Thursday, August 29, 2013

My Daddy

When we were on vacation we went to a little ice cream place every night after dinner. They had two big windows with all the ice cream in big buckets and 60 flavours to choose from... Ok a big ice cream place!
One evening we walked with the kids so they were standing around the front of the windows with us as we chose our flavours for the evening. Another couple was there ahead of us trying to decide.
Rachel had been walking with daddy on the way over but at some point when we arrived he stepped away from her or she stepped away from him. When she refocused she went to the closest pair of daddy legs and snuggled up, rested her little hand on his calf and tilted her head close.
You know where I'm going with this right?
Those legs weren't her daddy's legs.
Some comment from the man or his wife caught our attention. It was something kind and gentle but I immediately looked over and saw what was happening.
I called her name and she looked at me but didn't come over. I encouraged her to come and she looked away rested her head more firmly on the man's leg. The man smiled, tried to catch her attention by saying hi, gently touching her hair.
Andrew beside me called her, 'Rachel daddy's here. Daddy's over here.'
She looked at Andrew, looked at me, smiled and wrapped her arm more tightly around the man's leg. We laughed and the other couple laughed.
'Rachel come to daddy, daddy is here.'
She kept looking at the two of us. You could see her mind very slowly processing what she was looking at -mommy, daddy... mommy, daddy...daddy, me.... Leg.... pause....
Her smile faded and she slowly pulled dropped her arm as she tilted her head back to see whose leg it was. And as her head tilted up, her little mouth tilted down in a frown of pure fear. When her eyes locked on the stranger's very kind face she started crying.
Andrew was kneeling by then with his arms out to her and she ran into them.... And stayed in a big bear hug for a good 5 minutes. She didn't leave his arms until we had left the store and were at the park to eat the ice cream.
I'm sure it won't be the last time one of them mistakes a stranger for one of us but it was the first and it was both hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

First family vacation

We did it! We had our first ever family vacation. We went to Penticton for a week and kept our expectations simple and it was a great success.
Ther isn't a whole lot you can do with two little toddlers as far as grown up activities. So we centred everything around their needs and focused in being together and outside as much as possible.
The single best thing we did was book a motel with a perfect location, right across from the beach, close to a park and a water park. S every morning we went to the kids playground for some exercise and fresh air, then it was back to our one bedroom suite for snacks and naps all around. After naps we did lunch and then embarked on our messy activity for the day, generally the beach or a water park. Then it was home for dinner (having a full kitchen made a huge difference in simplifying our days) and after that we got ice cream from the little place around the corner and went to the green space park for running around.
Repeat for 5 days.... Or pretty close to that anyway.
The kids slept in two play pens that we brought with us, so the bedroom was tight but it worked. I think they really liked waking up and having us be so close to them.
It wasn't a fancy vacation but I don't think that is possible with little ones unless you brought a full time nanny with you.
Overall the car rides were long but relatively peaceful. I worked hard to keep them happy with snacks and toys and playing with their feet. We had about 45 minutes of screaming from Sam on the way there and the way back but 45 minutes out of a total journey of 8 hours is pretty reasonable for two 22 month old babes.
They turned 22 months and they really aren't babies. Sam is starting to string ideas together to narrate what's happening around him. This afternoon he fell down and I noticed and he said, "bum, down!" Then hopped up and said,"up!"
Rachel just shone on this trip. Her strength and determination to do things and go places at her own will is a sight to behold. She is like a little spider climbing up slides and then sliding down them. She loved the sand and water at e beach and didn't care much how cold she got. When she was blue we'd wrap her in a towel to warm up but she never stopped wanting to dig and fling sand and squash our sandcastle attempts. And she loved grabbing our hands and dragging us around after her to go places.
Sam on the other hand was a little more high maintenance. He does not like to walk on sand even in his shoes so he stayed on the blanket and did his best to play in the sand with his hands while perched at the edge of the blanket. It never really worked so he got kind of cranky and would eventually just want to be on our laps. So we had a lot of snuggle time with Sam. He did love the water though and once he got wet he didn't want to get out.
Both the kids really enjoyed having the both of us with them at all times. It's the longest period they've had with us both because at home we often trade off care of the kids in order to get other things done or have some alone time. But on vacation we were all together all the time for an entire week!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

21 months old

Sam and Rachel are 21 months old and growing like weeds. They are 25.8 and 27.8lbs  and getting taller by the day. (Not sure quite how tall but I'll get that measurement soon... As soon as they stand still long enough.)

They are both working on their two syllable words. Sam has quite a few but today added 'wheel.' Rachel has recently added dirty, and crakuh. And they both sound like they're trying to string several words together at times: eegohi = I got it is the most common, ahdohn = all done is second.

They are both super huggy although they seem to want to climb me more than sit on my lap. The best game they have going is to run around the house and every time they pass me, they run into my arms. It takes great skill on my side to avoid getting a broken nose or losing my front teeth in the process!
They are learning to share more every day, which is inevitable with twins. I have to say I'm impressed with the strides they've made in just the past two weeks. I didn't expect this concept to sink in for a while yet... And their willingness to do so is increasing... I think Rachel is actually a bit better than Sam right now.

We celebrated my and my Mom's birthdays in July and we also went for our first ever family bike ride. We made it all the way to Matticks' farm for ice cream. The kids were adorable in their great big helmets and didn't complain about them at all... perhaps because Mommy and Daddy were both wearing them too. I managed to get there and back trailing both kids, about 80lbs.  It was tough but I'm really proud that I did it. Next time Andrew can do it!

We had family visiting for the past 2 weeks and it gave me the opportunity to experience the dream of having my twins sleep in the same room. Funny how dreams can become nightmares. :( Seriously, it was awful. We were all up 2 or 3 times every single night. And getting to sleep in the evening would take hours! So that dream has been layed to rest indefinitely and Rachel will get her very own girly room which I'm now determined to decorate appropriately so it's not just a spare room with a crib in it.

We are about to embark on our first ever family vacation which I'm very excited about! I have very simple expectations for the trip and it's only a week long. We'll go to the beach, swim in the lake, play in the playground, and nap and sleep and eat. That's it! Maybe we'll manage some bike rides if we need some adventure.

I will post again soon with pictures!