Archive | July, 2011

an object in motion…

22 Jul

an advanced locomotion plan. this is apparently what the wigglers have embraced. i suppose i should have anticipated it when i dubbed them the wigglers…

since they were teeny tiny both babies have loved tummy time. not just tolerated it but embraced it. they rolled from front to back. and then back to front relatively early. and then around 5 months i decided to sit them up. and low and behold they remained sitting. of course there was the inherent toppling but for the most part they were relatively stable sitters. magoo took three days to figure out how to sit himself up. and since then its no turning back. he has been crawling for a few weeks. and two days ago he started pulling himself up to a stand. cindy lou has chosen an alternative path. she spends a lot of the time dragging herself around. by her arms. it is fun to see this still relatively small baby girl pulling herself all over the place. and today she decided to give it a go. and she crawled. but then quickly resorted back to the belly army crawl. because lets be honest. it’s way faster.

perhaps i was naive in thinking we wouldn’t have to baby proof the house for a while. but with two of them on the move there is just no telling who will be where when. they spend a decent amount of time awake in their baby corral. with their toys. and a nice mat to play on. but now that magoo is pulling himself up all i see when i return (if i walk away for a minute) is his little face pressed against the gate and his hands holding on tight. and cindy lou wiggles across the mat to sit beside him. they want out. they want to move freely. and touch everything. they don’t stop. these two are definitely going to give me a run for my money!

 

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another day. another year.

20 Jul

as a kid i always woke up on my birthday convinced that something was different. that i had changed. that i felt older. that i had grown somehow. or at least that i was different somehow. try as i might i have a harder time evoking this feeling as an adult. perhaps knowing that in reality i am only really one day older than yesterday has influenced this. regardless it isn’t a bad thing. but i do miss that feeling. that anticipation that something was improved simply by making it to another birthday.

but i do think my life is better as i age. that i become more of who i want to be over time. insignificant things that seemed so important when i was younger have fallen to the wayside. i have given up the ghost so to speak on some relationships that withered on the vine for too long. i have looked fear in the eye and not looked away. and i have borne witness to my heart expanding with love to a size i never dreamed possible. so i suppose some things are different. even if they don’t come in one fell swoop. but in bits and pieces. through the days and over the years. like water smoothing out rough edges over time.

a few of my favorite things (mommy edition)…

14 Jul

so i keep thinking we will get the black pics up. and we may yet, but seriously things have been crazy. in not so crazy ways. and i have no good excuse except to say they haven’t been uploaded. and clearly they aren’t here. but i thought in the interim i would post something. just in case anyone is reading along…

there are a few things that have made my life better easier liveable since the wigglers were born. most of these aren’t actually “mom” type of things. but they are the things that have made all of the difference thus far.

#1 – De.longhi espresso machine. seriously this has possibly saved my life on innumerable occasions. and it has paid for itself. very. very quickly. #2 – it’s a tight contest between this incredible cuisinart immersion blender and the espresso machine for favorite kitchen item. making baby food is ridiculously easy. and hook doesn’t seem to mind the yogurt and fruit smoothies so much either…

#3 – i am a kindle convert. i had no interest in one before the wigglers arrived. i just silently started to accept the fact that i would be never able to read again. i mean who can hold a book and nurse two babies. or rock them. or have them sleep on you. and then m gave me a kindle and oh the possibilities! i have read no less than 10 books on this so far (how many of those i actually recall from my bleary eyed sleep deprived state is far less). i also have the kindle app on my phone and it synches automatically back and forth so i can stay awake read off my phone during late night feedings.

#4 – tandem feeding is not the easiest skill to master. and i for one never truly mastered it. i mean i did it quite a lot for the first five months. and then the wiggers got, well, too wiggly. so now i feed them one at a time. but in the early days this pillow (even with its chessey name – my b.rest fri.end) was indeed a cherished companion. #5 – liber.te yogurt. seriously delightful. if you haven’t tried it i highly. highly suggest it. i am a big fan of the coconut. and the lemon. but i haven’t found one i don’t like.

there are many many other things that have helped me through the past almost 7 months but right now these top my list. i am consulting with the wigglers to come up with their list as well…