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October 27, 2004

Now the boys will be able to say

I was born the year the Red Sox beat the Yankees and went on to win the World Series!


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October 26, 2004

New Pictures!

The Red Sox have won games 2 and 3 now. They have four chances to win one more game. Hard to not think that they are going to actually win the world series this year. But, we just saw them beat the Yankees after being down 0-3, and knowing the history of the Red Sox failures, it is wise to assume nothing. Ask me in botton of the 9th tomorrow and I'll let you know if I think the Red Sox are going to win the World Series.

October Pictures have been uploaded

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October 24, 2004

Caleb Sleeps Through The Night

Caleb went to sleep at 7:30 pm last night and slept till 5 am. Jake woke up at 1:30 am for a feeding, but we let Caleb sleep and we didn't hear from him until the morning. Yahoo! Oh, and the Red Sox won game 2!

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October 23, 2004

The Red Sox win game 1

The last time the Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals played each other in the World Series was 1967 - the year I was born. My mother was a Red Sox fan, and I am sure she was crushed when the Cardinals beat the Sox in 7 games. It is a nice coicidence, then, that the Cardinals and Red Sox are playing in the World Series the year Caleb and Jake were born. Go Red Sox! The Red Sox did win Game 1 tonight (11-9).

We went to a 'pumkin walk' tonight at a local plant nursey. Jake was wearing his spider hat. Click here to see jake_at_pumpkin_walk.mov

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October 22, 2004

Some videos...

John has finally found enough time to setup his macintosh and has been able to import some of the video thatr has been taken over the past four+ months.

Here is a quick, sample video - saved as a QuickTime ".mov". This was taken just before they had their bath. There is no sound on this clip.

Click here to play caleb_and_jake_on_the_bed.mov

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October 15, 2004

How can I miss you if you never go away?

it's 11:15pm and i'm sitting in the nursery while diana breast-feeds both boys. Jake woke up 10 minutes a go grunting and crying and woke Caleb. It's a safe bet that after they're done they'll sleep till 3'ish. Lets hope so. They are holding hands tonight while they are eating.

Today and yesterday Diana and I split up with each of us taking a baby and doing something different. Diana took Jake both days because he's not taking a bottle now but Caleb is. Today, Diana took him to their play group with other mothers we've met through PEPS group. I took Caleb for a hike with an old friend from Seattle. We attempted to climb Green Mountain but headed up the side of Gold mountain instead. Failing miserable even with a GPS :) Yesterday, Diana went into Seattle and shopped with two other moms, with Jake. I took Caleb for a walk along Rich Passage inside Fort Ward State Park. Great fall color, amazing sky and sunshine. We spent the rest of the afternoon running errands and picking Mom up at the ferry.

Both the boys have been in good moods for each of us. Each day we've been excited to see the other boy and find out about their day...

The boys finished about 11:35 - time for bed.

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October 12, 2004

From Bainbridge


It has been almost two weeks since I last posted an update about Caleb and Jake. In some ways it has been more of the same: they cry, poop, laugh, eat and poop some more. Long nights with three or four trips to the boy's room so Diana can nurse them back to sleep are still the norm.

There have also been a lot of great new stuff, too. Slowly but surely, right in front of our eyes these guys are getting bigger and stronger. For instance, we've now purchased our "convertable" car seats for the boys because they are getting too big to use their infant seat. Caleb lis starting to enjoy lying on his back, something he didn't like to do before. Maybe it is fun now because he can suck his toes.

They are both able to hold their necks without support now (most of the time) From their backs, you can use their arms to pull them into a sitting position, and since just yesterday, to a standing position! Stay tuned for pictures of that!

Health wise the boys are both doing well. In that regard, no news is good news.

We'll be buying the boys high-chairs in the next day or two and starting to introduce them to solid foods.. Rice cereal to begin with. Look for video and or pictures of that soon.

Stay tuned for more....

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October 1, 2004

4 Months Old


Yesterday was September 30th and the 4 month mark for the boys! It is a great milestone. They are both much more attentive, and laugh and squeal, like most kids their age. It is a lot of fun to have the interaction with them rather than have little response. For example, Caleb now likes to be lifted into the air briskly while you yell "weeeee". The almost always makes him laugh and smile. Jake, from across a room, will make eye-contact with you and crack a smile. Enough to make your legs melt.

Jake's cold has passed and hence his congestion has cleared up which has allowed him to sleep more easily.

We all, including Casey, took the ferry to Seattle yesterday to visit Children's Hospital so that Caleb could have two procedures done to investigate why he got a bladder/kidney infection. He had an ultrasound and a Voiding Cystourethrogram (VCUG). A voiding cystourethrogram is performed by inserting a catheter into the urethra. Liquid contrast material is then instilled into the bladder through the catheter. X-rays are taken before, during and after filling of the bladder. When the bladder is full, the catheter is removed. While the patient voids, additional x-rays are taken.

Needless to say, Caleb screamed and cried a lot during the VCOG. Because X-Rays are used, Jake was not allowed to be in the room and that meant that Diana stayed out as well. I think it was harder for Diana and Jake to hear Caleb screaming from outside the room not being know what was happening inside the room. There was cherry-syrup to dip his pacifier in that made it a little better - and a numbing solution for the penis - but it is a pretty horrific process. They strap the boys to a board, legs and hands and head and then stick the catheter inside.

The good news: no reflux was found.

The boys had their 4 month check up yesterday with Fred Walters. Caleb's weight was 13 lbs, 13.5 oz, with a height of 25 3/8". Jake weighed 12 lbs, 8 oz and is 24 3/4" long. Those are really great measurements for twins- Caleb's weight puts him into the 25 percentile and Jake's into the 10th percentile. Caleb's length places him in the 50th-75th percentile. Jake's length places him in the 25-50 percentile. Both have increased their weight and height relative to their peers so they are growing very well. Jake's head is bigger than Caleb's with a circumference of 42 cm compared to 40.6 cm.

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