Monday, January 31, 2011

Celebrating 97 Years!

On Saturday we headed into my Grandma Schauper's house to celebrate her 97th birthday. She won't actually be 97 until Wednesday but we took full advantage of celebrating a few days early! For supper we had her favorite, grilled hamburgers and hot dogs with cheesey potatoes and baked beans! And for dessert....Dairy Queen ice cream cake! It was yummy! The boys loved playing and running around with Owen (my cousin's little guy) and Brynna she had fun trying to keep up with all 3 boys! She is getting really FAST at walking behind her dinosaur! It was a great night and so glad we were able to go and celebrate with everyone.

{The birthday girl!}
{Brynna trying out the ice cream cake!}
{Brynna walking behind her dinosaur!}
{Jackson going for a horsey ride}
{Jackson riding on Brynna's dinosaur}
{Jackson & Joel playing with Owen}
{Joel & Brynna}

Friday, January 28, 2011

Fatherhood Friday's

The babies are coming....if you were to come over to our house anytime soon you would notice that the babies are on their way. We have so many projects that I have lots track of them all! My honey-do list is starting to consume multiple pages so I have started to set goals for myself when I want to get stuff done. I try and get one thing done each night but some days three things get added everyday. I do have some great helpers. The boys love to help with everything, well help is what they call it but I call it making the project take an extra few minutes. Don't get me wrong, I love their "help" but when they are getting paint all over it becomes another item on my list. "Honey there is paint on the floor, Joel and the cat have paint on their hands!" I think if I can take a weekend and knock out a few things I will get all caught up. This Sunday I am going to get a big chunk taken care of...wish me luck!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Obsession

It's no secret that these two little boys are OBSESSED with their choo choos!
They have all these different Thomas' and even a small train track
But they love to line them up all over and trade and share them with each other.
It is sooo cute....we have lots and lots of choo choo playing going on at our house every day!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Lately....

this is what my entryway/play area looked like! This is 2+ years of boys clothes/shoes/bibs that needed to be gone through, matched with it's mate, priced, and tagged to sell at the Mother of Multiples Garage Sale.

Now all that stuff looks like this..... That's 12 totes of clothes all tagged and ready to be hung on hangers to sell! I'm looking for someone who is having twin boys in the May through August months who would be interested in going through my stuff, I'd love to have someone to pass all these clothes to as the boys outgrow them! So if you know anyone, pass my name along!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Popcorn...

...might be one of my all time favorite foods/treats/whatever you want to call it! And not just any popcorn AIR POPPED popcorn!! Thankfully, the boys like it too...they have my love for salty foods versus sweets I think. Jon doesn't partake in our popcorn nights but the other night we had a yummy supper!

{Mama, Jackson & Joel}
{Jackson & Joel getting the very last kernel!}

Monday, January 24, 2011

Belly & Pregnancy Update

I am 21 weeks!! Wow just 15 weeks to go until I'm full-term (36 weeks)! I'm hoping to go 16 more weeks to get me to 37 weeks so here's to hoping! I've been feeling great, really no complaints! The girls are KICKERS! They are also sitting VERY low which is very uncomfortable when I'm sitting up straight at my desk at work, they just kick, kick, kick on the bottom of my tummy where my pants hit.

I'm still wearing my regular clothes. My pants fit everywhere except for my belly obviously so I wear them unbuttoned but zipped with my Bella Band, love that thing! I'm not wearing any maternity shirts either, all my normal shirts. My style this pregnancy seems to be my regular shirts that just fit tight and accentuate my cute belly big hump! My favorite outfit that I wear about 3 times a week at least is leggings with a long sweater, tunic or shirt. You get the picture I like leggings and they are super comfortable! The bad thing with all my maternity clothes from last pregancy is I was bigger when I got pregnant than I was this time so all my pants/shirts are HUGE and don't fit at all AND most are actually spring/summer styles so I can't wear them even if they did fit.

I'm up about 10lbs. from my normal weight, I seem to gain a pound then lose it. My doctor thinks I should be gaining more but the babies are both a healthy size so he isn't all that concerned yet. With the boys I gained 30lbs right on the nose! We'll see what these last 15 weeks bring.

I haven't been sick at all lately so that's a bonus. I'm sleeping really good, I lay on my side and "prop" my belly onto my body pillow so it isn't laying flat on the bed (can you picture that description?) so it's really comfy and allows me to sleep comfortably. I'm a side sleeper anyways so I've never had any trouble sleeping when I'm pregnant.

So that about does it for my pregnancy update. Here are the belly picture updates for the last few weeks. And even though it appears I look bigger (Jon isn't very good about replicating the same picture from the first time) my measurements around are still the same! 40 inches around (every week I measure around my belly so see truly how big I'm getting)!! I grow by the week!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Drawing

The boys have been into drawing a lot.....
then they ask Jon and I to try and draw...
I'm not very good at it at all although my kitty is slightly improving!

{Jackson & Joel}

Monday, January 17, 2011

Weekend Recap

Saturday

* photo shoots at 9 and 10AM at my studio

*Jon and the boys got ready to spend the day at my parents

*We headed to my parents to eat lunch and get ALL the boys' baby clothes and all things baby for the girls

*The boys napped while Jon and I (ok Jon, I just watched while he did all the lifting) moved 12 totes of baby clothes and stuff back to our house

*Jon loaded 30 totes on the truck and trailer to take back to my parents house to store since we're thinking we'll move my photography studio to the other side of the basement and finish off the current half I'm using for our growing family in the next year

*Boys woke at 4 and we headed back to our house

*Headed to my Grandma Millie's for her 74th birthday supper: roast, potatoes, carrots and corn with homemade rolls and texas sheet cake and homemade ice cream for dessert

*Left the boys with my parents and Jon and I snuck out and went to a movie we saw The Dilemma


Sunday

*Had a GREAT nights sleep, we both needed that

*Had 1 photo shoot at the studio and then 3 at the Botanical Center!

*Boys played at Nana and Papa's and rode their tractors they got for Christmas and had fun playing in the snow

*Boys got home around 1:30

*We all took naps!

*Ran errands and had supper out


We had a great weekend! Now I'm excited to have today off work, boys are at daycare, Jon's at work and I'm going through 2 years of boys clothes to sell at the Multiples Garage Sale coming up in March!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Fatherhood Friday's

Potty Potty Potty! For a long (but fun, interesting and impressed) 3 days we sat at home and got these boys potty trained. I got up and was thinking that this wasn’t going to be a fun day and would be cleaning up pee all day, boy was I wrong. I am still impressed at how well they picked up on it. What I was really worried about was them going back to daycare. Those 5 days (we had the weekend too) we were 1 on 1 with the boys and how would it be when that 1 on 1 time wasn’t there. Jen and I talked about it and were pretty worried that it wouldn’t work out well, again we were wrong. They have been going strong for over 2 weeks now and you can count the number of accidents on 1 hand!

Then last week it was on to the “big boy” beds. Again we were both nervous that this was going to be a big challenge so we wanted to start it on a Friday or Saturday night so that we could nap the next day if we got a sleepless night. Once again we were wrong! The boys were so tired on that Saturday night from playing all day and not getting a great nap, we put them into the beds and they were out right away. They looked so small in their big beds it was kind of funny to look at them while they were sleeping in there. So over the past few weeks the boys have seemed to grow into kids and it is hard to stop calling them babies at this point. I am just so proud and so impressed by Jackson & Joel and cant wait to see what is next.

Love Jon/DADA

{Joel in his bed}

{Jackson in his bed}

{Joel}

{Jackson}

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Appointment Update

I went in for my routine appointment and the BIG ultrasound on January 4th. The ultrasound was an hour!! That's a long time to lay on my back!! But they measured every since body part they could see! The tech confirmed both babies are girls (we didn't tell her we had a fun ultrasound before Christmas to find out the sexes) and they both measured right on at 18 weeks and 2 days and were 8oz. each. Baby A's heart rate was 136 and Baby B's heart rate was 154. After that we went back and saw my doctor.

He came in and said, "Well your ultrasound looked perfect expect for one thing!"
I said, "What's that?"
He said there is no outdoor plumbing...meaning you aren't having boys!"
I said, "That's great we wanted girls!"
He said, "Better your household than mine!" He's such a funny man!
Baby A "I'm a GIRL!"
Baby B "I'm a GIRL!"
I go back in 4 weeks, February 1st for another ultrasound and then for 2 months I'll be seen every 2 weeks with an ultrasound each time and then I'll be see every week with an ultrasound each time to continue to monitor their size until I'm due or induced! We're shooting for 37 weeks with this pregnancy (I went to 37 weeks 5 days with the boys before being induced) so that means they would be here the week of May 15th!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Facts about Twinning Continued....

So to follow-up to my post yesterday we'll continue on with questions 2-6.

1. Identical vs. Fraternal how they are formed?
2. What types of twins are most common?
3. What sexes of twins are most common?
4. What are the chances of having multiple multiples?
5. Is there a twin gene? Run in families?
6. Do twins skip a generation?

2. What types of twins are most common?

About 2/3 of all twins are fraternal. Leaving only 1/3 of all twins to be identical. This was no surprise since identical twins just HAPPEN to form when an egg split. Pretty much a miracle!

3. What sexes of twins are most common?
About 40% of all twins are fraternal boy/girl twins! Here is the list in order of frequency.

1. fraternal boy/girl

2. fraternal girl/girl

3. fraternal boy/boy

4. identical girl/girl

5. identical boy/boy

Actually one of the most interesting things I read is that the more sets of multiples you have the greater the chances are of having girls! Seems very interesting.

4. What are the chance of having multiple sets of multiples?
As I've stated before the chances of having 2 sets of identical twins are 1 in 70,000. The chance of having 1 set identical and 1 set fraternal is about 1 in 10,000. The chance of having two sets of fraternal twins are 1 in 3,000. This website I found was sooo interesting! There are some super crazy people out there who have LOTS and lots of multiples so to have 2 sets of twins like us doesn't seem like a big deal when looking at all the other statistics!

5. Is there a "Twin Gene?"
Of the factors that influence multiple birth, there is only one that could be identified as genetic or explained by family history: hyper ovulation. Hyper ovulation is the tendency to release multiple eggs during ovulation, increasing the chances of conceiving dizgotic (or fraternal) twins. So, in families where the women have a gene for hyperovulation, genetics would sufficiently explain an increased presence of fraternal twins.

However, only women ovulate. So the connection is only valid on the mother's side of the family. While men can carry the gene and pass it on to their daughters, a family history of twins doesn't make them any more likely to have twins themselves.

Fraternal twins "run in families" on the mother's side only, if she inherits the gene for hyper ovulation. NOT just the fact of HAVING TWINS! A HUGE misconception when people think about twins!

6. Do twins skip a generation?
If your father was a twin, but you weren't, are you more likely to have twins? It's a common misconception that twins skip a generation in families. There is absolutely no evidence, other than circumstantial, that twins are more likely to occur every other generation. However, if you consider the influence of genetic hyper ovulation, this pattern could appear in families depending on whether their children were sons or daughters.

  • Generation 1: Grandma
    Grandma has the gene for hyperovulation. She & Grandpa have fraternal boy twins, Rob and Bob

  • Generation 2: Rob & Bob
    While Grandma's sons may carry the gene for hyperovulation, they do not ovulate. They will not have twins (excluding other factors). However, they each have a daughter.

  • Generation 3: Molly & Polly
    Molly and Polly, cousins, inherit the gene for hyperovulation from their fathers. They each have a set of twins.

You can see how this example makes it appear that twins skip a generation in families. The pattern is influenced by whether the inheritor of the hyper ovulation gene is male or female.

So that wraps up the questions I've had from people and questions I've had myself. I got most of my research from the Facts About Multiples Encyclopedia here. A VERY interesting site about twins, triplets and higher order multiples (meaning more than 3 babies). If you have any other questions leave them in the comments and I'll be doing another post soon about the benefits of finding out if twins are identical or fraternal (if they are the same sex) other than just for personal knowledge.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Facts about Twinning

So I've been doing a lot of research lately about twins such as:

1. Identical vs. Fraternal how they are formed?
2. What types of twins are most common?
3. What sexes of twins are most common?
4. What are the chances of having multiple multiples?
5. Is there a twin gene? Run in families?
6. Do twins skip a generation?


Today, I'll tackle the first question since it's pretty in depth and has a lot of pictures to show the difference. This is how I always try and explain to people how twins are different and what being identical actually means.

1. Identical v.s. Fraternal - how are they formed?

MONOZYGOTIC (IDENTICAL) TWINS
Occasionally a single fertilized egg forms a zygote that divides to form two separate embryos during the first 2 weeks after conception. These twins are referred to as monozygotic or "identical" twins. Depending on the timing of the division each zygote may develop its own membranes and placenta or the embryos may share the membrane and placenta. If the division occurs very late the twins will be conjoined.
PLACENTAL TYPES

Dichorionic (two placentas), Diamniotic (two amnions)
( 18 to 36 % of monozygotic twins )

If a single zygote divides into two separate embryos within 72 hours after fertilization then the twins will
develop in two separate amniotic sacs (bag of water) and will have their own, separate,placentas. However, the placentas may at times appear to be fused. (This is what the girls COULD be)









Monochorionic (one placenta), Diamniotic (two amnions) ( 60 to 70 % of monozygotic twins )

If division occurs 3 to 8 days after fertilization then the twins will develop in two separate amniotic sacs (bag of water) and will share one placenta. (This is what my boys Jackson and Joel are)

Monochorionic (one placenta), Monoamniotic (one amnion) ( 1 to 2 % of monozygotic twins )

If division occurs 8 to 12 days after fertilization then the twins will share one amniotic sac (bag of water) and will share one placenta.

Monochorionic (one placenta), Monoamniotic (one amnion) ( 0.5 % of monozygotic twins )
If division occurs 12 to 13 days after fertilization then the twins will share one amniotic sac (bag of water) and will share one placenta. They will also share body parts.

Conjoined twins occur 1 in 40,000 total births.


Being an identical twins means that they have identical DNA. The only way to tell identical twins apart (other than by just looking if you can tell) is by fingerprints because no two sets of fingerprints are exactly the same! This was very interesting in a study I read when identical twins were on trial for murder the only way to tell which one did it was based on the fingerprints!

DIZYGOTIC (FRATERNAL) TWINS

A twin pregnancy most commonly occurs when two separate eggs are fertilized by separate sperm to form two zygotes. Each zygote implants in the uterus individually and develops its own membranes and placenta. The two zygotes continue to develop as two separate embryos. These twins are referred to as dizygotic (commonly known as fraternal) twins. Fraternal twins account for about 70 % of naturally occurring twins in the United States.

PLACENTAL TYPES

Dichorionic (two placentas), Diamniotic (two amnions)

Dizygotic (fraternal) twins develop in two separate amniotic sacs (bag of water) and will have their own, separate, placentas. However, the placentas may at times appear to be fused.
(This is what the girls could be)












So this time around (the girls) are in separate sacs and I have two placentas, so they could be fraternal or they could identical we'll have to do a DNA test after they are born to determine that.

Tomorrow I'll talk about the other questions 2-6!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Bowls

So the other day the boys asked for all their bowls, plates, baby silverware and containers out of cupboard.
Then they lined them up!
Joel wanted to put his in pile.
Then he lined them up just like Jackson did. They have this thing about lining up anything from their choo choos to plates and bowls to even their food sometimes! Glad they understand order like their mama!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Potty Training the Twins

So I'm interrupting Jon's Fatherhood Friday's to share about our potty training experience and what we did and worked for US! I've had sooo many people asking about it and really it was SOO EASY I hope the girls at that easy in a few years!! NOW, this will be LONG but I don't want to break it down so I have it all in one place so read if you wish! Also I do use "pee and poop" A LOT so don't be offended!

{Brady, Joel & Jackson playing with play doh}
First, I read MANY blogs, did a TON of research (like I do with anything) and then found the method that I wanted to try. You can find it here. The one and ONLY requirement for this method, your child be 22 months old!! That's it! They don't have to have interest, can stay dry through the night/naps/most of day, whatever they ONLY have to be 22 months old!!

I had intentions on starting last Monday (the 27th) but since it was the first day after the holidays and craziness in our house I had LOTS of organizing and cleaning to do. And you all know me, my Type A personality has to have cleaning done before I can do anything else otherwise it's all I think about! So Monday was spent cleaning, and Tuesday I had a client come over for pictures so I knew I'd be tied up for an hour so with it being JUST a "3 Day Method" I thought, "We'll start Wednesday!" Jon was home too and I did watch Brady that day for my friend Mindy but he just watched and clapped right along as we did for the boys, it was cute!

Day 1: Wednesday: We woke up, had breakfast and then threw ALL the diapers away (not really, heck we're having 2 more I'm not about to throw diapers away!) but we pretended too and the boys helped. They cried and when I showed them their BIG BOY THOMAS underwear and told them they were going to wear them...they CRIED!! OMG you would've thought I was punishing them! But on we went, undies and t-shirt that's all they wore for 3 days! I had also seen this one mom who put a tarp down on her living room floor. HELLO GENIUS IDEA!! So glad we did cause 1 accident would've been on my cream area rug (I know you're thinking you have kids why have cream anything....I'm sorry kids should fit in YOUR life and lifestyle NOT you into theirs!) Anyways, so the tarp went down (Brady was thinking what the heck these people are nuts) and we started our morning, it was 8:20AM! We also did NOT use a potty chair, I'm a firm believer that why train a child to potty chair and then have to retrain them to use a big potty plus it makes it easier to go in public when they aren't scared of a big potty!

{Joel & Jackson wrestling on the tarp!}
We pushed the fluids all morning, anything from sugar-free juice, to sugar-free lemonade, to popsicles, water, tea anything they would or asked to drink we gave it to them and in fun little dino squirt bottles too! Have to make it fun for them! Our rewards (since we were pushing fluids) for pee in the potty they got a popsicle (those freezy pops that you can only buy in the summer thanks Mindy and mom and dad for having some on hand for us to have when we ran out) and for poop in the potty they got some pop (which is a special treat in our house) so they were pumped! Yet, they had NO idea what they were getting it for. So after the undies went on we repeated the phrase "You tell mommy and daddy when YOU have to go potty. We have to keep our Thomas' dry and clean cause it's icky to go potty in your underwear!" We said that at LEAST 300 times the first day!! But it stuck!

{Brady, Joel and Jackson watching Super Why!}
Now this is where this method is TOTALLY on compared to others when they tell you to take your child to the potty every 20-30 minutes. When you do that you aren't teaching THEM to tell you when they have to go and you'll have accidents afterward...YOU WILL!! And you'll have accidents on this method too and that's OK, actually I was happy when they had their accident because I could say, "that's icky, gross that your Thomas' are wet you HAVE to tell mommy or daddy when you have to go potty and so on." But with this method your training your child to tell YOU when they have to potty not you taking them when you think they have to go.

Back to our morning...right away they both said "Potty" and ran to the bathroom and both went and I thought...great...things are going good but I want to teach them what happens when they go in their underwear. And sure enough both boys had a pee accident just standing there playing and watching TV. They were HYSTERICAL! They cried and cried and thought the world had ended, you know because we had made it such a HUGE deal to keep their "choo choos" dry! So off to the potty we went to show them this is where they put their pee pee and after that it clicked with them! They stayed dry and were soo proud when they did! We did the potty dance and cheer and clap after they would go in the potty and even when they didn't go (but said they did, which happened a lot) we even praised the for telling us and said, "continue to tell mommy and daddy when you have to go potty, gotta keep our choo choos dry!"

{Having a popsicle for going potty! Brady even got a few that day!}
Day 1 Nap-time: So naps, we fed them lunch around 11:30 and then after that the rewards went to candy or something else that they wanted (frankly sometimes they didn't even ask for a reward when they would go). We limited the fluid intake about 1.5-2 hours before we put them down for their naps and also made sure they went potty at least 2 times before naps. We put them down around 2 and they slept until 4:30ish and woke up dry!! We told them time after time while putting them down, "make sure you tell mommy and daddy when you have to go potty" it was sort of frustrating because every time we said that they said they had to go. Sometimes they actually went and most of the time they didn't but we kept saying it and taking them when they had to go. Remember my boys are still in their cribs so they can't get up on their own and go (we're doing that transition to twin beds in the next couple weekends). We kept our baby monitor close by so we could heard them the whole time they were sleeping in case one cried out potty and so glad we did because Joel did wake up half way through and had to potty. After naps we went downstairs continued on with our day and now we are into supper time. We followed the same process as we did in the morning that afternoon and evening and everyone was still dry and only had an accident each to date.

{Brady, Joel & Jackson eating lunch}
Day 1 - Bedtime: Super came and we ate, stopped the fluids this time at least 2 hours before bedtime and they continued to TELL US when they had to go and off we would scurry to the potty. They asked for drinks as it got closer to bed but we said if you have anything to drink you'll get your choo choos wet and they said, "no choo choos dry" and we'd say then we can't have anything to drink! This worked sometimes, sometimes we'd squirt a medicine dropper of water into their mouth, they thought that was fun but we all went upstairs, put on a clean t-shirt (no footy jammies that we're use to since its too hard to potty in and get off) and then put them down for bed. It took them about an hour to go to sleep...SOO not normal for them they usually are asleep in about 5-10 minutes! But they kept saying they had to go potty. So we took them each time sometimes they went sometimes they didn't. We checked on them once in the night (when I got up to potty) and had them go and then woke up dry for day 2!

Day 2 - Thursday: We did everything the same today, no accidents but no one had pooped yet, so we knew it was coming! We watched them super close all morning and finally before nap time they had both gone. We made TONS of trips to the potty where they would say, "can't get it" they wanted to poop but couldn't and NEVER EVER did we say, "just try", don't do that, let them tell you when they have to. At one point we saw Jackson was trying to in his pants and I said, "let's go into the potty" and in we went and he couldn't go. We kept at it and I think they each had a couple wet farts in their underwear which we said is icky and gross so we got new Thomas undies on. After they both went poop we were happy and they knew they could do it! They were soo proud when they woke up from naps and nighttime with dry "choo choos" and we were too! It's like such a proud parenting moment!

{Joel cleaning in his big boy underwear!}
Day 3 - Friday: Still did everything from days 1 and 2 repeated the phrase 300 times and by now they were better at actually knowing if they had to go so we cut down majorly on how many trips we made to the bathroom with no potty. So they were learning their bodies. We really pushed a lot of dried berries and apples anything to get them some high fiber so they would be able to poop easier. No pooping by anyone on Friday so on Saturday we knew it would be coming. They say that once kids are potty trained their pooping scheduled isn't the same and don't be alarmed if they don't poop one day, so we weren't but could REALLY tell when they actually did have to go! So naps and bed-time and everyone was dry. On Friday Jon had to take Jackson to the doctor and I was soo nervous for him, we planned to not leave the house for 3 days and now he had to leave and take him in the car!!! So he put a potty chair in the car, got an extra outfit and undies and headed to the doctor. He said at the doctor's office that he had to potty and went I was soo proud when he came home and said it was a successful trip! We also had people over Friday night since it was New Year's Eve and boy were Jon and I tired from watching the boys and running to the potty and keeping an eye on the other 2 boys it was a crazy night! So the end of day 3 and we called the boys OFFICIALLY POTTY-TRAINED!!

{Jackson....so proud of you honey!! Big boy!!}
{Jackson & Joel eating my snicker salad I made for Christmas on Saturday}
Day 4 - Saturday: Now the method ends at day 3 but we had 2 more days in the weekend and I wanted to use them to reinforce what they had just learned plus on Saturday we left the house for the first time and went to my Grandma's house for Christmas and this would be the real test on how they would do. On the way across Ankeny Joel said he had to potty. So I hopped in the back, pulled him from his car seat and sat him on the travel potty. "Can't get it," he said! So that was ok, at least he told me and he wasn't scared to sit on a potty chair in the car that was on the seat! They did great at my Gram's and both had AWESOME poopies and since there were lots of people there they got a ton of praise which was great for their ego. They ate popsicles and we had a good day!

Day 5 - Sunday: We stayed home all day, got the Christmas tree and decorations down, did a ton of cleaning and we both felt we didn't have to watch them like a hawk! So it was a nice day, all went well. While they were napping I headed over to our daycare lady's house and filled her in on the process we did and what has been working and wanted to make sure it was a seamless transition for them on Monday when they returned to daycare. She was VERY receptive to what we had done and worked sooo hard toward and had heard of the method but didn't know of anyone that had done it. She had taken kids every half hour and then had numerous accidents and was frustrated at times. I made it clear that was NOT this method and they would tell her when they had to go and so on. I took all our extra diapers home and prayed for a good Monday!

Day 6 - Monday (first day back to work and to daycare after a week): We dropped them off in the morning, they screamed and cried after being home with me for a week they did NOT want to go back there...can't wait until I can be home everyday, just broke my heart! Anyways, I couldn't wait for Lori's text in the afternoon so I texted her around 9 and she said all is going great, the other kids are following them to the potty and watching and she said no accidents. I reminded her to text me after naps. She did and they were dry!! So after worrying all weekend how it would go Monday, being SUPER sick to my stomach at work because of nerves it was all OK and they had a great first day back.

It's now Friday and all is still well. The boys saw the diapers in the girls' room the other night when we were in there cleaning and said they wanted one but I reminded them they are for their sisters, for babies, and they are NOT babies anymore!! We left the room and and they forgot about it, they are so funny sometimes! So we hope everything continues to go well for our potty-trained boys! We plan to actually venture out and run errands tonight (getting ready to paint both rooms this weekend) so we'll see how they do when we're out in stores!! Seriously, Jon and I are both sooo very proud of them and sooo happy with how things went! We were both blown away at how easy they were and how fast they got it!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Christmas with Grandma Millie

Last Saturday, January 1st we had Christmas at my Grandma Millie's house in Ankeny. I hadn't see my Aunt and Uncle or their kids Corey and Ryan in such a long time. It was nice to spend the day with everyone! We all got spoiled! Gram alwasy gives us all money and the boys got these super cute LeapTop Computers and their money/gift was one of their John Deere tractors that they opened at my parents house! They also got something they are super obsessed wither...more train stuff from Uncle Chris and Aunt Ann! Thank you all we had a wonderful time!

{Joel opening his train}
{Jon helping Jackson open gifts}
{Of course Jackie wanted his train out NOW!}
{Papa helping Joel with his choo choo!}
{Joel opening his computer, thank you Gram!}