Saturday, November 11, 2006

Ainsley Update



Ainsley is really starting to grow up. She is currently taking her third swim class and the local YMCA and is going incredibly well. She is a real natural. The lessons have really paid off. When Christy and I tried to teach her anything she just clammed up, however with a teacher and her parents in the viewing room, she is willing to try just about anything. And once she tries something, she's got it nailed. Another mom commented to us how good she was before she knew Ainsley was ours. We're proud and excited for her.

She is also getting ready for her first musical recital. Her musical class is going to be putting on a recital on November 19th. They will be singing four songs and Ainsley will be performing a song on the piano as well. She is killer. She has a good time and enjoys herself, so it makes it worthwhile. I'll post pictures and a review of the show later.

She is also a really great big sister. She loves to hold both the kids and has already jumped in and changed a few diapers by herself. We definetly couldn't have made it this far without her. She's the best and constantly reminds us of how lucky we are and how special she is.

Halloween

Once again Ainsley participated in the Halloween parade in Tenino. This year she was the Cat in the Hat. Of course that meant that Finley and Jade had to be Thing1 and Thing2
Halloweed Kids 2006
It was a great day, the clouds parted and the sky turned crystal blue and warm just as the parade was ending. The party inside was fun, Ainsley was really good at the ball toss and fishing games. Try as she did she was unable to bring home a cake from one of the cake walks this year. I think it was rigged.

We met our friends there to add to the fun and games. Onica came as Princess Fiona.

With all of that paint, that costume was a real commitment. My hat is off to her for sticking with it.

All in all a good time was had by all and we walked away with a small, but sufficient amount of candy and a handful of memories and good times.

Observations From The First Month


As of today, November 11, the two babies are 5 weeks old. Five weeks! It has gone by very fast this time around. They are already providing us with a lot of smiles and warm moments...some yawns and plenty of diaper changes. Here are a few of the things we have learned over the last few weeks.



Finley

  1. Finley is pretty sensitive to temperature changes, which means that diaper changes need to be as quick as possible. He gets pretty pissed off. He also likes to pee when he gets exposed to fresh air. So it is a real race against time. In the middle of the night this can become a real challenge.

  2. He sneezes at least two times in a row, more often than not it is three times.

  3. The best way to burp him is to sit him up.

  4. His is really really strong and is built like an athlete. I am not sure where he gets that because I have never been athletic...about the only thing I am good at sports wise is watching them. I guess that will come in handy as he gets older and more involved in sports.

  5. He loves to snuggle...especially with Christy


Jade


  1. She can yawn longer than anyone or anything I have ever seen.

  2. She makes stretching look so satisfying

  3. She is pretty mellow and easy going, however when she decides to cry it comes out about 195 dB and can rattle your bones.

  4. Her mouth falls open a lot when she is sleeping...making the overtired parent that much more jealous

  5. She is going to be a soccer player, because she can kick like nobody's business


Both of them have pretty incredible timing. I have lost count of the number of times that I have been changing them and have had to re-change them before ever leaving the room - or in some cases before ever leaving the changing table.

They are also both really good illusionists. They appear to be sound asleep and you can wait until they have been asleep for a long time, you know, really locked in. However, the moment that you move or try to get comfortable they will wake up and start to squak.

They love to hear the sound of Ainsley's voice and enjoy listening to her sing.

We are still adjusting to the fact that there are two babies. This reality really hits us like a 2x4 to the head around 3AM when both are requiring attention, but other than that it is still seems unreal. Can't really believe it.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Christy is super-human. I'm serious. How she handles it all with such grace, patience, compassion and love is awesome. Standing back and watching can be very insipiring.