As I think about this past year I am amazed how much my life has changed and especially how full it has become. I am also amazed how much I actually have forgotten. My sister Holly keeps asking me detailed things about breastfeeding and sleeping in those early weeks and honestly it is now a blur. I think that is God's way of ensuring that women will actually have another baby after that first experience.
We have come a long way from nursing most of my life (literally about 12 hours per day) to now walking to the park with each girl holding onto my hand- so sweet. The demand on me is much less than those early days and so much fun. Each day is discovery! Like today when Faith "discovered" that if she screams real loud in a restaurant, that is sure to mean that mommy or daddy will pay quick attention to her and give her something. They are showing their true womanhood now as their favorite thing is to try on shoes. They get very upset if one of them gets their shoes put on first so Andy devised a plan that he would put one shoe on each. They seem to be satisfied with that.
Their personalities are more and more defining themselves. Grace still is our bookworm, she has now discovered that the good books (like hand hand fingers thumb or The "Twin" book) is hidden in the corner on the table she can't get to so now she crawls over there and just points and grunts until we read these good books. She also is very happy sitting in her own chair reading a book. She doesn't say much yet, but she speaks her own language to herself when she reads the books. She also is very lovable giving kisses whenever we ask. I love this!! Especially when I need a kiss!
Faith distinguishes herself with her many words and boisterous personality. She lets us know what she wants and is able to find words, might not be the right ones, to describe what she needs. Today she cried out dadamamauhoh all in one breath cause she really needed help with a toy. She has learned to run now and takes off when we go outside.
Both girls are very social, especially when they are let down from their holds or high chairs in a social place. We turn our heads for one second and of course they are in two directions saying hi to everyone.
Challenges of twin life right now: mostly the running in two directions thing, but that is solved by directed activities mostly at home or in a closed environment. The whole changing their naps to one is a bit tough right now, but I think will prove to be very nice giving me one long break rather than two short ones.
Reflections on this year: exhilarating, exhausting, precious moments, transition, change, deep commitment, love, joy, peace and probably most of all fun!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Well, 10 months is almost over so I thought I better get writing. Plus, Uncle Todd keeps bugging me for updates.
What a nice month! It seems like it may be the honeymoon phase. They are very mobile with crawling, not falling any more, not getting hurt and staying within confines of one room. No opening kitchen cabinets or climbing onto furniture yet. It has been a blast to see their little personalities shine through even more distinct.
Faith continues to learn new words. Her repertoire includes: da da (she definitely knows when to say this one correctly now!), ma ma (usually in a whining tone when she needs something), ba ba (she knows how to ask for it when she wants milk), bye bye along with a wave- (so cute, especially when she is saying bye bye to something she doesn't like), uh oh (a word we use for no, or don't touch or when we drop something), good girl (sounds kinda like doo doo), ball (one of her favorites, she can now point to a ball in a book and recognize it as ball), up (sometimes this is a sort of yell to get her out of her predicament) I think she said toy the other day, but this hasn't really stuck. There are a few more and every day she keeps learning. It is nice because she is beginning to communicate her needs.
Grace cracks us up with her own language. She talks a lot, but with few inteligible words- mostly she says Da! with exclamation. I think Faith understands her best because they often talk with each other and laugh at each other. She does say dog and gets so excited around any animal that might resemble a dog- she does love Soda (Holly's dog) the best! Her physical agility is very good and she loves to push her sister around in the truck. She is small but, very strong. She continues to love books and has learned to turn the pages as she listens intently to every word.
The pictures below depict our first beach day. Their opposite preferences came through as Faith said bye bye to the ocean and preferred to cling to mommy or daddy up high away from the sand, while Gracie dug into the sand, loving every minute. She squealed with delight as the water came up over her and she discovered digging into the neverending sand. Yes, and in true Hayton fashion, she ate lots of sand.
The girls, as well call them, are such a joy and each stage gets more and more fun.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
This month marks the biggest change for me as I completely weaned from breastfeeding. I guess my intention was clear because from the beginning I said I would nurse for nine months and it was exactly to the day that the weaning process was over. Unfortunately the end was not so fun with 2 cases of mastitis and some severe pain and fevers, but I finally figured out how to stop the process that was so hard to actually get started and regulated.
I have really enjoyed this new stage and the freedom I have. They are changing so much every day. Mobility is the biggest change as they are not only crawling, but now standing up each chance they get and cruising. This has greatly increased my cleaning of messes with baskets emptied several times of diapers, burp clothes, toys, etc. Why is it that babies love things other than toys so much more than toys- like shoes, remote controls, technology wires?
9 months also brings more teeth, new smiles, and new words. Faith now seems to know when she says ma ma she means me and da da with Andy. She also says ba ba for bottle and bebe for Benson. Yesterday she said uh oh. She also does a peculiar movement with her hands that I have decided is a wave?? Faith continued to refuse cereal despite my trying every day for several months. I discovered she wanted control and wants to eat on her own. The first time I gave her little veggies cut up she ate a ton. From then on, she shovels the food in her mouth. For some strange reason she will take only Gerber sweet potatoes from a spoon.
Gracie is so mobile, quick to crawl and walks with the help of a big truck. Her favorite thing is still to read. She goes crazy when we pull out the books (especially noisy farm and the Twin book). She even gets the books now and brings them to me to read. She does a funny jump while sitting with her hands out when she is excited. She also loooves it when you talk to her in her language of ahhhh. She spent lots of time talking to Ga Ga (Grandpa Bill) this way.
It has been fun to see their interaction. They have a twin language that they stand in their cribs and talk to each other with before and after naps and early in the am. Faith has a very loud, deep groan and Grace replies with a high pitched ahh sound. Its pretty fun to see how close in proximity they remain to each other even when crawling around the room. They are learning how to "share" toys. So far we have stayed out of their tiffs allowing them to work things out on their own.
As I write this blog, Todd and Holly are visiting. Grace and Faith are looking forward to two new baby cousins this year. Baby ? Peterson in July and Baby Boy Hayton in October.
What a lovely vacation we had with the Hayton family in Cabo San Lucas. Lots of firsts for the girls as we traveled from LAX to Cabo, stayed in a lovely condo by the beach, lounged in the water of the pool all the while trying new cuisine each day. It was so nice to have Ga Ga and Nai Nai help with the daily activities of our little ones as we were able to relax a little. Grace and Faith loved hanging out with cousin Benson, Uncle Ryan, Auntie Shar and Auntie Jules.
Each morning we looked forward to Benson knocking on our door yelling, Babies, Babies. He gave several kisses to each of them several times a day.
The girls enjoyed the pool very much! They lounged in their floaties for nearly hours at a time. We enjoyed the swim up bar for cool drinks and appetizers while the girls floated nearby.
Nap times for the babies was game time for the adults. We enjoyed reconnecting with Ryan and Shar and being together as a family.
The girls discovered solid foods while on the trips. From stir fry veggies to avocado and beans, they were pushed along in their culinary appetites by watching cousin Benson (especially the "cado")
Aside from the miserable side effects of weaning I had a relaxing time and was grateful for the beautiful location and connected time with family. Can't wait till next year.
Friday, April 17, 2009
The two biggest milestones this month are crawling and eating. These two events have changed everything! I am no longer nursing 5 times a day, just three and they are enjoying discovering all kinds of new tastes and textures. Faith and Grace have reveresed roles and now Grace has gone full speed ahead, the first to crawl and the first eater. Faith is not too far behind . She is now eating and very close to crawling. Faith now has two bottom teeth, to catch up with her sister who got hers in 2 months ago. Faith continues to be the one who likes to stand and "cruise" along the ottoman coffee table. She gets very excited with her jumper and tends to be very verbal, communicating with all sorts of sounds and grunts.
We just started to teach them sign language- it is so fun to see them learning; every day is a new adventure.
Enjoy the photos from Easter and the new crawler!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
I am a little behind in blogging even with my new commitment to blog just once per month. This has been a very busy month with my birthday, two plane trips and a wedding! The girls have had a ton of new experiences from the jogging stroller (gift for my bday), the trip to Detroit and visiting cousin Benson, watching mommy at Kami's wedding and making their first trip up to Pleasanton to see Grandpa and Grandma Sell, the Bairds and Autie Kate and Suey.
Month seven has been filled with new ways to "scoot" mostly backward getting stuck under furniture, trying to eat new things but not really liking them, their first ear infections (very sad for mommy and tiring) and learning patty cake. I guess every age is a fun age, but I enjoy watching them discover their world right now and each in their own unique way!
Grace is in her own world, squealing and laughing at most things and has become the aggressor in stealing toys from Faith. Faith is very verbal with all kinds of noises including da da and yesterday she said ma ma.
Sleeping has finally become easier. Thanks to some tough times of letting them cry a bit, they easily are put down for naps and nighttime sleep. This has been a life saver.
Looking forward with trepidation to crawling which is coming very soon! They have assumed the position and are scooting backwards. My life is about to change again!
Grace and Faith's first very long airplane flight was to Detroit to visit Uncle Ryan, Auntie Shar and their highlight, cousin Benson. We had a blast introducing the cousins while being amused by Benson's fascination and sweet love for the girls. A highlight was when we woke up in the early morning to Benson yelling "Bubbas, more Bubbas" from his room above ours. He was so sweet and gentle with them and they all kept each other very entertained. We wished we lived closer and hope one day we will. Here are some photos from the trip; including our crazy flight home with no air on the plane (hence the reason for the babies in only their diapers on my lap)