I love having twins. I really do. Even when they were not yet sleeping through the night (I was blessed with a very involved husband even at 3 am feedings) or during the time of bottles and spit-up, I have always loved having twins.
Growing up with an older brother I knew I wanted more than one child. Now, seeing my TWO together brings so much joy to my heart! When I lost my mom at 18 I was so thankful to have my brother, Uncle Jordan. He is truly someone I can talk about anything with and the ONE person who remembers our mother like I do. I pray nothing happens to my husband or I at an early age but if it were to happen I’m so thankful our boys have each other.
Watching them together is so fun! They play and giggle and hug and kiss and dance together. Yes, there are spats here and there but for the most part it’s love and fun.
It’s also kind of weird to never know what it is like to only have ONE child. When people often ask us, “How do you do it?!” We always reply, “We dont’ know anything ELSE!” It’s weird but also kind of refreshing. Never knowing what it’s like to only have one, I’ve always been aware of my attention being spread equally and making sure each boy knows how much I love him. There are times when one will wake from a nap early and I sneak in to get him out of his crib for some one-on-one time before his brother wakes up. But for the most part I am reminding myself DAILY to always treat them equally and acknowledge each as an individual for they are SO different!
It’s also fun having twins because you instantly bond with anyone who has multiples. It is kind of like a secret code. I’ve made so many new friends just by having twins….on Facebook, in the blog world and in real life. And anytime anyone comes to me with questions about having twins I get so excited because I can pass on all the knowledge and wisdom that I was so lucky to receive.
Love my twins.
Until next post…..they will be 18 months tomorrow!!!
We are those parents who never put shoes on our kids. If we do, it is usually sandals since it is so HOT outside. But, the boys’ feet have outgrown their sandals so this morning when we were getting ready for church I pulled out some Chucks we got them at the Converse outlet in Kansas City back in May. They were so confused as to what was on their feet! That was a BIG sign we need to start wearing shoes so they don’t fight it later.
When you have to buy TWO pair you tend to not want to buy many shoes. I think we will sport our Chucks this week to get used to them. I can’t take them to preschool in the fall without shoes!
Until next post…
I have been putting off teaching the boys to eat with a spoon. The only things they eat with a spoon are oatmeal and yogurt, both of which are super messy. If you know me, you know I am a neat freak. Yes, I admit it Jason. He likes to point out that I am a neat freak, which he is not. Today in the car he heard Fynn say, “dirty.” Jason said he wasn’t surprised he learned that word from me.
The morning time is not my favorite time to have to clean up a big mess so I have avoided handing over the spoon. Forks they understand and will use but spoons are an entirely new thing. Well, this morning it was oatmeal for breakfast and Jason was feeding them with me so we handed the spoons over. I have to say Fynn got it down fast and was great! Sutton wanted to chew on the spoon the entire time because the poor kid is teething. He did get some good bites in all on his own. No big mess but we also kept an eye on their bowls so they couldn’t go crazy. I will attempt this again!
He likes big bites!!
He is so proud!
Until next post…
Jesse’s little girl was helping cheer the boys up before the haircuts.
Hair is out of control!
Hair everywhere!! Jesse over at Good Girl Gone Glad came over to cut the boys’ hair and it started out a tad rough. The boys didn’t nap as long as usual and they were struggling to keep a happy face. I had to hold Sutton while he had his buzz but Fynn was a champ and mostly sat in the chair all by himself. We had planned on doing Mohawks but once we started it was becoming clear their hair was too thin and has many funny cowlicks to do a full-on Mohawk. This style will be cute without being fixed but we can also throw some product in it and give it some STYLE!!!
Those are his REAL blue eyes!
We had the Backyardigans on and that distracted him for a bit.
He seems to like it.
So does Sutton.
There was hair everywhere mainly because of Fynn….did you see the before picture??? He must have lost a few pounds from his buzz. Sutton was running around and getting in it before we could clean it up and he DID NOT like it all over his hands and feet. Probably was a bit itchy.
Everyone always says they don’t like how haircuts make kids look so much older but I feel different now. I remember their first haircuts in January right before their first birthday I was kind of sad after because they didn’t have that baby look to them anymore. But, now they will be 18 months next week and they are acting so much older I think it fits them.
Yes, it is natural to experience sadness with each new day that passes and they become more adult and less baby BUT I also get excited about the future……I tear up with expectations thinking about their first day at school, their first sports game, their first time to ride a bike without training wheels, their first sleepover, their first EVERYTHING! Yes we have passed the rolling over, the crawling, the walking and all the baby milestones but each new day gets MORE fun and they are MORE my buddies than my babies.
These two guys bring so much joy and fulfillment words won’t ever be able to describe. Yes, time is going by so fast but the unknowns are still so exciting to look forward to with them.
Thank you Jesse for the haircuts!! You and your family are such amazing people and I hope my kiddos turn out as awesome as yours…they were so cute today!
Until next post….
Our boys have never fought taking a bath….since their first bath in our kitchen sink that Kiki gave them, they have always gotten excited when it’s time to get in the tub. One time Fynn even hopped in all by himself with his diaper and t-shirt still on.
Fynn loves books even in the bath!
They love it when Daddy pours water from above!
They love storytime!
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It is middle of July here and the temperatures will not go below 100 degrees! It’s miserably HOT! The boys cannot be outside for longer than 5 minutes without their cheeks turning maroon.
I haven’t been taking them out back during the week because it is so hot but last night after dinner the backyard was mostly shaded so we let them out to play and even get a little wet!
Fynn cannot stand the grass on his hands!
This is Sutton’s way of saying, “I’m ready to play in the water!”
Now we’re talking…
Nights like these are my favorite! I love watching my boys enjoy the simple fun of water coming out of a hose….and the giggles are contagious!
Until next post…..HINT Mohawks are coming tomorrow…
The boys need haircuts BAD! Well……let me rephrase that….Fynn needs a haircut BAD!
They will both be getting a haircut on Wednesday afternoon and my husband has finally talked me into buzzing it off and doing a modern Mohawk….not the full-on crazy Mohawks but the newer trendy looking ones. We shall see how they turn out.
Until next post….
Grandma….Jason’s Grandma is also Grandma to our boys. Technically she is Great Grandma but everyone calls her Grandma. Great is an understatement when referring to this woman.
Grandma came to stay with us once Kiki had to go home and we were so thankful for her two weeks with us. Grandma was a cooking, cleaning, laundry, bottle washing, sanitizing, baby loving MACHINE! We were so spoiled! Grandma is always there when you need her and she and Grandpa even supply our boys with fresh, whole milk every week. She made the boys’ crib bedding, their “first Thanksgiving” bibs, their “first Christmas” ornaments and she is always surprising them with fun toys and books. For their first Easter she and Grandpa sent the boys books with their voices recorded as if they were reading to them. They still have them in their bedroom.
Just as recently as a couple of weeks ago, Grandma came to stay with us and help watch the boys so I could work in the clinic more. She showed up with the boys’ favorite toys – BALOONS AND BUBBLES! She even introduced them to sidewalk chalk, which they love more each time they use it. And in usual fashion she was such a wonderful cook and took wonderful care of all of us.
I only got to meet my grandmothers and one grandfather but never did I get to meet my GREAT grandparents. My boys are so lucky that they will get to grow up knowing and loving their GREAT grandma and grandpa.
She has taught them how to wink and quack like a duck. When I talk about being PRESENT….they are.
We love you GREAT Grandma and Grandpa!
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We usually start our day after breakfast with playtime. When we built this house it was determined the “game room” upstairs would be TOY LAND!! It is perfect for the boys’ toys….you can shut the doors and not worry about the mess. They have lots of books, blocks, puzzles, a play table with legos and train tracks, a basketball goal, mini recliners, trucks, musical instruments and even a BALL PIT!
Sutton’s favorite thing to do is tip the ball pit over and run around in all the balls. Once they are finished doing that Fynn will lead the way with putting all the balls back in the pit. Teaching ’em young! 🙂
They also love playing in the big blanket and I caught them cuddling up on it talking to each other…..such a sweet moment!
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What would we do without our Kiki?!!! Jason’s mom is “kiki” to our boys and cannot be called “grandma” because she looks way too young for that name. She has been there since Day One. Literally. She drove up the SECOND she got the call the boys were coming that she didn’t even wait for Jason’s dad, she just hit the road. She stayed with us for 3 weeks and I cried ALL.DAY.LONG when she had to leave. She went to all the doctor’s appointments with me since Jason was still finishing up chiropractic school. All the nurses thought she was my sister, not the Kiki.
She was a LIFE SAVER! I honestly can say we would have gone crazy without her. Not having my own mother around I knew so little and was so scared of even the simplist thing. She gave them their first bath at home, she would suck the HUGE boogies out of Fynn’s nose, she would make sure we ate and slept and when Jason got sick she camped out in the living room and did all the feedings with me. She would calm my nerves when we had to take Sutton in for his heart murmur and hip dysplasia. When I would just cry for no reason other than pure exhaustion she would calmly tell me that everything would be okay. When I was so sad about Sutton’s inability to latch and nurse she reassured me he would be just find drinking from a bottle. Kiki made everything feel like it would all be okay. And it was.
I was utterly exhausted and trying to heal from a c-section and Kiki saved me! As soon as the boys finished their first bottles she would take them in the living room and tell me to go back to sleep. It was the best gift anyone could offer at that moment. I would get up and come into the living room and she would be covered in babies. When it was getting closer to her leaving I was terrified to be alone with the twins and handle feedings, etc. on my own. Fynn was nursing but Sutton had to have a bottle because of his latching problems so doing a simultaneous feeding was daunting. Kiki went to Target and gave me the opportunity to do a “trial run” and when she walked in I had Fynn latched nursing with a bottle in Sutton’s mouth. I had never felt so accomplished in my entire life. Those few weeks were so amazing and I will always look back and be thankful for the bonding we got to experience. A new mom without her mom is a horribly sad situation. My mom’s death REALLY hit home once the boys were born. It continues to get harder at times with each new day realizing everything my mom is missing. She would have truly enjoyed being around my babies!
I’m just so thankful my kids have ONE amazing Kiki. Grandmas are special to all children and I remember both mine fondly. I remember our rituals and loving moments. I am so happy my boys will grow up with such an involved Kiki.
The boys get to spend every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon with their Kiki so I can go work with Jason at the clinic. We live 2 miles from Jason’s parents so we are together often. Pappy, Jason’s dad, and Kiki have been so involved with babysitting and spending time with our kids, sometimes they go running for them instead of Mommy and Daddy.
It is so important for kids to have parents AND grandparents who are not just involved but who are PRESENT. I’ve learned so much growing up that it isn’t about the gifts or the trips or any of the material things….I remember the moments when I looked up and saw my family PRESENT in what was going on around us. They were PRESENT in the moment of putting together my Barbie house or rocking in a chair or reading a book…..that was what mattered. The eye contact. The embraces. Showing up when it counts. The physical act of showing someone you are PRESENT and you LOVE them. I want my children to be surrounded with that type of love every single day.
We Love You Kiki!