Sometimes when I get up in the morning, I realize that I have approxmimately fourteen more hours to entertain the babies until bedtime. On a good day, I will get them all down for a nap at the same time, which will last, at the most, 45 minutes, but usually there is at least one baby awake every hour of the day until bedtime.
A few days ago while visiting my mother, I was feeling overwhelmed with my responsibilities. It was only 1:00 in the afternoon, I had just put Johnny, the 2-year-old, down for his nap, and both twins were fussy. My bright idea? I brought a thick cotton mattress protector outside, laid it down on the cement patio, sat the babies on it, filled two sippy cups halfway with water, and sprinkled raisins and shredded wheat cereal between the babies.
As usual, Hyrum is very much enjoying it and expresses his feelings for the camera...
Joseph is focused on the task at hand. No time for smiling.
Let's see what happens when one finger goes in the mouth...
Still, Hyrum's happy and Joseph? Maybe.
If one finger is good, how about two?
Again, Hyrum is loving it, Joseph not so much.
How about once you guys have downed a few shredded wheat squares?
Good for Hyrum, not so much for JoJo. ( I have no idea how Hyrum's hair got like that.)
Let's try the sippy cups!
Hyrum loves it. Joseph is just okay to examine the cup.
How about if you guys DRINK what's in the sippy cups?
Hyrum can smile while drinking. Joseph doesn't attempt it.
What if you guys try to drink the sippy cups upside down?
Hyrum's enjoying every minute of it...
Will Joseph ever smile?
How about if I get on the mattress pad and try to get him to crawl to me?
There we go!
This kept them busy and dirty for about an hour and they were ready for their clean-up and naps upon returning inside. I'll have to remember to have shredded wheat and raisins on hand!
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