Sunday, September 30, 2007
Generally this isn't a hard task, but today when we passed a yard with a soccer ball and net in it, Bentley absolutely refused to stay out. I had to carry him off a half a block past the yard.
As soon as I put him back down on his own feet, he headed for the yard with the soccer ball. Again I steered him away.
Even the playground was not a stronger lure than that single soccer ball. Crazy boy!
Friday, September 28, 2007
The light seems to be a hit with Jackson as well. I haven't caught Genevieve staring at it, but if I position the bouncy chair right sometimes Jackson will sit and stare with his huge eyes for at least a couple minutes before getting back to voicing his complaints about life. :-)
Either I'm really good (they're all looking!) or they're just really cooperative... I'm leaning towards the second option. Today all four babies were quiet and peaceful at the same time for at least an hour. It was an amazing experience!
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Since it's a little past midnight, according to the date the twins are now officially 3 months old!!
I can't believe they have been a part of daily life with us for 1/4 of a year, it doesn't feel like it's been that long. They've changed so much in the last 3 months and I can't wait to see what the next 3 bring.
They both smile "on command" (ok, not really on command - but when coaxed they will normally produce toothless grins) now, and they are starting to do a great job of tracking with their eyes. They have excellent vocal cords, which get louder on a daily basis. They are full of self confidence and have no problems with expressing their demands. On occasion they will stand (with help, of course) and sometimes we can get 2 or 3 seconds of sitting out of them before they topple forward (Genevieve) or straight back (Jackson). Once in a while they practice their baby talk, it's more common to hear Genevieve doing this than it is to hear Jackson. Maybe he will be the strong silent type...
Bentley is an awesome older brother. He claps when they practice standing and sitting - he is really looking forward to getting them to a more mobile state - I think he's anticipating some lively games of ball? When they cry he comes running to provide a pacifier, or to check that I'm doing my job and feeding them. He loves to sit on the couch with Genevieve and rub her head (on occasion he pulls her toes and tries to sit on her, but I try to focus on the positive!). When we tell him to say good night to the babies he's always willing to give them both a kiss. He's also always willing to share his food with them... I hope this positive sibling interaction continues - only time will show!
Monday, September 24, 2007
Genevieve was passed around and admired by a number of family members (and even some strangers), while Jackson preferred to hang out mostly with dad. Bentley ran wild with his Cuz Felicity.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
I suspect that half of the reason I look forward to clear communication is because I think it will make it easier to get along. I'll offer a selection of breakfast foods, he'll tell me what he wants and he'll eat it. I'll explain we have to run errands but when we get home we can play outside, and he'll eagerly come along and behave at the store. I'll tell him I understand he's tired and if he could just be good natured we'll be home soon, and he'll happily comply... I have many visions of conversation with a rational being. The problem, however, is that I'm not sure toddlers qualify as rational humans. They have to grow into that...
I'm positive that communication with full sentences will be entertaining, but I think I'll have to reconcile myself to the fact that it won't solve all parenting problems. Exhibit A may be the new words heard this week:
1stly, the big "NO" has shown up. Prior to this it was simply vehement head shaking, but now we've progressed to an occasional no.
2ndly, we heard a "go away!" this week. It was directed at the ball, which he then threw, but still...
We'll see what words show up next!
Friday, September 21, 2007
Then he refused to take them off when we got to the playground even though it was rather overcast, starting to get dark, and the glasses had very dark lenses. I know better than to argue with a toddler over minor issues, so I let him wear them.
Jackson accompanied us on the playground trip--here's our proof of that.
(No he isn't really swinging or sliding, but it makes for a nice photo.)
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Can you identify the owner of each pair of eyes?
Or do you prefer this edition of the Ugly Art Photo? (Kara suggested her father do this, but he's not thrilled with the results. I like it.)
And, just to prove we haven't lost our touch with cute photos, I'll post this one, too:
Friday, September 14, 2007
Bentley has been a great host and shares all his toys with his cousin. He even shares his dad's computer:
He shares his food with her (better than having to eat it himself!):
And he got her help to try to destroy the baby gate at the top of the staircase. Fortunately the duo were not successful:
The only items that Bentley did not like sharing were his favorite blankets. (No photo available--the photographers were refereeing the blanket tug-of-war contests.) He won't share them with the twins and he sure isn't sharing them with a cousin. However, she was quite welcome to any of the twins' blankets.
I told her it sure seemed that she had the idyllic life. What could be finer than lounging on a couch in the middle of the afternoon snuggling with an infant? Why snuggling with two infants, of course! (Bentley was also napping, but in his crib. He's too active to join a group nap.)
Of course, such moments are rare and they are balanced out by other moments like this:
Recently while I was in solo charge of the grandchildren, all three were crying at the same time. It was a group hysteria thing. Once the twins got going, Bentley joined in because he wanted my attention and I didn't respond in my usual quick manner as I was trying to comfort the twins who were not responding at all to my efforts. So there I was sitting on the living room floor with three howling little ones. Not pleasant at all. I felt quite inept and I seriously considered joining them in their cry fest.
There's a recent radio ad campaign that warns that parents of infants transfer their stress to their babies and it's not good for the baby's brain development. Well, what about infants who transfer their stress to their parents and grandparents?! It sure rattles my brain to hear that much crying, shrieking, and howling. Do you think dementia could be brought on by overexposure to infants?
Oops, I think I've slipped off topic.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Bentley is already a pro on the computer. I'm not sure why but all of us (except his mom!?) allow him to use our computers--often unsupervised. I'm sure he has a great future ahead of him as a hacker.
The above photo is of him checking out opa's photo site where thousands of photos of him and his siblings are posted. He knows how to push the arrow buttons to scroll through the photos. Notice that while he's looking at the photos he's taking notes--maybe to suggest improvements in photo composition or maybe just new photo pose ideas?
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Since mastering this skill he's decided to move onto the bigger project of baby feeding. Since we spend hours (literally... hours and hours... and hours) feeding babies at our house I have no objections to any help offered! On Tuesday Bentley was tired of Genevieve screaming for her bottle (I was busy changing Jackson's diaper) so he took matters into his own hands. He sat down next to her head, inserted the bottle... and away they went. 45 minutes later she gave up on him after 2 1/2 ounces, but it wasn't bad for a first joint effort! He's going to train them to be VERY neat eaters. Every time Genevieve started to drip, Bentley removed the bottle and wiped her face down with the burp cloth. This frustrated the poor girl, who just wanted the freedom to eat with abandon and happily squirt formula down her cheeks. To add to her frustration, sometimes Bentley dripped on her face while getting the bottle back in place. This meant they would start back over at square 1, with the bottle being removed, the baby being wiped down, ... my offers to assist were vehemently rejected.
The bottom line is it's help freely given, and I'll take it!
Genevieve weighs in at 11.4 lbs
Jackson weights in at 12.0 lbs
Bentley weights in at 22.1 lbs
The twins outweigh him, so when they team up... he's going to have to watch it! Luckily for him he's a lot faster...
Monday, September 10, 2007
Sunday, September 09, 2007
He's been sleeping soundly since we made it home from church, since he chose to stay awake for about an hour and a half to entertain his new friend at church. He's already a flirt!
I didn't have my camera at church (what was I thinking?!) but here's a shot of the toothless grin from Friday - he smiled because his Dad discussed space ships and lasers and rockets with him...
Thursday, September 06, 2007
I'm sure they were bonding although napping, right?! We actually managed to get 2 different shots with all 4 kids, I was impressed.
I bet you didn't know you can put babies into cubbie holes!
Lastly, a shot of the two guys bonding while Genevieve provides some background music for them.
The play date was a success, we can't wait until next week!
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Monday, September 03, 2007
For some reason we have many pictures of angry Genevieve while she's wearing dresses?! I hope this doesn't bode poorly for the future of her dozens and dozens of dresses just waiting for her to grow into them!
To go along with the random picture, I have a random story for the "baby book" about not messing with Genevieve. Last night her father had the nerve to tell her that feeding her was a waste of his time, due to the fact she was happily leaking half the bottle out of her mouth, and not really swallowing. Genevieve took immediate exception to that statement - she is a clever girl, after all - and puked up the whole bottle all over her father. He had to spend 20 minutes cleaning up... I'm guessing he'll think twice before calling ANY time spent with her a waste again? :-)