Eight Months of Twinning

Fawkes and Phoenix have been with us for eight months now. Normally on these birthday posts I devote a bunch of time to writing about what the boys are doing these days, but I covered a lot of it a few days ago. I could add, though, that Phoenix is continuing to get better at holding his bottle and both boys are doing a really good job pulling themselves up on things. This morning, Phoenix was on his knees holding himself up against a car seat. The other one was next to it, and he ended up moving from one to the other. I was watching him closely because he looked like he was going to reach out to the second …

Dining Room Demo Day

Today was kind of a tough day, to be honest. It started out as many days where I stayed up late the previous night do, with Tristen getting ready for work, me peeking at her in my half-sleep, and her giving me a kiss as she leaves the room. Well and good so far. Side note: sometimes she doesn’t latch the doorknob when she leaves the room. She shuts the door, but you have to make sure it latches or the cat, Magic, can open it, which is what happened this morning. I was cognizant enough this morning to pull the sheets over my head and make sure my hands weren’t poking out. If anything had been uncovered he’d have …

Meeting My New Nephew, Gabriel

My new nephew Gabriel is here. His mom went to the hospital to hurry him along on Wednesday, which was a pretty busy day for me. Milly, Fawkes, Phoenix, and I went to the former Sears at the mall to get some disaster relief. Considering how many people were there, it moved along pretty well. It was a little stressful having all the kids, well, the babies, with me. I had them in the stroller and ended up giving them some pouches to eat while we were in the first part of the line. Milly was very helpful handling them in the stroller while I worked on filling out paperwork. After the initial line we were in a sitting area. …

Hurricane Florence Refugees

I’ll just jump right into it. Hurricane Florence was predicted to hit somewhere on the coast of the Carolinas, possibly between Myrtle Beach and the Outer Banks as a Category 4. A Category 4 hadn’t landed in our area since Hurricane Hazel in 1954, and it was a historically bad one. Everything looked like the eye was lining up right at Wilmington. (Well, Wrightsville Beach, technically, since that’s the coastal edge of New Hanover County, which includes Wilmington, and Wilmington is the main city in the area, so let’s just say Wilmington.) It was predicted to be a particularly bad storm because it was moving very slowly, which would give it time to suck up a bunch of water and …

The Seven-Month Birthday

There’s a bit going on today, but I’ll get to the day and current events in a minute. The seven-month mark isn’t usually one that’s talked about all that much, but I feel bad that I skipped the six-month birthday update and there’s plenty of development going on now in the lives of my little boys. The first thing I want to mention is that the boys are finally growing some hair back. I noticed it a month or so ago, that their little bald strips were starting to fill out. Fawkes has one really long hair on that goes down almost to his eyebrows. I want to cut it, but I like noticing it sometimes. Both boys are trying really …