Twin Life Lately – 11 Months

Before kids, if someone told me that their child was 11 months I’d probably be thinking…why don’t you just say they’re a year old? I now understand that an entire month is a big deal. Not only do kids change so quickly in the first couple of years, 11 months and one year is a huge difference, in my head at least. At 11 months, they’re still babies, at 1 year, I think they’re considered toddlers, at least according to clothing manufacturersI was recently at Target shopping for clothes for the girls and couldn’t find a thing in their size until I realized…oh, 12-18 months is considered toddler, I’m in the wrong section! Gulp! (The clothes are way cuter, btw, for toddlers. Think fur vests, leather jackets, ponchos, and various other adorable kid clothes that are completely impractical and my girls would ruin in 0.345 seconds.)

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Health

This post is brought to you from my sofa, Today show on, sleeping baby in my arms, and a huge cup of coffee right next to me. We have a case of hand foot and mouth disease, and my arms is the only place June will sleep these days. Faith has yet to catch it but it’s very contagious so we are waiting…and not leaving the house so we don’t spread it to other kiddos. On top of this, both have had pretty nasty colds with terrible coughs. Poor June wakes up every 5 minutes coughing and with a super sore throat, it leaves her crying and wincing in pain. My poor girl.

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We also have a couple more teeth. Faith has her other bottom tooth coming in and June has two bottom teeth poking through. When it rains it pours…

Our next well check up is 1 year and I’m already compiling loads of questions as I usually do. I know a big topic of conversation will be their milk allergy and the possibility of me weaning. Also, I know at this age we start discussing behavior (see below) so that will be interesting to learn about.

Play

We have officially entered the tantrum age, and ya’ll, by the end of each day, I’m ready to throw my own tantrum. Big ‘ol crocodile tears for anything is the name of this game. I wish they could understand the boy who cried wolf story. They cry the exact same way if they’re sincerely hurt or if sister girl looked at the toy they want to play with that is across the room… or if I take a drink out of my own cup and they need my cup as well… or they want to open and close the door over and over and over and I won’t let them even after they’ve already slammed their fingers in the door…you get the idea. June is especially more susceptible to the tantrums; she’s always been a little more sensitive in general. I know some of it is cranky moods because of teething and colds, but man, some days are rough.

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We are also in a throwing, biting, and hair pulling stage, coupled with tantrums…super fun.

The days of them playing with the same toy together joyfully are now over. I knew it was short lived; they’re now stealing with a vengeance. They’re both just as mobile, but Faith is still more of the thief. June will see Faith coming toward her and will scream and flail her arms because she knows she’s going to steal whatever she has. I’m at a loss for what to do. I take toys back from Faith and explain that sister is playing with it, distract her with another toy. Sometimes it works, most of the time it doesn’t. I feel like this is when having twins is especially hard. In regular sibling situations, one is a little older and can kind of understand the concept (not saying they always listen…), but not in this case. So I feel like a broken record in an empty room because they don’t get it and probably won’t for a while. Even when they do get it, will they do it? Probably not, most of the time at least.

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As far as loves go- they’re all about anything that makes noises or lights up. They love pushing anything, whether it has wheels or not. Music is huge, they bounce up and down whenever they hear music, it’s so adorable. June is pulling to stand sometimes, but most of the time they both stand on their knees. She’s also started walking a little holding on to something. Faith has learned a short cut; instead of pulling to stand to get what she wants, she comes to me, acts like she wants a hug, I pick her up and she now has the leverage she needs to reach whatever she wanted. Smart cookie that one.

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They learned how to wave but really only do it at the front door because that’s where they wave to Daddy everyday when he leaves. So now they’ll just sit at the front door and wave at cars, leaves, pumpkins on the front porch, etc. We are still working on clapping. They love love LOVE peekaboo, I mean intense peekaboo. They think it’s the funniest thing. I’ll sneak around the corner and say “boo” they jump out of their skin, laugh hysterically and then shout back at me like they’re trying to scare me back. We have a lot of fun in this house…

Sleep

Aside from this past week, sleep has been pretty good.  Normally they go to bed around 6:30pm and sleep till 6:30/7am. They take two naps around 9:30 until 10:30/11 and 1:30/2 till about 3. Oddly, June has now become our super sleeper, again, aside from this week. Ever since she learned how to put her paci in on her own and get herself to sleep she’s been doing great (when she doesn’t throw all of them out of her crib…a nice little game she likes to play). Faith, who has always been a great sleeper just doesn’t really want to sleep during the day. She’s more interested in what’s going on outside of the nursery and wants to play non stop. So naps can be a little short for little Faith.

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Eat

These girls can eat! They still nurse 6 times a day (that’s every 2 hours…), eat 3 BIG meals and I’ve recently added an afternoon snack to get us to dinner time so they’re not nursing all afternoon (which they still do). It’s unreal. I dropped a nursing session, so I was down to 5 and they would wake up in the middle of the night hungry. So we’re back to 6+ nursing sessions a day. It’s a lot. I spoke to my lactation consultant and she said as long as they’re sleeping through the night and growing well, it’s perfectly normal. As of now, I’m looking forward to weaning, but I’m going to have to take it really slow. I don’t think they’re ready to wean and I ended up with mastitis for the 4th time (ahhh!) from dropping just one feeding, so I’m not going to rush it at all.

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As for solid foods, they’re still big fans of fruit, bread (especially with peanut butter), veggies, and cereal. They aren’t huge fans of meat, I think it’s a texture thing. They LOVE broccoli, I mean love it. They eat it with such intensity and will crush a steamer bag in one sitting. I’ve been making purees again to feed them while they eat their finger foods just to fill them up. I have a hard time filling their little bellies or keeping food in the kitchen. Our grocery budget has gone through the roof! I have no idea where they’re putting all this food! Me and a friend were joking that we spend so much time and effort on feeding our kids we often forget to actually feed ourselves. I’m working on that; I’ve been using our crock pot so dinner is ready at the end of the day. Plus, now that we’ve introduced plenty of foods to the girls, often they can eat the same thing we’re eating for dinner, just chopped up. Win!

Other Updates

The girls started swim classes a few weeks ago and absolutely love it. We have it on Saturday mornings so Charlie and I can both go in the water with them. We’ve been talking about doing classes for a while and lately they’ve both randomly started hating water poured over their head during bath time so we decided it’s definitely time. I think it’s helping a little, but it’s also great to get them comfortable swimming now, especially since there are two of them for me to keep track of. It’s really important for them to be strong swimmers.

Keeping these girls busy and entertained is our goal every day, and it’s challenging. They love to be out and about, so I have to be sure to plan something every day or they get so stir crazy. Thankfully I have other mom friends close by and we just rotate going to each other’s houses, meet at parks, go for walks, etc. It’s been key to our sanity. The cold winter months are really scaring me because our indoor outings are limited, but I’m sure we’ll get creative.

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The girls have their first cousin! My brother and his wife welcomed little John Arthur over the weekend and he’s absolutely perfect! We actually haven’t been able to meet him yet because everyone’s been so sick, but we can’t wait to visit when everyone’s feeling better.

We are looking forward to our first Thanksgiving as a family, and are planning a super low key weekend at home. Traveling, even for one night, throws the girls off so much, so we decided to stay put for the holidays. And I’m glad we planned on it considering our poor girls are so miserable and we are running on fumes. Please pray everyone feels better soon!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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