We don't have anything too major to report in this post (which isn't necessarily a bad thing) but Charlie and Lily are working hard to give you some good material very soon! Both babies are close to reaching some good milestones. Charlie is super, super close to laughing. Right now he gurgles and makes this growling sound when he's happy so we know he's almost there. Yesterday I THINK he laughed for real - it was quick and I spent the next 10 minutes trying to get him to do it again, but I'm pretty sure that's what it was. Hopefully it won't be long before he's laughing at everything! Lily isn't quite as jovial as our Charlie, but she'll get there soon.
Charlie may be ahead in the laughing game, but Lily is in the lead with solids. While she's certainly not eating her cereal with any regularity, the last few times she's had it she has definitely swallowed a few mouthfuls. She does seem to like it. Charlie seems to like the taste too, but he simply will not swallow it! No worries though - they are still a little young for solids so we'll just keep working and getting them used to the spoon and all that.
We are also working on rolling. While they both seem close to rolling from back to front, I know the books say that babies roll front to back first. (Ooooh - as I was typing this, Lily rolled from back to front!! She had a tiny bit of help as she was in this rocking toy and had a bit of an incline, but still!! Yay!) So I've increased the amount of tummy time they do to help them move in that direction. Lily is a tummy time champ! She is SO strong. She pushes up on her arms and gets into a crawling position. She'll be on the move in no time ;) Charlie doesn't much enjoy tummy time - he usually gets really mad and cries. But the madder he gets the more he moves, pushes up, etc, so I guess it's not a bad thing. Both babies have great head control and leg strength. They push down nice and strong with their legs and will "stand" when we hold them up. They are our super babies!
Speaking of super babies, please help us support the March of Dimes. We're putting together a team for this spring's March for Babies - check out the info here.
On Sunday we wrapped up Joe's birthday weekend. Grandma and Grandpa watched the babies while Joe and I went out to dinner with Uncle John and Aunt Rebecca, then we all gathered at our house for some ice cream cake. Once again, Charlie and Lily helped Daddy blow out the candles.
Lily also helped blow up the balloons. Look at that lung strength! Ventilator? What ventilator? (Yeah, don't call the authorities - the balloon was sitting in her lap and she was surprised by it - the picture ended up looking like she was blowing it up!)