Jayden and Simone

I always say I don’t believe in luck … things happen in our lives for so many reasons … but however I should say it, I am one lucky Gramma. 🙂 Blessed would be a better word. Happy. Fortunate. Thrilled. Thrilled to have these four g-babes in my life. The big ones at 2-1/2 are goof balls and often testing the limits in every way, and the little ones are becoming something other than they were just 9 and 12 short weeks ago. Their thighs are a throw back of the Michelin Man, their tummies are muffin tops spilling up and over their diapers, and  their faces are full of expression — especially little “Jay Bird” who so easily bursts into big smiles when you talk to him. When I look at Mone, all I see are those pinchable cheeks, but it’s really her beautiful almond-shaped eyes and beautiful lips that take the stage. Both babies love to talk back when you coo at them and all four kids are pretty darn cute if you ask me.

Here’s a few recent pictures of All-Cheeks Simone, shown here at 8 weeks.

And here’s some of Jay Bird at 11 weeks while we were camping last weekend. He is so strong and when you hold him on your shoulder, there’s no cuddling going on. It’s like holding a skateboard with big eyes! And he’s a drooler, and a spitter-upper. On every thing. On every one. I don’t hold it against him … my daughter was the same way as a baby. And he looks just like my son on a little body, don’t you think?

I have needed a new header for my blog for some time now. It is not as easy as one might think to get a picture of all four kids. When they are together one baby is either sleeping, eating, or crying while the other is either sleeping, eating, or crying. At the same time, one of the bigger kids may be in the mood while the other isn’t. We had a pizza party at our house in lieu of going to a restaurant for Megan and Matt’s birthday. I watched for the moment as the night progressed … it was looking a little hopeless. Looking hopeless is not the same as losing hope, however, and my patience paid off and the moment did arise. I grabbed a blanket and my camera, Mike grabbed a ladder, and sunspots or not, this is what we got and I am thrilled. The big kids had been playing in the kiddie pool and on the slip-n-slide. They were wiggly and silly, and the babies weren’t quite sure of it all.

But they warmed up to the idea.

“Hey Cuz, wanna see me do like 10 push-ups? Watch this.”

“Woah Dude,  maybe I did a little too many too fast. Pretty cool though huh … how it comes out like that?”

“Yeah, real cool Jayden. Real cool.”

Megan - July 2, 2012 - 8:34 PM

What do I NOT love about this post??? The third pic of Cheeky is my favorite- and I love my crazy Sydney’s “smiles” in the group shots.

Oh, but you have the weeks off- Simone was 8 weeks this past Saturday…don’t add weeks to my baby- it’s already going to fast. 😉

kathygrover - July 2, 2012 - 9:19 PM

I was going to vote for my favorite, but it’s a 3-way tie. Let’s just say that the first picture has something special because it looks like she is looking right inside you.

Angela - July 3, 2012 - 10:56 AM

Super cute! Love the purple blanket pics and ending the post with Jay doing ‘his thing’ with the spit up!

Diane Drotzman - July 9, 2012 - 5:24 PM

I love seeing all your grandbabies together. It must be so much fun having grandchildren. And they are all sooooooooooooo very cute. Thanks for sharing.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - July 9, 2012 - 5:38 PM

They are soooo fun especially now that the babies smile their faces off! They coo and talk with little persuasion as well. What a difference just a few weeks make. You will one day have the experience — hang in there!

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