14 April, 2014: Consonants, Clapping, and Crawling

A very belated update from the twinmageddon household!

Girls are now 11 months old and tomorrow is the anniversary of the  day everything started to change. A year ago today we arrived in Boston for the marathon and tomorrow is the anniversary of the bombing (which occurred well after we left the finish area). A year ago on the 17th, Lara went in for a routine 24 week check-up and it was discovered that she had preeclampsia and Kat was <5th percentile and not growing appropriately. Lara was immediately admitted to hospital and put on bed rest. Lara can’t believe she was only on bed rest for a month. It seemed like at least 2 months.

How life has changed since then! Last check with the pediatrician a few weeks ago, Tasha and Kat were 16.5 and 15.5 lb, respectively. By our scale they are now in the 17 to 18 lb range. They have been healthy and happy with the exception of one cold (upper respiratory only, thank goodness). Tash got the worst of it, Kat and Lara got mild versions, and somehow Neil escaped it. We will consider ourselves incredibly fortunate if it’s the worst we experience for our preemies this first winter. Here are Kat & Tasha at about 10 months unadjusted age, both having mastered “sitting with stability”: IMG_0420 IMG_0421 Kat IMG_0407

And here at 11 months unadjusted:




Lounging as the case may be for our Tasha bear: IMG_0334

Note incoming teeth and hair. Kat’s forte is the former and Tash’s the latter. On the food front, “mum-mum” crackers and cheerios are extremely well loved by Kat. She’s ready to end the bottle nonsense and move on to 100% solid foods. Tash is more a mushy banana girl and doesn’t yet appreciate chewing solids. Kat shows off her four of her six pearly whites and competes with mom at cracker-eating:
IMG_0435lara+Kat eating crackers

We’ve done a couple of road trips to Leavenworth and Whidbey Island. Amazingly the girls sleep very well in the car. Apparently road trips are the way to go for us right now! We also had several lovely visitors: Kelly made the trip from Saskatoon, and Grandpa and Grandma Diener from Toronto. We have also been thrilled to use the double Bob stroller. This thing is a remarkable piece of engineering and a joy to maneuver compared to the unwieldy Snap and Go we were using. Kind of like comparing a tricycle to a Bianchi. The girls clearly aren’t yet appreciating the marvel of this device, though Grandma and
Grandpa Diener did:

grandpa with bob 03-2014 grandma+girls

In other news, we are pleased to report that baby-Bruno bonding is going well: Kat,BrunoIMG_0567 Dad & girls (“hoodie-off” and aquarium): IMG_0350 Tash,Neil,aquarium

A sunny day at Green Lake…the girls have become more than a handful. Biceps are coming along well on mom’s part:

green lake march 2014

And of course some video footage for the hard core fans 🙂

Tash clapping, Kat playing peekaboo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWhDXho_-aY

Tash crawling, almost: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6FNxIeHcVc

Girls supposed to be sleeping: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3Dsfmiqu0w

Tash consonants,Kat bouncing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9xmLuq83J0

Kat bouncing on mom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgrDIPBv5B8

Kat peekaboo with grandma D. and Tash: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-C8zmw7F07g