The kids have started to develop a sense of humor, but it isn't exactly highbrow. Penny hits herself on the side of her head after making sure you are watching and expects you to laugh. And both kids think Daddy's "hurting himself" shtick is pure comic genius.
We are looking forward to the annual moms of twins club Halloween Party this weekend. It feels like just yesterday that Ned and Penny wore these Halloween costumes. This year Penny will try to stay awake.
We spent the long weekend in Maine. The beautiful fall weather inspired us to find a farm to check out some pumpkins. The tykes' friend Georgie (aka, The Duchess) came along for the trip. We found a pumpkin the exact shape of Husband's head to carve.
I really wanted a great shot of my two kids but since Ned has started toddling around he would not stay still!
Penny just held on to a giant pumpkin for dear life.
Penny enjoyed a day without Ned yesterday - no one to pull her hair, steal her toys or plow her over when she happened to be in his path of destruction. She spent the day at my backup daycare since she had an alleregy appointment late morning. I won't bore you other than to say that this little girl rebounds well from scratch tests and blood work and daycare deemed her a "social butterfly".
She weighed in at 15lbs, 10oz yesterday - up 10oz from a little less than a month ago. All the bread she scarfs down must be helping. If only a veggie would make its way into her mouth...
We normally put Penny to sleep with her toe probe on (we test to make sure it is working) and then leave the monitor off and let her fall asleep for an hour or so and then go and put on her arm restraints and the O2. Last night I turned the O2 monitor on and it stayed around 95/96% so I decided to leave her alone. It was around the same level when I turned in at 10 pm. The monitor is set to go off at 88%. At 4:30 am the monitor went off and Husband checked on her - her level had already gone up to 96% again by the time he got in there.
We have now officially had our first night without oxygen!! Keep your fingers crossed that this keeps up.
P.S. I should also mention that the adenoidectomy has helped her breathing overall - she's not as snorty and a much more quieter sleeper (although still snores a little bit). The other big benefit is the lack of snot. Penny basically had a runny nose for the last four months - we wiped it all day long and I really don't want to think about what she looked like in the morning. She has been drippy-snot free! I swear, writing this all down will come back and bite me in the ass.
Last night I went to a Big Firm recruiting dinner. A nice candidate from Boston College and a securities law partner newly minted as of last year. I should mention that I wasn't the biggest fan of this partner when he was an associate. A few years ago a partner took several associates to a Bruins game (my first) and this then-associate INSISTED on paying for everyone's dinner. It was all very awkward.
Anyway, he has 2 kids, one Ned and Penny's age, and a stay-at-home wife in the 'burbs. I mentioned that I was going to my alma mater on Saturday to judge a negotiation competition. He said "wow, you must really prefer not to see your kids." Do you think he would have said that to a male senior associate? Don't you wonder how often he sees his kids? What do you think his wife would have said if she had heard him say that?
Hello, my name is Mommy, Esq. and my thirteen month twins still use bottles.
Before I went back to work I fretted quite a bit about feeding and the kids' development milestones. I make no bones about the fact that I worry significantly less now that I'm at work. When I see the kids for about 2 hours a day (tops) do I want to tie myself in knots about Penny's inability to eat a vegetable or that she has maybe taken 5 sips out a sippy cup in her entire life? And sure, Ned COULD go without his very small bedtime bottle but after wrestling our dinosaur-monster into his diaper and jammies it calms him down.
My friend Helen used to complain that Suri Cruise was 2 and there were photos of her in US Weekly with a bottle. We just hide our camera during bottle time. No evidence so if we do manage to "wean" them before college no one will ever be the wiser.