Recently my hair stylist asked me, “Aren’t the twins almost a year old?”
And I responded, “Oh no! Not even close! They aren’t even 9 months old yet!” (Mind you, this was four days ago.)
She said, “I mean, Meghan, let’s be honest, they aren’t THAT far from turning one.”
Even though she couldn’t be MORE WRONG because three months is a VERY LONG TIME (Ok, I’ll admit, I’m kidding… but this denial is making my soul happy… yeah, um… so roll with it.) It got me thinking about the changes they’ve made up to this point.
Most recently we dropped down from three naps a day to two so it’s the first big “routine transition” for them. (I’m big on routine, structure, and consistency. Within reason, of course.) Aside from the few days of crabby babies and growing pains they’ve now evened out their two naps to about 2 hours each. (My cue to drop a nap was when any of their three naps dipped below one hour each. And my cue to drop two naps and move to one will be when they only sleep about an hour at each nap.)
They are eating like crazy, too. Aspen used to struggle at finishing an entire baby food jar in one day so I did all the cute and fun eating things with her. We tried “baby-lead weaning” and it was fun to watch her experiment with textures and tastes even though she hardly ate any of it. With the twins, we don’t have time for them to experiment like this – there’s two of them and THEY NEED THEIR FOOD whereas Aspen didn’t. They each eat 3.5-4oz of baby food three times a day and they usually both want more.
They are growing like weeds. They are both about the same height but Hayes is still about three pounds heavier than Hart. And they both wear size 18 months! I just bought them some 12 month outfits for our Florida spring break and some of the snaps are a struggle to connect on Hayes! Aspen always wore the proper size for her age and could sometimes even wear it beyond that age. (Except for now when she really needs a size 3T for length but her pretty panties are still size 12/18 months – no joke!)
Hayes is crawling, sitting up, trying to stand up on his own, mimicking sounds, saying “baba” and “mama”, and loves anything Aspen does. He’s ticklish and smiles when something is silly or he sees someone he loves. He also loves banging toys against things to hear the sounds it makes. Hayes is independent, wants to be on the move always, and more interested in toys than people.
Hart is not crawling, barely sitting up on his own (he loses his balance because he won’t stop kicking!), mimicking sounds, saying “dada” nonstop and throwing in a “mama” here and there, and loving anything Aspen does. He’s super ticklish and easy to make smile. He is sensitive to new environments and people. Hart is still a mama’s boy, very interested in people over toys, and looks for his twin brother at all times.
They have a “twin language.”
They talk back and forth as if they are having a real conversation and will laugh at each other. They eat each other’s heads and chew on each other’s toes (Hayes with his 6 teeth and Hart with his 4 teeth). If Hayes crawls somewhere Hart will scoot his body to make sure he can see him.
These babies have completed us.
Happy 9 months, sweet Hayes and Hart King Edmonds!