Sunday, February 26

11 months

I know it's been a week; but I didn't know if you wanted to hear about these kids just being kids:) We are making some changes preparing for them to go to bottle-less and drink milk at their first birthday. So far I've taken away 3 of their bottles during the day and replace them with food or sippy cups. Kelsey DISLIKES sippy cups and I tried to get her to drink out of a straw, but she doesn't swallow it - just lets it run out of her mouth! They are eating all kinds of foods - I haven't found anything they won't eat. And it's so relaxing to watch them play by themselves or together, but essentially not needing an adult to help entertain them. Oh, and Kelsey's starting to cruise a little on the furniture! Drew is still working on pulling up to stand; he gets to his knees and is done.

One good thing about not posting in a week is that there are plenty of pictures to catch up on!!

Investigating all the new places she can get to now.

 A new ball!

So happy, she's just gotta clap!

This is what happens when one kid stands and the other crawls
and they end up trying to play in the same place.
(you missed the stepping on hands & crying.)

Our backyard after the wet, heavy snow Friday morning. Too bad it is
supposed to melt soon:(

Friday, February 17

Naughty Girl and REAL Food

Kelsey continues to bully Drew. She will take toys away from him, pull his arm off of stand-n-play activity table, and pretty much control who plays with what. Yesterday my mom and I witnessed her slap Drew when he wouldn't let her play with certain buttons on the activity table. I sternly told her "no" and tried to redirect her to play with a different toy. Drew was crying and the "I-didn't-do-anything-wrong-he-should-get-out-of-my-way" look Kelsey gave Grandma forced me to look away from her to keep from laughing. Then she started to smirk; someone's getting too big for their britches!

We are trying more new foods: yesterday was spinach, every night for dinner this week they've had rice, black beans, and chicken. And goldfish crackers are like crack for these kids; they even recognize the box and crawl over by me to get some. This new adventure brings me to new levels of FREAKING OUT people! We are progressively moving towards getting rid of the bottles by 1 year and eating 3 meals with snacks in between. Check that; we haven't "moved on" to anything. Just thinking about it stresses me out and I get anxious. Bottles are SO easy - pureed baby food is easy and not messy. Kelsey feeding herself is a disaster and Drew manages to "wear" everything he puts in his mouth. I am not ready for this milestone; another reason for them to stay babies:)

Having a "goldfish cracker" picnic!

She looks chubby here:)

Sunday, February 12

Moving On

I don't think I have to tell anyone how long our week was, how sad this whole ordeal was, or how uneasy we've felt. I think this site sums up how wonderful the small community responded to last weeks tragedy:

Besides everything external from our home that has been going on, the kids are doing great! Kelsey is pulling herself up onto EVERYTHING - nothing is safe in our house:) We had to lower her crib mattress yesterday because I saw her standing up, trying to lift her leg up to pull herself OVER the railing! I actually made myself a little nauseous because I flew out of bed yesterday morning when I saw her trying to be a daredevil on the monitor.

Drew is doing so much better with "other" or "real" food. He isn't a big fan of textures and mostly prefers well-pureed baby food. Kelsey will eat pretty much anything on my plate - I don't have to worry about her. But anytime I tried eggs or cheese with Drew, he would gag and get upset, even with the melt-away puffs. So this weekend he was eating goldfish, cheese, animal crackers, potato chunks.

It occurred to me that I have to start thinking about their 1st birthday...SOON! I've discussed ideas with Craig, cut some things out of magazines, and picked out what they are going to wear, but now I have to get the actual party figured out. I'm not even going to THINK about them turning one...they are always going to be my babies;)

Sort-of playing together - usually Drew ends up crying because Kelsey is a bully.

It might look like they are both having fun, but Kelsey actually got stuck.
I took a picture first, because I couldn't figure out how she got there in the first place.

Wearing our "grown-up" sweaters:)

Again, Kelsey over-taking Drew's turn, showing off that she can pull up onto the toy
and he has to just take it!

Tuesday, February 7


Our blog has been quiet because of a tragic accident in my hometown that took the life of my 15 year old cousin Sabrina. For those of you that have not seen it in the news or do not live in the area, here is the newspaper report: crash

"Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy."

We are all still processing the traumatic event that has devastated the Campbellsport community, and prayers for the other victims and for the recovery of the girls still in the hospital are appreciated.

"You can shed tears that she is gone,
or you can smile because she has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back,
or you can open your eyes and see all she's left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see her,
or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her only that she is gone,
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back.
Or you can do what she'd want:
smile, open your eyes, love and go on

Sabrina's obituary