Monday, June 30, 2008

New Mom Vocab 101

One of the surprising things about new mommy-hood has been the major impairment to brain function. Words, especially, I have a hard time remembering and often have to trail off at the end of a sentence or take long grasping pauses in the middle as I rack my brain for the right utterance. However, two words I've noticed have had an especially recurrent presence in my mind over the first couple of months of motherhood: Please and Fudge - Fudge as in "Fudge! The fudgin' baby is fudgin' crying a-fudgin'-gain!" (okay, so it's not always fudge, but you get my drift).
Motherhood brings with it many emotions and one of the less-mentioned ones is anger. Blame it on lack of sleep, feelings of ineptitude, or the neediness of new babies, but yes, I have been irrationally angry at my cute little bundles of joy. To blow off this anger, I will stomp around the house, throw things and shout "Fudge!" over and over in my head like a mantra.

Please enters the picture in another less-mentioned time of new motherhood: desperation. "Please eat," or "Please don't cry" or most often "Please go to sleep." In those times of extreme desperation, often during those sudden interruptions of much-needed sleep where you wake up too tired to even know what to ask for, you stumble out of bed with that one word resonating through your brain. Please. Please. Please.

Lately, I have a new favorite thing that the girls do. When I'm feeding them or rocking them to sleep or otherwise cradling them across the front of me, they'll occasionally stretch out their arm and reach up with supreme concentration to press their splayed hand against my cheek. It's like they're reassuring me, "It's okay, Mom. You're doing just fine." In these times, in these memory-erasing moments, there are no words.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Lots of Firsts Lately

Wow! We've been doing something new almost each and every day!

Claire and Abby went swimming (in a tiny wading pool at G&G Campbell's house) for the first time yesterday. They were joined by their cute cousin Lily, who is a mere 6 weeks older than them. (You can read more about her at The twins seemed to think they were just taking a really long bath, but Lily's enthusiasm made up for their nonchalance. I'm sure they'll get more excited once they learn to splash.

We've also been trying new foods, like rice cereal and oatmeal.

Abby's favorite food so far is See-food. Ha ha! (I couldn't resist.)

Doesn't she look like her cousin Lily in this pic?

Abby and Claire had their first trip to the zoo with our good friends, The Shipmans (Sean, Kari, Kayla and Zach) this past Saturday.

Their favorite animal was this one here...

Watch out, he's ferocious! That poor Sno Cone never had a chance.

Ol' Blue Eyes (aka Claire) had a great time!

On Sunday, we took our first trip to Solon Springs to meet Grandma Gwen's side of the family. We got to stick our feet in a lake and it was nice to see everyone. And despite a couple small meltdowns and getting yelled at for taking too long at a gas pump, the car ride went pretty well. However, spending almost 5 hours in a car with 2 infants and a toddler (cousin Alexandra May, almost 2) in one day is not something I care to do too often.

Alex and Gwen at the start of our journey. Believe me, they look at little more tired by the end!

And, as if that wasn't already enough "firsts," the girls even tried the Johnny Jump Up for the first time! (In fact, it may have been the first time anyone's used a Johnny Jump Up EVER since the '70s.) Much like the pool, it was met with curiosity, but not a ton of excitement. Claire looks like she could get into it, though. Only time (and leg strength) will tell!

All our firsts were fun, but we were all pretty exhausted by the end of the weekend.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

We're Rolling!

One of the exciting things happening at our house right now is the twins just started rolling over! I tried to capture a video of Abby rolling over, but she didn't quite want to do it. However, notice the loud crying towards the end of the video.

That was Claire doing this!

Claire has never been one to be outdone by her sister. Even if she hates what they're doing, she's got to do it first!

Our First Blog!

Hello everyone! We've decided to join the 21st Century and have a blog - yippee! Now you can read all about Life at the Lamberts with Ryan, Lisa, Claire, Abby and Asterix. Enjoy!