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.
Potty training twins is interesting. I think you can say we are actively trying to potty train now. The girls have been in underwear for a week now. Things are going great for the most part. Today both kids had an accident. I don't want to have to ask them every 10 minutes if they have to go. Eiley told me she didn't have to while we were out and I made her since we were all in a bathroom already. Her bladder was definitely full. This afternoon, I made them both wear a diaper since they had an accident. Neither was happy about it. Both used the potty after I put the diapers on and while Eiley went she kept talking about how she was using the "poppy" and not going in her under.wear.
The poor cats. Ingogh doesn't mind the kids. He will even go up to them, looking for attention. Sikozu on the other hand wants nothing to do with them unless they are giving him food or they are eating something he thinks he wants. Today after lunch, they both took off up the stairs. I went to see what they were up to because they were laughing hysterically. Both were fast to tell me "my bubby go upstairs". Bubby meaning buddy. The poor cat does not want to be their buddy. After he slipped away, they went after Ingogh, who was on a dinning room chair...where he isn't supposed to be. He, unlike Ingogh, usually doesn't run away. He just sat there as they pulled the table cloth off the table and mauled him.
I love this picture. Sadly, 16 years from now this could be a reality after a Badger game :) The girls had a very late night last night at a birthday party and that made for a very hard day on all of us today. On top of their late night, Arya woke up around 1:30 and barely slept until 4:15. I stayed with her during that time and then got Cork up for his shift. She whined and cried every 5 to 15 minutes when I was with her. She wouldn't tell me what was wrong. I gave her tylenol in case it was her molars bothering her. She told me her ear didn't hurt, but she kept grabbing at her jaw/ear. Once Cork laid down with her, she slept much better than she had during the hours I was with her.
I think I've mentioned that both girls really love the baby. It's so cute how they talk to my belly and rub it. Today, Arya decided to play peek a boo with my belly. She lifted my shirt, and covered my belly button with her hands to play. This is the same child who plays peek a boo by covering her ears. I really need to get a video of that while she's still doing it.
The girls wore underwear all day today and most of yesterday with no accidents....until tonight. I ran upstairs at about 5:00 to shower. I got out of the shower less than 10 minutes later and could smell poop. I guess that's what I get for leaving them alone to shower. I told Arya that pooping on hello kitty makes hello kitty sad. I don't know if that's mean or not.
Until that incident, we had a great day. We played outside in the snow or over an hour, which really was the first time this winter. Every other time we've gotten snow it's either melted right away or it's been so cold right after that the girls didn't want to be out playing in it. Today was gorgeous, so we took advantage of it. We built a snowman and played on the slide in the backyard. The girls loved when I built up a pile of snow at the end of the slide that they could knock over when they launched off the end.
The girls used the potty today and got candy "diedie" right after. A couple minutes later Eiley told us she had to go potty again. Arya was very quick to chime in "no diedie you peepee on poppy Eiley". She knows the routine. They don't get candy if they sit on the potty and don't go. They also don't get candy if they were just on the potty. This is trying to deter them from saying they have to go when they don't and saying it because they want candy as a snack.
I was doing laundry today and heard Arya, walking through the back hall. She farted, laughed and said "my butt say pft" and made a fart noise with her mouth. I have never told them their butts "says" something, so this is entirely her own way of thinking.
Uncle Greggy came over today. I was in the kitchen when he got here and he asked the kids who was who. I could hear Arya tell him she was Eiley and Eiley tell him she was Arya. Good grief! This identity switching started much earlier than I thought it would. They were pretty amused with themselves and were cracking up.
The girls get a little candy when they use the potty instead of their diapers. Today, both told me they had to go, so we went to the bathroom. Arya went, but Eiley decided to use her diaper right before I put her on the potty. Arya started singing about how she gets "diedie" and Eiley doesn't. I said "rub it in why don't you". Arya takes this literally and tries to figure out what she's supposed to rub in. I watched her rub her hands together a little and then look around on her shirt. She quickly blew it off and decided I had no idea what I was talking about.
A&E are always asking to do "art stuff". Today, each kid picked what she wanted to make based on a bunch of pictures online. Arya picked the fish and Eiley picked the crab. They each picked their paper color and then decided to flip flop what they were going to make. Each is very happy with what she made. We made chickens and elephants a couple months ago and I made the mistake of not noting who made which. Each time they see those, they argue about who made what.
The girls have adopted the caulk our home workers are using and use it as their "baby" whenever they get a chance. Today I found them putting their "baby" in it's laundry basket "carseat".
The girls and I have been duking it out over food again. They think a balanced diet is bananas and almond butter, or maybe pizza. I obviously have other thoughts. Arya refused to eat lunch or dinner today because she didn't like what I was serving. Between that and the 20 minute fight I had to listen to while I drove, I was going a little crazy by the time the kids went to bed. I needed some time without a battle. Their fight in the car was about who was touching who. Of course both kept touching the other and the other would SCREAM about it. It was almost enough to make me want to move their car seats so they can't touch.
We took the kids on a tour of a Jelly Belly factory today. They had fun, but mainly because they got some jelly beans. The tour itself was pretty disappointing. We rode through a warehouse (a very small warehouse) on a train and stopped every few feet to watch a video and that was the tour. The kids liked the train, but they didn't enjoy that it kept stopping all the time. Cork and I were both hoping to see some of the manufacturing side of things. We saw a little on one of the videos, but it was not the same as seeing it in person. I'm glad we went, but we probably don't need to go back any time soon.
Arya is a goof ball. She kept looking under the table in the kitchen and laughing. Eventually I looked under and saw what she was laughing at. Apparently some of her crayons are the perfect size to fit in a hole under the table.
Nana and Papa took A&E to Monkey Joe's today. They took a while to warm up to the idea since they were both super tired from not sleeping last night. Once they decided they were having fun, it was hard to pull them out of there.
Trouble! The girls were supposed to be in bed at my parents' house. I could hear them the whole time, so assumed they were doing their typically chatting away but not sleeping. Wrong! Arya had filled her diaper and they were trying to get wipes to change her. I don't know which would have been the bigger mess. If they'd actually gotten wipes and E changed her, or the mess they actually made by emptying as much of the linen closet as they could.
I might come back and edit this picture later. I flipped it, saved it and it shows the right way on my computer, but posts sideways on the blog. I'm too tired to bother changing it right now.
We had a playgroup here today. Letting four 2 year olds decorate and eat their own cupcakes makes a HUGE mess. Letting them make bracelets out of pipecleaners and colored noodles after the cupcakes just adds to the mess. I should have taken a picture of the floor, but I wanted it cleaned up some before it could be tracked everywhere.
Arya and Eiley wore matching shirts today. They had different pants on, but that doesn't matter when we're home and they run around without pants. One of them came running through the kitchen.
Me: Hey nakey Eiley.
Arya: My no Eiley. Eiley in da udder woomb. (as she continues running through without stopping).
I figure at least she knew I was talking to her. In my defense, I never saw her face and the last time I'd seen Arya she still had her pants on.
After school today, the girls wanted to wear underwear instead of diapers. I obliged them, since they've been doing okay using the potty. Eiley quickly pooped in her pants. Despite asking Arya over and over if she had to use the potty, she ended up peeing on my lap. I was just glad she was on my lap and not on the couch. Since we still aren't really actively potty training, I didn't really expect anything different.
We have some work being done on the house right now, so I had to park the van down the street a little ways. I forgot my phone in the van, so ran out there to get it when I thought the kids would be occupied with a snack. I came back to find that they'd helped themselves to spoons and were happily spooning water into their bowls.
Arya needed a wardrobe change today. As soon as Eiley saw that Arya had a new shirt on, she decided she needed a new shirt as well.
I bought some valentines candy to put in a dish. I thought it would be nice to have a cute candy dish out. I put it in the family room on the fire place mantel. It took the kids less than 2 minutes to for them to discover there was candy in the house and how to get to it.
Another box came in the mail for A&E today. The one earlier this week was a belated Christmas gift. Today they got some stuff for Valentine's day. Getting stuff 2 days in one week did not dilute their enthusiasm.
I love the difference in their art styles today. Their styles change all the time, so it isn't like one is always neat and the other messy. Arya carefully put all her cheerios on her pipe cleaner. Eiley carefully put 3 on her pipecleaner, then shoved the rest in her mouth and ate the few off her pipe cleaner.
I think when we host a party, we end up with more beer at the end of the night than what we started with. Cork has yet to put away the beer from this past weekend. Today, the girls decided to put some of the beer to good use while I emptied groceries.
Eiley still hasn't adjusted to the idea of having a little sister. We were driving home from the library today and she was so angry.
E: "my no want baby guwl. my want baby cookah".
Cookah is what she calls her friend's little brother.
The letter at Arya and Eiley's preschool this week is "N". We decorated their letters for class with noodles. Of course I had to pick the tiniest noodles possible. What a mess! Why do I always pick the messiest projects to do with them? Thankfully they love the messy ones, so they stay entertained.
Their entertainment lasts only as long as the project lasts. As soon as I go to clean up, they go crazy. While I cleaned this up, they both ran to the bathroom and soaked tissues with water to clean their chalk board. This is pretty normal behavior. They know when I'm busy and love to get into things. In the time it takes me to urinate and wash my hands, Arya can get peanut butter off the counter, open it, grab a spoon out of the drawer, and shove a huge spoonful of peanut butter in her mouth.