Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Father's Day and Surgery Day

Michael showing off his new cap and IOU for the Rangers game of his choice!
Rory checking out Daddy's present

Abby and Rory helping Daddy open his cards (they signed their's themselves this year)

Rory helping Daddy open his gifts as Abby looks on

"Here you go Daddy!!" ~Rory

Rory waiting like a big girl to head to surgery

Rory really wanted to wear Daddy's hat to surgery

Abby waiting like a big girl to go into surgery

Abby looks so tiny in the big hospital bed

We had a wonderful Father's Day this year. Since we were getting ready for the girls' to have surgery the following Tuesday, we decided to keep them home and away from any potential germs at church. The girls decided to let their Daddy sleep in late that morning (until 10:30). We he got up, we gave him his Father's Day gifts and cards. The girls loved helping their Daddy open his presents and got excited when he got excited about the new Rangers baseball cap that he got to wear the the game or his choice that we gave him an "IOU" for. There was much excitement throughout the Hanna house that morning! We spent the remainder of the day visiting Grandad Hanna (Michael's dad), Great-Grandpa Brauchi (Michael's grandfather) and Papa (my Dad). We are so blessed to have so many wonderful men in our family!! The girls and I could never thank Michael for being such an awesome husband and father. There are no words to express what he does and means for our family!! The girls and I are extremely blessed to have him as such a big part of our lives. It was a very special day that we got a chance to share with Michael!! Ok... now that I'm crying... on with the post!

Tuesday morning the girls were admitted to the hospital to have tubes placed in their ears. This procedure has been a long time coming. In the last six months, the girls have had 17 ear infections between them. It was time to get something done!! Both girls were very brave and did very well during their procedure. Rory went into surgery at around 8:00 am and Abby followed close behind at 8:20 am. It was so nerve-racking to sit and wait while someone was working on our babies. Michael and I survived, though. When the nurses brought Rory back from recovery, she was fighting mad. She was kicking, screaming, punching and biting anyone within her reach. Apparently, she and the anesthesia they used did not agree with one another. Once we got her to the car, though, she was fine. Abby came out of surgery groggy and ready to have her parents. Both girls took it easy yesterday and slept on and off throughout the day. Today, they are up and going at 100% again! We have to be cautious about loud noises. Apparently, neither girl was hearing perfectly before the surgery, but the it has improved their hearing to the point that loud noises startle them pretty badly. Abby has also been talking our ears off since last night. She is a whole different child. It's amazing!! We are praying that this will put an end to the constant ear infections around here!!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

16 Months.... What a Fun Age!!

Abby likes to wear Mommy's shirt as a comforting dress (she puts it on by herself)
Look where Rory climbed now... on top of Mommy's sewing table

Rory finally got to Daddy's Dr. Pepper can. Daddy is going to have to put it higher now.

Best Friends!!

"What's up Mom?" ~Rory

Rory is trying to pick out a book to read. She has to read all the reviews first.

Abby found her book!

Abby wearing Daddy's glasses... silly Abby

What a tired little girl

Sweet Rory smiles

Rory had to try Daddy's glasses on or the world would have come to an end!
Yesterday, June 05, the girls turned 16 months old. They are at such a fun age right now!! Everything is a new discovery and they are really mimicking everything that they see and hear (sometimes that is good and sometimes that is not so good). Both girls are talking plainer and more than ever! Also, they are really starting to comprehend everything that we say and respond appropriately. They have, for several months, been able to follow simple directions, but now even more complex directions aren't really hard for them. I fear that we are getting close to having to switch to toddler beds. As I have said before, both girls love to climb on EVERYTHING. Well, now they are trying their luck at trying to climb out of their cribs. Neither one has been successful up to this point, but I don't think that it is going to be much longer at all. We would really like to hold off until they are 2 yrs., but I'm not sure that we are going to make it before they are over the top rails. Abby has really shocked us here lately. About a week ago, I walked into their room to get them up from their nap and Abby was sitting bare bottomed in her crib and she handed me her wet diaper that she had rolled up like I roll up their dirty diapers. Later that afternoon, she walked up to me and said "Mama, poopoo." Sure enough, when I checked her diaper she was poopy. Everyone thought I had lost my mind when I told them what happened, but she has continued to do it with both Michael and I. She does not like to be wet or poopy and wants it off as soon as she is done (which I don't really blame her). We haven't really been working on potty training at all, but I do tell the girls that they are wet or poopy when I change their diapers. I hadn't really planned on starting potty training this early, but I think that we are going to get a potty chair and at least introduce the concept to the girls. We don't want to push them, but we don't want to discourage Abby if that is where she is headed. Rory really hasn't expressed any interest yet. She still thinks it is fun to "finger paint" in her diaper's contents.... YUCK!!! Both girls are loving the outside this summer! Rory's new job, that she has taken upon herself, is to inform Mommy and Daddy when it is time to take a nap or go to bed. I guess we have done a little too well with getting and keeping the girls on a schedule. When she is finished eating her lunch, she will say "night, night." At night, as 8:00 comes around, she will start saying "mik... night, night" (they always have a cup of milk before they go to bed). Then, if she gets tired throughout the day, she will ask if it's time for "night, night." She also loves to tell people when something is gone by throwing her hands up (palms up) and announcing "gone, gone." Then, she just laughs and giggles. Such smart little girls!! We have had fairly mild weather here lately, but it is starting to get hot. Rory and Abby both love to be in the water and splash each other!! It's really fun to watch!! It amazes us every day how much they interact with one another. They are best friends and want to be with each other constantly. One seems lost without the other. Our girls have such a special bond!! We are all having an awesome time being together this summer!!!! I'm so glad that Michael can be home to see all the fun things that his girls are doing right now. The girls are so excited when they get up every morning and Daddy is there to greet them. They are going to be so spoiled by the end of the summer, but I wouldn't trade this time together for the world!!