Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The boys are 11 months old today!

Making a post on the boys monthly birthday is becoming a tradition so here goes. 11 months old today! I can't believe in a month they are turning one.
Both boys are getting really good at standing without holding on to anything. Jacob is a very fast cruiser by now, Lucas a little more slow but cruising none the less. I bet it won't be too long before they take their first steps. They are both saying mama and dada and we're pretty sure they are referring to Michael and I. They are making lots of new sounds.
We're trying to get them to eat more table-foods and chunkier foods. They have no problem eating puffs ( there's only one kind that does not contain soy so not much variety there ), breakfast O's or pieces of soft fruit. But making their oatmeal or other foods chunkier has not gone over well. Lucas seem to be very sensitive to texture while Jacob is more sensitive to taste. Today we gave Jacob a little bit of ground beef  (as Michael was making meat sauce for lunch) and although he didn't gag or anything, he kept that meat in his mouth for a very long time before finally swallowing some and the rest made it out on his chin.

Some of their favorite things:
*Bananas - Lucas bounces in his chair while eating
*Moving around with toys in their mouth
*Standing at the window looking out
*Exploring the house
*Playing in mommy and daddy's bed
*Yo gabba gabba - we have a 15 minute long episode recorded that they love to watch (it's the only tv they watch)
*Water - they absolutely love their water, when feeding we have to hide their sippys or they'll just cry for them. They have not tried juice yet.
*Swinging in the back yard
*Going for walks
*Bath time with mommy or daddy

Boys in the laundry basket - Lucas was there first and loved it but didn't like it when Jacob got in too ;).

Lucas playing with the door stop.


Jacob with a washcloth in his mouth.

Jacob doing laundry with mommy.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

As per Swedish tradition we celebrated Christmas on Christmas Eve. It was just the six of us and we ate "julbord" and opened gifts. It was very nice although Lucas was still sick and in the evening Jacob got sick as well. Today we just relaxed at home, we ate leftovers, the girls played with their new toys and Michael and I took care of our sick babies. Last night we slept on the floor in the boys room because they constantly woke up from not feeling well and being congested. Poor Jakie has been really miserable since last night, all feverish, eyes watering, nose running and so sad. It seems as though he's got it a little worse than Lucas did although the good thing about Jake is that he will actually take his medicine. Lucas seems to be feeling a lot better today but he still has a hard time laying down to sleep because of his congestion. This makes for a very tired mom and dad ;). I'm soooo happy that Michael is home for this because I don't know what I would have done without him. On top of that I'm getting sick too, I can feel it coming on and by tomorrow I'll probably be miserable.
We didn't get a chance to take a whole lot of pictures yesterday and none that turned out really good but I thought I'd share a couple of what we got.

The girls opening gifts

Michael and Jake

Michael and Luke

Lily, Michael and Lucas

The kids at the table

"Tomtebarn"= Maddie,Lukie,Jakie,Lily ;)

After Santa came the night before Christmas eve

Also, can any of you Swedish people tell us why it is that we celebrate Christmas on Christmas eve and not on Christmas day? Lily was wondering because people asked at school. This is probably something I should know but I don't and I have not been able to find an answer.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Winter break, Christmas shopping and sick baby.

Friday was last day of school this year and we are now on Winter break, Maddie and Lily are thoroughly enjoying it and looking forward to Christmas. We are alomost done with our shopping, in fact the only thing left is to return a few items that I found cheaper elsewhere. I'm not going to tell you what we got the girls because they like to read what I write on the blog. The boys are not getting any big gifts this year, they won't know what's going on anyway. We have bought them a little people airplane, a cellphone type toy that makes noise, a little radio toy that makes noise and a wooden puzzle. You could say their big gift this Christmas are new carseats, we went a bought two Britax Marathons yesterday. We had the boys try a few different ones but the Marathons seemed the most comfortable, we've always bought Britax for our kids and we really like them. My only complaint is that the covers could be a little cuter, they have some cute ones for girls but none for boys. After all we decided on this one,it was the only one they had 2 of in stock so it's a good thing that it was the one we liked the best.

Lucas came down with a fever last night and has been pretty sick with a fever and runny nose today. He has not been  feeling good at all but did ok as long as someone was holding him. He was able to get a good nap in the morning but the afternoon nap was short. He was still very tired and fell asleep in Michaels arms. At dinner we decided to give hime some Tylenol (fever reducer/pain reliever) but that was a big mistake. He disliked it so much that he threw up everything he had eaten and after that he was not about to eat anything else. We had no choice but put him in his pajamas and put him to bed. So far he's only woken up once (2.5 hours since going to bed) but I have a feeling it's going to be a long night.

World class student #2!

Last week it was Maddie's turn to be recognized as a "world class student". Her teacher emailed us on Thursday to let us know and she said she would let us decide if we wanted to tell Maddie or not. We decided to keep it a surprise. Michael took the girls to school Friday morning and I got the boys ready after they left. Maddie said she knew what was going on as soon as she saw us walk into assembly because we usually don't come to the assembly together unless one of the girls are performing or getting recognized. 
This is what her teacher had to say about Maddie. " I have noticed that Maddie has made an extra effort to participate in class and do her best on work assignments. She is always kind and respectful to others, and she follows directions in class."
We are so proud of her!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

"Snow day"

School closed today due to the ice accumulation we had last night and this morning. The girls were ecstatic of course. Michael didn't think to check online when he got up this morning so he woke the girls up as usual by 6:45am and then Maddie reminded him to check. 
So today was another very cold day. The girls and I still went out to do some shopping this afternoon. Lily wanted to go to toys r'us to buy something for her tooth fairy money, she decided on a make up kit. Then we made a stop at Target for few things and at several shoe stores to look for boots for the girls. We finally found some at Famous footwear.
Although freezing cold Maddie and Lily wanted to play outside this morning. Michael helped them make an ice lantern.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Our baby girl lost a tooth!

Lily has had a loose tooth now for what seems a very long time, I've been expecting it to fall out any day for the past few weeks. Finally today she said she thought the tooth was ready to come out and asked Michael to pull it. It came right out! She bled a lot for a few minutes but she was just as happy as can be because this means a visit from the toothfairy. The tooth and a note to the fairy is laying under the pillow as I write. Funny girl wrote a note asking for $30 so she can buy 2 new webkinz, one for herself and one for Maddie. I told her I don't think the toothfairy gives that much money but she's still hopeful ;).

On a sidenote;
It is freezing cold here tonight. Right now it's -4C feels like -11C along with some light freezing rain and sleet. Michael had promised to pick up a friend at the airport so he ventured out anyway. The road conditions aren't too bad or he would have returned home. It's going to get warmer during the week and by the weekend it's supposed to be back to the upper teens (celsius) with sunshine. I'm looking forward to that!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

A fun (and busy) weekend

Michael came home from work Friday and he now has 3 weeks off before going back to work next year. Last week was a pretty exhausting week for me. The boys have been fighting their afternoon nap which leads to fussy babies in late afternoon. They are all over the place and we constantly have to watch them, mainly because I'm worried about them pulling up or climbing on things and falling on the hardwood floors. People keep telling me not to worry because wood floors are soft but believe me; our floors are not soft, it's basically thin planks glued onto the concrete foundation. Wednesday afternoon I was so exhausted I broke down and used our playyard that we've been closing off the fireplace and Christmas tree with and closed in the playarea instead. Life became sooooo much easier that second! The boys don't seem to mind so much, they actually like to cruise along the sides of the gate. I kept it up until Michael came home and since then we've moved it back and forth a little. I don't want to keep them closed in all the time but it helps when we have other things to do.

This is what it looks like.

Jacob and Lucas playing.

Cute pic of Lucas.

Jacob really likes this spot but it's not as easy to get down as it is to get up ;).

Friday evening Michael took the girls along with their friend Toni (the neighbors daughter) to The Town Square for some Holiday festivities. They enjoyed a lightshow, riding a miniature train, jumping in a bounce house, a snow machine and drinking hot chocolate among other things.

Then yesterday (Saturday) our community had their annual Holiday celebration. They had live reindeers on display, you could sit with Santa and Mrs Claus in a horse carriage, they had a miniature train, face painters, a bounce house, hot chocolate, cookies and more. It was a really nice day although very windy.

Michael and Maddie

Lily and her friend Carly.


Today I went shopping for a new mattress for Lucas, he's been sleeping on a thin foam mattress from Ikea, and for a soft mattress cover to make Jacobs bed a little more comfortable. I have noticed how much better they sleep when laying on top of their comforters which made me think that the mattresses they have probably aren't very comfortable. I bought a new mattress for Lucas and a cover for each of them and I hope they are very comfortable as they sleep now. As I think I've mentioned before they have been terrible sleepers, waking up 2-5 times a night each so at this point I will do anything for more sleep. Michael and the girls baked Saffron Buns in the meantime, they turned out beautiful and are probably very tasty although I wouldn't know ;).

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

My elves

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

You could only make 5 elves, lucky me....haha. This is just too funny! Thanks Cherie, I got the idea from you.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

The boys 10 month check up

Here are the stats from the boys check up today;

Lucas: 19lbs6oz (8.8kg ), 19%. 28.5 inches (71cm )
Jacob: 18lbs12oz (8.5kg ), 12%. 28 inches (70cm )

Both boys are doing great, no concerns with either of them. Our pediatrician does not want us to start any dairy products and I will continue on my diet for the time being. She feels that they most likely have a milk and soy protein allergy and although they may very well grow out of it it could take years. Instead we can give them rice milk, hemp milk or oat milk. We will also be giving them more solid foods. So far we've only done lunch and dinner along with breast feeding but we'll be adding breakfast and an afternoon snack to that. That will be a lot of feedings and I'm still supposed to nurse about 3 times a day. Maybe this will help them sleep better at night ;). Now we just have to figure out more things to feed them that does not include dairy or soy.
Lucas got his polio vaccine today, didn't cry at all. Jacob got his third DTaP and PCV, he's one visit behind Lucas because we skipped his 4 month shots when he had colitis. Jacob had a delayed reaction to the first shot and cried a little, the second shot supposedly sting more and he cried a lot but calmed down pretty quickly after Michael picked him up.
All in all a good visit.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Deck the halls...

We got a Christmas tree early this year. In the early years of Michael and I celebrating Christmas together we followed the Swedish tradition of putting up the tree and decorate for Christmas on December 23rd. I grew up doing this and I believe most Swedish families do it this way. Most Americans however put out the Christmas decorations the weekend after Thanksgiving. We used to think this was way to early but in the last couple of years we've changed our minds and have started earlier and earlier. Part of the reason we got the tree this early this year is because grandma Eva is here and tomorrow we're celebrating an early Christmas with her, with a smorgasbord ( including a real Swedish ham! ) and Christmas presents. The girls are staying home from School although Maddie has to go for one hour in the afternoon to do an important state wide science test.
We bought the tree yesterday and spent all night decorating it, the girls did most of the work and it turned out beautifully. We got an early gift from Eva, 6 little people ( 3 girls and 3 boys to represent our family ) to hang in the tree, so cute. We love Swedish style Christmas decorations. Here's a picture.

The other picture I took at 2am this morning when I was up nursing one of the boys.

This is such a fun season! I love all the decorations everywhere, the holiday music on the radio and in stores and everything else. December is the time to enjoy it and from now on our Christmas tree will go up in the beginning of December instead of the day before Christmas eve. 

10 months - pictures of the boys

Jacob and Lucas



Exploring in the house

Lucas and Jacob



Our favorite spot-looking out the window


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

10 months

Ok, 10 months and 2 days. I forgot to make my monthly post on Sunday when the boys turned 10 months old. So what are we up to now? Both boys are crawling and standing, they are starting to cruise a little. Sometimes when standing they let go and stand without holding on to anything for a few seconds and they are walking when we hold their hands. But we are definitely not ready for independent walkers. Keep crawling boys, it's good for your coordination and easier on mommy and daddy ;). They are babbling more and more, making sounds like mama, dada, nana etc, so cute! They are moving around the house more, exploring the areas out of sight from the play area in the living room. We've got the house pretty much baby proofed, we just need to find the right gate for the hallway to Maddie and Lily's room. Our plants and floor lamps have been moved to our master bedroom with a few other things. Our bedroom looks more like a storage area right now but what are you gonna do ;).
I will post a few pictures tomorrow, I don't have any new ones on this computer.
Yesterday we had a play date with our friends Jake and Jonah. Thanks for coming Shannon, I hope we can get together again soon.