Thursday, April 30, 2009

Book Eater

So I don't think Kate is going to be the bookworm of the family. Today I made the mistake of leaving the book I'm reading on the floor when the doorbell rang. By the time I got back to the room, Kate had torn out a page (that I had not yet read) and eaten it! Well, I don't think she actually swallowed it, but the pieces were wet and soggy and beyond saving. Evan offered to help me make a new page with new words, which I thought was a pretty good idea. He's not a bad storyteller.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Standing Tall

Last Friday, I was sitting in the living room playing with Oliver and Willa, and it occurred to me that I hadn't seen or heard from Kate in a while. Realizing that was probably not a good sign, I jumped up and set out in search of her. Here is where I found her -

She had managed to pull herself up into a standing position (first time ever, as far as we know) and was staring out the window into the front yard. I yelled something like "Oh my God, John, come quick" and scared the you know what out of him.

She is so ready to walk. We are so in trouble.

Friday, April 24, 2009

She smiles

Wow - I actually caught a Willa smile on camera. I'm so proud!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Nine Months Old

Yesterday the babies had their nine months well visit - and the doctor thinks they look great and are right where they should be developmentally.

Kate still excels in eating and moving around. She now weighs 20.6 pounds and is 28.5 inches tall, putting her in the 75th percentile in both categories. She can hold herself up in a standing position if she has something to hold onto. She can also take a few steps if I am holding her hands, and she has figured out how to climb stairs (not good for us).

Willa weighs 18 pounds 2 ounces (50th percentile) and I don't have her height written down. She is not crawling yet, but is pretty good at pushing herself backwards. Really, she just wants to be carried around.

Oliver hasn't really caught up much. He weighs 16 pounds 8 ounces, placing him in only the 5th percentile, and is 27 1/4 inches tall (25th %). He seems to move across the room, but I have yet to see him crawl. I'm not quite sure how he's doing it.

We got two good pieces of news at the visit - first, no shots (!); and second, no more Neosure. We have graduated to regular formula for three more months, then onto milk. This will help the pocketbooks!
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Remains of the Day

Evan's birthday party went off without a hitch - thanks in a large part to all of the help we had from family members in town - and to the weather. After three days of non-stop rain, the skies cleared up just in time for the party, and it was absolutely beautiful.

This year we had a Mad Science party. We hired a company that does school programs and summer science camps to come in a do some fun, interactive experiments for the kids. Our scientist was terrific, and kept all of the kids enrapt for the entire 45 minutes, with magic tricks, static electricity, fireworks, ultraviolet lights, and making slime.

Needless to say, Star Wars was a major theme this year, along with transformers and Hot Wheels cars - and Evan got his fill of all three.

One of the best parts of the weekend was having Evan's cousin, Makayla, with us. Makayla is only 2.5, but seems alot older. And she adored Evan, following him around all weekend and calling him "my Eban." Luckily she could hold her own with him, and they had so much fun playing together. It was the first time that they've spent together since she was a baby - we hope they will be able to see each other often now.

Here are some highlights from the week:

We gave Evan a tent for his birthday gift. We set it up in the playroom, and Evan and John camped out all night, playing chess and reading stories.

The Mad Scientist performing a magic trick for the kids.

Prism glasses - cool!

Making slime!

Cake time.

The Darth Vader cake - gluten free, of course (nope - I didn't make it myself!)

Makayla helping Evan open presents.

Evan and Makayla, resting up at the end of a busy day of playing and running around.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Keeping up with Kate

Kate is super fast at her commando crawling now. I can't keep up with her. As much as I hate the idea, I think we may need some sort of corral system to keep them contained. It is impossible to watch her every minute while still keeping an eye on the other two. This morning, I had to pry a piece of dog food out of her mouth!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Happy Birthday, Evan!

Today, Evan turns five years old. In his honor, I've included some of my favorite pictures of him in a slideshow. Unfortunately, we don't have his baby pictures or early years on the computer - we were a little slow in converting to a digital camera. But here are some of the best shots from the past couple of years.

We made his favorite ABC cookies to take to school, and will have presents for him tonight, but his big party will be on Sunday. He is so proud of turning five, and we are so very proud of him.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Babies' First Easter

I don't think they were terribly impressed by the eggs!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Rosy cheeks

The other day, Oliver was looking so cute in his diaper that I couldn't bring myself to put clothes on him. He stayed like this all day. Look at those rosy cheeks. I swear I did not put makeup on him!

Evan's Spring Fling

Last Friday Evan's preschool held its annual Spring Fling carnival to raise funds for a local charity. Each class performed two songs for the crowd.

Evan was so excited, and practiced his songs all week. They sang "Deep in the Heart of Texas" and "Texas Our Texas." Once the singing started, Evan bounced up and down the entire length of both songs, and by the end was raising up his shirt a bit to show off his belly button (not sure what that was about, but it was cute.)

Hi, Mom!