Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Laughter- The Best Medicine

Evan and Jaden are definitely at a very fun stage as they are not afraid to give smiles freely. They also have been laughing more which is always so cute to see. Makes all those early sleepless nights worth it, right?!! We are able to distinguish their unique personalities as well.

Evan is a little more laid back, observes while taking in his surroundings. He’ll pay attention during reading time and can entertain himself on the playmat. He will smile when he feels like it. However, he does laugh when instigated—I think he’s going to be the ticklish one! I know the first two months he was very fussy in the evenings and I thought he was going to be needy, but since then he has really been more easy-going than Jaden.

Jaden’s little legs are never still. He kicks kicks and kicks when lying down. I never thought I’d have a leash for my child, but if his legs move this often when he starts walking, I may seriously have to consider!! He continues to give his smiles away and has a huge grin. Everyone is his friend. He doesn’t have as big of a laugh as Evan has at this point. Although Jaden smiles often, he really seems to be more emotional than Evan because when Jaden is mad……he is mad!!

My ‘twin books’ tell me not to ‘compare’ the boys or label them. But it really is hard not to when every week I learn of more differences between Evan and Jaden. We have the ‘emotional’ one, the ‘patient’ one, the ‘sleeper,’ the ‘ticklish’ one………..I’ll just be careful and keep my ‘labeling’ to myself……..and this blog!

A taste of Evan and Jaden laughing at (or with) Uncle Kyle during our trip to Iowa in February.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Sneezes, Sniffles and Six-Month Olds!



‘Tis the season…for the dreaded common cold. Our health is definitely something that is taken for granted, until we get sick. It is no fun to see your little 6 month old coughing and sneezing as he looks so helpless. One of the first nights the boys were sick, I jumped out of bed every time I heard one of them cough. I learned the second night to turn down the volume of the monitor! After several doctor’s visits, the boys are finally doing better from RSV—fortunately their oxygen levels were fine, so no hospitalization. On Wednesday, Evan had a nebulizer treatment at the clinic, but they said it didn’t make a difference in his breathing, so their recommendation was to wait it out. Evan and Jaden had their 6-month check ups on Thursday and both are growing well. Evan is catching up to his brother and is just 3 ounces lighter. The doctor gave them a steroid medicine to help with their RSV. After a long night with Evan on Thursday, we followed up with the doctor on Friday. He prescribed nebulizer treatments; whether that was just to help a worried mom or actual treatment, it really does seem to be helping as we all had a good night’s sleep last night and the boys are eating well again.

Saturday, March 3, 2012


Jaden wrapped himself up in the towel after swimming

Evan and Jaden tested their swimming skills during our trip to Des Moines. I told them, “you WILL like the pool” as I look forward to many summers to come lounging at the pool. However, I do know there are a few years between me, and actually ‘lounging’ at the pool!! I also will not be able to take these two by myself to the pool for a couple summers……so let me know if you want to join us at the pool!!

Evan and Jaden have always done well at bathtime, and I am usually soaked from their kicking! So I thought they may enjoy the pool. I think they were overwhelmed with all the water at first, but then Jaden got brave and started to kick. I can’t wait for summer pooltime!