Fynnlee, Greyson

Thanksgiving 2015

I know. We missed a whole installment of Fridays with Fynnlee. The Thanksgiving holiday got me all outta whack!

So we’re gonna wrap up Thanksgiving today, get a 7 month update (?!what!?) on these Beans tomorrow and get back on track with Fridays w/ Fynn at the end of the week. Mmmkay? Oh Kay!

Gobble till you Wobble. We had such a lovely week!  Aunt Stephanie was here for Five Whole Days and these two turkeys just loved having her here!

And WTH?…we have zero pictures of her from this trip! That is unacceptable. We’ll make up for it at Xmas…

Stephanie and I tag teamed the big day and our feast was pretty epic. Bad picture…beautiful bird.

Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans and Jerry’s famous spoon corn bread. We had enough for a small army. There were 5 of us.

Lots of books were read.

And these two are all of a sudden in love with Jacob.

He’s pretty fond of them too.

There was playtime with Daddy.

And the first of 893 new Christmas Family Traditions. Going to the Christmas Tree Farm!

We got a beautiful tree! It’s not decorated yet…pictures to come.

It was a great weekend.

We wrapped it up on Sunday with Greyson and Dad watching football.

And Fynnlee, Grammy & I hit the mall!

  
This little girl was such an angel for the whole shopping trip and she even got to sit in an actual high chair at lunch!

The next 25 days are going to be very Merry!

Greyson

Tuesdays with Greyson

 Who is excited for Christmas??? 

I’m mean, Thanksgiving? (No, I really mean Christmas.) 
We are super excited for the whole Holiday season here at Lot 256. How could we not be? So much to be thankful for this year. So much to celebrate.  

I’m downright giddy at the moment. The Holiday buzz has started and for the first time in a long time, I’m not annoyed by it. We have a fabulous week on the horizon. 3 days of work followed by 4 fabulous days of family fun time. 

So let’s get this party started.  Aunt Stephanie is here!! 

  
That is itty bitty Greyson at only 2 months old. 

We’re gonna have a couple extra posts this week so I’m gonna keep this one short.  

Daycare photo dump

Spaghetti squash is on the menu this year, obviously. 


Have I mentioned that this child is putting everything in his mouth?  Well…he is.  

Cutest genius on the planet 

  

Two little turkeys 
  

Obviously excited about painting the floor. Gotta keep my eye on this kid in a few years. 

  

Kushy balls are super cute. 
 

Happy short work week!!

Fynnlee

Fridays with Fynnlee

Hurray for Friday!!

Everyone has been commenting on how much the Beans are starting to look alike. And I’m all “No they don’t!”. And then I saw this picture and now I’m all “Oh, yes the do“. I had to do a double take at first…but this is not Greyson. It’s Miss Fynnlee Ann at her 6 month checkup yesterday!

It also appears her baby blues are turning brown. So are his. Brown eyes are beautiful too.

So how is the squishiest of the Squishy doing these days? Amazing! She is healthy as can be and is growing like a weed!

Weight:
Birth: 6lbs 7oz
1 month: 8lbs 12oz (38%)
2 months: 11lbs 6oz (66%)
4 months: 17lbs 6oz (92%)
6 (1/2) months: 20lbs 2oz (94%)
Height:
Birth: 19.5 inches
1 month: 20.25 inches (14 %)
2 months: 22.25 inches (58%)
4 months: 24.75 inches (53%)
6 (1/2) months: 26.25 inches  (44%)
Head circumference: (92%)

She didn’t take her shots as well as her brother (he barely let out a whimper)…it was pretty traumatic. For me. She recovered pretty quickly. Some things to note for Miss Fynn at the moment:

* I think she’ll skip right over crawling. She can stand with assistance for a decent amount of time. Her legs are really strong.
* rollin, rollin, rollin…all over the place
* she’s now sleeping on her side or belly. And I’m happy to report that Jerry and I have been sleeping really well the last week. (Read between the lines because I refuse to say it out loud).
* loves all fruit. And oatmeal when mixed with fruit. And veggies when mixed with fruit. She’s inherited her father’s sweet tooth, obviously.
* blows raspberries like it’s her job. And she thinks its super funny.
* graduated from ah, ah oo, oo vowel sounds to gaa, gaa, baa, laa consonant sounds. I didn’t realize this was a big deal until her Physical Therapist pointed it out.

Oh my sweet, sweet Fynnlee…you make my heart so happy.

And last week at school…

I can paint with corn!

Tackling the tower of rings!

Blocks are hilarious!

I’m cute, Mom’s cute, Dad’s lucky

Reading is fun

Happy Friday, friends!

Greyson

THURSDAYS with Greyson

Thursday is the new Tuesday.

Not permanently but the Beans had their 6 month check up today so I made the executive decision to delay Greyson’s update until today. 

  
You’ll have to wait until tomorrow for Fynn’s stats but here’s how Mr. Greyson Paul is growing:

Weight:
Birth: 5lbs 4 oz
1 month: 6lbs 12oz (0%)
2 months: 9 lbs 10 oz (6 %)
4 months: 15lbs 3oz (35%)
6 (1/2) months: 17lbs 15oz (46%)
Height:
Birth: 17.75 inches
1 month: 19.5 inches (0 %)
2 months: 21 inches (1 %)
4 months: 24.25 (8%)
6 (1/2) months: 26 inches (11%)
Head circumference: (89 %)

He is right on track with all his developmental and social milestones. I had a nice chat with the doctor about introducing foods that are potential allergens. He feels it’s better to do it sooner than later so dinner tonight was a peanut butter/egg/shellfish sandwich.

I know allergies are no joke and obviously that statement is said in jest.  But I do plan on including those foods in their diet before they are a year old. We will just be cautious and watch for any issues.

  
I know I just did an update 3 short weeks ago, but these babies are changing so much everyday! I won’t write a novel on it but here are some fun things my Lovebug is doing right now:

* rolling everywhere. He especially likes to roll under things…like the bed or a chair.
* humping the floor. Sorry, but that’s the only way to describe it. He’s trying to crawl but he’s not quite getting it. It’s gonna happen soon.
* eating all the food. He has a fabulous appetite. We’re still combining the green veggies with fruit but I’m gradually adding less and less. He didn’t love green beans when mixed with carrots but apples…Yum-O!
* graduated to size 3 diapers.
* sitting unassisted for the most part. He does topple over when he gets really excited so I still keep a boppy pillow around him.
* drooling like a madman. No new teeth have shown up but his top gums are pretty red. Everything goes into his mouth.
* standing. He will stand up straight and tall if you hold him at his hips.
* drinking from a sippy cup

They are exclusively giving him formula from the cup not a bottle. WHAAAAAAAAAAAAA! He doesn’t need me anymore! 

I know…I’m acting like Fynnlee with all this drama. But this growing up stuff is out of control. 

Meanwhile, last week at school…

Painting a masterpiece for the art show with corn! And eating some of that corn, naturally. 

   

Reading soft books and showing off his teeth. 
  

Playing with giant plushy rings. 

  

Art in a can. Shake, shake, shake. And look so stinkin cute while doing it. 
 

Fynnlee

Fridays with Fynnlee

“Bottles are for babies…big girls drink from sippy cups.”

WHAT?!?!  No, no, no, no…NO! This mama is not ready for these kind of changes. NO!

These Beans are officially rockstars in the adaptability category. First for their adjustment to wearing annoying plastic helmets 23 hours a day. And now, they drink from a sippy cup like a boss. (Greyson’s doing it too). We’re still using bottles at home because I can’t handle this acting-like-a-toddler nonsense all at once. But, as their teacher pointed out, having kiddos that are a little more self sufficient will be nice.

So what else has been happening at school? Last week, Fynnlee painted with some leaves…

Looked particularly adorable while shaking around bottles of acorns…

played with silk leaves and sticky paper…

decided grapes were her favorite fruit…

And explored all kinds of fun stuff from the woods…

Then at home, she looked cute and played with her feet. Gah…I could just eat those cheeks.

Happy Friday the 13th!

Fynnlee, Greyson

Helmet Update

We’re on Day 5 of helmet therapy and so far, so good!

(The booties are Zutano. And they are awesome…they don’t fall off!) 

These little Beans are so resilient, I’m so proud of them. They are really unphased by the helmets. They don’t fuss or cry when we put them on or take them off. They’ve been napping just fine. And as of last night, they’re sleeping just fine with them too! To say I was concerned about how these little plastic hats would affect their sleep is quite an understatement! But all my worry was for nothing…they both slept the best they have in a week! Fynnlee didn’t make a peep from 6:45pm – 6:00am and Greyson fussed a bit but it was manageable. He was up once around 2 and then again around 4 but quickly fell back to sleep until 6:15.

So, a friend texted me after I posted a picture on Instagram, questioning the need for the helmets at all. Most of the pictures you see of them, their heads look perfectly round. And she’s right…they do from the front. But if you look at the photo below, you’ll see how Greyson’s head rounds out to the left. That’s not a shadow. His head is really flat on the right side (his left) and it has pushed his head to the left (his right). It’s kind of like a parallelogram. Fynnlee’s head is just flat in the back and as I’ve mentioned before, her’s is a pretty mild case. But as you’ll see if you look close, it’s caused her head to widen a bit at the top.


(Gahhhh, they are so cute.)

It’s not drastic, but it’s still enough to cause an issue in fitting her for a standard bike or softball helmet. Plus girls are mean and one of my (slightly irrational) parental fears is my kids being bullied. No one is going to pick on her because she has a flat head!

You can see how Greyson’s head is kind of cone shaped from the side in this photo. That’s the flat side. (Why yes, those are Boogie Wipes my children are playing with. So what?)

And this is Fynnlee’s head from the side and top. That little bump in the middle is her skull trying to correct itself already. She may only need hers for a month or two (They say a minimum of 3 months but I’ve heard of kids graduating early).

  

Greyson’s head looks pretty round from the side, but the poor guys noggin is totally outta whack!

(that hair though)

It’s funny to see them look at each other and wonder “What the heck is on your head!”

Fingers crossed it continues to be this easy!!

Greyson

Tuesdays with Greyson

Guess which Bean has been waking up at 4:00am every morning for the past week? NOT THIS GUY! That’s right…Greyson Paul has been sleeping from 6:30pm – 6:30am for the 5 days. Now that he’s decided that sleeping on his tummy is a-ok, he’s our rockstar sleeper. (His sister…not so much).


photo cred: the beautiful JLaw (my JLaw…not Katniss JLaw)

I have a full helmet update for yinz guys on tap for tomorrow, but how about a little daycare photo dump for now? Last week was a good one!

We made beautiful art with leaves.

We shook some acorns in a bottle

We picked out our favorite veggie (broccoli!!) from the stuffed veggie bunch

We looked super daper while we fished around in some fall foliage (and sticks and pinecones)

And we put leaves on sticky paper (which is hilarious!)

And also requires extreme concentration.

Hope you all have a fabulous week!!

Fynnlee

Fridays with Fynnlee

Oh my, my…thank g o o d n e s s s s s it’s Friday. Was this an exhausting week for everyone? Or just us?

Daylight savings time can bite me. I always heard parents complain that it throws a wrench in all the works.

But holy geez…I finally get it. Sleep has been hard to come by this week. Greyson is sleeping better now that we’re just leaving him alone when he flips on his tummy. But this one…

My loveable little Squish has decided sleep is for suckers. Why sleep when you can par-tay?!

The Beans are going to bed no problem but around 1:00, my princess turns into a pumpkin and all hell breaks loose. She’ll babble for a while. Then she’s scream. Then she’ll cry. More babbling…lots more screaming. And then lots and lots and lots more crying. One night Jerry and I alternated holding/rocking her for 2 hours and I finally gave in and hit her with the Tylenol. I’m guessing this nonsense is teething (and if it’s not…hooboy, we are in for it) and after 27 teething tabs didn’t work, the Tylenol finally did.

(sidebar – I noticed with both of my children that a shot of Tylenol instantly calms them down and helps them sleep. I know there isn’t a sedative and the pain relief isn’t immediate so I’m not sure what the what is going on? Thoughts? And lest anyone think I’m just doping my kids up with that sweet red goo…I’ve only given it to Greyson twice and Fynnlee once in the last 2-3 weeks.)

So last night, both babes got some great shut eye (well Fynnlee woke up around 1:30, babbled for 15 minutes and talked herself back to sleep). And then at 2:00…Jacob jumped on the bed and pawed me in the face (not really but it makes a better story) and whined to go out. Furry dude had some business to take care of and my perfect night of uninterrupted sleep was shot. Welcome to the rest of my life…

Once she’s up, the morning goes a little like this…I feed her, then I guzzle 18 mugs of coffee while she plays.

Then we read some stories

Then she jumps for a half hour (which is very serious business)

Then brother wakes up and she watches me feed him.

Then we get dressed and ready to start our day.

(Another sidebar…looooooook at the adorable matching jammies I found at Target! $16.99 for one set and the second set was 50% off. Bargain shopping and it ain’t even Black Friday. I LOVE me some Christmas PJs.)

And she had a fun week at school (these are from last week)…

painting with beads.

Exploring new toys

Discovering the joys of the jack-o-lantern

Prepping for the big parade

Final sidebar -(I’m all over the place today!) This morning we repurposed our Moses basket into a makeshift play pen. The Beans can almost sit up on their own and this worked out well as it offered just the right amount of support. And kept their toys corralled at the same time.

Tomorrow we start day 1 of our helmet therapy. The kiddos will be acclimated to their helmets over 5 days with the end result being that they will wear them 23 hours a day. I’ll have a whole separate update on their noggin situation soon. Fynn wouldn’t let me take a picture of her having hers fitted (she was super tired…so. much. drama.) but my little lovebug was pretty cooperative

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Wish us luck!

Fynnlee, Greyson

Life with Greyson & Fynnlee – 6 Months

My One year ago I posted this picture on Facebook, announcing we were pregnant. With TWINS!

And today I have these two beautiful babies.


If you would have told me then how much my life would change in a year, I would have said “I know”. But I wouldn’t know. There is no way I could’ve understood how these two little beings would flip my life upside down and fill my heart with so much crazy love.

I imagined it would be wonderful. And oh my goodness..is it ever.

Fynnlee Ann

Current (unofficial) Weight – 20 lbs
Wearing Size 3 Diapers
6-9 month clothes; 9 month jammies

Stuff
* no teeth. Shoving her fingers in her mouth non-stop. Drools a ton. They’re coming.
* really good at standing with assistance.
* sitting mostly unassisted.
* LOVES the jumparoo. LOVES IT.
* Big fan of fruit
* “talks” non-stop. She is always chattering

My little Squish. So much personality in one little girl. Fynnlee is happiest when she is in the middle of things. She loves watching everything going on around her. When she laughs, she laughs. Little girly giggles and big belly laughs. In the morning when I pick her up out of the crib, she attacks with major enthusiasm. The shrieks and thrashing and squeals let you know she is so happy to see you. Morning is her favorite time of day. She is a pro at occupying herself for extended periods of time. Whether in the jumper or on the playmat, she is always investigating and researching. And she will let you know when she’s figured it all out and she’s bored with what she’s doing. Once she moves on to the next thing, she’s happy again. She loves her people and has become a bit shy with strangers. No freaking out, just cautious. She is legit standing with a little support. Lord help me when this child starts moving. She is opinionated, she is determined but she is such a love. I could kiss her cheeks all day long.

Greyson Paul

Current (unofficial) Weight – 17.5 lbs
Wearing Size 2 Diapers
3-6, 6 month clothing, 6 month jammies

Stuff
* has TWO teeth! On the bottom. They are so freaking cute I can’t stand it.
* is a rolling machine!
* prefers to sleep on his belly. Face down into the mattress.
* loves to eat pretty much anything. Even peas.
* can almost sit up unassisted
* reaches for everything…bats at hanging toys, grabs my hair & necklaces
* said “Mommy I love you!”…kidding. We’re working on that one. Babbles a ton. Favorite sound is velociraptor.

My LoveBug is still the happiest little boy on Earth. Smiles for days with this one. If he cries, there is a reason. Hungry, ouchy mouth or too much tummy time. More and more of the “real Greyson” is starting to show and it’s fantastic. I’ll sit him up in the pack n play with his “friends” (teddy, white seal, crinkly monkey) and he’ll starting laughing like they are telling him the funniest story ever. He is uber ticklish and I could listen to those snorty giggles forever. He loves books and will touch the pages while being captivated by each word. He’s not real interested in standing much but the tummy slither has started. I’m guessing he’ll be crawling by Thanksgiving. Everything goes in his mouth (teeth) and he loves to put his hands in your mouth. He reaches his arms up to be held when you approach him and then he buries his face in your neck and squeals when he’s snuggled. He is just so absolutely delightful to be around.


Eat
We’re trying to find our eating groove right now. Our daycare is really good about keeping them on a nap schedule and their food sort of falls in line with it. They were getting their solid food early afternoon followed by a 4 oz bottle about an hour later. But I noticed that they were getting really cranky around 6:00 and then sucking down their bedtime bottle by 6:30. It’s hard only getting to spend an hour or so in the evening so we started a new eating plan this week.
wake up – 6 oz
8:30ish – 7 oz
11ish – solid
noon-thirtyish – 4 oz
3:30 ish – 7oz
Bedtime – 6 oz

So that’s about 30oz of formula and 2-3 oz of solid food. I’m guessing we’ll drop the 4 oz bottle at some point and they’ll get 2 solids with 2 6oz bottles but we’ll see. We sort of make it up as we go along!

We’ve tried a whole bunch of foods this month. Sweet potatoes, squash, pears, mangos, banana, apple, prunes (only in case of emergency), carrots and oatmeal. Food goals for this month are new veggies and to start some finger foods. Good times!

Sleep

Oh sleep…you are a fickle bitch!! We get one night of good shut eye followed by one night (or two or three…or seven) of really crappy sleep. Greyson is sleeping, for the most part, on his stomach and that’s going ok. Until he wakes up and doesn’t want to be on his stomach anymore. Then it sounds like someone is butchering a hyena in the nursery. This happens around 18 times per night. On average. Fynnlee is sleeping OK until around 2:30 and then she scoots herself all over the crib and bangs her head into the side and screams her head off. We’ve gotten to the point that we’re bringing them into our room to sleep in the rock n play b/c they can’t really move around. I know that is the absolute wrong thing to do…but tell that to my sleep deprived brain at 3 am. HOW did we have such good sleep at 3 months and then it all went down the crapper?!?!

Poop
Speaking of crapper…did you know that baby poop smells like big people poop when they start eating real food? It sure does. The not-so-gross newborn poop is a thing of the past. It’s pretty gross, but then again…it’s poop. So… The good news is, the diaper rash debacle is officially over. Whew! Honestly, I never want to go through that again. Poor baby tushies.

Life with these littles just gets better every day (such a broken record). I even got a weeee bit excited for Halloween this year. (I do N O T do Halloween.) But dressing up these two was admittedly fun (and super adorable) and I think next year will be pretty awesome.

We’ve got 53 days until Christmas…gonna be the best one yet!