Friday, 4 September 2015

A few favourites and general update

by Bex

It's been tricky getting used to the new status quo.  Being back on my own looking after the twins has been hard now they're 3 months older too.  Having Mum around to help out and spend time with us was great and getting a proper break in Saudi, where I managed to do lots of swimming and aqua aerobics (as well as two massages!) and a little crafting, was fantastic which is possibly why I'm struggling being back in the reality of just me and two babies all day every day.  I am knackered.

As is Priya, apparently!

This week has actually been easier again, I think we all just needed a bit of adjusting as the twins had gotten used to having someone else around if they were both upset or wanting attention at once.  Being 9 months versus 6 months makes a difference too of course, they are much more mobile as well as requiring more entertaining and napping less.

The great thing is that now they're older and more aware of what's going on, they play together much more which is lovely to watch.  They often giggle at each other, Kalyan more than Priya - he gets so delighted by his sister!  I think that might also explain some of his frustration since she's been crawling, he can't follow her and she's all over the place now.  He's very close to crawling but not quite there yet.  I suspect he'll be much happier once he can though!

He does still love his maracas though!  I have a great series of photos of him playing with this green one showing off some of his awesome expressions!  They're so good I'm probably going to do a whole post just of our wee Kalybops with his maraca!

Priya has been a delight since crawling and learning to stand - she stands most of the day now when playing - either leaning on the coffee table, sofa or toy box and is so proud of herself.  I think it helps that she can get to where/what/who she wants - she often follows us if we're in a different room.  It may be this that has contributed to their sleep improving too.  They're much more energetic during the day and we changed our tactics when they wake in the night, after about 3 or 4 nights they started sleeping through til 6:30 or 7am!  It's soooo great, although I do still keep waking up at 5am!  Bedtime is trickier as tandem feeding is pretty much done with now - Priya would just try to sit up and roll off the pillow!  I now feed them one after the other and they are both usually very wriggly nowadays when feeding in general!

The rain has been a bit rubbish lately but it did mean I managed to get some pictures of Priya's rose covered in droplets:

She was given it at the naming ceremony by the ladies who came from the pop-in!  They bought us a pink rose and blue lavender to go in the garden for the twins - such a lovely thought!

Priya now has 5 teeth and Kalyan ALMOST has 3!  Sophie is still as popular as ever.

We have bought a second hand Chicco walker which is in great condition (and a bargain at £5!) which they both love although Kalyan just seems to go backwards so far!  They both love walking while holding onto my hands - not great for the back since I'm tall but they're getting so fast and more confident by the day!  Priya's already using the walker to scoot around the kitchen, trying to open cupboards, ovens and bins!  Luckily the walker prevents them opening as it's so large but I have to keep a close eye on her!  Needless to say we already have a gate at the top of the stairs and on the kitchen door.  I caught her today standing holding onto the bottom step trying to lift her leg so that gate will be getting fitted this weekend!

She didn't like it when I left her in the nursery alone to take Kalyan downstairs for breakfast this morning.  Luckily he was then happy in the jumperoo for a while so I played with her upstairs again for a bit.  (And had a mini photo shoot!)

I wish I could spend more one on one time with them occasionally, it's much easier to play and engage when it's just two of us.  Kalyan has been having shorter naps lately and while Priya carries on dozing next to us we've had some fun play time and cuddles.  Apparently twins tend to have slower speech development due to the lack of one on one, eye to eye communication as well as being able to babble at each other.  They're both pretty chatty these days with their ba ba bas and da da das so we'll see.

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