Devin & Dakota:
I cannot even begin to fathom you are now two years old. How the heck did that happen?? Although, I will not complain those first two difficult years are now past us. I feel like up until now, raising twins is survival of the fittest. I joked to your Daddy we should have had t-shirts made for the two of us which read, “We Survived!” I am just starting to feel like the intensity is dying down now that you are two. Sure, this age brings different challenges. But the pumping, feeding, sleep deprivation, with no time to catch my breath was the biggest challenge I’ve ever faced. Oh, and trying to care and give attention to your big brothers at the same time too.
I must admit, it is comical to watch what you little buggers can actually scheme up and do together. Now we deal with you wreaking havoc to anything not bolted to the floor. Breaking the coffee pot, cracking an iPad, dumping the salt and pepper in every crevice of the house. Your big brothers never pulled off the stuff you do. I think because you guys have a partner in crime (fitting that we chose that to be your first Halloween costumes) you have two heads together constantly thinking of something mischievous to do.
You are at the fun-loving age, that I can’t seem to get enough of. I don’t know if I am enjoying it since this is my last go-round with every one of these stages or what, but I love everything that you are doing and everything that you are into these days. I love all the talking and new words. Watching your little faces while you try to understand what we are telling you to do. You both talk quite a bit. I’d say that you each speak about 50 words Then maybe another 50 in your ‘twin language’. Yes, there is a twin language and I have been witness to it since you could babble. Sometimes I sit outside your room and listen to you two talk back and forth until you fall asleep. You laugh at each other and know exactly what the other is saying. Yet to outsiders it makes absolutely no sense. It is precious. You both say a very weird word for ‘cookie monster’. Something along the lines of ‘eesh’. And you both say it the EXACT same way. Coincidence, I think not.
In April, the whole family went to see Sesame Street Live and you were fascinated by all the music, lights, song and dance. I am pretty sure that is what sparked your recent found love of Elmo. You will point to the tv and ask for Elmo, yet not watch more than 2 minutes of it. You walk around the house saying “Ernie” all the time and it is the cutest word I have ever heard in my life. It comes out sounding like ‘Nernie’.
Neither of you watch tv still. I know some days I would love for you to sit for longer than a 2 minute span, but I also love that you play every second of the day and don’t waste a minute of it on something as mindless as the television. You love, love, love to go outside. The minute someone opens the shoe closet, you are all up in there saying, “shoes, shoes” and wanting to go outside. You are never happy when you can’t go out to play. When you get food that you love, you both do this little hoppity dance because you get so excited. Bath-time is another fondness. You always go on your bellies and put your faces in the water. When it is time for naps and bedtime, Daddy and I will say “baby race” and you both run to the stairs to go up to your room. From what I can tell, you are going to be great sports players. You LOVE balls. You are as content as can be, as long as there is a ball in your hands. Devin, you can actually dribble a basketball, and Dakota, you can dribble a soccer ball (I think that is what it is called in soccer ;).
You are 28 lb 3 oz. You are 34 1/4 inches tall. Your favorite foods are pizza, bananas, ice cream, and macaroni & cheese.
You are 28 lb 4 oz. You are 34 3/4 inches tall. Your favorite foods are pizza, bananas, fruit squeezes, gogurts, hotdogs, and popcicles.
You are miracles. Plain and simple. I love you in a circle!! – Something I tell your big brothers. Circles have no beginnings and no ends and go on forever and ever!