Monday, January 27, 2014

Eighteen Month Old Twins

The twins turned 18 months this January.  They are still my babies, they will always be my babies, but in reality they are now toddlers.  Having twin babies was one of the best experiences of my life.  And it looks like toddler twins will be just as much of an adventure.  In sacrament meeting this past Sunday I watched Avonlea wipe her sticky slimy hands off in Archers hair, and then moments later watched Archer try with all his might to fit a Froot Loop in Avonlea's ear.  Surely, they make a silly, crazy, sweet, demanding, and fun duo.  They are starting to adapt a few toddler behaviors, one being tantrums.  And they are everywhere these days and getting into everything.  I only do housework when they are sleeping because otherwise it's as pointless as brushing your teeth while eating Oreos.  I can't get too frustrated though.  They are very charming, smiley, giggley, and sweet.  We all just adore them!  This is what is going on with the twins at eight months old.

Archer is very sure of himself physically.  He plays around in the same manner as his older brothers.  He is pretty independent unless he is sick, then he is very clingy.  He is tough as nails.  He will fall of the couch and just say, "Oh!"  At the doctor's office he didn't even cry when he received his shots.  He is a ham.  He loves to make others laugh and will do that said action that made someone laugh over and over.

Stats: Weight - 23 lb. 3 oz. (37th percentile), Height - 34.2 in. (95th percentile), head circumference 33nd percentile, and weight to height ratio is the 5th percentile

He has learned: to walk, to let me know when he needs a diaper change, to follow simple directions, to say several words - "Thank you, Archer, uh oh, hi, oh no, all done, Brody (DeDe), banana (nana) and a form of Avonlea," simple puzzles, clap, play hide and go seek, and get snacks from the pantry. 

He likes: fruit snacks, baths, play places, bowls and cups, macaroni and cheese, bananas, grapes, being tickled, going bye bye and his blanket

He dislikes: people he is not familiar with, being given Avonlea's cup/coat/etc., and being confined

Things he does that makes us laugh: high pitched chirps, screams excitedly whenever we open the van door to get him out, make funny faces, silly grins, cute laughs and giggles

Avonlea is getting a little more independent.  She still loves to be loved, cuddled and paid attention to, but she will want to get down and explore and play just as often.  She is very dramatic.  We say she feels things more intensely, whether they be good or bad.  However, when she is upset, she is usually pretty easy to comfort with some calming words.

Stats: Weight - 22 lb. 4 oz. (45th percentile), Height - 32 in. (57 percentile), head circumference 12th percentile) and weigh to height ratio is the 38th percentile

She has learned: to walk with help (still working on walking by herself, she's done several steps on her own a handful of times, but gets nervous and stops), to use utensils, to drink from a straw, to follow simple directions, to say several words - "Thank you, Archer, uh oh, hi, Mom, Dada, all done, and banana (nana)," simple puzzles, clap, play hide and go seek, feed and rock a baby doll, and get snacks from the pantry.

She likes: dolls, bananas, macaroni and cheese, big pieces of food - no longer wants bread/sandwiches cut up, French fries, being tickled, snuggling, binkies, going bye bye and her blanket

She dislikes: being alone, being given Archer's cup/coat/etc., lots of kids running around her - she gets scared

Things he does that makes us laugh: overreacts to just about everything, leans into you until you have no personal space, baby babbles as if she is having a real conversation, big smiles and silly giggles

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