ONE YEAR OLD

Our babies are a full year old!  We celebrated with a party this weekend with all of our family and friends. The girls are so loved and were just a tad spoiled, if I’m honest.  Today is a quiet day full of their favorite foods, playing, waking them up by singing “Happy Birthday” and taking a picture on the exact minute they turn one!

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Leila Grace

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Leila’s top 4 teeth are just starting to poke through.IMG_0820

Her hair is getting redder and starting to curl!  It’s longest on the crown and back of her head so she has a bit of a cockatoo hair do going on, in the cutest way. IMG_0821

Her emotions are always right on the surface and she seems to walk a line between wailing and laughing.  It doesn’t take much to go from one extreme to the other.IMG_0822She’s so sweet, loves eating and being held.  Once she is used to a new situation, she takes off and doesn’t stop.  IMG_0823

Blake Evangeline

IMG_0824Blake is so very close to walking.  She tools around on push toys and barely holds our hands when we help her along.IMG_0825

She is waving, clapping and holds up one finger to tell you she’s one.IMG_0826

She’s a sweetie, but with an independent and stubborn streak.  For example, she prefers to feed herself, so she grabs the spoon from me and growls if I don’t give it to her. Or she spits out pieces of food I feed her so she can then put them in her mouth herself.IMG_0827

We are done with our monthly photo updates, and I think all three of us are pretty relieved, because it is getting hard to keep them still and focused.

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This has been the best year of my life.  As emotional as I’ve been over the past week about how much time has passed and losing a tangible connection to my girls (they have fully transitioned to cow’s milk), I am so happy to see them thriving and happy.  I love watching them learn, grow and become their own little people.

Eleven Months

Our girlies are so big and fun.  They are full of personality and love to play.

They both started clapping all on their own.  Because they are so active and hate sitting still, bath time has gotten super stressful for me! I’m basically trying to make sure two slippery little babies don’t climb out of the tub and knock their head!  And nothing makes them more wiggly and giggly than bath time for some reason.

Blake Evangeline

Blakey girl loves to dance.  She will start bopping around to anything even sort of resembling music.

She is pretty independent at home but at the play place we go to, she is content to sit and play with one toy near me the whole time.DSC01914

She got her top two teeth and I was so glad when they broke through.  She had a runny nose for weeks!DSC01919

If she isn’t paying attention, she can stand without holding onto something.  But then she realizes she isn’t holding on and immediately sits down.DSC01921

She likes to lean her forehead against us and nuzzle.  It’s the sweetest thing.  She puts her forehead against mine and Scotts and will also try to nuzzle Leila.  Leila clearly has no idea whats going on, so Blake usually ends up nuzzling the back of Leila’s head or her back.DSC01924

Leila Grace

Miss Leila had to have a hearing test this month, after failing a hearing exam at her 10 month appointment.  Her hearing is just fine.  Scott says she just chooses not to listen to us.DSC01930

When we are at the play place, she is on the go!  She wants to explore everything, which is so surprising, because she seems to be a momma’s girl at home and doesn’t want to be put down.DSC01934

She snorts when she cries hard, belly laughs (her belly laughs are amazing) or if she gasps in delight.DSC01935

She has started to shake her head no. She doesn’t seem to actually be saying no to anything, she just likes to shake her head and laughs if we mimic it back.DSC01936

Leila is also starting to dance more often, but it’s more of a side to side shimmy while throwing her arms back and forth.DSC01937

They are just the best.

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Ten Months

Our girlies had a big month! Their Aunt Megan got married and they were the world’s cutest flower babies in the wedding.  They went on their second set of flights to Savannah and got to meet almost all of my extended family.  They did incredibly well with all of the new people, being way off schedule all the time and loved the wagon they rode down the aisle in.  They started giggling as soon we put them in it during the rehearsal.

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Leila pulled herself up to standing on Easter day surrounded by my cousins.  I was in the kitchen, of course and came running after hearing a bunch of shouts.  DSC01890

She is constantly pointing with her pointer finger.  She tries to pick up food with just her pointer finger and touches everything – my nose, my cheeks, pulls in the rug, cheerios, all the toys and her sisters eyes – with it.  DSC01892

Her new favorite facial expression is pursing her lips, scrunching up her nose and turning her face up to us.DSC01893

She mastered drinking from a sippy cup.  Tip: just buy the take & toss from the grocery store.  We wasted money on lots of different types and none of them worked.  DSC01895

She still loves reading and turns the books’ pages now.  Oddly enough, both of the girls constantly kick their feet.  Leila alternates her legs, while Blake kicks both in and out at the same time.DSC01897

Not to be outdone by her sister, Blake pulled herself up to standing right after Leila.DSC01898

She started waving at the wedding rehearsal and does it all the time now.  She particularly enjoys waving to our cat, Prince.  We’re even mostly convinced she tries to say “Kitty” when she sees him. When we ask “Where’s the kitty?” her head whips around to Prince, she starts waving at him and whispers “Kkeeyyy.” DSC01900

She’s so sweet.  When we play peekaboo, she leans her head into my hand.  She also likes to touch foreheads with Leila and nuzzle into her. DSC01904

She likes to constantly blow raspberries.  She also puts her arms out to her sides and leans forward.  It looks like she’s making an elaborate bow.DSC01905

She suddenly has major food dislikes, complete with a scrunched up face, gagging and shaking her head “No.”  DSC01908

Nine Months

It’s official, the girls have been on the outside longer than the inside!

There were quite a few firsts this month.  They had their first plane trip (to Miami).  They saw the ocean, went to the beach and to the pool for the first time.  And they both started crawling!

They have started being very aware of each other and are even starting to play.  They “race” to the hallway corner and sit on either side, peeking around and giggling at each other.  They also crawl all over each other, which turns into a baby wrestling match or one sitting on her sister as she cries.

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Blakey girl loved the pool immediately.

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She started crawling while we were in Miami.  She plops her hands down when she crawls and it makes the cutest noise!  When she wants to get somewhere fast you’ll hear her making high pitched, almost heavy breathing noises as she makes a beeline for you.DSC01711

She has great rhythm and will start bopping around and dancing whenever she hears music.  This includes actual songs, music from their toys or someone singing or whistling.  DSC01712

She is a fidgety mover and will constantly whip her head around to look at everything in the room while being held.  But when she’s playing on her own, she will sit and focus on one toy.DSC01713

She loves her pacifier and also has a “Honey Bunny” (bunny blanket).  She does such a good job keeping track of both when she is going to sleep or cuddling.DSC01716

Leila Grace

Leila took some time to warm up to the pool and played and napped on the beach.  The ocean was very scary to her and made her “koala” onto us whenever we took her near it (arms and legs around us as tight as possible with her head tucked in).  She must like this position, because she’s started doing it all the time, especially when she’s super tired.

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Her hair must be growing, because she has started having bed head when she wakes up.  It makes me so happy.DSC01697

Leila gets SUPER upset and wails when her bottle or bowl of food is gone.  She quickly gets over it, but you have to brace yourself.DSC01689

She really found her voice this month.  Her “talking” is much more lyrical than typical baby babbling and is always accompanied with funny facial expressions.  She also started yelling (not upset crying) on the plane to Miami.  Luckily we had kind people surrounding us!DSC01696

Lastly, she crinkles her nose when she smiles.DSC01694

The girls are sweeter and showing more personality every day.  I can’t believe we’re already at the nine month mark.

Eight Months

For their first St. Patrick’s day, the girls got to wear authentic Irish sweaters, complements of our sweet friends living in Ireland.

The girls like to look at each other now.  While in the kitchen I overheard laughter coming from their play pen.  I peeked around to see them sitting, looking at each other and cooing and giggling.

Leila

Leila got her first two tooth this month.  It was a bit stressful for all of us and we were all so happy when they finally broke through!  There was one particularly sleepless (screaming) night with a late night Tylenol/Orajel run.  DSC01660

Once she was done teething she was such a happy little thing with tons of smiles all day long.  It was such a nice change.DSC01661

She gets a huge kick out of us making funny voices and faces.DSC01666

She loves books – she pulls them out all on her own and drops everything when I start reading one.  She also loves sitting in the bath.  She will literally lounge in the tub, while Blake splashes about until she is done and tries to climb out.DSC01672

She’s a bit of a momma’s girl.  She will crawl to me and right into my lap.  She’s happiest when she’s playing while draped across my lap or legs.  DSC01675

Blake

Blakey Girl giggles when she’s tickled but basically looks at you like you’re crazy if you make funny voices or faces at her.

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She has started to reach out for us and lift her arms up to be held.  It’s so sweet!DSC01642

She went through a stage of throwing her head (and upper body) backwards to see something happening behind her.

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While her sister is going after books, Blake is busy going through all of the toys, chewing, throwing, hitting them.  She does enjoy bath time (until she’s done and climbing out) and chases toys around her little seat.  She’s even pulled herself over the edge of her basket to reach for toys in Leila’s area.  Which lounging Leila is only too happy to let her take.DSC01655

Blake has liked blowing raspberries for awhile, but will now mimic us if we blow one at her.  DSC01657

They are so fun and I can’t believe how big they are getting.

Seven Months

Happy almost Valentine’s Day from the Fitzgerald girls. They are so fun right now!  They are starting to interact more and more. Sometimes that just means that they want to play in the exact same place at the same time.  So it looks like a baby wrestling match and we have to stop them from kicking each other in the head or grabbing each others eyes.  But then they will also make eye contact, gently pat each other on the head or smile at each other.  It’s adorable.

Blake Evangeline

Blakey Boo is weighing in around 17 pounds.

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She can sit up on her own with minimal toppling.  To be fair, we have to get her to the sitting position.  This prompted us to start big girl baths, using little seats in the bathtub instead of individual sink baths.  They both love bath time and I love getting both baths done at the same time.

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She is great at “feely” books.  Her hand shoots straight for the spot on the page with the part she is supposed to feel.  She’s learned how to take off her bib and after she’s done eating, I’ll look over and she’s got it off and is playing with it.

She has a tendency to get her teething rings around her wrists or ankles.  I’m hoping this means she’ll like jewelry.

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Her love of mirrors has grown.  She smiles at herself and leans into the mirror, resting her forehead on it, gazing into her own eyes. They are pretty cute eyes.

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She is discovering her voice.  She can be very talkative and babbles nonstop.  Sometimes you’ll look at her and her mouth is moving away but no sound is coming out.  And other times she lets out high pitched squeals or noises that are basically growls.  She mostly growls when she’s playing and something is out of reach.  She hasn’t made any progress toward crawling, so she will get herself into “super man” position and growl when she wants to move, but can’t.

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She is just so sweet.  It takes a lot to make her upset or cry.  You can always count on a big smile when you come in to get her out of her crib.

Leila Grace

Leila is weighing in around 19 pounds.

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She’s a little army crawler!  She mostly pulls herself with her left arm and can book it around the play mat. Both she and Blake also like to get themselves in the “Mermaid” position.  They balance themselves on one side/elbow, with their feet together up in the air.

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And she is sleep trained!  Which basically means our quality of life has improved 100 times from the last post.  I set aside a week that my mom was in town to sleep train her.  We had our game plan in place and anticipated several sleepless nights.  But Leila  got it down the very. first. night.  I couldn’t believe it.  In the matter of one week she went from crying from 9-11 pm every night (unless I was holding her in a dark room) and needing to be fed twice overnight to sleeping from 7 pm – 6 am.  WHAT?!  If she does wake up, I just pop her pacifier back into her mouth and she falls right back asleep.  And she doesn’t need to be rocked to sleep either.  In fact, she seems to prefer no cuddling and to be put straight into her crib.

I have joked before that Leila was in charge around here.  And through sleep training, it was like I was telling her that I was in charge.  I took control of the situation and we are all so much happier for it.  I’m sure that lesson can (and should) be applied to many future parenting situations.

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She loves books.  She often crawls to our book basket and will also sit and look at books endlessly.  Needless to say, her Grandma (the former Kindergarten teacher) is super proud.

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She is discovering what she can do with her mouth.  But instead of babbling like her sister, she has recently been spitting.  Just pursing her little lips and spitting.  Onto my shoulder, the floor and even her sister’s head once.

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She loves when I play peekaboo with her.  If she’s in her little play saucer, I can hide behind the kitchen cabinets and pop out to surprise her.  She jumps in surprise every single time I pop out and then breaks out into big, baby belly laughs.

We are having so much fun with our girls.

Half a Year!

My babies turned 6 months on my birthday.  I love that we all have “11” birthdays, exactly half a year apart.  This was a big month!  We started solid foods and have introduced oatmeal cereal, applesauce and sweet potatoes so far.  All get a thumbs up, except applesauce does get a “this is sour!” reaction.

They survived their first colds thanks to the snot sucker and plenty of Tylenol.

They are incredibly active and mobile.  They aren’t crawling, but they still seem to move wherever they want to go by rolling and spinning like a top while they are on their tummies.  We rearranged the living room and it’s now baby central with a play mat, bouncers and toys everywhere.  Both girls got multiple limbs stuck in between the bars of their cribs when they started rolling around and spinning in their cribs.

We celebrated their first Christmas and they met their Uncle Justin for the first time.

Leila Grace weighed in at 18 pounds, 2 ounces.

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She is 26.5″ long.

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Within the past week, she has been getting up on all fours and rocking forward and back.  She’s just itching to crawl!  Sometimes she does get forward momentum, but can’t move her arms, resulting in a face plant and her legs up in the air. Between that and how often we find her with her head up against the crib rails, her Daddy nicknamed her Crash.

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She has discovered her feet, as you can see.

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To Leila, there is no greater indignity than seeing a bottle in the room but not being FED the bottle.  You will HEAR about it.  Sleeping is also a challenge.

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She loves to grab my face in her hands and look straight in my eyes.  It’s sweet until she starts scratching.

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She has become such a happy girl as her physical therapy works out her stiff neck muscles.  Between that and her medication regulating her thyroid, she has become so much more content than when she was tiny.  It makes us so glad.  And when she smiles (which is so much more often) she looks like the happiest little elf!

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Blake Evangeline weighs 16 pounds, 7 ounces.

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She is 26″ long.

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The day after Christmas we discovered her first tooth!  Her bottom left tooth was poking through and was the most adorable thing I’d ever seen.  It amazed me how proud I was!  The bottom right tooth followed January 2.

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She has dropped one, and sometimes both, overnight feeds.  The morning that we discovered she had slept 11 hours was a celebration.  Of course, that meant she was up at 6 and Leila slept until 8 – and they were on the exact opposite schedule all day.  It’s just a transitional phase, right?  And in the meantime, lots of coffee for Momma.

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She still dances her little jig with her feet and twirls her feet while she sits in her high chair or boppy.

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When she sees a bowl of food come around the corner of her high chair she gasps with delight.  She gets a big, excited smile before every bite of food.  She is like a little bird that opens up, waiting to be spoon fed.

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She has some pretty amazing motor skills.  She holds her bottle (and even pulls it away for a break and then brings it back in), can put her pacifier in by herself and is really good with all of the new toys they got for Christmas.

When she gets startled, she clutches her hands to her chest.  Peek-a-boo is hilarious, especially since Leila reacts the exact opposite.  If she is startled she throws all of her limbs out wide.

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The girls are such a blessing and challenge. I love being home with them to witness all of their smiles, pouts and constant changes.