Friday, July 20, 2012

16 weeks Then and Now

I am 16+ weeks now and I thought it would be fun to show comparison pics. I didn't want to post any pics until I knew for sure I'm smaller than I was during the quad pregnancy! My tummy didn't start out as flat this time around as it did last time. As you can see in the pics below, the babies were much higher up the torso than my one baby is now. It's nice for me because usually a woman's second pregnancy they show faster and are overall bigger, but when I'm going from quad to singleton I definitely won't be getting as big! :)

Quads at 16 weeks
Singleton at 16 weeks
Last week the girls and I were in Duluth because one of my best friends, Leah, was in town from Pittsburgh. We were next door neighbors, literally, and we even made a path through the small portion of woods so we could get to each others' houses even faster! Her husband is in surgery residency so she won't be living in Minnesota for another 3 (?) years. She has two girls so it's fun getting everyone together.

Leah and I and our girls, along with Lara and her boys went to Lake Superior twice which was GREAT! Once at Brighton Beach, the rocky beach, and the second time at Park Point, the sandy beach. The girls had fun climbing over the rocks but I think the sandy beach was more toddler friendly (and they lasted a lot longer playing at Park Point). They went up to their knees-ish but that's nice for a mom who has to watch 3 toddlers. Leah and I also took our girls to Congdon Park Elementary, our elementary school. The playground is all different but still fun!

Thanks again to Leah and her mom, Elaine for watching my girls (and Leah's girls were there too of course) while I drove Dan to the airport this past Tuesday. 5 kids 3 and under!

Here are some fun pictures...
Anna, Elsa, and Leah! (Anna is 3, Elsa is 1 1/2)
Peter and Elsa rock climbing
Dane's almost too fast to catch on camera!
Madeline and Sofia 

And a ship in the background (ship noises are totally cool with the girls but NOT train noises. Big difference!)
Girls playing! (and that's Anna in the background in the water- she's brave!)
Geared up for the playground!
L to R Sofia, Anna, Josie, Madeline, and Elsa. How did we get them to stand together for a picture!?

The moms too!

A new trend with my girls lately is possessiveness amongst other kids. This was evident when we played with Anna and Elsa. I heard Madeline even tell Anna and Elsa, "No, that's Josie's!" It must be the age, but it is really difficult teaching sharing! With each other, they mostly just stick with their "own" toys unless they feel like teasing. Sometimes there are scuffles, but with other kids who don't know "who has what toys" they become so upset. You can really see the panic when another kid picks up one of their toys.

This week, the girls skipped every nap except today. They can't do this to me! They can push the baby gate down if it's not quite tight enough. Yesterday I let them goof around upstairs but when I went up all three were naked- no diapers. I'm losing this battle! This picture below is from today. I won the nap battle but when I checked on them, both Madeline and Sofia took their diapers off. The nap was too important to put diapers back on (and wake them probably). I wish we had a picture from last week when Dan checked on the girls before bed. He had to come wake me up because it was too hilarious. Madeline was UNDER the crib- her whole body- and of course sound asleep. They can barely even fit!
I have noticed I tend to have a lot of funny sleeping pictures. (Madeline)
Have a great weekend, everyone!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Mosquitos, Ticks, and Deer Flies, Oh My!

We got back yesterday from a nice, long trip (5 nights) to my parent's cabin near Ely. Waaay up north! We had incredible weather and awful bugs. I don't remember having so many hot days in a row on a trip to the cabin, but I didn't complain! Now that we're in the cities again with monster heat I miss being able to jump in the lake whenever I please.

Lake Ojibway off the cabin's dock. Taken right before my last swim of the day around 9:30. We just had to swim before bed because it was just so hot!
The girls had fun but there will be toddler meltdowns anywhere we go. They did NOT appreciate the mosquitos, deer flies, and horse flies. I only picked off a couple ticks- one was crawling on me in the middle of the night. The girls were tentative around the water (which I appreciate!) My parents shoreline is not ideal for toddlers because of big rocks and deep water so we would take the motor boat to a public beach/landing just a couple minutes away. The girls waded to their waist- a record- and even "swam" on their bellies. They definitely like to do things like that on their own. They would freak out if we wanted to hold them in the water. No trust!?!?! Oh well.
Sofia so serious! (can you make out all her bits on her face/neck?)
Madeline gazing at the lake
The girls liked pointing out loons and even spotted a "goose"flying right over us before I did while on our dock. (The goose ended up being a bald eagle- hehe.) The least fun part of the trip besides the bugs was trying to get the girls to nap and sleep at night. They just like to play and they get so wound up. If we leave them alone while they should be falling asleep, they will no doubt climb out of the pack and plays and get into things. One time, I went in and Sofia and Josie were sleeping but Madeline had gotten into my cosmetics case and drew eye liner all over her face. Arg!
At the public beach/landing. 

Odin spends the whole time "fishing" (with no luck) while at the public beach.

Madeline wouldn't nap so I took her on a kayak ride. She didn't win her battle against sleep (but why the kayak and not the crib!?)

L to R Madeline, Sofia, and Josie.

They can torment Odin at the cabin too!

Sofia throwing sticks in the water (one of the favorite activities of the trip)

Cute pic of Madeline

I just love it up at the cabin. Our lake is only one lake outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It is so beautiful and peaceful. Even with toddlers! I'm not sure if we'll get up there again this summer but we'll see. On our way back we first stopped in Ely to watch the 4th of July parade. Wow, they were waaaay too generous throwing out candy! After that, we stopped at the Island Lake Cabin (Dan's parents) to see some family on the 4th before heading back to the cities. The cousins had fun with each other but we didn't have enough time!

Here's a cool loon video my mom took one of the mornings. The girls love watching this video- they break out in hysterics!

Ha! You want us to smile? We think not!! (l to r Josie, Madeline, and Sofia)
Happy to be at the parade!
Sofia taking her time (doesn't realize there's candy in her near future?)
A couple weeks ago, all of my aunts and uncles from out east came to Minnesota for my second cousin's wedding. We celebrated as well at a picnic for their wedding and we had my aunt and uncles over for a casual dinner at our house. Most of them had never met the girls so it was fun for them to finally meet them! The girls were shy at first of course, but they had a great time. 

I have to add a side story. After the picnic and before we were having people over to our house, we tried to get the girls to nap- of course- but they were playing in their cribs instead. They ALL had their diapers off- of course- but Josie had pooped in her crib! It was smeared everywhere including her body, blankie and some of her dogs! She was crying because she obviously didn't like it. This was 10 minutes before we were expecting guests!! Such a typical toddler story! The other two had accidents so needless to say everyone was in the bath. Luckily, the guests were a little late (thank you!!) so we were ready even with the drama.
Family get together!
One last tidbit. We converted the cribs to toddler beds finally! They were getting out of their cribs constantly so we bit the bullet. It has not been an easy transition. The girls are all having way too much fun when they should be sleeping! Last night, for example, we put them down at 8:15 and they weren't asleep until close to 10. They just goof around! We made it a safe room and child proofed the door knobs (which they promptly figured out anyway) and ended up putting baby gates to further child proof the door. They are crazy! The fun thing is that Dan set up a video camera to see what they did that first night we converted. Sadly, we can't find the cord to upload the videos to the computer so I can't post anything yet. Let's just say they were having pillow fights, bouncing on each others' beds, and were just plain hyper. When we finally upload the video I'll try to post something. 

Madeline sleeping during nap. Makes me laugh!
After a failed nap (too much fun to play instead!), two fell asleep while I was packing for the cabin. 

Good job if you made it through the whole post... this wasn't a short one! Hope you all have a great weekend!