Sunday, July 28, 2013

One Year Old Twins

We made it! Before I had the twins my friends with multiples said the first year was the hardest. And I'm not going to lie, it's been a lot of work. It's been overwhelming and exhausting. I've been stretched father than I thought possible. But it has been wonderful too. Twice the trials; twice the reward. Honestly, we count ourselves lucky to have been blessed with two beautiful, healthy, sweet, fun babies. They really seem to have grown up a lot in the last little while. They look big. They are started to show the first signs of being a toddler and leaving behind some of their babyish mannerisms. Bottles are gone. We never carry them in their car seats anymore. They are busy, always on the go and always getting into things. They are starting to communicate. They babble, yell, point, and let you know whether they are happy or sad. They still get a lot of attention when we go out in public. I'm guessing as they get older it will be less apparent that they are twins, and they won't be quite the celebrities they are now. However, they will always be popular in the Hess home. This is what is going on with the twins at one year of age.

Archer is just one of the boys. He loves to play and rough house with his older brothers. Sometimes he is a little too rough and tough for his twin sister. He is a boy through and through. He is good natured, very smiley and chuckles a lot. He does like to be held and cuddled, but more often he wants to be on the floor crawling around and exploring. He fights going to bed at night, especially if he gets a glance of the bathroom, i.e. the bathtub. The boy would live in the bathtub if I let him. Here are a few facts about Archer at a year of age.

Stats: Weight - 21 lb. 5 oz. (34%), Height - 31 in. (81%), Head Circumference - 22%, Weight to Height Ration - 11%
He has learned: to pull up to a stand, to drink from a sippy cup
He likes: baths, eating, going on walks, toys, crawling around, playing with his brothers at play places, getting tickled
He dislikes: watermelon, being in the high chair i.e. being contained
Things he does/about him that make us laugh: dancing, big toothy grins and sudden little chuckles

Just like Archer is a true boy, Avonlea is a girl through and through.  She is more sensitive, more fragile, less rowdy.  She is a sweetheart.  She loves to be held and given attention... from just about anyone.  She never wants to be alone.  She follows me from room to room; she cries if I am out of sight.  She and Archer are a little posse who roam the house together.  They are side by side whether they are eating, playing or on the move.  She babbles and talks almost constantly.  She has so much "sugar and spice and everything nice" in her that it more than makes up for the time I waited getting my little girl.  Here are a few facts about Avonlea at one year.

Stats: Weight - 19 lb. 6 oz. (27%), Height - 30 in. (74%), Head Circumference 9%, Weight to Height Ratio 14%
She has learned: to say Archer and says it a lot
She likes: being held, her binkie, dolls, toys, playing with her brothers, going on walks, peek a boo, and being sang to
She dislikes: being alone
Things she does/about her that make us laugh: funny sounding baby talk, sweet smiles and little giggles


Lesa said...

Such beautiful little ones! Congrats on making a year with twins! One was tough enough for me.

It's Just me...Crazy "T" said...

Oh my goodness time gets away from us way to fast. Just happened to go to my blog and look at other blogs I followed and found you once again.. Your family is adorable and so precious. I miss you my friend and that fun sis of yours.. Hope you are doing well.