We all have our strengths and our weaknesses. I've been trying to focus on my strengths lately and not beat myself up too much for my weaknesses.
With the twins I've learned that although I had wonderful thoughts of them being solely breastfed and loved totally equally and me learning all kinds of developmentally appropriate games, reality is a bit different. I'm struggling to define what it means to be a good-enough Mommy to them... not perfect, but good enough for me and them to be happy.
Sam and Rachel have their strengths too.
Rachel understands sound, she gets that a toy is making a sound and will bat at a toy to make the sound happen again. Her eyes light up when she recognizes a tune you've sung before and she will pay close attention when you create a rhythm.
Rachel also has favourite toys....those with faces that smile at her! She has a special place in her heart for a particular lion that smiles down at her on the playmat.
Rachel laughed last week for the first time. It was for her Daddy who was playing peek-a-boo with her. Adorable! It takes a lot to make her laugh but when she does it's so rewarding.
Samson rolled over for the first time last week from back to front. What was amazing is that his Daddy had just gotten home and we got to witness it and cheer together. We witnessed the first roll from front to back a couple of weeks ago together too. Sam is much more physical than Rachel but not as good with his dexterity.
Sam's favourite toy is people. :) He laughed for me several weeks ago during a bath and later that week for no apparent reason found me hilarious to watch. He's way more interested in chatting with a person or watching them than paying attention to an inanimate object. I have a sneaking suspicion that Rachel is going to break his heart a thousand times over their childhood.... I think he's going to want her attention and time much more than she wants his.
Both Sam and Rachel are now regularly pulling anything they get hold of into their mouths. And their hands are little pincers ready to grip anything in their reach. They also scooch themselves backwards on their backs and off the playmat regularly.
Both are now looving their baths and have outgrown the tiny infant bath we first had.
They've also outgrown their goopy eyes, bad eczema, and baby acne. YAY! As long as Mommy stays gluten free and avoids soy, it looks like we'll all have good skin. :)