Mason is better at singing them and Owen is better at dancing to them. They make a good team!
- ABC's: Mason doesn't say the actual letters but he hums the tune. It is very clear when he gets to the 'E-F-G' part.
- Itsy Bitsy Spider: Mason starts singing some random tune that doesn't sound like any song in particular, but he tries to make the spider with his hands while he's singing. I've been singing this to them a lot so I know it's what he's trying to do. He has such a sweet little voice.
- Owen loves to make up his own songs. He is constantly singing something. He always has a song in his head. He'll usually start dancing, too.
- Backyardigans: We got a Backyardigans Halloween DVD and the kids love it. They mostly like the theme song though. We were walking down the hall of our hotel here in WV and I started singing the song. Both Owen and Mason stopped in their tracks so they could dance to it.
- Disney Sing Along: My mom pulled out an old VHS that my sister and I watched when we were kids. Owen and Mason loved it and I was trying to figure out how to get it onto DVD since I'm pretty sure my parents are the only people left who still have a VCR too. I happened to look at Babies R Us and found it! Same version! Amazing! I couldn't resist and it has proven to be an all-time favorite. Both kids are mesmerized for the entire length of the DVD. It's a great way to distract them so I can get things done!
Monday, September 29, 2008
Owen and Mason loved the pumpkin patch! Aaron and I had been teaching them to say pumpkin and pointing out all we saw. As soon as we arrived it was "kuh-kin, kuh-kin" and lots of pointing at them. We went on a hayride to a field where we could pick our own pumpkins. The boys loved the hayride but weren't too fond of the field. Aaron and I thought we could get some good pictures but, since pumpkins have vines and toddlers have little legs, they just kept tripping over them. SO, we went to the 'baby pumpkin' field thinking the vines would be smaller. We found two little pumpkins (gourds, actually) that had green speckles all over. Owen and Mason were pretty fascinated by these little guys. We even took a lunch break and the boys got pumpkin sippy cups! They thought of everything!
After the pumpkin picking we stopped to look at some bunnies and goats. I think Owen and Mason want a goat in our backyard! They were not afraid at all and pet them several times. They also got to pet a baby bunny ('nunny' as they say) and a duckling. There was also an area that was nursery rhyme themed with animals to look at. Three Billy Goats Gruff, Mary Had a Little Lamb, Three Little Pigs, Cow Jumped Over the Moon, etc. The boys loved it!
After the farm we drove an hour to Cincinnati to our hotel. We all took baths/showers and went out to dinner by the Ohio River. Afterwards we thought the kids would be exhausted but instead, they ran around the courtyard area playing chase, peek-a-boo, and stair climbing. I think they were just trying to see how long Aaron and I could last. We fogot about the time change and ended up staying out an hour later than we thought. The boys were happy guys all day long, even on a 20 minute car nap! They went to bed at midnight! I know, we're so irresponsible! But the day was great and the kids had a blast. They slept in 'til 11:30 the next day...we weren't complaining.
Sunday we went to the Cincinnati Zoo. The boys loved, and I mean LOVED, the elephants. They know how to make the noise and raise their arm like a trunk. We saw a tiger, which they know says 'aarrrgghh.' (A pirate tiger, I guess). And a lion that was eye level, about 50 feet away from us, and roaring. Pretty fascinating, even to the adults!
We're back in WV now and I should be in bed. Grandparents were asking for pictures though, so here they are:
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I showed the boys some pictures of Daddy last night. I asked them who it was and Mason said, "dada." So sweet.
Tonight Aaron was on the phone and I let Owen and Mason say hi. Up until now, they've just stared at the phone and then tried to push buttons. It's like they all of a sudden know that Daddy needs to hear their voice. I held the phone up and Mason said, "hi." Then he waved at the phone and said hi several more times. I told him to tell Daddy he loves him and Mason leaned over and kissed the phone. When I told Owen to say hi to Daddy, he repeated over and over, "dada, dada." Then Aaron told Owen he loved him and Owen leaned his head over and layed it on the phone.
I know Aaron can't wait to see his babies on Friday and they can't wait to see him!
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Both guys are really good at copying things now. Check out the pictures of them watching gymnastics! Hilarious!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
1. Before (we had already unscrewed the brackets so I had to hold it for the picture).
2. After. I know, looks real simple. For some reason it wasn't. We wanted the spring to go lower and it wouldn't fit inside the 'frame' that it is now resting on. We spent a while trying to fit it in there but thought we weren't lining it up properly. Come to find out, the spring was about 1/8" too big to fit down in there. Argh!
3. Back side of crib with the new bolts in place.
Friday, August 22, 2008
On a side note, try to avoid the use of JC Penney as the middle man when purchasing furniture. We had more problems than we can count trying to get the furniture to our house before the babies were born. And now that there is a recall situation, one department of JCP is telling me that we can return the cribs for our money back, and another department is telling me that we can not. We learned the hard way that the lovely folks at JCP don't know their a$$ from their elbow. Bless their little hearts.
So, upon looking at numerous cribs online and in person, we ultimately decided that we should try to modify the ones we have. Aaron being an engineer and me having gone through college for architecture, we had a very lengthy discussion on exactly how to go about this modification. It sounds (and looks) very simple, but once you look at the edges of all the brackets, crib sides, nail heads, etc., you realize it's not quite as straight forward as it seems. The following explains why: *Nerd Alert* No two objects can occupy the same space at the same time. -Pauli Exclusion Principle.
So, Aaron is at Wal-Mart as we speak, purchasing a few things to fix this headache of a situation! I'll let you know how it goes...
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Now, the update...
I called Munire (the company that made the cribs) to find out about the toddler guard rail that replaces the front side of the crib to convert it to a toddler bed. Dr. Nguyen suggested it may be the only option since our mattresses are as low as they can go and our bumpers have been removed (they were being used as a step to help climb out). Dr. Nguyen said that her cribs always went up to the baby's chin when they got to climbing age. Ours hit Owen and Mason at the bottom of their breast bone. No where NEAR the chin. Unfortunately, no toddler guardrail was made for our crib AND there has been a recall on our cribs that we were not informed of back in February when it came out. The min. distance from spring to top of crib is supposed to be 26" and our cribs are only 25". Munire will send a new bracket that will lower the crib by 1" to meet the safety standard minimum of 26". I called JC Penney to find out why I wasn't notified of this situation and they tried to tell me they sent a mailer to everyone. Yeah, right! I adamently told her I never received one and she said, "now, I do apologize, ma'am." I said, "I know it isn't your fault directly, and we are lucky that my son was not seriously injured, but a simple apology for not notifing me isn't good enough. It wouldn't have made his injuries go away if he had gotten any. We are lucky but maybe there needs to be a system put in place to better notify customers of recalls."
The whole situation really has freaked me out because I feel like Aaron and I do so much thinking on the things we buy for the boys. Who knew a reputable brand sold by a well known store like JCP would have this situation? I thought we were safe. Then JCP told me I can take the cribs back to the local store and get a full refund if the credit card used for payment still exists, or I can get store credit. I think Aaron lost the actual debit card used for payment and I really don't want $800 to JCP. I am going to call the bank tomorrow, find out if they can pull up my transactions from Nov. 2006 when the items were purchased, and somehow prove that the card used back then is still linked to the same account as the replacement card we use today. I REALLY don't want those cribs because I feel like in order for them get low enough (the 1" isn't gonna cut it) we would have to jimmy-rig something which could also be unsafe. I want new cribs that go low, low, low. We are so far away from being old enough for toddler beds, and sleeping in pack-n-plays just isn't gonna cut it. Not when we spent money on nice furniture. What I found out was that there are two types of "convertible cribs." The kind that drops the mattress really low and has a guardrail option. This kind is the type where the front comes off and the guardrail goes on (like a 3/4 lenght railing so the kids can't roll out). OR, the other kind of conv. crib called a "toddler daybed" where the mattress doesn't go as low and there is no guardrail. Three sides, thats it. Two ends and a back. I don't know any toddlers that won't roll out of this apparatus. This is apparently what we have. No guardrail ever manufactured and matress that stays too high. I didn't know about all this when I was purchasing. Apparently we picked out the wrong cribs!
I plan to call the bank during busniess hours and see how they can help me. Stay tuned.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
We also found a cool park to take the boys to. Here are some pics...
|New Chairs, Splash Park|
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Recently Mason walked into his "pentagon" (the fenced-in play area in our living room) and took the play phone off the hook, put it to his ear, and started walking around the house "talking" to it. I guess he had been paying attention all this time!
The other day, when Erin asked Owen where his truck was, he walked over to it, sqatted down by it, and starting going "VROOOOOOM!" It's just too funny to us - "truck" isn't one of the words they say, but they sure as heck know what it is and what sound it makes.
The other day, I was paying for dinner at Carrabba's and I gave Mason my debit card to hold while we waited for our waiter. He looked at it, then started tapping on my picture, saying "Da Da Da." We were all blown away because we didn't even know that he knew the term DaDa, much less could recognize me in a little picture on my card.
I was in the living room with Owen and he was holding a little bird magnet that he has. He let me know that it was a "quack-quack," and I agreed. I said "Owen, go put that back on your board." Owen got up, walked across the house to his bedroom and to his magnetic board, and stuck it on there. Both Owen and Mason have started doing a lot of things like that. If you tell Mason "go give this to Owen," he'll take it right over to him. The other day when Mason was crying, Owen found a pacifier and brought it to him. Too cute.
They are also learning their body parts. For a while now they have known eyes, but just recently, we realized they knew their head and their toes. We couldn't figure out how they even knew it - we hadn't taught them and it's not like they're in daycare - until finally we realized that they had seen the "head, shoulders, knees, and toes" song/video on their DVD player while we were going to Austin. There are just a ton of words that they understand but can't say yet.
Of course they're saying some words, too. Their new favorite things are their A&M hats and their shoes. Mason can say "tat" for hat, and they both say "sus" for shoes. When you say "let's put your shoes on," they will sit down and hold up a foot so you can put it on. Actually, they love putting their shoes on - if they see them they want to wear them all around. We have to hide them. Earlier today we left one pair of crocs out and they just had to have them. We put one shoe on each guy and they were content, limping all around the house. They love to wear their hats now, too. Owen and Mason will beg you to put their hat on them. Then they'll walk all around wearing it proudly, until their curiosity gets the better of them and they pull it off. Then they come running to us to put it right back on.
They will also lay down if you say "let's change your diaper!" They can say "dah pah" or something like that for "diaper," Mason can say "tee" for tree, and the other day Owen suprised us with "bobble" (bottle) when we asked him what his sippy cup was called - has he known the word bottle for the last 2.5 months (since we switched to sippies) without us knowing? I guess so!
They are adding to their reportoire of animal sounds as well. The latest is a "owwww" for a dying cat. Well, it sounds like a dying cat but it's for any cat - but it's a dead-on (no pun intended) imitation of Sully when she's blocked in the kitchen by the baby gates. No, Sully's not dying, don't worry.
They are learning some letters now and it's really cute. The ones we're pushing are "M" and "O" of course, although they can also do H, S, Z, F, and T sounds. The O sound they make is too cute. Speaking of too cute, if you tell Owen "I love you," he will come over to you and lean his head in for a kiss. It's really precious.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
(the first few are from another day)
|Playing in the baby pool|
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
WOW! We were in the car on the way to San Marcos and I started drawing familiar pictures on the magna-doodle to entertain the kids. Amazingly, they played pictionary with me! Here is a video of Mason playing with me while Owen watches...
Since we now have these little magna-doodles, the boys think it's really cool to draw. The genius part is how they hold the pen. Both of them already have an almost perfect pincer grip. Aaron's mom (Mimi) is an occupational therapist so she is very familiar with this skill. She was blown away that they can already hold a pencil at such a young age. Most kids grab the pencil in their fist...I even had some 4 year olds in my class that couldn't do this! At the end of the video I draw the letter M. I had just taught Mason what this was and he repeats it back to me...although he says 'mmmm.' I have since asked him that letter every day and every time he tells me 'mmmm.' Genius!
Owen and Mason think it's hilarious when Aaron stomps on the floor. In this video, Mason in particular is really loving it!
This video was taken when the boys were 13 months old. Mason (in the crib) plays peek-a-boo with Owen. Super cute babies!!!
They finally learned how to ride their tricycles that Paige and Blake gave them for their birthday!
|Lubbock Trip Photo Shoot|
Here is a cute video of the boys and Papi playing with the shape sorter. After every shape goes in, they clap...something Owen remembered once we got back to Houston. The next time he played with that toy he clapped after every shape. So smart!
|Lake Travis (July 12)|
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Both Owen and Mason know where several of their body parts are already. They have known 'eyes' for a while but now Mason says 'eyes' perfectly as he points. They can't say nose yet but if you ask either of them they'll toddle over and point yours out. Owen all of a sudden showed us where his toes are. He just bent over and pointed at them when asked. We had no idea he knew this and we were both surprised at our little smarty pants! Apparently kids of this age should only know where one body part is so we're doing good!
They've also been learning animal sounds. We went to a park the other day and there was a dog barking. Both of them froze in their tracks and started saying 'ah-ah, ah-ah.' Again, didn't know they knew this sound! Of course they know 'quack-quack' for duck, bird, or any beaked animal. They have been saying 'mmmm' (moo) when they see pictures of cows, and they like to make a snorting noise when they see a pig. Of course, they don't say their noises 100% of the time, nor are they 100% accurate with matching animal to his noise, but I'm still impressed! They other night Aaron decided it was time to start calling a duck by it's name instead of calling it a 'quack-quack.' Owen imitated immediately with'guck' and kept saying it as he pointed to it. Mason and Owen both say 'ish' for fish and can point one out in a book.
Both little guys have shown an interest in dressing and grooming as well. Apparently it's an 18 month skill but they both know how, and love, to brush their teeth. They open wide and say 'ahh' at the sight of their toothbrush. When I give it to them they know to wiggle it around in their mouth. Of course we follow behind to make sure their teeth are nice and clean. Owen recently got his first molar (that makes 9 teeth) and we didn't even know it! He never acted fussy or ran a fever. The only reason we discovered it was because he was crying one day with his mouth wide open. Mason's teeth stalled out after 7 but he just cut his 4th bottom tooth a few weeks ago. Besides teeth-brusing, they also like to comb their hair. If I hand them their comb they put it up to the side of their head and 'comb' it. Of course, they are using the non-bristled side of the comb but, hey, they know what it's for! And since we are walking now, we've been putting on shoes a lot lately! The other day I said, 'come on, let's go put your shoes on.' Mason walked right over to the little bench where we put shoes on, sat down, and stuck his foot in the air. I had NO idea they knew what all those words coming out of my mouth meant. I told Owen to go get his shoe (it was across the room) and he walked over to it and brought it to me. They also try to put their shoes on themselves. They obviously can't do it but they sure know where their shoes go. They also know it means we are going bye-bye because once they have their shoes on they wander around the entry way and whine until I gather all my gear and open the door. Another word Mason has recently learned (thanks to Granna) is diaper. He says 'da-pa.' Owen usually spits out 'ba-poh' when he tries to repeat it. I guess that's the easiest thing for kids to call it-I remember my sister calling them 'boppers' when she was little. They have also learned the sign language for 'all done' and throw their hands up and say 'duh' (for done) when they are finished eating (or even when they're not-they just think it's fun).
Oh, how could I forget!! They said their first attempt at 'Numna' when we were visiting last week! For those that don't know, Numna is my (Erin's) grandmother. She holds her name very near and dear to her heart, as it was my way of saying 'grandmother' when I was little. She is very proud of it because she knows she is the only Numna. So, to hear her great-grandchildren repeat her name was pretty cool.
Our hard work paid off! After 2 or 3 nights of 'teaching' Owen and Mason finally know how to walk around their little 'fort,' go through the door, climb up on the platform, and slide down. Their instinct was to slide down and then climb back up the slide to do it again. All is good except when you have a brother who is waiting at the top of the slide for his turn. They were so mad at Mom and Dad for making them walk around to the back. Finally, one night it clicked! Paige was 'catching' at the bottom of the slide and she said 'go see Mama.' (I was hearding them through the door). They would toddle around to the back saying 'Mama.' This was also the first time they used the word Mama and actually meant ME! Heartwearming!
As you know, both Owen and Mason love to dance to music. They have been doing it for months and months now. I didn't think it was any big deal but my mom kept commenting on how much they like to move to music. I was reading something tonight that classified dancing to music as a 17 month skill. Who knew? They also love to read books and have free access to lots of board books on their bookshelf. They sit and flip the pages and jibber-jabber at all the pictures. They both point at everything they see. Owen has a new 'thing' now though. When he sees something he wants to tell you about he'll point at it (touching the picture or object) and tap his little pointer finger up and down while telling you all about it. I guess it's his way of making sure you see it. Again, not bragging or anything, but apparently 'reading' board books alone is an 18 month skill. Geniuses, I tell you!
The pictures for this post are from several activities. The babies and I went to San Marcos to surprise Great-Great Aunt Bee for her 89th birthday. It is her first without her husband, Roy, and she never had any kids of her own. Needless to say, Owen and Mason are her 'grandkids' and it was a very fun surprise for everyone! We went to Aquarena Springs and rode the glass bottom boats (which Uncle Roy helped design the first one a long time ago). We also checked out the little aquarium at Aquarena Springs. Owen and Mason were fascinated with the giant tank full of giant fish. Also included in the pics is the boys' second 4th of July, and first 4th of July parade. They weren't too impressed. They just wanted to walk around. Maybe next year. They did, however, enjoy the fireworks that night. We spent the day with Paige and Blake, just like last year. I included a picture from the 4th last year...they were only 2 months old!
|San Marcos Trip|
Monday, June 23, 2008