Monday, December 10, 2012

How are the twins seventeen months old?

Aiden is in 12 month clothes, but can still wear 9 month pants and most 9 month onesies. He wore 6 month pajamas to meet Santa. He is still in size 3 diapers. He is talking constantly - babbling, but we can make out several words. Among them: Mama, Daddy, Dog, no, eat, hi, bye, love you (comes out more like "luh yoo"). He is running around, chasing the dogs, and on the go all the time. He loves to stand in his high chair, but if you ask him to "sit on your bottom," he'll sit down. Most days. =) He loves doing anything his brother is doing and LOVES to pout. I've actually never seen such an expert pouter. He puts his head on the ground and fake cries (no tears). If you tell him to stop, he only gets louder. If you ignore it, he'll come find you and put his head on the ground wherever you're standing. He loves to pet and chase the dogs and really enjoys riding around on his toy car that Grandma got him.

Isabella is wearing 12 month clothes, but she's still on the small side of those clothes (she still fit into her 3 month pajamas to wear to Santa from last year). She's in size 3 diapers. Izzy doesn't talk as much as her brother, but girlfriend is much more pronounced with her sounds. The other night we practiced for about 15 minutes and she mimicked almost every sound I made: ma, da, na, la, ta. She really looks at where my tongue is in my mouth and tries to mimic it. She is also saying: mama, daddy, bye, hi, Harley (sounds like "awlee"), uh-oh, all done (sounds like uh duh). She is my super happy child. She'll sit in the high chair long after her brother has thrown a fit, happily playing with her food (notice I say playing...yeah she's not a big eater) or happily sit playing with a toy. And she is my cuddler. She likes to be held all the time. She even wants to hold my hand while I drive. I may have shoulder problems for the rest of my life, but I'm not going to complain. I wanted a cuddler and I got one! She doesn't really pout or throw temper tantrums, but she is very sensitive. And she's definitely a Daddy's Girl or a Mama's Girl if Daddy's not around. Whenever people are around - be it strangers or friends or even family - she wants to be in one of her parent's arms.
Both of the babies are on formula. They're both underweight and both have had extreme reactions to milk everytime we've tried it. Because weaning them off the formula would have to mean making food their primary way of nutrition, we put it off for a while, upon the council of our pediatrician. Now that they are both eating three meals a day plus snacks, we have finally decided to wean them completely. We're down to 2 scoops of formula per 8 ounces of water. Connor drank formula until he was 2 too (he also had extreme reactions to milk and was very underweight), but then one day - all of a sudden - he was able to drink milk. I'm convinced that in a few months the babies will be ready for milk. But until then, they get their calcium from cheese and other dairy products. Once we get them both off formula, we're going to be rolling in the dough. I kid, I kid. But holy moly. Have you ever bought formula for twins for 17 months? Hubby and I just did a rough calculation, just for kicks and giggles, and came up with $4,576. Geesh. I don't even want to calculate how much we've spent on diapers. I wonder how much sushi that would have bought us. Come to think of it, I'm sure my thighs are thankful for the formula.
 
Both Aiden and Izzy are sleeping through the night. I can't tell you the last time I've had to get up in the middle of the night with one or both of them (maybe months? maybe a year?). They go to bed sometime between 6:30-7:00pm and wake up around 7:30am. They take a 2-3 hour nap every day. (So does Connor, by the way. Thank God.)

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