You're not going to believe this, but Layla, Easton, and Kendra are all asleep and it's 10:00 PM!!! There hasn't been an eye close or drool on a pillow before midnight in the Webb house for two months. I'm so happy I could almost smile if I weren't so tired. This is a long post, but I need your help, so read all the way through and don't just look at the pictures. :) I'll have to try a red eye reduction process in photoshop so they don't look so devious. If you can, imaging Layla playing the drums and Easton playing guitar. Fits well, doesn't it? I call this masterpiece... Air Band!
The title of this post comes from a situation I encountered today where Easton was cradled in my arms after he finished a few ounces of the Human Growth Hormone I gave him (a.k.a. enfamil formula). That is NOT steroids! it's a protein shake... Anyway, as he lay there grunting and squirming around I really WANTED to sing or hum a lullaby and to start using it as a Pavlovian response (ya know, ring a bell and the dog salivates) so the twins will associate the same tune with sleepy time every night. One of the 94 books Kendra read in the past few months said that is a good idea, so why not try it? :)
IF you have an idea for a good one, please post it in a comment as I would LOVE to hear from you. The criteria for the sleepy time song are:
1. A common song that I may already know or can learn without having to take voice lessons
2. Can be sung or hummed in a low voice so as not to wake the neighbors or anyone else who is sleeping in the Webb house. (That rules out "Thriller", "Brick House", and all of James Brown).
3. Must be in English (No "Besame mucho", Nana)
4. Must have words (No "USC fight song", Opa Burgess)
5. Must be proven to have worked on you or sung by you in the past.
Here are a few that I thought of just now to get your creative juices flowing (yes, the pun in the names of these songs is intended):
- More than a feeling - Boston
- Winds of change - Scorpion
- In the air tonight - Phil Collins
- Dare you to move - Switchfoot
We'll see if this gets any traction based on your comments or if I'll be stuck with Elvis Presley... Here's what to do: post a comment with the song title, artist, and who sang it to you or who you sang it to.
OK, now on to the daily life journaling. This is work-day two for Kendra to be an official stay-at-home mom by herself. Well, sort of by herself... Our sweet next-door neighbor Marsha came over and spent most of the day helping and hanging out with Kendra and the twins. I am SO grateful she is able to do this and apparently every Tuesday she plans to come over and join in the fun. She loves babies and we have double the love at our house, so it's a great match. Kendra said they enjoyed each other's company and that Marsha is very good with babies (she probably knows a secret lullaby song).
Layla and Easton are holding their heads up stronger and stronger each day. Apparently that's a crucial step in the right direction towards becoming active and mobile. They are starting to make more noises and stick out their tongues as they try to get the language thing going as well. Layla makes about 100 noises and Easton makes one. To each his or her own, right?
Below this line is what I already posted on Monday:
Kendra made it through the day just fine and the twins behaved really well. Since we are both completely wiped out for long days at work (her at home and me at the office), i'll have to add more content here in the morning. However! I've been saving this picture for a couple of days to show you what happy, happy, hot rod we have on our hands here. I can't believe i caught him on camera with such a big grin. All i can say is: everyone says he looks just like me... Do I really look like THIS???
Thank you for the comments and emails. we love to hear from you all in any form of communication! Sleep well everyone.