The twins will be 20 months old on December 5. I can hardly believe it! Time really is flying now. I can't say the same for last year at this time though haha. Its funny though, because I can't really remember much of last year. I think thats how it is for the first year with twins. When people ask me how it is having twins I say "easier now." But honestly you couldn't pay me enough to redo that first year. Unless of course it was enough money to hire a full time nanny! We made it though, and are finally getting to the part where twins are fun, as so many people had promised us.
Gosh, I don't even know where to start! Its been almost a year since my last post!
Miss Norah is in preschool now. She goes to Holy Trinity Catholic School's 3 year old preschool program. She absolutely loves it and so do we! She has a small class of 9 kids and a really great teacher. She has blossomed socially since she started going and easily makes friends with kids. She used to be pretty shy around people she didn't know. When we go to the mall play place or the park she is generally the one leading around a small group of kids. That's my girl ;) She turned 4 October 29 and has the attitude to prove it. Wow does the girl have spirit! But I love that about her, it makes her who she is and she will do great things some day. She is an excellent big sister...for the most part ;) We have to do a lot of reminding to be gentle and to play nice and to not yell at her sisters. But she has taught them so many things. I honestly don't think they would be where they are without her influence. They absolutely love her and look to her to direct their play. Almost all day they pretend different things...usually they are all puppies. Or Norah is the kid, Vivian is the dad and Mary is the mom. Mary also likes to pretend to be an angry kitten. Its funny how the second/third kids start pretending so much earlier because of the older siblings example. Norah didn't start pretend play until 2.5-3 if I remember right, which I probably don't haha. Norah can also tell the twins apart now. She says "just look at their faces!" Katie was babysitting them the other day and she was getting who she thought was Mary out of the bathtub but Norah said no, that's Vivian! And turns out she was right. She knows I think because they spend so much time together playing. She also told Bekah she can tell them apart because Vivian is "the mean one who yells all the time." Which is partially true lol.
|The feisty pirate princess|
|Cheesy face Vivs|
Vivian is a very good eater. She will eat pretty much whatever I give her. Which is probably why she outweighs Mary by a pound now! And is also slightly taller. She has always been the bigger of the two but it is becoming more apparent now. I don't know their exact weights but I'm guessing Vivian is around 19 pounds and Mary is around 18 pounds.
They both sleep really well. Down around 730 PM and up around 830 AM. No more night wakings to nurse!! I am feeling SO AMAZING with all the sleep I've been getting. So good in fact that I have been sacrificing sleep time for kid free time and staying up late. No regrets...the peace and quiet is WORTH IT. No one asking for snacks or fighting, or asking me to "read a buhhp (book)!" They also take a 1.5-2 hour nap daily. Love them for that haha. They do like their sleep. Still separate cribs in the same room. They usually talk/laugh for awhile before falling asleep and talk when they wake up in the morning. I just started putting blankets in their cribs a month or so ago and they love them. I had nothing in there for the longest time because I was so paranoid about SIDS. They just cuddle right up. But they do have a specific way they like to be tucked in and this is what happened the first time daddy put them to bed with their blankets....
|I'm supposed to be on my tummy daddy....V|
|And what is this baby doing on my chest!?!?! M|
Mary Ivory is a lot more sensitive than Vivian. She notices more things and is WAY more attached to mama. They both love me of course, but Mary notices when I leave especially when we are in a new place. She just wants to get along with people. She is more apt than Vivian to go along with whatever Norah wants to do. But don't let that fool you, she does have a quiet stubbornness about her...I blame it on her daddy who is the most stubborn person I've ever met;) She loves to give Vivian kisses and I think she wishes they talked more. She gets sad when Vivian takes something from her but doesn't get mad like Vivian does. They do have some pretty good fights though. She is straight up the pickiest eater ever! She makes me so crazy! I try everything. But she will study it and then look at me and say "no." Very distinctly. She also tells me every time she poops ("poop, poop, mama, poop") and is very upset about it until I change her. I'm so happy about that...because as soon as they turn 2 I'm gonna potty train them. Norah was an absolute nightmare to potty train and so I'm determined to do better with the twins! Vivian will sometimes tell me if she's poopy but she is definitely not as reliable as Mary. Its funny though because they will tell me they have poop and then I say oh you have poop? And they say no, no poop. But they really are. Silly girls. Their fave thing to say while changing their diapers is "no poop!" if there is none and "all gone poop!" if there was some.
|Sweet Mary Ivory|
They absolutely love Kyle. When he comes home they both run to the door yelling "daddy daddy daddy dada dada" and cry if he doesn't pick them up right away. Which he definitely does not mind. Vivian will go to him or me interchangeably. Mary still prefers me.
They love their baths and are always asking for "bubbles, bubbles, bubbles!"
Their current musical obsession is the Okee Dokee brothers. They could watch their music vids on youtube all day. Its the magic cure to whatever is making them sad. And I actually love the music too so its a win win for all!
They call Norah "Norna," and that is the first thing they say when they wake up in the morning or from their nap. They get sad when she is at school. They call Java "good girl." Never Java, just good girl. Its adorable.
Favorite foods include clif bars, chicken (preferably from chick fil a), yogurt, frozen peas, any kind of fruit, and of course BREAD. What is it with kids and bread.
|Vivian the pumpkin, Mary the monkey, Norah the pirate princess|
|We look pretty darn good for having 3 kids, right? Right?!?!?!|
Well, I hope that covers it...I mean it really probably barely scratches the surface of the past 11 months but there is a quick snapshot!
Wishing everyone peace joy and love this holiday season!!
|I wish Kyle was in this picture too...:( Also I'll be honest and say I'm not completely certain which twin is which. Oops;)|