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Kason and Cohen having their afternoon tea
Another day at home. I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to going to playgroup tomorrow!!! Just to get out of the house and socialising with other adults will be SO nice! Mind you, we did get out for a walk today, we went to the park around the corner, and Kason and Cohen both had a turn on the swing which they loved :-) Kase got a little distracted by the dog he could hear barking while it was his turn, though.
Today's picture is of Cohen. Sleeping. How he considers this comfortable, I have no idea, but hey! apparently it is. You can't really tell from this picture, but his right arm is like he's doing a press-up. He actually has his two naps today, thank god! Granted, they weren't very long - 40 minutes and 25 minutes - but at least he slept. Hopefully playgroup tomorrow tires him out and he sleeps a bit better. I'm holding out hopes that he sleeps through the night tonight...Kason too! But, I don't think that's likely! The upside of them waking up at 5am-ish for a feed is that they then sleep in a bit later in the mornings which is nice for Simon!
Usually we take the boys swimming twice a week. We haven't been for a couple of weeks because of all the birthday parties and the boys being sick etc. Anyways, they had their lesson this morning, and Cohen was literally splashing from the moment his hands touched the water until about 5 minutes before the end of their lesson - the look on his face was just priceless, he was LOVING it! The teacher and all of the lifeguards were just laughing at him enjoying himself so much :-) Kason joined in with the splashing lots too, but he wasn't quite as enthusiastic as Cohen.
We all just chilled at home for the afternoon, it was quite nice just to be the four of us at home, together, with no plans!
Kason and Cohen were 10 months old today! I haven't had a chance to write their letter yet, but I'll do that and post it tomorrow. We just chilled out at home for the day - Simon was working. Cohen decided he only needed ONE 20 minute for the day...until I put both him and Kason in the car and went for a drive to pick Simon up from the hospital which is halfway from from work for him. Cohen was in a remarkably good mood for having such little sleep!
Went to the Pregnancy, Babies & Children Expo today...I have seriously NEVER seen so many freaken strollers in my entire life!!! And a fair few of them were empty...the usual occupants were strapped to the fronts of their mothers so they (the strollers, of course!) could be piled high with freebies! And there was definitely no shortage of freebies!
The boys did awesome, just took it all in, flashed their gorgeous smiles at everyone and drew a lot of attention just by being them :-)
Cohen and Kason's current favourite thing to do is play with the blinds by our front door. Some bright spark has fixed the bottom of the blinds down, so we can't pull them up and out of reach. Anyways, the boys know they aren't supposed to play with them, but, of course, that makes them even MORE fun!!! Several times during the day, they will just be playing nicely in the living room, then one will just start turbo crawling down the hallway. The other one will probably realise what he's doing and will be following close behind. About halfway down the hall, they will stop, turn around to check if I'm following, give a cheeky giggle (Kase is doing his cheeky giggle in today's picture) and continue their mad dash to towards the forbidden.
Yesterday and today we have been stuck at home. Inside. Both of the boys have snotty noses, so we didn't go to playgroup this morning cause, while my boys LOVE to share, I didn't think the babies would appreciate it. This morning, and much of yesterday, Kase and Cohen uber hypo - squealing, crawling at turbo speed all over the show, climbing up on me, climbing down, climbing up again, and climbing down again...made me wonder what they are going to be like aged two! My sister-in-law posted a status on facebook this morning saying that her son (5 months now!) has just discovered how to blow raspberries. This afternoon, I got a video of the boys in their room, Kason banging on their toy chest, Cohen chewing on his gumboot, both squealing at each other (they 'call' to each other in squeals - one will squeal, the other will squeal back - this can go on for a good 5 mins!). They both then stopped what they were doing and headed for the box of wipes together.
The weather here has been shite, too, so we haven't been able to get out for our walks. The rest of the week only looks to get worse, weather-wise, too. It really looks like we're going to be stuck inside at home until Friday morning, when the boys are booked in for Occasional Care, as long as they are all better. I'm pretty sure they will be though, they are already much better.
Oh! Simon took Cohen to the doctors yesterday morning for his cut finger because it started bleeding again when he took the plaster off. Doc fixed it up...with superglue!!! Seriously! Who knew?! Apparently that's all they use in the hospitals, but they call it "hospital glue" and charge whatever they like for it!
Today's photos is of Cohen, asleep on the floor (duh! As if that wasn't obvious!). The boys usually go down for a nap around 3pm, and when they wake I feed them. Today, Cohen woke after 30mins, so I fed him and he fell asleep in my arms (love!) on the couch. Kason woke about 30mins after that, so I put Cohen on the floor, fully expecting him to wake up as he's done before, while I went and got Kason up and fed him. Cohen just kept right on sleeping, right up until Kason went and sat beside and tried to hold his hand.
They really are becoming so much more aware of each other, it's so awesome to watch their bond developing. They actually fought over a toy today - Kase had it, then Cohen snatched it off him, Kase snatched it back, and so forth, until there were tears and I took it off them.
I have been searching everywhere for cool, bright alphabet wall stickers...preferably ones that didn't cost like $50 - rip off anyone?! Anyways, I finally found some! And they are awesome, and only cost $7!!!! Stoked! We put them up in the corner with the boys' table and it looks great :-)
This weekend, Cohen and Kason had three birthday parties to attend - two on Saturday, and one today. Yesterday, the weather was absolutely perfect - beautifully sunny but not too hot. Today, however, was a different story...the party wasa supposed to be at a park across the road from the birthday boy's house (luckily!), but was changed at the last minute to be at his house. It was horrible weather!
We really did have an awesome weekend, the boys were amazing, especially as they didn't really get their usual naps - just in the car, in between/on the way to/one the way from parties.
Tonight, though, Si was giving the boys their dinner and they were getting a special treat of custard (from a little can). Cohen reached out, as he always does, and grabbed the can and cut his finger!!! It just broke my heart. I really don't know how I would cope if either he or Kason ever break a bone or get an injury worse than a cut finger (it wasn't bad at all, just a surface cut...but I was convinced he had almost sliced the top of his finger off until Simon showed me it wasn't actually as bad as I thought)! He is in bed now, with a little plaster on his finger and a mitten on his hand to stop him getting the plaster off and choking on it. It doesn't seem to bother him at all, poor little monkey :-(
Apparently tonight's moon was known as a "Super Moon" - 14% bigger than it has been in the past 18 years. It certainly didn't look any bigger than usual to us, but it did look heaps brighter! This picture doesn't really show it too well, but all of the clouds just looked to be glowing, it was so cool!
This is Cohen. Cohen being a monkey. This is after his bath, and he is supposed to be getting his pajamas on. Instead, he has decided that he really. needs. that. ball. NOW!
They really are at such an awesome stage right now. In the last couple of days, Cohen has started waving, and when we were walking through the shopping centre tonight, he was just waving at everyone, it was SO gorgeous!
Kason is getting really confident with his standing, and now is letting go with one hand. This morning, he got his walker, pulled himself up, and, pushing it, started walking with it!!! It was so awesome, especially as Simon was home and was there to see it too :-)
They are so much fun...and getting into everything!
Si dropped the car in to get a service on his way to work, and I got a call to come and collect it late in the afternoon. I got the boys all sorted and ready to go...and discovered one of the wheels on my stroller had a puncture. Oh the joys. It was flat after our walk yesterday but Si pumped it up...then it was flat a few hours later when I needed it. I could have taken a single stroller and put one boy in there and carry the other boy in the front pack, but it was way too hot! Thankfully we have the most AWESOME neighbours, and when I asked to borrow their double stroller (they have a two-year old and a two-month old), they insisted that they look after Kason and Cohen until I got back. We spend quite a bit of time with them, and their two-year old LOVES my boys - at playgroup, if either one of them cries, he will rush over and try to console them, gives them kisses and cuddles (he seriously is amazingly gentle with them), and makes sure I tell him who is who each time he sees them. Sucky for me though, they are moving at the end of the year. I'm really going to miss having them next door. Oh, and then, to top that off, they fixed my punctured tyre too :-)
In the spirit of drawing my birthday out as long as possible, I baked these rainbow cupcakes for playgroup this morning. They went down a treat :-)
It was a long weekend here in South Australia this weekend just gone, which was good, although Si was working on Saturday. Saturday night though, some of the mums from Tuesday playgroup met up for a DVD night. It was SO fantastic to get out of the house without the boys and just catch up. We didn't even get around to watching the DVDs!! We all took the opportunity to dress up a little, and, I have to say, I really appreciated actually being able to JUST take my handbag and not a baby bag, stroller and two babies!
On Monday, which was Cup Day, Cohen and Kason had a first birthday party to attend for one of their friends we know from Neonatal playgroup. The weather was perfect for it - barely a cloud in the sky, but not too hot :-) The boys are so lucky to have so many awesome friends, and I just love being able to watch all these little people grow and change and learn, it really is amazing!
When we were leaving playgroup this morning, a little white butterfly flew out in front of Kason (I'd already put Cohen in the car), he loved it, watched it fly around and just smiled at it - it was so gorgeous :-)
Not so gorgeous was the locust that decided to come inside our house tonight. Ewww!! Makes my skin crawl just thinking about it. Yuck! I really don't like those kinds of insects - crickets and cicadas are THE WORST. The way crickets just jump and hop is just creepy. And cicadas just stick. Ok, typing that is making me think about them, and, ewww, feeling a little sick right now.
On that note...!
Everytime we drive down here, I mean to take a picture and I usually forget to have the camera ready - luckily yesterday it was within reach! I just love driving down here on a beautiful day like it was yesterday (Simon was driving by the way!), it always look stunning, and it makes me want to drive down to the ocean and go for a swim.
Cohen and Kason have invitations to four first birthday parties this week (the first was yesterday). I still have one more to make, but these are what I've made as presents - I think they are super cute! I hope the recipients love them.
When Kason and Cohen were first born, their Aunty S (my best friend) sent them each a good old Kiwi Buzzy Bee! Now that they are crawling so well, I got them out of their boxes and pulled them along the floor - the boys LOVED them and were chasing me/Buzzy Bee all over the house :-)
What is going on with you lately?! Today in Adelaide, it has been a beautiful day - the sun was out and shining, beautifully warm. But at about the time that I took this picture of my two gorgeous boys playing outside in the grass tonight, you shook the earth once again. This time near Japan. And you caused a massive tsunami. The pictures that have been coming out of Japan are devastating. Utterly devastating. I've had to change the channel. I can't watch it, especially after the awful chaos you caused in Christchurch, a city so dear to me, so recently.
Someone must have pissed you off something chronic, either that or you're PMSing. You are one scary woman right now, that's for sure. You know, I remember studying tsunamis in primary school. I never, ever thought there would be one in my lifetime. Then there was the massive 'Boxing Day Tsunami' several years back. Now this one in Japan. It's just surreal. So incredibly surreal seeing these pictures of that huge wall of water just demolishing EVERYTHING in it's path. My heart just breaks for everyone who has been, and will be, affected by this.
Thank goodness I've just heard that my friends over there are safe. The company I used to work for in NZ constantly has several teams based in Japan. They work on the ports. I just hope that they are all ok.
What is the world coming to? I can only hope that with all of these natural disasters you are causing at the moment, my boys won't have to experience anymore during the rest of their (hopefully) very long lives. I want them to know only the kind and gentle version of you, Mother Nature. Please can you stop now? The earth needs a break, preferably a really, really long break. As in, a few thousand years would be good.
Happy birthday to me,
Happy birthday to me,
Happy birthday to meeeee,
Happy birthday to me!
I'm 26 today! And Simon didn't forget! We were still up at midnight, so he got in early with the birthday wishes. When I got up this morning, there was a bunch of gerbera daisies (my fav!) on the bench with my present that I wrapped last night and a new charm for my pandora bracelet :-)
Si and I took the Littles swimming after breakfast like we usually do on a Thursday, and, as usual, they absolutely LOVED it!!! They just have such a blast in the water...which makes bathtime a freaken mission. After we got home, I baked myself a birthday cake - chocolate with vienna cream icing YUM! Went shopping this afternoon and managed to get my little brother his birthday presents, and a couple of other presents for the barrage of birthdays coming up.
I'm getting nervous about the boys going to occasional care in the morning...I don't know how they are going to go...I'm sure I'm going to be worrying the whole time until we go to pick them up. I just hate the thought that they might (probably) look around to check in with me and I won't be there. I don't want them to think I'm not coming back. I'll sure they will cope better than I will!
Cohen is flat-out refusing to eat vegetables. I may be able to trick him into one or two mouthfuls, but that's it. I don't think it's that he doesn't like what I'm giving him - he liked it all a few weeks ago, and when I *am* able to trick him into those few mouthfuls, he doesn't spit it out. I've tried mixing fruit in with them...again, I can only get a couple of mouthfuls into him. Fruit on it's own is touch-and-go - sometimes he will eat it, sometimes not. Custard, which he and Kason only get a couple of times a week, will *usually* be eaten, but not always. Yoghurt though? He will ALWAYS eat yoghurt!!! It is his most favourite food in. the. world! Which is great - we usually have two in the fridge - one vanilla, one flavoured - because the vanilla one allows me to mix his fruit in and he will then eat it. Speaking of...have you ever tried apple & blueberry in vanilla yoghurt? DELISH!!! When I give them that, I always hope they won't eat it all so I get to finish it off! (Sidebar: it is SO frustrating that most yoghurts at the supermarket are low-fat. Seriously, the Ski brand has the biggest range of flavours with full-fat, and we get a choice from 'Wild Strawberry', 'Mango' and 'Vanilla Cream'. That's it. There is SO much more variety if you go for low-fat.)
Anyways, Cohen's eating is getting to the point where I'm getting a bit worried that he isn't getting all he needs. He has been waking up several times during the night, which is strange for him, and he's hungry (In saying that, he slept right through until 6am this morning). I'm not feeding him before he gets his solids, so he's not full from that...I just don't know where to go from here. Do I wait it out? Is he just going through a phase where he has realised that he can decide to not open his mouth? Do I breastfeed him more? Our Child & Youth Health nurse has dropped her visits down to once a month from fortnightly, and she is coming next week, so I'll be talking to her about it then...but that's still a week away yet.
Kason, on the other hand, eats like a champ! He will eat anything, and lots of it. I'm thinking he will have overtaken Cohen in the weight stakes again this month.
Twins aren’t the norm. We go out and people stare, people point, people talk, people ask us questions – “how do you tell them apart?”, “do they have really different personalities?”, “how do you cope?” “are they identical?”...the list goes on.
Anyways, I’m watching a programme on TV at the moment on twins, “Extreme Twins” even. It’s slightly disturbing. Maybe more than slightly disturbing. Obviously they have interviewed the more extreme sets of twins, but still. Many of these sets of adult twins have never spent any time apart, they don’t expect people to attempt to tell them apart – and they are perfectly comfortable with that.
Sure, Kason and Cohen are twins. They are identical twins. When people see them, I’m sure they see them as a set. And I guess they *are* a set. But they are two boys. Two separate boys. Cohen loves to splash when we go swimming, he likes to sit in corners, he takes a little while to warm up to new places and situations, he is a fussy eater but likes finger food. Kason likes to move a lot, he is into exploring and rarely sits still, he will eat pretty much anything except finger food, he is outgoing but still needs to check in occasionally if we are somewhere unfamiliar. While they do have identical DNA, they are not the same person.
I desperately hope that they are always close, that they are always best friends. But I also want them to feel comfortable as individuals. I don’t want them to have to rely so heavily on each other that they are driven to the lengths some of these twins on TV are going to – cosmetic surgery to maintain their twinness, not spending a minute apart, feeling as though they are only half a person. Being twin is special, but it is not what makes them special. I hope they always know that.
Kason woke up crazy early this morning and flatly refused to go back to sleep. He, once again, fell asleep while eating breakfast, but woke up when I attempted to transfer him to his cot. I went in to see what he was doing after 10mins or so of listening to him talk away...this is what I discovered: one boy sitting in the middle of his cot, talking to his elephant (which is really just a 3D elephant face on a blanket) and looking very smug - "I don't need to sleep, Mummy! I'm a big boy!"
In other news, we booked the venue for their birthday party this morning - SCARY!
Cohen's two-week old cousin has A LOT of hair. Lots of thick, dark, long hair - it's super cute! Anyways, it's usually spikey, so when I was putting sorbolene cream on Cohen's forehead and got some in his hair, I spiked his up so he could try to rival his newest cousin...he fails miserably at it! But his (and Kason's) hair *is* starting to grow, just slowly!
Mr. Wingless Bat v. 2.0. I made another one of these the other night, but it was a bit small and I didn't finish it properly. Version 2.0 is much brighter anyways, and it's a hit with Cohen and Kason - Cohen especially likes to munch on his ears!
I absolutely LOVE these...dark tim tam chiller from Gloria Jeans...Everytime I'm at the mall, I have to have one! The owners know me there now, and come over and talk to me and play with Cohen and Kason. Luckily they have a frequent sipper programme - buy 10, get the 11th free :-)
This morning, we all woke to the smell of freshly baked bread. Perhaps that's why Kason decided to wake up about an hour before he usually does (he is usually awake at 7:30-8am - AWESOME child!!!). This waking up early clearly doesn't work for him, he crashed out in his highchair, while eating his breakfast. When he woke up, he was getting a kiss on the forehead from our 2-year-old neighbour when we arrived at playgroup. J is SO awesome with both of my boys, I love watching him with them. When he first sees them, he gets me to tell him who is who, then he kisses each boy hello. When they are out of The Hummer, he usually wants a quick cuddle with them. If either of them cry while J is off playing, he comes straight back, hugs the offending child, pats him on the head and stays close until he is happy again. Cohen and Kason are the first babies he had contact with, and he now has his own baby brother who is now 2.5 months old.
Hmmm...I'm supposed to be trying to go to bed early. Seeings as it's now 10:30pm, and I still have to do the dishes, put ingredients into the bread maker (mmm...fresh bread again tomorrow!) and, perhaps, just maybe, make a chocolate mug cake!!! My vanilla ice cream needs to be accompanied ;-)
Night all xxx
It only took around an hour to make Kason's pram liner (the one on the right - with the jets). SO much easier to be able to work off of the template (aka Cohen's liner). I'm stoked with them, they look super cute :-)
In our house, it's a tradition to have pancakes for breakfast on Sunday mornings. We have missed it twice - both times when Simon was working on a Sunday and had to leave home early. Even when Kason and Cohen were still in hospital, we would get up early, and make our pancakes before heading in to spend the day with them.
I recently found a recipe for pancakes which didn't have sugar in them, more crepes really. So...on Sunday morning I made two batches of pancakes - one for Si & I, and one for Cohen & Kason. Kason wasn't too fussed on actually eating his, although he played with it for quite a while. Cohen, on the other hand, LOVED his! He actually ate a pretty decent amount considering neither of the boys is eating a whole lot of solid solid food. They still are mainly eating mash (progressed from puree a while ago), but at least once a day I'll give them something like a sandwich, a piece of toast/french toast, steamed carrot (and now pancakes!) etc.
Oh! Sunday is our swimming lesson day, too. We got to the pools on time, and I was pretty surprised with the lack of cars in the carpark. It's usually really full, but not so much...we get out of the car, only to be told that someone had screwed up with the chlorine levels and they were not able to legally open. AWESOME. Someone would have gotten their arse kicked for that one! Sucky thing #2 about that, we take the boys all ready in their swimming gear and swim nappies so we don't have to change them there. They fell asleep on the way back home, and then we had to wake them up to put proper nappies on them! Funtimes!
Dear Cohen & Kason,
You are nine months old!!! You are both changing so much every week, every day even!
Kason, you are crawling REALLY well now - we call you 'Turbo Turtle' you are so fast! Cohen, you have been commando crawling for a little longer than Kason has been properly crawling, but in the last couple of days you have properly crawling too. I think it's because, although you were pretty speedy at your commando crawling, Kason got to the point where he was much faster than you - you didn't like that! I'm sure it won't be long until you are just as fast as Kase.
Kason, you have three teeth - two front bottom, and your top front left. You are very close to cutting your top front right tooth, and your left eye tooth.
Cohen, you have four teeth - two front bottom, and both of your top eye teeth. Your two from middle teeth are very close to coming through - you keep cutting two teeth at a time! I like it!
I'm SO impressed with how well you have both been with teething so far. We might have a day when you are a little grizzly and clingy, but nothing more than that usually.
In the last couple of days, you've started eating more solids, having less breastfeeds. It is making outings a bit easier to time. You are both still getting used to this, but, as per usual, you're adjusting really well :-)
Both of you are putting on great amounts of weight - Cohen, in the last four weeks, you have put on a MASSIVE 740g!
As of last week, your new 'stats' are:
We go to swimming lessons once a week, and we also go to the pools on Thursdays. You LOVE swimming, you LOVE your baths - real little water babies, it makes me so happy that you love water so much - just like your Mama :-) Cohen, the second your feet hit the water you start waving your arms so you are splashing as soon as you possibly can.
The next few weekends are going to be B.U.S.Y. One weekend in particular - you have three 1st birthday parties in two days! Luckily, Daddy isn't working that weekend!
There are still some days when I just can't believe that I have twins, but everyday I can't believe how incredibly lucky I am to have the both of you. You are absolutely amazing boys, and I love you both, so very, very much. I love you in a circle!