Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
However, the other day I grabbed a hat and plopped it on Genevieve's head. She was a pretty good model, but the photographer took a while to warm up. (I don't usually take the photos, but Mark was out of town so the job fell to me.)
In fact, I didn't get my stride until I had the hat on Jackson. I got lots of great shots of him in the hat. I'm only posting three of them.
I tried to get more Genevieve shots a couple of days later, but Kara didn't know where the hat was. (Chaotic life, remember?)
PS What do you think of this hat? I think it's very ugly, but it has loads of character and was quite fun to work with.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
The DVR and DVD player are another matter entirely. I'd like to keep them off limits from Jackson. They are on shelves above the babies' normal line of sight and so had not attracted much attention until recently. However, now Jackson has discovered the DVR machine, and we have to jump up and pull him away whenever he reaches for it. I'm not sure what will happen to the DVR if he starts pushing random buttons. Can he delete all our stored tv shows? I don't want to find out!
One evening I put a towel over the DVR which means you can't use the remote to operate it, so it's not a very ideal solution to the Jackson problem. The towel was anchored under the DVD player on the next higher shelf, so the DVD player with its glowing off light (how dumb is that, an off light?) attracted Jackson's attention next. It was just out of his reach. He stood on his tippy toes and stretched as high as he could, but he just couldn't reach those buttons.
How many weeks do I have left before he can reach it?! I'm going to have to implement a better solution to protect the DVR and the DVD machines. Maybe I could hire a pint-size guard and pay him with Reese's Peanut Butter cups? Bentley's grandpa Tim introduced him to Reese's at Easter time and he REALLY likes them. Of course, we're trying to convince Bentley to not manhandle the twins, so perhaps he's not the best choice for this assignment.
Here's a photo from last night when Jackson was checking out the X-box. Genevieve is starting to join into the fun, too. She pushed enough buttons that the DVD/CD tray popped out. I'm definitely going to have to find a way to hide those machines from the twins. ASAP
Friday, March 28, 2008
Genevieve & Jackson had their 9 month check up today! Here are the latest numbers:
Genevieve: 18 lbs 9 oz (50th%), 28 3/8 inches (75th%)
Jackson: 18 lbs 13 oz (25%), 28 1/4 inches (50%)
Jackson has widened the *huge* weight gap by 1 oz since the last check up. :-) The Dr. commented that Jackson feels like he weighs more - he's a dense baby with lots of muscle. Lucky Genevieve gets plotted on the girls growth chart, so she's looking to be the *amazon* of our babies.
Long long ago when Bentley was a baby (please provide a slight hint of sarcasm when you read that) the well baby visits were structured differently. Bentley had a 6 month check up, a 10 month check up, and then a 12 month check up. Since those dark ages the well baby visits have changed to occur at 6/9/and 12 months. Go figure. Anyway, at 10 months Bentley was at 18 lbs 12 oz and 28 1/4 inches - almost exactly (with the difference of 1 oz) where Jackson is now at 9 months. A bit odd, yes?
Other than drawn out efforts to get blood from the twins (for an iron level check), the visit was uneventful. Being that we're seasoned parents we no longer have many questions, so the visit was just a chance for the twins to share some smiles with the Dr., and make some grabs at his equipment.
We did have 1 question for the Dr. - we asked him if there's any effective way of teaching Bentley not to stick (or try to stick) his fingers in the eyes of his siblings. I'm quite troubled by his fondness for this new passtime. We were told that with consistent negative discipline of some sort (time outs?) he might learn not to do it, but he won't learn it's wrong. He's just not the right age for that yet. Hmmm. Caveman... !!!
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Mark figured out this past week that if you listen closely, Bentley calls us mom and dad and Kara and Matt are mommy and daddy. So he does have distinct titles for us, but it's rather confusing. We're still hoping he'll pick up on the grandma and opa thing soon--before he teaches the twinlets to call us mom and dad, too.
Matt told us that Bentley calls his Uncle Tyler boy. (Tyler is 16.) The twins are baby, never Jackson or Genevieve. Bentley knows exactly who we refer to when we use people's names, but he has no interest in using names himself. Mom, dad, boy, and baby are so much more versatile. Why bother to be specific?!
P.S. Matt confirmed that Bentley calls Grandpa Tim dad. I had been wondering about that.
However, a recent conversation with a friend started me thinking on the size of his vocabulary. According to the Dr. a 2 year old should know at least 50 words (and according to some other Dr.'s they should know at least 100!). I started to wonder... does he make the grade? :-)
So, without further ado, here are the words of the Bentley:
- bottle (pronounced bobby)
- chugga (the word for trains)
- beep-beep (the word for cars)
- peep (new word from Easter time)
- num-num (from cousin Felicity, indicates desire for treat!)
- growl (I think it counts as a word!)
- Hawaii (don't ask why, I'm not sure)
- two (he skips one, counting starts with two according to Bentley)
- thank you
- Pooh (Pooh Bear is a big favorite lately)
- mmmm (yum!)
There it is. According to at least 1 Dr. he's doing ok, and according to at least 1 other he's a bit deficient. :-)
He combines his words into lovely sentences:
when I ask if he wants to eat: "Oh - no way!"
when I ask if he wants to nap or eat: "I eat!"
when he's done with a cookie or brownie: "I want more!".
when the twins look at his toys "No baby, mine!"
when he's about to jump: "I fall!"
when it's time to go somewhere: "coat, shoes, coat shoes, coat shoes..."
when he wants you to come help him: "Go away!" (He uses it to mean come here)
I was reading last week that at 2 years most children know 200 words (yikes, according to that Dr. Bentley really better get a move on it!), and that at 3 years they know 300. This same article also said children learn fast at this age, and on average learn to say 10 new words a day. According to my calculations this would mean they learn 3,650 new words between 2 and 3 years of age. So how do they only know 300 by age 3? Hmmm... math is tough, I guess.
All in all, I've noticed the experts aren't all in agreement and they don't even all make sense. :-) So we'll stick with the opinion of our Dr. who tells us Bentley is intelligent and on track - why argue with that, right?!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
After that he wanted to move on to using paint and a paint brush on the eggs. Who are we to interfere with creativity, right?
A sampling of the finished products:
The twins, on the other hand, were not in the mood to work with the camera...
It was a hectic weekend with 1 toddler and 2 babies - I can only imagine what it will be like with 3 toddlers next year. I can't wait to find out though, it's wonderful to have these children and the chance to make so many memories with them. Bring it on!
To close out the post here's Genevieve saying thank you to her multiple Easter bunny grandparents for the packages and the lovely baskets:
Merry Easter to all, and to all a good night!
Friday, March 21, 2008
EXERCISING! Jackson and Genevieve get a good workout every day. 30? 40? 50? times a day they pull themselves upright using mostly their upper body strength. They use anything available to help get them upright. You better not leave a blanket draped over the edge of the couch or you can be sure that a baby will take a spill trying to use it for leverage. They are pretty good at getting upright and they have also mastered getting back down, too, although I don't think a day goes by without a new bruise being added to their heads. (Why do babies always damage their heads?)
EXPLORING! Every corner of their living room has been explored by the twins. Genevieve is the more intrepid adventurer at this point which means she gets herself into more tight spots from which she once in a while requires rescuing. We've had to put up a baby gate at our home to keep the twins away from the front staircase. The baby gate is not a big hit.
EATING! Jackson likes solid food more than Genevieve does. He will eagerly lean forward to get to the next bite. Genevieve makes funny faces and spits out lots of what you spoon into her mouth. Genevieve plays with finger foods. Jackson eats them.
THE LEARNING TABLE! When they come to visit me (and when I can drag them away from the train set), they enjoy playing on the Fisher Price learning table. They will spend ten to twenty minutes banging away on it. Jackson also likes to make music with the rain stick. He has a pretty good attention span when he finds something interesting.
THE PLAY WALL! Genevieve likes the Fisher Price play wall that is set up in the living room at home. It's perfect for standing up and hanging on to. I haven't noticed Jackson using it much yet.
CARS & BALLS! Jackson shows a greater interest in balls and cars than Genevieve does. Unfortunately although there are dozens of balls in many sizes in his home, Jackson's brother does not always like to share even one of them! He has better luck gaining access to the cars and trucks. He likes to push them and make them move; his twin uses them to climb up on. Kara thinks Genevieve needs a nice, soft doll. She might be right.
READING! Both Genevieve and Jackson love books, especially their parents' books. Forget those shelves of baby and toddler books at home and at the grandparents' house. They prefer cook books or dad's books or any magazines lying around. It's not that they won't chew on (um, read) a good board book, but they are usually drawn to slimmer pages. Or is it the nice dust jackets that attracts them? Kara has lost a number of dust jackets lately. I'm betting Jackson did the damage, but I could be underestimating Genevieve's skills.
CHEWING! The twinlets like to chew on anything they can fit into their mouths. The wooden trains are a particular favorite. I don't know if it's the bright colors of the trains, but every time they come to visit they spend a good half hour gnawing on the trains and/or the wooden track pieces.
STALKING MOM! Their new game is to chase down adults (using their advanced crawling skills) and beg to be held. I'm starting to clue in that when a baby hand grabs my leg, it's not by accident, but by quite purposeful intent. Kara says that sometimes she feels hunted as they stalk her through the kitchen and living room. Ah, to be so loved.
NAPPING! They are still young enough that more often than not they fall asleep in the car even on short trips. Sleeping babies are beautiful.
HANGING OUT TOGETHER! They enjoy spending time with each other and with their big brother.
RIDING THE ATV! The twinks might not walk yet, but they can ride the ATV most places they want to go.
(I'm joking about that last one--they don't really ride the ATV unassisted.)
POSING FOR OPA! The twins like attention, so they are usually willing to pose for a photo or two. But not three or four, they won't sit still that long!
CUDDLING! One of the best things about babies this age is that they still like to cuddle during the day. Jackson and Genevieve are happy, happy, happy to be picked up and cuddled anytime. And what could be nicer for us adults than cuddling with a sweet baby? (Cuddling with two sweet babies!)