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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Where has the summer gone?!

We have been so busy the past few weeks trying to enjoy the last of summer. I cannot believe that it is already September! We even have trees starting to change colors. I love fall weather, but am not at all ready for another long winter!

Last week when the girls were napping, I took a couple couple pictures of the boys. It was cool outside, so we took advantage of wearing their cute jeans that will most likely be too small by the time winter rolls around! They look like such big boys in this picture! We took the babies to their 9 month check-up with the pediatrician last Wednesday, and everyone is doing great! This was a fun visit considering they didn't need any shots! We did find out that Miss Sophie needs to have some tests this week to make sure there isn't anything going on with her kidneys since she had a urinary tract infection at such a young age. Hopefully everything checks out OK! Other than that, everyone is gaining weight good, and will hopefully soon be on the growth chart! I know Max has made it on the growth chart, and I think possibly Brady too. The girls still have a bit of catching up to do! :) Here are their current heights and weights......

Height 25 3/4" Weight 13 pounds 3 ounces

Height 26 3/4" Weight 16 pounds 1 ounce

Height 27 3/4" Weight 18 pounds 5 ounces

Height 27 1/4" Weight 16 pounds 9 ounces

We absolutely love the babies' pediatrician, and his nurse Heidi! They are so wonderful with the babies!
Cannot believe they are 9 months old!!!

We took advantage of some of the cooler weather last week when James was off work, and went for a little picnic as a family for the first time! The babies absolutely loved it. There is a nice little lake in town that has a side walk around it, so we loaded up the stroller.
Even Gunner got to come!
Daddy and Emme (notice any resemblance?)
This past weekend I made a trip home to Clear Lake with the babies to surprise uncle Caleb at school. My mom, aunt Kris, grandma, and I picked up lunch, and ate with Caleb. His reaction was so cute, and he was so excited to show the babies off to all the teachers! I knew if I was going to make it to school to visit, I better do it now before we get into RSV season again.
Caleb and Brady
Max testing out the big kid toys at Nana and Papa's house!
Brady riding the horse!
Jackson and Emme
Taylor and Sophie
We also made a trip to the nursing home to visit a neighbor of James' when he was a kid. She was always like a second grandma to James, and he mowed her lawn for many years. She was so excited to see the babies, and introduced us all to her friends in the nursing home. I think it made everyone's day to see the babies. Hopefully next time James can come along to visit!
Sophie and Max both got a new tooth at Nana and Papa's house too! Sophie now has two fang teeth on top (4 teeth total), which looks very silly, and Max has both front top teeth (6 teeth total).

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Where have the last 9 months gone?!

Once again, I have some catching up to do! I cannot seem to stay caught up with this blog, but am determined to be. In a way, this is a form of a baby book and helps me document everything that is going on in our crazy little world!

Two weekends ago, James and I headed to Marion for a wedding. We had so much fun hanging out with friends, but I missed the babies so much! This was the first time I had left them over night other than when they were in the NICU. James' parents kept the babies at their house for the weekend, and let me just tell you what AMAZING in laws I have! We headed to their house Thursday night since we would be leaving pretty early on Friday. It had been a pretty stressful week because sickness hit our house! Poor Brady had bronchitis, and of course Max ended up with it too. Sweet little Sophie got a urinary tract infection, and was a very sick girl! Emme was the only one who lucked out, and stayed healthy. After dealing with sick (and teething) babies all week, Nana and Papa must have known that we really needed a break! James went fishing with his brother, which he never seems to get to do much anymore, and Nana and Papa sent me to get a pedicure! I really don't know what we would do without them. They keep our sanity in tact for sure! I couldn't ask for a better mother and father-in-law, and am extremely grateful for both of them! The weekend went well, but poor Nana and Papa looked exhausted when we got back!

For Mother's Day, James' parents got me a ticket to the Keith Urban concert at the Iowa State Fair, so last Friday night Nana and I headed to the concert, and had an AMAZING time. This was the 3rd time seeing him, and he was great as always!

On Saturday, James headed to Lansing for a bachelor party, so Nana and Papa stayed at our house to help me out (Have I ever mentioned that they come down EVERY WEEKEND to help us out! Love them!) We had so much fun!

Uncle Jeffy came home from a summer in Arkansas where he was completing an internship, so we went to dinner at Outback Steakhouse, followed by yummy ice cream, and even a little bit of shopping! We did all of this with the babies along! They were so good, and had a blast! We always get lots of looks from people, but most people are very positive, which is nice!

Although Emme was lucky enough to stay healthy while everyone else got sick, she is now sick with the same stuff, so hopefully it won't last too long. I feel so bad for her, but she is such a trooper and always a happy girl! For some reason, Max, Brady, and Sophie woke up yesterday morning with runny noses too, so I'm not sure what is going on! We are praying that everyone gets healthy soon, and can stay that way throughout the winter months. We were so fortunate to stay healthy during RSV season last year! I cannot believe this summer is almost over already, and our babies are 9 months old today!

Here are a few pictures to go along with this lengthy post! One of these days I will stay caught up on things (I hope)!

Max and Brady trying to get each other. The new favorite game in our house is see how fast we can try to bite each other!

The girls were both laying on their tummy, so I thought I would get a quick picture, but they are moving too quickly these days. Within about 2 seconds they had both rolled over!

Sweet Sophie girl can sleep anywhere! The girl absolutely loves to sleep! She usually goes to bed around 9:00 and almost always sleeps in until 10:00 the next morning. If only she could train her brothers and sister to sleep that long! Sophie also has another tooth. She got one of her top "fang" teeth last week, and looks so cute! We started giving her fruit puffs, and yogurt melts, and she seems to like them!

We like to call this little stinker "Mad Max!" He is definitely our most outspoken of the four, and does not hesitate to let us know exactly what he wants. His newest thing to do is scream at the top of his lungs for no apparent reason. He LOVES to eat too. He ate 3 biter biscuits last night, and wanted more. He also loves to eat fruit puffs, and yogurt melts. Max has five teeth now (3 on top and 2 on bottom).

Sweet Emme girl is as laid back as ever! She is such a good little girl, and doesn't get too upset about anything. She is content with wherever we put her, and looks exactly like her Daddy. She isn't crazy about fruit puffs or yogurt melts, but is learning to like them. Emme still has no teeth! I'm beginning to wonder if she will ever get any!

Sweet Brady Boy has learned that he too has a voice. I think he is learning some traits from Max! He has figured out that if he doesn't want to do something, or wants us to pick him up, he can scream too! It's usually followed by the sweetest smile ever (like the one in this picture)! He hasn't gotten any other teeth besides his two bottoms ones, and is not crazy about fruit puffs or yogurt melts. He gags on them, so we will try again later!

I cannot believe how quickly this summer has flown by, and even more cannot believe that we have four 9 month olds! It feels like I blinked for a couple of seconds, and all of a sudden our tiny little babies are big! It will be RSV season again before we know it, and we'll be in "lock down" again, so I guess we better really enjoy what is left of this summer! Next week, the babies have their 9 month check-up with the pediatrician, so I will post their current weights then. Hope everyone is having a great summer!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

4th of July in Clear Lake

Better late than never! Here are some pictures of our 4th of July trip to Clear Lake. I have always spent the 4th in Clear Lake, so I am super excited to start that tradition with my own family! We spent the weekend at James' parent's house. The babies had a blast at the parade, and my grandparent's annual picnic. Such fun memories! Daddy with sleeping Emme, and Mr. Max!
Uncle Jeremy and Sophie with her shades on!
Jackson, Toni, and Taylor
Jeremy, Toni, and Taylor
Papa and Brady
Great-Grandpa Lee and Sophie
Uncle Caleb and Emme
Great-Uncle Alvaro and Max
Papa & Brady, Great-Grandpa Lee & Sophie, Jackson, Great-Grandma Mick & Emme, Caleb
Clear Lake's fireworks were great this year!
Caleb and his friend Adam before the fireworks started.