Today the babies woke up for the first time around 6:30 am, and it was my morning to get up and feed them. Sometimes they will go back to sleep after the first morning feeding, and sometimes not. This morning after I put them back in their cribs they were wide awake and ready to start the day. So we got them out and brought them back to our bed to hang out with us for a few minutes before we planned to head downstairs to the living room/play area. To our surprise we all ended up falling back asleep until 9:30 AM! What a rare treat for us!
By 11:30 am we were all ready to go out on a shopping excursion. Chad and I were looking for a large area rug for our living room. We have a smaller one now that fits in the middle of our sectional, but we were looking for one that covered more of our hardwood floors and was a thicker/softer material for the babies to crawl around on. We were very lucky to find a rug we loved at the first furniture store we went to, where we have previously purchased a lot of the other furniture in our home. We had to special order it, but with any luck we should receive it within the next 7 to 10 days.
Next we went out to lunch at a wonderful Tex Mex restaurant in the Galleria area. We also fed the babies while we were there. We have unfortunately become THAT family, the one whose table looks like a bomb went off by the time they leave, and somehow a million baby puffs or miscellaneous food items have scattered all around the floor. We now tip our waiters and waitresses more than we otherwise would just to account for our mess and we always apologize before we leave, although I am not sure how much that really helps.
At lunch we coincidentally were seated right across from another family with boy/girl twins who were 5 1/2 years old. We chatted with those parents for quite some time. When you are the parents of twins you automatically feel a camaraderie with other parents of twins or multiples, because you share many of the same joys and challenges of what is a somewhat unique parenting experience.
Speaking of joys and challenges, our next endeavor after lunch involved one of the principal difficulties of infant/toddler twin parenthood: transporting your children from Point A to Point B in the most manageable way possible. Double strollers are no joke. Not only are they expensive, but they are often bulky, heavy, and difficult to maneuver. We had the opportunity to "test drive" a double jogging stroller on Halloween evening while trick or treating with our friends the Dermody family (also parents to boy/girl twins). Chad was so enamored with their stroller he could not stop talking about it. I had to admit that it was a very nice stroller, light as a feather yet extremely sturdy and well-made. After some consideration, we decided to buy one for the babies. We ended up stopping by REI since they carry them in their store. The salesperson actually assembled it for us while we were there, demonstrated all of its features, and walked us through how to operate it. Since we carried the babies in, we actually got to wheel them out in their new stroller! Somehow I didn't snap any pictures of their new ride, so I will have to get one soon to post!
After our day's adventures we headed home. Believe it or not this wasn't the end to our activities for the day. Chad actually installed a permanent baby gate on our second floor this afternoon. We had a pressure mounted one that you could put up and take down, but this one screws into the wall and has a door you open to get in or out so it is more secure.
Whew, what a day! Congrats if you made it to the end of this long post. I apologize there is no "theme", I am just too tired to be very creative tonight. Next week there should be a few fun posts though, as we have a trip planned to the Children's Museum on Wednesday and the babies' 9 Month check up is on Friday so stay tuned!
Now for a few random pictures:
Playing with the 3D Glasses while watching the UNC v. Michigan State b-ball game last night!
"How cool are we?"
Dressed to go shopping today, the only picture I could get Brady to sit still for
Probably one of my favorite outfits of Chloe's right now