Thursday, August 29, 2013

12 months

We made it! The boys turned one year old on August 1st. It has been a busy but fun year. I've really cherished every moment and appreciated every opportunity to care for my babies before they were no longer babies. Having twins is probably a lot of work in itself but I think the hardest part is going from 1 to 3 kids at once. We're now getting to the age where having twins is really fun because we're seeing the relationship between them grow even as their personalities develop individually. I am looking forward to having Jonah and his brothers play together (without fighting) once they're a little older. On their birthday we started breakfast with muffins and then went to their one year pediatrician visit. After that we took muffins and a card to the IVF clinic and the NICU. After dinner we sang happy birthday and the boys shared a chocolate chip muffin. It was reminiscent of the day the boys were born with just our little family. The next day we left for a mini vacation. I had the boys birthday cards before their birthday but they're still sitting, half addressed waiting to go out.

At 12 months old Elliott is now crawling on his hands and knees instead of his stomach. He cruises along the furniture and has let go and stood briefly. He has become super fast at going up the stairs so we're always checking and double checking that the gate has been closed. He weighed 18 lbs 11 oz and the pediatrician was very happy with his growth. His hair is getting longer and flips out over his ears. It is really soft and silky and a light brown. He continues to be a great and very neat eater. He enjoys nursing and will crawl up to me and start pulling at my shirt. We visited the allergist where they did a skin test which showed a slight reaction to eggs and possibly dogs. We'll be watching the dog one. We went to the children's hospital to have blood drawn for the egg allergy. It came back that he was moderately allergic to egg whites and slightly allergic to egg yolks. He can have eggs when they've been baked in things but no scrambled, hard boiled, mayonnaise, dressing, etc. The good news is that most kids outgrow egg allergies. I'm getting better at remembering to carry the epipen with me. We think he is also allergic to watermelon. We have to have his flu shot at the allergist so I'll talk to him then about any further testing. Elliott still likes to have me stay close but he is smiling more when people talk to him.

Simon is still crawling on his belly but loves to practice walking. He will hold onto our hands or push the walker and walk with a huge grin on his face. He weighed 19 lbs 7 oz and his head was in the 96th percentile which caused the pediatrician some worry but I remember her also being worried about Jonah's head size at that age too. At least once a day Matt and I talk about how Simon might be our most challenging child (a scary thought after Jonah!). The boy is ornery and so smart. He reminds me of Jonah in that when I tell him not to do something he laughs and does it again. This happens when he bites, unplugs things, throws his food on the floor, and if you're sitting or laying on the floor he repeatedly body slams you. He is a picky eater and if he doesn't like his selection he'll throw it all on the floor. He rarely eats vegetables and doesn't always care for meat either. He is still nursing but may not be for long if he continues biting me. He doesn't seem as attached to it as Elliott. They're both getting bottles before bed to use up the frozen milk in the freezer. It'll still be a while before its gone. Simon still thinks everything Jonah does is hilarious and tries to make him laugh. One thing Simon always thinks is funny are hats. If we put anything on our head he cracks up.

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