So Nicole was gone all morning at a garage sale she was involved in with the Moms of Multiples group. I took the kids to get donuts and to see Nicole at the garage sale. Elise ate 11 donut holes before demanding to get up, spilling her chocolate milk and the other two donut holes on the ground. We came home and, while the twins napped, Elise wanted me to do her hair and her new Belle (at the garage sale, $3.00!) doll's hair.
We finished as Nicole was coming in, so Nicole got to see me finish Belle's and then do Elise's to match. Plus, Nicole helped me think of using a chop-stick in Elise's ponytail to get the erect effect. Belle's hair naturally had that type of thickness.
I think it killed Nicole to sit there and watch what was happening. I would look over at her and she was doing the whole face where a wreck is about to happen, and also kept mumbling things to herself.
I don't really think their matching hairdos came out too bad... what do you think?
Lila and Bennett thoroughly enjoyed what was going on...lots of laughs, mostly at my expense.
Elise has been living outside! It has been such a blessing. She LOVES to swing. Yesterday she made me laugh so hard because out of the blue when I was pushing her on the swing she said, "Mom, this is AMAZING!"!!! I didn't even know that was part of her vocabulary! She is so much fun!
Lila loves to hang out in the swing too!!
Bennett, on the other hand, is much happier either on stable ground or in my arms. He holds his breath whenever I put him in the swing. So, for now, it is girls only!!
Today Elise and I worked on an Easter egg project! I was so excited! This was the first year that she was ready for something like this and it was a lot of fun. We dyed the eggs and then she carefully brushed glitter on them. She takes her "projects" (as she likes to call them) VERY seriously, as you can tell. She is so much fun! Hope everyone has a wonderful Easter weekend! Love, Nicole
My parents told us they would get the kids a swing set for their birthdays this year and decided we should go ahead and get it so we could use it through the summer. This is especially helpful to me because taking all three mobile kids to the park alone sounds very scary at this point! Obviously, it is mostly for Elise, but I know before long all three will be having a blast! I am so thankful and know we will spend tons of time outside because of this!!
This is what is looked like yesterday morning. David laid out all of the parts and got everything ready and then my Dad came over to help for the day.
Bennett got tired of watching Lila crawl circles around him and started crawling today! He is very proud! He actually throws the ball (left-handed for now) and then crawls after it. Self-sufficient catch!! After avoiding sickness for a very long time it is finally my turn. I am just hoping that I don't pass it back to the kids and start this over again. It is not fun... My Mom has been helping a ton and so hopefully that will help us avoid restarting the sick chain! Hope everyone else is doing well! Love, Nicole
Above pics of the twins dressed and ready to go see Dr. Mikell! Mrs. Peggy Stogner monogrammed their shirts (http://mysweetpeanut.blogspot.com/)- I think they are so cute. Thanks Mrs. Peggy and Casey!!!
So, here are the stats: Lila is 22lb 3oz and 28 1/4inches (95%) Bennett is 22lb 10oz and 29 3/4inches (94%)
So, they started big and have remained big! Dr. Mikell said they are doing great! Although, we did learn the Lila apparently has a very high pain threshold. Both of her ears were very infected and she had not given me any clue! She has been sleeping, eating, and very content...I would have never known if it weren't for the check-up!
This is Lila's "excited" face...She loves to stick out her tongue!
I think I can now officially say Lila is crawling. It is the funniest thing. She'll crawl for a while and then a few seconds later it is like she forgets that she knows how! So, then she screams in frustration for a few minutes and then eventually begins the whole process over... I'll try to take some pictures tomorrow... Meanwhile, Bennett does not even look like that thought has crossed his mind. He just sits there and smiles. Good old Bennett. We have their 9 month check up on Wednesday so I'll update ya'll with their stats after that!
So, I guess I jinxed myself by titling my last post "All Well"- probably 5 minutes after I wrote it Elise's fever came back and is still going. They are still not really sure what she has, but luckily she has tested negative for pneumonia, the flu, and RSV so far....She is starting antibiotics tonight so hopefully we'll notice some improvement tomorrow...
I am the proud wife of David and Mom to three wonderful blessings- Elise, Lila, and Bennett. I am thankful every single day that I have the opportunity and gift of spending the majority of my time with my children- who I love to pieces, and who challenge, inspire, frustrate, and teach me things every single day.
This is my online journal, which I am hoping the kids will see as a perfect substitute for a scrapbook or baby book--because I don't see those happening any time soon!!
Elise Laurent was born at 5:00 p.m. on July 19, 2005. We did not find out her sex during my pregnancy and we were thrilled to tears (and slightly shocked) to meet our beautiful baby girl. She was a big baby at 8lbs, 8oz, and David and I couldn't take our eyes off of her. Elise is an old French name that David and I have always loved. Laurent is both my paternal Grandfather's name and my Dad's middle name. We always dreamed of having a daughter and were so thankful and overwhelmed to be given such a blessing.
Elise is a true first born. She likes structure, likes to fully understand everything, likes her questions answered to her satisfaction. She loves to be challenged and to challenge. She is also highly sensitive and independent.
She is a wonderful big sister to Lila and Bennett....
Lila and Bennett
It would be an understatement to say that we were shocked to learn on November 11, 2006 that we were not expecting baby #2, but baby #2 and #3!! In just shy of two years we would have created quite a family!
But, on June 1st, 2007, at 36 weeks exactly, we were thrilled and completely overcome with joy and gratitude as we welcomed two big, healthy babies into our family. First, Lila Sue, named after my Mom at 7lbs 0.6oz, and secondly, Bennett Raymond, named after David, David's Dad, and my maternal Grandfather, at 7lbs 10.4oz.
Lila has been the vocal one from the start and to this day is still pretty much running the show. She is the life of the party, the entertainer. But she is also the most compassionate, most giving of our children.
Bennett is a true boy. He is active and rough and loves to tackle and throw. He also adores his sisters and his Dad and gives the best hugs around. His big baby blues get me every time.
Boss is the newest member of our family. He was born on June 15, 2010, and he came home to us on September 9th. His full name is Boss Brees Parnell. He is half maltese and half poodle, and 100% love. We are so thrilled to have him!