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Monday, March 14, 2011

Tshirtprinting.net Review

The folks over at www.tshirtprinting.net graciously sent me a sample T-shirt to review for them. They sent a cheeky monkey t-shirt. See below...

I've got to say that I didn't really expect the quality to be as good as it was. But it is really a great shirt. The monkey design isn't something I'm used to. But it's kinda cool. I've gotten a lot of questions about it and I've pointed them all to the website. If all their screen printing work is as good as the one on this shirt then they'll be in business for a long time.

Thanks for allowing this review. I had a lot of fun with it and will continue to wear it and direct people your way.

Sleep Training: Night #3

Night #3 went pretty well.

We only got up to comfort them about 6 times. And again, they went right back to sleep. The only thing I didn't like about this night was the fact that Miranda had to really comfort Carter for him to initially go to sleep. He screamed bloody murder for the longest. But once he went down, he went down for six hours. Neither one of them woke up until around 1:30am. 

The only reason they are waking up and crying now is because they are rolling over from back to front and they get very upset because they can't roll back over. For some reason they HATE laying on their bellies. And here I was thinking that babies liked to be on their bellies. Either I was really wrong or they'll like it later. Hopefully they'll like it later because daddy can't go years constantly waking up in the middle of the night to roll a child over onto their back.

Any advice on this subject would be greatly appreciated!!
Feel free to comment.

On to night #4...

Sleep Training: Night #2

Night #2 went a lot better than the first night. We only had to go into their room to comfort them about 10 times. But, unlike night #1, every time we went in and comforted them they stayed asleep for a while. They are learning pretty quickly. I was actually very proud of them.

On to night #3...

Sleep Training: Night #1

We have started sleep training the boys. They are 6 months old now and the doctor says that there's no reason for them to need a bottle in the middle of the night now. So with that in mind, I moved their cribs from our bedside to their own room (right next door to ours), put up a blackout curtain to keep out the light, placed a white noise maker in the room, installed a night light and a smoke/carbon monoxide detector and called it a day...until that night.


Night one was terrible. Although I know it could have been much, much worse. We were still up at least 20 times, if not 30 or more. We lost count at 10. We started out putting them to bed as usual - with their pacifiers. We laid them down, patted them on the chest for a few seconds, said goodnight and walked out. The first three hours were great. Not a peep. Then the poop hit the fan.

I can't remember who woke up first seeing as how that whole night was a blur. But he started crying. We gave him 2-3 minutes and went in, replaced the paci in his mouth, patted him and walked out. Five minutes later... same thing. We gradually increased the time they cried before we went in. 

Extremely long, drawn out story short... I got about three hours of very broken sleep that night. Mommy got about 6.
But, at 7am the next morning we woke them up and they were just as happy as they could be. Little turds.

On to night #2...

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Happy 6 Month Birthday, Cooper & Carter!

You know how sometimes in life you think time is passing by SOO slowly and then when a milestone arrives you look back and think "where did the time go?" That's exactly how I'm feeling right now.

Cooper and Carter are officially 6 months old (as of yesterday)(I was too tired to post this then).

They have been sick almost four months out of the six and it has really been a rough road - not to mention an expensive one with all the doctor visits and meds. But, alas, we've made it to six months. As of this writing they are seemingly getting over their bout with constant bronchiolitis. The poor guys have had a rough time of it. They've endured occasional fevers, massive amounts of mucus in their little lungs which makes it very hard to take breaths in and out (not to mention it sounds horrible to say the least), sore throats from coughing, hoarseness from coughing, body aches which made them almost completely limp while moaning in pain, and severe (read: SEVERE) coughing. They have suffered in the sleep department because of all of this as well - as have Miranda and I. For those of you who know what bronchiolitis is, you know how scary it can be for both baby and parents alike - especially first-time parents like us. Cooper even had to be hospitalized once because of it. See pic below...

But a friend recommended a good allergy/asthma doctor in Birmingham and he immediately placed both boys on 5 different meds each. And now, a little over a week later, both boys are almost back to normal. Carter still has a little cough only because he started his meds about 3 days later then Cooper. Please pause to say a quick prayer asking God to let them stay healthy from here on out. :)

Accomplishments Reached at 6 Months:

The boys can roll over from their front to their back.
They can aaalllmost roll from back to front. 
They smile when we walk into the room. 
They are putting everything (read: EVERYTHING) in their little mouths. 
They are eating cereal and stage 1 baby foods. 
They are loving their walkers and exersaucers. 
They can almost sit up without support.
They are just starting to make funny faces.

They still do not sleep through the night. But they do go all night without eating if they take a full 8 ounces before bed. The only reason they wake up is either because they lost their pacifier or because they've rolled from back to front and their little arm is caught underneath them. Sometimes they don't want to go right back down to sleep so we either get up with them for a few minutes until their heads start bobbling or we put them in the bed with us. (I know, both are bad. We're working on it.)

You can tell they are twins. Not just because of the obvious... but because of the things they do. Check out this pic taken this week at daycare...

They're already getting a little mischievous. They tell secrets to each other. God only knows what they're saying...

And here's one last random pic of them laughing and having fun. The amazing ladies at daycare snap pics for us pretty often and send them via pix messages to our phones so we can see something cute or new...

It has been the greatest 6 months of my life so far and I look forward to every minute in the future with these two little turkeys. They are our reasons for being. Just to see them smile brightens even the darkest days. When they were really sick they would still smile through the pain and it brought tears to my eyes. If they can smile being as sick as they were, we all can. 

We love you, boys!
Daddy and Mommy