Thursday, November 19, 2009

Toe Heads

He also said that the boys have VERY light retinas, from their German heritage. He could tell that they will both most likely be blonde and have blue eyes. :)

Eye appointment

First, LOL at Kristi. One out of two smiling IS an accomplishment! :)

We just got back from the eye doctor. Our appointment was at 9 a.m. in Elk River. I would like to say that we got up at 6:20 a.m. (and I had to wake the boys, which just killed me!), I gave them breakfast, bathed them, dressed them. They had a little playtime with Daddy, then bottles. I showered, got ready (hair & makeup!), put the kiddos in their carseats and we were in the car at 8 a.m. WHOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

We went to the eye doctor as a part of the InfantSee program.
It offers free eye exams to infants 6 mo. to 1 year. I have horrible vision and my mom's is even worse, so it was important to me to get the boys checked as soon as possible.

They did so well. Dustin is at work, so I went alone, and I seriously could not have been prouder of the twins. They even had lots of yogurt melts in between different things. They had their eyes dilated and received a "prescription" of what their vision is, if you will.

Babies eyes continue to develop after birth..But, at this age, they can tell what kind of things could be issues for them as they get older. They should have a "prescription" between a 2-3.

Zachary did really well (especially because he had O2 at birth). He fit right in that range. He is SUCH a flirt, it is crazy. He was also a very squirmy, wormy wiggle. Such a jokester. But, he behaved.

Maxy also did well, but his eyes are a little worse. He is between a 1.5-1.75. Certainly nothing alarming, but we will watch him. He has a fairly high chance of being nearsighted, like me. We will watch him and bring him back into the Kennedy Vision Center at one year. If we aren't concerned, they will both get checked out at 2-3 years.

I was very impressed with Dr. Anthony Traverse. He did a really good job with the babies. Very throughout! They also dilated the boy's eyes to look inside.

So, another thing checked off!

They are teething like crazy. Both have their two bottom teeth and Max is getting three more on top. Poor honey. It breaks my heart.

Today is my day off and I have a mound of laundry in our room that no matter how much I wish, will NOT wash itself. :( Zachary is playing with his hands, but is about to go in his crib for a nap, he doesn't know that yet though! :) Max is all ready sleeping, little honey. He has been up all morning. Smiling for the girls.

Hugs, Sara

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

6 months

Here is another recent picture. Maxy HATES the camera... :( He is as happy as Zachary.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Six Month Well Child Checks

So, I was suppose to blog this earlier, but the end of my week became really busy with life. :)

First, our well-child check went perfectly. The boys received 5 immunizations, 4 shots & 1 oral. They were such troopers. It helps that they have such great thighs (inherited from mommy, of course!) We DID get our boys the H1N1 vaccine. Thinking about it, if they would get sick from something that we could have prevented, how would I EVER forgive myself? Over 100 children have died. It is 2009, children should NOT have to DIE from Influenza. I got the mist & Dustin also got the shot at the boy's appointment. We are a H1N1 vaccinated home! :)

The boys are growing so well. Both over 90th percent for height, weight and head circumference. We aren't positive that their weight was taken accurately, but, Zachary weighs 20 lbs. 4 oz. and is 28 1/4" long and Maxwell weighs 20 lbs. 10 oz. and is 27 3/4" long. They are growing boys.

Our only concern was the way Zachary breathes. Sometimes, he is SO loud and almost wheezy. He never turns blue or cries for the sole purpose to breathe, so Dr. Guertin wasn't concerned. She thought his nasal passages were on the small side of normal (something he certainly got from his daddy), but there is nothing that we would do about it now.

We will go back in a month to get the H1N1 booster and hopefully the seasonal Influenza vaccine. They didn't have that when we were there on Tuesday. The boys were so good. Zachary got jealous when Max was being examined. But, Zachy did get to go to the front desk with Dustin to register and he got his fair amount of flirting in with the office staff.

The boys are doing so much. They constantlybabble, coo and giggle. They are sleeping separately now, which is going very well. They are taking naps, in their cribs. :) They are rolling all over, especially Zachary. Max does very well with fine motor. He is always finding out how to play with his toys intricately. He will spin them, etc. Zachary is more of a brute when it comes to playtime.

They both go to bed like little angels, but for some reason, Zachary thinks that after Max goes to bed, it his his time to clown around. He usually gets to stay up later. But, after all, he is older. LOL. I told him the other day that he sure gets away with a lot of shit because of one minute! :)

We ordered them new car seats last night, they have outgrown their carriers. We also are going to other bath chairs. It isn't really working to bathe them in the little tub in the sink anymore. Especially since they LOVE to kick and play in the water!

Today, after Dustin gets home, we are going to take their Christmas card picture. OMG. It is going to be so so so cute! I am PUMPED. :) I hope the boys are too and we actually get some smiles. Maxy HATES the camera, and he usually will NOT smile. I don't know what it is, but he is this amazingly happy child and he looks miserable in every photo we have. Maybe he is shy about his teeth? :) He has two on the bottom and is getting two on the top. Zachary has one and a half teeth.

I will add a picture from Halloween. Maxy was a Bumblebee (because he was baby B, fitting, right?) And Zachary was a chicken, for no particular reason. I wanted them to be pea pods, as in "Two Peas In a Pod" but they didn't fit into the costumes.

The boys are taking their "after breakfast/after bath" morning nap, so, I better scoot into the shower while I can. I got my haircut last week and LOVE it! (Thank you Donna!) It is so fast, easy and fun.

All our love to all of you,

The Grieser's

Dustin, Sara, Zachary & Maxy

Monday, November 9, 2009

6 months

Oh! What a dork my husband is, but I love him. And yes, all faith has been restored in the cell phone Gods.

The boys were 6 months old on Friday. I will get Dustin to post the pictures soon. They are so adorable and amaze us more each day. They are playing with their toys, feet, us, each other. They really like to figure stuff out. Maxy is a little more intricate in play. Zachary is rolling all over. I can not believe how fast the first 1/2 of their 1st year has gone! What a joy to be their mamma.

Grandma Nancy bought us a second crib, so they are no longer co-sleeping. :( I think I am sadder than that then they are. Wait, I know that they are not sad about it because there have been no more kicks to the head. However, last night, before I went to work, I went into kiss them goodbye and they were each in their own cribs, curled up into little balls in the corner of their respectable crib. Lol. I guess they are just so used to having to share. It was the sweetest thing. I carefully put them in the middle of the mattress with a kiss and a giggle.

Tomorrow we are going to Fairview Elk River for their 6 month well-child check with Dr. Guertin. They get a bunch of immunizations. I am not sure if the clinic will have the seasonal flu vaccine or H1N1, or what we will choose to do. We will certainly follow Dr. Amy's recommendation. It is such a big decision. We are ALL about vaccines though. I went to Little Falls on Friday and received the H1N1 mist. At least I am protected.

I have no idea what they weigh, I think we are pushing 23 lbs. They are so healthy and big, that sometimes, people forget that they were little 35 week old preemies. I haven't forgotten, especially in the wake of cold and flu season. We have had to make some tough choices about holidays, outings, etc. We literally take them no where. I am terrified of what this flu could do to them.

I will update tomorrow. Both boys have had breakfast (oatmeal and cereal), I have done manis and pedis on 40 little nails, and Maxy is bathed and smelling wonderful. Zachary is up next, his feet are sweaty! :)

Love you, Sara

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Sara's Cell Phone Drama

Just thought I would give an update to Sara's cell drama.

I got her old phone fixed and all was well for about a day and then things went all wrong. The reception started to tank and she could no longer receive calls. :-(

I got her a new phone and all faith was restored in the cell phone gods.