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Twenty Months

June 4, 2010

The big 2-0.  The kids finally got the memo this month that, lo and verily, they are toddlers.  They want “up” (general use preposition for any change in position) all day and night.  They wander around with cups of milk and lounge on the couch like miniature teenagers.  They have strong opinions about the Backyardigans, although their limited vocabularies mean that these opinions are mostly expressed through interpretive dance.   They’re busy, glorious, sweet little people who are fully capable of stealing sister’s toy one minute, and patting her to comfort her the next.  It’s astounding.

The stats:

Sleep:  11-13 hours at night, 2-3 hour nap each day.

Food:  Smaller volume than previously (Chloe until recently could out-eat Nanny J’s 7-year-old) but still a nice variety.  They’re enjoying dipping things (salsa, ranch, ketchup, marinara) and love the independence of their new booster seats at the kitchen table.  Bye-bye, high chairs!

Nursie:  Early a.m. on waking, for about 3 nanoseconds.  They’re close to weaning, I think.

Teeth:  Chloe’s holding at 16, Emma has 10.

Apparel:  18 month clothes, size 4 shoes, size 4 dipes.

Dimensions:  Emma is 25# 10 oz, and Chloe is 23# 3 oz.  Both 31.25 inches.

Words:  Chloe – up, baby (beebee), poopoo, stinky (tinky).  Emma – “hi, sister” and “I love you (I luuh ooo)” as well as beebee.

Likes: Chloe – the Wonder Pets CD (accept no substitutes), climbing anything/everything, raspberry fruit bars.  Emma – her baby doll, bananas, her baby doll, the red triangle, and did I mention the doll?

Dislikes: Chloe – mama’s suggestion that she sit on the potty (oh how funny, mama!), not having something that her sister has.   Emma – walking barefoot outside, having toys stolen by Chloe, and Major Dislike #1: losing contact with her doll for any period of time, including bath, dinner, brushing one’s teeth, etc.


Nineteen Months

May 4, 2010

We’re running headlong into the toddler phase!  Chloe started walking, full-tilt, on Easter (the 4th) and Emma followed suit on the 29th, after much “physical therapy.”  (Being held by the hand and walked all over the house for long periods each day.)

They’re joyful little people, who loved their first ice cream cones at Dairy Queen, live to find and pet the cat cat cat CAT CAT and are constantly in motion at any time that their eyes are open.

Sleep:  11-13 hours at night, 2-3 hour nap each day.

Food:  Anything and everything.  Big hits recently are raspberry fruit bars, lobster, crab, ice cream and drinks of mama’s pop.  Which makes it sound like a 24/7 junk fest around here, although it’s not.  They eat a wide variety of foods well, although Chloe’s more of a carnivore and Emma likes her veggies and fruits best.

Nursie:  Early a.m. on waking, and rarely if someone’s hurt/sick and needs a little extra love.

Teeth:  Chloe has all 16 now, Emma has 9.

Apparel:  18 month clothes, size 4 shoes, size 3 dipes for day, size 4 overnights for night.  The day dipes are starting to leak, so we may be going up a size soon.

Dimensions:  Emma is 24 lbs, and Chloe is 22.

Words:  Chloe – go, out.  Emma – sister.

Likes: Chloe – goldfish crackers, her milk cup, the Wonder Pets CD.  Emma – petting anyone (cat, dog, sister, me), shopping (she pulls on the tags/fabrics to examine them), strawberries.

Dislikes: Chloe –being imprisoned against her will (a.k.a. the carseat), broccoli.   Emma – string cheese, being alone.

Eighteen Months

April 4, 2010

We’re enjoying the warmer weather (finally) and spending lots of time in the wagon riding up and down the street, and sharing the baby swing at the park.  I’ve gated off the front porch, and they can crawl around out there while I watch them from the porch swing, and they love it.  Latest tricks are waving bye-bye to anyone/everyone (including the dog) and blowing kisses.

We finally started serious tooth-brushing coincident with our first dentist’s appointment during early March, and they love to stand in their cribs at bedtime and have their teeth brushed (and then get their water sippies to take to sleep with them.)

Our mini Easter egg hunt was a big hit (I “hid” eggs all over the front porch, in plain sight.)  They would each find an egg or two, and shake them like crazy, then Emma would put the eggs in the basket, and Chloe would take them back out.

Sleep:  11-13 hours at night, 2-3 hour nap each day.  Once in awhile they’ll take two naps if they were up late the night before.

Food:  They tried asparagus and strawberries for the first time (both hits) and continue to consume all offered items, along with stray mislaid graham crackers, bits of Science Diet (Chloe) and anything else semi-edible that crosses their paths.  All of the Easter candy was a big hit, with all the chocolate bunnies and Reese’s eggs and jellybeans.

Nursie:  1-2 x/day.  The early a.m. nursie is essential, but they can be distracted from the post-nap session if we have visitors or somewhere to go urgently.  Of course, if they take two naps, they want to nurse both times.  It all works out.

Teeth:  Chloe has all 16 now, Emma still has 6 (with two molars coming, woe woe woe.)

Apparel:  18 month clothes, size 3 shoes, size 3 dipes.  I just bought size 4 sandals for summer, and they’re a skosh long.

Dimensions:  Haven’t weighed since our doctor’s visit in February, but I’m going with Emma at 23.5 lbs or so, and Chloe at 21ish.

Words:  Chloe – kitty (associated with tongue-waggling at the cat of unclear importance.  This would make sense if the cat were a labrador retriever, but he isn’t), shoes, done.  Emma – shoes, num (yum).

Likes: Chloe – sneaking around to get something forbidden (the remote, dog food, my Blackberry), WonderPets, her milk sippie.  Emma – her stuffed rabbit (from Easter), fruit.

Dislikes: Chloe –  corned beef, having to sit down in the bathtub.  Emma – salmon, anyone crying/upset (including TV characters.)

Seventeen Months

March 4, 2010

The second nap, she is gone.  One nap a day = mama tied to the living room to closely observe the toddlers, and zero blogging time on the antiquated desktop ‘puter.  (Fear not – a new laptop is due to arrive late April.  And not a moment too soon.)

Chloe took her first independent steps on February 28th.  Emma still thinks that walking without assistance is pretty risky stuff, and is holding off to see how it works out for sister.  They both cruise all over the place, and are getting more confident at standing up in the middle of the room with no assistance.

They’ve fallen in love with the WonderPets this month, as well as Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, so I find myself wandering around at work singing to myself about animals in trouble/mousketools.  Could be worse.  The common denominator is singing, lots of singing.  Which leads to toddler dancing while standing in front of the TV.  Hysterical.

Apparel:  12 month clothes, with some 18 month thrown in.  Size 3 shoes.  Size 3 diapers.

Sleep:  11-13 hours at night, one nap for 2-3 hours, usually in the afternoon.

Food:  Everything.  Newish foods:  peanut butter, bacon (not together.)  They continue to consume amazing amounts, and we have no earthly idea where Chloe puts it all.

Nursie:  2x/day.  Once when waking up, and once after nap.

Teeth:  Chloe – 14, Emma – 6.

Dimensions:  Emma was 23#4oz and 29.75 inches at their doctor’s appointment, and Chloe was 20#14 oz, 29.5 inches.

Words:  Chloe – bye, hi, go.  Emma – ‘kay, whee, hi.

Likes: Chloe – eating dog food, ducks.  Emma – the red triangle block, long may it reign.

Dislikes: Chloe –  not being allowed to press the TV buttons.  Emma – being left alone (or with Chloe).

Sixteen Months

February 4, 2010

Busy.  That’s the key adjective these days.  Busy busy busy busy BUSY.  Chloe’s over here, Emma’s over there, Chloe’s trying to sneak the remote from behind my back while Emma’s crawling over to the dishwasher to “kiss the baby” (her reflection) while Chloe’s given up on the remote and is now headed for the dog dish to play in the water.  Lather, rinse, repeat.  (There’s a reason I’m actually posting this over three weeks late.)

They crawl, and cruise beautifully.  They can stand independently for a few seconds, and are close to standing up from the middle of the floor (without a table/etc to lean on.)  They like to look at their board books by themselves, and love to be read to.  The Wiggles are close family friends.  They both sing in the car, and are picking up new words by the day.

My grandmother (semi-demented) gave them horrendously tacky singing/dancing animals for Christmas.  One’s a sunglass-wearing moose that sings “Shout” and flaps its ears, and the other’s a dog in a Christmas box that sings some other Christmasified hit of the 60’s (I can’t remember which, and I’ll be damned if I’m waking them up by playing the stupid thing.)  The girls, of course, think they’re woooonderful.  They dance.  Shake their booties.  Chloe taps her foot like she’s going to a hoedown.  Sadly, Grandma didn’t give these with earplugs for Mama.

Sleep:  11-12 hours a night.  3 hours during the day, in two naps. (Both of which are preceded by several minutes to an hour of play.  I can smell “one nap” coming.  Woe.)  Emma could use about a half hour or so more a day than Chloe, but damned if I know how to make that happen when they share a room and wake up/screech if the other is absent.

Food:  Anything and everything.  They’re drinking more milk these days, and love the broccoli/cheese/rice/chicken meal that I whip up from time to time.  Nutritious, easy *and* apparently delicious.  That and bananas and the odd vanilla wafer would probably hold them indefinitely.  Breakfasts are bagels (blueberry or cinnamon raisin, generally), or if we have time pancakes and bacon.  (Big hit.)  Grilled cheese sandwiches are also a big staple.

Nursie:  3x/day.  The bedtime nursie is officially done.  They just weren’t terribly interested.  I think that’s a combo of not having it 3 nights per week when I work, and going to bed pretty quickly after dinner so still having full tummies.

Teeth: Chloe has 12, Emma 6.   Further proof that a) they are not identical and b) there’s a wide range of “normal” teething.

Apparel:  12 month clothes, size 3 shoes, size 3 dipes.  And lots of traction-bottomed socks for cruising on the wood floors.

Dimensions:  I’m guessing Emma’s around 22 lbs and Chloe around 20.  Plus-minus.

Words:  Chloe – duck, quack, diaper, uh-oh.  Uh-oh is BIG.  Everything is uh-oh.  (For both of them, but Chloe foremost.)  Emma – Piper, dog, diaper, giraffe (jaff), uh-oh uh-oh uh-oh.  And the jabbering, heaven help us all when they’re four and these are real words that I’m supposed to be attending to.

Likes: Chloe – anything involving cheese, taking off her shoes, the dog dish.  Emma – her little people giraffe, her taggie lovey, graham crackers.

Dislikes: Chloe – diaper changes, being restrained in any way from her very important missions.  Emma – meat-type items (she’ll eat them, but always last), parental disapproval.



Fifteen Months

January 4, 2010

Time flies when you’re having fun.  And when you’re dodging thrown sippy cups and flying bits of cinnamon raisin bagel.  And saying things like “No, you may not pick your sister’s nose.”

They’re glorious this month.  Crawling everywhere (Emma’s finally figured out that all-fours works better than the asymmetric Biblical paralytic routine she had going before.)  Cruising on furniture (Chloe’s adept at it, Emma a bit more cautious, as per normal.)  Jabbering a mile a minute.  Eating anything and everything put before them, particularly vegetables (Emma) and meats (Chloe.)

Sleep:  11-12 hours/night, 3-4 hours total nap usually divided into two naps.  I think they could transition to 1 nap at this point, but it results in less total sleep time, so we’re holding off for now.

Food:  noodles, steak, broccoli, cinnamon grahams, vanilla wafers, you name it.  And milkmilkmilkmilk.  They recognize the milk jug, and are very clear on what they want (although not having the word for it quite yet.)

Nursie: 3ish times per day, with the first-thing-in-the-morning feed being most important, followed by two after-nap feeds.  The bedtime feed is almost nonexistent.

Teeth:  Chloe’s sprouted two molars, making ten for her; Emma has five.

Apparel: Diapers size 3.  Clothes edging into 12 months (especially Emma.)  Shoes size 2, nearly 3.

Dimensions:  Emma 21.5 lbs, Chloe 19.5 lbs.  Both according to their Baby Wiis.

Words:  Emma – mama, ‘kay (as in OK), dog, kiss, cracker, bye-bye, hi, yeah, uh-oh.   Chloe – mama, Piper, dog, kisses, bye-bye, hi, yeah, uh-oh, “dat” (that).

Likes:  Chloe – steak, her binky (Quackers the Wubbanub), crawling around trying to get the adults to chase her, attempting to climb the stairs.   Emma – green beans, medicine (Tylenol, Advil, Robitussin, whatever – she’s not particular), the horrendously tacky singing/ear-flapping dogs that Great-Grandma bought her for Christmas.

Dislikes:  Chloe – bedtime, diaper changes.  Emma – the cold, being scolded for anything (she just wells up and cries.)

Fourteen Months

December 4, 2009

Fourteen.  It sounds so…toddlerish.  And with the developmental leaps and bounds going on in this house, I guess that fits.

In the past month, Emma has started pulling up on things, crawling on all fours, and said her first word (dog) on Thanksgiving, with several others close behind.  (Chloe had about a month’s head start on her, with “mama” on October 15th.)  She loves to give kisses, and frequently shares her graham cracker/cookie/what-have-you with me.  (Yes, daughter, slobbery graham is my favorite flavor!)

Chloe cruises all around Baby Shawshank, jabbering like crazy, and gets into anything she can find.  Her latest expression is a tight “O” of interest/surprise/amusement at anything/everything.  Christmas lights.  Cell phone ring tones.  Random items in stores.  Graham crackers.  Ohhhhhh.  She’s also developed an ornery streak that has all of the adults laughing.

Sleep:  11-12 hours/night, 3-4 hours total nap divided into two naps.

Food:  bagels, cheese, broccoli, stuffing, pumpkin pie, hot dogs, anything not nailed down.  Including Science Diet.  The holy trifecta of foodstuffs is composed of bananas, graham crackers and milk.

Nursie: 3ish times per day, with the first-thing-in-the-morning feed being most important.  After-nap is desirable but can be distracted from, and before-bed is pretty nominal at this point.  Emma’s much more interested than Chloe is just now.

Teeth:  Chloe’s holding at 8, Emma has five.  The present location of her right lateral upper incisor is unknown, as its mate has been in for weeks.  Film at 11.

Apparel: Diapers size 3.  Clothes edging into 12 months (especially Emma.)  Shoes size 2, getting close to 3.

Dimensions:  Emma 20#2 oz and 28.5 inches, Chloe 18#8 oz and 28 inches.  Both with “personal bests” on the growth charts per their pedi.

Words:  Emma – dog, kiss, cracker, bye-bye, hi, yeah.  You’ll note that “mama” is absent.  Hmmph.  Chloe – mama, dog, bye-bye, hi, yeah, done.  And oooohhhh…if that counts.

Likes:  Chloe – her sippy cup, Christmas lights, playing in the dog bowl.  Emma – lima beans, snuggles, the Wiggles

Dislikes:  Chloe – riding her rocking elephant, super-afraid of the flappy crawling butterfly toy (put that way it sounds a little creepy to me, too.)  Emma – being mauled by her over-active sister, being left alone anywhere.