We hit 10 months on the 14th, so how could I not give you a general update on life with the twins?
Elizabeth has finally decided to figure out how to get herself into a sitting position whenever she wants. Before she was crawling too fast everywhere and would sometimes perch sideways on her elbow, but I don't know if it's that she didn't *want* to sit, or if she just hadn't figured it out yet.
In any case, she can do it now and figured it out pretty recently:
Of course, it doesn't last long before she's off to bigger and better adventures!
|Do you see that HAIR? It's really there, it's just so fine and light that it's almost unnoticeable!|
Both babies absolutely ADORE our Ikea tent. Seriously, if you've been wondering whether you should get one, it's been one of their favorite things for MONTHS! They spend hours playing peekaboo with each other, with me, with John Paul and Cecilia, they just go in there to play with toys, it's the cutest thing ever!
And the amazing mischievous grin I get... Love it!
Elizabeth has continued with her VERY STRONG FEELINGS about all the things at all times. Something is either THE BEST EVER AND SO SO SO FUNNY or it is SO SO SO BAD AND WHY WOULD WE MAKE HER DO ANYTHING LIKE THIS EVER???
Sometimes I like, leave the room for a minute to go to the bathroom and I'll hear a waaaaaaaaailing Elizabeth crawling towards me for a few feet before she just collapses to the floor in tears because she's so overcome that she can't even CRAWL anymore!
And then other times Cecilia starts sobbing or Mary Claire starts sobbing and Elizabeth thinks it's the funniest thing ever and starts laaaaaaaaaaaughing and doing her terrifying shriek and making them cry harder...
She's still not a great sleeper - she'll sleep through the night sometimes, but mostly she's up earlier than I'd like and is just in our bed for the rest of the night.
Mary Claire is more vocal about her opposition to things than she used to be, but she's still generally a more chill baby. She still sleeps better (usually she's down around 7 or 7:30 in her crib and sleeps until 4/5/6 AM), and has been mostly right on with Elizabeth in terms of development.
She also very clearly calls me "Mom" or "Mama" which is kind of surprising to me... Cecilia was an early talker, and I knew Mary Claire would be because of all her babbling, but I didn't expect any meaningful words until later. She also very clearly mimics whatever sounds we give her, and is pretty sure she can say a lot of other words but "Dat" doesn't really qualify as "Ball" or "Block" or "Cracker" in my book...
No, I don't always let her suck on Cecilia's bows...
The twins are still nursing a LOT. We've upped their meals to 3/day, although not a lot gets eaten... Still baby-led weaning, and we'll go for a blood draw tomorrow to see if their iron levels have gone up enough to avoid a supplement.
Elizabeth has 4 teeth, Mary Claire was sticking with just one but all of a sudden two more popped through! So she's catching up slooooowly.
They've been playing better together and with John Paul and Cecilia. I looooove seeing how much fun they have with each other, and am beginning to see how having 4 kids this close together really does have its benefits because they'll never NOT have someone to play with!
Yes, Cecilia put her pillow in the tent. She doesn't use it on her bed, so I allow it...
They're keeping me on my toes! They've been standing on their own for a while, but I think it'll be quite a while before they walk still because I've hidden all the walking toys and haven't tried to let them walk holding onto my hands. They both cruise pretty well, and I'm hoping we've got a month or more before real walking occurs.
Aaaand they've also decided recently to master a few less-than-desirable skills. Mary Claire started climbing the stairs. An hour later, Elizabeth started too. So out came the playyard that protects the Christmas tree, and it's set up in the basement so that I can have a little child-free cooking time in the afternoons while the big kids watch TV. It worked for about 20 minutes yesterday, and I'm hoping it continues to work!
Because this is what happens if they can see me and know I'm available:
They *could* pull up on anything. But why pull up on just anything when MOM IS HERE!!!
So there you have it! I can't believe we're almost at one year... John Paul is VERY interested in their birthday party and apparently won't let us get away with just inviting family... So I told him we could invite the babies' godparents and their kids, and he's happy with that. Whew!
Linking up with Jen at Conversion Diary, as always!