Sunday, May 15, 2011

Highchairs, new food, exersaucer, rolling over and mom’s birthday

February 2011

The fun part about looking at pictures from a few months ago is that I can see how much the boys have grown.  They really do change and grow so quickly! 

Grandma Esther & Dean 2-2-11

Grandma Esther comes over on Wednesday evenings to spend an hour or two with the boys.  Dean loves grandma because she sings to him and he is our ‘Music Man’.  He actually started making a continuous noise on this day, almost sounding like he was singing with her.  It was so fun to watch!

Blue-eyes-Danny bundled up after bath time

Danny has big, beautiful, blue eyes.  When he’s all wrapped up after a bath I take the camera out and snap away.  Such a sweet baby.

Danny snuggled up naked in the blanket from Grandma

Grandma Linda gave each boy a blanket with their name & birth stats embroidered on them.  Here is Danny all snuggled up in his after a bath and a little lotion massage.  I just wanted to snuggle up with him!

Dean snuggled up naked in the blanket from Grandma

Dean loves his blanket from Grandma Linda, too.  He mostly likes to put it in his mouth.  I won’t be surprised to find a tooth from this boy very soon!

Dean loves standing with daddy's help!

Both boys love to practice standing.  Their favorite is when daddy is the one holding their hands up.  Can’t you see the happiness on Dean’s face?  He loves his daddy and I love seeing that look on his face!

Dean: Such a Hamby/Michener look-alike!

We’re always saying how much Dean resembles the Hambys and Micheners.  Here is a great picture showing so many of those traits…plus showing off his new trick; sitting with assistance.

Mom holding sick Danny on the couch.

We had a couple more ear infections this month.  Danny suffered the brunt of the infections and needed some extra love and cuddles.  I’m happy to oblige and provide that extra love and comfort when my boys aren’t feeling their best.  It won’t be this way forever, so I’ll soak it up while I can!

Danny: Mom, are you gonna let dad spoon feed me like this?!

Dad made his first attempt to feed Danny.  Danny was looking at me with this look on his face.  It’s as if he were saying, “Are you going to let him feed me like this?”  After this meal, we decided it was time to bust out the high chairs Grandma Linda bought for us.

Dean: Happy in the exersaucer

My family knows me as a Craigslist freak.  Well, probably more than just my family!  We have really used Craigslist a lot since having the twins.  One of our February purchases was this Baby Einstein Exersaucer.  I bought it for $20 off of Craigslist.  When I showed up to pick it up, I was pleasantly surprised to find out it was coming from another family with twin boys.  They had just turned 1-year-old and had outgrown it since they were walking.  This exersaucer has so many fun gadgets for the boys to play with.  You can hook many different toys onto the plastic rings for the boys to discover.  It has a little piano with keys that light up along with the 4 different classical pieces that play when they boys press the keys.  Needless to say, it was a fun afternoon!

Danny: BIG smile!Danny: mid-sneeze!

Danny is our thinker/observer.  He takes his time assessing his environment and the people around him.  For this reason, his most common facial expression tends to be stoic.  We work hard to get him to laugh and smile.  He obliges us and allows us to capture it on camera sometimes.  This picture took teamwork.  I had the camera at the ready and dad jumped up and down doing silly faces to get Danny to laugh.  It worked and we have a great picture to show for it!  I was taking so many pictures in a row that I was able to get this great, mid-sneeze, shot of Danny.  I don’t know why, but I just love getting photos like this!

Danny & his funky right-foot middle toe

February 15th is when we finally pulled out the high chairs.  We are pretty limited on space so Grandma Linda bought us high chairs that actually sit on top of regular dining chairs (they have straps that secure the high chair to the dining chair).  Here is Danny trying to figure out if he likes the new chair.  **Notice his middle toe on his right foot (your left)?  It looks like he’s flexing it forward but he’s not.  His toe has always been that way; almost dislocated looking.  We found out that it’s hereditary.  Since I don’t have that and his daddy doesn’t have that, we’re wondering which of our family members is responsible for this funky toe?  If you see us checking out your toes next time we’re around, you’ll know what we’re doing.  It would save us some time if you’d just come forward! :0) 

Danny loves bananas!

Once Danny realized that sitting in this new chair meant he’d get to eat, he was all for it…especially if he got bananas! So yummy!

Danny's big smile for more food

What a happy baby boy with a full belly!  Well, okay, to be honest, he probably had more on his face and bib than in his belly!  But that’s all part of the fun of learning to eat from a spoon.  This is why he was only wearing a diaper…notice the burp cloth draped over his chest. :0)

Dean's goofy face for daddy

Dean saw the action unfold with Danny in the high chair and he couldn’t wait for his turn.  We normally feed the boys at the same time, but since it was their first time in the high chairs, we weren’t sure how it would turn out so we wanted one parent to get some pictures of the fun.  Dean was giving his daddy a big, goofy smile in anticipation of eating those tasty bananas!  I love these candid photos!

D&D hanging out in the bumbos

We are helping the boys gain new skills by practicing.  Here are Danny and Dean sitting in their Bumbo seats, practicing sitting up.  They love hanging out on the couch just ‘talking’ to each other.  It’s mainly spitting, cooing, screaming (happily, of course!) and laughing with each other.  Even though they can’t say any words, I’m convinced they know what each other is saying!

Finley & Marisue on Marisue's b-day

February brings with it my birthday (funny how it comes around each year).  We celebrated a day early with the Smith side of the family.  Finley sat next to me as I opened my cards and gifts.  Aunt Grace picked out a b-day card with a Paris theme (I love Paris!) and Finley pointed out the Eiffel Tower to me.  I told him that I love Paris and he said, “Yeah, me too.  I’m going there to see the Eiffel Tower.'”  Aunt Grace said he really does talk about that!  Finley is such a smart, cute kid!

Kai, Finley, Oliver & Scott playing Angry Birds

While they were waiting for the food, the older boy cousins gathered around their Uncle Scott for a rousing game of Angry Birds on his cell phone.  Cousin Finley showed Uncle Scott how to pass a couple levels.  He is one smart cookie!  This is cousins Kai, Finley and Oliver with their Uncle Scott.

Dean & cousin Ruthie at Marisue's b-day

Cousin Ruthie is one of Dean’s favorites.  He just loves sitting in her lap staring at her.  Today was no exception and I’m so glad I caught this picture.

Danny gnawing on his burp cloth

Teething has begun, and with it, everything gets pulled into the boys’ mouths.  Aunt Noelle was holding Danny here while he enjoyed gnawing on his burp cloth.

Hanging out with family on Marisue's b-day

This picture shows the best part of my birthday…hanging out visiting with family.  Such fun conversations!

Dean loves Uncle Todd!

Uncle Todd doesn’t have to work too hard to get Dean to give up a big smile!

Danny rolls over for the 1st time!

The most exciting picture & video I captured this month was of Danny.  I put him down for a nap, but he had something else in mind.  I’ve learned to have the camera ready when I hear funny noises coming from the monitor.  Danny was making happy grunting noises so I thought I’d check it out.  He had rolled onto his tummy and was trying to roll onto his back again.  Here he is, mid roll over.  I actually switched to video after I saw that he was determined to roll over.  Good thing, because he actually did roll over!  There are many ‘firsts’ that babies have and more often than not, they aren’t captured on film.  I was ecstatic to have caught his first roll from tummy to back!

Danny had a rough day & wouldn't sleep until he was in the carrier

Since Danny spent his entire nap time practicing his rolling, he was wiped out.  He became overtired and nothing would console him.  It finally took putting him in the carrier while doing dishes to get him to calm down enough to sleep.  This boy is down for the count.  He didn’t even flinch when I put him into the crib!

Dean in his spiffy duds handed down from cousin Gregory

Our family and friends have generously given us so many ‘hand-me-downs’ for the boys.  Dean’s spiffy look is brought to you by cousin Gregory.  Gregory grew so fast that he had to be squeezed into this outfit for a quick picture.  After that, Aunt Jojo decided to just pack it away and bring it with her when they came to visit in December. 

Thank you for all the clothes, toys, books and various assortments of baby supplies.  We have been so blessed by each of you and we can’t wait to pass on our loot to the next little one to join the family!

See you soon!


  1. awww I love this post. thank you for taking the time to do it. i know your time is so limited!

  2. The picture of Scott and the boys sleeping together is priceless, so cute!