Friday, December 7, 2012

13 Months

hi....Hi.....HI to one and all. And if you don't respond "hi" back we will keep saying it louder and louder until you do. HI is Rooney and Brady's favorite word, Rooney more than Brady, and like typical toddlers, they repeat it no less than a thousand times a day.

Right around their first birthday Rooney and Brady woke up one day as toddlers. It was a sad realization. Where did my babies go? They now point at everything and say "dis?", which seems to mean, tell me what that is. They have on occasion thrown fits from being frustrated because we aren't doing what they want and Mr. Brady has started to display his frustration by experimenting with biting and Rooney with hair pulling - her own, her, brothers, mine, Lee's, her doll's, anyone she can get her hands on -....all fun things I thought we had more time before having to deal with.

Brady is my handful...all boy, all the time! He spends his days kicking balls around the apartment, pushing a big exercise ball, climbing on and under furniture and playing with his trucks, blocks and books, and oh yeah, picking on his little sister. He tries his best to play in the toilet daily, but he is only able to reach the precious porcelain a couple times a week:). Brady is independent, focused and quick to anticipate things, which is great when he tries to put his shoes on but not so great when he is running the other way as soon as you grab his coat. He doesn't care how old or big the other kid (or adult for that matter)is, if he/she has something he wants he goes for it. Needless to say, we are working on sharing with others. Right now, he is obsessed with noses, constantly touching and pointing at his and everyone else's. He always accompanies his touch with the word "bas". Rooney will then come up and touch the same nose and look at him and tell him "no, nose":)

This month Brady's verbal skills started to take off. He now says momma, daddy, na (no), yea, baw (ball), yummy, hi, hey, bye bye, nye nye (night night), oh oh and up. And his laugh is infectious and comes easily, sometimes for reasons that I can only hope to one day get a glimpse into. Seriously, it comes out of nowhere sometimes.
Brady has 8 teeth now, each one came with a lot of crying and pain. The poor kid has had a rough time teething. I can't wait for his teething (and drooling) process to just be over.

He eats anything and everything, however we still struggle with digesting dairy. This dairy issue means we are still mostly drinking formula, and not really able to often enjoy a Khan family favorite CHEESE!!! this doesn't seem to interrupt his growing too much though - last week, he weighed in at 20 lbs and was 30.5 inches.

We love are little man (or old man as he sometimes looks likes when he's just lounging in his chair or deep in thought) and are so impressed with how much energy he has for life, all day, everyday! Lee's already convinced the emergency room for osteo docs will be on first name basis with Brady before he hits his teens.

Miss Rooney! Sweet Rooney is still mastering the art of walking. She will take 4-5 steps between furniture or toys or parents and sometimes does it just to show off, but predominantly she crawls. But she seems to get more and more confident inn her ability everyday. Talking, on the other hand, is second nature. Roo's become so vocal that it's pretty obvious that a quiet Roo is a Roo that isn't feeling well. Notice I didn't say a quiet Roo is a sleeping Roo...sleep only slows her chatter, not stop it entirely.

Roo finally got some teeth - four to be exact - two front teeth on the bottom and top, all sprouting in the week surrounding her first birthday with what appeared to cause very little discomfort for her. Given Roo's penchant for a bit of drama (she get's it from her dad), and how miserable her brother is when getting a new tooth, we expected a lot of sleepless, whiny, nights full of crying...and not just for me and Lee. But to our pleasant surprise, Baby Girl/The Boss, hasn't really had too bad a tine with the teeth.

She is currently in love with stacking anything and everything! She loves puzzles and anything she can fit together, and gets noticeably aggravated when the pieces she thinks should go together don't. But whereas her brother would try to force it (boy), Roo stops, grunts and then thinks and sometimes starts over (girl).  She has a difficult time playing with blocks or watching Brady and I play with blocks because all she wants to do is put them back in the bag we store them in.  We love how orderly she is!! 

Rooney talks nonstop, I am sure to miss many of her words, but some of them are... hi, may up may up may up (wake up, wake up, wake up), momma, dada, daddy, no, ny ny, pup pup, baby, bady (brady), amy, aya (ava our downstairs neighbor), dis (this), dat (that), egg, yaya, oh oh, baw, cup, book

We continue to work on figuring out how to get her to sleep through the night in her own bed.  For now, we are focused on just getting her to sleep, which usually means coming to bed with us at some point.  Or sleeping on the couch with of her four beds in the apartment.

She already has a sense of style and insisted the dress wasn't enough for a random Tuesday and a tutu was a must!

Playing with the exercise ball

Out of order...After the first hair cut shot

And before the first hair cut shot...and if you notice the scab on his eye...yes its from his first black eye.  The playground ground can be hard!


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

12 Months...

It's official, we turned one on November 7th!  We are a little late with this post, but better late than never, right? 

In honor of our little ones and a successful first year of parenting we threw a little party...or not so little considering more people were there then at our wedding!  We rented out a local restaurant and had an amazing time celebrating our little ones.  It's awesome to see how many people love R&B!  A few pictures from the party...

Happy Birthday
Lots of cake for everyone

Smash Cakes here we come

The customary Happy Birthday Song

Someone doesn't like dirty hands!

Daddy's dreams came true - a pig roasted on a spit.

Roo and Uncle Sri

A glimpse into life with Brady and his partner in crime.

Happy Boys
While the grandparents were in town to celebrate, my friend Jenny snapped some amazing pictures of the family.  If anyone is in the NYC area and needs a great photographer, I strongly recommend you contact her. 
 Three generations

 Two little ones on the go

Aja and Grandma Khan

We also took a little trip to the zoo.  Brady was there too, but he just wasn't in the mood for pictures and well someone else was hamming it up.

 Roo with both Grandfathers
My big girl 

 It took, 11 months and 3 weeks to get her first tooth.  And then she got four in 10 days. 
Fun with Auntie Amy 

Grandma Khan with her stolen flower
The grandparents are now all home and we are back to just the four of us. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

An Amazing Year in Pictures

Hard to believe that tomorrow is 12.   We love these two more and more everyday!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

11 months and 1 week later...

these two little munchkins decided to slept through the night. 

R&B - Thank you for finally coordinating your schedules and letting us get some much needed sleep! Now, please keep to last nights schedule. And, Rooney, we wouldn't mind if you slept in your crib instead of our bed either.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

11 Months

Our little busy bees are 11 months today!  Can you believe it?  We sure can't!

I remember 10 months ago taking the first monthly picture.  My biggest challenge was getting them to open their eyes.  At 11 months our biggest challenge is getting them to sit still. 

Rooney trying to get away
Brady...and his new favorite activity...climbing.
Tired after a long photo shoot

They are constant motion and now almost constant talking.  Lee and I get very worried when the two of them are talking to each other in their special language, usually with tons of animation, and then they both turn to us and laugh.   It's as if they look at us and say, "Those two don't have a clue how much fun we are going to have when they aren't looking"!

This month Brady cut four top teeth!  We figured out he has a sensitivity to soy and now that the top teeth have made their entrance and soy has been cut from his diet, we are finally getting some sleep around here.  He still gets us up one to two times a night, but at least they are for a bottle and back to sleep or a quick cuddle and he settles down.  None of that hour after hour of him crying through the night stuff.   He has mastered the walk and now rarely crawls.  And much to my dislike, he is now climbing on our chairs and trying to jump off our furniture.   Just this week he finally started babbling.  We love hearing his little voice!    Brady has the longest arms of any baby I have ever seen and gives the absolute best hugs with them strongly wrapped around my neck.  He continues to be long and lean, despite eating anything and everything.  His palate is more diverse than most adults I know.  He is in the 75th percentile for height at 30 inches and only 10th percentile for weight at 18 lbs 9 oz.

Rooney, sweet Rooney has finally decided that the word NO doesn't apply to her.  She is happy to tell her brother or anyone else NO, but if you say it to her she just laughs and does whatever she wants anyway.  Her smile lights up every room and she knows how to use it to get exactly what she wants.  She continues to be my little shadow and I am certainly not complaining.  Rooney is very particular and deliberate in everything she does.  She does not like a mess and we can even let her eat sans bib because not a drop of food goes anywhere except in her mouth.  Despite not having any teeth, or signs of teeth, she eats everything and chews/mashes her food like an expert.  She never puts new food in her mouth until her mouth is empty and refuses to mix food.  Like her brother, she eats everything!   She is still only in the 10th percentile for weight at 17 lbs 1 oz and 75th percentile for height at 30 inches.

This month we went on another plane trip to attend my dear friend Emily's wedding in Michigan.  R&B are amazing to travel with!   They love the airport and plane and seem to thrive on the whole trip.  We have the travel thing done pretty much to a science and actually don't find it to be to much more difficult than travelling solo...OK, maybe that is because I forgot what it was like to travel solo.  But seriously,  the four of us have slept through 8 of the 9 flights we have been on together.

And now for the month in pictures...

R&B with the newlyweds

Roo loving her time with Grandma

Apples are YUMMY

Checkout her awesome curly hair

Teasing her brother...

Ready for another apple

This is classic, Brady trying to get away and Rooney yelling for us to pay attention.