Yesterday on June 29, 2019, the twins turned TWO! It’s hard to believe that at this time two years ago, Richard and I were still in the hospital with two tiny (Philip was 5lbs 13oz and James was 6lbs 7oz) babies in the cot next to us, so in love but also wondering how we were going to raise these two little babies who needed so much. Now two years later, Philip has grown to a whopping 24lbs 2oz and James 22lbs 4oz, and they are so capable. They still have a lot to learn and a lot of developing to do, but are already well on their way.
Both boys are running everywhere (with a few falls and scrapes of the knees), and Philip jumps all the time. He will jump while he is just standing there (two feet off the ground at the same time), or he will jump off of things (chairs, the stairs, the couch…you always need to be on your guard). James also jumps, but he’s still using a one-foot-at-a-time kind of jump. They climb onto so much, and are constantly pushing our dinner chairs into the kitchen to climb up and watch us, and help us, cook. They got a little slide for their birthday yesterday, and both boys have been constantly climbing the 3 steps to the top of the slide to go down, and then also climbing up the slide part to turn around and go down again. They climb in and out of their pool, the bath tub, up and down the stairs, on and off the bed…you get the point!
They are now in their booster seats instead of high chairs…although James typically opts to sit directly on a regular dinner chair, or even better on mom or dad’s lap. They eat so well most of the time. Right now, Philip’s favourite foods are eggs, salmon, ham, and if we had to pick a favourite veggie it would be broccoli and carrots…and kale chips. James will always go for anything with bread or pasta, but also likes chicken, sausages, and nectarines. He’s hit or miss with broccoli and carrots, but will always chow down on some kale chips too. And of course they both love cake and ice cream, and anything dessert-like (yogurt, chocolate oat bars, black bean brownies, etc.).
They are both still just missing their 4 back molars but have the rest of their baby teeth, and now when we ask them to smile for the picture they both know to flash us their toothy grin.
They know almost all of their body parts and so many animal sounds that I can’t keep up with them all any more. They are talking more and more every day and can communicate what they want instead of just pointing and saying “uh!”…at least most of the time. They know a lot of different vehicle noises and will always point up at the sky when they see a plane or helicopter or bird.
They are also in the process of being potty trained (we started June 22), and after a rough few days I’m happy to report it is going really well! On our outing today, neither boy had an accident and Philip peed in the potty we brought with us before getting in hit carseat to come home.
Philip and James are playing and interacting so well with each other. They really are each other’s best friend! When one of them wakes up before the other one, they always want to go back into their room to get the other one up. And if one of them is crying, the other will come over and pat his head and try to give him a hug, kiss and/or soother (if available). They do still get into their fair share of disagreements and fights (sometimes involving hitting and rarely biting or hair pulling), but in the end they always hug it out. Philip is especially great at sharing!
Philip loves to colour. We put a few crayons in a bin for him to have easy access to, and some paper out for him to always get, and he’s constantly drawing us pictures. He also loves to read books. His new favourite is Dear Zoo – an amazing lift-the-flap book from Nana and Grandad who are visiting now from England. James loves his toys and stuffed animals. He will pretend his dogs are walking and barking, his tiger is chasing people and roaring (Philip loves that one too), or take his ducks that Great Grandpa Hodgins’ made for him for a walk. They both love to throw and kick the balls that we have around the house, and then chase them . They also love to play with cars and a race track set from Grandma and Grandpa Hodgins, and then to go off-roading with all of their different cars and ‘vroom’ them around the house. And they still just love to run around the house screaming and laughing and playing hide-and-seek and peek-a-book. They also love throwing balls, cars, play food and cooking utensils down the stairs, which isn’t my favourite game of theirs.
They love music and dancing and we’ll often have little dance parties in the evening. They are so creative and such sweet and loving boys. I’m so blessed to be the mother of these two boys and wish them both a very happy second birthday!