Monday, April 27, 2009

A day in the flowers

We got lucky on Saturday and had decent weather so we decided to take the twins for a photo opp with some bluebonnets so we packed them up and headed up to Brenham. We found this HUGE field of flowers and couldn't pass it up even though it was someones property and they had a no tresspassing sign up. There were lots of people out there all who had just stopped on the side of the road with the same idea as us. I think the home owners know they had one of the nicer areas and didn't seem to mind the fact we were walking around in their field. Any way both kids cooperated for the most part and we got some pretty nice pictures.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Our first March of Dimes walk

It was a great day for a walk and even better since it was for a GREAT cause. The babies and I went to the walk at Montgomery County Lone Star College. We arrived about 8:45 am and participated in the pre warmup activities. Brianna and Brandon are both people watchers (just like their mommy). I walked with a wonderful team known as the Northwest Houston Moms of Multiples. They had a booth setup with games for the little ones to play. Hopefully next year B and B will be able to play the games. The walk was 3 miles long and there were a bunch of people and lots of multiples. After the walk Brianna and Brandon danced to the band while we ate our snacks.
I want to say thank you to all of you that donated to this great organization


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

March of Dimes

one day... all babies will be born healthy

today... too many moms and families know the heartbreak of having a baby born fighting to survive

Most of you know that Brandon and Brianna were born 5 weeks premature. Brianna required oxygen for about 10 minutes after birth and Brandon required a feeding tube. Both had to be hooked up to monitors to indicate when they were having episodes of apnea. Both were in the hospital for 19 days. Since they have been home Brandon has been sick off and on with Croup, Viral infections, Bronchitis, and hospitalized with Pneumonia. Brianna has been the healthier one however, she has got viral infecitons also.

I've have decided to walk in honor of my two wonderful blue eye darlings that have made my life complete.

I've joined March for Babies because the March of Dimes champions the needs of moms and babies in our community and across the nation. The money we raise for March for Babies will help:

- support all-important research offering preventions and solutions for babies born too soon or with birth defects
- educate women on things they can do to increase their chances of having a healthy baby
- provide comfort and information to families with a newborn in intensive care
- push for newborn screening and health insurance for all pregnant women and children

Please help by donating today!

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Friday, April 3, 2009

11 months old

Brandon and Brianna turned 11 months old yesterday and I thought I would mention how they are doing. Both are doing very well.

Brianna, even though she STILL doesn't have any teeth, is now eating just about any kind of adult food we give her. She has learned to chew (maybe we should call it gum) very well. People at daycare said she eats better and cleaner than some of the older kids they have. She also has a huge appetite. We have cut back from 4 meals a day to 3 regular meals a day with two snack periods and she seems to be adjusting very well to this. I must add it is nice to be able to hand her the bottle and let her feed her self. Makes bottle time sooo much easier. Especially if you are alone and taking care of both by yourself. Her last doctors visit showed her to be in the mid 19 lbs range so she should be ready for a forward facing car seat at the 1 year mark. She continues to be the great sleeper at night. Just as it has been since she hit the 3 month mark, we can put her to bed and just about forget about her. I can almost count on one hand the number of times she has woke up in the middle of the night. She is moving around very well and has learned how to sit up on her own. She has now started to pull her self up on things in an attempt to stand. This is somewhat scarry for me as she is standing in her crib. Not that that is a big deal, but daycare says she is showing signs of trying to climb out of the crib. Even though we have her home crib at the lowest setting, we are considering getting one of those crib tents just incase. It would be an awfully big fall if she did manage to climb out. If you hold her hands, she can step very well and we think she will pick up walking quickly. He favorite word (if you can call it that) is GE GE which is what she came up for doggie (Summer, our Lab). She absolutly loves to watch Summer run around, but hates it when she licks her face. She also has learned to say "Uh oh", but is still not sure when is the right time.

Brandon, even though he has 5 teeth and one more on the way, has yet to figure out how to chew. In fact he HATES solid food and wants nothing to do with it. For this reason we still have him on stage 2 baby food. His last doctors visit, he weighed in the lower 17 lbs range so he is making good progress. He is really starting to do well crawling. It's just like his sisters belly crawl, but he is atleast moving around the livingroom. We have managed to keep him mostly healthy for a good while now. He still sometimes gets the usual cold and congestion, but his cough has managed to stay away along with any fever. He has also been sleeping great through the night. He gets a little restless for the first hour or so of the night, but once he gets past that, he is usually out for the night.

The two together are really getting along great. With brandon now able to crawl, he doesn't let Brianna take his toys like she used to be able to. Even if she does, he will go back after it. It's funny to watch them play tug-of-war when both want the same toy.

Invitations are about to go out for their 1st b-day which will be here before you know it. I'm sure Brianna will dive head first in to her cake and make an absolute mess. Branon will probably be different. He probably won't know what to make of it and will end up slapping it with his hands and just playing with it.