Archive for July, 2008

Family Visit #1

July 30, 2008

Beth’s Dad and his wife Annette jetted back to L.A. to see the grandkids!

Happiest Babies On The Block?

July 29, 2008

Today Beth picked up a copy of The Happiest Baby On The Block DVD by Dr. Harvey Karp at The Pump Station. First let me say, it kinda freaks me out how loudly Dr. Karp shushes in babies ears on the video. But the kids quiet down very effectively and his explination of the decibel level babies experience in the womb is pretty convincing.

The other thing that I tried out immediately was the stomach football hold with slight jiggling. Both of the bottle goblins really seemed to like that one. The DVD is short so it’s worth checking out the bonus materials where Dr. Karp answers a lot more questions. 

One thing though: it would be good if Criterion Collection could do a special edition DVD with commentary track and a dolby 5.1 mix because the production value of this DVD is atrocious.

Synchronized Sleeping.

July 28, 2008

Is synchronized sleeping an Olympic event?  If so, these two would win the gold medal.  It’s freaky how their sleep positions and patterns, squirming, and rooting all synch up.  Anyone else have this experience with their twins?


July 27, 2008

Today Aunt Kap and Sharon came to meet little Dom and Scarlett.  They came bearing lots of homemade bread and cookies for us to munch. Aunties are always welcome here.

Welcome To Our Planet.

July 26, 2008

Yesterday I got a Fedex with my order from Land Of Nod, which contains these radical night-lights. I’m not one to toss around the descriptor “radical” loosely but these really are departures from your standard wall-plug variety. They sit charging in their base during the day but as soon as you lift them a few inches out of their base they flick on silently, providing enough light to change a diaper with minimal “wakeage” of the mini-human and do a feeding cycle. I really like that I can move them around the room like a camp light and that they look like little friendly aliens.

Also, we’ve been using Trixie Tracker to record diapers and feedings. It’s a pretty keen piece of software. I love that you can access it from and iphone or a computer; but I have to say that in the morning between the 1:30am and 4:30am feedings it’s hard to remember to enter the number of diapers I might have spot changed in between. So as a dad of twins I’m starting to ask myself: how exactly is it useful to keep tracking their poopy vs. wet diapers? We’ve established that they’re eating and gaining weight. The pediatrician didn’t ask us for a copy and I don’t think I’m going to print out a copy and keep it with Dominik and Scarletts’ first drawings so when can I stop doing this?

When It’s Not On Fire, Griffith Park Is A Great Place For Kids.

July 25, 2008

Milestone: Scarlett and Dominik went on their first walk today.  We bundled them up in their car seats, snapped them into the Snap N’ Go, and were on our way.

While we didn’t actually make it to Griffith Park, you can make out the Observatory in the distance.


A Day Late.

July 25, 2008

Today, while they were sleeping…

…I got to try out my new cake pan to bake a treat for the twins’ two week birthday.

It’s no Charm City Cake, but it’s certainly the cutest cake I’ve ever made.

It reminds me of these cupcakes that our friend Andee painted for our nursery.

The Twins Are 2 Weeks Old Today!

July 24, 2008

My Husband Rules.

July 24, 2008

Along with falling in love with Dominik and Scarlett, I’m falling in love with M.J. all over again. Watching him grow into fatherhood, his developing tolerance for laundry and dishes, and his love of baking pie reminds me of that book, Porn For Women.

Rx: Sunshine

July 23, 2008

On our recent trip to see Dr. Beesly, Dominik got diagnosed with a slight case of jaundice.  The doctor prescribed sunshine 4 times a day for 15 minutes.  Here are some photos of father and son sunning.