Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Speaking of Lily, her newest trick is clapping. She started yesterday out of nowhere. I got her up from her morning nap and put her on the changing table, and she just startes applauding for me. Now she does it all the time. She also knows how to blow kisses, which is another new favorite of hers. She breaks out her entire arsenal of tricks whenever anyone is paying attention to Charlie instead of her. Her personality is priceless.
The babies have been enjoying having Daddy home with them for the summer.
But they still like playing with Mommy. But they have the most fun with each other.
Lily loves making her way into the kitchen to see what I'm up to. The other morning she was kind enough to help me put away the dishes.
Charlie's favorite part of the morning is Sesame Street. I put it on for the babies while they play, and for the most part they ignore it. But the second Elmo's World starts, Charlie is riveted.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Cousin Melissa was kind enough to find a pump to help Joe blow up the baby floats. He started out using just his lungs to inflate them, but thankfully Melissa intervened before he passed out.
"Ooooh, now this is a ride fit for a princess!"
Lily loved the water right away.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
- Crawling! Lily learned to crawl. She is fast and just loves maneuvering around the house. We find her under foot in the kitchen all the time and her favorite thing to do is crawl to the toy baskets and pull everything out. The other day Joe was painting in the dining room and she motored right on in there to help. Charlie is making a lot of progress with crawling too. He's moving into the position constantly and scooching, edging forward to grab what he wants. I think he'll be following Lily around any day now.
- Pulling up! Both babies are doing this now. Charlie LOVES to stand - it's his favorite thing to do. He is so happy when we stand him up in front of the exersaucer or the music table to play. When we're not available to lift him up though, he works hard on pulling himself to standing. He's almost got it! Lily does it too, but she really prefers to try to climb up people instead of grabbing objects.
- Teeth! Lily officially has a tooth on the bottom, and another one coming in on the top. None for Charlie yet, but we're sure he won't be toothless for long. Although, I will miss his sweet, gummy smile! (In this picture he's all proud of himself because he pulled all the sleep sacks off the side of the pack n' play. He gets so much joy from doing that!)
- Words! Lily and Charlie have been saying "Dada" for quite some time now, but this morning Joe taught Lily to say "Mama!" I cried a little when I heard her, I have to admit. She doesn't know that she's talking about me when she says it, but when you say "Mama" to her she repeats it clear as day. So cute!
They are just getting so big! I included these pictures because you can really tell how strong and sturdy Lily has become. Here she is turning poor Tucker into her own personal pony.
Woah - hold on!
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Charlie and Lily were happy to be the navigators as we made our way around the zoo.
"No, Charlie! The penguins are to the LEFT! Never mind - just give me back the map!"
Fountain photo op!
We found a great little grassy park within the zoo where the babies had their lunch. They enjoyed getting out of the stroller for a bit and stretching out. (Notice how they're smiling, but at the same time they're subtly fighting over a toy? That happens a lot.)
Apparently we didn't take pictures of any animals at the zoo. So I'll substitute with this picture of a Bug in one of her natural habitats, the exersaucer. Notice how she's chosen to be under it instead of in it. Lily has officially learned to crawl. She is fast, and she is everywhere. Charlie is starting to work hard on crawling too, but he much prefers to stand. He does fantastic standing up and holding on to things. It's his favorite thing to do, and sometimes he starts to cry if we try to sit him down instead of letting him stand. His second favorite thing to do is snuggle. He now reaches his arms towards us when he wants to be picked up, or pats our legs or faces to get our attention. And how could we resist?!?
I had to show off these cute shirts. They were a birthday gift from Joe's cousin Kate.
Say cheese! Since Joe took this picture a week ago, Lily has gotten her first tooth! I'm trying to get a nice picture of that for the next post :)
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
Charlie was ready to party!
Lily didn't realize that on her birthday she would get to eat REAL cupcakes, and not just the cute origami ones that cousin Michael made.
Birthday balloons. Just a few of the thoughtful gifts Charlie and Lily received from their fantastic family and friends.
It was super hot at the park, but Charlie didn't mind taking a few minutes to cool off. Sparkles the Clown was on hand to paint faces and entertain the kids with songs and games.
We were beyond thrilled that so many of Charlie and Lily's incredible NICU nurses were able to join us for the party. It was wonderful to see them all again and it meant so much to us to have them there.
Charlie catching on on snuggles with his daytime primary nurse, Carolyn. Our little family, with so much to celebrate!
The theme of the party was "cupcakes," so of course we had to have a big spread of them for dessert!
Time for cake!
"Here Nana, you try some!"
Charlie is even more irresistible when he's covered in frosting. "This party was FUN! When can we do it again?!?!"
All cleaned up and visiting with their great-grandparents Lucy and Freddie before heading home to rest (and open presents!).