McKenzie and McKayla are 16 Months Old…

and then some.

Hi everyone, I hope your week is off to a wonderful start; ours is busy as usually. We have been packing and decorating for Christmas. Sophia has also been home sick from school; which brings an entirely different atmosphere to our house.

Okay, so I have been meaning to write a post on everything new with McKenzie and McKayla for a long time. Well, it is finally here and they are actually almost 17 months, but, oh well.

I must say they are truly becoming little people and it is so cute to watch their personalities bloom. They may look so much alike, but trust me they are so completely different.

16 Months and Some Change!!

These weights and heights are from their 15 months well visit.

McKayla Grace

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 19 lbs. 14 oz and 30 inches.

McKayla is calm and quiet for the most part. I will tell you if something happens that she doesn’t like you will hear all about it. She loves to be held and would probably do so all day long. If I would just carry her around she would be happy. McKayla is such a lover. She loves to give hugs and kisses. Seriously, her hugs are to die for, she wraps her little arms around you neck and just snuggles right there. She is such a sweet girl. McKayla is still a Mama’s girl, but she is getting better. I guess if I am honest she is kind of a Mimi’s girl. Some days I think she loves Mimi more and some days I am kind of okay with that. Ha!!

McKayla typically wears 12 months clothing, but depending on the brand she can also wear 9 month clothes.

Sleeping:  She transitioned to one nap around 15 months and it has been amazing. Yes, at first it took some getting used to but now I love that she will sleep from about 12-2. It is such a nice break in the middle of the day.

We have completely dropped the pacifiers throughout the day. McKayla only uses a paci during nap and bedtime. I am looking forward to the day we get rid of them completely, but we are not ready just yet.

Nighttime sleep is amazing. Ever since they got the tubes in their ears their sleep at night continued to get better and better. McKayla goes to sleep easily at night and stays asleep all night long. Of course, we will occasionally have someone wake up at night. She typically sleeps 7pm-7am.

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Eating: We completely weaned from breastfeeding at about 14 months. She eats about 3 meals and 3 snacks a day (approximately). A typically day of eating looks like this:

Breakfast: Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

Snack: Oatmeal

Lunch: Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich with grapes (cut in half)

Snack: Smoothie with crackers

Dinner: Turkey Meatballs with a jar of baby food (veggie)

Snack: Yogurt with a frozen waffle and almond butter

This is just a sample; usually they will munch on some popcorn or veggie straws at some point too.

Milestones: McKayla is very coordinated. She has been walking since right after her first birthday and loves to climb on anything and everything. She is learning new words each and everyday. Her thing to say is “up, up”. Some of the other words McKayla says are:

out, bye, Mama, Dada, Mimi, Papa, Bella, sis, done, milk, ball, hi, bath, night-night, no, yes

These words are not all perfectly clear, but she uses them on a daily basis.

Teeth: McKayla has all of her teeth except for her four eye teeth and at this point there is no sign of those teeth coming any time soon.

McKenzie Madison

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24 pounds and 31 1/4 inches

McKenzie is and always has been my little bundle of energy. She is always on the go and loves to play with her sisters. She loves to dance. Whenever we put music on she is the first to start moving and it is so cute. However, even though McKenzie is a mover and a shaker she sure loves to snuggle. She loves to rest her head on my shoulder and snuggle right into my neck. McKenzie has transitioned from a Daddy’s girl to a full blown Mama’s girl. I am not exactly sure when that happened. Actually, I am pretty sure it happened during one of Steve’s travel weeks for work. I will tell you it was much easier when at least McKenzie would go to Daddy. Now there are moments when both want Mama and there is no questions asked.

McKenzie is wearing 18 month clothing for the most part, but she can still fit into some 12 months clothing, as well.

Sleeping: McKenzie started taking one nap at about 15 months; just like McKayla. One thing I have learned is that when you have twins you want them to be on the same schedule as much as possible; it makes life much easier.

McKenzie started sleeping through the night right after getting her tubes in her ears and like McKayla has only gotten better and better. She now sleeps from about 7pm-6:30am (She just won’t give us that extra 30 minutes). Of course, she will have her off nights, but those are far and few between.

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Eating: McKenzie stopped breastfeeding at about 14 months. The weaning process was very easy; which was my sign that it was the right time. Her sample day of food looks pretty much like Mckayla’s day.

Milestones: Like I said before McKenzie is a mover and shaker. She is very vocal. She does most of the talking for both her and McKayla. She really wants to have in-depth conversations, but just doesn’t have enough words in her vocabulary. Words McKenzie says:

Mama, Dada, Bella, sis, bye, out, up, bar, milk, spoon, ball, hi, bath, night-night, go, no, yes

Again, like McKayla she does not say all these words perfectly, but she says them all day long.

Teeth: McKenzie has all of her teeth except her eye teeth. McKenzie and McKayla have gotten all their teeth within days of each other.

McKenzie and McKayla have such a special relationship. They communicate in their own way and it is the sweetest thing. McKenzie and McKayla love to play together, love to fight, love to laugh, love to tickle, love their Mama. :)

Just the other night at gymnastics McKenzie was trying to figure out how the drinking fountain worked and she kept coming over to McKayla “asking” her for help. McKenzie would try to lead her to the drinking fountain it was the cutest thing. McKayla wanted nothing to do with her; she knew they shouldn’t be doing that.

 Watching McKenzie and McKayla grow is amazing. Yes, taking care of twins is not easy, but it is all worth it. Listening to them giggle together is music to my ears. I cannot wait to continue to watch my girls grow together.

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Life Lessons and MIMM # 80

So, today we said good-bye to a wonderful husband, son, uncle, and friend. Listening to all of the love and admiration was absolutely amazing. He was truly loved and will always be loved by many people. My heart is broken for his wife, parents, sister, extended family, and the many friends he made throughout his 33 years. My heart breaks for him as well. My heart breaks that he was taken from this world far too soon. But, we all know he is in a better place. I can’t even begin to imagine losing a child, a husband.

With all this tragedy it has truly showed me that life is short. We must embrace every moment and live in the present. Our friend did this throughout his life each and everyday. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. So, hug your loved ones a little tighter tonight and remember that life is short live in the moment. We cannot pick when we leave this world so embrace those you love.

With all that sadness. I want to take a minute and join Katie for Marvelous in My Monday. One thing I learned today is embrace the happy moments and don’t focus on the sad ones.

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Marvelous is…

cutting down our Christmas tree. This year was one of our best years in a long time. The weather was warm and our girls our at wonderful ages. McKenzie loved running around acting goofy and of course McKayla loved to be held and snuggle. Sophia and Isabella had a blast choosing the perfect tree.

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WIAW # 91

Hello, Hello

I hope you are having a wonderful week thus far. We had a great day today; having Mimi here might have been the reason!! Since, it’s Wednesday I am link up with Jenn for What I Ate Wednesday. I can’t believe how long it has been since joining in on this fun link-up. So, I thought it was time to share what I have been eating lately. There was a time in my life when I never missed a week, but life has been so crazy I just can’t always make it happen.

Lately, I have been getting a lot of emails and messages asking about my caloric intake, so today I am going to show you how many calories I ate today. Now, I must say my calories vary from day to day but typically I eat about 1800 calories per day.

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Breakfast 7:00am

After my workout and getting dressed I had pumpkin protein pancakes and a Greek yogurt waffle (I couldn’t decide what I was in the mood for and I had both batters made). (calories 332)

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Snack 9:30am

After we got back from getting Sophia on the bus I took a shower then had a snack of another Greek yogurt waffle (the recipe makes about 2 waffles; depending on your waffle iron). (calories 176)

Lunch 12:00pm

After getting back from Isabella’s gymnastics class I had half a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with the girls. (calories 215)

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Snack 3:00pm

I was hungry again, so instead of snacking mindlessly I had some turkey and a poached egg. (calories 260)

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Dinner 5:45pm

While I gave the girls a bath Steve made dinner for us. He made creamy parmesan chicken with penne noodles. Sorry I didn’t take a picture. But it was tasty. (calories 570)

Snack 6:30pm

A handful of mini peanut butter crackers with the girls. (calories 125) with a Reese’s peanut butter cup. (calories 110)

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Total Calories: 1788

This is approximately the amount of calories I ate today because I did have a handful of popcorn. So, I will tell you I like to keep it around 1800 calories but I am not extremely strict about it, I am always snacking on fruit or carrots and I may grab a few crackers or a handful of popcorn (like I did today), etc.

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MIMM # 79

Hi everyone. I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend. Our weekend was rather interesting, but wonderful in it’s own way. I actually woke up Saturday morning with the stomach bug. Yes, it was not fun, but it made me realize how much my body really needed a break from working out to the everyday tasks. Saturday, I really didn’t do much; I was down for the count. I had the chills, aches, and lots of stomach pains. Not fun!!

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Thank you Katie for hosting.

Marvelous is…

my family taking care me. As miserable as I was on Saturday I was able to snuggle with my girls, do absolutely nothing, and take a nap all day without feeling guilty. I was feeling awful and knew there was nothing I could do. On Sunday, I was feeling a little bit better and of course, since I was feeling better I wanted to start doing more, but my wonderful hubby put a stop to that. I tried to tell him I didn’t need to nap and he told me that they needed me to take care of myself. He told me they needed Mommy back. So, you know what I took another 2 hour nap. I seriously can’t remember the last time I slept this much in a weekend. I am feeling much better today and am ready to get back into my workout routine tomorrow morning.

my amazing neighbors. Last night Isabella was up late sick. She was throwing up and not feeling well. This morning, I didn’t want to take her out in the cold to go to the bus stop. So, I texted my neighbor and she so graciously took Sophia to the bus stop with her boys. I seriously, can’t ask for better friends and neighbors. It truly takes a village to raise a child and we have the best village around us.

my mom. With no questions asked she told me she was coming over to help with whatever I needed. She willingly put herself right in the middle of the sick house. Mimi would do anything for us. She came over to take Sophia to gymnastics and it was just what we all needed.

putting my four girls to bed ALL BY MYSELF. I know it sounds silly, but for some reason I feel so accomplished putting them to sleep all alone. Last Wednesday Steve had a work dinner so I was on my own (yes, Mimi offered to help, but I told her I would be okay). I must say it was a success and I fell great. I had all four girls in bed and asleep by 7:30pm. Whoo hoo.

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Sophia’s idea of mismatch day. I tried to talk her into something a little more extreme, but she wouldn’t go for it. She told me this outfit didn’t match because there was no brown in her dress. Oh my!!

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