Friday, August 31, 2012

Preview of Two

This week I think I got a small preview of what having two two-year-olds might be like.
And I cringed!
Cringed and thought, 'huh, maybe going back to work won't be so hard!'
On Wednesday both Sam and Rachel were cranky, emotional time bombs exploding frequently, often without any trigger that I could see.... and often with just the smallest impetus from their beloved twin.
You're holding him and not me. WAH!!
You're holding her and not me. WAH!!
She cried in my face. WAHH!!
He's touching me. WRAAAH!
He looks like he's going to touch what I'm touching. WAHAH
I'm hungry. I'm not hungry. I won't sit in my chair and eat. I'm hungry but I want to do it MYSELF. But you need to stay here and watch. I want to pick it up from your hand not from the tray.WAHaahaaaaWAH!
Hold me. Put me down. How dare you put me down. Hold me. Put me down. WAAAAH!
Repeat...

All day long!

For the first time ever I sent hubby an SOS Please-come-home-early-if-you-can email.

It was so bad I couldn't even get too stressed out over it because it was such a totally lost cause. I could only laugh when it was at it's worst.

I fear what the terrible twos will bring. And I have a sneaking suspicion that what we're going to be facing is a temper (Sam) and a stubborn will (Rachel).

And from that experience I am now reading a great toddler development book because Momma needs more skills. Perhaps the happiest toddlers on the block will be mine....but I'm really just aiming for keeping my sanity.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Nicknames

Over the past two weeks Sam and Rachel have morphed from Lovies to Monkeys.
I don't know exactly why Monkey fits better suddenly. Maybe it's because they are standing up all the time or maybe it's because they move around the house so much more. Maybe it's because they cling to me and cuddle when held. Maybe it's because they wave their arms around in the air so much these days.
Whatever the reason, my little pink monkey and my little blue monkey are so much fun.
Apropo of nothing:
Today at church Rachel crawled around, completely confidently exploring people, toys, different perspectives of the nursery. Sam explored a little bit but stayed close. It's fascinating how Rachel seems to be more confident or brave and yet she's also the quieter one.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

New Firsts

This week marked 10 months of being a Mom and another big first. One I dreamed of in detail for years.
And as it was happening I realized how miraculous it was and I called for Andrew to quickly bring the camera.

For the first time, I found myself sitting with my own children in my lap reading a bedtime story.
It's a simple moment that I hope will happen thousands more times in the years to come. But this was the very first and it felt wonderful.

Monday, August 13, 2012

10 Months!

These babes could not possibly be 10 months already! 9 seemed reasonable but 10 is waay too close to a year old.But here is Rachel crawling along, catching up to Sam in her movement ability. Here's Sam making all kinds of talking noises. One could argue his first words even....Mamamama and Dadada and Baba and Woow and Gagag.
Both of them love clapping their feet in the pool and bathtub making huge splashes.
Both are standing up every chance they get and usually are standing up in their cribs when we come to get them from naps.
This month they started playing in the cribs together. We sit beside the crib and reach in to tickle to say boo from different perspectives and they laugh and laugh. Sam seems to have suddenly grasped the chase concept and will race from one end of the crib to the other checking over his shoulder to see if you're going to get him. He also occassionally will crawl away from you when you try to get him around the house. And he's almost able to get Rachel to chase him by going around a corner and playing a bit of peek-a-boo with her. It's adorable! Especially when he's laughing hysterically while doing it.
Rachel wants to lift everything over her head and loves to throw things over her shoulder.
Rachel still likes to stand on her head and for the first time did it in the pool which she seemed to enjoy.
They are very funny monkeys, these two. And this motherhood deal just keeps getting better and better.
I love the physicality of motherhood at this stage. I love snuggling them tight. I love when they come to me to be picked up or just to hang on my leg for a minute. I love hanging them upsidedown. I love tickling them and munching on their fingers and tummies to get a squealing reaction. I love seeing where it is they want to go and what they want to get at....even if I have to take it away.
And I still find myself shaking my head, amazed that this is real, that they are mine. I wonder if I'll do that for the rest of my life.