Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Drool, clothes and teeth... Oh my!!

Aurora and Abigail helping mom and Mimi Cinda sort their clothes. They're getting sooo big!!
Abigail giving herself a breathing treatment because the wind has her allergies acting up. She thinks she can do everything herself...little miss independent.
Abby and daddy napping. It's hard work being so cute all the time!! :)
The girls in their Bumbo chairs. They love them!!
"Little Miss Firecracker" sitting up in the recliner by herself.
Rory's telling us something and Abby's not too sure her sister should be sharing their secrets.
Abigail has a beautiful smile when she decides to share it with the world!!
Aurora loves to laugh and smile all the time!!

Rory chomping on her teether. Look out world.... she's getting teeth!!

The journey into teething has begun at the Hanna house. This last weekend, Memorial Day weekend, we noticed that the girls were drooling all over the place and chewing on anything they could get their little hands on (including their hands). We feared that the teething time was swiftly approaching and it has hit full-force. Between low-grade fevers, massive amounts of drool, swollen gums and irritability, we have gotten little done in the last few days. I feel so helpless right now. I wish that I could make our precious angels feel better, but little seems to help for any significant amount of time. My mom assures me that it will get better and that this too shall pass. Tonight, though, we did have a small victory on the teething front. Rory's front right tooth has started to poke through her little gums!!! Right now we can just barely feel the edge of it, but we are excited for her all the same!! None of Abby's teeth are through yet, but they are definitely working in that direction. Before too long we will have bonified chewers on our hands!!
This last week, my mom and I went through the girls' clothes to pack up everything that is too small for them now. The girls, of course, helped. I never knew it would be so hard to pack away my children's clothes. I know it's stupid, but I really have become attached to several pieces of their clothing and can't bare the thought that they have gotten too big to wear them. The preemie clothes that they came home from the hospital in and the clothes that I had written Abigail's name in for her while she was in NICU really got to me for some silly reason. I was just a pile of sentimental goo. Of course, I'm keeping every stitch of clothing that they have worn for now. I'm sure I'll have to get rid of some of it someday, but today is not that day.
On Saturday, we had the girls' pictures taken at Family Photo. That was a new and exciting experience!! The photographer that we had was awesome with the girls and we plan to use her for their 6 , 9 and 12 month pictures as well!! We were so proud of Aurora and Abigail!! They both sat/laid still for the photographer and only got irritated at us when they had messy diapers. I was actually very pleasantly surprised since our appointment was in the middle of their normal afternoon nap time. We also had our first family pictures taken. That was a new experience as well. We got some great pictures and I'm excited to share them as soon as we get them ordered and back.
The girls also had a fun new outing on Monday. Daddy and Mommy took them out to eat at a restaurant for the first time in their little lives. Some good friends of ours, John and Jennifer
Merriss, asked us to go eat with them and their son. Michael and I decided to be brave and take the girls out to eat. Of course, everyone in the restaurant told us how beautiful they are and asked about having twins. The girls just sat back and took it all in!! They were so good!! We have been truly blessed with good tempered babies!!
We hope that everyone is doing well!! Enjoy!!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Nursery and Big News

Well, last night was a big night for little Abigail. She finally rolled over for the first time on her own!! She has been working so hard trying to do it for the last week or so and last night she put her whole heart into it and rolled over from her tummy to her back!! After she rolled over, Michael and I were praising her and she was so excited. It was so much fun to watch!! Even her sister got in on the praise. Rory laughed and cooed her approval to her sister. It was a special time for us!!

I am posting some pictures of the girls' nursery. Many people have asked me to post these pictures and I'm just now getting around to it. Sorry, it gets a little hectic around here at times (as you can probably imagine). In case you can't tell, their room is done in pink, purple and yellow butterflies. I tried to take several pictures to show everything off. I even got pictures of the beautiful door hangers that their Aunt Shannie made for them and the rocking horse that their Mimi Cinda put pink and purple hair on for them. There's even a picture of Abigail "riding" their rocking horse for the first time. I still want to get some shelves to put up in their room and we are looking for a toy box to put their mounting supply of toys in. But, hopefully, these pictures will give you a general idea of what their room looks like. We're very pleased with how it turned out!! I've also posted a picture of the girls in their big girl crib for the first time for a nap. I'm not ready for them to move into their room permanently, but a nap now and then is alright for now. :)

Monday, May 19, 2008

31/2 months and going strong

Aurora and Abigail are now 31/2 months old and going strong. This has been a big month for them so far. On Mother's Day, both girls were dedicated at our church. Of course, everyone was so excited to see "the twins" and they stole the show. LOL. Both made it through their first church service very well, much to our delight. Rory (Aurora) is rolling over more than ever and loves to smile and laugh at everything. Abby (Abigail) has started scooting across the floor. We were so amazed when she started to do that for the first time!! She digs her feet into the floor and scoots across her blanket (slowly but surely) to get to the toys that she wants. She almost has the rolling over thing down. She can roll to her side but she just can't quite get that leg all the way over. She'll get there soon, though. Abby has also started smiling more and more. She is still our more serious little one, but she finds people and new things slightly amusing enough to give us the occasional big smile and laugh. Both girls have started to "talk" to us. They, of course, aren't saying real words yet, but they love to coo and jabber to us and their twin. It's so interesting to watch the two of them carry on a conversation in their little baby language. We swear that they know what each other is saying. It's amazing!! We have so much fun with both of them!! They will have their 4 month check-up at the beginning of June. We are anxious to see how big they are getting. We know that they have gained quite a bit of weight and length since they were last at the doctor. Both have hardy appetites and have no problems letting us know when it is close to time to eat. Abby and Rory are also doing very well sleeping through the night!! Of course, we have a couple of rough nights now and then, but, for the most part, they sleep for a good 7-8 hours a night!! Mommy and Daddy definitely like this plan better than pacing the floor all night long. The girls are getting to a very fun age and it amazes us the new things that they learn and do each day. They seem to change from day to day and it is such a blessing to get to watch them grow and develop into their own little person. We love being parents so much and look forward to all the fun times ahead!!