Showing posts with label month by month. Show all posts
Showing posts with label month by month. Show all posts

Thursday, July 10, 2014


They are one. They are one! They are ONE!!!!

A year ago the thought of having one year olds seemed forever away. Now, it is here and I can hardly believe it. They have grown and changed so much! Check out this Flipagram of how much they have changed over the year!

Their first birthday party is Sunday. I will most definitely post the pictures. We are expecting A LOT of family and friends to come and help us celebrate their first year of life. It should be a lot of fun!

I guess I will do their 12 month update. I guess this is the last monthly update. I am going to have to get better at this structured blogging now since I won't have a specified reason to blog once a month. Ha!

Both twins are becoming quite the grown people! They need to stop!
-One bottle a day...night time bottle. We haven't tried getting rid of it yet since it really helps with the bedtime routine.
-All table foods now
-We started mixing whole milk with their formula and now they are almost all on whole milk. Within a couple days, I expect no more formula!! Woo-hoo!!
-Both wear size 3 diapers and 12 month clothing. Max is almost in shoes size 4, Harper is a size 3.
-Just went through another round of antibiotics for ear infections...same one since April for them. The tube surgery can't come soon enough!

Let's start with the princess of the family, Miss Harper, whom I lovingly call "Harpy" "Harps" or "Booger". I probably should stop because these names might stick.

She was our first walker. She still has to be coerced into doing it and won't just stand up and walk across the room. Her preferred method of travel is crawling but she can walk. Yes, she might resemble a drunken sailor but still walking, nonetheless.

She has 4 teeth still...but this morning has 2 more top ones coming in but haven't broke skin yet.

She is at least 21 pounds but we go for our check up next Thursday for the official.

She sleeps well at night and takes 1 long (1-2 hours) nap in the day.

Harps loves to kiss. She gives big open mouthed kisses and says "Awww" afterwards because that is, of course, what we say when she gives kisses.

Harpy is also a great eater. She eats slow and steady but will clear her plate guaranteed. Her favorite foods are watermelon, any type of bread, vanilla wafers, peas, and bananas.

Harper talks up a storm. Sometimes to her brother, sometimes to herself while she is playing, and other times to us. She really gives us the business...if only we knew what she was saying! Her new words from last month are: "Ball" "Doggie" something that resembles "Max" and more that I must be forgetting.

She is so loving. I know I say that but she really is. Yes, she has bitten Max! But I swear, she normally is very sweet.

Now for our ornery, silly boy, Mr. Max. I can't get enough of this boy!

Max is so stinkin cute that he gets away with a lot from Mama. I need to stop because I am creating a monster. He is into everything. Literally. He has no fear and will crawl on top of anything to get something he is determined to get. He will push anything out of his path. We refer to him as "Max Chaos" sometimes. He is non stop. He doesn't stop moving. He goes and goes until he sleeps and gets up to do it all again.

He is pure boy. He loves throwing things. This started with teaching him to throw balls but has opened his eyes that everything can be thrown. He examines things really closely to see how they work and operate. This especially applies to his cars. He loves cars. He will push them around the house saying "Vroom" for a long time. It is our quiet time because we don't have to look our for the destruction that usually follows him. Ha!

He has 7 teeth and one more getting ready to break through. They all just popped up so quickly this time!

Max is also a big kisser. He will pucker up and kiss. He loves to kiss his sissy but sometimes that turns into biting sissy. He has left some marks. We tell him no firmly and distract him. I have a feeling we are going to have to start taking people's advice and bite him back. I hate to do that though!

He wears around 20 pounds but, again, we will see on Thursday.

He also loves to eat. His favorite is pancakes, bananas, animal crackers, graham crackers, pasta, mandarin oranges, or pretty much anything. He hasn't really met a food he hasn't liked!

Max is quieter when it comes to talking. He will occasionally babble a bit. His new words from last month "Doggie" "Ball" "Throw" and more.

Max still hasn't ventured past the 3-4 step mark on walking. He is so much faster crawling. If he is holding onto one of our hands, he nearly runs across the room but can't stand still long enough to do it himself. He just doesn't have the patience for it. We keep working with him and hopefully he will gain the confidence to do it on his own soon.

We get Max's haircut today!! We will have pictures of that too.

They are just the loves of my life. Here are a few pictures from the last month. And look for birthday pictures soon!

Not having the before church pic

Practicing their cake eating skills

Standing tall

This is how you do it when your hands are full of cookies!

Happy 4th of July

Riding the horsey at Mamaw & Papaw's

Riding the horse at our friend's

Riding the train

There's a really cool mini railroad. The rides are $.50. They loved it!
My Harpy

Too cool!

The family on the train
In our pool on the deck

Loving the water gun

Happy girl

More pool time at our friends

Hey, Dad

Still from the train

A break from swimming

All their friends
Trying on gear for his party! Ha!
Train ride

Why he needs a haircut!

Last month picture!!

It was so hard to keep them still!!

We went to Portrait Innovations as a last minute decision to get their one year pictures made. It wasn't an awful experience for a cheap walk-in place. Here are a few shots from there:


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

11 Month Update-One month to go

Holy cow! We have one more month before my babies are O-N-E!!

With each passing month, they just learn more and more things. We are in the stage that makes it incredibly difficult to keep them contained. We have rigged a pretty good system of blocking off our entire living room. But they somehow manage to find the smallest hole to climb through. They are SO fast! They are in the kitchen opening and closing drawers before we know it. The next thing on our list is finally baby proofing the kitchen so it isn't such a big deal that they escape there.
Our disaster of a living room trying to keep them contained
Instead of organizing the last month's events in a logical order, I am just going to do a random list of everything they have learned. My brain is disorganized and I have a total of 30 minutes before their nap is over!

  • Max is OBSESSED with cell phones, laptops, tablets, and pretty much any tech device! We gave him an old cell phone of Jeremy's but after a few days, he was over it and wanted the real thing. Jeremy found him hiding out behind the couch with my phone. He cracks me up! He has called my mom, his Nonnie, and I heard her saying Hello over and over again. He also has taken a few selfies. Love this curious little man!
What apps to buy for Mom?


  • They both love to blow kisses. It melts my heart. I dropped them off a daycare the other day and I said "Bye Bye" and blew them a kiss. They both started blowing them right back to me. Love!
  • At a recent outing to the park, Max started getting scared of the swing. He has enjoyed it before but freaked. Harper loved it though!
  • They also have started fighting over toys. It is sometimes funny but other times...good grief! I didn't know the brother/sister arguing would start so young.  Max is a biter. How do you stop this when he doesn't understand that it hurts?! He left a mark on Harper at daycare a couple weeks ago. I know this sounds awful...but at least it was his sister and not another kid. We have been trying to catch him doing it so we can enforce the no biting rule. He now tries to bite her and looks at us and stops. However, there have been other instances where he has got her! Argh!
  • They are talking more and more. Hey, Hi, Hello, Bye-Bye-, Night-Night, Bella (our dog's name), Mama, Dada, No (only Harper does this one), and lots of other babbles. 
  • They both stand for awhile without holding onto anything. Max has taken two whole steps by himself but nothing more. I really want them to walk before their first birthday so we have been practicing every night before bed!
  • They eat all table food now. And they are such good eaters. They are really bottomless pits. Their favorite foods are grilled cheese, watermelon, pancakes, grilled chicken, ravioli, and cooked carrots. They love to eat but also love to make a mess and feed Bella. 
Occasionally, we nap in the highchairs.
  • They are pretty good sleepers but always have been. They sleep about 10 hours at night. Max is still on a two nap a day schedule. Harper is down to one nap on most days. 
  • They play hard. Sometimes wrestling each other (climbing up each other and then rolling around together. Super cute!). Sometimes racing. Throwing the ball back and forth. They love being outside in the wagon or going on walks/runs in the stroller. 
  • They interact with each other all the time. Sometimes we find them holding hands as they eat in their highchairs. They are constantly laughing at each other or with each other. They team up to get into something they aren't supposed to. Usually Harper is the lookout. Ha!
  •  Our hair is growing like crazy. Max is need of a haircut. My sister will do that VERY soon. Harper has upgraded to enough hair for a ponytail!

Look, I'm a big girl!

Crazy hair, dude!
  • Their weights have kind of leveled off since last month. They weigh about the same. Max is 19 pounds and Harper is 20 pounds. 
  • A lot of their weight issues may be attributed to their bout of ear infections. It all started back on April 24. We are still on antibiotics! Seriously. We have an appointment at the children's hospital here in KC to get tubes in their ears. I hate to see them go through any type of surgery but we need this done. Poor babies have ear infections that just won't go away. Once on antibiotics, their entire digestive system is thrown off. We use probiotics but they still have diarrhea. I will be so glad when they can feel better for good!
  • Both are still in size 3 diapers. 
  • We are almost all the way into 12 month clothing now. Max can occasionally fit into 9 month. They both still wear some 6-9 month too. 
  • Harper has always been a super sweet and friendly little girl. She is still just the most loving baby. She loves everyone and melts everyone with her twinkling smile. 
  • Max is getting much more used to people. He was always reserved and shy. He is definitely coming out of his shell now. I love that he is showing his fun loving, adventurous nature to everyone now. 
  • Both of them now have 4 teeth. Harper finally caught up to Max.
  • They are in love with our dog, Bella. They scream, squeal, call her, and just can't keep their hands off of her. Bella, who normally hates that stuff, is being so good with them. 
  • Brushing their teeth has become one of their favorite activities. It is a fight to get the toothbrushes away from them. 
  • Their first birthday party is coming up on July 13. We are doing it at a local park. The theme is Very Hungry Caterpillars. I have literally done nothing besides send out the invites. I have lots to do to get ready for the big day. 

Getting hugs from Uncle Curt

Cousins meet
Cool Dude.

Fun with friends!

Monthly pictures are becoming increasingly more difficult!

Best we could do!


Sunday, May 11, 2014


It's that time of the month that I absolutely cannot believe that they are another month older. So I will skip over that and get straight into the month update.

Each month is met with more and more unique milestones and events. Max is walking all around the house as long as he can hold onto something. He may push the activity table as if it were a walker (sometimes with his poor little sister holding on for dear life!), he uses the laundry basket, coffee table, couch, and even us. Harper is more content standing and isn't really interested in walking but she is a crawling pro. No more wounded animal for that gal! She is having no problem keeping up with her brother.

Other milestones:
  • Max picks up the phone and talks jibberish. He holds it like we do. Cutest thing. Check out the video I posted yesterday here
  • Harper can wave hello and goodbye. I posted video on same post as above. She sometimes will say "Hi, Mama" or "Hi, Dada" or something that resembles that. 
  • They are both clapping their hands. Max will say "Yay" as he does it sometimes. Harper has such an enthusiastic clap that sometimes she misses her hands but it is still downright adorable. 
  •  They are only eating purees a couple times a week when daycare's menu items are too difficult for them. But for the most part, they are just eating what we eat. It is so great! However, I absolutely HATE cleaning the highchair. It is by far the most disgusting things ever. 
  • They have a new found love for the dog's water and food dishes. So lovely for them to discover this! I haven't found them eating the food yet...I hope that never happens...but it will. And they will live.
  • They love to wrestle before bedtime. It is our new ritual after story time. I just love seeing the excitement they have playing with each other and they also love each other so much.                                          
He is about 19 pounds now. He wears some 6 month clothing (especially pants) but majority he is in 6-9 month and some 9 month. He wears size 3 diapers. He only has the same 4 teeth. He is a much better sleeper than he ever has been. He goes down quickly and sleeps even through some of Harper's middle of the night nightmares (yeah, she gets those).

She is around 20 least by our scales here at home. She wears 6-9 month and 9 month clothing. She has very chunky legs so sweet girl's thighs eat her pants! She also wears size 3 diapers. She only has 2 teeth through but judging by her fussiness lately...she must finally be breaking those top two in. At least that is what I hope!

They are growing and changing everyday. Here are some pictures of my sweet babies.

Finding his first egg!

He loved those things!

Harper getting help from Daddy

My sweet egg hunters

And egg eaters

Most of my parent's grandkids

Max wasn't super happy during this photo shoot!

They look so old here! Sigh. In their Easter outfits

Harper's Selfie

Shopping with Mommy and Daddy

What is with Harper's expression here?

Love this
Seriously messy
Love their food!
Hi, Mom!
WE love our Nonnie
We love our Grampa
Trying cheesecake with our Uncle Curt and Aunt Carrie
Aunt Carrie is a big fan of ours!
First Mother's Day pictures
Sweet boy
Beautiful girl

Harper's evil eye to having Max's naked butt in her face. Priceless!

The 10 month outtakes...

10 month pictures