Dear Beatrice and Gabriel
Today you are 16 months old. I am still trying to figure out where the time goes.
This month has been full of changes again. WE ARE WALKING!!!! and crashing! It is amazing how everything really does just happen one day. One day you are mostly crawling and then the next both of you are walking all over the place. I have gotten lots of video in the last couple of weeks cause I just can't stand the cuteness. Bea you have decided that "Goggy" isn't just for the dog but for everything and you point and say it constantly. The only thing that isn't a Goggy is the cat which is still "meow" or "ow". Both of you are saying "hi" regularly. You will say it to anyone entering the room but you will say it to me even if I haven't left. For serious cuteness, Bea will pat you on the hand while saying hi. I LOVE your little voices.
Something happened over the last month that turned you guys into toddlers from babies. You are both starting to really mimic things we say and have a much more complicated thought process. In the tub a couple of days ago, Gabe drank a bit of the tub water and coughed a bit. I guess Bea you saw the attention he was getting and so you bent over and pretended to drink some of the water too. Then stood up and faked a cough. You were so pleased with yourself when you got attention too. You still do the fake cough every once and a while to get attention.
This is a picture of you guys tormenting the cat.
You are both doing such silly stuff. Gabe you are so bonkers for blueberries that you will pack so many in your mouth at once that you can't close it. We have had to start giving you only a couple at a time. You both love anything on noodles and scrambled eggs. I can hide spinach in the eggs and cover noodles in the most garlicky chicken tomato sauce as long as there is a little grated cheese in there too. I love all the healthy food you two will eat and although I know in a couple of years I will be begging the two of you to close your mouth so I can't hear you smacking your chops, for now I love the sound.
Gabe you are still our little book worm, asking me to read to you all the time. The fact that you love books so much gives me reassurance that your eye site isn't suffering from all the eye issues. You latest thing is to carry stuff around with you. Things need to be taken places and you are making sure they get there. When I do read books I follow along with my finger and you watch the words fly by. I can see you making connections, I can see the little wheels turning. You are thoughtful and very sweet. You seem to have an affinity for lamb. If there is a lamb in any book it immediately needs to be kissed. You will kiss it and then lay your head down on the book. You are also incredably physical and I often find you up on top of things. We call you 'monkey boy' right now. You are really into testing boundries right now and will do the thing we say no to over and over to see if the answer is still no. Maybe you are a little stubborn like your dad.
Bea you are still a comedienne. Pulling faces and very aware of the faces you are making because you can make the same face we are making at you. You are quick to laugh and will repeat anything you do that gets a laugh. You charm everyone that comes over. Playing 'peak a boo' and flirting. You are a great sleeper and will happily go down without much trouble and will sleep in and wake up happy.
We are both completely weened now too. None of your feeding was how I had wanted things to go. My dream was to breast feed for the first year of my babies life but the cards I was delt made that difficult. Instead I had twins and premies that had an easier time feeding from a bottle than breast, so I pumped every three hours for 7 months. I would set my alarm to get me up even if you guys were sound alseep. At about 5 months old I was having a hard time producing enough for you guys so we started supplimenting Bea Beas bottle with formula. This doesn't seem fair but Gabe couldn't tolerate formula after his tummy surgery and we were told to make sure he got as much breast milk for as long as we could do. At 7 months I was diagnosed with Hashimotos disease and the medication meant no more breast feeding. So I slowly weened you guys onto formula. It was at this point that I introduced solids anyway and we weren't drinking much formula anyway. But now we are all sippy cups of water or watered down juice. Gabe still goes to bed with a bottle but it just water and sometimes you don't even drink it. I think it is a bit of a comfort to have it there more than anything. I miss the breast feeding!! I miss all the cuddles.
I really love you guys