Oh my, where to start... (it's easiest to just bullet point things and throw in a little rambling here and there):
-Max learned to get into the standing position all by himself on 11/23
-we drove down to Wimberley to spend Thanksgiving with Mimi and Poppy and you guys were soooooo good the whole way down there and they whole time we were there! Mommy and Daddy were so proud of you guys! I bought a Baby Longhorn DVD and even though it's only like 25 min long - you guys watched it over and over and over for 2 hours (which got us about to Waco without a peep!) - you guys loved it, so what if it's a little UT brainwashing ;) oops, sorry daddy, they didn't have any baby aggie dvds! The rest of the way, you guys just hung out, napped, and ate snacks. When we got to Austin, we stopped and had dinner with Aunt Memi, Gabe, and your bff Nola. Once we got to wimbo, you guys did so well sleeping and playing and eating - you LOVED running around outside and tormenting Ollie, the poor kitty cat! I know Mimi and Poppy loved hanging out with you guys too!
-Both of you continue to be obsessed with the iPhone, and darn if you guys are so stinkin smart! Emma, you have quickly figured out how to unlock the iPhone, so Mommy and Daddy had to put a code on our phones so you won't delete everything, or call random people! But, you are able to access the camera and will often leave me little surprise photos and videos that always make me smile :)
Let's see... what else...
-sleeping has not been great the last two months :( Not sure what the deal is kiddos??? Both of you take turns or sometimes together getting up all.night.longggggg!!!! I'm pretty sure teething was the culprit for Mr. Max, but Miss Emma, come on, sympathy pains?? what's the deal?! And seriously, what is up with the early morning wake ups? Since you turned one, they just keep getting earlier and earlier and earlier! Ugh! What happened to my 7-7 babies?? These days I would give anything for you to sleep 'til 7 again! Your wake ups have ranged from 5:30-6:45, these days ranging more between 6-6:30, Mommy and Daddy agreed that we were not getting out of bed before 6! So, you can just forget about this whole 5:30, 5:45 business, and honestly, we are starting to lean more toward 6:30 - so you guys better just figure it out or learn to play quietly in your beds until then! We have tried putting to bed earlier (you know the whole "sleep begets sleep" thing") which didn't work, then we tried putting you to bed later, and that still did nothing, so we tried tiring you out during the day, but nothing seems to be working.... sigh :( I miss sleep. But, like I said you guys are getting better, some nights neither of you even wake up at all, so that def makes getting up at 6am a *little* easier.
-Max, you've still been a rock star at physical therapy, always impressing Miss Sarah with your improvements and progress. You are walking so good now, with such good balance! Miss Sarah does however think that you would benefit from wearing some Sure Steps (little orthopedic braces that you wear in your shoes) so that we can correct your feet (pronated feet - you kind of walk on the inside of your feet) which can become a problem later, so it's best that we correct it now. I know, I know, ONE more thing... my poor baby, you are such a strong little trooper, you just have to laugh... you are the healthiest little boy that has had the most medical issues: flappy larynx, plagiocephaly, silent reflux, mild hypospadius, torticolis, low muscle tone, and now this :( But you are such a good, laid back little guy you just take it all in stride!We did pick out some cool dinosaur sure steps for you though - so there is that, and you should only have to wear them for about 6 months - no sweat, right?! You should be getting them next week (1/11).
-Hmmm, you guys are still wearing size 3 diapers, although I don't think you will for much longer - y'all are just getting so big!
-I did weigh you guys at Pet Smart the other day (they had a big scale there for big dogs) and oddly enough (although, I don't know why I'm surprised) you guys both weighed the EXACT same! 21.4 pounds - weird! I even did it twice just to be sure! Crazy!
-Max, you had haircut #2 just before Christmas. You didn't do quite as well as you did the first time, you ended up sitting in mommy's lap, but I think it's because you didn't take a very good nap, so you weren't in the best mood.
*Warning, my brain is not working so great, so the following tidbits are not in chronological order, sorry!
-You guys LOVE roaming around the house, taking everything out of the tupperware cabinet, throwing things in the trash can (including sippy cups, toys, tupperware, etc), racing toward any open door in the house and suddenly getting really quiet, going in your room and closing the door (y'all are obsessed with opening and closing doors), crawling into Lucy's crate, and more than anything else, you guys LOVE to go outside and play! I am so thankful that we live in a very quiet neighborhood with a cul-de-sac and y'all can just roam around and explore without the threat of cars coming and going! Emma, you are quite a bit more vocal than your brother and like to let us know when you want to go outside; you will bring me your shoes and or jacket, point to your jacket, or go up to the door point and grunt. If I don't let you go outside, you have been known to throw yourself on the floor and throw a fit - not a big fan of that.You also get quite upset when it's time to come in. It is interesting trying to corral a couple toddlers in a wide open space - intersting indeed! Emma, you keep picking up acorns and putting them in your mouth, then spitting them out, I guess you think you might find one that actually tastes good??
-You guys are still big fans of bath time, also known as daddy time, as he is the primary bath giver. I always hear you guys splashing and laughing and having fun. You guys brush your teeth every night and think it is hilarious :)
-Mimi and Poppy got you both some potty seats for Christmas and we opened them up the other day and thought we would try them out before bath time, and what do you know... Emma you peed in the potty! First try! It was soooo cool! Of course, you have yet to do it again, but we'll keep trying - no pressure... yet ;)
-BIG NEWS... you guys started going to Mothers Day Out at MacArthur Blvd Baptist Church on Thursday 1/5. Mommy and Daddy dropped you guys off at 9a and to my surprise, neither one of you cried at all! So proud! You guys did soooo good! You played with the other kids, ate all your lunch, and even took a nap! (Max did much better in the nap department than you Emma - so you should probably work on that). I just hope it goes this well on Tuesday when y'all go back for day #2!
-We had Christmas at our house this year... what a whirlwind of a day! We had like 30 adults plus like 10 kids all over here, whew it was a crazy day! Mimi and Poppy and Uncle Jacob (Uncle Kenny didn't come - with have to take that up with him later) came up here to spend the holiday with us, which was soooo great! Santa brought you guys a circus tent with a big 6ft tube! You were both showered with (too many) gifts and love.
-Speaking of Santa... we went to the mall a week before Christmas to see Santa, and as it turns out, you were both completely terrified of him! But I guess everyone's got one of those pics in their collection :)
-What can you guys say? Well, Emma you can say mamma, dadda, hot, all done, ball (bah), and dog (gah) and you also try really hard to imitate what ever I say - so smart! Max, you are very good at saying mamma, dadda, hot (your favorite word), and all done. You both know the sign for all done and use it all the time, Emma you know how to sign "more" and use it sometimes - we just kinda started the whole sign language thing.
-What size are you wearing? You are now both wearing 12-18 months (Max still wears some 12 months clothes).
-What are you eating? EVERYTHING! You guys usually get up around 6:15a, drink 8oz of milk (bottle), eat breakfast around 7:30 (pancakes, waffles, eggs, oatmeal, always fruit), you then go down for a nap around 9a and will sleep for a good 2 hours most of the time, then you get up around 11, eat lunch around 11:30 (grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich/Elvis special, grilled cheese with avacado, turkey and cheese roll ups, quesadillas, homemade veggie pizzas, etc *always fruit), then you go down for nap #2 between 1-2 which usually lasts about an hour, when you get up from you nap, you get a snack (graham crackers, mum mums, raisens, fruit, cheese, apple sauce, yogurt, etc), then you just play until about 6 when we eat dinner (lately you have been eating what we are eating, but sometimes I make your own dinner), then it's off to bath time with daddy, another 8 oz milk bottle, and it's night night by 7:30.
-You favorite books: these have been your favs for a while, but I don't know that I have ever recorded it, so here they are: I Love You Through and Through, Following Tilly Bee, The Belly Button Book, Pajama Time, The Baby Einstein Colors Book (not sure of the name), Goodnight Moon, and Touch and Feel Farm. We read books every night before bed, it's my favorite part of the day :) I LOVE that you both love books!
OK well, it's getting late and mommy is TIRED, so I am going to stop for now, but here are some pics and videos from the past two months: