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Fridays with Fynnlee

Who else is excited that it’s the weekend?! AND…it’s the official start of summer! 

Bring on the sun! We’ve had a stretch of lousy weather that lasted a few weeks. Which kept us all inside…not that cruising around the house isn’t fun. 

Some of us are cruising all over the joint. 

But warmer days lets us get lots of fresh air and that’s good for everyone. And we get to practice with our beach toys…we have a Florida vacation coming up in a month! 

We’re breaking out the baby pool this weekend. It’s time to take these water babes outside! 

No bubbles allowed in the pool. 


Crazy hair, don’t care. 

Speaking of bubbles, the kids got to chase some around the room this week. 

Fynn couldn’t decide what she thought of them. 

She did decide ice painting is fun! 

As is shake painting 

It’s SOOOOOO fun!

She also love to try out new toys. 

This day it was all about triangles. 

And she’s happy it’s shaping up to be a beautiful weekend! (Get it!?)


Hope yours is a happy and safe one!!

Greyson

Tuesdays with Greyson

I know it’s Wednesday. I woke up on Tuesday with a wicked flu that wrecked my entire day. Thank goodness it seems to be on it’s way out. Only good thing about the stomach flu is it is usually short lived.

I was up Tuesday morning at 3:00 with horrible stomach pains and never fell back to sleep. Of course, that’s the day they decide to sleep in until 5:45. (That’s super late for my kids, btw.)

Now, onto the reason you’re here…LOVEBUG! Let’s talk about food, shall we? And about how toddler’s (did I just say toddlers) appetites are so bizarre. And annoying. Yes, annoying. Like, I see that they eat carrots and peas at school. So I run out and buy frozen peas and steam some carrots. Nope, won’t touch them.

I read somewhere that you should offer food 5, 10, 15 times to a toddler before you throw in the towel. I think this article was meant for vegetables but I’m learning it’s applicable to most food. Case in point, one night I served them Annie’s mac & cheese, some turkey burger and mixed veggies. Greyson took a few bites and then basically threw everything off his tray.

That night he ate puffs for dinner.

The next night I served him the same thing and he cleared his tray. Oh & I added a little butter and parm cheese to their veggies. Who likes plain veggies anyway?

Maybe it has to do with how hungry he is at the time? But obviously if he ate 2027407 puffs, he was hungry. Maybe I need to cut back on the snacks they get. I don’t think I’m at the point where I can say, “You eat what’s for dinner or you go to bed hungry”. I don’t know much about child rearing but I do know I can’t reason with them right now. This feeding situation is driving me crazy.

One thing that doesn’t drive me crazy is bath time. Greyson still loves his baths so much!

And it’s going to be in the mid 80s this weekend so the Greyson & Fynnlee waterpark will be open for business!! We have a baby pool, splash pad, and water table to set up in the sun. And the cutest little bathing suits on the planet!

He looks just like Fynnlee in this picture.

I didn’t get many school pictures this week…just this cute one of Greyson sitting in a basket in his famous banana pants.

If you follow us on Instagram, you might remember we have a mama Dove on our deck. “Prince” had her babies a few weeks ago and Sheila E and Apollonia are getting so big!

Here they are on 5/14

And this is them today!

 

Prince keeps trying to sit on them to keep them warm but it’s pretty ridiculous at this point. They’re almost as big as she is!

Stay healthy every body!

Fynnlee

Fridays with Fynnlee 

Sunday we had snow. Monday we had 70 and sun. Mother Nature can’t seem to make up her mind in Western PA. Greyson & Jerry had a doctor’s appointment, so Fynnlee and I hit the swings at our new playground.

She had a blast.

Really, could she be more bored?

Ya know what is not boring? Spaghetti & Meatballs!

Now, that…THAT she is a fan of!

We got the official word that they will head to Toddlers the week of June 13. The kids will gradually transition a few hours a day, building up to a full day in Toddlers on June 17th. Of course, if they’re having a really hard time, we can scale back a bit but I think they’re gonna be just fine.

But we’ll just soak up the fun in Infant 1 while we still can. Sponge painting with a bath pouf…YAY!

We love poufs!

There was some fun playing with sensory bottles.

and turtles

and baby dolls

She’s good with babies.

And the warmer temps allowed the kids to get outside for some long walks.

We’re all big fans of sunshine!


Fresh air = good sleep.

Hope you have a stellar weekend!

Fynnlee, Greyson

Greyson & Fynnlee turn O.N.E.

When I first found out I was having twins, I did what every new Mom-to-be does…I went on Pinterest and started planning their first birthday party! Actually, I think I searched “twins” and this was one of the first Pins that came up:

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I didn’t know what I wanted their first birthday to look like, but I knew I wanted to try and recreate that picture!

We decided we would host their party in our community’s brand new clubhouse. It was basically free to rent, they have tables/chairs/kitchen/bathrooms all on site and I don’t have to dirty my house. Win/Win. Our community is being built on an old golf course and the clubhouse sits above one of the lakes that was on the course. There is a little dock and a fountain and the perfect spot for photos.

My BFF (and mother to Fynnlee’s future husband, Oliver) has this incredibly talented, photographer sister in law who is the face behind Third Floor Orchard . So I contacted her to snap some photos of our little party and try to recreate the above reference photo. Oh, and get a picture of me and the kids. Because I don’t have any good ones.

Now is when I crash your computer with photos. Sorry bout that.

Jarrad’s Mom made these sweet bibs for the big day (which I refused to use because I didn’t want them to get dirty).

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I strung their birth – Month 12 photos on balloons.

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We had the Market District handle the food and Peace, Love & Little Donuts provided some sweet treats. Grammy also made some yummy potatoes.

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Market District also handled the cake.

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Grandma Soscia made special egg free cupcakes for the babes.

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And Jarrad’s poor Dad blew up like 56481697 balloons! (Thank you Papa)

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Lots of friends came to help us celebrate!

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The kids had a ball motoring around the clubhouse with their walkers.

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The cake smash was kind of uneventful.

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Greyson wasn’t really a fan of cake.

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And Fynnlee basically just wanted to eat the icing.

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These kids have so many generous people in their lives. So many gifts!

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We rounded out the day with a little family photo shoot.

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And I got my picture!

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Not too shabby!

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And then there were all of these too…(we worked hard for these shots…just ask Aunt Stephanie). We used one of the moses baskets GG bought for the Beans as our balloon basket.

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It was such a lovely day and Jarrad & I owe so much to our family for all of their help in putting the party together. It takes a village!

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I know the Beans won’t remember it, but I always will.

Fynnlee

Fridays with Fynnlee

Last night was a rough one…

Actually, all things considered. It wasn’t too bad.

When we got home from work yesterday, Fynnlee was super fussy and when I pulled her out of her carseat, I noticed she was really hot. 103.4. Yikes. She was really lethargic and very snuggly.

Now I will never, ever turn down Fynnlee snuggles…but it’s super sad when it’s evident she feels so horrible. We called the pediatrician and she indicated that we should give her some Advil and watch her temp. If it doesn’t start to go down within an hour, we needed to take her to the ER.

Fortunately, after a cool bath, the Advil kicked in and her fever went down. She slept OK but was up at 3:30.

I managed to get her to back to sleep for about 15 minutes but then she just wanted to be held. And eat cheerios.

Today, her fever is gone but she’s not quite herself. She’s pretty whiny and refusing to nap for more than 30 minutes. We’re just gonna keep an eye on her and hope whatever bug she has goes away!

Once she ditches the bink, she’ll be all set for kindergarten. Seriously? Fynnlee Ann, I’ve accepted the fact that you’re gonna grow up, but does it have to happen so quickly. Slow it down…please and thank you.

Onto school fun! She loved all of these flowers!

You just know she’s kicking them all with her feet. Fynn’s signature move.

Painting with flowers is fun too!

But not as fun as reading. Reading is SO fun!

She’s not so sure about these ice cubes

Yikes that’s cold!

Hope you all have a HEALTHY weekend!

Greyson

Tuesdays with Greyson

Someone has graduated from his helmet!

This picture was taken on his last day wearing his corrective headgear. While he was having fun playing with ice cubes.

At our last appointment, we agreed that we’d do two weeks with the helmet 23/7 and then two weeks just at night. Well, when little G man came down with a double ear infection a couple weeks ago, I made the executive decision to give him a break through his first birthday. The “sideburns” of the helmet put pressure on his ears and he was miserable enough.

So the Monday after his birthday, he was feeling well enough to go back to 23/7 wearing so we (Jerry & I) agreed that he’d do another 10 days and then just wear it at night until his appointment on the 18th.

When I pulled the helmet off for his free hour, he had a big, oozing brush burn on the side that gets the most contact with the helmet. I had been warned that less time in the helmet would mess with the fit. I just didn’t realize that it would get that tight over the course of 5 days.

I decided right there that he was done. Jerry wasn’t thrilled but I put my foot down. Greyson has been such a trooper this whole time. And his head has improved so much. It’s not perfect…but it wouldn’t have been even if we carried on for the full last month.

He looks so much like Fynnlee in this picture.

So bye bye helmet! We are so thankful we were able to have Greyson treated. Wearing the helmet was really no big deal for him and the improvement is amazing.

Now onto school stuff! This day was all about books!

Greyson loves books!

He also worked hard on some springtime paintings

made with flowers instead of a brush. Brilliant!

Spring has sprung!

Now if it would just stop raining!

Fynnlee, Greyson

Life with Greyson & Fynnlee – One Year

We survived the first year! And now we have toddlers. So. Flipping. Crazy.

I know went all saptacular around their birthday about these Beans getting big and not being my teeny little peanuts anymore. But the truth is…this age is WAY better than month one. These two interactive, mobile maniacs are super fun and much easier to manage than newborns. I still love the baby months, but I’m definitely Team Toddler (tantrums & all…).

So what’s going on at ONE YEAR? All kinds of fun stuff

Fynnlee Ann

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%)
9 months: 21lbs 15 oz (93%)
12 months: 23lbs 10 oz (92%)
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%)
9 months: 29 inches (62%)
12 months 29.5 inches (61%)

Fynnlee took her first steps the day before her first birthday. She let go of the coffee table, looked at Jarrad and walked right over to him. He was ecstatic. Daddy’s girl indeed. She’s been walking in short bursts ever since. She’s actually getting a little cocky. I know a few bumps and bruises are inevitable but I’m hoping to avoid any serious injuries. Wish us luck.

I mentioned last week that she fell at school and I’ve noticed it’s slowed her down a bit. She a little more tentative with her steps but will burst into a baby run when she’s coming toward you. She’s become a bit reserved with strangers. Not fearful, just cautious. But once she’s comfortable, she’ll go to anyone. Her giggles stop me in my tracks and I do something that makes her laugh, you can bet that I do it over and over like a crazy lunatic. No matter how stupid I look.

*Can stand unassisted for several seconds.
*Can take 7 or 8 steps by herself.]
*waves goodbye, kind of
*rolls/throws the ball back to you/at you
*Loves anything metal…into her mouth it goes.
*Her temper tantrums are legendary. Feed Greyson before her…tantrum. Greyson steals a toy…tantrum. The walker gets stuck in a corner…tantrum. The toddler days are going to be epic.
*hates diaper changes.
*Can turn the baby walker in any direction.
*She really likes all books. She sits so quietly and really listens to the story.

Greyson Paul

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%)
9 months: 19lbs 11oz (49%)
12 months: 21lbs 10oz (54%)
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%)
9 months: 28.5 inches (15%)
12 months: 29.0 inches (17%)

The Monday before he turned one, Greyson had a rough night. We put him in his crib at his usual bedtime and he screamed and cried for 2 hours. We gave him Advil (I thought maybe teeth?) and he basically cried himself to sleep. We had 4 or 5 wake-ups that night and I called the doctor first thing in the morning as this was definitely not his usual demeanor. Boom! Double ear infection. This child has never had a single ear infection and (silly me) I thought we were out of the woods as far as ear infections go. Apparently not. Lucky for us, the antibiotic did the trick and along with some well timed Advil, he slept pretty well the rest of the week. But man oh man…my heart aches for you Moms out there that have to deal with chronic ear infections. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. My poor baby.

Other than that, GP is one healthy little boy. He still sees the physical therapist for his torticollis every other week, but he’s almost finished with that as well. He is whip smart (no really, he is) and so inquisitive. His fine motor skills are exceptional and his favorite activity is opening and shutting things. Doors, books, latches…open, shut, open, shut, rinse, repeat.

*can take a step by himself
*Loves to run at you from a foot away, full blast and fall on you. He thinks it’s so funny.
*Says Mama and Dada appropriately. Not consistently.
*His balance is pretty shaky, and he knows it, so he will cruise holding onto whatever he can find. Including the wall. It’s pretty impressive.
*Still loves baths. He stood up one day and slipped…he caught himself but his face hit the water for a second. He shook it off and then plunged his face right back into the water. Over and over. Mini Michael Phelps in the making.
*cutting 2 molars
*graduated from his helmet

Eat

Mid-month, I made the mistake of Googling “Sample daily menu for a 1 year old”. The first 10 or so sites it lead me to indicated I should be eliminating milk except at mealtime and they should be eating 3 meals and 3 snacks. Basically I should be doing everything I’m not doing. And I kind of panicked. But then I shook it off and said to myself “Screw you Google and all of your confusing feeding advice. I’m going to do what I want to do because I’m the Mom and what I say goes” (Get used to hearing that last part, Beans).

So, they get a 6-8 oz of milk first thing in the morning and before bed. And 4 oz twice during the day. They’re also offered water at meals. 3 meals per day and 2 snacks. Breakfast is usually yogurt and fruit. Lunch is whatever the school is offering that day. And dinner is a mishmash of what’s in the fridge and usually a pouch. I stopped stressing about them getting all the food groups at every meal. Or that they don’t love meat. Or that Fynnlee won’t eat a lot of textures.

And then all of a sudden, It just kind of clicked. Chicken and meatballs are their favorite meat. They love cheese. Fynnlee will eat lots of textures (she still spits some out but whatever…don’t care.) Greyson has become a little more picky but he still eats a variety of things. They get fruit and veggies (usually in pureed form) every day and they are thriving. So guess what…Mom knows best.

Sleep

Asleep by 7. Awake by 5. That is the norm. The past week Fynnlee has been getting up at 4/4:30 and it’s been pretty brutal. There are some days where Greyson will sleep until 6 or Fynn will sleep till 5:30. But it’s not very often. I think we’re going to try and tweak their nighttime routine a bit and see if we can get a later bedtime. Ugh.

G-man still takes two good solid naps every day. At least hour. Sometimes 3. Fynnlee is still FOMO and naps at least once a day. But she fights it with all she’s got. This girl can barely keep her eyes open but she’s not. going. to. sleep. But then she does after a few (or lots of) tears. And she’ll snooze for an hour or so.

Play!

New bullet to replace poop.

It’s pretty much the cutest thing in the entire world to watch these two play with each other. They are still really good at playing independently, but they are interacting together more and more every day. They chase each other around. They motor around the room with their walkers. And they’ll just be sitting there, playing with blocks and start laughing. The sweetest baby giggles ever. I have no idea what’s so funny…and I have a feeling the secret conversations are only going to grow as they get older. I love it.

Favorite toys: wooden blocks. Bright Starts Roaring lion. Baby walkers. We have this one and this one. rubber balls. Activity cube. Drop and go dump truck. Toilet paper. spoons.

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It has been a crazy, insane, amazing year.  These kiddos bring sunshine to every day and I can’t imagine my life without them. Thanks for following their first year. The monthly updates will continue…but those damn pictures in the white onsies will not!