Friday, April 25, 2014

Fun outdoors

Now that winter is (kind of) over, we are finally able to take the girls outside!

We took them to the park for the first time and they got to experience the swings and slide. We put Bailey in the swing first and she cried. Brooklyn seemed indifferent to it. Then we put them in the same swing together back to back and they loved it! #AdorableTwinMoment

Bailey on slide:

Brooklyn on slide:

Super cute Easter bunny babies

Look at these adorable baby girls!

Trying to stand

Someone is trying very hard to pull herself up! Both girls started this week standing while holding onto things (if you put them standing up next to the couch for example) and Brooklyn wants to do it on her own terms in a bad way! 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Twin Interactions

The girls are getting really hilarious (and adorable) with their interactions (when they aren't trying to rip off their sister's hair, eyes, nose or ears). They are really starting to laugh, smile and babble at the other baby a lot more. Other times they are pretty aggressive towards each other with toy stealing/grabbing/rolling over. I can already tell the toy envy is going to be an ongoing battle. A room full of toys and they only want what their sister has. Observe:

Part one:

Part two:

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Diaper Rash Remedies and a Homemade Mixture

We've been battling some bad diaper rash on and off with both babies for the past six weeks or so.

A few things we've tried:
  • Lotrimin - anti fungal cream (technically this is for athlete's foot) but works to clear up diaper rash if it's actually a yeast infection. A big thank you to my twin mom friend Sharon for introducing me to this!
  • Aquaphor - my go to
  • Butt Paste/Desitin - anything with zinc oxide
Every time their diaper rash flares up really bad, it seems to get better with one of the above methods. There's a few times it's gotten so bad that their butts have been cracked and bleeding a little but it always gets better by the morning so I haven't taken them into the doctor yet.

On Saturday night, after we put the girls to bed, Brooklyn was crying so hard in absolute pain. We took her downstairs and finally calmed her down but she was still shrieking in pain/withering. It really freaked me out because I've never seen my kids so upset like that before. I could tell she was trying to poop so I went in and changed her. She had some really bad diarrhea and her butt was bright red, cracked bleeding and extremely irritated. I actually paged the doctor for this one. This is only the second time I've bugged the doctor after hours (the other being Bailey's 103 degree temp). Anyway she gave me a recipe for a homemade diaper rash cream that has worked awesome:
  • Aquaphor
  • Maalox or Mylanta (which is impossible to find in the stores, or at least Walgreens or Target. Target carries a generic version of Mylanta though.)
  • Gold Bond Baby Power with zinc oxide
So I mixed the three ingredients together and applied to both girls' butts (Bailey had a little diaper rash but not as bad) and it seems to be clearing up really well.

I also switched back to Pampers. We started using Luvs about a month ago and this probably has nothing to do with it but just in case, I switched back to see if that would help.

Also, if you ever feel compelled to search Google images of baby diaper rash, don't do it. I thought my kids had bad diaper rash (which it is bad, they are bleeding!) but OMG you will see SEVERE and awful diaper rash if you look! Those images cannot be unseen once you see them.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Bailey's dance moves

Bailey started dancing yesterday anytime music is on. She will rock back and forth and clap her hands. Cutest thing ever!

As always, it's so hard to capture these awesome baby moments on video, but with the help of some really great 80s soft rock, I did my best:

Darren and Bailey rocking out together:

My blog is now famous on Disney Baby

So the other day I got an email from a freelance writer wanting to feature my gender reveal cakes on Disney Baby. I said yes, (duh!). Obviously had a huge spike in traffic as a result.

My blog and gender reveal cakes are now famous.

Thank you to Wild Flour Bakery for the fabulous cakes! And to Pinterest where I am assuming the writer found my cakes (yep these cakes have been pinned 56 times!).

Friday, April 4, 2014

Brooklyn can sit herself up now!

Well my sneaky little bear, I caught you! So neither of the girls have sat up by themselves (as in pulled themselves from laying down to sitting, they can sit on their own if you set them like that) but I caught Brooklyn in the act! Put her down for a nap on her tummy and saw her sitting up in the crib on the nursery camera. Guess this means the mobiles have to come down and we need to lower te cribs.

In other news, I am returning to my 40 hour work schedule. Seemed like an appropriate time given the recent layoffs. It will be hard not having that extra day with the girls but it has been a little difficult with work not being available one day a week. At least I got a lot of extra time with them in their first year with a long maternity leave (16 weeks!!!) and a really flexible schedule so far. So they'll just start going to day care every day Monday through Friday starting after Easter. Making the most of my last couple Fridays. 

I don't want to think about how much crazier life will be in terms of the house being a mess and never having a chance to really cook meals for the adults. I usually get a chance on Fridays to do laundry and throw something into the crockpot. But I bought a cook book on freezer meals, will start using this more now!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

10 months and time to child proof

Play toys in sign language.
Today my angels turned ten months old. We've been having a big week - both girls are waving now and using more sign language from day care. We kept making fun of Bailey for doing what we call "jazz hands" where she would put both hands out and shake them. Apparently this means play toys in sign language! Technically she doesn't have her fingers out like pictured above, but she's only ten months so she just shakes her entire hand. It's pretty wild that kids that young can learn sign language and actually communicate. I don't know how to feel about the fact that they are learning so much at day care and not from mom or dad. I guess it's just a fact of life and will continue throughout school.

Both girls are waving now, when prompted. I'm not really sure they connect this "hi" or "bye" but it's more that they wave back if you wave to them.

We also need to get a little baby proofing going. Brooklyn isn't officially crawling yet but she rolls with purpose, and fast. Yesterday I put her on the nursery floor with a toy so I could put her sheets back on the bed. I turned around for about 20 seconds and tucked in two corners. When I turned back, she had rolled across the room and was grabbing at the electrical cords! AHHHH! She can't be trusted!

I am getting nervous that they will roll into the TV stand and knock it onto themselves, especially when they start pulling up on furniture. My sister in law sent me the link for some TV anchoring supplies that they used, so I bought those on Amazon last night. I'm thinking its a good idea to anchor the dressers too, as I read some horribly depressing story while pregnant where the little toddler (a twin) pulled the dresser on top of herself and died (Meghan's Hope). So I need to find something to anchor the dressers with.