Recently William has begun walking around the playroom, saying "Elmo, Elmo, Elmo!"... You're thinking to yourself, "he's 2 years old, of course he's in love with Elmo!". Well I'm beginning to worry... I truly think that Elmo has infiltrated our placentas and embedded his furry red image into the hearts and minds of our infants before birth. It would seem so much more normal to me, if we had exposed our children to this Muppet. The Trio has seen Elmo on video once or twice, but have never shown any interest in him or his musically themed videos. So we've not pushed it, I mean why should we? Have you heard Elmo's voice? It's mega annoying. So I ask you all... Where on EARTH did this come from?!!? And it's not as if he's simply saying some random name, he can pick the Elmo DVD out of the DVD book. He knows Elmo's videos... I will tell you this much, we have the Elmo doll. However, I was afraid they would break it, so soon after Christmas was over I placed Elmo high up in an Animal Hammock and there it has stayed...Until the other day when the "Elmo, Elmo, Elmo" thing happened...
Sesame Street invaded the Redden house, and this Momma isn't smiling...
Oh my GOD. Can I just tell you how HAPPY I am
that spring is finally here? I'm not sure that I can get that point
across clearly enough to all of you... Cabin fever does not even begin
to describe what my children have. They have like Typhoid Cabin Fever.
It's ridiculous. The only gripe I have, is that when spring arrives,
why can't it just be lovely out? Why is it that everyday, I wake up on
pins and needles worrying it's going to be below 50 degrees again.
There's NO consistency here. It gets really old after awhile. Although,
I do have to say, when these beautiful days come along, it makes me
I have had MAJOR writers block recently. I thought it was just because
I was bored. But it turns out, I'm not so much bored as I am just
ho-hum. There's nothing going on in my life right now... I'm pretty
happy about that. Things are really status quo. When was the last time
I was able to tell you all that? Long time huh? :) I know, it makes me
So we've been spending lots of time outside recently. The boys are
hooked... The fresh air gets into their lungs and they're like new
kids! They can play outside for what seems like hours, and have no
interest in coming inside for anything. Not even a snack!! Our
neighbors who we've recently become quite good friends with, have twin
boys born late last year. They also have another son who is school age
and he has the NEATEST playset in his backyard! His baby brothers were
baptized this past weekend, and we were invited over to join in the
festivites. Jon & I brought the kiddos over to play, and they
rocked that playset! Evan & Will couldn't get enough of running up
and down the ramp to the slide, up & down, up & down...Up &
Down... Jack took it upon himself to be a little different, he ran
around the entire playset, pushing swings randomly, and not really
having any interest in the slide. Too funny... They had a blast though,
and how wonderful that they live so close! Our local park is always
brimming with kids, you nearly have to wait in line for a turn on the
swings... It's not too much fun, especially since we have to run after
the boys... Those playgrounds look SO big, until you're actually in
one. Then YOU feel SO big :).
All five kiddos are doing well. We've just recovered from a small cold
that we picked up at the MD's office when we had the boys checkup
recently. William & Lilley ended up with their very first ear
infections! Everyone else has just had runny noses and overall
irritability. Fun. But we're on the upswing of it, and things seem to
be getting better.
I meant to also update you all on the kids growth lately. We had checkups for the boys on the 8th, when they had just turned 21 months. Our MD was pleased with their weights and heights... Evan: 27.5 lbs (60%) & 33.5" (50%) Will: 29.75 lbs (80%) & 34" (60%) Jack: 27.13oz (60%) & 33.25" (45%) The girls went to the MD on the 23rd right at their 8 month birthday, and had their checkup (and a few shots!! eek!!) Our MD, said that while they are very small, they are very healthy. We are so pleased with their progress, and love that our girls are growing so well!! Noelle: 14.10oz (5%) & 25.25" (5%) Lilley: 15.4oz (15%) & 26" (10%)
I'll try to keep up with my postings a little better!! Sorry!!
Sometimes, when I'm down... I look for things to brighten my day... This is one of those things that ritualistically makes me smile... Not sure if it's the song, the show, the actor, maybe it's just a little blend of them all. All I know for sure is that Boy 'o Boy am I smiling!! Enjoy friends, Enjoy...
Eight months ago today, I was in labor with my babies... I remember it SO clearly, and would go back and do it over and over again if I could.
These past 8 months have not been without problems... But would I trade them in? No. I think that these past few months have tested me as a mother, tested Jon & I as parents, and tested our strength as a family... We passed. Today on the girls 8 month birthday, I look at them and I sigh a small breath of relief. Things are good right now, today. What tomorrow brings, I don't know, but I do know that today is good.
The girls are doing so well, growing like weeds, and seem to be so healthy. Everything that I feared Noelle would never do, she's doing... She's attempting to crawl, she's eating big girl STAGE TWO foods, she's babbling, she's right on track...And it makes my heart smile to see her do all of these things... She's NORMAL. :)
Lilley, is great... She's crazy... She's never still, and has long grown out of that cuddly baby stage. She's a very active little girl, and while it's tough sometimes to feed her, it's great to see how independent she is, and to see her distinct personality! Lilley is making huge strides in the crawling department, and just in the past day has made it up onto her knees and is rocking. Until now she has been scooting everywhere on her belly, going backwards mostly! Lilley is also quite the talkative little girl... She began saying Dada quite clearly about 2 weeks ago. She has been babbling noises that sounded like Mama & Dada for quite awhile, but this was the first VERY clear word that she said. It's very, very cute when she "speaks", her voice changes into this little itty bitty voice and she says it SO endearingly... I know Jon is very pleased... :)
Both girls love to be around people, and even more, they love to be around each other... It's amazing how different they are from the boys. When the trio was this age, they couldn't care less about who was around them. The girls however, love each other. It's very clear that they share a very special bond... That makes me very happy...
All in all things are going so well... We have an appointment at the end of the week for the girls checkup, I'll check in and update you all on their stats!!
This week has been SO busy!! My best friend Matt is in town from Boston... We've been traipsing all over the place, lookin' for fun. We haven't found it yet, but when we do, you'll be like the third to know. It has been really nice just getting out of the house though. As most of you know, I'm a pretty big homebody. I like the safety of my house, having all of my things right where I need them, and the fact that we're pretty germ-free here inside the box house. So my home is my safety... You get it. When Matt arrived, I knew the novelty of 5 kids would wear him out fairly quickly, so I tried to plan in advance new things to go out and do (but things that would still be in my comfort zone with two 8 month olds)... So far so good, we're now on day three of going out. It's going well. Completely uneventful. Day Two's adventure consisted of a trip to the Mall (45 min away) for a Mom's of Multiple's get together. It was fun... My very virtual friend Cherie whom I know through Triplet Connection was there with her 3 handsome little boys, it was SO nice meeting her for the first time!! We had talked & emailed so much over the past year that I felt like I knew her so well, it was a really pleasant surprise to see her... While we were all talking, I overheard one of the other Mom's ask Cherie how I "did" it everyday, Cherie paused a second and said "I'm not sure, but she's my hero". Dead serious. I of course smiled and acknowledged the fact that she had paid me this Ginormous compliment. But I was floored!! Hero?? ME?? Whaaat?? So of course after saying goodbye to everyone, Matt, My awesomest girlfriend Nita, and my fellow Twin Winchester Momma Melissa all sat down to eat lunch. I re-told the story. I paused for effect of course when telling everyone that Cherie had called me her "hero"... Everyone at the table looked at me like I was some sort of idiot... Nita says to me, "uh, Jess. You didn't realize that you had this like, major cult following? I mean seriously, I don't even have kids, but I dont' think to myself 'What Would JESUS Do'. I think 'What Would JESSICA Do'?"
I nearly peed myself before realizing she was dead serious, and meant it.
For the record, I just want everyone to know I am human, I do screw up, I STILL put my pants on one leg at a time... :) But thank you to those of you who feel this way... It makes my day go a little smoother, just knowing someone out there, in need, is thinking 'WWJD'...
So many of you so kindly ask Jon and I what the kiddos are needing these days! Truth be told, if you're not planning on wrapping up diapers, we don't need much! However, we are always putting money from Birthdays & Holidays into their College Savings accounts. Please click on the VEST button above & you'll find all of the information necessary to contribute...Thank You!