Happy Fall! My favorite season is upon us, is it just me or has 2015 gone by in a flash?!
We now have a walker! Zoe is taking unassisted steps and my Mom said she even took some steps today from our dining room table to the kitchen without being coaxed to come. Jemma is continuing to cruise along the furniture and likes to walk around holding our hands, but hasn’t taken steps on her own…..yet. I know it’s only a matter of time before I have two little girls running around.
We recently had a week off of work and headed to Seabrook for the Labor Day weekend with three of the other families from our PEMS twin group. We all had an adventurous time getting to Pacific Beach, WA, but were able to relax with some wine and dinner after getting settled in. We shared a house with another family whose twin boys are exactly one month older than Jemma and Zoe. The house was set up perfect for two families. Our family took the basement and the other family took the upstairs, the main floor separated us which had the kitchen and living space. One of the Dad’s from the group took charge and created a meal schedule and it worked out perfectly-each family prepared one meal and everyone pitched in side dishes and drinks. We all had lots of fun going down to the beach, swimming at the pool, eating meals together and laughing. The guys did a Dad’s Night Out and the girls did a Mom’s night out. It was fun to be together with other couples who know exactly the chaos, craziness and fun that having twins entails. We had a wonderful time, but came home completely exhausted. The girls slept in a pack n’ play and travel crib in the TV room right outside our bedroom, being in a new environment they didn’t sleep well and cried a lot of the night. Therefore, Hubby and I didn’t sleep well either. Both girls caught colds from the other little guys in our house and Zoe was not happy about it! Zoe also got carsick on the way down and back, it’s an ongoing battle since we transitioned to the next carseat. We’ll all be happy when we can face-forward in another ten months or so.
Four times the fun! 3 boys and 5 girls
Unfortunately, the cold the girls caught from our Labor Day vacation turned into fevers the following week and Jemma ended up with an ear infection. She had a fever from Sunday until Wednesday and it was my Mom who pointed out that she was tucking her right ear to her right shoulder and also tugging at it. Hubby took her to the pediatrician the same Thursday and it was determined she had an ear infection and had to do a course of antibiotic suspension. She’s doing well now, but it’s no fun having sick babies!
Jemma and Zoe are still eating well. While they were sick they definitely were more picky and didn’t have their usual voracious appetites. Jemma still prefers fruit, especially berries and Zoe still continues to love avocadoes. Zoe has been eating especially well, maybe it’s all the calories she’s burning trying to walk.
Our bath and bedtime routine is still working well and the girls are continuing to take their mid-day nap for two to three hours.
The girls’ hair has been growing and they started getting long pieces in their eyes-with reluctance I trimmed their bangs slightly. I might have gone a little too short on Zoe, but now I can see their eyes.
Maybe a little short?!
We are still anxiously awaiting actual words to come from Jemma and Zoe’s mouths, but it’s clear that they understand what we are saying. We can asked for the “kitty” or “doggy” Duplo toy and they will pick out just what we are asking for. They also will lift up their feet for us to do “This Little Piggy” on their toes. They listen to direction and laugh when we laugh. They also will do a Downward Dog when asked, sometimes a Three Legged Dog for Jemma.
When the girls were three months old, I kept thinking, “I love this stage, I don’t think it can get better than this.” and sure enough I thought that month after month. I am still overwhelmed by how much I love these two little miracles and keep thinking that each moment is beautiful, amazing and so much fun. They are developing their own personalities and it is a blessing to be get to witness all of their developments.
Swinging together at the park
Jemma laying with Daddy while he gets his dental exam from Mommy.
These two melt my heart!!
Busy busy, these girls are definitely keeping us on our toes! They are not walking yet, but are constantly on the move and don’t want to sit still for one second. I can only imagine what life will be like once they start walking.
We are now down to one nap a day, it seemed a little early to drop a nap, but the girls dictated the change. Morning naps were usually successful, but the afternoon nap was hit or miss and sometimes would only be half an hour to forty-five minutes. We are now doing one mid-day nap and the girls will usually nap for two to three hours. With only one nap a day, it has been a little easier to schedule our day and go out and about if we want. The girls are still sleeping almost twelve hours at night, so we really can’t complain.
Jemma and Zoe are still LOVING food, they seriously haven’t met a food that they don’t love. Jemma doesn’t love avocados as much as Zoe, but it’s been so nice to give them a variety of foods and have them eat everything without a fuss. We even took them out to Indian food a couple of weeks ago and they happily ate paneer naan, tandoori chicken and a curry cauliflower dish! We have simplified meals as well-morning (around 8 AM) meal and 5 ounce sippy cup of milk with their DHA, Vitamin D, and probiotics, a late morning/early afternoon (11:30 AM-12 PM) meal with another 5 ounce sippy cup of milk, nap and then a late afternoon (4 PM) meal and another 5 ounce sippy cup. They usually don’t drink all of their sippy cups while eating, so we let them sip on them while playing after their meals. Baths happen around 7:30-8:00 PM and are followed by a 7 ounce bottle again with DHA and probiotics. The routine seems to be working well and has made things a little easier for both of our Moms who are still helping us-we are so fortunate and blessed to have them taking care of the girls while we are at work.
The girls still enjoy their baths, but baths have gotten a little more challenging for me. Both girls either like to stand up on feet or knees in the bath, they literally stand on feet or knees, turn and look at me and smile. I, of course, try to intervene immediately, sitting them down on their bottoms and telling them not to stand, but unfortunately with trying to get two to cooperate simultaneously we’ve had a couple of spills. Luckily, no one has been seriously hurt, but a bathtub spill is very scary to observe!
Jemma and Zoe are babbling a lot but still not saying any actual words. They are starting to point a lot and will whimper if they want something. Jemma especially loves to hand things to us and both girls are starting to mimic us. They have play cell phones and they hold them to their ears-so cute!
We are trying to wear all of the 12 month clothing that the girls have gotten as gifts and a few things I’ve bought for them. They are growing so fast that I’m trying to make sure they wear everything. We have been fortunate to have such warm weather in the Northwest this summer that they have had a chance to wear a lot of sundresses.
Summer is winding down and we are heading to a Washington resort area, Seabrook, with three other twins families. We met the other families through our PEMS group and are really looking forward to a fun weekend away with all of them. It will definitely be an adventure to have eight one-year-olds all together who all have varying nap schedules, but we’ll go with the flow. We are sharing a house with one other family whose twin boys are exactly one month older than Jemma and Zoe, the other two families will be in individual cottages.
I also sadly found out that my OB is leaving the group that I see. I love my doctor and felt that she took great care of me all through my pregnancy and did an amazing job with my delivery. I had a lot of complications after my delivery and the other doctor who did my C-section was there to take care of me as well. I wanted to see her one last time before she goes, she won’t be seeing regular patients in her new position as a laborist at another branch of the same hospital that we delivered at. Hubby and I saw her yesterday and asked her if we did decide to have another child if she thinks it’s safe and if we would face any of the same complications we did with the girls-HELLP syndrome and post partum hemorrhage. She has given us the green light if we decide to have another child-of course a singleton! She said what I experienced was likely only due to the fact that it was a multiples pregnancy and not that I was high risk on my own. We are not sure if we will pursue another child-but it gives us peace of mind if we do.
Hope everyone is enjoying their summer, I love fall but am sad to see the summer going by so quickly!
Also, check out Jessah’s post, I could not have said it better myself…….true words.
I’m finding this post to be bittersweet. I love that my girls are growing, developing, learning and turning into these amazing little people, but I’m also sad that they are no longer babies and that life sometimes goes by too quickly. How is it that we have already gone from small miracle babies that could almost fit in the palm of our hands to almost walking one year olds? We’ve had sleepless nights, first smiles, coos, joy at a six hour stretch of sleep, cheers for rolling over, amazement over sitting up, giggles, crawling, trying first foods, splashing in the bath and now cruising along the furniture. It never ceases to amaze me how much development occurs in the first year of life.
Twins are a lot of work, but I cannot imagine life without both Jemma and Zoe. I still remember so clearly the day we went for our last embryo transfer (November 23, 2013) and the embryologist brought out the picture of a single embryo and us telling him that we had decided to transfer not one but two embryos. He smiled and gladly said he would go and defrost another. He mentioned that it was still slightly frozen upon transfer but that it would thaw once placed. Jemma or Zoe? Who was the little frosty? They are two peas in a pod and life couldn’t be more sweet.
My Mom aka Mimi to the girls calls Jemma our “comedian”, she makes the funniest faces and keeps us laughing all the time. From her crinkled up nose and sniffing sounds, to her tossing of everythin you hand her over her shoulder, to sly smiles, to “mmmmm” to almost every food she eats and to the utter joy she expresses when splashing water everywhere-her little personality is anything but.
Zoe also brings smiles to everyones faces, she freely smiles and giggles at almost everyone, holds her arms up for you to carry her and is so happy when you do. She is our little busy body who can wiggle herself out of the TwinZ pillow when she should be drinking her bottle, barely will hold still for a diaper change, and moves from point A to B in a matter of seconds. She has such a sweet demeanor and will often give in if her sister wants the toy she has.
Jemma and Zoe LOVE food and have not fussed about any food that I can think of. They love berries, chicken, beef, avocadoes, corn, pasta, toast, pancakes, broccoli, beans, rice, the list goes on! Both have eight teeth-four on top, four on bottom. Both are cruising (a term I didn’t know until we saw the doctor) and are pretty proficient at feeding themselves. Jemma’s pinscher grip is a little stronger than Zoe’s. Jemma still loves to say “dada” and Zoe leans towards saying “mama”, but I still don’t think they associate the words with us. Jemma and Zoe LOVE our cats Bode and Maya, Zoe is pretty good about gently petting, but Jemma gets very excited and screams and sometimes pulls their fur. Eek! Both are starting to mimic our behavior, recently, they started to hold their new baby cell phones up to their ears…so cute! Jemma’s lovey is her white Jellycat bunny which now looks like a platypus from her sucking on it’s face and Zoe’s lovey is her white lamb (which use to be attached to her Wubbunub pacifier), she now uses it’s legs as a pacifier and they are yellow and gross.
The girls had their twelve month check up and both are doing very well. Their pediatrician didn’t have any concerns and gave us advice to move away from bottles and to make food the focus of meals rather than bottles. He said we should offer lots of finger foods and let the girls eat until they are full. We have been giving the girls a mix of formula and goat milk (4 times a day) and are going to be transitioning to cow milk soon. We just set up a milk delivery service that will bring it to our porch every Monday-I’ve been very excited about this! Just like the old days.
Twelve Months-our last onesie photo, very squirmy little girls!
Weight: 21 pounds 9 ounces (75th percentile)
Length: 30.5 inches (89th percentile)
Head circumference: 47.2 centimeters (95th percentile)-big head like Mommy!
Weight: 18 pounds 8 ounces (29th percentile)
Length: 29.5 inches (62th percentile)
Head circumference: 44.6 centimeters (41st percentile)
Both girls received their PCV13, MMR, Varicella, and HepA vaccines and did awesome. Daddy promised gelato after, so we took them for a sweet treat after.
July 14, 2015-We took the week off of work and I unfortunately had been summoned for jury duty and reported to the King County Courthouse in downtown Seattle on Monday July 13th. I was selected for a jury, but was lucky enough to get a trial that was only going to be a day and a half. Therefore, I spent the first half of the day at the courthouse on Jemma and Zoe’s birthday, but we still had a fun rest of the day. We took the girls to the Woodland Park Zoo and out to dinner at a neighborhood Mexican restaurant. They also received their personalized big girl chairs and seemed pretty excited about them.
Visiting the penguins-about the only animals they seemed to notice
Big girl chairs! Jemma making funny noises and Zoe cracking up!
The rest of the week we got to relax at home, get things ready for their party the following weekend, and enjoy the hot, sunny weather!
Their first birthday party was this past Sunday July 19, 2015, I think we picked one of the hottest days of the year so far. I was happy to have sun, but I think all of us were melting! We kept the gathering pretty low key, surrounded with family, relatives visiting from Hawaii and a few family friends. We ordered Vietnamese food from one of our favorite restaurants and I made cupcakes for everyone and small smash cakes for the girls. Stephanie-the amazing photographer who captured Jemma and Zoe as newborns and at six months came to our house and captured the special day. Below are some teasers she posted and I will be following up with another post of pictures. The girls cooperated and took good morning naps, so they were 90% cooperative, I think 10% cooperation went away due to the heat.
Happy first birthday! You have filled my heart with so much love that I often think it will explode. Daddy and I cannot imagine a life without you. You bring us so much joy and happiness! We wished, prayed, hoped and waited so long for you and now you are a whole year old. We feel so blessed to have two daughters who are happy, healthy, inquisitive and curious about the world. I thank God everyday that He brought two miracles to us. You are truly miracles and I love both of you so very very much!!!
I’m sure I could keep writing, trying to think of all the small details that I’ll want to remember from this first year. Time goes so quickly and I hope to savor and enjoy every minute. Thank you to all of you who have supported me on my journey of infertility to pregnancy to being a new Mom. I know I’ve said this before, but don’t give up hope if you are still trying to conceive, I almost had and when I least expected things to work, they did.
What?!?! Eleven months? How have we gotten to this point already? It seems like almost yesterday that I was waddling around swollen and pregnant and anticipating meeting our sweet little girls! Even though we faced many sleepless nights and many days trying to develop a schedule, it was all so short lived. I love seeing how much Jemma and Zoe are growing up, changing, developing and turning into little girls, it is amazing how much they have changed, but at the same time, I dearly miss the “baby” stage. Time goes so fast……too fast.
Both girls are continuing to crawl all over, exploring the stairs, chasing the cats, picking up whatever speck they see on the floor and both are now pulling up to stand. I have a feeling that walking isn’t far off. Wah…..walking?! Not yet!
We have placed all of our drawer and cabinet magnetic locks, gates are now on both the top and bottom of our staircase, all small objects are put away or placed higher on shelves, and bathroom doors are always left shut. No longer can we leave the girls on the living room rug to find them sitting in the exact same spot that we left them and if it’s too quiet there may be a reason why.
Jemma loves to say “dada” but I don’t think has actually associated it with Daddy. She loves to splash in the tub, splash so much that I’m often soaked. She has almost mastered her pincher grip and can pick up small crumbs. She is often reserved, but will laugh with abandon if you smell her “stinky” feet. She loves to hand you an item which you delightfully tell her “Thank you!” and says “mmmm” while bouncing up and down if she’s eaten something yummy. Recently when the girls came to visit me at work, a sweet older patient of mine rubbed Jemma’s arm……Jemma wrinkled her nose, furrowed her brow and gave the sweet lady the most intense “don’t touch me” face, I’d never seen her make this face before and my employees and I could not stop laughing, it was just too funny! Jemma recently had a stomach bug and gave us a little scare with some vomiting and diarhhea, but it was short lived. I was most scared of Zoe catching it, as well as the rest of us. Luckily, it’s yet to be passed along.
Zoe loves to say “mama”, but like Jemma I don’t think she actually associates it with me. She crawls on hands and knees and is a mover! She’s often from one side of the rooom to the other in less than a minute. Zoe often raises her arms in the air and wants to be picked up and carried. She smiles at anyone and everyone and has the craziest hair you’ve ever seen. She seems to be a bit of a Mama’s girl, but loves her Daddy and grandparents so much. She still hates to have her faced wiped, but loves to wipe food all over including her hair. She is very steady on pulling up and is careful to get back down on her knees. She loves jewelry, inspecting and grasping almost all necklaces and earrings. She is extremely easy going and hardly ever fusses when Jemma takes a toy away from her and she loves to sit and “read” books. She also loves to strum her lower lip and make funny sounds.
Hubby celebrated his first official Father’s Day this past Sunday. We spent the day at Chambers Bay golf course watching the US Open with my parents. My Dad is an avid player and fan of golf. The girls spent the day with my inlaws, so Grandpa got to be with his “little princesses”. It was a fun day and an unforgettable experience.
Summer is in full force here in Seattle, we are suppose to hit the mid-90s this weekend, so we will do all that we can to stay cool. We are spending the day with my inlaws on Sunday who have AC…..aaah!
Zoe-tears and snot running. :)
Next month I’ll be blogging about 12 months…..1 year! Happy tears! I just love J and Z so much!
***Written Monday May 18th***
Hello from San Francisco! Hubby has a conference down here and I luckily got to tag along. Jemma and Zoe are with my in-laws, so we are enjoying a long weekend here. We miss them like crazy, but know that my in-laws are taking wonderful care of them. They have two cribs, two high chairs, two bouncers, and a million toys at their house that I know Jemma and Zoe feel right at home there. We’ve been able to Skype with them and see how they are doing. They both want to grab the screen and seem perplexed about us being “in the computer”.
The girls are now in double digit months, and only two months away from being a year old. I love how much they have grown and how interactive they are, but I have moments of sadness about how fast it’s going. They are no longer babies and sometimes I wish time would slow down so that we could enjoy each stage a little longer.
Since my last post the girls had their nine month pediatric visit.
Weight: 20 pounds 5.5 ounces
Length: 29.5 inches
Head circumference: 46.2 cm
Weight: 17 pounds 3 ounces
Length: 27.5 inches
Head circumference: 44.0 cm
The size difference between them is getting wider. Jemma is in the nineties for head circumference and length percentiles and 80th for her weight percentile. Zoe is in the thirties range for all of her percentiles. When people meet them they always seem a little confused that one of our twins is a little bigger than the other one.
We are continuing to love every minute with our daughters. Zoe is actively crawling and moves very quickly. She is always up on her knees and I’m sure is anxious to stand up. I’m sure she’ll be walking before her first birthday. She loves to blow raspberries and will often have spit bubbles running down her chin from doing so. She still gives us huge infectious smiles and laughs whenever we play peek-a-boo. Zoe was starting to get very fussy taking her bottles, so we are back to giving her her bottles in the twin-z-pillow. Did anyone see the twin-z-pillow on Shark Tank? It’s an amazing invention! Zoe continues to have some issues with her BMs, the doctor told us that if we can handle it without Miralax that would be preferable. We have been continuing to give her an ounce of pear juice with every bottle, have her on the Stage 1 formula, staying away from the starchy foods and offering her water in her sippy cup. She has been going back and forth between “normal” and hard BMs, so this weekend we finally told my MIL that she could introduce goat milk to both girls. She is giving them half formula/half goat milk bottles this weekend and she says it’s starting to help so far. Zoe also has been having a little more trouble going down, she’ll be sound asleep but as soon as you set her down in her crib she wakes up and starts wailing to be picked back up. As soon as she is in our arms she’s happy as a clam. We have to do this a couple of times before she’ll finally be fast asleep.
Jemma wasn’t crawling at all when Zoe started crawling and she would usually watch Zoe move without much complaint. When Jemma did transition from sitting up to being on her tummy she would get very frustrated that she couldn’t move. She started off log-rolling around the living room and has now started with the army crawl. She uses her upper body to pull herself and one leg to push herself and has been able to move around quite well. She doesn’t seem as frustrated and if she is on the hardwood floor can actually move herself around more quickly. Jemma loves to babble and says a lot of bababa, mamama, dadada and Hubby and I can’t help but get excited when she does the mama and dada even though she doesn’t connect us to those words yet. Jemma is a good snuggler and still loves to be carried around before going down for the night. I’ve been getting lots of steps with my Fitbit, pacing the halls with her. Both girls love trying new foods now and if Jemma likes something she waves her hands and will sometimes scream if you don’t give her another bite.
Both girls love their baths! We transitioned to a blow-up tub and can put the girls in the tub together. They play with their bath toys, splash the water and laugh when the other one has the foam shampoo atop her head. It’s so much fun to see them interact.
We will soon be planning their first birthday, I can’t believe it’s almost here. Jemma and Zoe have and continue to bring us so much joy, happiness, wonder and love!
The Top Pot Donut 5K, Jemma and Zoe’s first race!
Happy belated Mother’s Day to my Mom, my MIL and all of my fellow Mom’s out there. Also, I know from past experience how hard of a day it is for those of you still longing to be a Mom, have faith and be hopeful, miracles do happen!
Here we are again! My how time flies! I just captured this photo, it’s a beautiful and sunny day here in Seattle.
We are all getting our Vitamin D for the day. Jemma and Zoe are doing really well. I feel like they are on the cusp of being little girls and not babies any longer. I recently had two very best friends give births to little girls and it’s amazing to me how small they look even though both were a little bigger than our girls when they were born. We forget so soon how tiny and fragile they once were.
We were very fortunate to take the girls to Maui again earlier this month. We all had an amazing time, the girls aren’t quite mobile yet, so we’re taking advantage of traveling now. The flight this time around was a little more challenging than it had been the first two times they flew, Jemma and Zoe are more active and sleep less during the day, so we had to keep them entertained for the almost 6 hour flights. But, now that they are bigger and can sit up, it’s so much fun to take them out to dinner where they can sit in high chairs and have nibbles of our food. They really like everything that we offer them, not too many sour faces.
Jemma still has 8 teeth and has really been very mellow and especially easy-going. However, she had a rough night earlier this week. She was up and screaming, I tried to see if she would settle down on her own for twenty minutes and finally knew something was wrong, we thought it was just a mid-night cry but I think gas was really upsetting her tummy and causing her to be very upset. Her and I spent about 2 hours down in the living room on the sofa before I was able to take her back to the nursery. She is starting to really cuddle and hug and I absolutely love it. She is sitting up very well but not showing much interest in crawling yet. We weighed her at home and think she is around twenty pounds!!! She is very talkative and often cracks herself up.
Zoe still only has 2 teeth and no sign of others coming through. She is still our sweet girl who giggles and laughs constantly but has been a bit more fussy as of late. She hates having her face wiped, she had a cold and was getting her nose wiped often. She also hasn’t been finishing her bottles most feedings. She has had some BM issues-she doens’t go as often as Jemma and when she does it’s usually just a few hard “raisins”. She is getting about 1 ounce of pear juice per bottle and both girls are back to the Stage 1 formula with less iron than the Stage 3 that we had switched them to at around six months. We’ve also cut back on the starchy fruits and veggies and are having more peas, spinach, mangos, peaches, prunes, pears, berries, etc. and are offering more water to the girls. Zoe is weighing in at around seventeen pounds. She is nearly crawling, lots of scooting and backward movement and some forward movement here and there. I think it’ll only be a matter of days before she’s on the go.
The girls will have their nine month doctor visit this upcoming Friday, I’ll be very curious to see where they land in their percentiles. At six months both were above average, but Jemma was in the 90th percentile for both head size and weight. We’ll also be checking in with the pediatrician about how to help Zoe with her pooping issues.
My in-laws are in Hawaii right now. A much needed vacation for my MIL who has been doing all of our childcare. Thankfully, I have a great friend who is watching the girls for a couple of weeks and she’s been a lifesaver helping us out while my MIL is gone.
We really couldn’t be more blessed with such fun, easygoing, happy and healthy babies. Jemma and Zoe continue to fill our hearts with more love than we could imagine, fill our days with smiles and giggles, give us cuddles and hugs and amaze us by how much they are learning and growing.
We are rounding the corner to almost a year of them being a part of our lives. I’m loving every minute but sometimes it just goes too fast.
I recently got a cortisone injection in my left wrist for DeQuervain’s syndrome aka “mommy wrist” and it worked like a charm, no pain. Now I think I might be needing one in my right wrist. My carpal tunnel has been quiet and I’m really hoping to avoid any future surgery. I really don’t want to take time away from taking care of the girls (hands-on) and away from my office.
Very hard to get them to hold still these days!
Had to take away the animals to get a somewhat still photo.
Easter brunch on Maui
Hanging out at the condo
Have a fabulous weekend!!!
Happy Spring! We are having an exceptionally mild year in the Northwest and have been enjoying spring-like weather for quite some time now. Lots of sunny days and surprisingly little rain
Jemma and Zoe are eight months, so hard to believe how fast they are growing. We are still blessed with such fun, happy, easy-going and sweet little girls. They rarely fuss and only cry when tired or hungry.
The girls are eating three solid meals a day, a mix of pureed foods and some finger foods (BLW method). The girls get a bottle first thing in the morning, have three meals followed by smaller bottles throughout the day and then have baths and a bottle before bedtime which has been around 7:30-8:00 PM. Both are still sleeping easily through the night for around 12 hours.
Jemma has 7 teeth now! She has her 4 lower incisors and 3 of her upper incisors. She can easily bite into foods if placed in the front of her mouth. She loves berries and makes “mmmm” sounds when she eats. She is not a fan of avocado and will often gag (and sometimes throw-up) when eating them. She loves mum mums and they disappear quickly.
Zoe still only has 2 of her lower incisors, but the lack of teeth doesn’t keep her from enjoying the same foods as Jemma. She is a good eater but will sometimes blow bubbles/spit her food out and then laughs after doing so. We have to tell her “no”, but then turn our heads to laugh because it’s so funny. Trying not to encourage the bad behavior. Zoe still likes to take her time with her bottles and needs lots of breaks.
Jemma has been more easy-going than in the past lately and is very happy these days. She is starting to clap her hands and loves the song, “When You’re Happy”. Zoe has been a little more fussy lately, but is still overall, very happy. She is getting up on all fours and rocking back and forth. No forward motion yet, but she somehow can move backwards and can get all around our living room.
Hubby has been able to cut back a little at work this month and has been able to stay home with the girls to give his Mom a break from childcare. My Mom is still unable to help us as she is in her third month of recovery following rotator cuff surgery. We gave my parents my old iPad and have been doing FaceTime with them since they aren’t visiting as often. The girls and grandparents really enjoy seeing each other!
Enjoying our US Weekly magazines
Hubby and I survived our first weekend away from the girls earlier this month. Their grandparents had more toys and gear at their place than we have at home! They sent us lots of photos and gave us constant updates. We are very lucky to be returning to Maui again in April. Hoping the trip will go as well as last time.
My bestie just gave birth this past Friday to a beautiful baby girl. This is her second daughter, her older daughter is 2 1/2. It’s so much fun to have so many friends with children around the same age as Jemma and Zoe! Hoping they’ll all be lifetime friends!
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