Author: Lala
•Sunday, March 20, 2011
Since spring is here and winter is over (finally!) we got good opportunities to go out and visit some places and enjoy the beautiful weather outside. We took advantage of our Saturday and a kind of nice weather yesterday (it was still a little bit chilly because of the wind) by taking the bus to go for a morning walk to a park near our pediatrician's office after we fed our babies.

A little girl offered to push Carl he tried the swing with two babies and he had to push her in return.
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As expected he got a lot of attention again with the babies. A woman on the bus was so happy seeing them and she got a good laugh when I told her that I carried the babies for a while and now its Carl's turn to carry them. Since Carl had the babies, I got to carry the baby bag and the camera.

While waiting for the bus going home, a jogger offered to take a picture of us and I am glad she did.

Our outings include taking the bus and the train to Pentagon City Mall last Saturday and visiting Aunt Nancy two weeks ago. Mikelle and Rianne were entertained playing with their cousins.

Rianne with cousins Mark and Christopher.
 Mikelle with Aunt Nancy and Mark

 Mikelle with sweet Ruth. I will forever will be grateful for her time and effort in preparing my bridal shower and baking my pretty cake almost two years ago. So sad I don't have pictures of those.

Author: Lala
•Sunday, March 20, 2011
Our babies turned 6 months old on the 14th and so, after seemed like a really long wait, I finally gave them their first solid food which is rice cereal.

This is Mikelle trying her first rice cereal.
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And here is Rianne.
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After rice cereal, I tried some mashed banana and Rianne immediately liked it but not Mikelle. Mikelle refused to open her mouth for the second spoon. I tried giving some mum mum rice rusk (banana flavor) to Mikelle and she loved it. She seemed to prefer feeding herself than be fed. Lately, Mikelle refuses to open her mouth every time I give her a spoon of food but immediately reaches for a rice rusk and eats. Rianne loves cereal on a spoon and rice rusk the same. I look forward on introducing more variety of food and flavor.

Here is a video of Mikelle eating rice rusk (it is not choking hazard since it dissolves easily in the mouth).
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And for some 6 month old pictures:
Mikelle
 Rianne
 With mom.
Author: Lala
•Sunday, March 20, 2011
It is always appealing to go out for a walk and enjoy some sunshine on gorgeous days like the ones we had these past weeks. I managed to take our babies out for a walk around the neighborhood on some afternoons while Carl was at work. At first, I was intimidated to try it, but two bored and crying babies was quite a good motivator to just do it. Our neighbor, who just got home from work, saw me taking the stroller down the stairs and offered to help. He ended up taking both of my babies down the stairs in their car seats. All I had to do was put them on their stroller and push. It was a wonderful walk. I think I enjoyed the walk more than the babies did - they ended up sleeping on our way home. Hoping that somebody would see me and offer help, I decided to do some walking again the following day - oh well, I was not as lucky. I decided to go out anyway and it was a bit challenging. So my routine was: two car seats and a stroller by our door upstairs, take the stroller down, then take one baby down and put her on the stroller, and go up and take the other baby down to the stroller. I noticed that I got a little stronger each day the more I do some carrying of the car seats and pushing the stroller - I was getting a good exercise from it as well.

On our way to the library.

With Carl around to carry the babies, going out is a lot more fun and easy. It was okay to carry the babies in their car seats at a time in the past but it has become more challenging for Carl since they are growing and getting heavier each day. We are happy that we were able to go to a seminar for carrying two babies hosted by an officer from NVPOM (Northen Virginia Parents of Multiples). We learned an easy way to carry two babies using a sling and our outings are a lot more fun now.

This was on our way to our babies' appointment with their pulmonologist for their heart monitors when they were just a month old.

Baby carriers are great for carrying babies too but they are bit challenging to put on. This way each of us get to carry one baby and Carl takes care of the baby bag.

With some extra waiting time for the bus, we went to a nearby park after our pediatrician appointment. The weather was beautiful that day, and of course we took some pictures!

This was at the seminar about carrying two babies.

I am sad I was not able to take some more good pictures from the seminar because we were feeding the babies when they demonstrated the other ways to carry and so I turned to google for some pictures from random people:

And now here is my beloved. This was taken at Costco parking lot when we first tried the technique. He sure did get a lot and I mean a LOT of attention from people, mostly from women who loved what they saw. Carl suggested that Costco should pay us for being an attraction in their store.

With his two hands still free, Carl liked carrying our twins this way. He said that he didn't feel their weight and he could carry them for hours okay. Since our babies love to be carried around, they seemed to enjoy this position because not only they are close to him, they could as well look around and fall asleep when they get tired. And being able to take buses and trains with ease is definitely a big plus.

Author: Lala
•Sunday, March 20, 2011
Our babies, like goats, love to chew on anything and everything they can get in their hands - toys, burp cloths, books, diapers, blankets, their fingers and toes, or their sister's or sometimes ours if we are not careful enough not to let them. Chewing is part of their daily activities. They chew when they are happy, sad, hungry or full and even in their sleep.

This is Mikelle chewing her burp cloth.
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This is Rianne playing in her play gym. Mikelle is making funny sounds in the background.
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Mikelle successfully biting her toes.
 And so is Rianne.
Mikelle fell asleep while chewing on her finger:

Mikelle trying to let her sister know who the boss is.

And this is how Rianne lets Mikelle know who is in control (Rianne ended up like this after rolling over from her tummy).