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by Juliemara
04.16.13

Jordan on the left, Talia on the right

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Talia on the left, Jordan on the right

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To Talia and Jordan,

You went from being babies to kids in light years. I’m loving you as toddlers. Your Abba and I keep seeing bits of who you may grow up to be, of course it’s all speculation but it’s fun to think about how your little quirks will become part of your personalities. The most amazing thing about this age, is your new found flexibility. Being a new parent is about following a strict schedule, of meals and naps, now a days we can keep you up late and you’ll just keep going and missing a nap is no longer reason for a major meltdown. It’s making life with you guys not only exciting and fun and, dare I say,  a little more relaxed, eek. I know that one is going to come back to bite me, or so I hear about two year olds.  The scary part of this age, you can get to anything. Baby proofing is about keeping fragile and dangerous objects away from baby, all lower than two feet to the ground. Kid proofing is a whole other story. It means keeping EVERYTHING in a locked drawer or cabinet, even the upper cabinets! I don’t even leave plastic knives in the sink any more because you are every bit capable of taking your little chair or a bar stool, pushing it to where you want it and climbing right on up to get to anything your little hear desires. Scary! Speaking of climbing, you are great little climbers, up ladders like it’s nothing, stairs standing straight up, dinning room chairs. I know we are only days away from you climbing out of your bed and into ours. Which part of me is ok with because it means I get to move you into your awesome toddler beds I’ve had since before you were born. Even though your doctor says keep you in the crib, I’m not sure I can wait, I’m too excited about these beds.

Girls, I love watching you think for yourselves, good or bad, it’s fun to see your forming your own thoughts, ideas and opinions. I could watch you all day long and never get bored. Jordan,  just yesterday I watched you hide your hand behind your back when I came to see what you were up too. While I wasn’t happy that you took something that you knew you weren’t suppose to I was pretty amused that you knew well enough that you weren’t suppose to and tried to hide it from me, you didn’t see it, but I defanatley laughed.  Talia, you continue to lead the way when it comes to development milestones. You have so many words and will attempt to repeat almost everything we say. Your animal sounds are top notch! You both continue to amaze us everyday with everything you are learning each day. You follow directions in Hebrew and English,(better in Hebrew) and you two play together for longer stretches of time without a care in the world. The other day I was making dinner and you were doing play dough, next thing I knew you were under your little table together doing a puppet show for each other and giggling like crazy. These are my new favorite moments. I can’t wait to see what comes next. We love you Talia and Jordan.

Tips: I recently learned (after a year and a half of doing this) that if you wet the chalk before drawing with it, it goes on easier smoother and thicker. But it is much much harder to erase. Also, if you want 18 month olds to sit and look at you, give them a snack.

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15 Months

by Juliemara
01.18.13

15 months

I had to bring it back, I was itching for those cute naked baby white couch photos. So I gt my chalk out of the draw wipe down the chalk board the girls have come to love coloring and found a fun font to use for 15 Months! In all the photos Jordan is on the left and Talia is on the right.

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We went for a well visit to the Pediatrician last week here are the girls stats

Talia – 20.9 lbs, 31 inches

Jordan – 20.7 lbs, 31 inches

They were so cute at the doctors office, checking out every inch of that tiny room. And moving the little chair around to this corner, then to that one and back again. They like our doctor but weren’t too happy with the three shots they had to get. They recovered quickly though and were fine for the rest of the day.

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These days Talia and Jordan are more fun than ever they understand everything we all say in Hebrew and English! They follow directions when we say get this toy and put it over there. Or get the green ball. They have so many words already. Some are actual words and some are pseudo words (sounds that have a consistent meaning). They have words in English like Ball, no, yup (yes), bye bye and mama. They have words in Hebrew like toda (thank you), par par (butterfly) and aba (dad). Then they have the pseudo words like maimai (mayeem – water or milk), then they make sounds for some animals huv huv for dog or anything that resembles a dog, grrr for anything that looks like a bear, maaaa for a cow. And they have signals for wanting something or more of something, being all done or wanting to be all done with anything. Both girls sniff with their nose when they see a flower. Jordan’s favorite word at the moment is uh-oh, she says it consistently. She says it when something bad happens but she also says it when she does anything, sees anything, wants anything, hears anything, all day she says “uh-oh”, “ah-oh”, “ooh-oh”. And Talia had perfected “Hi”, she says it when you walk in the house, in the room or if she just hasn’t seen you in a second. The way she says it is really funny, it’s not a sweet soft high pitched “hi” it’s more like a raspy sharp, “hi”. Like she is yelling it at you, but always with a smile.

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Then they have their twin babble, they talk and talk to each other in their own little language all day long. And maybe I just wanted to hear it but yesterday when Yasha and I were playing with the girls before bed time Talia wanted Jordan to come sit in the chair next to her so she patted the seat and said “Jordan”.

 

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Almost 14 Months

by Juliemara
12.5.12

 

Since I’m not doing the monthly chalkboard photos anymore I haven’t done an update on how much the girls have changed in the past six weeks. So I wanted to do that here and share some of my favorite photos I’ve taken of them recently.

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Talia,

she is a tiny little drama queen. She amazes us everyday that so much personality can fit into such a tiny little person. She loves to laugh and squeal with delight. She will belt out the loudest squeal just to get the rest of us going. We chase them around, catch them, and tickle away. All the while they are laughing uncontrollably. Talia still loves the doggy hand puppet. She will bring it to me to play with every chance she gets. Apparently she said “doggy” this past weekend but I wasn’t there to hear it. She does say baby, ball, milk and aba very well. According to our nanny she has quite a few words in Hebrew too, like mahear = quickly and doda = nanny/aunt. She loves the bath, almost always waits until the last drop is down the drain before she will get out.  Talia has figured out how to stack the wooden rings on the peg and climb up onto toddler chairs. And her brand new trick is to stand on chairs. She does it very carefully. She also has started playing with toys while lying on the floor, its pretty cute. Talia loves to dance, she plays music on one of her toys and comes to me to hold her hands as we rock back an forth to the beat, she’ll play the song again and again. And if I’m not available to be her dance partner she throws one hand up in the air and taps her foot while turning in a circle. I wish I knew where she learned this one from and I promise as soon as I get it on film I will share it.

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Jordan,

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she is a gentle baby, she loves to snuggle, with me, with her giant teddy, just a great snuggler. She has the sweetest little voice her coos and ahhs make me smile every time. She lets Talia test the waters on pretty much everything before she tries something new. She’s a really good eater, she loves chicken and sweet potatoes and zucchini. Jordan loves to look at books, she’ll sit and play on her own looking through the pages of a book or figuring out a toy that she has held a hundred times. Jordan also loves bath time, she even says bath, sort of, it’s more like, baaa, with a high pitch at the end. In the bath she loves to put the foam bath stickers on her head and she doesn’t cry when water gets in her eyes. Jordan loves to turn the light in their room on and off. Every night after bath while I am trying to get a diaper on her she is popping up on her feet and holding the wall with one hand while she pounds away at the light switch until it goes off, then turns to me with a proud smile for my approval, good job Jordan, now turn it back on, and she does. Jordan also loves to dance, she is more of a shoulder worm groover than a foot tapping spinner.

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 I love these little ladies with all my heart, they amaze us everyday with their love for each other and for us. They learn so fast now, I have no words to describe how it makes us feel when they show us something new that they have learned. Everyone said it gets better, and I’d heard that they are more fun the older they get but I didn’t believe anyone. I wanted my tiny 5 and 6 pounds babies to stay that way, then I wanted my little immobile wrigglers to stay that way, now I want my little babbling toddlers to stay just like they are. At least one of them. Is that so much to ask? But I know that in time I will see that as good as it was and good as it is the good is only going to multiply over and over in the months and years to come and I am excited to be there for every minute of it.

Love you baby girls.

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12 Months

by Juliemara
11.2.12

…and three weeks. So this post is a little late. Doesn’t matter, at least not to me. Everyday I let it go a little. Or rather when I do get something done on schedule I applaud myself and let all the rest just go. I work full time, I like to craft, I have an Etsy shop, I do the blog. And every once in a while I like to just sit on the couch and watch funny movie with my husband, like That’s My Boy, which we watched this week. It was really funny.

Talia is now totally obsessed with her loveies. She hasn’t shown a real desire for one over the other, but I’m pretty sure the ones she is holding in these pictures are her favorites. One is a cat and one is a bear, she doesn’t know the difference between them and they each usually have one.

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Here are the little munchkins, not sitting nicely like they use too. I imagine the days of getting them to sit still and look at me at the same time are long gone.

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I’m ok with it though. I love watching them explore and try to climb and just make each other laugh. If it means that I get more pictures of the backs of their head than their cute little smiling faces then so be it.

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This is them head butting each other, their new favorite thing to do. Usually it just brings on giggles, every once in a while they hit each other just so and the crying ensues.

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Happy Friday Everyone I hope you have a great weekend!

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9 Months Old

by Juliemara
07.16.12

Um, really?! Crawling, Standing, walking along the edge of the couch. Eating finger food, ALL KINDS! And worst of all drinking out of a sippy cup. What are my babies thinking trying to do more and become little people and less baby like. I mean I’ve only had them for nine months! What, next? Are they going to try to walk or something before they turn one?

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I’m joking,  i know that my sweet happy little babies are doing all the things they are suppose to do and they are doing them so well. Talia mastered crawling about a week before Jordan, which made Jordan very frustrated, and even though it was only a few weeks ago it feels like an eternity ago that Jordan couldn’t crawl. Jordan started pulling up, mostly on me and then on the couch and toys a week or so before Talia, but now Talia has become very determined to find her balance and will pull up and fall down over and over and over. It’s really funny to see them standing, just a few months ago they couldn’t even sit them selves up, now they can go where they want and stand up to reach things, look in the mirror or out the window. They get so proud of them selves when they accomplish one of these feats and the smiles that plaster across their faces are just to die for. And in the last few days Miss Jordan learned how to clap, it is so cute.

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The girls are home with the nanny during the week they go on the occasional outing here and there but for the most part they are home playing with one of their four gazillion toys. So on the weekends we LOVE getting out with the girls and going to the pool or swinging at the park, or to a restaurant for breakfast or dinner.  The girls sit in the high chair and just watching them pick up food struggle to get in into their mouths and chew it with their all but toothless mouths is such fun entertainment.

There are definitely new challenges with this age, like the amount of time it takes for these girls to eat a meal. They eat four/five times a day, each meal takes about 30-45 minutes, then they get a bottle. Between the meals and the naps it seems as though we are back in the eat, sleep, poop phase again. But at the same time the most important thing that we as parents have learned in the past nine months is that as quickly as a phase starts, it stops just as quickly and we are faced with new challenges and decisions to make on how to deal with them.

My husband and I break the bed time rules probably more often than we should because we just hate for the day to end and want to play with our sweet little babies for just a few more minutes. If the girls don’t fall asleep with in a few minutes of putting them to bed, and cry more than we are comfortable to listen to we will go and get them out of their cribs and let them play for 15 or 20 more minutes, then they usually fall right asleep when we do put them back in bed.

Happy 9 months little babies!

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These white couch photo shoots have become much more difficult since the girls are more mobile now, that and the fact that their favorite game to play is jump off the couch, usually it’s into our arms, but they have not distinguished the difference between “I’ll catch you” and “stay on the couch”. So my husband has to back me up during the photo shoots to make sure that no babies face plant off the couch. HE does such a good job.

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