Thank you all for sharing in the lives of our three amazing children- Mairead, Jack, and Ben. We hope you visit often!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Just a couple of videos

I have realized that I don't take as many pictures of Mairead as I used to, and there are a few reasons for this. The first is that now that we are back in school, our afternoons together seem very short, and I would rather play with her than try to get her to pose for pictures. Another reason is that she really doesn't sit still at all!

I would love to have video of her walking or talking, but as soon as I get out the camera, she just tries to grab it and she won't walk or talk for me. Her walking is getting better- she is choosing to walk more and more often, and will take as many as 10 steps at a time. She seems to prefer crawling, though, because it is still her faster method of transportation.

As for talking, she is always trying to imitate us and to say new words. Lately, she is working on 'cheese' (which she loves), 'juice,' 'shoes,' and 'yuck.' I love that last one-- when I change her diaper, she tries to grab the dirty one, and I always say, "No, no. Yuck." So now she says "yuck" whenever I take the dirty diaper off of her. It is really cute!

This first video is a few weeks old. My parents sent us flowers when we found out about the twins, and the flowers came with two balloons. These were a great gift for Mairead! The second video is just a quick one. If I tell her to 'be silly,' she shakes her head and laughs. She is just so much fun right now and we are really enjoying her. We hope you do, too!

As for her younger siblings, they seem to be behaving themselves. We had a doctor's appointment this past week and the one heartbeat we could hear was very healthy and strong. The doctor told me not to expect to hear both until about 18-20 weeks because they are small and right on top of each other. I am not feeling as nauseous as I was for the first 12 weeks, so that is good news. I'm still exhausted, though. Thankfully, my husband is a saint and is picking up all of the slack at home.

That brings you up to date with us-- thanks for checking in!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Connor's House

Yesterday, the Hickok family spent the afternoon with the Estee family. Dave brought his favorite new toy (a pole saw, thanks Ry and Dave!) over to help Joey cut down some branches, so Jaime and I got to hang out and play with the kids. They are at such a fun age and they are really so cute together. Mairead is a little dangerous, though, because she loves to share (such a sweet kid), but when she tried to give this Elmo to Connor, she nearly clocked him in the head with it.

It was so nice out that we were able to get the kids out on the deck for some fresh air. Don't worry, their dads and the pole saw were on the other side of the house.

After a delicious dinner (Thanks, Jaime!), we headed downstairs to play. They had a great time climbing all over each other, and over Dave. Bailey (Jaime and Joey's pug) was chasing the kids all over and being such a great sport while they 'pet' him. All in all, it was a great afternoon!