Marteney Love
Our life as a family of 5!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

15 month update!- well almost 16months but who's counting

The boys actually turn 16months in about 9 days but better late than never.
I am so behind on this blog as I have been working like crazy on my business lately as well as lots of showers for friends and family. We have been doing lots of fun things that I will have to update you on later. Or maybe just through facebook photos if I ever even get to that.

For now here is a quick update. The boys were 15months on the 8th. They are both about 21lbs now and walking in opposite directions everywhere. They are becoming more and more fun all the time. Such characters! They are starting to really understand how to make you laugh.

Micah LOVES peek a boo and will put his hands over his face all the time and just crack up laughing when you say boo. They both started saying boo this week. So cute!
Mason will put his hands up in the air and run around making a ahhh(I think it is supposed to be a growl).

They both say Mama, Nana, and Hi! (Micah as of yesterday kind of). Mason says All Done, Ball(yesterday), Bye, Daddy (and even bye daddy together), gentle(geda), Kitty, and Sissy(well as of yesterday).

They are such boys. Constantly trying to figure out how things work and go together. They love to climb. Micah is the master of getting to standing in his high chair or hands and knees on top of his tray. And this is while buckled. Not sure how he gets out of it. It was around his ankles yesterday and grinning ear to ear standing proudly. Ugh!
They are picky eaters unless it is McDonald's of course. Strawberries, bananas, and graham crackers are the only consistent thing they will eat. It is just hit and miss each day to see what it will be they will consume.
They fight over toys all the time but are also starting to share if they find 2 of something. They will take the other over to their brother.
As I am typing Mason is patting the cat saying gentle and Micah is pulling his tail. :) They are sooo much alike but different. Micah is much more likely to be down checking things out while Mason will as long as he can see me. He loves mommy! But I would say right now Mason is the crazy one when he is running around.
The best thing of all is that they LOVE their big sister. Madison is one of their favorite people. She comes downstairs in the morning and they grin ear to ear and run over to her with arms up for a hug. I love it!
It has been a fun summer and I cannot wait to do even more with them as they grow. It will be fun to have some time with just them when Madison goes to school in a few weeks. Although we will miss her terribly I am sure.
Here are a few pictures I took the week they turned 15months.


with the favorite toy of choice. One of 8 pretend phones. A cause of most fights.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Multiples & More Question of the Week

What are your tips and tricks for potty training?

I have not participated in the question of the week before but I thought I would give it a go. And such a perfect topic for me considering who my mom is. :) Those of you that know her know she has a system that has been used by many. And for those who don't know her check out her site My Precious and this article.
This system is what we used with Madison and what I will do with the boys. Although I have to admit I am a bit nervous to train 2 at once. I remember a day when I had both Madison and Sydney(her BFF born 1 day before her) while they were both training and thought "I am glad I won't ever have to train twins". HA! Who would have guessed. :)

So for the QOTW: 

  • What age did you begin with your child(ren)? 21months- I really believe that pre 2 is a great time to train.
  • How long did it take? 1 week for the hardest part then maybe a month to be really good and trained with hardly any accidents.
  • Did you use a "system", or just wing it? We did a lot of pre stuff before. Read potty books, had a potty dolly to practice with, potty movies, and potty time each day just to practice sitting. Then we had a Potty Party Day 1 and all paper diapers were gone for good no looking back. We got prizes from the dollar section for successes. A new sippy cup to encourage lots of drinking that day and a timer to go every hour when it went off. Helped keep us on track. Several accidents the first day but she got it really fast. She did not like to feel of wet panties.
  • Did you use specific rewards for incentive? How did that work for you? We had prizes from the dollar store for every success the first few days then just for poop successes after that. Those took a bit longer.
  • If you could change anything about the experience, what would you do differently? Nothing!
  • Did you use Pull-Ups? We only used Pull ups a few weeks in when she wasn't training at  night. Not all kids GET night right away. You cannot really train that. We went to pull ups over panties so she would still feel the wet and wake but not have such a mess to clean every nap. After she had started holding it for a few weeks at a time at night around age 3 we got rid of them completely.            We also used Pull Ups over panties only during long car rides in the beginning. I think that Pull Ups really extend the training time so we used them as little as possible. Cloth Cloth Cloth!
  • Do you think it's easier to potty train multiples at the same time, or separately? I don't know. Ask me in February. I am planning on doing both together though. I don't really want to go through the process twice.
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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Birds and Blossoms Part 2

If you are starting here you should stop by my other blog 5M Creations to see the rest of the shower decor pictures. Here are a few of the mommy to be Katie opening gifts and friends and family.

A cute baby bump!

Madi loving on Baby Emma with Auntie Katie

Miss Bella

Family & Friends


Lots of fun had by all to celebrate a very loved little baby on the way.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

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