Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Holidays within holidays

**WARNING** This weeks blog has mucho videos and pictures.

We are back from our holiday. Before we went Aunty Chrissy came to visit.

Daddy and Chrissy took the babies to the park and allowed Beth loose and boy did she take to this like a duck to water. She was rushing around like nobodies business. She made a bid for freedom toward the gate but was headed off at the pass by a quick witted Chrissy. The babies were whizzing up and down slides, swinging high and round and round on the roundabout.

The following weekend Grandma Cunnington came up and we all piled into the cars and zoomed up to Filey. We were staying at "The Bay" resort just outside Filey. The house was great, plenty of room for the kids to run around in and a beach nearby. The pub was just a minutes walk from the front door, hurrah.

The house was suitably baby proofed but Beth has taken a leaf out of the Velociraptor's book and was probing all the fences for weaknesses.

We spent the Monday on the beach. It was windy but we all had fun. Beth was zooming off in all directions with an ever vigilant minder alongside. Our Chaz joined in by crawling off the mat and head first into the sand which he found hilarious and somewhat tasty. Lex was a little less adventureous and stayed on the mat gingerly touching the sand to see what it did.

We spent Tuesday in Filey eating chips on the seafront. Lex especially liked this, he had many chips. Many many chips. Beth was in her element waving at everybody along the seafront and lapping up the attention.

Wednesday was not so good. Lex and Charlie woke up with wheezy chests. The boys were taken into Scarborough. The doctor saw them and decided they had to be admitted to hospital as he was not happy saying they had an infection and were only breathing easily with nebulisers. So off to the hospital. Each of the boys got their own ambulance, Daddy rode with Charlie and he got blues and twos to get through traffic and seemed very happy with this. Unfortunately the boys had to stay in overnight as the hospital wanted to monitor them. Mummy stayed with them and Daddy went back to relieve Grandma. Thank god Grandma was here to help. Beth seemed to enjoy her one on one Grandma time but kept looking around for her brothers and pointing at the door. The boys were happy with the fact they had on tap CBeebies:

The visit to hospital bought back a lot of memories from last year. The beeping machines and the worrying. After a very sleepless night for Mummy we were very relieved to be told the boys could go home with inhalers.

On the Friday the holiday resumed for its last day and we all headed back to Scarborough. This time to the seafront. Scarborough was lovely. Very old school seaside, lovely Victorian hotels and donkeys on the beach:

The holiday was over all too quickly thanks to our unscheduled holiday within a holiday at the hospital. Next year we have decided to try Great Ormond Street for the boys. Mummy and Daddy can stay at a nice fancy London hotel. We enjoyed it, Grandma loved making sandcastles, a little too much as she warned off Beth from destroying them :-)

We returned home and Lex decided that Beth was hogging all the limelight and decided enough was enough and lets get walking:

He is very pleased with himself but does look a bit drunk sometimes staggering around. He has though mastered going backwards, so much so he does a passable Moonwalk but we are yet to catch this on video.

The babies have also really started interacting with each other and mummy managed to catch this lovely video:

We call this "going gah". Its lovely to see them playing with each other. They have ready made playmates.

Finally the boys decided whilst they were away to form their own band:

Unfortunately they broke up due to musical differences.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Run, don't walk, from The Blob!!

Today saw the six monthly check up at the Jessops to see how the brood are progressing. We had to create a stockade within reception to contain the horde.When they are let loose they manage to ooze through gaps like the Blob. Luckily the staff at the hospital were, as usual, great. Whilst mummy and daddy were talking shop with the Consultant they looked after the babies, reading and singing to them. There was the usual weighing and prodding:

Lex, now weighs22lbs 13oz
Our Chaz now weighs19lbs 8oz
Beth weighs17lbs 7oz

The doctor said he was really pleased with their progress and (Mummy Daddy head swelling time) we had done really well and added together the babies would make one perfect baby :-) We have to go back one more time then hopefully we will be discharged. It must be stated that all the staff at the Jessops Wing have been fantastic and our children would not be where they are today if it were not for them.

Away from the hospital it has been a busy few weeks. On Bank Holiday Monday we all went to Millhouses Park and met up with Andrea, Simon, Lily and Alfie for a great time. Beth loved walking with Lily and getting shoulder rides. Friday Andrea, her mum and her children came round and gave the babies uber amounts of fuss.

The kids of course lapped all this up. When don't they like attention, if they don't get any then they look like this:
At the weekend Lex decided he had had enough of holding on to the edges and took his first proper steps across the room. Mummy and daddy were proper choked up at this, he has been trying so hard for ages to walk and suddenly he just burst on to the scene. We have tried to capture it on video but he won't play ball and do it when we want, selfish little bugger, much to the annoyance of his Aunty Bex.

After the hospital today we took all the babies to Weston Park for lunch, and met Claire's work colleague, Richard. He was soon roped into helping, I think he learnt that a third pair of hands are always useful. The babies were all safely on the giant rug until Beth decided she was off and toddled off into the park pursued by daddy:
Our Chaz decided that his sister was not going to upstage him so he then crawled off the mat and headed for the bandstand. We think he may want to go on to the stage. Lex was too busy playing with his toys to join in.

Beth has taken on a role within the house. It appears to be some kind of extra poo detector, as she appears to go round checking her brothers:
If anyone else has any other idea what exactly it is she is doing then please tell us because we are stumped!

Lastly, this evening we decided to change their bedtime routine and feed them in their own room to see if it could be done by one person in an emergency. The babies took to it brilliantly as can be seen here:
Hopefully it won't be long until they can put themselves to bed and then we can just relax and kick our heels up, oh we wish. They are coming on leaps and bounds, they have started trying to use cutlery with some, interesting, results. Beth seems to understand the concept, spoon in yoghurt then in the mouth. Our Chaz can take the spoon and smear yoghurt on his face and Lex is having a little trouble, he sees the spoon or fork and takes the food off it with his fingers and eat it himself. Every day is a learning experience for them and us.