Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Happy birthday Harly and Zoey!

Harly and Zoey,
   My baby girls!  But, you both aren't anymore and you make sure you correct mommy all the time.  "Big girl, mommy"  Wow, two years old.  These past two years have felt so short.  Time has definitely moved a lot faster than ever before in my life!  You guys keep daddy and me on our toes at all time.  There is never a dull or quiet moment in our house, well unless mommy turns the vaccum on.  The vaccum, it scares both of you too death.  You cry and run to the couch.  You sit and hold each other.  I have learned that if I want 10 minutes of piece and quiet, all I have to do is turn it on, and go over the area about 5 times!

You two are talkers!  You never stop talking, all day long!  It is amazing to see how far you two have come, you have exceeded all expectations when it comes to twin statistics!  You two know twinkle, twinkle, your alphabet, and all the rock & roll elmo songs; you both love to sing, especially when you are laying in bed or coloring!  You love to dance, you could dance 24/7, it is the cutest thing and you are so good at it!  You know all your body parts, including your wrist, elbows, and ankles.  Your "babies" are your favorite toys at this time.  You two are such good mommies to those dolls! When we tell you we are going to the park, you both get so happy, clap your hands and say in .02 seconds, "swing, slide, weee!"

Ornery? Oh yes, at times!  Both of you love to push the limits- testing us on what you can get away with.  No matter how far you take our patience, you two are still so sweet, kind, and loving.  My favorite moments are when you come up snuggle, and say "I wuv you mommy, or I wuv you daddy."  You hand out hugs and kisses all the time.  You love to grab our faces and squeeze, you think its so funny.  Climbing out of your cribs and pack n plays is what you both have recently learned.  Bedtimes are rough!  You both drag it on, " one more book, drink of milk, mommy lay with me, sit on potty, and the list goes on."  With all of the testing and the typical one time-out a week, you both are very good kids!  You both are so smart, just like your daddy!  You two are way to smart for your age.  I don't know where you learn half the stuff you know. 

Do you two have your battles?  Absolutely!  You two are very attached to each other and have to be in the same room, but when it comes to daddy or me, you both get jealous and want our attention at the same time.  So it becomes the battle of mommy or daddy's lap!  I love to watch you two interact, not only are you sisters, but your best friends!  You say "love you sissy" to each other, love to hug each other all day long, love to make each other laugh, and your new game is chasing each other saying "I get you sissy, and tickling each other!"  Its seriously the cutest thing in the world!

You are all about daddy lately.  When daddy leaves, we leave without him, or if he has to run outside and will be back in two seconds, you girls flip out.  You scream so hard and say "daddy come back."  It breaks my heart.  You love him so much.  Daddy and I tried to go for a walk and left you with papa and mike mike.  You both screamed, so we turned around.  You both do not like to be away from us even when you are with family. If a saying was ever true, its "daddy's little girls!"

You are very happy children, and definitely girly girls.  You are obsessed with dresses, hair accessories, shoes, and nail polish (this is all comes from your titi)!  You are obsessed with dogs, bikes, trains and pools.  You are scared of loud noises like motorcycles, the military planes that fly over on a daily basis, lawn mowers, and trucks.

I love you, I love you, I love you.  You keep me going, you have taught me to be a better mom, wife, and person all around.  You drive mommy crazy some days, but if you didn't, it would be such a boring day!  You girls love excitement and adventure!  You both are so easy going and laid back, but can be strong willed when you want something!  Thank you for making mommy the proudest and happiest mommy in the world!  I have so much more to say, but I can't put it into words.  I hope that one day you are my best friend.  I want to be the person you can always count on, I want to be your safe place, where you can always come.  I want to be your comfort, and shoulder to cry on.  I want to be your role model, your inspiration, your cheerleader, coach, and counselor.  I pray that you will always think your beautiful and never worry about what you look like on the outside; what is important is the inside, that you will grow into honest, respectful, confident, loving human beings, and that you always follow what is in your heart.  I already know you two are going to change the world, for the better!  Happy Happy birthday to my vibrant, sweet, baby girls!



Friday, May 18, 2012

Great educational toys

My sister has been making me feel like I am doing something right.  The past couple months, the girls have changed so much.  They talk a lot, almost full sentences now.  It is incredible to see the changes everyday, that I get emotional!  I have read a lot of blogs about bragging and boasting about your children.  I agree with all of them.  They all said you should, and that you should be proud of your children, as long as you don't get out of hand with it and make other mothers feel like poop.

Because of what my sister has been saying to me and our friends, I am going to boast a little about my girls while giving you all great educational toy advice!  I am so proud of my girls, especially at how far they have come.  This past year has been a whirlwind with them.  They say things that shock me, things I didn't think they would know and use it correctly.  It is crazy to watch the change, and not only that, I have been blessed with being able to watch two children change at the same time!

Back in January, the girls were really wanting to learn and explore.  Since then they have learned their ABC's, how to count from 1-10 (today Harly counted from 1-12!), They know all their shapes, They know most of their colors, and now they are all about letters,  they point to a letter and say mommy, what's this letter?  They know A, E, H, and Z.  Its pretty amazing!

There are some toys that I need to credit with helping the girls.  I unfortunately can't take all of it, I wish I could though!  Each of these toys I highly recommend:

1.  Leapfrog products- These have been a big help with saying the alphabet and learning the letters and numbers!  highly recommend these!  Laptops- help with letters, The picnic baskets help with shapes and colors, and the phones help with numbers.  the dogs help with name recognition!

2.  Rock and Roll Elmo-  The girls are obsessed with anything that has to do with music.  Rock and Roll elmo, and all the accessories have been a great help with singing the ABC's.  Not only that, the girls are CRAZY for Elmo!

3.  Sesame street flash cards- great for shapes and letters, plus it is fun for them because it has to do with one of their favorite shows!

4.  We say our numbers when we get diaper changes,sit on the potty, getting dressed, and when I need 10 seconds to finish dinner as the girls wait patiently impatiently!

5. Shape sorter-  I am not sure who makes it, I think Fisher-Price.  You have to put the shape in the correct slot for it to go in the box.  This has been a lot of fun for the girls, it has also helped with colors.  Every shape is a different color!

6.  Books, Books, BOOKS -  Books are a great thing for any child.  It is said that you should read to your child while they are in utero and continue when they are born.  If we are not singing and dancing, we are reading.  There are so many books out there that are educational, yet fun for them. (I can't emphasize enough how great books are for children!)

I always make sure to not make it boring, I don't want them to think they are in school or that I am forcing them to learn all of this.  We always have fun with it, it is like they don't know they are even learning this stuff!  Not only that, they want to learn it.  They say what's this, they are very interested in everything!


Back in December, thank you Dee Dee for the laptops!

Zoey, loving her laptop!

Harly, dancing to her laptop!


***(I was not endorsed or asked to review any of these projects.  I did it for fun!)***


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mothers Day 2012!


Happy Mothers Day!

Wishing all the mommies in our lives a Happy Mothers Day.  To our families, we hope you all have a great day and wish we could celebrate with all the awesome mommies!  To our playgroup mommies- we miss you all and hope you have an awesome day!  To my blog mommies- Whether I know you or not, I hope you all have a fantastic day!  To all the mommies in this world- Happy Mothers Day!!

Here is a little clip to all the mommies out there from my girls!

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

milestones

I have a lot of people with multiples asking me about milestones. I am not a fan of people who make a big deal about milestones in front of everyone, especially because it is always the one who's child exceeded a milestone early, or the people who tell you that your child is behind or that they will never catch up.  When I delivered the girls, I got an email to subscribe to baby centers milestone updates.  I am also not a fan of those, I have been getting weekly updates from the day they were born.

Let me just tell you all, milestones are GUIDELINES!  With that being said, your child should meet these milestones, but at their own pace and when they are ready.  Some babies achieve the milestones before the targeted age, some achieve it right on the day, and some don't achieve it for a couple weeks.  Don't worry, and DON'T listen to the other not so nice mothers (yes, we have all encountered them!) who like to make you feel like your not doing a good job, or that your child will be delayed.  If you have any concern at all, talk to your pediatrician.

Every child develops differently, if they all developed the same then it would not be fun and exciting.  I don't mind that they are sometimes delayed because I get to watch other children who are a month or more older than the girls and see what I am in for!  I get to keep them at their previous stage a couple weeks longer!  Just embrace it, enjoy it, and don't rush them!  When they are ready, they will let you know or show you.  It is an awesome feeling watching your children change day to day!

The girls have been delayed by about a week from the time they were born (sometimes longer such as walking).  Now they are starting to achieve them right around the correct time frame.  Our pediatrician told us that by around two this would happen! The girls were ahead of one milestone that I got in an email.  At 22 months, it said that children will begin to jump, but not off 2 feet yet and that it will take a couple weeks to a month.  Well, the girls have been jumping off two feet since they were 21 months old!

Here is just a fun clip of the girls!
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