Growing pains

I apologize in advance for the sappy post. I never thought I would be a sappy parent. I used to laugh at those TV shows where parents uncover a random box of clothing that the kid has long since outgrown and they proceed to tear up as they reminisce about how little their obnoxious teenager used to be. Seriously, who does that? Well, apparently I do. I mean, they clearly aren't obnoxious teenagers (yet) but they are growing up so fast! We just sold their infant car seats and while I was just cursing the amount of space they were taking up in our ever so tiny apartment, watching the new dad walk away with our car seats made me a little sad. I also must admit that I haven't parted with a single item of clothing since they've been born. Yes, in a one bedroom apartment with little to no space to spare, I am hoarding their baby stuff. I also have rattles they never played with, shoes they never wore, blankets that they never slept under. Why, you may ask, would I store all this useless stuff? No, I'm not planning on having more kids anytime soon. No, I am not going to create a giant pop-up scrapbook to show them when they graduate college. Honestly, I have no idea why. All I know is that I want my car seats back! Or perhaps I want my babies to still fit in infant car seats, not the giant toddler ones. Or perhaps motherhood is making me go bonkers. In any case, they are growing up fast and while I am relieved that they now sleep through the night, feed themselves and can kinda play on their own, I know that by the time they are embarrassed to be seen with me, I will truly miss having cuddly adorable babies.

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Firsts

This month Noah and Ava had their first board meeting:
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Ava got her first (and hopefully her last!) black eye:

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Noah saw sea lions swimming for the first time:
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It's been a good couple of weeks!

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And Happy Appa's Day to the best Appa in the whole world! He also takes the prize of silliest! ;)
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18 Month check ups

So we missed our appointment and then couldn't get in till they were 19 months, but close enough right? They are both doing well and growing along their growth curves. Here are some "stats" for both of them:

Ava can say about 30-35 words (the most common aside from people names are dog, apple, elmo, book, nana (banana), saja (lion), waz that, wiggle wiggle (from a book), more and milk). She is climbing and starting to run. She loves reading and thinks her brother is hilarious! She seems to love men - case in point, I'm sure if she could talk well enough, she would have asked Uncle Roy to marry her by now. She is not such a good sharer but is working on "trading" with Noah and with us. Did I mention that she loves reading? Because she really does! She loves accessories. Sometimes it's a hat or a scarf, sometimes it's pants on her head but either way she loves it! She gives amazing hugs, loves to give kisses and wants to give everyone a fist bump.

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Noah says about 30 words, the most common other than people's names are more, nana!!!, dog, owie, no/no/no/no/no!, book, ball, cheese, ninety-nine. He loves to throw things and can get some distance most of the time. He also loves to kick the soccer ball - he even pulled it back with his foot a few times last week so we're going to start dribbling practice soon. :) He also climbs and "runs" and has been rearranging toys a lot lately. He and Ava definitely have a "twin language" and he loves making her laugh and has no problem giving her all of his food and toys... most of the time! He is very curious about how things work and people constantly point out to us that he "studies" things. He frequently gets very important phone calls that necessitate him pacing around the playzone while he's on the phone.

Over the last year, we've been dealing with some health stuff with Noah. In July of last year, he got sick with a virus and we did some blood work to see what was going on - mostly so we could be prepared for when Ava caught it. What we found is that Noah's white blood count is not what it should be. His neutrophils (the white blood cells that fight bacteria) are really low. Most kids have at least 1500, even on the worst of days. Noah had 0 as of his last count. That means that he's really susceptible to bacteria so anytime he gets a fever over 101, we have to bring him to the Dr or the ER, whichever is available for blood tests and antibiotics, even if we're pretty sure it's nothing. When he gets sick his body mounts a good response and increases his neutrophil count which is a great sign and most likely means that when he got that first virus, his body created antibodies that kill off the neutrophils - we are still waiting for tests to confirm but that is the most common explanation. He's not "sick" and it's something that he'll out grow in a couple of years but for now, we have to be extra cautious. Overall, we are very fortunate that it isn't something more serious and we have great doctors but it's still stressful - no matter how careful we are, kids just get sick sometimes. We'd appreciate your thoughts and prayers when you think of us - but not your worries because we know he's gonna be just fine!

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It's been a great 19 months so far!

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Family portraits

So I convince our family that we needed to do new family portraits because our last full family picture has an ex-boyfriend in it, and as Grandma said, "that's just tacky!" Here are a few of the pics. The rest are on the flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25323000@N02/sets/72157626677720255/

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I thought this hug sequence was pretty funny also:

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Thanks to Leslie See (www.lesliesee.com) for squeezing us in so last minute and making it a painless process :)