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    Hey guys, just lurking from the twin pregnancy board and I wanted to say that your stories and especially the photos are so encouraging! I love it!

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    Back from a great trip to the mountains. I'll get pics soon. We drove at night and they slept so the long drives weren't so bad and the kids loved playing in streams and digging in the mud and collecting pebbles.

    I love the photos, Danielle! Gorgeous. And Ruth, people kept telling me that everything would be magically easy as soon as they turned 1 but my kids are 15 months and still nurse several times every night. They do seem happier and less frustrated since they started walking and talking, though.

    BTW, for those of you who are still bfing or who nursed their twins for a long time, I've been wondering about when/if AF returned for you. Still no sign for me.

    They've had a language explosion in the past few weeks. Their list of active vocabulary words has tripled since the version I posted last time! They're also repeating everything they hear and singing snatches of their favorite songs. They pretend to read books all the time, tracing the text and mostly making up the words, as in when looking at a picture of a cow they say "bla bla bla cow bla moo bla bla". They love the alphabet and I think they can recognize a few letters. They'll still be considered way behind when they start preschool and that worries me a bit. To answer Rachel's question, we're running an all-English household (speaking to them and each other, books, TV, everything in English) instead of having one parent speak French, the dominant language where we live 9-10 months of the year. I think Esther is using a different bilingualism method, "One parent, one language", so her kids are already bilingual. I may try to find a few hours of daycare for them in fall just to give them more regular exposure to French. They'll repeat a few words in French the way they repeat everything but I don't think they understand much. I'm torn between wanting them to be really solid in English and worrying about their level in French. I know they'll catch up fast once they're in school and French will eventually be their main language, so I'll need to work hard on English with them, but that means I have no control over the quality of the French they'll end up learning... grammar stickler and general control freak mama that I am.
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    Danielle, Aiden and Alaina are sooo sooo darling! I love the pic of him pulling off her headband, such a twin picture. Glad they are doing well!

    Sarah, amazing that they are learning so much so quickly! Why will they be considered behind? At what age will they start preschool? As to language... I am sure they will pick it up quickly when it is time, and maybe daycare a few times a week or so would help with more french, but honestly they sound very advanced to me!

    We have had more language leaps here too. Wyatt is finally talking more, but that consists of momma, dadda, more, and uh-oh, which we rarely rarely heard before last week. lol. Abram is starting to copy me more and say lots. Its fun. It is funny to me also, that when I ask them to repeat a word I have said to them, Wyatt will often make up his own sign for it. lol
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    Hi girls! My goodness, all of these twins are so cute!! Glad to hear everyone is doing so well.

    All is good here, just extremely busy all.the.time. as I'm sure you understand.

    David & Rachel are just about to turn 18 months old. They are such cuddly kids and very happy most days. Their molars have been causing issues, and Rachel had an allergic reaction to something awhile back that we never could pinpoint, but otherwise they are healthy as can be for preemies.

    They are starting to say some words too! It definitely takes a 'mommy ear' to understand them and sometimes I still can't, but they are great at babbling to each other. David is OBSESSED with clocks, and will yell it every time he sees one out in public...which sounds like (clock without the L). lol. We also have a slide that he plays on constantly, he can't get enough.

    Rachel will say a few words, but she's not as open about it as David. She has this extremely high pitched scream that she does when happy. As cute as it is, I think I'm going deaf. She also adores her teddy bear.

    They have started fighting for my attention lately, a lot. They both run at me at the same time and get angry when the other pushes through. If I try to hold them both, then they both get mad. I sure love the cuddles but wish they wouldn't fuss over it.

    Anyone have book/website suggestions for disciplining twins? I think I need a head start before we get too far into tantrum territory! Thanks.

    I'm always stopping by, just have a very hard time getting a few minutes to myself to post.
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    Hannah, they are so cute! Glad they are doing so well! We have some jealousy here too sometimes, its frustrating.

    Sarah.. I forgot to say... on the af front, I always get af back 6wks after starting solids, started my singles on solids at 4.5mo and 6mo, and got af 6wks later. I was hoping with twins I could keep her at bay longer, but started them at 6mos 1wk, and 8wks later she was back. So no help there for ya on when she may come back for you.
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    I nursed my twins for 2years and 2 weeks! A little sad to be all done now.

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    Hi there! Sorry I have been MIA. I do not get on my home computer often at home and I am now back at work after the summer. I am not sure what I can even update about there is so much. Let me try...

    Keira now weighs 22 pounds and is my spirited one. She is slowly trying to become a climber and I found her in the middle of our kitchen table yesterday. She figured out how to get on the chair and climb onto the table. Whew, she gives me a run for my money most days. I am not sure how many words she has because we have some articulation issues that might need to be addressed. I have been working with her some at home. Sometimes, she is perfectly clear and at other times she says gibberish. For example, she can say"bubble," "I want that" or "I don't know" clearly, but blanket is "dankda." She does have many multiple word phrases and sentences though. I just have to really listen to her to catch it. I talked to her ped about it at her 18 month checkup, but he wasn't ready to refer her just yet. I am just not really sure how normal or abnormal it is given the wide spectrum of "normal" for speech development. Keira is also a real spitfire. Talk about terrible two tantrums. Yowza. She will take it to almost vomiting when she is really mad. It creates many moments where I have to walk away and completely ignore her for both of our sakes. One, she needs to completely extinguish this behavior, so I must not reinforce it. Two, I need to get away to calm myself down. Yikes!

    Sarafina weighs 19 pounds. She is my petite one. She is also my little gentle soul. She is sensitive and caring. She is my worrier as well. Where Keira plunges ahead and tackles new things head on, Sarafina panics. It took us two months to get her to go down the stairs on her belly by herself, she must hold our hand in the baby pool, and any loud noise will cause her to cry and cling to me or someone else. She does not really have any desire to be independent. If she could get someone to carry her and feed her all day, she would be in heaven. She begs my friends to pick her up and carry her around. She attempts to get people to feed her a sippy cup like a bottle. So, I often have to really be aware of what she is doing and encourage independence. She is also extremely stubborn and will dig in her heels if she doesn't want to do something. She is my car seat, booster seat fighter if she doesn't want to be in them. Thankfully, that is not often. As for vocabulary, Sarafina is much more articulate than Keira. I say she probably has 20-50 words and many multiple word phrases. Those are not as clear, but I tend to understand what she is trying to say. Her favorite phrase is "thank you."

    Both of my girls know almost all animal sounds and like to sign. I have not taught them many signs, but they do know the following: more, eat, drink, milk, shoes, socks, bird, fish, frog, and flower. There may be a few more, but I cannot remember right now.

    The girls love playing with each other, when they are not fighting over toys. Our new game is a version of tag. They chase each other laughing all over. Too cute.

    We are working with the girls on fine motor skills. Keira is more advanced than Sarafina. Sarafina is a lefty and is trying to figure out how that works in a house full of rightys! We are planning to buy an easel (mostly for Sarafina) to encourage coloring and fine motor skills. Keira can already feed herself with a fork and a spoon and hold a crayon with a tripod grasp instead of a full fist. Sarafina struggles with utensils and is so delicate with her crayons that sometimes she cannot press hard enough to get color on the page. She holds it way up high with three fingers. She tries a palmar grasp, but struggles with that since she is left-handed and I can never figure out how to help her! I might be requesting another OT eval if I cannot help her figure this out.

    I think that is it for now.
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    Mel, it sounds like the girls are doing well... and similar to mine. Except for my tiny one is the spirited one, and the slightly larger one is the do everything for me boy. lol. My 6yr old is a lefty, but he was completely ambidextrous (and still is for drawing and sports) until he started school, so I didn't worry about it too much. I've been trying to watch the boys to see hand preference, but it doesn't show too much yet. Our boys have started the tag game too, I love watching it. I watch my cousin's daughter (she turned 2 in April) about once a week or so, and it is hilarious when all three run around screaming and giggling.
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    Oh boy, where to begin? It has been so busy that it's very hard to keep up! My girls have just recently had birthdays, first Journi who turned 3 at the end of July and then the twins who turned 2 on the 4th. We had all three of their family and friend bday parties together, and what the chaos! But they all loved it, so it was well worth it!

    Kiri is our quiet, spirited child. She is so full of energy and beats to her own drum for sure. If she doesn't want to do something, she won't do it. That simple. She is our acrobat. She is so athletic still that we are constantly amazed with her capabilities. Six months ago, she would literally be hanging from her legs between both cribs just because. The cribs could be set across the rooms, but she'd always manage to rearrange the room to her liking. She's been climbing out of the crib (well both of them started then) at 12 months, and has continued since. They were finally upgraded to toddler beds on their 2nd birthday since it really didn't matter if they were in the crib. They'd climb out whenever they didn't want to sleep and while Akira was agile enough to climb back in when she was tired, Tae was not so lucky. Kiri loves cooking. She loves conversation in the kitchen and to learn all the tips in properly preparing food. She also has a fascination for her babies. She has such empathy for them, it's amazing. She also still has a fascination with animals. She is just astounded with nature and what is surrounding her. When she draws, she uses both hands.

    Tae also beats to her own drum, very different from Kiri. They both absolutely look up to their bigger sisters, especially Journi, but Tae loves to suck up to the older ones. She is also very verbal and repeats everything. I. mean. everything. Kiri repeats Tae. It can be quite colorful with having teen siblings and their friends! They're great at playing mini divas when needed! While Kiri is athletic, Tae is our reader and movie buff. She usually has a book in hand while watching a movie, so is also great at multitasking. She has zero interest in cooking in the kitchen unless it's their play kitchen but loves picking flowers, drawing, and puzzles.

    They both are interested in dressing up as characters only Kiri is more into the action (firewoman) and Tae is more into princesses. Their vocabulary is through the roof, and while Tae is more verbal, I can't even begin to guess the number of words they know to say in both english and dutch. But Mickey Mouse will always be "Adda" for Kiri. They both love their Pooh crib comforters so they haven't given that up. They both absolutely love adventures and trying new things, but food - well that's a different story. While Journi loves all food, Kiri prefers breads, then veggies, fruit, and dairy before meat. Tae will eat a plate full of meat before eating anything else. But we've discovered Nasi is one dish they all seem to enjoy together, which oddly matches my older children. They are sleeping so well at night now (especially since changing their curtains where it blocks the sunset) that we're both fairly pleased with their progress at this time. They still get one afternoon nap and sleep between 7:30 and 8:00 p.m. until around 8 a.m. They are at such a fun stage, I absolutely love chatting with them because you just never know what they're thinking! They rarely fight about toys as they know it lands them either without the toy or a timeout. They are now practicing "sharing" very well. They are truly a blessing in our home!

    Here's an update in what they look like and their personalities:

    Kiri and Tae anticipating watching their sisters marching in a parade:


    Kiri pulling Tae in the wagon:


    Kiri, Tae, and Journi chilling with daddy:


    Kiri smiling after looking at some ducks:


    Tae smiling after looking at a peacock and chickens:


    Kiri's way of going to bed: load crib up with shoes, lots of shoes and some toys:


    Taelynn's version of plugging her nose... I think she found a prize:


    Kiri's favorite summer toy:


    Tae in reflection:


    Kiri and Tae's first time swimming in a lake:

    Taelynn and Akira's 2nd birthday:
    Tracey

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    DD Twins: 8/4/09 @ 35 Wks - No NICU, woot!
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    Tracey, LOVE all the pics! The girls have gotten so big! They seem so much bigger to me than my boys, even though they are only 5mo or so older. Love that they are so different and fun. All three of the girls are just gorgeous! And I especially love Kiri's crib, too funny!
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    I nursed my twins for 2years and 2 weeks! A little sad to be all done now.

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    all you girls have littles...lol. My twins are starting 7th grade on Monday...lol. Both are playing football again this yr.

    As far as speech goes my 2 were much more verbal than any of their siblings have been. By 18 months they were speaking in complete sentences adn at 20 months knew their ABCs, could count to 10, and could recite simple songs. I attribute it to the daycare they went to.
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