Friday, June 29, 2012

Tiny Dancer

Tori started ballet lessons a few weeks is quite possibly the cutest thing I have EVER seen!!  She absolutely loves it!  I had her try on her leotard and tights before the classes started to make sure everything fit (and snap a few pictures of course!).  The little tiny ballet shoes, chiffon skirts and pink tights are just so sweet! 

This is the dance bag that my little princess picked out :)  Why would I expect anything less?  We had to hide it from her after the first two classes because she would bring it to us and beg to put on her dance clothes. 
Class lasts a whole hour and its her first big girl class (not a mommy-and-me class).  Its so nice being able to drop her off and run an errand, but it also makes me sad that I don't get to see everything she's learning or watch her progress in class.  Parents are not allowed to be in the room but there is a small window on the door that we can peek thru and take a few pictures.  From what we've seen they start class by reading a princess story, then stretches, a few movement exercises, some lessons, then stretches again and ending with coloring. 
 Aren't all these tiny ballerinas just soooooo stinkin cute!?!?!

After her first ballet class we took her out for a special treat.  She does great in class and gets so excited to show us what she's learning.  I signed her up for the fall session since she's enjoying it so much and we are also going to try out gymnastics in the fall!! 

Friday, June 8, 2012

Four Months

Are the twins really four months old!?!?!  Surely I have miscalculated somewhere because there is no way they are already 1/3 of the way through the first year!!!  They did have their 4 month appointment today tho, so their pediatrician must have miscalculated too.....  Liam is 12 pounds 9 ounces and Lizzi has passed him up at 12 pounds 12 ounces!  More than double their birth weight!  They are still nursing on average every 2-3 hours so no wonder they're growing so fast!  We had to introduce a formula bottle at bedtime because they are hungry again after only half an hour.  We are still using formula samples we got when I was pregnant, they are lasting forever since they are breastfed the rest of the time.

The pediatrician wants us to wait until they are 6 months to start introducing food so no cute pictures of messy babies for a little bit longer....  She recommends "baby-led weaning" which I had actually just been reading about.  It's where you skip the pureed baby foods all together and start with finger foods around 6 months and allow the babies to feed themselves even from the very beginning.  It sounds interesting but I'll need to read more about it over the next couple of months.

Both babies are getting close to sitting on their own.  They have both been able to roll from belly to back for a while, and Liam is getting close to rolling from back to belly (he gets almost all the way over then gets stuck and starts to fuss).  They have both taken their first dip in grandpa and grandma's pool and enjoyed it eventually.  They are starting to coo (or as we say, "talk") to each other more and more.  Its SO CUTE to hear them carry on little baby conversations!!!  They are both sleeping pretty well now too (woop woop!!) so life is pretty good.  We still are a way off from being tired every day but we no longer feel like zombies just trying to survive until the next bit of shut eye (by far the hardest part of having twins is the sleep deprivation!).  They are both night owls and are up until around 9:30-10 but the up side of that is they sleep until morning, usually Lizzi is the first up around 5-6am and Liam usually sleeps in until around 8-9 when Lizzi is waking for her second feeding.

Everyone is happy and healthy and we can't ask for much more!  We are truly blessed to have such wonderful children and hope that they know just how much they are loved and how much we enjoy being their parents!!