Totally normal to take a 3+month hiatus..right? Well, life happened :). And now.. my itty bitty babies (who certainly are not itty bitty anymore) have turned 1! Celebrating their first birthday (and the survival of our first year as parents of twins) was so much fun! A lot has changed since I last updated – so many fun (and a few not so fun) things
My little bubba. He’s got a smile that will light up a room and a giggle that will make your heart smile. Ethan LOVES laughing and being tickled. He is often laughing at absolutely nothing (from my point of view…) I’d love to get inside his mind for just one day. Ethan is a huge fan of routine. Any changes we’ve been making (formula-milk, bottle-sippy) have been rough on Ethan. But consistency has proven to be key and once he realizes that change is real, he will eventually accept it. (Stubborn like momma ).
Ethan LOVES food. Eating may be his most favorite pastime. He eats just about anything we put in front of him – from chicken, to beans… peas, green beans, pasta. He eats it all. At school, he watches from across the room while his friends are eating and makes a beeline whenever anyone drops any food. (I think he learned that from the dog…). Typically, Ethan eats 3 meals and 1-2 snacks a day. We will let them try just about anything… but haven’t ventured into peanut butter just yet. I do believe they will be totally fine because both him and Maddie have eaten oatmeal off of my spoon (which had some peanut butter on it – because there was peanut butter on the spoon). School is nut-free…so we aren’t in a huge rush to do PB sandwiches since we can’t send it with them.
We made our transition from formula to milk. Ethan had a ROUGH time when mommy tried to do it cold turkey. So – we mixed formula with milk..changing the ratio every few days until we were full milk. Against my better judgement, we also gave him milk in his bottle. Just this week, we’ve started tackling the bottle again. Yesterday he FINALLY drank milk out of his cup. A whole 7 oz with his lunch/snack!! He still has three bottles, but progress is progress.
Ethan is still our rock star sleeper! He still takes two naps while he is home (9 am and 1:30pm) and sleeps for 90-120 minutes each time. Bedtime is at 6:30 and he typically sleeps until 6/6:30 the next morning. A couple of times, Justin has checked on him overnight and he is just sitting in his crib. He makes no noise and goes back to sleep. So we really don’t know what that is all about.
At school, Ethan’s sleeping has improved. His teachers have manipulated his schedule a little bit (with my approval) and he goes down a bit later (10am) for his first nap. He will usually sleep at least an hour..sometimes 2! The afternoon nap is hit or miss. Usually miss. But still – this hasn’t affected our life at home!
Tickle fests, Elmo, cars, climbing on chairs, standing, riding his helicopter, sitting on daddy’s lap, eating, fake sneezes, Thomas the Train, The Count (from Sesame Street), The Hot Dog Song, reading, jumping on his bed, cuddles with momma, feeding his pal Colby…
When mommy or daddy leave the room, seeing a cup instead of a bottle (sometimes), being put into his car seat, having his diaper changed
Lots of firsts in the last 3 months…the only negative was our first encounter with croup. Ethan handled it like a champ though! Other firsts – clapping, cruising on furniture standing (without pulling up), a few random steps here and there (nothing consistent though!)
Ethan’s got a few words as well:
Dadda, Momma, Babba, Go, “I did it” (though someone who is not around him probably wouldn’t know..) paci, “all done” and recently he said “good boy”
Ethan signs “more”
Oh my little sweet Ethan! You are learning in leaps and bounds and make your daddy and I so incredibly proud. I love seeing you sweet smile each morning or after a nap. You are just so happy to be you. You and your sister have taken to crawling over to me and sitting on my nap at night before we head up for bed and I certainly don’t mind it. When I look at you, I feel so incredibly lucky to be your mom. Sometimes, I catch myself just staring at you – so eager and ready to do something new – and so content with just watching what everyone else is doing around you. You are such an incredible brother to Madeline. You let her steal your toys and you try and give her kisses all the time. I think you are finally learning that a bite is not a kiss! I know you will always protect her and she will protect you.
Thanking for bringing so much sunshine to my life.
Miss Madeline. Little girl has come out of her shell in the past few months. Madeline is no longer the shy little girl who cries whenever someone that isn’t mommy or daddy comes into the room. In fact, she is quite the entertainer now. From her dancing, to her incredible singing voice, Maddie does what it takes to get others to notice her! Miss M is quite a ham. She is always making us laugh and giggling herself!
Miss M isn’t quite as picky as she used to be – but it is kind of hit or miss depending on the day – her mood.. the weather (??). Madeline will never pass up fruit.. her favorites are cherries and blueberries and she prefers froze over fresh, but will eat either. She also will almost always eat her veggies – preferring green beans and peas. Cheesey bread, toast, and just plain pieces of bread are also favorites of hers. She will eat other things if she feels like it – but our regular offerings are chicken, chicken nuggets, pasta with sauce, meat sauce, or butter, macaroni and cheese, periogis, eggs, sausage, waffles, and cereal bars.
Maddie has transitioned to her single cup of milk much better than Ethan. She took it right in stride and usually finishes her entire cup. We offer the cup at almost all meals and snacks – though dinner we usually give them their water cup. She is also drinking 3 bottles of milk a day (7oz each)…but we are likely going to cut back another bottle this week.
Madeline is a solid sleeper – but not as solid as her brother. At home, she takes a total of 3hours of naps a day (though sometimes it can be 2-2.5 depending on the day). She also goes to bed at around 6:30 and usually gets up between 6 &6:50 (Side note: as a “live and die by the schedule” parent, we wake our kiddos up by 6:50 every day. Even on weekends. Even on snow days. MUST stick to the schedule). Madeline loves her pacifier while she sleeps and occasionally wakes up whining (or with a single scream) when she cannot find it. Unless there is prolonged whining.screaming, we let her take care of it and she’s usually back to sleep within 2 minutes.
At day care, Madeline has been having some trouble with naps lately and sometimes only takes one very short nap. She is a champ and acts like herself when we get home though :). There is so much to do at school!!
Unlike Ethan, Maddie doesn’t sleep through all of her sicknesses. She has a hard time – which isn’t a big deal. Over the holidays when she had double pink eye, double ear infections (that took two rounds of antibiotics and a nice chiropractic adjustment to get rid of) and bronchitis the required nebulizer treatments, she spend 4-5 nights in bed with Justin and I over the course of two weeks. She just wanted mommy and daddy. Once she felt better, she transitioned back to her crib with no problems.
Chatty Cathy all the time! Her only words are “bye”, “momma” and “dada”, but she talks around the clock! Also LOVES Elmo, walking with her walker, trying to climb on furniture, tempting her brother to bite her, pointing at things, jumping on her bed, clapping puzzle pieces together, being in charge
Mommy and daddy leaving the room, getting no fruit at a meal, sharing, when brother has a toy that she wants
Crawling, Pulling up to stand, cruising furniture, standing independently, our lovely encounter with bronchitis, waving, blowing kisses
Words: Momma, Dada, Bye
Signs: More, All done
My little mini me – you’ve got an attitude like your momma and some mood swings to match – its so incredibly amazing to see so much of myself in you! You’ve brought so much joy to our lives and I am so thankful that I get to see your beautiful smile and hear your nonsense conversations each and every day. You are certainly Miss Independent and you always check to make sure you’ve got an audience watching your performance. You are the go-getter! I love to see that you are finally starting to warm up to your brother. When you smile at him and chat with him, it makes my heart so happy. You have a best friend for life right there, sweet heart. Love you to the moon.