E&M: 2.5 Years

Dear Elliott and Mason,

Two and half years already.  Although all of our stages have been great, we are at an exceptionally fun time right now. You two are big enough to understand, communicate, and have the cutest individual personalities, but are young enough to still experience and give pure joy and unconditional love. At times I feel like my heart will burst with love for you when you come snuggle me and give kisses out of the blue, or do something caring like rub my shoulder when I said it was sore. At other times I feel like my head will burst when you show your independent, defiant, toddler-ness. It’s never for long, and it gives your dad and I tons of patience practicing. Your imaginations are starting to grow and you will pretend play with each other or with your toys. We took the rail off your cribs a few months ago and you two have amazed us at how good of a transition you did. Sometimes we have to still go in and lay down the law, but mostly you just talk to each other, make sure nothing has fallen out of the others bed, and laugh.

Elliott–You (and Mason) are starting to use more and more words everyday. You have even started stringing 3 and 4 words together like the other day when you said “momma play choo-choo” and “no dada blow bubble.” I love the little things that come out of your mouth. For father’s day I asked what you wanted to give Ben and you said “purple water,” or “pur-ple wa-wa.” Why? Who knows. But we made some and you proudly took it to him. We have come to realize how analytical you are and how you like a measure of control (A-type personality here we come). Asking or telling you to do something without explanation typically gives us an immediate “no,” but with just a little rationale or information and you understand and do what we ask. Trains and diggers are still your favorite and you’re starting to play more independently. I started a new job last month and now the first thing you say to me in the morning is “momma no work.” This about breaks my heart, and I will treasure it because one day you probably won’t care. You are loving, caring, shy, and goofy goofy goofy.

Mason–for the longest time you both have called me da-momma. I love it. It makes me feel like a loving mob boss. Yet, just recently you started calling me mommy…or rather, maaaaw-meeeee…very emphasized. I’m not sure where you got it, but I keep trying to get you back to momma or da-momma, but you just smile and say Mawww—meeeee. Right now you have about 9- 10 stuffed animals in your bed (pooh, tigger, bear, bunny, monkey, piglet, eeyore, aardvark, elephant pillow pet) and your pillow and blanket. You know when something is missing and you’re not happy until all of your babies are in your bed.  You are becoming a true ham. You have this fake laugh which cracks us up, and love to make animal noises. Your current favorite is the elephant noise, which you do just as loud as real elephant. When I ask you to make a baby elephant sound instead you do it twice as loud and just laugh. You love to read. This week it’s the oo-oo-oo-ooo book that you got from Aunt Katie and family for your birthday. That would be Curious George. These are the longest stories we have read and you patiently sit through them and then want more. Every now and then you get upset before bed because you want “mo book.”–Not because you’re postponing sleep, but because you genuinely love books. We find it very hard to tell you no when it comes to this one so most of the time we oblige until it really is the “last one.” You still love your trains, but are just fascinated by “diggers.” You also can pedal your trike like a champ. It took you about a month, but then we couldn’t stop you from bigger and better things….and we hopefully never will.

There are times when both still want to be held like babies, or just have us hold you while you lay long rather than wrap your legs around us. When this happens I always am surprised at how long your legs go and that you are now longer than half of my body. I celebrate you getting bigger, but cherish your smallness. You are no longer babies, but you are my babies.

Cannon Beach, July 2015

Cannon Beach, July 2015

Concert Park Night

Concert Park Night

Sunday mornings with momma

Sunday mornings with momma

Love momma

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Worth it

As I’ve said many many times…two babies is a lot of babies. But with a lot of babies, you get some experiences that are unique to multiples, and make this momma very happy. Like what you say?

Seeing this:

Snuggle bunnies

Snuggle bunnies

The love to snuggle with each other. And now they are moving like crazy in the crib, which at first I thought meant we were going to have to put up the other crib, but at 4 a.m. this morning. Ben asked me how I had laid them in the crib. I told him the normal way, side-by-side heads towards the wall. Why? Ben told me they had done a complete 180. I thought he meant 90 degrees until I went in and saw them…yep, a complete 180, heads facing the room…bodies still side-by-side…too cute (and pretty skilled). As long as they move as one, they can stay sleeping together.

Also? Matching outfits! Well, not matching…but similar. I love putting them in the same outfit but in different colors. Never thought I would…but how cute are they:

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Avenger’s onesies from Auntie Jen

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Track suits from grandma (Elliott is worried he might actually have to running)

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Spring time onesies from Auntie Jordan (these were the first things ever given to us for the boys)

And it goes on and on. I also love to see how different their personalities are from big things such as development styles and little things, such as personality traits. For instance, we gave them each Disney toys from their Aunt Darla. Elliott got Pooh bear…because, well he kind of looks like Pooh, and Mason got Tigger. Elliott is indifferent to Pooh. Yeah, he’ll gnaw on him, but he doesn’t really care. BUT Mason on the other hand LOVES Tigger…LOVES. He lights up when he sees him (and when we pretend Tigger is kissing his face), but also loves to snuggle with him:

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Awww

They are changing and growing so fast. More to come on that in their next letter.

So all in all…two babies is a lot of babies…but worth it all the same.

Two babies

When I found out our big surprise, I called Ben and repeated the words “two babies” over and over again. So much so, that the nurse came in after the phone call and asked how my husband handled the “two babies” announcement. So from the very beginning they have always been two babies, not twins. People would ask what I was having (meaning sex, not say a puppy, I’m guessing), and I would reply with “two babies.” “Oh twins, wow, how exciting” they would say, and I would respond: “yes, two babies.” The reasoning behind this was that “twins” sounds very cute, which it is…I mean have you see the boys? 🙂 And everyone gets really excited for twins…as they should. But “two babies” is the more realistic description, and a lot of times gets people thinking about all the things that go along with two babies. I would never ever change having two babies at once, nor do I discount those who only have one baby at a time–it’s tough no matter what–but the full understanding of two babies really hit me (and probably Ben too) this week, because at times it doesn’t feel like we have two babies, it feels like ten. Much of that comes from lack of sleep, but when they are both crying, or one is sleeping and the other is crying, and then you get one calmed down and the other one fires up, it’s like we have ten babies. I cannot imagine what it is like for those that have more than two.

And we are now off to the beach for our first road trip. The list of stuff we have to bring is hysterical:

For Abby: food, treats, bags, leash, rain coat (although Ben very much dislikes when I put this on Abby). We have decided to leave her bed and bowls in the hopes that there is something at the place we are staying.

Dudes: clothes, jammies, sleepsacks, warm outer garments, swaddle blankets, hats, pacifiers, cloth diapers, cloth diaper covers, bag to put the dirty cloth diapers in, disposable diapers, wipes, buttpaste, pack-n-play, sheet, stroller, carriers, bottles, vitamins, pump, pump parts, thermometer/tylenol (just in case)

Us: normal stuff, plus food, rain gear, etc. etc.

We are going to be like the Clampetts:

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Overall, we are very excited, and ready for our first outing/adventure. Yay!