NOTE: If I post these sort of posts, they're going to be WAY late. For example, this post is 13-months late. Yep. But I like these posts. I WANT TO POST THEM. But I'm lazy about compiling them. So yeah. Here, uh... here you go.
The girls experienced their first airplane ride the day they turned five months! We were flying to Disneyland for my family's big "welcome-home-James-D" experience. The flight there was so NUTS. The airport security, for one, was the most unaccommodating experience in America. Here we were with our caddy-stroller, our hands to the brim caring for three kids. We both got searched. As usual, Brad had to be mega-searched in the creepy opaque room as well. I was alone with three kids at this point. That was fun. The testing of the warm bottle water we had stored in a thermos was also so enjoyable. It took forever. They were so rude. So much suck at once.
Basically, when we got on the plane we were basically ready to crawl into a hole as it was. Then we're finding out that you can only have one lap-sitting infant per row. Oh gee, wouldn't that have been swell to know, oh, I don't know, when we booked? So Maren had to go sit with my parents. Sofie and George were not happy as soon as we were in the air. Also fun. Maren had a slight breakdown as we took off, um, yay me? Luckily the girls slept for the better half, so they didn't do too badly.
Long story short, once we finally got our rental car, finally got the rental car seats figured out, and FINALLY got to our hotel, while everyone else went out to dinner uh, yeah, the family of five? We totally went straight to bed. We had the girls just sleep in their car seats in the small, separated kid's room and they did GRAND. I was stressed out, but it was totally fine. The only issue was that their room would get super duper cold or super hot. I was constantly going back and forth, turning the heat on, then off, then on, and so forth. But they really did just wonderful. The Podee bottles saved us a lot of gruff in this situation as well!
Disneyland was so freakin' fun. We were constantly on the go, with our hands full caring for three kids during the magical experience, but it was still really fun. Things went smoother than I even imagined for the girls, even though they were stuck in their stroller most of the time. Even though it was a freaking nice stroller to boot, it still sucks to be constrained like that. It was good that we took them so young because they were still napping multiple times a day, and the stroller worked out just fine for that. The first day we stayed the entire day. Yep. And it was totally fine. It was a blast. We were exhausted, though, haha.
The girls did great in the baby carriers at Disneyland as well. Sofia even fell asleep in it one day, which is like... mega-cute-factor. We got several, "Oh my, twins?!" comments, but even more comments on our crazy-awesome-stroller, haha.
Prior to our flight home, we took the kids to the beach with my family. It was suuuper windy, so the girls were like, "What is this sorcery?!" Not crying, just confused, haha. Thus Brad and I took turns playing with them in the van rather than the sand to keep them out of the wind. They were adorable. That last day, even with the beach and going to eat, the girls were just fine. Nothing too crazy.
At the airport, security check at Long Beach was SO much kinder to our crazy-twin-life than Salt Lake was. They were so kind, so considerate. We had multiple people, employee and non-employee, offering to help us through the security check points. When we got to our spot to wait for our flight we were seriously all just feeling refreshed. It was such a great experience. The girls laid on the floor and played and it was SO CHILL.
The flight home was also an experience of wonderment and awe. No joke. It really was. The girls both fell asleep and George was an angel. The guy in front of us turned out at the end of the flight and ohh-ed and ahh-ed, saying, "I seriously would not have know that you had kids if I hadn't turned around." TEARS OF PRIDE. More like really lucky, haha.
Beyond Disneyland (what, there's life after vacation?!), Sofie learned to roll over! She's seriously the hardest working baby I've ever met. Holding her head up was a steep hill to climb, but it was all that she wanted to do, and all that practice had her rolling over in no time. It's been so cool to watch her at work. She's dedicated, that one.
Maren is obsessed with sitting up. If Sofie wanted to get the head-up thing down, Maren is determined to sit up on her own, no matter the mishaps. These girls are so impressive, they just working really hard. Maren is constantly demanding to sit-up, stand-up, working, working, working. I love it.
Oh holy crap. We were all SO SICK over Thanksgiving, and the girls were no exception. Maren took it with the most stride; even though the sickness involved barfing like no other, Maren seemed to handle it the best. She only threw-up a few times and then was pretty much good. Poor Sof was in Vomit Town. Every twelve seconds, it felt like (exaggeration? Maybe). That poor baby couldn't hold anything down one day, it was just one after another. Then she was gagging on it and throwing up again. Poor baby! I'm surprised, but she didn't get dehydrated, even with how little she seemed to be keeping down, so that was a relief!
No matter what we do, we can't convince Maren to even sort of be cool with binkies. Sofia is a binky girl for the most part... sort of. Ish. Like 50/50. (Which totally counts.) It's weird to be scrambling for a binky at bedtime, but I love it! I LOVE BINKY FACE. Why my kids no binky face?!
Both of them love their grandparents. Maren is super obsessed with my mom to the point of getting upset when she's unavailable for holding her. Sofie loves everyone, but she super digs staring at James. But let's be honest, Sofie just loves a good stare down, and James is as good a candidate as any!
This month the girls were Bumbo'd up for the first time! With George, we never used legit-name-brand-Bumbos, so it was semi-nerve wracking to use them for the first time. But dude, twins. Teaching two babies to sit up on their own while still have a two year-old in the mix? Yeah, we's be needin' dem Bumbos. It's been pretty adorable, to say the least. Even though it's a new experience. But really, I think that twins provide a whole new twist to a LOT of things, whether they were done with the first kid or not!
First time trying food! First was banana cream pie, then chocolate pudding, and then pears. Hmm, can you tell we had Thanksgiving this month?! But really, it's only natural that daughters of Heather Bailey eat pie as one of their first foods. They loved it all. Maren couldn't get enough, she was shaking with the anticipation that came between bites. IT'S SO CUTE. And also, that's my girl!
Sofia and Maren notice each other WAY more. They actually hold hands pretty often when they're next to each other, which is so freaking cute you may die. They also like to stare at each other and gurgle sometimes. Not BFFs by any means yet, but they're warming up to this twin thing, which is such a joy to watch!
They've both gathered such an interest in toys and in playing with what's around them! They especially like to spin things, but they also enjoy just finding different textures as well as ogling at toys.
Sofie is so funny with her tongue, it's always out and it's adorable. Maren is chewing on everything, but especially her dad's fingers and blankets. I doubt teeth are on the way considering her brother's track record, but who knows! Her sleep hasn't been affected, and she's still her adorable, happy self so I don't see teething in near future yet.
One of the funniest things Brad likes to do with the girls is Baby Hair Salon. It started with Sof; she was in her Bumbo and Brad laid down beside her and she started playing with his hair (and drooling in it, which is a touch I wish real hair salons had). So, we decided to get Maren in on the action and they both think it's so silly. They loved playing with Brad's hair, it's freaking cute. I also may or may not take advantage of this playing-with-hair gig as they've yet to pull hair. IT'S SO NICE.
Maren is suuuper ticklish. Adorable levels are high over here, people. But even cuter, she'll mimic you and blow raspberries at you. AND IT'S TOO CUTE. Yeah, I should grow my vocabulary beyond "adorable" and "cute", but I can't help it: it really is that. All the time. I love these girls. I mean, Sofie mimics Brad's wookie call for crap sake. AND IT'S SO CUTE.