Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Follow the Leader...

Rocco: "I love standing up on everything!"

Rocco: "Hey bro, where are you going?"

Maximus: "Look, Mama left the door open!"

Rocco: "Wait let me try standing up on the highchair real quick!"

Rocco: "Okay I mastered that, whats over here?"

Maximus: "I think we need to go AROUND the door to get out!  Let me turn around."

Maximus: "I think I found the escape route!"

Maximus: "yup! here it is!"

Maximus: "Come on bro!"

Rocco: "Oh cool!"

Rocco: "Move out of the way!"

Oliver: "Hey hey, where are you guys going?? I want to play too!"

Rocco: "FREEDOM!"

Rocco: "OMGoodness... look whats over there...  The POOL!"

Maximus: "Hmmm... Maybe we should wait for Mama..."

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Beach Bums!

Rocco touching sand for the first time!

Maximus Loved rubbing his feet in the sand

Rocco heading for the water!  He LOVED it!  
 There he goes!!

 Playing with friends

Daddy playing with the boys in their tent

 Mommy and Maximus! He loves my apples!

 Mommy and Maximus

Mommy and Rocco


Maximus eating sand! YUM! ;-)


The whole fam!  

We had such a fun weekend!  The boys just LOVED the beach and Rocco especially loved the water.  He kept crawling strait for the water and loved the waves coming up over his feet.  Maximus on the other had was a little more apprehensive about the water.  I would try to let his feet get wet and he would lift up his legs.  It was pretty funny!  

Even though we live at the beach this was their FIRST REAL beach day, although we go walking/running along the beach all the time.   We all had so much fun and can't wait to go back!  Hope you all enjoyed Memorial Day!!!!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

It's Baaaack!

and back with a vengeance... UGH! I finally started my period again since the delivery of my twins and pre IVF. It's been a year and a half almost two years since I've had a "normal" period... Not one induced by IVF meds or birth. Let me tell you, it is NOT fun at all! This is TMI, but it is extremely heavy, I mean, soaking through the super pluses every 1 1/2 to 2 hours! I'm feel miserable and tired. I don't think I was warned of this either... Thank you (not!) all breastfeeding mama's! I guess after not having a period for nine plus months post birth, there is some cleaning out to do... On a separate note, we have scheduled Rocco's MRI for July 3rd. I was really hoping to just get this over with but because he has to be put under, he has to fast for eight hours (poor baby!) Which means 7am appt and they are booked up! That was the soonest appointment we could get. Thank you to all of you praying for my lil guy!

Monday, May 21, 2012

NINE Months and Counting...

The boys are growing like little weeds.  It is bitter sweet to me.  It is amazing how healthy they are and I love seeing that scale go up, but in the same regard they are already growing up and becoming more independent. They aren't my lil babies anymore.  At their nine month check up Rocco weighed 19.7 lbs and 28.5" and Maximus weighed 19.4 lbs and 29" (remember Rocco weight 5 lbs 7 oz 18.5" at birth and Maximus only weighted 3 lbs 12 oz and 17").  Yes, my lil peanut Maximus is catching up QUICK!  He is   only ounces away from Rocco and LONGER!  They have completely different frames, however, Rocco is much more solid, built like a brick and Maximus is longer and leaner (I used to call him a noodle because he is so wiggly).

Instead of doing my typical month photo shoot that I do, I had a friend take some amazing photos in my bedroom.  Its nice to be in the pictures for once and not behind the camera ;-)

French Toast!

Today we tried french toast and the boys loved it!

1 slice of whole grain bread
1 yolk
babies milk
cinnamon to taste

They enjoyed that with some raspberries and applesauce.  Delicious!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Finger foods...

I make 90% of my boys food, with the occasional earths best or Plum organics, for on the go.  As they are getting older I'm having to get more creative so they can practice feeding themselves with the pincer grasp.  I am totally against processed foods.  The majority of it has added sugar.  I was looking at teething biscuits by Earths Best and even though its says "no added sugar" on it, the second ingredient is evaporated cane juice... SUGAR!!  I decided to make my own.

Vegan Teething biscuits...
1 c oats (you can grind if your baby doesn't like texture)
1 c ground oats (grind oats and make an oat flour)(I just put in the blender)
1/4 t salt
1/4 t cinnamon or ginger or cardamom 
1/4 t nutmeg
1 t baking powder
1 c (~2) overripe bananas, mashed
1 t vanilla extract
3 T oil of choice (you can also sub applesauce)

Mix dry, mix wet, add wet to dry. Drop by the spoonful onto parchment paper or greased baking sheet. Bake 12-15 min at 350.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Prayers For Rocco...

About two weeks ago Rocco and I were playing.  He was laying on my lap with his head at my knees.  He was giggling a lot and I saw something I had never seen before.  On the roof of his mouth there was something new... a ridge protruding out almost in the shape of a line.  As a mother, I STUDY my babies. I know EVERY part of them.  This is certainly something I have never seen before.  When he was a newborn C and I distinctly remember looking inside both of Maximus's and Rocco's mouth prior to checking Maximus out of the NICU because of the odd colors inside.  They looked exactly the same.  The nurse even looked and they were PERFECT.  My guess is it formed in the last few months because at all of the previous doctor visits Dr. F would check their mouths.

The following day I took him to the doctor (a new one because mine moved).  She looked at it and said it was probably just cartilage because when the roof of the mouth form, two sides come together and it probably just a little extra bone (Hmmmm.... sounds familiar like my UTERINE SEPTUM!).  A few days later the boys had their nine month check-up.  I decided to visit another doctor in the practice for a second opinion.  Dr. B (whom I now LOVE!) said she had never seen anything like it before and to play it safe we should see a specialist.

Monday we went and saw Dr. C.  He agreed that it is probably nothing, but in his 30+ years he seen two horrific cases (which I don't even like to repeat!).  There was brain coming down and protruding on the roof of the mouth.  THIS IS NOT EVEN POSSIBLE (I pray!)  Rocco is PERFECTLY healthy and happy.  He is so intelligent and is either right on track developmentally or even AHEAD!  Regardless, Dr. C wants him to have an MRI to be safe.  I'm devastated.

My poor lil baby has to be put under with anesthesia in order to do the MRI.  He is only nine months old and too lil for this!  I'm so sad, but need to be strong for him.  I just know he must be okay.  We have been saying many prayers, but can use more.  If any of you are prayers, please lift my lil guy up in prayer!

It should be scheduled pretty soon here.  I will keep you all posted...

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Mommy and Me Picnic

Each day we three (Rocco Maximus and I) try to get out of the house, whether it is a walk, a jog, shopping, or a picnic! I remember my first outting with just the boys and myself, it was a HUGE milestone at 10 weeks.  I had to get out to just feel NORMAL again.  We went shopping and I brought my my breastfriend nursing pillow and I breastfed them in the car.  It was like I just HAD to do it to feel like, "I can do this 'mother' thing." Surprisingly, it is SO SO easy now.  Yes it takes time and preparation... diapers, wipes, toys, bibs, food, poopy diaper check, pacifiers, stroller, and of course loading each baby in the car!  But man, do I have it down.  I treasure these moment that are just us now.

Living on the coast we are so blessed with the beautiful Pacific Ocean, but we are also blessed with amazing parks!  Central Park is gorgeous, full of trees, ponds, and wildlife.  A perfect place to picnic!  I packed up the car and took the boys on a Mommy and Me picnic... So much fun!

Exploring new things (Rocco and Maximus)!

Carrots make great teethers!

Maximus...Yummy Carrot!


They LOVE sucking on my apples.  Bite for mommy, bite for Rocco and bite for Maximus

Hey...  Its mine!

Delicious Fuji!

Mommy and Maximus

Mommy and Rocco 

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