Archive for July, 2007

Mini Trip to Galveston

 

Mark and I had to go to Houston to get some of my mom’s things from her house to bring here, and we took a side trip down to Galveston for a day and a half with my friend Misty. Even though it was a very short trip, with all that we’ve been dealing with this summer, it was a nice break.

Misty and I went downtown to “The Strand” and did some shopping. I bought the twins and my mom Galveston shirts, and bought Kate a cute photo frame that says “Lil Miss February.” Misty cooked fajitas Friday night, and we went for a nice dinner on Saturday. Honestly, we spent the majority of the time tipsy on ‘ritas, Pina Colatas, and beer (well, they did the beer). I am not a big drinker at all, so all of that alcohol, sun, sand and water was not the norm for me and I was exhausted by Saturday night.

We’ve been going to the same Galveston cabin every summer for the past 5 years now. We love it. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s close to the water, decorated cutely, always has a nice breeze, close to all of the action, and it’s a great place to people watch. We’ve always gone down with friends, and this year Misty met us down there. Next summer — when the twins will be about 16 months old — we will be bring them with us to Galveston and the tradition will continue. I can’t wait!

These have to be the all time worst vacation photos ever. No one wanted to be in the photos, and I didn’t want the take our good camera to the beach. And, once again, I don’t have any photos of Mark and I together. We NEVER get good vacation photos of us together. Oh well.

 

 

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Separate Cribs, Shopping, & Trip to Galveston

Lazy blogging today…

As of this week, the twins are sleeping in separate cribs and it has made all the difference in the world in the sleep department. As we suspected, they had been waking each other up. So we went from getting up four times a night to both babies sleeping all night! For really the first time, Kate slept through…no more 1 AM feeding. She slept from 9 PM to 7:30 AM, and Carson slept from 9:30 PM to 7:30 AM. Mr. Carson is getting harder and harder to put down to sleep, even for naps.

Yesterday my mom and I took the twins out shopping. They did great and slept through most of it. However, they hated Yankee Candle. I took two steps inside the store and they both woke up screaming. I guess it’s just way too many aromas for them. I can’t really blame them though…I get headaches in candle stores too.

Mark and I are going on our annual Galveston trip tomorrow. Ever since we started dating we go to the same cute little cottage down on the island every summer. We’ve had this trip booked for a while, and we are looking forward to it more than any year before. A good friend of mine is meeting us down there…we always meet up with friends. Of course, the weather is predicted to be rainy the whole time, but that won’t stop us from getting in the water (lightning will though!). We have so many great memories of long summer weekends at the cabin. This will probably be our last one without the twins. Next summer they will be old enough to run around and get in the water. That will be so much fun!

Here are two photos from last weekend’s Bailey get-together…

Uncle Mike & Kate

Papa & Carson

Family Reunion

 

Kate, Carson, Walker, & Wesley

The Bailey family is big and close knit,  and we always look for reasons to get together. This weekend’s excuse was my Uncle Gil’s birthday. With the exception of one aunt and one cousin, everyone was there. So, that’s 8 cousins, 3 cousin’s spouses, 1 cousin’s girlfriend, my mom, me, Mark, my grandfather, 3 aunts, 4 uncles, and 5 cousin’s kids! We had a great time. The twins were pretty good the whole time (well, Kate had one mini meltdown right before we left) and even managed to get some good naps.

For me the highlight was the first meeting of my twins and my cousin Julie’s twins. I think I have been looking forward to that since the moment I found out I was pregnant with twins. It was difficult to get 4 twin babies to sit still for one photo, but we did get one.

Leg Liberation for Kate

 

After almost 3 weeks in her leg cast, Kate was finally liberated of the cast this week. We treated her to her first bath in our big garden tub (as opposed to her normal plastic baby bath tub). She really enjoyed it!…kicking, talking, and splashing.

 

Once Kate was done, we brought Carson into the tub too, but he wasn’t as into it as Kate. He had just got up from a long nap and was groggy.

Kate did a great job at the doc’s having her cast removed. She didn’t enjoy the follow-up x-ray, but who could blame her. Her x-rays showed that everything had healed up perfectly.

 

Dog Days of Summer

  • Carson has taken to solids like a fish to water. Kate…not so much. I still don’t think she’s ready for solids just yet. Carson, on the other hand, kicks in anticipation of the spoon coming near his mouth, opens his mouth up like a baby bird, and wolfs it down…and then smiles. Cute, cute, cute.
  • My mom and I are in the process of making some custom window treatments for my kitchen and breakfast nook. Neither of us is very crafty, but it’s been fun working together. I think the last time we made anything was when I was in the 7th grade, and we made a Christmas stocking for my crazy Scottie dog.
  • I wish I knew how to sew.
  • Kate’s cast comes off Wednesday morning. She has done very well with the cast — much to our surprise — and it will be interesting to see how she reacts once all that weight is taken off of her. We are celebrating her leg’s liberation with a bath with me in the big garden tub (we’ve never done that before), and this Saturday she (and Carson) will be experiencing the pool for the first time at a family party.
  • The twins will also be meeting their twin cousins (Wesley & Walker) for the first time at that family party. I am sure I will drain my camera battery taking photos of all the twinsanity!

Little Thumb Sucker

 

Kate has become a left-handed thumb sucker this past week. She really isn’t sucking on it, jut gnawing.

Both of her grandmothers were also thumb suckers, and the women on Mark’s side of the family are left-handed.

 

Genetics

Ever since Mark and I started seriously dating, everyone has made a guessing game out of what color eyes our children would have. I have very light blue (sometimes light greenish) eyes and Mark’s are a medium brown. I am of German-Irish ancestry, and Mark is English-Spanish (half hispanic). So our twins are true mutts (Heinz 57s)…German-Irish-English-Spanish. Since brown is, of course, dominant, I always assumed the twins would have brown eyes. Surprisingly, that’s not the case with either of them.

Carson has my eyes. There’s no debate about that anymore. They are one shade darker than mine, but they are definitely blue. I know they could still change, but I can’t imagine them going from this…

 

…to brown.

Kate is a different story. Her eye color hasn’t changed much since being born. I would describe them as “mucky duck.” They are a little bit of everything…very dark blue with some very dark gray. Not brown though. I could easily see Kate’s eyes turning brown though. They are already pretty dark.

I think it would be cool to have one blue eyed and one brown eyed twin…just like me and Mark.

I guess I just find all of this fascianting…genetics that is. Mark and I are very different looking. We aren’t one of those couples that could almost pass as siblings. Through all of years of trying to conceive, guessing what our kids would look like was a favorite topic. Now that they are here, they don’t look anything like I imagined. It’s not a bad thing, but I suppose I always thought one baby would look like me and the other just like Mark. Not the case with us! We are amazed at what other people tell us…some think Kate looks like me (minus her eyes which look exactly like Mark’s mother’s), others think Carson is my little clone (but with Mark’s expressions). When I look at the twins, I don’t see either of us. The only thing I can “claim” on them is Kate has my nose and feet, and Carson has my eye color and skin tone. Kate has Mark’s skin tone, and Carson has his feet. Otherwise, they are completely unique little people.

Alright, I’m just babbling at this point. I just thought I would babble out loud for a bit. I’m done now. )