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Twinnyness

In some serious Twinny cuteness, Lucie and Teddy love kissing each other.  They do it unprovoked too which is the topper…I say “kisses for Teddy, kisses for Lucie” and kiss each one of them and then they smile at one another and lean in for a smooch.  Seriously?  It’s adorable.  Lucie yesterday starting pinching her nose and saying “ka-ka” because it sounds funny.  She laughs, pinches my nose, laughs, pinches Teddy’s nose, but he doesn’t quite get the game.  Teddy now drives cars around saying “beep beep.”  We were grocery shopping on Monday in one of those double carts with the kid-car that looks like a taxi.  He spun the plastic steering wheel and called out “beep beep” for like 20 minutes.  Too funny!

DSC_3591Remember our Twin Z pillow?  It’s still a favorite around here, we use it every day for playing and it’s great for bedtime stories in the evening.  It really is the best twin thing EVER. DSC_3585 DSC_3595DSC_3596 DSC_3597Lots of fun this weekend, our neighborhood Farmer’s Market opens on Saturday and I am SO excited for the sweet cherries that are coming.  If you’ve never bought cherries at a Farmer’s Market you are missing OUT.  I thought they were good from the grocery store during cherry season and after buying them last summer from the market I am ruined.  I can’t buy them from the store ever again.  Now, I’ve been pretty open about how things are better elsewhere in the country.  Lake Michigan is pretty and all, but it’s not the beach people.  I have trouble finding the beauty in the flat-lands, I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where there are beautiful rolling hills, winding river valleys, and deep green sunny woods.  Once you get past the sad old houses running up the hillsides, dilapidated steel mills, and rusty train yards (all of which give the city is wonderful character), it’s so gorgeous.  My point here is that there are a few things that are the BEST about the midwest:

  1. Sweet Corn
  2. Hot Dogs, these people know how to eat encased meats.
  3. Michigan Cherries
  4. I feel like there’s a 4th one but I can’t think of it right now; it’s definitely not the pizza, deep dish is not my jam. It’s probably another food though, why are all my favorite things food?
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a sample with a few broken cookies

So after all that post-market on Saturday I am escaping for a few hours to attend a friend’s baby shower.  I’ve been busy all week baking gluten-free biscotti (for the special gluten-free mama-to-be) to package up all pretty for the shower.  It’s such a nice way to spend nap time.  I love having fun projects like that, and Lucie and Teddy are most excellent taste testers.  I’d much rather bake than clean house (who likes to clean house!?  If you are one of these people, wanna come clean my house?  I just vacuumed this morning and consider it a major accomplishment).  On Sunday (happy Father’s Day!) we are thinking about riding bikes down to the park where Will plays softball since we finally found some bike helmets that fit the twins.  They received a super awesome bike trailer for their birthday and we’ve been dying to use it for more than a spin around the block.  We’re gonna be brave and bike in the city.  Wish us luck!

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Things Without Which I Cannot Live, Part 2: “Used” Edition

Some of you may remember a post I did back when the babes were itty bitty (all of 4 months ago) about the stuff I never thought could be oh-so-critical to my daily existence. Welcome to the Used Edition! Some things we received as hand-me-downs from friends and family, and a few “new” things we bought second-hand on Craigslist.

1. Jumparoo

Seriously, money well spent. This was a Craigslist find, it retails for $100 new, we got it for less than half of that. And it is a great babysitter. Both babies take turns happily bouncing away, smacking toys, spinning wheels, up and down and up and down. Awesome-o. The second one is a loaner from my girlfriend, our living room is officially jumparoo city.

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2. Bumbo Seat, and a 2nd unidentified brand baby chair that is just like a Bumbo

The Bumbo is $45 new. And babies use it for like, 6 weeks. My babies at least are already trying to launch themselves out it, so I’m gonna have to come up with a couple of official highchairs soon. Anyways, one we got as a hand-me-down from my girlfriend Nollaig and one I picked up from a neighbor for $15. Good deal!

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3. Playmat X’s 2

Yes this is still on the list from the first time around. It’s a hand-me-down from L and T’s cousins Jack and Ainslie, and been in constant use since they were about 6-8 weeks old, and the 2nd one is from Nollaig. It has a pretty cool piano at one end that is fun to smack and kick and make noise on. It’s getting to the point where it’s not as fun as the jumperoo though, so we’ll see how much longer they like the mats. The photo is with Uncle Ben, but you can see the mat with the keyboard in the corner of the photo.

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4. Breastpump

Yup. My days literally have revolved around this machine since we returned from the hospital. It is running every 3-4 hours between 5:30am and 11pm every. single. day. Sigh. I have made it this far exclusively feeding L and T breastmilk (with the exception of the first few weeks where we filled in with formula during the night until my supply built up enough), and as of Sept. 20, I’ve made it 6 whole months. It’s been my biggest accomplishment and sometimes biggest source of stress. The pump was my sister-in-laws (Jack and Ainslie’s mom, Molly), and I am very thankful for it. They are expensive and while Lucie and I could do just fine without it, I never had the time to teach Teddy to nurse well so his chubby breastmilk cheeks are all thanks to the [friggin’] pump. Yay Pumping! My goal is 1 year and then I’m getting the thing out of my sight forever.

I’m not posting a photo of the breastpump. That’s what I’ve got so far!

Look for a twin stuff update down the road, and click here for a look at the 1st edition.