Lilypie - Fifth Birthday

Thursday, September 29

"Long Days...Short Years..."

...a quote from  a dear twin-mom friend of mine and boy, does that describe our life! Just thinking about working all day, coming home to play with the kids, make dinner, give them baths and get them to bed sometimes feels like two days work in one. But since recently hitting their 6 month milestone, I can't believe where the time has gone! Really?! It's OCTOBER this weekend- holy man. Although, I was a little sad last week seeing a pregnant lady walk by. I'm having a hard time *remembering* being pregnant myself. It seems like such a LONG time ago. Maybe it's because my pregnancy was shortened; maybe because it was fairly unpleasant, I blocked most of it out. But I don't feel negatively about it - I wanted to be pregnant for so.long. So the bed rest, cervix malfunction, and uterine irritability were just minor bumps to overcome to get to see our babies.

But don't mistake these sentiments as "baby fever". We are overjoyed with our happy, healthy children; there are no plans for more. Our hearts and hands are full!

Anyway, one to baby news...they are hilarious. Rolling all over, laughing at nothing, talking to no-one:) Tomorrow is their 6 month check-up and I'm excited to hear about their progress. We have been weighing them on our Wii fit board and we'll see if that correlates with the doctor's scale. I am NOT looking forward to shots but hopefully this will be it until they are a year old (eek!) except for their second flu shot.

Hopefully we will have a couple more mild weekends before the cold weather hits. I would like to take their 7 month pics outside. (AND I can't wait to see the professional shots of the babies from the wedding!)

Sunday, September 25

Going to the Chapel and We're Going to Get Married...

Well...we made it! Of course when we left Friday afternoon I felt like I was forgetting something but I had to accept that sometimes that happens:) The ride up to Green Lake was uneventful. The kids did SO WELL all weekend. So proud of them for being troopers - it was a LONG weekend in unfamiliar surroundings. I'll let the pictures tell the rest of the story!


First hotel sleepover!




And one of them had to sleep in this cage/crib!


Before the wedding - getting ready

Little man (with our AWESOME nanny, who spent the weekend with us too)


Beautiful wedding back drop

Yay! We're 6 months!




Being pretty all day can tire a girl out!


Kelsey with the bride

We were so happy to all be a part of Derek and Cassandra's day. We wish them many happy years together and lots of cousins for Drew and Kelsey!

Thursday, September 22

Real Quick...

I know, I know...it's been a couple days since I've posted. We are completely busy this week preparing and packing for my brother's wedding Saturday. It is out-of-town and we are, of course, taking the babies with. So that has been adding an additional element of stress. The whole family is participating in the wedding so I hope to have some great photos to share with everyone Sunday night. We are praying for good weather and that I don't forget anything important:)

So I'm posting so that  you don't wonder why I've been MIA for a whole week! Hope everyone else enjoys their weekend. Shout out to my friend Katie who is also getting married Saturday - sad that I have to miss your special day but I know you'll be beautiful!!

Peace Out~

Saturday, September 17

For Crying Out Loud

Kelsey has entered a new "phase" in growing - crying in her sleep. At first I thought she was actually waking up, 2 or 3 times.a.night. But when I would go in there and pick her up she would startle and cry harder. I try to let her cry it out, as I watch her on the monitor from my bed, but I only let it go until Drew starts to wiggle then I have to drop the hammer. I can't possibly have both of them waking up at night! It's been over 2 months since they have woken up in the middle of the night. The experts say it could be teething pain or nightmares and that picking them up makes it worse and it's normal. Well, it has been going on for the past 4 nights and I'm pretty much over it.

Today started out a big day for most of us in the Bonin house; we started the babies on cereal twice a day and I haven't "pumped" so I guess I'm done. It's bittersweet; I am no longer connected to a machine every three hours but now I have to remember to keep formula stocked since the frozen milk supply is dwindling FAST!

Drew is growing like a weed and not taking Kelsey with him:) He is now 15lbs and Kelsey 14.3lbs. We made baby "Mii"'s on our Wii and are able to weigh them while one of us holds them. So we've been weighing them about once a week.







I'm not exactly sure what is happening in these pictures, but I'm sure it is only the beginning! (look at the dead stare Kelsey has on Drew)

Monday, September 12

Monday, Monday...

I'm at a crossroads of emotions - yesterday it was beautiful outside but football was on ALL. DAY.  The weather needs to get on board with football season starting. It can't be gorgeous out when we are glued to the TV.

But this is what the kids did as the football games started yesterday...

CRASHED!




One more time in their Brewer's gear before the season is over and they grow out of it!

Thursday, September 8

Are You Ready For Some Football?

I am so looking forward to football season starting and have to admit I was a little worried about all the NFL lockout business earlier this year. Sunday football is a perfectly good reason to stay home with the kids and enjoy some family time (also avoiding cold/flu germs). While I know that Craig is equally excited to watch football this year, I believe he may be more into dressing Kelsey and Drew to support the Chicago Bears! And although some of you might *think* it would be funny to buy the babies Packer gear, it would just be silly. Craig would rather be run over by Brian Urlacher than have his children touch something green and gold. Now I have already been counseling Craig that when the kids are old enough to make their own decisions, they can decide who their favorite team is (such as his own father let him). Because our kids will most likely worship their dad, I'm guessing they will want to do/like everything he does and there will be no conflicting team alliances:)

Another great thing about football season is good food! Chili cooking all day, supreme nachos, tasty roasts, and of course cold adult beverages! I love the fall weather and have been telling the kids I can't wait to snuggle with them on the couch. spending the day napping and watching football.


babies' new gear

Monday, September 5

Happy Labor Day

The babies have had 3 solid days of rice cereal and it is going pretty well. I predicted Kelsey would love the cereal more and I was completely wrong. I thought since Drew was a get-the-food-in-my-mouth-fastest eater he would dislike "eating" since drinking is much easier! But today he ate his little bowl of cereal and Kelsey's. Kelsey gives me the "yuck" face and tries to push the cereal out as fast as I can put it in.


Kelsey's buddy!





Saturday, September 3

End of Summer

So our first week with Craig at school was a success! Although driving to pick the kids up from the sitter is a little weird because I HARDLY drive anymore - I bike to work and any other driving, I'm usually the passenger:) But the babies are adjusting to getting up a little earlier to accomodate our work schedules.

Drew has been rolling all over the place. No matter how I lay him on the floor he ends up in a totally different part of the room. They are both still so smiley and goofy! Drew's fuzzy head is getting some more hair, while Kelsey's seems to be a little out of control.

We tried rice cereal last night for the first time. The pediatricion told us to wait until they were closer to their adjusted age of 4 months, which is in 6 days. I thought Kelsey would be our big eater, but she may have been too hungry for the first try. We were playing and then I got a phone call, so I didn't realize it was getting a little past her next meal time. She took a few bites but then gave me the look, the "mom, enough of this - where is the bottle?" So when Drew woke up I thought I would immediately try to throw some cereal in his mouth and he did pretty good. We are going to give it another go tonight.

I usually look forward to wonderful, long holiday weekends but since I was on maternity leave for most of the summer, Labor Day is my summer holiday for call. But I guess it forces us to not make plans and just spend some time at home. We do have a couple of friends we are going to meet in-between my call shifts but we did run into a minor conflict of schedules - Craig is supposed to be closing the club pool Monday evening while I'm on call; so if I get called in, what do we do with the babies? Thanks to Auntie Tara, who is going to come down and spend the night, we have plan B in the event Craig and I both need to be at work. I wish I could do the job I love with people I really like to work with, but forget about the (sometimes) non-family friendly call shifts I have to take. Oh, and make the same amount of money. A girl can dream, can't she?!


This is Kelsey right before I tried to feed her cereal - can we say tantrum?