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Monday, July 28, 2008

Almost 9 Months and Crawling

Sorry - it's been a while since I posted last. We've been busy and the boys have been doing SO many new things it is so hard to keep track. So hopefully I don't miss something big that has happened in the past 3 weeks... but here goes:
Some milestones we've hit are: Oscar now has all 4 front teeth (top and bottom) and MacKay has three (two bottom, one top) but looks as if he is just days from that 4th one popping through. Around mid July Oscar started crawling, and now is a champ at it and climbing up on everything and starting to "scale" furniture. He's pretty darn fast too and you can't look away for too long before he's getting himself in trouble (usually MacKay isn't far behind him either) getting into Angus's toys, playing with the TV/DVD/Stereo equipment, pulling CDs off the shelf or crawling over the bricked area in the corner of our living room (still need to get some guards on that). MacKay JUST started taking his first crawling steps yesterday. He takes short little steps and movements right now but seems pretty sure of himself and I'm sure he'll pick up the pace pretty quickly here. Life for me has changed completely now..... wow. They are loud and vocal little boys too. Constantly playing with new sounds and with their volume level. They both seem to thoroughly enjoy getting louder and louder. They both seem to say Ma-Ma and Pa-Pa tho we're not sure they really know what they mean. Excellent little sleepers too. We struggled for a while letting MacKay CIO (Cry It Out) for a few nights but he quickly got the hint and now goes to sleep at night (and for naps) like a champ. Oscar now is more the challenge seeing as he can pull himself to a standing position and loves to do so in his crib vs go to sleep. But he quickly tires out and eventually flops down and goes to bed. I think we are just so lucky to have two boys that sleep so well (so far).
The boys and I went to my friend Heidi's cabin on Woman Lake in Longville last week for the day/night. Had a blast up there and the boys made friends with little Avery (6 mo) and James (2.5 years). They got to accompany Mommy to the local ice cream shoppe there too so Mommy could get her fix of "Superman" ice cream (one of the only places I know it is still sold). They also got to try out their first "ride" in a tree swing. They loved it so much (see pictures below) that I ordered one online that should be here soon. Can't wait to get it set up.
This coming weekend we head up to Duluth to spend the weekend at Grandpa Gary and Terri's lake place. Hoping we can get the boys in the lake (hopefully it is warm enough), otherwise just planning on having a nice visit and seeing many of my Kamp relatives. I'm sure I'll have a lot of fun pictures to post after that.
Well..... here are some recent pictures of the MacKay and Oscar.
I'll start with the "outfit" pictures first. The first is a picture of the boys in their "Eat. Sleep. Poop" and "My Mom is Hot" shirts that their Great Grandma (Bev) and Grandpa (George) Kamp got for them. The second is of some PJs that the Hoglund/Ledwein family got for the boys over the July4th weekend at a cute little store in downtown Annandale. I love these jammies and they are so soft. Lastly a couple picture of the boys in their "Twins" onesies from my Mom's friend Marna McComb. This is how we find Oscar when we come into the room (standing) and here is MacKay showing off his newest talent of getting himself into a sitting position in his crib.

Had to put some food pictures in. Here's Oscar with a Gerber Puff in his mouth, tho the way he is holding it in there it looks like he has buck teeth. And MacKay is cracking up as usual. He has the funniest laughing faces (smiles with his entire face and body).

And here are the boys with their first pickle. Funny enough Oscar really didn't cringe too much or make many faces but MacKay sure did.

I think it is so hilarious that no matter how many toys you have for babies, they still find the most common household items to be the most interesting, like: Angus's chew toys (Oscar), crawling between the levels of the coffee table (MacKay) - check out that scrunched up face, wrapping themselves around chairs (Oscar), playing with Daddy's slippers (MacKay), and the best toy of all...... our remote control (MacKay and Oscar)
*In the first two pictures the boys are wearing their "guitar" onesies that Grandma Chris got for them in honor of their musically inclined Uncle Dennis

Just some fun pictures of the boys playing: First is of MacKay right after a bath, and he has discovered "shadows" and kept trying to grab at it. Next is a picture of Oscar with one of their newest toys, the big bouncy ball. MacKay, prior to crawling, doing the "bear stand" like Oscar used to do. And lastly, MacKay was in the exersaucer and Oscar just wanted to come over and play with him.

Here are some pictures from Heidi's cabin at Woman Lake. We put the boys in the hammock for a while and it took them a while to warm up to it but they liked swinging and looking out at the lake. Here's Oscar crawling on the deck... and just about to go down a step (yikes). Also a picture of Oscar venturing to crawling through an exersaucer (something he does a lot at home too). And of course some pictures I had to include of them in the tree swing. They LOVED this.

Some pictures of the boys enjoying their time in the water. They love their baths in the sink and we got them in the pool again on Sunday. Now that they can crawl and get around they seem to enjoy it more and chase after the floating toys. Again, MacKay face planted and got a little upset about that. But for the most part they just enjoyed splashing around.

Hope everyone is doing well out there........ will add more later.

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