11.11.2010

We're 9 Months Old!


9 months old – where has the time gone? If there is one word to describe the A-Team, it is busy (they couldn't even sit still for a sock monkey picture)!! They are busy crawling, busy putting everything into their mouths to chew, busy cruising and busy laughing. These two are all over the place! It will never cease to amaze me how Austin and Addie have become little adults. One of their latest tricks is cruising. I’m pretty sure they may run the edge of our couches bare just walking back and forth, back and forth.


Austin chasing Addie down the tunnel....


Staring out the window...


Rocking her first pigtail...


As far as eating, Austin and Addie still eat 5 bottles a day, anywhere from 6-9 ounces. They eat solids 3 times a day and these are some of their favorite times. My little independent children love to feed themselves and love anything that they can “accidentally” drop to give to our dogs. Jackson and Stellar like this whole self-feeding thing too! The A-Team has tried most fruits and vegetables and they have recently tried turkey, ham, cheese, beans, tortillas and pasta. The only thing so far that they pretty much refuse to eat is broccoli. I don’t blame them. Not really one of my fave veggies either. It cracks me up in how different their eating styles are. Addie is forever the dainty princess that picks up one piece of food at a time and examines each bite before eating. Austin prefers the shovel method. He’s quite capable of using his pinchers but prefers to shove handfuls of food in at a time. I guess boys will be boys!




Naptime is in a state of flux. They are moving from 3 naps a day down to 2 (although most days it’s still 3). That may make working from home a little trickier but we can manage. At night, we still put them down at 7ish and they get up at 7. The recent time change has kind of thrown them off and they woke my poor parents up at 5:00 am (sorry Mom and Dad)!

The A-Team loves bath time. They could sit and splash around for hours if we let them.



Austin – there is no question at all that he is 100% boy! If there are things to bang together, Austin will find them. If there is a mess to make, Austin will make it. If there is a couch/bed/table to jump from, Austin will try it (luckily John and I have developed cat-like reflexes to stop Austin when he tries to defy gravity). It amazes me how much Austin smiles and laughs. His new favorite game is to take whatever toy Addie is playing with. She is usually not a willing participant in this game. Anytime he can jump on her or pull or hair or chew on her, he does it and this causes non-stop laughs for him. He has started standing on his own for about 10-15 seconds at a time and can balance pretty well. If we hold let him hold his fingers, he’ll take steps. I’m sure walking is right around the corner! Austin will babble sometimes but most of the time he yells. I think he’s just showing us how loud he can be. He’s got 8 teeth and I swear another one has to be coming in. I know that I said that last month but I swear it’s true this time!


Austin standing...



Addie is quite chatty. She says mama, dada, gaga and baba. She uses mama and dada a lot and almost always to the right person. Addie likes to wave, although she can be a little shy showing anyone but John and I this latest trick. She seems to do it as people are already leaving or have already turned around. I did catch her waving to the wall and saying “bye bye dada.” So…she’s still learning. Addie is a speed demon in the crawling department and likes to cruise along the couch. She may be pint-sized but she is strong! One of our new weekend activities is Dance Party Rosenbaum style. Addie LOVES to dance. She bounces with the music and even shakes her hips a little. Pretty adorable! It’s those moments when Addie and Austin are jamming and John and I are mimicking bad wedding dancers that I am reminded how blessed I am to have this amazing family. As Addie has gotten older, she’s shifting back into a snuggler. When she takes a break from crawling and pulling up, she comes over to my lap and tries to crawl up. Addie is content to snuggle for about 2 minutes – I’ll take what I can get! Addie has 2 teeth still but her top two are breaking through. I am sure she’s ready to have more so she can launch a counterattack whenever Austin bites her.




This past month the twins have changed SO much. Every day they have some new skill or trick to show off. At some point you think I’d get used to how quickly they are growing – but I haven’t. I'll just keep savoring these precious moments!