Friday, April 30, 2010

Sisters!

I have to admit, when I found out I was expecting twins, I hoped for girls!  Mostly becuase I knew they were identical from the start.  I LOVED having a son, it was so new to me after growing up with 5 sisters and dozens of female cousins.  But becuase I knew they were the same gender, I thought it would be nice to have 2 girls.  Sisters.  Of-course I would have been terrified thrilled to have 3 boys, but I wanted a daughter.  I wanted share that bond that a mother and daughter have.  I'm pretty sure we are done with babies.  Rick wanted 2 kids and I wanted 3, so I got lucky!  Most parents would agree with me when I say, I can't imagine things any other way.  I love that the girls have an older brother to protect them and they can't get enough of Jackson's silly faces and funny dance moves.  Jackson is a total momma's boy and always has been.  I can already see that the attachment Ava and Emma have to Rick is just amazing, and sadly much stronger than any attachment they seem to have to me.  They love me of-course, but they don't look at me like they look at their father and they don't cry when I leave the room, the way they do when he does. 

I can't imagine my life without any of my sisters.  We are all so different and although we drive each other crazy, we have a bond that is unbreakable and we truly love each other unconditionally.  Ava and Emma have such a remarkable connection and I am so happy that they have each other.  I do sometimes worry that Jackson will feel like the odd man out.  He loves them so much though and he is a great big brother.  Even on his freshest day, he's almost always kind to his sisters. 

It's just amazing how close the girls are.  I am not sure if  it's because they are twins, or becuase they are identical, but hey really love each other.  They play together.  They hold hands.  They are so alike in so many ways and in others they couldn't be more different.  They are not just sisters, they are best friends!








































































































































Tanya

Monday, April 26, 2010

Makes My Monday: Crawling!

It's official, we have a crawler!!  Ava started crawling today, commando style!  Her timing could not have been more perfect, since her first Army style maneuvering was done right in front of our Early Intervention specialist!  Emma is almost there, starting to get up on her knees and rock back and forth, just as Ava started a couple weeks ago.  They are really on the move and it's only going to get worse better!!

Of course, I don't have any pictures yet, but I have some super cute shots of Jackson crawling at about 9 months.  He was an Army crawler also, for the first 2 months and then crawled up on his knees for just a few weeks before he started walking.





































Ava is not the only baby that's making my Monday with new found mobility... check out another extra cute little girl, who's just started walking at This Crazy Life!  And tell me... what's making your Monday?

Tanya

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Ava and Emma on a bookcover!!

Some of you may remember a few months back, Ava and Emma were booked by Harlequin Novels to be on a book-cover.  I think the book is about twin boys, who are left on the doorstep of an attractive man... come on, that's totally realistic!  Anyways, the book is for sale at Amazon, for $4.50 and I can't wait to read it!  It's not my type of novel, but in this case, I am judging the book by it's cover and it's pretty damn cute!!

Friday, April 23, 2010

From the mouths of babes...

... Or in this case, Jackson!  I truly wish I had the time to write down everything that he says, because he's such a comedian and his vocabulary is very extensive.  I am sure that those of you who know me personally aren't shocked to learn that I have a child who likes to talk!  Loves to talk is more accurate, and of-course I find myself saying to Jackson those same dreaded words that my mother used to say to me... "do you ever stop talking" and "I think sometimes your just talking to hear yourself talk". 

Here are just some of Action Jackson's most recent blog-worthy quotes...

"Mommy, don't be silly... I don't just want to be a cement worker, I also want to be a gas pumper at night"

"I know I can't marry Vittoria, because she is my cousin, but when I am older, and I am I college, then can I marry her?"

After I asked him to clean up his toys, he replied "no that's OK mommy, your a big girl, you can do it" (that one earned a time-out, but Rick and I had to leave the room, so Jackson wouldn't hear us giggling).

My Favorite quote needs a little back-story.  A couple of weeks ago I took Jackson to the pediatrician for a throat culture (which was negative, but that's not the point).  While we were there Dr. A told Jackson that he was very "impressed" with his mature behavior and good manners.  On the way home Jackson asked "mommy, what does in press mean?"  I explained that the "word is impressed, not in press" and that it means that "Dr. A is proud of you".  He then asked me "are you impressed with me too mommy?"  I replied "yes Jackson, of-course I am".  "Even when you're upset with me are you impressed, mommy" he then asked.  "Yes Jackson, even when I am upset, I am always proud of you", I said.  He then asked "Mommy, sometimes are you outpressed?"  I thought that was very insightful and super cute!  

After a long explanation about how "outpressed" isn't a word, we moved on to the next million questions, but he's all about being "impressive" now and wants to make sure everyone is "impressed" with everything he does!

What are your kids saying?

Tanya

Thursday, April 22, 2010

OK, so I am a day late!

I know it's not Wednesday, but since I haven't posted 2 days in a row since the week I started blogging, I figured better late than never... right?!  I have been sitting here for about 15 minutes trying to think of some clever Thursday catch phrase post title similar to "Way-Back Wednesday", but I couldn't come up with anything.

So here's my "Way-back Wednesday" photo, on Thursday...
 
This picture was taken during April Vacation 2007.  I can't believe how small Jackson was, he is much BIGGER than that truck now!

Tanya

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Ava's Special Day!

It's been a long time since I have posted anything and I am starting to feel guilty.  We have been busy, but who isn't?  I know lots of mom's who have 3, 4, even 5 kids, some that work full time and still find time to blog weekly, even daily!  No excuses, I just haven't been into it, I guess.  I have had plenty to blog about.  We've been having lots of fun lately, the kids are really enjoying all the Spring activities and warmer weather. 

Last week I decided to take one of the girls out for a special day and Rick was off work on Friday, which never rarely happens, so it worked out perfectly.  Rick stayed home with Jackson and Emma and I took Ava with me to go shopping with Heidi (one of my best friends), her parents, who are visiting from San Diego and her son, Rocco, who is just a month older than Ava and Emma.  How did I choose who to take with me?  Well, obviously I am planning to take Emma for a special mommy day very soon, so it was just a matter of who was in a better mood.  To be honest, they were both happy and smiling, so I asked Jackson to choose for me.  Emma happened to be sitting next to him on the floor at the time, so he said he wanted her to "stay home and play".  According to Rick and Jackson, Emma had a great day and seemed to enjoy all the special attention!!

Ava was like a little baby pageant queen at the Mall.  She was just in her glory, waving to everyone, clapping her hands and smiling.  I had bought some tiny elastics for babies, so she had her first "pony-tail" in... well more like a little sprout!  I swear she knew she looked cute.  Ava and Emma LOVE going shopping with me.  There is so much to see and they love going out in the stroller and since they are right next each other, they can play and share toys.  Rocco hung out with Ava in the stroller, so she did have a play-mate.  He's with us so much, that he's learned to share and socialize with other babies very well, for an only child.  Of-course, everyone wanted to know if Ava and Rocco were twins.  What's really funny, is how excited people were to see "a boy and a girl"!  People just love a set of boy/girl twins and seemed disappointed to learn that they weren't twins, but that Ava did have a twin sister.  I guess since they look nothing alike and I am so used to having twin girls, I wasn't expecting even more attention then I when I am out with Ava and Emma!  The babies were both fantastic all day.  They both napped in the stroller, Ava for 30 minutes and Rocco for well over an hour!  We had lunch in the food court, where we discovered Ava's love of fried rice (probably not the best choice, I know) and then we let then crawl around, since this mall had a big carpeted area... OK, Rocco crawled and Ava sat and watched ;)  

It was such a great day and I am so glad we did it.  It was hard leaving the house with just Ava.   I felt a little guilty, but more so it just felt odd.  Packing the baby bag for one, bringing one bottle, one container of baby food and one spoon and buckling one baby in her car seat.  It was great though.  I really got to enjoy Ava and she truly seemed to enjoy having all of my attention.  But I did really missed Emma.  Jackson and I have lots of alone time, but I usually have all three kids, or I have just Jackson, or just the girls.  I had never been with just Ava or Emma, except for when they were in the hospital with RSV.  After hearing about how much Emma enjoyed her time at home with her brother and her Daddy, I felt better and now I can't wait to take her out for her special day!




























































































Tanya