Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Happy Boys!

Liam chasing the kitty again
We tried to get a good picture....

Standing at our toys and having fun!!

So Silly!
The boys love to stand and play. I got some cute pictures of them today and wanted to share them. They are really starting to babble more with vowel type sounds. We went to another playdate with our Mothers of Multiples group yesterday and dressed up in Halloween costumes. Unfortunately, the pictures did not turn out too great this time around. You cannot see a few of the babies, and a few of them were fussing too much or moving around too much to be in the pictures. We also had a few sick siblings that had to stay home, but it was a good time and the boys had a lot of fun. We are excited about our first Halloween this weekend. We will be doing some trick or treating as well as a Halloween Parade with the other kids in our neighborhood.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

9 Month Stats

We love to feed ourselves. This is our first mac and cheese dinner

I think I found something in here.... (Liam)

Just Happy watching everything (Luke)

Checking out the new push and ride toy with mom

Being Silly

The boys had a pediatrician's appointment today for their 9 month check-up and both are doing very well. Considering how active Liam is most (if not all) of the time, it was no suprise that he is still very lean and basically tiny. Mom is actually kind of happy that he is still so light because it makes carrying two babies much easier. Luke is now nearly 6 pounds heavier than his brother which also explains why they are not wearing the same size clothing. Of course, Liam is so tiny around the waist that he can fit into 3-6 month jeans! They both continue on their own growth curves and are progressing nicely according to the doctor.
Luke: 22 lbs. 8 oz.
29 1/4 inches long
47 cm (head)
Liam: 17 lbs.
28 inches long
45 1/2 cm (head)
In addition, we got them a push toy recently as both of them are really starting to enjoy standing and moving around. Liam is crawling all over the place and getting into all kinds of things including our recycles that sit in a basket on the floor of the kitchen. They are also really showing a desire to start feeding themselves and move away from baby food. They enjoy also eating crackers, cheerios, fruit, and other small finger foods.

Friday, October 17, 2008

PlayDate and New Winter Hats

We got some Puppy Dog Winter Hats from Grandma Mimi
O.k. Here goes (left to right)-I apologize if I get the identical twins wrong!
Top Row: Brent, Brody, Luke, Liam, Shannon, Sean
Bottom Row: Jake, Justin, Olivia, Elliot, Charlie, Jack

The boys and I have had a busy week. John was traveling on business in Chicago for most of the week so we have been surviving on our own. The most problematic time of the day is the evenings when everyone gets cranky and tired (including Mom!). We did lots of things to keep us busy and went on several runs in the jogging stroller. It was cooler this week so we tried out our new puppy dog winter hats that Grandma Mimi bought for us. The boys were quite funny when I initially put the hats on their heads. They kept staring at each other trying to figure out what the other one was wearing.

We had our Mothers of Multiples playdate at our house this week. We had 6 MOMs including myself and 12 babies (10 boys, 2 girls). I will try to list everyone's names in the picture that I post, but there are two sets of identical twins so I am not really sure which one is which. It is a great group and we enjoy talking about the ups and downs of life with two babies (when it is quiet enough to actually carry on a conversation, that is).

Have a wonderful Weekend!

Monday, October 13, 2008

A Visit from Grandpa Morse

Grandpa Morse and Luke
Grandpa Morse and Liam
Grandpa Feeding the Boys
Me and My Dad with the Boys
Grandpa and Jane playing in the backyard with the Boys

Grandpa Morse and Jane came to visit the boys for the weekend. We enjoyed a nice dinner (no cooking!), lunch, a day on the Lakes near downtown Minneapolis, and lots of help holding babies. It was a warmer than normal weekend in Minnesota and the trees were at their peak in terms of fall colors so the areas around each Lake were filled with bright colors. Grandpa Morse and Jane took the boys on a six mile walk around one of the Lakes and John and I enjoyed an hour run with no jogging stroller. We had a very nice time with Grandpa and the boys really enjoyed getting to see him.

Friday, October 10, 2008

9 Months

Do you think I can get this one in my mouth?

Little Monsters
I am so cool....
Happy Luke
I am going to pull myself up!

9 Months!

Getting into the recycle trash....
Playing with Bowls and watching Mom in the kitchen
I can stand by myself!!
Balls Everywhere!
Liam loves to crawl in tiny places where it is hard to catch him!

The boys will be nine months old tomorrow. It is very hard for John and I to believe how quickly they are changing. Liam is still the one with all the teeth and Luke is still the one with all the hair. Liam is really doing well with his crawling and can get around very quickly these days. He has a fondness for the basket on the floor that holds our recycle trash which means we will soon be finding a new home for that basket! Luke can roll over and scoot a little on the floor, but gets frustrated pretty quickly because he cannot catch his brother across the room. Both boys love to play with random things like the clothes basket and plastic bowls. I took them to the local community center recently to play on some of the indoor playground stuff and they seemed to enjoy the balls and all the kids running around. We are still doing playdates with our Mothers of Multiples group and enjoy getting to visit with other moms who have kids the same age. I am posting a few pictures from this week. Have a pleasant weekend!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Race Day

Dad and the Boys after the Race
Luke relaxing with dad the day before the race
Silly Liam

John completed his third marathon over the weekend when he finished the Twin Cities Marathon in 3 hours and 20 minutes, a time that was six minutes faster than his previous marathon in Cincinnati in 2007!! He ran a great race and was mentally and physically prepared for the race. His biggest hurdle ended up being the weather, a big factor with running that you really have no control over. It was a miserable day weatherwise....It was raining, windy, and cold. There was even a little thunder and lightening during the race. The boys and I went down for the finish and managed to see a little of the race and meet John afterwards. We had the weather shield on the jogging stroller so the boys were nice and toasty. Despite being very cold and tired, John did very well and is recovering well. We hope to celebrate with some of his running friends tonight at dinner. I did not get any good pictures of the race as we tried to maneuver a very large double jogging stroller through crowds of people and rain but the boys and I did well and managed to get one picture with John near the finish line.

Congratulations on a great race, John!