Twin Adventures

Twin girls now rule the house.


Wow. June is going to be a busy month.

First, the girls are turning one (Already?! Oh. My. God.) and along with the first birthday comes a First Birthday Party. Before you get any ideas, I amĀ not a crazy Party Mama. We’re going with something low-key, mostly just family will be attending. As I say that I start to recall that there will actually be between 20 and 25 people. Not really as intimate as I was hoping, but I know that there are a lot of people out there that are excited to be sharing this with us. And some people would have a cow if they found out they weren’t invited. Damn you social protocols.

All kidding aside… I’m really looking forward to this. I’ve been entertaining the thought of their birthday for a few months and in the last few weeks have started allotting real brain power towards it. I’m trying not to share too much because some of the people that will be coming read my blog and I don’t want to ruin the surprise! But, I will say that it’s a monkey theme, and aside from the ones that were lost in the mail, everyone has received their invite. After the party (June 16th) I’ll be sure to upload pictures of all my hard work. šŸ˜‰

Our complex has a great common house which we’ll be using because we can barely fit ten people in our apartment; certainly not upwards of twenty. I don’t want to go over the top with decorations, because I find what most people do for first birthdays crazy and a little unnecessary. There won’t be any games, as most of the people coming are over the age of 25. It’s mostly just a get together of some friends and family so everyone can see how much the girls have grown. And, for some people it’ll be a chance to say goodbye.

Which brings me to my second ch-ch-change. We are moving! Now, most of my family who is reading this already know that, and for my faithful readers whom I don’t know.. I suppose it doesn’t make any difference to you! But, it’s a momentous occasion for me. I’ve lived in the same town for my whole twenty-two years so moving, to be honest.., is a bit scary! And daunting! We’re not going far; only a two hour drive away. I’m hoping that there will be more activities andĀ opportunitiesĀ for our family. Better walking trails, greenbelts, mommy and me groups, etc. I feel stinted by the small town we’re living in now, and I am really hoping that moving to a city broadens our horizons a bit.

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You Are a Unique Snowflake.

Throughout all the reading I did in preparation for the twins, the phrase I came across most frequently was “all children are different.” Mostly I came across it while reading about milestones. Because we all know it’s bound to happen; comparing one kid to another. The logic makes perfect sense… we don’t all learn to walk, talk, and read all at the same time. We all have different learning styles and we all learn at our own speed. But, there was always a part of me that thought.. “yeah, but, I’m sure the girls will be pretty close in terms of when they learn stuff.” So wrong.

One could claim that it’s harder not to compare your kids because they areĀ exactlyĀ the same age, and are being raised inĀ exactlyĀ the same manner. You’d expect them to learn everything together, at the same times. But, they don’t. And it would seem that neither one of them has a lead on the other. Watching Shula and Maretta hit all their milestones has been interesting. They seem to trade-off learning something new.

Maretta learned how to roll over first.

Shula learned how to crawl first.

Shula learned how to pull herself up to standing position first.

Maretta learned how to stand unassisted first.

Maretta has grasped feeding herself first.

It really just goes to show that two children, raised under the same roof, with the same rules still manage to grow and learn at their own rate. A lot of other moms I know can’t seem to help with the comparisons: “Mine was walking at eight months.” “Mine said Daddy at just four months.” etc, etc. I do my best not to, because it’s just obvious to me that it really doesn’t matter. Other than the charts that Baby Center sets out, I have no idea where my girls stand compared to other babies. Why stress about it? There is only one thing I’m concerned about and it’s the “Be worried if your baby hasn’t done this yet” section.

It is fun to know whether my girls are ahead of the pack and if they’re geniuses but… I usually keep that stuff to myself, because really… what momĀ wouldn’tĀ claim to have a genius baby or two?

Do you have genius baby? Or do you even pay attention to the “Milestone Chart”?

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