Welcome to the Roe household blog. We're attempting to post 365 days of pictures in a Roe. Cork and I have been married since 2002 and welcomed identical daughters in August of 2009 after a struggle with infertility. Our girls were definitely worth the wait and I say they were destined to be here because they were conceived on my birthday, due on my sister's birthday and born on my grandma's birthday. What are the chances of that! We welcomed our third daughter in June of 2012. We all fell in love with her right away. She has two amazing older sisters who love to watch over her.
A&E wore their roller derby costumes from the party a few weeks ago. We planned on taking them to a house or two and then come home. We walked out of our house and both kids instantly knew something was up. There were other kids running all around, so E took off down the driveway to join in.
I took them out first and we stopped at our neighbors house. He gave them each a pencil. They both got so excited that he gave them two more each. We walked to the house next to that with both girls clutching their pencils. They weren't willing to give them up, but somehow were able to grab candy out of a bowl. Both now had a packet of skittles and 6 pencils. The neighbor next to them saw us out and had bags ready for the girls with their names written on them. Each bag had play-doh, bubbles, pencils and candy. The girls were now in heaven and not willing to go back home. I was a mean mom and made them head back to the house. Neither would walk since they wanted to keep going. I picked both up with all their new found treasure and hiked it back home.
Cork took them out next with much of the same reaction. We both thought they would be too small to be excited, but they were in heaven. They love visiting with our neighbors and loved getting all the brightly wrapped objects/candy. They had no idea it was candy they were getting, but they knew it was for them. After Cork got back, I took them out again where they collected a few tootsie rolls and twizzlers. We kept telling neighbors that the girls didn't need candy, but everyone loved seeing their reaction and gave them candy anyway.
My kitchen floor was spotless for about 15 seconds today. That was about all the time I had between finishing the floor and the girls waking from a nap. This mess is nothing compared to what it normally looks like. Sadly, it doesn't matter how many times I clean it during the day, it always seems to be messy.
I think the girls may have a small obsession with shoes. They always want theirs on. They were playing in their room today, got in the closet and discovered other shoes. Most of the ones they found don't fit yet, but that didn't stop them from wanting to try them on. These little white ones fit and E LOVES them. I couldn't get her to take them off.
I think I could get A&E to eat anything as long as it was slathered in butter. My niece informed me today that E had a big booger on her face. Nope, that's not a booger. That's butter. I wish I could indulge in butter like they can.
A&E got a treat for lunch today. I gave them almond butter on crackers. E decided to lick the almond butter off the crackers instead of eating the whole thing.
We met a bunch of moms and kids this morning at the Milwaukee Domes and then headed over to Panera. One of the kids was walking away from me. I called to her, "Arya. Arya. This way. Arya." She didn't respond, so I took hold of her hand, turned her around and then said "You're Eiley, not Arya, no wonder you aren't responding." The older couple who had been watching us got a kick out the fact that I had no idea which child I was talking to.
If you look closely, you'll see tomato seeds on E's head and face. She and A both love their tomatoes. They take after me for that and not their father. I only have a few tomatoes left from our garden and the three of us will be sad once they are gone.
I had to take a pic of both of them, just to show off their adorable outfits. They were both so happy this morning when they saw what I was putting on them. It's funny to see them get excited over new things. They are 18 month size outfits. While a little big, I don't think the 12 month size would fit very well or very long. The label cracks me up because they are supposed to be for kids from 24 to 27 lbs. Neither A nor E is 20 lbs yet. They are so long though that many 12 month pants are like capris on them.
We took the girls to the Children's Museum today. They were both so excited to be there. They were the only identical twins there as far as I could tell and they were not dressed alike. There were plenty of siblings of different ages dressed alike though. It probably makes it easier to keep track of your kids if they are all in the same outfit.
I got E dressed for bed, turned around, heard a noise but didn't register it. Cork asked me if I could stop E as he was changing A's diaper. I looked at her and she was moving this table. I told her "babies don't move furniture" and moved the table back. She was all grins, so pleased with herself. Anything they can move they will use as a walking toy, even though they can both walk now.
There is no story behind this pic. It just cracks me up. E loves to wear those sunglasses. The girls never touch a basket of dirty laundry. The second a basket of clean laundry is anywhere in the house, they hone in on it and empty it. My niece decided that both girls needed their hair in a pony tail today. This is the result. LOL! She also decided that E needed to play dress up with her.
One of Sikozu's favorite things is his Zoom Groom brush. He didn't know if he should lay down and enjoy it or run and hide when E came after him with the zoom groom today. It was pretty funny to watch her doing her best Godzilla impression as she tottered after him.
Today was a long day. Every time I get up early to get things done, the kids get up early too. During the day, I am not quiet while they sleep. Today, Eiley slept for 30 minutes in a room with at least 15 screaming kids. In the morning, I creep around trying to not wake them. The antibiotics have not kicked in for the cat yet and I woke up to a couple piles of barf in the family room and a urine soaked rug. Thankfully it was a rug I could throw into the washer. Tide is one of my best friends against cat urine. Anyway, I got that cleaned up before Eiley decided to start her day bright and early, hence her nap during a play group.
By bath time I remembered that I hadn't taken a picture yet today. While the tub was filling, I dragged both kids out of the bathroom and shut the door. I grabbed my camera and let them back into the bathroom. Of course they both made a b-line for the tub. When I looked through the viewer on the camera, I realized that I can no longer tell who is who with a quick glance at the back of their heads. Before their helmets it was blatantly obvious. I checked out the top of their heads and I can't use that to tell either. Looks like I'm going to need some practice in telling who is who from behind.
Ingogh has yet another UTI. I had to take him to the vet today. I put him in the carrier and he started howling. Arya started crying and Eiley had to move in for a closer look. She was so cute peeking in on him.
Taking two one year olds and a cat to the vet is an adventure. I wore one kid and put the other in the stroller. I take the second stroller seat off and put the infant car seat carrier on. The cat's carrier fits into the car seat holder. Yet another reason why I love my Kolcraft stroller.
We took the girls to their first Halloween party today. They were roller derby girls. They were Ar-Ya Feeling Lucky? and Eiley-v Ya Behind!
They were exhausted when we left the party and should have slept right away. E got her diaper changed without waking up, had a little milk snack and went right to bed. A decided to give us a fourth hard night in a row. She woke up during the diaper change, was wide eyed until she was almost done nursing, and started complaining the second she was put in the crib. I listened to her complain for 40 minutes before her whines escalated into a super angry cry. At that point I knew she wasn't going to sleep. I picked her up and walked her around for 30 minutes before she fell asleep. I finally put her down for the night at 9:00. Have I ever mentioned that my kids don't sleep? She was up around 7:00 this morning and napped about an hour all day. She has ended up in bed with me the last 3 nights because Cork was gone and she had me up half the night. Each night I finally gave in and let her sleep next to me just so I could sleep. She's not teething and she's not sick. She just wants to be close.
We have a costume party for the kids tomorrow afternoon. I spent a portion of last night working on their costumes, so didn't do the laundry folding or cleaning up that I should have. I set my alarm early this morning so I'd have time to do all of that before the Twinado got up for the day. I got a portion of it done, but they got up early and were off and running for the second their feet hit the ground. Some days I feel like I take 1 step forward and 3 steps back toward cleaning up. Today is one of those days. While I was changing Eiley, Arya was taking folded clothes out of a laundry basket as fast as her little arms could go. I found her after almost the entire basket was empty. While I changed Arya, Eiley grabbed the containers on the changing table, walked away with two of them and pulled everything out in either the kitchen or family room. After breakfast, my house looked 10 times worse than it had the night before, despite my time cleaning up before breakfast.
To aid them in their ever going quest to double-handedly destroy everything in their path, A&E have gone through a recent growth spurt. Add shoes onto their little feet and they're a lot taller than they were a month ago. Both have proved this in the last 24 hours by individually discovering they can pull things off the kitchen table. Arya did it first last night and Eiley was quick to follow today. She had no interest in eating the melon she'd pilfered off the table, but she did want to pretend with the spoon she'd also grabbed.
As of today, A&E are both completely helmet free. A's been wearing hers at night for the past two months just because she wanted to. I've been pretty lax about E wearing hers lately because I was positive she'd be done at our appointment today. She got about 24 hours out of it this weekend.
Their roller derby girl days are at an end...or are they? Their helmets may have to make an appearance for a party or two coming up in the next few weeks.
Some days I get sick of washing high chair trays. I wash them each time they have a meal or a snack. Today E ate lunch while A slept, then decided she needed a second lunch when A got up. I decided they could share a tray.
I spilled glitter last night around out fireplace. I completely forgot about it and of course the girls climbed through it today.
One of the things I love most about having twins is watching them interact. Around 5:00 every day the natives get restless. It doesn't matter if they've just had a snack, have slept enough or anything else. They get grouchy and want to be picked up. If I don't pick both up immediately they lose it. I try to prep dinner while they nap so I don't run into their total break downs too often. Today they were both losing it and all of the sudden their screams of anger turned into laughter. I looked down and they were taking turns biting her own foot. A would watch E and squeal with laughter and then E would watch A with the same result.
We traveled with the high chairs this weekend. A&E are loving the seats on the floor, so we'll leave them there for the next couple of days. They can climb in and out on their own and use the seats as a booster to climb onto our real chairs.
We had a great time on the swing set today. A is terrified of going down the slide on her belly all of the sudden. She's more than happy to go down it sitting and completely out of control. I on the other hand am not as comfortable with her going that way since she hits the first bump, flies backwards and knocks her head on the slide. I really can't imagine why this is better than a controlled slide on her stomach, but she is my daredevil. I saw her drop herself out of the toybox today. She let go, fell to her feet, dropped to her butt, continued to fall to her back and smack her head on the ground. She got up with a grin and looked around to see how many people had watched her.
There is something so powerful about a child's love. I was holding A tonight because she did not want to go to sleep. I love so much how she fits right into my torso. She was tucked right in, with her hands folded underneath her. She looked so peaceful and was so happy just laying there.
There was a whole lot of sidewalk chalk on our driveway today. E found just about all of it and wiped it up with her clothes. She and A are both in disposable diapers today. They woke up with diarrhea in the middle of the night and we were quickly plowing through all of our covers. Corky didn't want to be left out of the sick household, so he picked up the same bug we've had.
We took the kids to the apple orchard today with their Nana and Papa. It's the best orchard around. They each ate almost a whole doughnut. Smart kids! The doughnuts there are freshly made apple cider ones covered in cinnamon and sugar. They are truly amazing.
After checking out the doughnuts, the shop, apples and animals, we took pics of A&E by the pumpkins. They were more interested in picking the pumpkins up than getting their pics taken.