The Little Things Thursdays: Installment #19

As the babies are getting older, they are napping less and are far more busy and inquisitive than ever before.  I’m finding that the late afternoons and evenings are becoming a time when they require more entertainment, yet aren’t quite big enough to do many things.  Thankfully with the onset of summer, more friends are available to lend a helping hand.  This week the babies enjoyed an onslaught of special visitors.  I’m thankful for the relief and sunshine these special people brought to our home this week.  This week as we link up with A Beautiful Ruckus, we are recognizing the visitors from the week.

  1. On Friday when I arrived home from work, I discovered an unexpected visitor.  Our friend, Kelsey, was sitting in the den with babies perched around her. She recently graduated from Notre Dame (we are so proud of her!) and is now back home in Texas.  Yippee!  Bless her heart, she returned for a second round of baby help Wednesday evening, which included bath night and babies who did not take naps.  It was so nutty both days she came, I didn’t get an opportunity to snap pictures.
  1. I went to the office three days this week, leaving my in-laws with the babies twice.  On Monday when I opened the door to greet them, I found George’s youngest cousin, Brandi ready to wrangle babies.  Like Kelsey, she returned for round two on Wednesday!  I know that Carol and George appreciated having a helper because the babies are just plain busy lately, even with two adults.

    Sadly, Brandi lives an hour away from us.  Otherwise, I'd hire her for regular duty!

    Sadly, Brandi lives an hour away from us. Otherwise, I’d hire her for regular duty.

    1. Tuesday, my two college roommates helped me with the babies all day.  The wheels in my head began turning thinking about the rare opportunity of having two adults for an entire day.  They helped me accomplish a few missions I would not have been capable of tackling solo.  Despite the fact that there were three of us with the babies, we were exhausted by the end of the day.  I hope they’ll return for round two…
When Rylin's temper flared, Neha found a way to help her grin.

When Rylin’s temper flared, Neha found a way to help her grin.

After lunch, I read the babies a favorite book, Brown Bear, Brown bear.  Sometimes I read it as is, other times I point out animal names and sounds, and sometimes I label body parts.  Any way it's read the babies LOVE this book.

After lunch, I read the babies a favorite book, Brown Bear, Brown bear. Sometimes I read it as is, other times I point out animal names and sounds, and sometimes I label body parts. Any way it’s read the babies LOVE this book.

Kristen and Neha helped me work with the babies on signing "more" during snack time.  Rylin and Mason are really getting it and the others are close.

Kristen and Neha helped me work with the babies on signing “more” during snack time. Rylin and Mason are really getting it and the others are close.

By the end of the day, the adults snuggled up in Boppy Pillows as the babies crawled around us.  Mason and Sydney apparently took up massage therapy.

By the end of the day, the adults snuggled up in Boppy Pillows as the babies crawled around us. Mason and Sydney apparently took up massage therapy.

  1. Today, I took Mason to Cranial Technologies for his DOC band adjustment appointment.  This time however, I took Sydney along for the ride.  Sydney did extremely well and we enjoyed trying out a twin stroller handed down to us.  My friend, Jen, graciously stayed behind with Rylin and Harper so I could practice taking two babies out on my own.
Mason thought the snack cups were nifty while Sydney thought the foot rest was great.

Mason thought the snack cups were nifty while Sydney thought the foot rest was great.

I am officially working just two more days before I go on summer break myself.  I’m looking forward to having our usual helpers come over when I am home so we can go on new adventures that I cannot do alone.  What moments brightened your week?

Hugs,

Amber

3 thoughts on “The Little Things Thursdays: Installment #19

  1. Hi, do you mind if I ask a question—you mentioned them learning to sign? Are they hearing impaired or do you just want them to learn this skill?
    Also, what kind of work do you do? I am guessing teacher, since you said you’re off for the summer. I am always interested in the work people do where they get lots of flexibility. 🙂

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    • The babies passed their audiological exam with flying colors, but I am teaching them a few functional signs (more, please, thank you). This is because babies develop receptive language far before they can express wants and needs. They often want to communicate, but lack the words and get frustrated. We’ve noticed that Harper gets especially frusterated during mealtimes when he wants more, thus the “more” sign.
      I am a school psychologist so I enjoy summers too =) I’ve been fortunate to have school holidays and an employer that allows me to work part time.

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