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Friday, April 4, 2014

Twelve months!

Technically, the twins don't turn 12 months until tomorrow. But hey, they arrived 3 weeks early so I can do their one-year post a day early if I want to, right?

Colby's current nicknames: Colby Guy/Colby Guy Man, Buddy/Buddy Guy/Buddy Guy Man, Guy Man, Colbs

No appointment until next week, so I don't have any stats to share yet!

This funny little guy has been quite the busy bee this month. He and his partner-in-crime have been crawling everywhere and pulling up on everything- I can only imagine the fun (read: messes) they'll get into once they're walking!

Speaking of walking, I guess the popular question to ask when a baby turns one is "is he/she walking yet?" The answer for both babies is no, but thankfully (because I'm relaxed and easygoing, ha!), I am not worried about it. They have reached all other milestones on the later side of average so I'm sure they will figure it out eventually!

Colby still only has two teeth, which is funny, because he sprouted them about 4 months earlier than his sis, but in the first 2 weeks of getting hers, she has already passed him up and gotten a third! He still has no problem eating… well, let me clarify that- he physically has no problem eating, but he definitely continues to be the more finicky eater. We have resorted to mixing his food into apple sauce and feeding it to him with a spoon just to get him to eat on more occasions than I care to admit. 

Although we never know what he will or won't be willing to eat, his appetite has definitely increased recently since he hasn't really taken to cow's milk. He is also guzzling water like it's going out of style, and has no issue with claiming Clara's sippy cup for himself once he has emptied his own. Which, as I've mentioned, is not all that different from his approach to toys: what's his is his and what's Clara's is his!

In addition to regularly protesting meals (and screaming at us if we don't get the food to him fast enough), Colby also likes to protest being put in his car seat or just generally being confined. He lasts about 15 minutes in the stroller before losing his cool, but if we let him have a little more freedom by riding in the wagon, he's just as happy as can be. Maybe he got tired of sharing such tight quarters for all those months that he had to share the womb and now he just wants his own space? Can't blame him. 

The Colby Guy can be quite a handful, but he can also be so sweet- especially right before bedtime when he has a full tummy! He continues to be a wonderful sleeper (never makes a peep at night), and although it takes him a while to fall asleep for naps, he will usually play and keep himself entertained in his crib without putting up too much of a fight. 

Colby's current favorites: Scruffs (stuffed kitty), grapes, bananas, apple sauce, drinking water from his sippy cup, cruising outside in his walker, stealing whatever he believes is rightfully his, his zebra cabbage patch doll, swinging, bath time, sticking his tongue out

Clara's current nicknames: Littlest, Little, Baby Girl, Messy Misses, Sissy

Just like brother, Clara is a squirmy wormy these days and is very rarely found sitting still. She loves to crawl around to explore, come back to sit briefly in one of our laps, and then go immediately back to crawling around. She isn't such a fan of the jumperoo anymore, sadly, because she'd rather be out exploring!

She took great interest in the cabinets of our entertainment center, particularly the one containing our DVDs. Let's just say that she was not pleased when Daddy had the audacity to child proof the cabinets so she couldn't open them anymore. And let me assure you that when Clara is not pleased, she lets everyone know:

See what I mean?

I know I said this last month, but I am both amused and disturbed about this little princess's ability to be dramatic. It's safe to say she is just generally very expressive- she is capable of expressing a very wide array of emotions in a very small window of time :)

Clara's best friend is definitely her brother (for now, because she has no choice), but the dogs and her Wubbanub pacifiers come in a close second. If she is melting down (about something very significant, like one of us leaving the room), we generally just have to call the dogs over in her line of vision and that does the trick. We are doing our best to not rely on the pacifier as her only source of comfort (besides in the crib and car seat), so it's nice to have Noah and Buster in our arsenal!

Clara has 3 teeth now and is a great little eater! She can be a little finicky at breakfast time, but other than that, she will eat just about anything we put in front of her. And because she hasn't quite grasped the concept of pacing herself, she very regularly stuffs her face until she gags. So special.

As is typically the case when the twins are going through a transition, Clara has taken to drinking cow's milk a little better than her change-resistant brother. She doesn't guzzle it by any means, but she will drink it. She, too, seems to prefer water and will put up quite a fight when Colby tries to take hers. 

In fact, I'd say Clara's willingness to fight for what she wants has been the biggest change for her this month! While she does still flip her lid when Colby successfully takes something from her, she is much more likely to fight back when he tries. I can't decide if I like this or hate it, because it is a clear indicator of how many times we'll be playing referee for the next 18 or so years!

Clara is a great napper and still falls asleep in the car on the way home from daycare for a power nap just about every day. She does spend her fair share of time playing in the crib before she falls asleep, but she generally falls asleep faster and stays that way longer. She is the one that's more likely to cry in the middle of the night, but it still happens rarely, and if we pop her pacifier back in her mouth, she'll fall right back to sleep.

Clara's current favorites: Wubbanubs (green froggy and pink ellie), Noah and Buster, watching anything on TV, playing with our iPhones, swinging, bath time, babbling (no new words, but changes the inflection of her voice like she's talking), eating, being a daredevil, sticking her hand in Colby's/Mommy's/Daddy's mouths

And now for joint picture time!

Their normal at-home schedule these days:

7:30 am - wake up and nurse
8:30 am - breakfast
9:30 am - nap (usually 1-1.5 hours)
11 am - milk (if they'll take it) + snack
12:30 pm - lunch
1:30/2 pm - nap (usually 1.5-2 hours)
3:30 pm - milk (if they'll take it) + snack
5:30 pm - dinner
7 pm - bedtime routine
7:15 pm - nurse
7:45 pm - both babies are asleep!

And with that, the twins' last monthly recap is complete! Thanks for indulging me as I documented the monthly happenings with these two- I know it was probably boring most of the time. (All the monthly recaps can be found here by the way.) Stay tuned for a sappier post tomorrow!


Brittnie said...

Love their sweet faces!

I am lol that Clara stuffs her face till she gags. :)

Happy one year cuties!

the blogivers said...

Bet you are glad to be done with the monthly pictures! Feels like just yesterday I was holding them for the first time :( excited to celebrate the babies tomorrow!

Erika said...

Yay twinsies! Way to be cute for a whole year!

Aubrey said...

Happy birthday babies!! And happy birth day to Mom!!

Brittany Sciba said...

Ahhh! So precious! I am excited about the sappy post tomorrow. :)

Natasha said...

Neither of my kids walked until they were sixteen months. It was actually better that way because they fell a lot less often.