Saturday, January 29, 2011

Day 6

Grace was accident free ALL day! I'm so proud of her! She even managed to keep her diaper dry during her nap and pooped on the potty tonight! We were driving to Cole's Aunt's house when Grace yelled that she needed to pee, we told her to hold it, while we tried to find a place to pee. We stopped at a Panera, but the person who was in the bathroom was taking so long so we had to run her outside to use the potty in the car and she managed to hold it that whole time!!

We are still having a million false alarms, but she did stay dry all day, so I'd call that a win!!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Potty Training Day 5

Day, this potty training stuff is hard work! I'm exhausted from running back and forth to and from the potty every 2 minutes, but I must say Grace is doing great! Grace only had 1 accident today and it was while dancing and she had pants on with her undies for the first time, so I think that just threw her off. We actually ventured out of the house today with Grace in undies and she managed to stay dry the WHOLE time, not one accident!! She even peed on the big potty at Target! We did have several false alarms...which meant 5 potty trips while at Target, 2 attempts on the potty in the car (yes we brought a potty for the car), and 1 stop on  the side of the road to try the potty again.

We are still working on getting the poop on the potty thing down, she hasn't had any accidents as far as poop go today, but she also hasn't pooped today. I think she's a little apprehensive about pooping on the potty, so she's holding it in as long as she can.

Potty training is interfering with naps and bed time though, because every 5 minutes she yells that she has to pee! I don't want to discourage her going on the potty so EVERY time she yells for the potty, we go. So far she has missed her nap today and she's going to bed 2 hours later tonight because she's been trying to poop for the last hour, she did manage to poop a little, but not quite enough.

Why can't potty training be one of those things that kids just learn to do naturally on their own?! Every time I want to give up and just put Grace in a diaper for just an hour, I think about all the work we've put in thus far and would hate for all this work to go to waste.

We let Grace pick out a prize at Target today for filling up her potty chart....she picked a toy broom, yup, not a Barbie or a baby, but a broom! As a side note we have saved so much money on diapers this week, but Grace is making up the difference my using a ridiculous amount of toilet paper every time she wipes!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Why having a toddler is like a frat party!

I recently came across this blog on Suburban Snapshots and I just thought it was to funny not to share!

Why Having a Toddler is Like Being at a Frat Party

10. There are half-full, brightly-colored plastic cups on the floor in every room. Three are in the bathtub.

9. There's always that one girl, bawling her eyes out in a corner.

8. It's best not to assume that the person closest to you has any control over their digestive function.

7. You sneak off to the bathroom knowing that as soon as you sit down, someone's going to start banging on the door.

6. Probably 80% of the stains on the furniture contain DNA.

5. You've got someone in your face at 3 a.m. looking for a drink.

4. There's definitely going to be a fight.

3. You're not sure whether anything you're doing is right, you just hope it won't get you arrested.

2. There are crumpled-up underpants everywhere.

1. You wake up wondering exactly how and when the person in bed with you got there.

Day 3 & Week 3

I must say that day 3 of potty training has gone a lot better! Grace was accident free all day and even pooped ON the potty! She managed to stay dry at gymnastics and peed on the potty as soon as she got home! We stopped setting the timer today and just asked her every now and then if she needed to use the potty. Grace would say when she needed to potty and we'd run to the potty and she'd go! We were eating dinner and she asked for the potty, we got down, and sat on the potty and sure enough she pooped! We did quite the potty dance after that one!

Today marked 3 weeks since starting my diet! I'm feeling good about it and am happy to say that I have not cheated once, or gone out of my calorie range, nor have I felt the need to. I'm down 11.1 pounds as of this morning!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Potty Training...

or as I like to refer to it HELL! I hate potty training! Today was day 2 of Grace in undies, she is actually doing quite well, it's just exhausting! We started yesterday afternoon putting her in undies and setting the timer and every 10-15 minutes she'd sit on the potty. She did great and successfully peed on the potty 4 times yesterday. Grace didn't have any accidents in her undies yesterday, but she did poop in the bathie last night...GROSS!

As soon as she woke up this morning (bright and early at 6am!) I changed her out of her diaper and let her pick out some undies to wear, we have a's clue's, Tinkerbell, Dora, Kia Lan, Sponge Bob, etc.

I had her sit on the potty for a good 10 minutes until she went pee..yay! Every time she went to the bathroom on the potty she got to put a sticker on her potty chart and she got to pick a "prize" out of the prize bag. In the prize bag are juice boxes, Barbie fruit snacks, and the stuff I got from Target's $1 bin, that was suppose to be Grace's Valentine's Day presents. Grace always picks either a juice box or fruit snack...always!

So Grace would sit on the potty, sometimes she'd only sit for a few minutes, other times she'd sit for 20 minutes...we did LOTS of reading and block stacking today! If she peed I'd reset the timer for 15-20 minutes depending on how much she was drinking and how much she peed. If she didn't pee I'd reset the timer for 5 minutes and continue the above process.

I did this from 6am-11:30am with NO accidents! I stopped at 11:30 and put her in a diaper for her nap, she fought her nap BIG time, but finally fell asleep after an hour and slept until 2pm. After her nap I took off her diaper and put undies back on. We continued our routine, with no accidents until 5pm. At 5 she pooped in her undies..if you think a poopy diaper is gross, just wait until you've experienced  poopy undies! At this point I was just exhausted, I needed to start dinner and Cole wasn't going to be home until 630 pm, but had to be back out the door by 715 for hockey, so I cleaned Grace up and put her in a diaper.

After dinner I put her back into undies and she peed on the potty again. Finally at 7:30pm I got her ready for bed and put a diaper back on. Overall Grace peed in the potty 9 times today and only had 1 accident in her underwear! We are making progress, but potty training is SO hard! We'll see how tomorrow goes, Grace has gymnastics and dance, and the babies are suppose to have picture, which means lots of diaper time, so I don't know how much this will set us back, I guess we'll see!

It was cold today so Grace wore leg warmers to keep warm while potty training!

I drank LOTS of coffee to get me through today!
 Carter and I feel the same way about potty training!
Can't I just hire someone to potty train Grace for me?!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Hockey Time

Yesterday was Cole's alumni hockey game, I took the babies with me to go watch the game. Cole's parents watched Grace for us. Grace has reached the I throw temper tantrums about EVERYTHING stage, so I try to limit how often I'm out in public alone with all 3 kids! I just haven't quite mastered juggling all three of them, especially when a certain toddler is throwing a temper tantrum in public.It's quite impossible to push a double stroller while chasing a toddler and I wanted to be able to actually watch the game and knew if Grace was with me I wouldn't have been able to see much of the game.

Cole wasn't sure how many goalies would be there, so he wasn't sure how much playing time he'd get, but luckily there was only him and one other, so they each got to play the whole game. I think Cole was pretty tired after the game, I don't think he's played a full hour of goalie in a while! It was really nice to watch all the guys play again, it made me feel like I was in high school again!

Emma at the game
Carter at the game

Cole in the net

While Cole played, the babies slept!

Peek Week

This week was "peek week" at dance for Grace. I have never been to Grace's dance class because, well, I was on bedrest with the twins when Grace started and I've been tied up at home with the babies since, Cole has snuck me videos and pictures here and there, but it's just not the same.

At dance class they normally have up blinds so you can't see what they are working on, but 3 times a year they have "peek week" and all the parents, grandparents, siblings, etc. can go and watch the class. I was so excited to finally be able to go see Grace at dance class and Grace couldn't wait to show Emma and Carter her moves!

Grace couldn't wait to go to dance and show us all her moves!
 At class!
 Waiting for the rest of the kids to show up.
 Emma loved watching Grace dance! She kept "talking" and smiling while the girls danced!
"Hey Mom, where's my dance class?"
 Carter on the other hand, couldn't have cared less! He opened his eyes a few times, looked around, and went right back to sleep!
 Grace waiting with Cole

I didn't take any pictures of her actually dancing, I was just focused on taking it all in. I of course kept tearing up watching my baby girl "perform" Cole kept asking if I was okay! I can't wait to see her at the recital in June!


Emma has perfected her attitude face...and boy does she use it often!

 I imagine I'll be seeing that attitude face a lot in Emma's teen years!


Just a few cute pictures of some brother/sister/sister love!
Grace and Emma
Carter, Grace, & Emma

Carter & Emma

Grace & Carter
Grace & Carter

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Carter's ENT Update

Cole just called me and him and Carter are on their way home from the ENT. Things went well, there is thankfully no tumor or blockage causing Carter's breathing problems. They put a spaghetti size scope down Carter's nose and throat to get a good look at everything. The doctor said that he is full of mucous, I guess the mixture of his cold and reflux, so it was hard to see everything at first. It looks like his muscles are firing properly when crying, because he was obviously freaking out during the scope, but that they might not be firing right when he is calm, leading to the crazy sounds. Unfortunately or fortunately there isn't really anything to do for this, we just have to kind of wait until he grows out of it. The doctor did prescribe a steroid that we are to put in his nose twice a day. She said this could work great or it could just be more of a nuisance then anything, if that's the case we'll just stop using it and wait for Carter to out grow it. We have an appointment to go back in 2 weeks and see how the steroids are working. Such a sigh of relief!

As a completely funny side note I was talking to Emma and called her a peanut, Grace got very mad at me and said "Emma no p-nus, Emma have gina!" Grace thought I was calling Emma a penis and was mad because Emma has a vagina...oh silly Gracie!

Where's the reset button?

It's only 11am and I need a reset button today.  So far today....both babies have needed impromptu baths, Emma has since puked all over herself, me, and the pack n play, after I already changed and cleaned everyone and everything, requiring me to do it all again... The belt in our brand new vacuum broke while I was vacuuming this morning, and I had just started and didn't vacuum yesterday, so the floor is gross!... We were all rushing around trying to get Cole and Carter out of the house in time to get into Boston for Carter's ENT appointment without hitting traffic... Grace whacked me in the face with her cereal bowl...and the best part Grace managed to stuff a cheerio in her nose when I wasn't looking...nice, luckily I was able to fish it out without having to take her to the doctor's. To top it all off I didn't have a chance to eat breakfast or drink my coffee until now, so all this happened while un-caffeinated!

Grace is now laying down for a mandatory "rest" time, which will hopefully turn into a nap and I'm trying to convince Emma to take a nap as well, so that Mama can take a minute to breathe...where's my reset button?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Dieting Snacking

I've found over the years of dieting that to be the key to sticking to a diet, for me, is finding snacks that are 1- low in calories, 2- filling, and 3-yummy! Well the ones that I have really been happy with thus far are:

Cocoa Roast Almonds
OMG! These are so good! I don't know how I've gone 26 years without ever eating this until today! They come in 100 calorie packs, are filling, and taste so good! An additional pro is that the cocoa is roasted in so there's no messy cocoa fingers after. 

 Fruit filled Cottage Cheese
 In the past I've tried to force myself to eat cottage cheese because it was supposed to be good for you, but I just couldn't get past the texture. But this time around, I LOVE it! It taste good, is filling, and only has 80-120 calories (depending on the brand) per serving. 
Laughing Cow Cheese
 This stuff is just the best. It's only 35 calories a wedge and taste good on potatoes or it's great to dip pretzels in. I just love it! I also think it would be great on a bagel and a lot less calories then cream cheese. The light swiss is my favorite right now, but I've only tried a few flavors.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Our Little Snorer

Lots of snow!

We got hit Tuesday night into Wednesday with lots of snow! At probably 2am on Wednesday morning our electricity went out, which meant no lights, no heat, no microwave, no stove..great! Around 8am our house was starting to get super cold from having no heat, so we had bundled the babies up and snuggled them close to one another for body heat. Well both babies passed out and took a nice 4 hour nap! It was so adorable! By 11am we had run out of hot water to make bottles, so we started trying to call around to see who had electricity. Cole's Mom's house was out, but my parent's had electricity and so did Cole's Aunt's house. Cole went outside to start trying to shovel us out, while I tried to pack up everyone and everything we'd need. It was snowing just as fast as Cole was shoveling, so by the time he finished the driveway the beginning looked like he never even touched it!

Babies keeping each other warm!

We were planning on getting everyone in the car and just driving as slow as possible to the nearest house with heat. Just as we were getting ready to leave our electricity came back on! Thank god! I unpacked everyone and everything and cranked the heat!

Weight Loss & Rescheduling

Well, unfortunately the babies were supposed to meet with the GI specialist on Tuesday, but we ran into some problems. Cole called the hospital on Monday to see if we needed to pre-register the babies, well the receptionist didn't have us on the schedule for a consult, they had us scheduled for a crazy procedure, which the receptionist told us would be quite elaporate and would involve sedation and catheterizing. When Cole explained we were just suppose to be meeting with a doctor for a consult, the receptionist called our pediatrician  to find out what was going on. Apparently they scheduled the meeting wrong, so our doctor is now sending us to see a specialist at Children's in Boston, but we aren't able to get in until February, which stinks.

But, in other news, this Wednesday had been a week since I started dieting, and thus far I've lost 8.7 pounds, which makes me very happy! So far, I'm just counting calories and trying to stay within a range. I haven't been able to add in exercise to my plan yet, but would like to. I plan on just trying to take this new lifestyle slow and steady so that I actually stick with it this time.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Thinking of Having Kids?

I saw this posted online and could not stop laughing!

Thinking of Having Kids? Do this 11 step program first!

Lesson 1
1. Go to the grocery store.
2. Arrange to have your salary paid directly to their head office.
3. Go home.
4. Pick up the newspaper.
5. Read it for the last time.

Lesson 2
Before you finally go ahead and have children, find a couple who already are parents and berate them about their.
1. Methods of discipline.
2. Lack of patience.
3. Appallingly low tolerance levels.
4. Allowing their children to run wild.
5. Suggest ways in which they might improve their child’s breastfeeding ,sleep habits, toilet training, table manners, and overall behaviour. Enjoy it because it will be the last time in your life you will have all the answers.

Lesson 3
A really good way to discover how the nights might feel.
1. Get home from work and immediately begin walking around the living room from5PM to 10PM carrying a wet bag weighing approximately 8-12 pounds, with a radio turned to static (or some other obnoxious sound) playing loudly. (Eat cold food with one hand for dinner)
2. At 10PM, put the bag gently down, set the alarm for midnight, and go to sleep.
3. Get up at 12 and walk around the living room again, with the bag, until 1AM.
4. Set the alarm for 3AM.
5. As you can’t get back to sleep, get up at 2AM and make a drink and watch an infomercial.
6. Go to bed at 2:45AM.
7. Get up at 3AM when the alarm goes off.
8. Sing songs quietly in the dark until 4AM.
9. Get up. Make breakfast. Get ready for work and go to work (work hard and be productive)

Repeat steps 1-9 each night. Keep this up for 3-5 years. Look cheerful and together.

Lesson 4
Can you stand the mess children make? To find out.
1. Smear peanut butter onto the sofa and jam onto the curtains.
2. Hide a piece of raw chicken behind the stereo and leave it there all summer.
3. Stick your fingers in the flower bed.
4. Then rub them on the clean walls.
5. Take your favourite book, photo album, etc. Wreck it.
6. Spill milk on your new pillows. Cover the stains with crayons. How does that look?

Lesson 5
Dressing small children is not as easy as it seems.
1. Buy an octopus and a small bag made out of loose mesh.
2. Attempt to put the octopus into the bag so that none of the arms hang out.

Time allowed for this – all morning.

Lesson 6
Forget the BMW and buy a mini-van. And don’t think that you can leave it out in the driveway spotless and shining. Family cars don’t look like that.
1. Buy a chocolate ice cream cone and put it in the glove compartment. Leave it there.
2. Get a dime. Stick it in the CD player.
3. Take a family size package of chocolate cookies. Mash them into the backseat. Sprinkle cheerios all over the floor, then smash them with your foot.
4. Run a garden rake along both sides of the car.

Lesson 7
Go to the local grocery store. Take with you the closest thing you can find to a pre-school child. (A full-grown goat is an excellent choice). If you intend to have more than one child, then definitely take more than one goat. Buy your week’s groceries without letting the goats out of your sight. Pay for everything the goat eats or destroys.

Until you can easily accomplish this, do not even contemplate having children.

Lesson 8
1. Hollow out a melon.
2. Make a small hole in the side.
3. Suspend it from the ceiling and swing it from side to side.
4. Now get a bowl of soggy Cheerios and attempt to spoon them into the swaying melon by pretending to be an airplane.
5. Continue until half the Cheerios are gone.
6. Tip half into your lap. The other half, just throw up in the air.

You are now ready to feed a nine- month-old baby.

Lesson 9
Learn the names of every character from Sesame Street , Barney, Disney, the Teletubbies, and Pokemon. Watch nothing else on TV but PBS, the Disney channel or Noggin for at least five years. (I know, you’re thinking What’s'Noggin’?) Exactly the point.

Lesson 10
Make a recording of Fran Drescher saying ‘mommy’ repeatedly.(Important: no more than a four second delay between each ‘mommy’;occasional crescendo to the level of a supersonic jet is required). Play this
tape in your car everywhere you go for the next four years. You are now readyto take a long trip with a toddler.

Lesson 11
Start talking to an adult of your choice. Have someone else continually tug on your skirt hem, shirt- sleeve, or elbow while playing the ‘mommy’ tape made from Lesson 10 above. You are now ready to have a conversation with an adult while there is a child in the room.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

"That's Gross!"

This has become Grace's new favorite phrase! Here are a few of our conversations from today alone:

(Convo #1)
Grace: "Daddy kisses before you go!"
Cole gives Grace a kiss before leaving for hockey
Grace: "Gross Daddy, brush your teeth!"
Haha the best part is that Cole just brushed his teeth! This sent Cole into a panic about his breath, he made me smell his breath and his beard before he would leave. (He smelt fine by the way!)

(Convo #2)
Grace was giving Emma kisses on the mouth and Emma kept smiling, just as I was tearing up from the display of sisterly love Grace yells "Eww, that's gross!" and wipes her mouth and moves on to playing with her dolls. sigh, well it was a sweet moment for a second!

(Convo #3)
 Grace was watching Beauty and the Beast (for the millionth time!) and she said "Mama, sheep eat Belle's book! That's gross! Eat own food sheep!"

(Convo #4)
Grace was telling Cassie about how EI is coming tomorrow and decided she needed to say "Mama vacuum rug, it's gross!" Thanks kiddo, I do need to vacuum before EI comes and sits on the floor.

Such a silly girl! Toddlers are silly, strange creatures!

3 Months

I missed the babies 2 month update, so I guess I should do their 3 month! They both are currently weighing over 10 pounds and are still in size 1 diapers. Carter is still a little bigger then Emma. Both babies are still wearing newborn clothes, but are starting to out grow a few and are able to wear a couple 0-3 month outfits. Emma and Carter only nurse a few times a day and get mostly formula now. Carter is on Nutramigen and Emma is currently on half soy half Nutramigen in each bottle.

Carter is such a happy boy and loves to give me huge smiles, what can I say he's already a Mama's boy! Carter thinks it's so funny when I say he's handsome or if I ask him if he's pooped in his diaper..such a boy! Carter loves his soothe binkie and needs to rub his face on his blankie when tired. Carter sleeps good at night when swaddled in the miracle blanket. Because of his reflux he needs to sleep propped up in his bouncy seat or on the boppy. Carter is still super stiff, which we think is related to his reflux.

Emma is a happy girl as well, she is a little harder to get a smile out of, but they are there! Emma loves her big sister and always gives Grace the biggest smiles! Emma loves watching Grace run around the house. Emma will take a Nuk binkie, but isn't as attached to her binkie as Carter is. Emma does great sleeping in the pack n play by herself, but she does need to sleep on an incline wedge for her reflux.

Both babies seem to have a fussy/colicy hour usually between 7-12. Unfortunately the seem to usually be fussy at the same time and it falls at the same time Cole has hockey and Grace needs to go to bed. Needless to say 7-12 are crazy hours in our house every night! They do seem to stop fussing a little if I vaccum, so I've been taking advantage of this and I vacuum every night @ 9.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Just a few random updates on what's been going on today!

Carter & Emma Update
Carter and Emma had their ultrasounds done today. I mentioned the other day about how they were going to see a GI doctor to help come up with a plan for their reflux, well the doctor wanted them to have an ultrasound before he saw them. They had to fast for 3 hours before their ultrasound, but once you add it wait time and procedure time it ends up being 4 hours at least. This was pure torture! They have been eating between 2-3 hours during the day and going 3-4 hours at night. Emma's ultasound was scheduled for 2:30 and Carter's for 3:15. Emma finished her last bottle at 11am and Carter finished his at 11:30am, both babies were hysterical by 1:30pm and we hadn't even left for the hospital yet! Luckily both babies fell asleep once we got in the car and started moving. Emma woke up as soon as we got to the hospital.

One tech. took Emma and I in one room, while another took Cole and Carter into another room. We were so thankful they managed to do them at the same time, instead of having to wait. Cole took Grace in with him and Carter, have I mentioned how awesome my husband is! Emma absolutely hated having the ultrasound done, they were having a hard time seeing her pancreas so after 20 minutes the doctor agreed to let her eat while they got a picture of her pancreas, thank god! Cole's tech. ended up doing the same thing with Carter, I think they must've had a little dicussion in the hall with the doctor together. Carter handled the ultrasound a little better then Emma did and was even sleeping at the beginning of it!

Everything anatomically looked fine today, so we'll meet with the GI doctor next week and see what he thinks.

Goal Updates

1- One of my goals for 2011 is to lose weight and have a healthier lifestyle, well I decided yesterday that I would start my diet today, and I actually did! I decided that the best thing for me, was to count calories, that always seems to work the best for me. I use FitDay to keep track of all my calories, plus you can set goals, and keep track of your weight loss progress. I've used this site since 2005 (how sad is it that I've been dieting on and off since 2005, and 6 years later I'm still at it!) which is cool cause I'm able to go back and look at my weight gain/loss over the years. Well, the day is almost over and I've stuck within my calorie range, even dispite the stress of the day, which is HUGE for me, because I'm such a stress eater!

2- Another one of our goals is to get Grace potty trained, well I'm happy to report that after dinner tonight, Grace asked for the potty to poop. The best part is that she sat down and peed right away, when I asked if she was done, she said "No, poop on potty!" and she did just that! Yay! It's definitely a step in the right direction!


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

2 Month Stats

I forget to mention the babies stats at their doctor's appointment the other day. The appointment was technically their 2 month appointment, but they turn 3 months on Thursday, so it was more like a 3 month check up.

Carter now weighs 11lbs 1 oz and is 23.5 inches long.
Emma now weighs 10 lbs 12 oz and is 22.5 inches long.

They both are gaining and are finally on the charts, I think they are almost in the 10% ! They are both still wearing newborn clothes, but are starting to out grow a few of them. I've started putting them in some 0-3 month clothes, most are still so big, but a few are manageable.It's crazy that they are almost 3 months old, yet are still only a little bigger then the average newborn. Grace was 13.4 pounds at 2 months and was almost 18 pounds at 4 months, which I don't see the babies being any where close to that.

It's the simple things like this that remind me that they are in fact preemies. I look at them everyday, so all I see are how much they've grown, but whenever we leave the house I'm constantly reminded how tiny they are by every stranger we meet, who looks horrified when I say they're almost 3 months old.

But my little babies are fighters and pretty damn cute if I do say so myself!

Sports Fans

Our little sports fans!

I love the way Carter is looking lovingly at Emma, while Emma is looking lovingly at the pizza!
Grace showing the babies her baby. I love that they are both like "Whoa..there's another one of us..crap!"

New Year Eve 2010

On New Years Eve the 5 of us decided to hit the mall to make a few last returns and to let Grace play at the indoor play area. By the time we got to the mall Grace had fallen asleep, so Cole stayed in the car with Grace, while I took the babies to make my returns and browse.

First I hit Macy's to return a duplicate casserole dish we had gotten, because it was a seasonal item I only got $6.80 back for it, so I hit the baby section to look for some Christmas clothes for the babies for next year. I managed to find to holiday outfits for Carter, that came to 6.90, so I only had to spend $0.10..yay!
The 2 outfits I scored for $0.10!
Then I decided to hit up Old Navy's clearance section. I found 3 (matching) Christmas shirts for the girls. I got 6 shirts total and only spent $6.20..woohoo!
They may hate me later in life for the matching clothes, but I love them!
All my loot for a grand total of $7.10! Love it!
After the mall we went home made some dinner and got Grace ready for bed. Before we put her to bed though we had a little fake New Years celebration with her. I dug out some party hats and noise makers, then found the ball drop from last year, so we counted down with the video, then we all had some "champagne" aka sparkling grape juice.
"Ugh, I'm not counting down now, I plan on being up at midnight guys!"

Grace loved her "champagne!"

What toddler doesn't love making as much noise as possible!?

The babies weren't impressed with our celebration.
After Grace went to bed Cole, I , and 2 cranky babies snuggled up to watch "Eat Pray Love." I think I need to either watch it again or read the book, I feel like it would be something I'd really love, but I think having 2 crying babies off and on, made it difficult to fully appreciate everything that was being said.