Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Not so picky eaters

Connor has always been a picky eater. After we started him on solids, he would only eat oatmeal. And drink milk like a sieve. We could mix baby food fruit or veggies in with the oatmeal, and that would be okay. But getting him interested in other foods took a really, really long time. As in now, at age 3.5, he eats maybe 7 things on a regular basis. If that.

I think God knew that if he gave me twins, he would need to give me a pair who liked to eat so that I wouldn't lose my sanity. And eat, they do. All the time if you would let them. And they try new foods! I can't get over that. I'm so used to Connor being given something, and hearing "I no like ___". But with the twinkies, they love food. And they like the healthy stuff too. They love fruit, Colin especially. It was no surprise that one of their first (few) words was 'banana'.

But let's talk about dinner time. We give them their dinner on their high chair trays. Connor gets his plate. Everyone eats the same thing. However, all three children only want what is on mine and Keith's plates. And they want our forks to eat with. And watch out if you are using ketchup or ranch as a dipping sauce. They must have it as well on their plates. I've lost a pound in the last couple of weeks due to not being able to eat my own dinner!

At breakfast, Colin and Keira used to be content with an eggo and some fruit. But they see Connor eating his bowl of cereal, so they throw the eggo to the side and insist on cereal too. Now that wouldn't be too bad, except someone (not naming any names, but she gave birth to Keith...) taught Connor to drink the milk out of his bowl when his cereal is done. Usually this is fine because he is really careful and doesn't spill. But on Sunday, I looked over and there was Connor drinking his milk out of his bowl. A quick glance at the twins showed bowls tipped up to their mouths, milk streaming down chins and bibs, puddles on the highchair trays, and random fruit loops stuck to their foreheads.

Next on the agenda, teaching Connor about the 'monkey-see, monkey do' syndrome that has hit our house.

Friday, February 19, 2010

When Twins Share

I'm a planner. So when I got pregnant with Connor, I read books. When I found out I was having twins, I read some more books. Many of them said you do not need two of everything when you have twins. This makes sense for a lot of things: swings, bouncers, jumperoos, etc. We live in a tri-level, so it actually did make sense for us to have more than one of certain things, mainly so I wouldn't have to drag two babies, a toddler, a swing and a bouncer from floor to floor during the day.

Much of the reading material I looked at also stated that you do not need two of each toy either when you have twins. And perhaps that is true in most cases. But for my twins, I do need two. Because when you only have one of something, and one twin has it, the other one simply will not stand for not having it. Be it a book, a hat, Baby Tad (which still technically belongs to big brother), or even an unopened bottle of dressing (the kids like to raid the pantry and pull stuff out). At this point, we even give one twin a syringe of water when we give the other one an antibiotic or tylenol because they both feel they should get the same thing, at the same time.

If one asks for more milk at dinner, the other one will hand us their cup even if it's full. At night, I rock and sing to Keira, and as I put her back in her crib, Colin stands up, ready for his turn. Early on, I read that with twins, you should do things in birth order - i.e. give medicine, change diapers, etc - so that you never have to think - did I really give Keira her dose? Or was it Colin? Or was it both? Even now, I think they are used to Keira getting things first, then Colin. I wonder when I should stop this, but for now it works. And they are used to it. Also, if I am rocking Colin, Keira waits patiently for another turn. Basically it comes down to me singing 'Rock-a-bye Baby' about 8 times every night. ;)

But one of the most amazing things I've noticed about Keira and Colin is how they do share with each other (as long as it's not a bottle of Ranch that has caught their attention!) If you tell Keira to get brother's lovey, she will grab it and hand it to him. If you ask Colin to find Keira's boots, he will pick them up and throw, er, politely give them to her. If you give Keira her water cup, she will find Colin's and hand it to him. When Colin wakes early and is downstairs, he will point to Keira's high chair, making noises to let us know that she is not around and that she needs to be.

I will admit, it's exhausting with twins. You have to do everything twice. And with an older brother involved, sometimes you are doing things 3 times. In a row. Over and over. Night after night. But seeing their interactions with each other almost breaks my heart because it's so beautiful.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Poor Pretty...

Before I went to bed on Saturday night, I checked on the kids. Keira felt warm. Temp = 101.0. By Tuesday morning, we had had enough with the high fevers, so off to the doctor's she went. Both the twins were diagnosed with double EIs on January 20 and just finished with their antibiotics last week. But my poor pretty girl hangs on to them longer (ped is thinking due to her facial structure - it's more round than Colin's). Anyway, she still has her double EI. She got a shot of rocephin (sp?) and went back today for another one. Apparently the ped was not thrilled with how it's responding because it was only slightly better than yesterday. Another round of oral antibiotics.

MIL just called a little while ago. Now Colin has a fever.

I am so so tired of that word.

And waking up at 4 a.m. to an EARTHQUAKE shaking my house was no fun either.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Official First Haircuts

Colin really needed his hair cut, so we made an appointment to get the boys' hair cut. I trimmed Keira's bangs the other day, so she no longer looked like a baby, but like a big girl! Once we had Colin in the chair, the stylist who cut Connor's hair offered to trim Keira's. We figured, why not? She wasn't too cooperative when I tried to do her bangs, and the back did need a trim. Plus with the boys' cuts, we had filled up our "cut card", and Keira's trim ended up being free.

Colin - before

Keira - before

Colin - after

Keira - after

Connor - after

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

First Day of School Ever!

Last week, after two weeks of illness, Connor was finally able to start preschool! I had planned on taking the morning off of work to take him, but the twins had a fever virus (shocking - they were sick again!), so I had the day off work. Grammy came over to watch the twins for me to take Connor. He did so well. He didn't even care when I left. And I didn't even cry! ;)

When he got home (Grammy picked him up and they ran errands for awhile), it was almost dinner time. I asked him how his day was. He told me they listened to music and ate oreos. The music thing I believe. I am not so sure about the oreos! But he seemed to really like it and that is the most important thing.

Here is a picture of him as we were getting ready to go: