I blinked, and it was time for another update.

Oy.

The four of us went out to eat tonight, and a waitress (among others) stopped by the table to comment on the twins. She asked if this age was harder than when they were younger. I thought for a second and realized that the description that it is just different really makes a lot of sense. They sleep through the night but now require lots more attention and movement during the day. It’s hard to compare what is harder and easier because it is so different.

Gross Motor

Miles took his first couple of wobbly steps a couple of weeks ago and is now officially a full blown walker. He does still crawl at times and still enjoys pushing the push toys around. At this point he still prefers to hold onto our finger when walking outside even though he doesn’t really need to. Luckily he hasn’t at this point tried to climb up anything but the stairs. Abby is still not walking on her own, but she is still showing signs that it is coming so I plan to give it another month before I ask the doc about it. She will stand on her own, now has full control of the push toys (they used to control her) and can turn with them and has recently started running with them. She’s let go and taken a kind of half step before squatting back down. I fully believe she can do it, but also believe that she won’t until she is 120% ready.

Fine Motor

Honestly there has been more focus on walking this month I think and I’m not sure there is much new here. Miles has started to get the hang of feeding himself with a spoon but only if you put the food on it first. They still both prefer their fingers which I guess isn’t much of a surprise. We’ve tried to introduce plates but they usually end up on the floor.

Speech/Language

Miles shocked the crap out of me recently while he was sitting on my lap looking at a book. I was pointing out pictures and he clearly imitated a couple of them (I’ll let you see for yourself).

He says mama as well. Abby has reintroduced some words that had seemed to drop out of her vocab last month so yay for that. She consistently say hi, up and yay. She can say mama but uses it sparingly. I swear she imitated pants today (of all things). She sometimes signs more. I know their comprehension is better so I’m hoping the expression will increase from mostly gestures here in the next few months. I try to label and/or sign everything before I give it to them so they at least have the exposure to the word. You can just tell they understand so much more – I’m not even sure I’d be able to list it all. Abby has picked out a dog, cat, and house toy a couple of times. Miles just grabs them both when I ask him to grab one. He’s like, whatever mom I just want the toy please.

Admittedly, they still sometimes get an “emergency paci”. When one wakes up in the middle of the night (which is not every night so I know its not a habit) I’ll give the waker upper a paci so he/she doesn’t wake the other. They go to bed every night without them, though. We’ve found that 7:00 seems to be a good bedtime that results in minimal complaint. We’ve dropped to one nap consistently. Miles is now in size 5 diapers and Abby in size 4. We’ve popped a few teeth lately too. Abby now has 6 front teeth and three molars. Miles has 8 front teeth and 2 molars.

Favorites this month: the water table, watermelon (Abby), Pocoyo (always), Abby gives hugs and kisses (mine), the push toys, brushing their teeth (no, seriously), swimming, walking/being outside/taking walks in the stroller (they giggle), reading a book before bed (Miles, he likes to flip through the pages and cries when I take it away).

Now onto my favorite part!

  • We have our first selfie
Miles selfie
Miles selfie
  • I compete in my first (and second) triathlon! (I know this is a baby update post, but this was big for me)
Other than the fact that I don't look like I'm wearing shorts (I am), I love how this pic turned out
Other than the fact that I don’t look like I’m wearing shorts (I am), I love how this pic turned out
  • We get a long awaited date night
Date night :)
Date night πŸ™‚
  • Abby has relaxing down to a “T”. (HAHAHA)
Chillin out back and relaxing by the pool
Chillin out back and relaxing by the pool
  • Miles sports a new hairdo
Like my hawk?
Like my hawk?
  • Abby takes control
I will push BOTH, thank you.
I will push BOTH, thank you.
  • And relaxes while watching some (what else?) Pocoyo
Relaxing on the reclinodaddy 3000
Relaxing on the reclinodaddy 3000
  • Abby and I get silly
Quack.
Quack.
  • And she sports a new hat
I shall wear this pancake hat.
I shall wear this pancake hat.
  • Miles expresses his distain for shopping
OMG. Can we PLEASE leave now?
OMG. Can we PLEASE leave now?
  • And Abby thinks applesauce is awesome sauce
Applesauce is awesome!
Applesauce is awesome!

And of course some videos

  • Put that back
  • Duck face
  • Peek a boo
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