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by Juliemara
09.11.13

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Jordan, poor thing has been teething her back molars for two weeks bowl
Talia, could have ridden every animal on the carousel, twice, before she was done.

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34/52

by Juliemara
09.9.13

“a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013.”

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Jordan, treasure hunting. She’s so good at cleaning up after herself, always helps when asked and loves putting things back in place.
Talia, concert in the go. My parents gave the girls a sweet vintage piano they thrifted.

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30/52

by Juliemara
08.3.13

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The girls are getting the hang of toddler birthday parties. They have figured out that a birthday means cake! We had two birthdays last weekend. Since we don’t give the girls sweets very often they go a little nutz when they see that they are about to get cake. But in the end they never finish the tiny piece we give each of them.

Talia definitely has a bigger sweet tooth than Jordan, but Jordan loves animal crackers. When I give them a small pile to share, Jordan hordes them.

Random Quick Toddler Tip:
Once kids get to about a year of age two piece pajamas don’t have snaps or envalope shoulders around the neck so getting a pj tee over a kids head can be a little tricky to do without upsetting the little ones. So here’s my tip, gather the shirt in your hands, stretch the neck a bit then turn it so the shoulder seams go over the head at the nose and back of their head, then turn it straight once it’s over the head. Neck holes are wider from side to side than they are from from the back. Hope this helps.

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29/52

by Juliemara
07.19.13

“a portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013.”

Jordan

Discovered the best mode of transportation, Aba’s foot.

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Talia

I’m a sucker for mid action shots, because they are almost impossible for me to get without being blurry. That’s Talia Mid-step.

Thanks to my sister for capturing this one during a cousins play date.

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Happy Friday!

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28/52

by Juliemara
07.15.13

Talia

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Jordan

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When the girls were born I felt like I had all this insight into babies and especially caring for twins. I learned so much in those early days from my private twin moms Facebook group that I felt compelled to take the time to share what I knew with other expectant twin moms. Having twin newborns is hard and any tip or reassurance that I could give to make another moms day go a bit smoother was well worth the hours of blogging. These days I have two kids at home, sure they are twins, but they are mostly just toddlers. I am certainly no expert on toddlers, there are about a billion websites with professionals writing to help you get through the tantrums, potty training teeth brushing. I read a lot of it, try some of it and usually give in more than I should. Jordan still cries to be carried around all the time, and about half the time I pick her up and take her where ever we are going. And while I know this is not only reinforcing the bad behavior it’s also showing Talia that whining and crying is the way to get what you want, eek. The girls started brushing their teeth around one, but even that has turned into a “I want the other toothbrush”, eat the banana flavored toothpaste, “I’m not done putting my feet in the sink and turning on the water” tantrum party. And as for the potty training, well the pee pee in the potty every once in a blue moon is nice but the more frequent accidents on the floor is not something I’m in the mood to deal with just yet, so the diaper will be staying on, indefinitely. I’m hoping once they can actually get on the toilet themselves they will figure out the whole potty training thing. Just kidding, but seriously, when is that?

So while I might blog now and again about the great things I find on the internet to do with toddlers or trips we take or major milestones, for the most part I need a little breather from the blogging. Feel free to visit and vote everyday, even without a post and I will be keeping up with the weekly portraits because I love them. If you want daily musings of the girls be sure to follow me on Instagram.

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26/52

by Juliemara
06.28.13

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Talia, she learned to say something new “ah-wa-dat”, translation “I want that”. Really? We say please and thank you in our house some much I’m almost sick of hearing it, where on earth did she learn “I want that” we remind her to say please after and she does, quite well “Peeese”. But still we need to nip the  “ah-wa-dat” in the bud real quick. Talia is over all a happy go lucky while extremely demanding child. She gets in her head that she will do something and she will do it, even when I ask her not; to. Oh wait they both do that, maybe that’s just being a toddler.

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Jordan has had a rough month as far as sleeping goes, she’s ended up in bed with us nearly every night. Most of the time it’s not until 5 or 6 (we try to get them to sleep until 6:30 or 7) but more than enough it’s before midnight. Jordan is not an easy person to share a bed with, she is not a very sound sleeper, she tosses and turns and kicks all night. This past week has been especially rough. Jordan started running a fever on Sunday, by Tuesday it was up to nearly 104. We thought it was from teething, which may have been bothering her as well, she was also extra sleepy, clingy and cranky all week. But when she developed a faint rash on Thursday I did some research and though it to be Roseola, a virus that just has to run it’s course. So the sleepiness and crankiness was merited. I decided she needed to be seen by the doctor just to be safe, they agreed Roseola, not much you can do but wait. Kids are so resilient she never completely acted sick, she would be cranky and snuggly or lazy one minute and running around like a little crazy person the next. The rash only lasts a day or two, it’s not itchy, it’s just there. Now we are just waiting the arrival of two final teeth, whoooo, maybe then sleeping in our house will become a more regular thing.

 

And so it’s here. The second half of this year. It’s a little sad to think of it like that, I’m not a big fan of time passing so quickly. One one hand I want to hold on to my little babies and make them stay little. On the other hand I want them to start using words to express how they feel and sleep all night in their own  beds with out waking us up at all hours with bone chilling screams. I’m anxious to switch them to the toddler beds I bought for them before they were even born they are so cute! And I am itching to redecorate their room to be more toddler fun, but at the same time I am hesitant to make the bed switch. The doctor suggested they stay in the cribs until they are closer to three. And there is the chance that if we switch them, then instead of crying for us in the middle of the night, they will just get out of bed and come to our room, probably not a better situation. Or worse go wander around the house and throw who knows what into the toilet (none of the child safety locks we have tried for the toilet have worked against the determined little hands of Talia and Jordan).

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25/52

by Juliemara
06.24.13

It’s summer time, I don’t know how that happen. All of the sudden I’m thinking about how to celebrate Independence Day and when we are going to the pool. We finally got to go for a swim for the first time this summer. Some friends of ours who also have twin girls threw a pool party. There are only a few pictures of the day because the pool is not separated from the rest of the yard. We spent a good bit of time in the water with the girls but when it was time to be done and get dried off we had to be on our feet on constant guard.

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I decided some desert toppers will do the trick for the fourth. Ifound these great free printables on Pinterest and that toast looks good enough to eat everyday.

 
“A portrait of my children, every week in 2013″

Jordan
Everything is “puh-pull” (purple).
She will repeat any one word she is asked to almost perfectly. It’s amazing how many of them she remembers and uses later in the correct context.

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Talia
Everything is “bew” (Blue).
When this girls sorts out her sounds she is going to be non stop. She talks her little toddler talk constantly. She will also repeat words she is asked to but the result is hardly coherent. She’ll get there. And when she does we better start ordering earplugs in bulk. Talia also has a great imagination. I often catch her playing in own little world talking to herself. I hope she never looses that.

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24/52

by Juliemara
06.17.13

“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2013.”

Jordan

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I have no idea what she is doing or thinking in this photo. I am sure I just caught her in an in between moment. But I’d like to think she is silently concentrating on being present in the moment. Soaking up the warmth of the sun of the summer that has snuck up on us.

Talia

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“here I am” a favorite game of the girls, in the little house, behind the curtain or under a sheet. They are fond of peek-a-boo. We play it in hebrew “efo Talia” (“where’s Talia”), and out she pops. Always with a giggle.

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23/52

by Juliemara
06.9.13

“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2013.”

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I realized on friday that I hadn’t taken any new photos of the girls since last weekend! Bad mommy ; ) So these photos are courtesy of grandma Safta.

So many new words this week-they just keep shocking us with the things they are learning to say. Prpl (purple), Bew (blue), cow, kn (yes-in hebrew). I sit hear and try to think back over the last seven days but my mind goes blank. The last week blends into the weeks before, all the giggles and jumping and MOMMYMOMMYMOMMYMOMMYMOMMY is distinguishable from one week to the next.  I think I’ll tape a paper to the wall with a pen close by and when ever there is a new word jot it down, I’ll let you know next week how that goes. Hope you had a good weekend, all about ours tomorrow.

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22/52

by Juliemara
05.31.13

Jordan, new words: yeah woah (yellow), maykie (make up), favorite word: Wash (otherwise known as playing in the water)

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*learning to ride a bike with my dad in a fancy dress after synagogue.

Talia, new words: ah ghe (again), up (used for up and down), favorite word: No (used for yes and no). Make things a bit confusing for us.

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