Tuesday, February 12, 2013

New Explorations

During our cold weather winter days, we have to get creative about what we do indoors. Here are some of our recent explorations.

EXPLORATION #1: SNOW
 My Mothers of Multiples group suggested bringing snow inside on a cookie sheet. This gives us the benefit of being able to experiment with the snow while avoiding the lengthy snow gear dressing and the chilly outdoors. With this great idea, the boys had all the time they wanted to touch and play with the new cold wonder...


Jaden would go through a cycle of touching the snow, quickly withdrawing his hand, touching it again, and taking away his hand again. He seemed very curious.


Cody, on the other hand, wasn't so sure about the cold wetness on his hands.




Our first snowman!


Here are the boys enjoying the snow (or at least ONE of them enjoying it!).

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EXPLORATION #2: KITCHEN TOOLS
What great music pots, pans, and Tupperware can make (especially since the boys were more interested in chewing on the kitchen tools and letting Mommy do the noise-making)! In fact, Cody and Jaden enjoyed these kitchen tools so much, the kitchen gear has been residing in the boys' bedroom for the past 2 weeks. These fun toys make a great distraction when Mommy is picking out the boys' clothes for the day or changing a diaper for one of the twins.


Jaden was the only one who really got the hang of "banging" on the pots.



Cody was content to just hold & chew!



EXPLORATION #3: LAUNDRY BASKET
We enjoyed touching the basket, peeking inside, even chewing on the handles, but NOT riding inside (that part got some scared expressions... for now anyway!).


EXPLORATION #4: NEW TOYS
After attending a birthday party for one of Daddy & Mommy's friends last week, we came home with more gifts than what we brought! Thanks, Schmitt family, for your generosity! Our boys' favorite toy is this Peek-a-Shoe octopus. Although Jaden & Cody don't quite get the full concept yet, the toy plays fun music and... you guessed it!... it's fun to put in their mouths.

  

EXPLORATION #5: STANDING!
Cody and Jaden have shown a lot more leg strength and endurance lately. They can now stand without their knees buckling in quite as much AND Mommy & Daddy don't have to constantly hold on to them. Jaden has even pulled himself to a standing position a couple times. The boys' musical table is currently their happiest place to be!


On the Go!

As of last week, our lives have been forever changed... our two little boys are now officially mobile! Amazingly, Jaden and Cody both started crawling not only on the same day, but at the same time, too. We are impressed with how quickly they are getting the hang of this crawling thing, showing increased speed & ease of movement every day. Thankfully, they are still at a speed where we can keep up with the two of them, so they aren't getting into too much trouble... yet!

Here are a couple videos showing our boys on the go (Jaden first, then Cody):

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Our 8-Month-Old Boys


Cody, Jaden

Another month has come and gone, and our sweet, now 8-month-old boys keep growing up so fast! January was a quiet, stay-at-home-often month, so it was perfect for falling into a good daily routine. What a treat for structure-loving Mommy!

SLEEPING HABITS
  • Best month of sleep since the twins have been born!
  • Typically sleep from 7:30 until 5:00 or 5:30 (might still wake up once on occasional nights)
  • Take 3 daily catnaps
  • By the end of the month, started to giggle with each other when put into their cribs for naptime.

EATING HABITS
  • LOVE eating their homemade pureed foods
  • Tried and enjoyed carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, banana, applesauce, pear, oatmeal, and avocado
  • All foods have settled well with Jaden-- hooray!
  • Nurse approx. 5 times/day with supplemental bottles

DEVELOPMENT
  • Have more confidence with "walking" with help and sitting up
  • Showing many signs of readiness for crawling
  • Often get on their hands & knees and rock back and forth or pedal their legs
  • Can scoot backwards
  • Can somewhat travel forwards with a funny rolling, army-crawl type movement
  • Move from the crawling position to the sitting position



BOTH BOYS

Cody, Jaden: intent on chewing!

Jaden, Cody: supporting Daddy's favorite,
top-ranked basketball team

Jaden, Cody: ready to crawl!

Cody, Jaden


Jaden, Cody


  • LOVE giggling with each other
  • Enjoy bathtime, especially now that baths are together in the big tub!
  • Laugh at themselves in mirrors
  • Beginning to show some "stranger" anxiety; enjoy best being held by Daddy or Mommy
  • Get BIG smiles whenever we "brush" their teeth
  • Show a lot of strength in lifting up toys to their mouths (Jaden even lifted up a heavy kitchen pot recently!)
  • Love closing cabinet doors and the microwave door when helping Mommy or Daddy in the kitchen (See video below-- Sorry... the mid-video turbulence was caused by Jaden tugging on the camera strap!)


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JADEN MICHAEL


Sometimes hangs on to his frog like this throughout
 an entire Wal-Mart outing!





So eager to crawl!




  • Currently 16 lbs. 11 1/2 oz.
  • Has become our giggly boy with especially silly giggles when he's tired
  • Usually has the last laugh when stealing toys
  • Shows his excitement by intensely kicking his legs
  • Often sucks in lower lip & hums
  • Enjoys "singing" along with hymns in church
  • Tries to crawl by pedaling his legs-- ends up in a bridge-type formation (see video below)


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CODY ANDREW




Our animated little fella

Sporting his BEST pouty face!






  • Currently 16 lbs. 4 1/2 oz.
  • Possibly cutting more teeth-- LOTS of drool and gnawing
  • Loves running his fingers through Mommy or Daddy's hair when they are holding him
  • Has started biting Mommy during nursing 
  • Shows excitement with loud, happy screams/squeals
  • Often moves his mouth in a chewing motion & says "ya, ya, ya" (see video below)


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Happy 8 months, little guys! We love you!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Name that Twin!

Just for fun... No pressure... Easy to enter... No consequences, only rewards. It's the Schleichers' first ever NAME THAT TWIN contest!

Have you followed our blog for more than a couple weeks? Do you regularly try to guess which twin is which in our blog pictures? Have you been able to pinpoint some distinguishing characteristic that helps you identify Jaden versus Cody?

If you answered YES to any of the above questions, then this contest is for you!! The rules are simple: Please scroll through the pictures of our boys below. Identify which pictures are of Cody, and which are Jaden. Make a list of the numbers corresponding to each twin. Give us your answers via email, text, phone, facebook, or simply reply on this blog post.

ALL entrants correctly identifying 9 or more pictures will receive a special gift from Jaden & Cody. And, don't worry, if you enter but aren't correct, no one will be offended. Remember: No consequences, only rewards, just for fun! Enjoy, and good luck to you!

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