Saturday, December 14, 2013

11 Months

We have less than one month until the boys turn ONE YEAR OLD.  It is hard to believe that they are that old already.  It is also hard to remember what they were like when they were newborn because they are so much bigger and active.

This month we have noticed that they call out for each other when they are in different rooms or can't see the other one.  They aren't in distress or worried about the other one, but it is more of a conversation like "Brother are you there?" "I'm Here."  They have not been apart much since they were born, so it is natural that they want to make sure the other one is there.  

We are currently wearing size 12 month clothes and some 12-18 month clothes.  When we wear shoes they are size 3-4 and we wear size 3 diapers during the day and size 4 diapers at night.   

A day in the life of the Bergen Twins looks some what like this. 

  • 6am – Lights on, usually Jase has been up for a while at this point.  
  •  6:30 - Bottles  (Jax 6 oz with meds, Jase 4-6oz) 
  •  7-7:30am – Breakfast (toast, yogurt, fruit, pancakes, etc) BRUSH TEETH
  • Play time, maybe nap
  •  9:30-10 am – Bottles (Jax 6oz, Jase 4oz)
  •  Usually nap time about 1 hour
  •   12 Noon – Lunch (lunch meat, cut up hot dogs, left overs, veggie or fruit )
  •  Playtime
  •  2:30-3 pm – Bottle (Jax  6-8 oz, Jase 4-6 oz)
  •  Naptime usually 1-2 hours if your lucky
  •  4-4:30 pm – Snack if needed (crackers)
  •  5:30-6 pm – Supper (whatever we eat) BRUSH TEETH
  •  7 pm – Pajamas
  •  7-8pm – Night time bottles (Jax 6 oz with meds, Jase 4-6 oz ) They are Usually asleep between 8-8:30pm depending on the night

Jax's new tricks include:
       Stacking cups in each other 
       Pressing buttons with one finger 
       Putting shapes in the shape sorter with grandma's help and then clapping when the shape fits

        He is working on his molars 
       Does touchdown 
       Likes to bite on hard things 
       Likes to drum on things
       Likes to climb on things 


 Jase's new tricks include: 
       Doing touchdown  
       New teeth - All four on top
        Open mouth kisses 

       Turning single pages in board books
        Says "eehh ewwww" when reading books
       Likes to crawl through tight spaces and under things  
       Likes to bite in soft things like socks and a wash clot
Can be bashful

Saturday, November 16, 2013

8 month pictures

When the boys turned 8 months told, we took a few pictures of them while it was still warm outside.  I have never gotten around to editing them, but I still want to share them because they are pretty cute.  I can't believe how much bigger the boys are now, compared to these pictures.  


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Family Reunion

With the weather turning cold, here is a warm look back at a reunion we had this summer at Stauffer Pond.  It was a gathering of the Dan & Anna Goertzen Family and we had almost everyone there.  

Saturday, November 2, 2013

10 months

We have seen alot of changes this month.  I probably say that every month, but each new step is so big that it feels like they are changing at a faster and faster rate each month. 

This month we are embracing babies on the move and anticipating the changes that walking will bring in the near future.  Both boys pull up to standing, stand holding on to something with one hand, cruise around furniture and have both stood on their own for a few seconds.  Crawling is second nature and to say the boys are in to everything is a mostly true statement.  We have worked at putting different sets of toys around the house so the boy have toys to play with no matter which room they are in. 

They make beeline for the refrigerator anytime the doors open.  I rarely leave it open long enough for them to get inside, but it was hard to resist this picture opportunity.  

Another big change this month is how the boys eat.  We are fully transitioned into eating table foods.  The boys will eat some foods from a spoon when I feed them and they like to suck pureed fruits and veggies from the pouches, but their favorite way to eat is to feed themselves.  It was hard to make the transition at first, but now it is so much easier.  Messier.  But easier.  

 We are still harvesting, so I can't say that we survived our first harvest yet, but I will say that harvest hasn't been as hard as I anticipated.  There have been days where the boys barely get to see Mike, but we have had early mornings, several rain breaks and supper time together.  Speaking of supper time, the harvest crew has been pretty easy going and have come to our house to eat on may of my supper nights, which has made things easier and been much appreciated. 

 One day when they were harvesting around our yard, we took the wagon out to the bin site to see dad and visit cousin Will.  

This month we have also seen the boys interact more through babbling to each other, playing will each other and picking on each other.  It has been so much fun to watch and I know it will only get to be more entertaining.

One schedule change we have made this month is moving to daytime bottles instead of nursing.  I had been aiming to wean the boys at the end of October and was worried about how hard it would be to make that transition.  Luckily, the boys made it for me.  One day they refused to nurse the entire day and just wanted to bite me.  I decided that this was the perfect opportunity to transition to bottles during the day.  This is our feeding schedule at 10 months.
6am- Nurse
7:30am - Breakfast (yogurt, fruit, cherrios)
10 am - Bottle (Jase usually drinks 4 oz and Jax usually drinks 6+ oz)
12 Noon - Lunch
2:30 - Bottle (same as morning)
6pm - Supper
8 pm - Nurse
11:30 & 2:30 - Nurse

We are still experiencing sleep regression. It is getting better, but they haven't slept through the night in at least two months.  Maybe the time change will help. I'm not holding my breath.  

Jase has developed such a fun little personality.  He is a mover and shaker.  Loves to pick on his brother, but doesn't like the favor returned.  He can stay entertained with a pile of books for a long time. He makes a beeline for me when I pick him up at daycare and always gets to me before Jax.  He is not as interested in drinking his bottle but loves to feed himself solids.    

Jax has a very fun personality as well, but it is completely different from Jase.  He loves to bonk foreheads, has started biting, and has mastered waving Goodbye.  He is in love with remote controls, pulling papers down from tables he can reach and recently decided he wants to fight going into his car seat.  Jax will drink all of his bottle at every feeding and then finish Jase's if he has the opportunity. 

It is amazing to think that in two short months these boys will be celebrating their 1st Birthday.  How did that happen so fast?

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Big 3-O

We celebrated a big birthday around here this week, on October 21 to be exact.  

Mike turned 30!

We celebrated with a surprise party on Friday night and I actually was able to pull off the surprise part thanks to harvest, some friends who were willing to help me out and the fact that I wait until the last minute (less than two weeks before) to plan the party.  

It is amazing to think about everything Mike has experienced over 30 years and it is equally amazing to think about the experiences we will have in the next 30 years.  While there have and will be ups and downs, it is good to know we can face them together.  


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Nebraska State Fair

During the first week in September the boys had their first, second and third state fair experiences.  As you may remember, I kind of grew up at the State Fair and posted about it here and here, not to mention skinny kurt and young kelsey here.  

So naturally I had to give the boys a proper introduction to the State Fair. 
Our first trip was on opening day with Grandma Kathryn.  We got there right after lunch and stayed until 6 pm.   While we were there we . . .

Ate a burger from Cactus Jacks, 

Chilled in the stroller with our feet up. 

 and went to the petting zoo, which was our favorite. 

On the second trip, we went with my parents for supper.  Seeing the Clydesdales in the barn was a highlight from this trip.    

 Our last trip was for the steer show on Labor Day weekend to say the fair was packed, would be an understatement.  Mike and two of my college friends, Caitlin and Tina,  joined us this time. 

 It was Caitlin's first State Fair trip too.   

All-in-all we had a great experience at the State Fair and I love the fact that the fair is only 30 minutes away, even though I miss the nostalgicness (yes I'm making that a word) of the old fair grounds.