Saturday, February 19, 2011


Hannah has been begging us to get her ears pierced for awhile now. I wasn't too excited about the idea because I thought she was too young. "But some of my friends have their ears pierced," she'd re butte. (She's exceptionally good at rebuttals.) I hate it when that happens. You say they are too young to do this and that but so and so does it, so we must do it as well. My response is usually that our family does things different than another family, but I couldn't find a good reason why not to let her get her ears pierced except for the fact that I just didn't want her to.

Maybe it was my own experience that scared me a bit. I couldn't get my ears pierced until I was 8. I have sensitive ears, so naturally they decided to get infected and close up. I had to get them re-pierced a couple of years later. Then in high school I got a second set of piercings in my ears and a third piercing in the upper part of my right ear. So painful. That last one closed up a few months after I got it because I couldn't handle it anymore. I only wear one set of earrings now, and sometimes I have to take them off if I've worn them too long because my ears start to hurt.

So my experience with earrings has not been the best, but I love to wear cute earrings as long as they don't kill my ears. I told Hannah that maybe she could get them for her fifth birthday. Then with all the whining and attitude that I've been getting from her little 4 years old personality, I told her that if she could go 7 days without whining, throwing a tantrum, and being disobedient that I would let her get her ears pierced now. She had to prove to me that she was old enough to get her ears pierced. I actually wasn't expecting her to be able to do it. It seems almost impossible for a 4 year old to be that good for that long. It took her two weeks to do it, but she did it. She was very good for those 7 days, and I am very proud of her for being such a good girl. I don't expect her to be perfect, but I do expect the attitude and whining to go down a notch after this little experiment. (I'm making it sound like she is a naughty little girl, when in fact, she's usually a good girl. Four year olds can be difficult sometimes, though, right?)

So today she got her ears pierced. She was very tough.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Some Firsts!

Here are some videos of a couple of firsts for the girls. One of Bailey's first sentences is seen in this video.

And last week, Brynn took her first steps!! I'm so proud of her. She's getting better and better each day, so I'm thinking in the next month or so she'll be walking all the time.

Please excuse the messy house. It's always the messiest right before bed time/right after dinner. I like to call that time of the day, "The perfect storm."

Thursday, February 03, 2011

My 18 month stinkers-

I can't believe these little cuties are already 18 months. Man, it goes by so quickly. Last week was their first week in nursery. They both did well, but I was in there with them the whole time, so I guess we'll see how this week goes without me.

For some reason, all three of my girls have been late walkers. I'm not quite sure why that is. Both Scott and I walked before all of our girls did, so I don't know if it's genetic. Hannah didn't walk until 16 months. I remember thinking that she was pretty late because all of her friends were already walking. I thought for sure my next baby would walk sooner. That was not the case. Bailey started walking at 16 1/2 months (right before Christmas). She's now practically running everywhere she goes. Brynn, on the other hand, is still not walking. I will speak on that a little later. Here's a little bit about each child:


weight- 23 lbs- 31%
height- 30.5 inches-19%

Just this past month Bailey probably tripled the amount of words that she knew. She can repeat almost anything we say in her own little Bailey pronunciation. She's starting to put two and three words together as well. She loves to say "Hello" whenever someone walks in the room. She loves to play bite us on the cheeks, throw away her own diapers, and she thinks it's hilarious when she closes her eyes while walking. She also loves closing doors on Brynn's face and stealing toys. If she doesn't get her way, she usually throws a monstrous tantrum, but only for a few seconds. She's usually a very pleasant child to be around. She's also not as much of a "Momma's girl" as she used to be, which I'm grateful for. Now that she can walk, she doesn't need me to hold her all the time like she used to. She loves to burp and toot at the dinner table. She thinks it's pretty hilarious. She also made up her own little song that goes, "Toot, toot, ahhhh......toot, toot, ahhhh" over and over again. Brynn also likes to sing that song now too. And finally one of her favorite things to do (that she learned from Brynn) is to spit out her water or milk. Both girls do this at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It's very subtle, too, so you don't notice it sometimes when they're doing it. They will take a sip of their drinks and just out of the tiniest opening in their mouths, they will let the liquid drip until it goes all the way down their chests and into their diapers. Even though it irritates me, sometimes I can't help but laugh at them because they think it's funny.


weight: 21 lbs 13 oz- 15th %
height: 30.5 inches- 19th %

As I mentioned before, Brynn is still not walking. I knew she was going to be a late walker since she was about 9 months old. She's been late with almost all of her gross motor skills. She didn't sit up until she was 9 months, didn't scoot until 11 1/2 months, and didn't start pulling herself up to a standing position and walking along furniture until about 15 months. Now she can walk with her walker and she can stand up in the middle of a room by herself, but not for long. She's also been into climbing on top of things lately. This morning I left the dryer door open and found her sitting on top of it a few minutes later. The doctor said today that he wasn't worried about her because she has been consistently progressing. He said that he thinks she's so late because she's a twin. That happens more often with twins than with singletons, I guess. Maybe Bailey stole most of the nutrients in the womb or something? However, he suggested that we have someone come out to look at her, just in case something is wrong. So that is what we will do. Everything else about her is normal. She does talk, but not nearly as much as Bailey does. She loves doing hand signs, though, and loves to sing and dance. Her favorite word is probably, "this." She points to everything and says, "this" when she wants it. She also loves to give strangers the crusty look. Don't get fooled by that look, though. She's a very funny little girl and she actually laughs a ton. Her laugh is very contagious.

I love the fact that these girls are finally starting to play with each other. The other day I was actually able to do my makeup and hair without an interruption. Usually I get interrupted by Brynn screaming because Bailey took away a toy from her or Bailey slammed the door on her face. When Brynn does decide to walk, I think there will be more bullying coming from her end. Unfortunately she's the underdog right now. But anyway, it's exciting to get a few minutes to myself these days!