Sophia has been really enjoying one of her new books that has different kid faces expressing different feelings. She's really caught on to "surprised," and throws her hands onto her face when you say "surprised!"  Zoe, of course, wants to imitate her sister, whether it is standing on her head or making cute gestures.  Her "surprised" started out looking like "Doh!" but she's refined it now so it is a little closer to surprise. They are both using a lot more gestures to communicate.  Zoe used … [Read more...]

Walkin’ along, singing our songs, side by side

We finally ordered a double stroller as Zoe was about maxing out her Bjorn (and our backs).  I was nervous about getting the side-by-side kind, but knew they'd much prefer to be able to see each other.  So far, no one has a gouged eye or bald patch in her scalp.  We can see them pretty well while we're pushing, so I think it will be okay. They'll just have to coordinate their "wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish" a little better so they don't conk each other. During OT, they made little … [Read more...]


We had a big adventure today and went to Mall of America!  John has been suggesting this for ages, and that we could actually go is a sign that life is getting more normal.  The girls had a great time.  They had so many things to watch and people to smile at.  Sophia was looking up most of the afternoon; she reminded me of my first graders from Annandale when we took the downtown Minneapolis for the holiday show...sheer amazement.  Poor Zoe was referred to as a "he" by the only two people who … [Read more...]

Let’s Eat

Today was our first attempt at starving Sophia to try to get her to learn to eat... and it was completely unsuccessful.  We didn't feed her anything overnight, so she should have been pretty hungry by morning, but really had no interest in eating.  She played a little at one feeding and took a couple small bites at another, but not enough for her to get any sensation that her hunger was being addressed.  By 10:30 she was really unhappy.  I decided she wasn't going to be able to learn when she … [Read more...]

Let me show you how its done

Sophia decided this week that now that she is officially a two-year-old, she really needs to start teaching her baby sister.  Today, she started putting her hand on Zoe's mouth when I'd ask them to blow kisses (after blowing her own).  She loves to try to feed Zoe with a spoon or give her a bottle or sippy cup.  When we walk with Zoe, Sophia is right at her heels supervising (and making Zoe giggle).  Sophia has also decided that she is in charge of shutting doors and gates so that her sister … [Read more...]

We’re both 1!

Well, we are a little behind in our attempt to do weekly entries.  Between staggered illnesses and my work schedule, there didn't seem to be time to sit down and write.  So, I will try to catch up on the last 3 weeks (what I remember of them)... Zoe celebrated her first birthday on the 12th.  We took advantage of the fact that she really doesn't know it is her birthday yet and had a low-key, stress-free family celebration.  She got to try orange juice and multi-grain Cheerios for breakfast … [Read more...]

A few B-day photos

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The 2010 Calendar Poll

It's that time of year again! The deadline for submissions to the  Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota's 2010 calendar is quickly approaching and we need your help in deciding on the best photo. Please vote for one (and only one) in the poll in the  sidebar. [nggallery id=54] … [Read more...]

The Infected Home is Again Filled with Infectious Laughter

The girls are back to their normal selves again, for the most part.  They are giggling and laughing and acting silly. Zoe now has her other top front tooth, for a total of 3 up top and one on the bottom (quite a smile she has these days).  Such a shame that little ones spend so much of their early lives in misery from teething.  She hasn't let the teething stop her new mobility.  She has now mastered (going up, not down) the stairs.  And the rest of us now have a 3rd gate to walk through in … [Read more...]

The Flu Bug Bites

We had some sort of stomach flu bug last weekend.  I don't know if there is anything sadder than little ones who are sick and can't tell you what's wrong.  Sophia started Friday night, spitting up several times until we finally stopped her feeding pump.  We weren't quite sure if it was related to her reflux or if it was a bug, but after she ended up with diarrhea and had trouble even keeping Pedialyte down the next day, it seemed she had something.   It seemed Zoe wasn't feeling so well that … [Read more...]