Monday, March 30, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Yesterday, Marly was busy playing, then began to miss her brother's interaction. Once again, rather then climbing and sliding, Dean had his nose pressed against the glass curiously observing the "big kid" side.
From her elevated perch on a tree on the plastic play scape, Marly could suddenly be heard by all shouting at the TOP of her lungs,
I love my Twinners.
**As a complete and total sidenote - while my kids have enjoyed Adventure Park this winter, I admit the idea of children playing on man made trees seems somewhat ridiculous to me. I climbed real live trees with bark, and no protective ground cushion below. I tell you...as my kids grow, I will be shipping them out to the country to whoever will take them, (while of course taking in the real world in our urban setting too). I experience great angst at the idea of them growing up in a "simulated " and "safe" world adults created for them.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
The true stars of the event are the Champion kids, with representation from Australia, the UK, Ireland, Canada our our own 50 states. They have special events to meet the sponsors and are honored on stage. They have other fun activities together, and of course get to enjoy the park.s
My personal hero is our Gillette Champion child. He is a boy who has Cerebral Palsy and has undergone more then 20 surgeries. As I flew home to MN, the Champion Family was on a specially charted Delta flight to Washington, D.C. with the 49 other Champion families. Today the kids are scheduled to meet the President.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Wilson (down at the bottom) is checking out the potty chair Auntie Rachel and Uncle Brett got for the Twinners. FYI for MIKE - It is TOO SOON to potty train Wilson! We will start with the Twinners down the road when they show more signs of being ready.Marly with her new horsie from Mike, Laura, and Wilson.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Anyway, in my post about Marly and Dean's two year check up, I mentioned scheduling an appointment to have Early Childhood Intervention come and check their language skills. This morning one teacher and two student teachers from the school district came to access M & D's development. The Twinner's do not yet say two words together. Honostly, Mark and I really were not worried, but the assessment is free, the ladies do a good job of explaining your children's development to you, and the kids enjoy the play time attention.
Anyway, the assessment didn't even take an hour. The teachers also came to our home at 18 months, so this was a follow up visit. Basically, the Twinners are totally on-track in every area, but perhaps slightly delayed in their "expressive language skills." No worries here on our end.
One thing that I continue to worry about is enough sleep. For a while, we attempted to get the kids down by 7:30, but of course the bed time has crept back to 8 pm. I REALLY, REALLY believe healthy sleep and ENOUGH of it will lead to a healthy, happy child, and even a more well behaved child. I read articles regularly to support this. I know when we put the Twinners down at 8, they often socialize with each other. When I do the math, I worry they might get slightly under 10 hours of sleep on too many nights. Studies indicate 11 to 13 hours of sleep are healthy. I am sure if Dean got a little more sleep, he would not be so cranky in the morning. He also sometimes suffers from Night Terrors. Key cause - You got it! Not enough sleep!
I guess as a mommy or a daddy, there is always something to worry about.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
My evening wasn't over yet though. I crossed the river and headed to Hotel W and the Prohibition Bar, on the 27th floor. My cousin Brad and LeAnne were in town enjoying a night away, and I met them along with Brett and Rachel for a drink before heading home.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Sunday we got up and eventually headed out the door to church. We were a few minutes late, but we still were not the last to enter the sanctuary. We got home and I set to work changing the sheets. This turned into a wild rumpass for the whole family, with lots of giggles and jumping. Mark left to run errands and I fed the kids lunch. Heated up leftovers - easy breezy. Soon it was nap time next. The kids were down like a charm. Mark returned and there was even a few minutes of rest for both of us. Next Mark headed to the library, and I walked the kids down to the playground. Dean and Marly loved their winter swing and slide time. More giggles and smiles. After that, Mark made one of my favorite pasta meals, and the kids liked it too. Next it was bath time. Marly and Dean discovered a new way to get a greater amount of water outside the tub in a faster fashion. More giggles and I was soaked. Bedtime went quickly and then I was on to cleaning up the kitchen. I was exhausted, but I managed to get the rugs vacuumed, laundry folded and mostly put away, a meatloaf prepped for the oven for Monday, and to see enough of Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters to follow the story line.
Although mundane, this was a great Sunday all around! But, where was my mind and emotions as I finished my day and prepared for bed myself? Instead of relishing the delight twin toddler's bring to Mark's and my life, I allowed myself to experience anxiety, anger and fear. I was thinking about things in the future I cannot control and mistakes of the past I cannot change. Instead of seeing the world through Marly and Dean's shining, happy eyes, I clung to more negative thoughts. I did indeed note the giggles and find great gratification throughout the day, yet as evening wrapped up while alone with my husband, my mind was in a much more unpleasant place.
This morning as I put away the last of the clean laundry and started another load, I realize I have surely slipped out of the Gratitude Groove. Yesterday was filled with blessings. I will pray to God that he guides me today. I will also pray that I allow myself to live the joy in each passing moment.
As I write all of this, I suspect many of my emotions will resonate with other 30 something mom's out there trying their darnedest to get it mostly right in the world. I am sure I am not alone in my thoughts on a Sunday night, and I acknowledge and give thanks for my gifts.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I recall a visit early on where she said, "I don't know why, but I have a lot of twins in my practice." I said, "I know why, the local M.O.M's Club talks you up." Anyway, Dr W-N confessed she was also excited to see us on Tuesday. She claims we are one of her favorite twin families, which is quiet on honor I think.
Marly and Dean are fine. Both again weigh in the same at almost, but not quite, 27 pounds. Once again, Dean is over two inches longer then Marly. (Deaner is quite the skinny boy). Both have good growth chart curves. We'll just let the percentages go. I will say Dean has a really small head though! Kelly and I filled out the Autism assessment, which had no red flags, despite that fact that Dean enjoys stacking dish towels happily for probably an hour on many days, meticulously flattening each corner.
I was worried they don't eat enough (despite their steady growth). Dr W-N confirmed something I already knew deep down... I probably let them drink too much milk. Naturally, at two years we will now be switching to 2% as well. She did suggest I have the Early Childhood Assessment Team from the county come out and follow up to a visit I requested when Marly and Dean were 18 month. They do not put two words together yet.
Anyway, Dr. W-N wrapped up the appointment by asking a twin mommy question of her own - Did I have a double stroller and which one? Somehow this woman has managed her twins and a 3 year old with NO Duo-glide or snap-n-go for the carriers. My goodness! How would I have managed without my Duo-glide?!For newer readers, you can check out my blog on their 15 month appointment where I mention my beloved Duo-glide.
As we departed and exited past her office, I also alerted her when her duo need shoes, Stride Right has a 10% twins discount.