11 months today!

One more month and they’re a year old. I can’t believe it. What has this month brought? Extra laughter.

The twins have really become thinking little humans. And because of this, the whole family is laughing a lot more. They are reacting to things much more than ever and it sure makes life with them fun. I definitely like this age. They’re both picking up on the world around them and their mobility is making life around the house easier. I can’t wait until they can get up and down the stairs safely by themselves. Mamma needs a back break.

Our schedule hasn’t changed much since last month other than Hudson is having a harder time taking his morning nap. I’m wondering if I should cut his morning nap but not hers. I probably won’t as it’s extremely difficult to have each one on a different schedule. I’ll just have to deal with him taking a shorter nap in the mornings until Ellisa catches up. They both want to stay awake and play longer–which has been really nice in that I can get them out more–but still need their naps. There just isn’t enough hours in the day for naps (3 hours), playtime (10-12 hours), and night time sleep (11-12 hours). See how the numbers don’t add up?

Eating solids is going really well. They both are doing great at feeding themselves finger foods and they’ll both eat almost anything. Favorites include avocados, watermelon, sweet potatoes, green beans, peas, pasta, crackers with cream cheese, and baby bean burritos (small bits of wheat tortilla with refried beans on top). Hudson still eats cereal and yogurt by spoon feeding but Ellisa refuses to take the spoon anymore. I love her independent nature but it’s hard to get soft mushy food in her like yogurt and cottage cheese. Plus, it’s hard to tell how much food she’s really getting when you don’t spoon feed her. She could really use the extra milk you add into cereal. I wish she would let me feed her. For awhile I was adding close to 6 extra ounces of milk a day with cereal but now I’m not adding anything. I’m hoping her speech therapist can either break her of this habit or get her to spoon feed herself. I opt for the later.

Ellisa and Hudson 11 months old

Ellisa and Hudson 11 months old

Ellisa and Hudson 11 months old

Ellisa and Hudson 11 months old

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Hudson started walking about two weeks ago and is constantly amazing us with his physical determinations. I’ve seen him walk about 5′ before falling back on his bum so I’m afraid he’ll be walking like crazy pretty soon here. He can climb to the window ledge in the nursery if there are enough pillows and such for him to balance on and I’ve even had to get rid of the big toys in the cage because he climbs on top of those. The one “toy” he hasn’t tried climbing on yet is Ellisa. I’m sure that’s to come soon. We have to constantly keep our eye on him. He’s also cruising up the stairs (not down yet) with no problem. I’m dreading the next two years when he will be running and exploring everything in site. Meaning, I will be running and exploring everything in site.

As for food, Huds’s eating like a teenage boy and I find myself not being able to cut up food and put it down in front of him fast enough. I swear he’s got to be 22 lbs. He hasn’t quite mastered drinking from a straw cup but he’s really close. He probably spills 50% at the moment.

Some new things he has started is dancing and joking. I call it dancing but it’s more like head banging and bouncing his body up and down. It’s adorable. Especially when he’s on all fours and stops mid-crawl to rock it out for a few seconds. I think watching him dance is one of my favorite things to observe right now. Also, daddy taught him to tell his first joke. He “freaks out”–similar to when he tries a new food he doesn’t like–and if you laugh, he’ll do it again. He definitely understands that his action is making you laugh. Pretty cool.

Hudson 11 months old

Hudson 11 months old

A Hudson smirk

A Hudson smirk

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Ellisa has made tremendous positive change this past month making both me and Charles optimistic about her development. She is making tons of new sounds and starting to “talk” much more conversationally with English intonations and multi-syllable baby-words. She definitely understands words like “no”, “jump”, “sit”, and “light”–something I wasn’t too sure of last month. She’s even started clicking her tongue and popping her lips together–something she picked up from Hudson. I’m happy to say that I think she’s only 2 months behind Hudson developmentally. And considering all she went through AND being a preemie, that’s pretty darn amazing.

Gosh, I hate to write about this, especially after all the good stuff above, but once again, we’re having feeding issues with sweet Ellisa. It’s so strange, no one can seem to figure it out (and I’m so sick of seeing doctors and specialists about it) but she just doesn’t want to bottle feed. She’s not losing weight but she’s also not gaining much. We had one day where she didn’t drink almost anything and we were afraid we were going to have to take her to the hospital due to dehydration. Somehow we made it through but it’s a bit unnerving not knowing why she won’t drink. I’m hoping this highly frustrating phase will pass soon and we’ll be smooth sailing from here on out.

Ellisa is physically getting much stronger and stands really well now. I think Charles has counted her standing on her own for 4 seconds. I’m hopeful she will be walking by her first birthday. I tell you what though, she crawls like no other. So determined to get where she is going. So fast. So concentrated. So hand-slapping-wood-floor adorable.

My favorite thing Ellisa has begun to do this month is dance. It’s so funny. And sometimes a bit freakish and scary. But so fun to watch. She shakes her head left to right while simultaneously swaying her body side to side. Her baby work station is what gets her going as it has tons of different songs it plays as she stands next to it and pushes the buttons. Even after the music stops you can sometimes catch her moving her head from side to side. I think she has discovered that it feels cool.

Ellisa 11 months old

Ellisa 11 months old

Serious Ellisa

Serious Ellisa

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I’m extremely happy with where my babies are at and I can’t wait to celebrate their first year of life in 30 days. How fast time flies.

Babies laughing together

Babies laughing together

Mommy with her favorite twins

Mommy with her favorite twins

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3 Responses to “11 months today!”
  1. Grandpa Tom says:

    What a great blog! It’s so nice to see all your and Charles’ hard work is really paying off and things are really coming together for the peanuts. I know I’m enjoying them a lot.

    Sarah, would love to see you. Hope you can make it for the Big Celebration. You must see them in person.

  2. Joseph says:

    Be sure to wish them Happy Birthday from Joe and Megan!

  3. Sarah says:

    So adorable! I like how you include so much information! I really hope I can come for their bday. xo, S

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