Well friends, we are almost two and we are starting to ACT like it.

Here are just a few reasons why one has cried, particularly over the last week or two:

1. I gave Miles his bear and he didn’t want his bear

2. I gave Miles his cup and he didn’t want his cup

3. I turned off Pocoyo

4. Someone spotted a work paci and I hid it

5. I tried to put socks and shoes on and they.didn’t.want.socks.on.yet

6. I took the book over to Miles so he could see the page

7. Because THE PUZZLE PIECE ISN’T FITTING IN THE PUZZLE OH MY GOOOOOOOODDDDDD!!!

Okay, back to business.

Gross Motor

Not a ton new here. They both attempt to jump which is hilarious because they basically just go from flat footed to tip toes in a much faster manner. Every once in awhile we get ONE foot off the floor, but I don’t think either has managed both unless they are hanging onto the side of the crib for support. Miles gets a kick out of holding my hand and attempting (yes, attempting) to walk down the stairs, but his legs aren’t long enough yet so its rather amusing. Abby is throwing balls now and has started to pick up Miles’ habit of putting things away. No complaint here. Still no grand attempts to ride much on the riding toys – they get on and then get back off. Sometimes Miles will go backwards a few steps. And pedals? Not happening.

Fine Motor

Slowly we are getting better with spoons and forks – Miles is still better, or maybe he just cares more. Actually, just yesterday he got mad because he didn’t have a fork and bowl like I did. Both can put together shape peg puzzles pretty consistently but have some trouble with pieces that don’t have straight edges.

Speech/Language

They are better at following directions, though honestly half the time I am not sure if they aren’t following because they don’t understand or they don’t care, but they can both do simple things like get a ball, throw the ball, get your shoes (more Miles), lets go upstairs etc. Admittedly I haven’t been as good about practicing object identification – typically I label things more and see if I can get them to imitate it. We look through books and I point out pictures – I try asking them to point to things but they lose interest. We aren’t great at identifying body parts or clothes either. The only body part they know consistently is feet. Sometimes Abby will point to nose, even though I label them constantly. They do both known socks and shoes, so I guess that’s something.

Word lists – a few I’ve only heard once or twice. Miles, surprisingly, is more talkative and interested than Abby has been lately. Of course you don’t have to read these lists again – I’m keeping them up for my own records.

Miles

  • mom (ma, mama)
  • dad (da, dada)
  • cat
  • “here” (doo, da – at least we think that’s what he’s saying)
  • tickle
  • more (muh)
  • hi
  • hot
  • dog
  • again
  • want it (we think)
  • paci (sigh – he says “ma”)
  • ok
  • go
  • that (da)
  • uh oh
  • cookie
  • here you go
  • this
  • ball
  • up
  • help (admittedly up and help sound about the same)

Abby:

  • mom (ma, mama)
  • dad (da, daddy)
  • hi
  • up
  • yay
  • high five (a-da but haven’t heard this in awhile)
  • done (haven’t heard this in awhile)
  • go
  • hot
  • dog
  • ok
  • tickle
  • “here” (a combination of syllables that I can’t remember now but always stays consistent)
  • more
  • cookie
  • e-i-e-i-o
  • ball
  • cup (maybe)

They are both FINALLY moving up to the toddler room (from the creeper room) next week at daycare were they actually have quasi lesson plans and work on things like body parts, animal sounds etc so I’m hoping this extra exposure will help boost language skills over the next few months.

Picture overload time!

  • Abby enjoys some TV and snack
Cookie? Yes please.
Cookie? Yes please.
  • She dresses up
Lookin' cute
Lookin’ cute
  • We go on a mommy/twins dinner date
And I said "what about dinner at Chick-fil-a?"
And I said “what about dinner at Chick-fil-a?”
  • Abby flips
Oh hi there
Oh hi there
  • And looks cute in a pic with me after an interesting series of runs to get my 18 miles in
Mama finished a long run and I just look cute
Mama finished a long run and I just look cute
  • Abby and daddy snuggle (I’m seeing lots of Abby here this month)
Sleepy snuggles
Sleepy snuggles
  • And swims in the ball pit
Ball pit angels
Ball pit angels
  • Miles makes sure I stay hydrated
Drink this, mama
Drink this, mama
  • Abby has a special way to sit to watch Pocoyo
I call this the "Pocoyo Squat"
I call this the “Pocoyo Squat”
  • And sports a cap
Play ball!
Play ball!
  • Miles helps me put dishes away
I put dishes away like daddy
I put dishes away like daddy
  • Abby has a…special…smile
Smile!
Smile!
  • Miles tries to splash
Splish Splish
Splish Splish
  • And daddy and Abby take some selfies
A series of selfies
A series of selfies
  • Of course, can’t forget the Christmas photos. Christmas was more fun for them than last year but they are still too young to REALLY get it.

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Videos!

  • Abby sings for us
  • Bathtime cracks us up
  • In case you missed it, twin talk
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