Like Sister, Like Brother

Alyssa November 2010

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Wyatt February 2013

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Apparently, not much has changed around here in two years.

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Three Year Stats

Russell stayed home this morning with Wyatt so I could take the girls to the doctor by myself. Errands are getting so much easier now that they are getting older. No more loading them into the stroller, no more worrying about keeping them entertained while we wait. And just the two of them… that was almost a breeze. The only thing that added a slight amount of time was the fact that this was our first major outing (about 2 hours) wearing only underwear. I took a chance too since they have never actually peed on a public toilet before, and never even attempted to try in a bathroom with stalls. But they both did great and went two times each (once when we first got there and once before we left). The second time I asked them if they wanted to use the same bathroom (since it is a big medical building there are lots of bathrooms) or a different one. They both chose different. They liked choosing which stall they wanted to use, and during both times we only saw one other person so they had the privacy they like.

The doctor checked them all out and says they are doing perfect. We don’t have to go back for another year (unless someone breaks something or needs more stitches out) 🙂 Here are their three year stats:

Alyssa

Height: 38 1/2 inches, 75-90th percentile

Weight: 33 1/2 pounds, 75th percentile

Blood Pressure: 88/58

Kylie

Height: 38 1/2 inches, 75-90th percentile

Weight: 34 1/2 pounds, 75-90th percentile

Blood Pressure: 98/60

Three Years

Happy Birthday to my beautiful little girls! Or as they call themselves, “The Guys” 🙂

It is time for my traditional walk down memory lane…

Alyssa:

one month

one month

one year

one year

two years

two years

today- Three Years old!

today- Three Years old!

Kylie:

one month

one month

one year

one year

two years

two years

today- Three Years old!

today- Three Years old!

It is funny how old I thought they were at two, and now those pictures just look like little babies! I wonder what I will think next year at this time.

And to quote from one of their favorite books:

Here’s to two girls who are joyful and clever. Happy Day. Happy Year. Happy Always and Ever.

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Adventures In Potty Training- Part 3

After months and months of little to no interest in potty training the girls are finally ready, and there is no slowing them down. We are leaving soon for a trip for their birthday and so I had intended on simply getting them more comfortable on the potty before then, and then focusing on training after our return. But it doesn’t seem like they really want to wait now! For the past month or so they have been able to go pee (in their diapers) before bed, so they would stay dry a good portion of the night. Last week I brought in their portable froggy potties into their room and had them try to pee in those before bed. The first night they sat, but were unwilling to pee. I decided to put their diapers back on but return them to the potty to go there. Alyssa did, but Kylie did not. The next night Alyssa actually did pee sans diaper, and Kylie peed with her diaper. The night after that they were both peeing on the potty before bed. That was the extent that I was planning on doing before our trip… just to get them a little more comfortable. BUT, the girls have more in mind and started asking to go before nap. And then the next day it was a couple times a day. Now they are asking to go use the potty every time! We have an insert for the regular toilet that they use too, so we will be bringing it on our trip with us. (The froggy potties are too big to bring both with us) But we will also be bringing plenty of diapers for the whole trip. The way I see it, I don’t want to make them worried about it on their birthday vacation so there will be absolutely no pressure. But if they ask and want to use the potty I don’t want to have to tell them no either! Every time they pee they get to wash hands with special potty soap in a hippopotamus dispenser and get to put a sticker on a potty chart.

I made these charts way back in April of last year. They still love Elmo thankfully! Last time we tried introducing them to the potty Alyssa had slightly more luck (and luck was all it was) and had more stickers on her chart. Kylie was trying, but it made her sad. I hated that and didn’t know how to reward one without the other one feeling left out. So we decided to just give stickers and let them put them anywhere on either chart and it has worked so much better. For them picking a sticker is enough of a reward and working up to something else is not needed. Today Kylie asked me to print off another chart since these ones were all full. What a good problem to have!

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Comparing & Coloring

I have twins, and they are identical too. This invites a lot of people to try to compare them to each other. It happened much more when they were babies.

“Have they both started to crawl yet?”

“Who is the better sleeper?”

“Do you have the same discipline problems with both?”

I get it. Twins are interesting and people are curious, but it makes me crazy. I feel like there can be so much pressure on them to do things in the same way at the same time. Since their little egg split these two are different people. They may save the same DNA but have different personalities and interests. It didn’t matter that Alyssa started crawling a month after Kylie, she ended up walking first. And so what if Kylie isn’t as good at catching a ball as Alyssa? She is better at drawing. And in a couple of years if one wants to do karate and one wants to take piano lessons then that just sounds perfect to me.

And just because I am a proud little mama, here is a picture Kylie colored yesterday. I think she did a pretty good job for still being two years old! She is getting better at coloring in the lines (all on her own, we don’t tell her she needs to!) and worked especially hard on Big Bird’s beak and feet.

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To Top Them Off

You all might have seen what the presents from Santa will be looking like in our house. Click here if you missed it. Well, I have been thinking about what to do about putting their names on them. I can’t write them myself, since that will be obvious in a few years, and I really didn’t want to make individual stamps with each of their names. Russell suggested stamps with just their first initial, but I thought that seemed a little too impersonal for Santa. Then I stumbled upon a free gift tag printable on Pinterest and altered it just a little bit in Paint. This is what I came up with:

tags

If you would like to recreate these tags (or something similar) for yourself, here are the free resources I used.

Free Printables- Gift Tags, and the font I used for their names is called Things We Said and is available for free download here. I printed them on cream colored paper, and tied them into the twine bow. I think it is the perfect way to top the presents off. Now all we have to do is wait for Christmas!

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Too Long

It has been too long since I have posted anything. And it isn’t for lack of things going on, we have just been busy and I haven’t found the time to write. This post will be a little scattered, so I apologize in advance.

First, Wyatt. He pulled himself up to standing on Saturday. I was able to snap a quick picture. His feet are flat his jammies are just too big and were folded at the bottom.

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He is also making progress with eating after meeting with the speech therapist. His lunch today was the best so far, he took at least one bit of everything on this tray. We have another appointment tomorrow and I am excited to talk to her about how he is coming along and see if she has any more tips or suggestions.

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The kids got to meet Santa at a twin moms event this weekend. The girls are incredibly shy and totally freeze up when strangers are around, so even though they had said they wanted to sit on Santa’s lap I wasn’t going to hold my breath. They didn’t talk or smile for a picture, but they did sit on Santa’s lap, which for my girls shows they were really excited about it. Afterwards they told us all about it too. Kylie told me “Santa said hi to me!” I asked them if they told Santa what they wanted for Christmas and they said no, they were too shy. But they said “Mommy will tell Santa.” They are still learning all about this Santa thing and Kylie was confused about the timeline. After we left the party she said “Santa forgot to give us presents!” So I had to tell her he would come back on Christmas and give her her presents then. On our way driving up to see Santa Russell and I were talking about Santa’s clothes. Russell asked what animal fur is supposed to be red (since in The Night Before Christmas it says he was dressed in fur from his head to his foot) and I said maybe it was dyed. Kylie immediately yelled “Santa no died!!!”

Alyssa

Alyssa

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Kylie

Wyatt

Wyatt

Published in: on December 17, 2012 at 1:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Mystery Of The Dragon

I may be biased but I think my kids are pretty dang smart, and the girls are incredibly verbal. They are just over 2 1/2 and correctly use words like barely, probably and actually. They also know and use many synonyms like slice instead of cut. They have incredible memories and often recall a ridiculous amount of detail about things that happened a long time ago. One example happened yesterday. Russell and I were talking about one of our favorite pictures of Kylie. I took it over a month ago. Just hearing us talk about this photo Kylie remembered the day, what was happening while we took the picture (Russell was taking a nap) AND what clothes he was wearing at the time. Another example happened while I was on the phone with my step-mother. She has a blue front amazon parrot who was making a lot of noise that Alyssa could hear over the phone. Alyssa (who has been to their house only once in the last year and a half and it was back in July) remembered that Joanne covers the bird up with a blanket when she is being too noisy AND where the blanket is stored when not in use.

Sometimes they talk about things that I did not even notice at the time or do not remember myself and I am confused about what exactly they are talking about. This can include things they have read in the countless books we have and have borrowed from the library, anything they see or hear while we are running errands, etc. And it can be from months ago, which does not help narrow things down. Recently they  have been talking about a dragon. They don’t watch movies or TV so that was out of the question. I couldn’t remember a book with any dragons in it but they were persistent with it. Yesterday after nap I finally figured out what they were talking about. It wasn’t a dragon after all (although that is the exact word they were saying) it is a set of toy blocks. More specifically it is the wood block with a string to pull it around that the blocks fit into. They drag it.  So they decided that is what it must be called.

This isn’t the first time they have made words for things that while they are not the correct word, I think is so clever of them. They don’t wait to be told what everything is, they use their knowledge of how words are used to try to figure stuff out on their own. Like the thing used to mop the floors. It is a “mopper.”

O.k. I’m proud of those little girls. I’ve said it. I’ll stop bragging on them for now. 🙂

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A Christmas Card Preview

We’re very excited about the holidays and will be sending out lots of love and joy this season. Obviously.

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We Forgot The Girls At The Store

I know it has been too long since I have posted anything. Sometimes life gets busy and I forget for a few days. Then, too much time passes and I feel like I have to post something really entertaining to make it up to the dozens of people who read my blog. Because the pressure is so high I don’t post anything. For like a month. Or two.

I hope I got you interested with the title today. I did, didn’t I?

While we did not actually forget the girls (or anyone for that matter) at the store, the title isn’t totally unrelated. For the past week or so, anytime we go anywhere, Alyssa and Kylie like to pretend we left them there and that we accidentally brought frogs home instead. Then they are frogs for the rest of the night. They’ll tell us “Mommy, ask Froggie to open her mouth really wide” while brushing teeth, or “Give Lissie Froggie a hug” after bedtime stories. Sometimes they like to look for themselves in the garage, and will often pretend to bring in miniature versions of themselves. Multiple miniature versions that they throw on the floor and then presumably vacuum over with the popper. I do not understand all the intricacies of the game, but it is so fun to see their little imaginations at work.

Next up for them to discover: the floor is made of lava!

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