Ten for Tuesday. Again.
May 8, 2012
- Maya is visiting this week. More awesomeness cannot be imagined (except for maybe grandparent or aunt/uncle/cousin visits).
- Happy once, happy twice, happy chicken soup with rice. Maurice Sendak passed away–we have so loved his books.
- The babies LOVE looking out the window or our glass / screen front door. Yesterday, Audrey and Jamie pulled themselves up on the glass and were watching the neighbor kids swing and play.
- Theresa has been sick for about a week, but it got much worse on Sunday. Monday I took her to the doctor and they were worried about pertussis (whooping cough). Thankfully that has been ruled out by the lab test but she is still the sickest we’ve ever seen her. She coughs and cries, and doesn’t eat much, and is generally upset most of the time she’s awake–nothing like our usually cheerful baby girl. Thank goodness she can sleep, because she is taking three long naps a day.
- I don’t know much about developmentally appropriate behavior, but I am fascinated to observe what they can do. I dropped a ball so they could see it bounce (and explained physics to them; Mr. Lenihan and Dr. Dunham, be proud). Jamie took the ball, held it a little off the floor, and dropped it a few times.
- They have started playing together–not just near each other, but together. Audrey was shaking a little egg thing with a rattle inside, and Jamie picked up a second one and shook it, watching Audrey. Also, Jamie will crawl toward the kitchen, stop, look back at Audrey, who will start crawling toward him. He’ll wait for her and then they sometimes pull up on the same gate.
- Theresa can now wave hello and bye-bye! She generally flaps a lot so we weren’t sure of the correlation for a while. She also shakes her head back and forth when Alan or I do it while sticking out our tongues to make a silly sound.
- They have been able to follow directions for a while (like when I need their arm free for changing clothes, I can tell them “Switch hands” for the toy they have, and they do so), but tonight I realized they know much more than we keep track of. I brought two books for bedtime stories over to the floor by the couch and started reading. Jamie and Audrey stopped their play to listen, and I said, “Come see Mommy.” They crawled over to me and I sat them by me. As we read the stories, I asked each one to turn a page, and they did. Of course, our children are geniuses.
- This past weekend, we went out to lunch with twin parent friends: a table for four with five high chairs. It worked! Cheers to Aviva and fam for the adventure. That night, we put the babies to bed and had friends over for dinner and wine and Bananagrams. It’s like we’re grown-ups or something.
- They also love music class. We started going to Chickadee Music Together on Thursday mornings, and the teacher is great. There’s singing, keeping a beat, dancing, playing instruments (in our case, chewing on instruments…). The songs are wonderful; when we start playing any of them at home from the cd, the babies stop what they’re doing to listen and smile. We’re working on learning how to clap.
And a special shout-out to my dad and my grandma, whose birthday is tomorrow.