Monday, November 2, 2015

Six, Seven, Ape!

Monday, November 2nd

So much to little time! I've been ignoring the blog, so it's time to get back on track! Where do I begin? Since the last post, we've celebrated the 6th and 7th month milestones for the little ones, and we've even added a couple monkeys into the mix!

Our biggest celebration from the last couple of months....Brylee and Ellison turned 6 months old on September 27th! Mom is always looking for an excuse to eat sweets. Devyn and I may have helped them eat their cupcakes!
Happy 1/2 Birthday!!!
Brylee (left) and Ellie (right)
September 27, 2015

Flashback: Kinley & Devyn, 1/2 Birthday
December 17, 2013 

 Ellie is the chunkier baby....can you guess who is who?
Ellie: 15 lbs, 13 oz, 26 inches
Brylee: 13 lbs, 8.5 oz, 25 inches 

Overall, the girls are doing great! Brylee had some bloodwork done which determined her iron levels are too low, so she's taking iron drops for that. Ellie needs to have her head shape checked to make sure it's not too flat...otherwise she'll need to wear a helmet to reshape it. In true Marshmallow fashion....there's always SOME kind of followup appointment needed every time we visit the pediatrician, but major concerns. We'll take it!

Both girls are finally starting to enjoy solid foods. As you can see...Ellie is quite the eater:-) Brylee is a bit pickier. They like Mom's homemade oatmeal with fruit the most.

                        Brylee is ready for her license!                   Ellie is pretty good at sitting up!

We love these onesies from ZTA sister, Aimee! 
(Just for the record.....there is NOTHING free about the second one. NOTHING!)

Auntie Nichole sent the girls these adorable Big Sis and Lil' Sis shirts. Now, if we can just get them to sit still and look at the camera at the same time....
Attempt #1 
Just like a teenager...give her a cell phone and she'll be content for the moment. 
 Attempt #2
Kinley is disgusted by Devyn's behavior!
Attempt #3 
Good enough!

Auntie Kim came to visit us in October! I think we kept her pretty busy between doctor appointments and diaper changes! Devyn still looks at her picture and says, "Keeem!"
She has her arms full!
 We took the girls to a splash pad one afternoon!

 And just like that...another month has passed. Seven months old already!
October 27, 2015
                                            Ellison Mae                                Brylee Quinn

The big finale of the month....Halloween! We spent two evenings at a local Halloween festival at the Springs Preserve last weekend, made a trip to a local pumpkin patch, then of course went trick-or-treating on Halloween night, and finished off the festivities carving pumpkins.
Springs Preserve

 Pumpkin Patch

Kinley loved the big slide!

Brylee is ready for the big night!
 Devyn was ready to GO! She heard the word "walk" and wanted nothing to do with photos.  
 No one likes their costume...
                     Even Miss Lily didn't want to miss out!                     Grumpy monkey!
We hate Halloween!
Devyn leading the way!
 Pumpkin time!
 Kinley prefers to observe the mess, while Devyn jumps right in!

 Who needs a pumpkin when you have newspaper to eat, and fight over!

 Our disastrous attempt at Halloween photos. 
(Mom and Dad were not supposed to be in the photo.)

The one and only successful photo:-)

 This wasn't part of the plan...but it never is! This is our life:-)

Monday, August 31, 2015

5 Months and Counting

Monday, September 21

I blinked and summer is now over and I'm back at work. That means my time as a temporary stay-at-home mom is over too. I was spoiled to be home with the kiddos for so long. It is nice to have some grownup conversations on a daily basis though!

Ellison and Brylee are wonderful! I can't believe how big they are getting! They are such good babies. We are very thankful for them being such good eaters and sleepers! They sleep through the night regularly and rarely fuss.

It seems like time goes by quicker with your second child....or in our case, second set of children. Is that true for anyone else? We're already almost halfway through their first year and they'll be crawling soon. It doesn't seem possible.

5 months old!
(from August 27) 
Ellie in pink, Brylee in orange

Ellie Fun Facts:
  • barely fits in her 3-month clothes (I'm waiting for Brylee to catch up a bit before switching)
  • first to start rolling over, but doesn't do it very often
  • is very strong...she is starting to sit up with very little assistance
  • wins the award for the best sleeper- sometimes we wake her up because she's slept so long!
  • loves to play with her feet
  • did NOT enjoy the first attempt at rice cereal
Ellie was the first to roll over!

Brylee Fun Facts:
  • is still the runt, weighing about a pound less than Ellie
  • rolls from back to tummy, and back again
  • wiggles like crazy and spins around when she lays on her tummy
  • is the screamer!
  • likes to chew on her hand or suck on her fingers
  • did NOT enjoy the first attempt at rice cereal
Devyn "helping" Brylee roll over

Devyn loves her little sisters!

Devyn is doing great and talking like crazy! Her gibberish is finally starting to sound like English. It is so much easier to deal with a two year-old when you can communicate! She is turning into quite a little monkey. She can get in and out of all the cribs in the house (yes, we have 4) within seconds, pushes furniture around as she pleases, and has even tried to climb the walls. Luckily, her attempts to become Spiderwoman have failed so far. I did catch her trying to push her baby stroller up the wall yesterday, however.

Devyn Fun Facts:
  • loves to color (even on the walls and furniture)
  • dislikes wearing shoes 
  • would stay outside all the time if we let her
  • recognizes most of her colors and numbers to 10
  • announces that she's done eating dinner just so that she can return minutes later to eat everything on our plates
"What do you mean this chair is for the babies? I fit in here just fine, Mom." -Devyn

Devyn, our bathing beauty

Look who can get upright all by herself!!!

Sweet Kinley has made some great progress in the past few weeks! She can now push herself up into an upright, kneeling position. She has also started pulling herself up (onto her knees) to the coffee table or her activity table. And with assistance, she will attempt to stand as well.

At her last neurology appointment, her doctor decided to run a genetic test to rule out any additional factors that may be causing her developmental delays. We know that the brain condition from her premature birth is the main culprit. No one actually expected to find anything, so we were heartbroken to learn that she does, in fact, have a genetic problem. The doctor calls it a "genetic deletion," which basically means that one of her chromosomes is incomplete. With the particular chromosome affected, there is a connection with a severe form of infantile epilepsy. However, we are very thankful that there is no evidence of that in Kinley. Affected children usually develop the condition shortly after birth, and Kinley has never showed any signs or reason for concern. This does mean, however, that Kinley has one more obstacle to overcome in her development. We have been referred to a geneticist to discuss her condition and get more information. Geneticists are few and far between, so it will be a while before she can be seen. So, we continue to work with her and love her for the perfect little girl she is:-)

Kinley Fun Facts:
  • loves to listen to us sing to her  
  • recognizes most of her colors and numbers to 10
  • enjoys playing in the water table
  • would watch the baby channel all day if we let her
  • cheers for herself when she "sits up"
  • loves the words "up" and "down" and will make us copy her as she demonstrates them
They LOVE the water table! Notice that Devyn uses it as a kiddie pool. 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Where did Summer Go?

Sunday, August 30
July 27, 2015
Ellie on left, Brylee on right
Note to self....don't start a blog post and then wait a month to actually finish it. You won't remember what was going on in your life a month ago:-(

I started this post exactly 30 days ago. So, needless to say, I have very little recollection of what I SHOULD be posting about. What I do know was that at the beginning of August the girls were still enjoying summer: playing in the backyard, making messes, attending appointments, and growing like weeds! Actually, the only thing that has really changed is that on top of all of that, I am now back at work.    

Thing 1 and Thing 2 (Ellie on left, Brylee on right)
I'm still looking for the same photo of Devyn and Kinley wearing these outfits.

This is how one parent takes all 4 girls to Kinley's physical therapy appointments. We carry Kinley and harness Devyn to the stroller so she can't run away.

Devyn the monkey.

Devyn took a tumbling/gymnastics class this summer and loved it! It was right up her alley: lots of running around trying out all the different stations. The balance beam and this pull-up bar were her favorites. Her least favorite part was practicing patience when she had to wait for another kid to be done.

Devyn and Kinley were in swimming lessons as well. Devyn seemed to enjoy them, although not nearly as much as Kinley! We definitely need to get them in the big pool more often.

Swim lessons with Daddy!

Devyn hanging out in the baby carseat while Kinley was in her lesson.

Ellie watching her big sisters play in the backyard.

Melts my heart!

I thought I was catching a sweet moment between Devyn and Ellie. Instead, I caught this...