My little power couple turns two tomorrow, and I’m all types of verklempt. Last year I wrote about what they taught me during their first year. Today I’m just going to be that mom and share a few pictures and a little about them. Only their grandmother will probably care to read this, but that’s ok.
I would give up TV for 6 months to go back and hold them like that for just an hour.
These two have given us two years of filled with fun, exhausting days, laughs, lots of cleaning, lots of diapers, and so much joy.
When they were newborns, I remember being the most exhausted I’ve ever been in my life. Some people can have like 4-5 hours of sleep every night and be peppy, energetic, and feel great. That is definitely not me. I need a good 8 hours to feel human. Those sweet little babies did not give me even close to 8 hours until they had been with us for about 7 months. I thought I’d never sleep again. Once we got past the newborn stage, I felt like I was a champion at this “twin thing.” Easy peasy. Then they both started walking. That was difficult but still Ok. Then they learned how to tag team and help each other make messes and encourage each other to get into everything possible in the house. It has not been easy peasy.
Now I can’t decide which is harder-them as newborns or toddlers. It’s a toss-up, but it sure is a cute toss-up.
This little bunny and carrot are different in almost every way possible. It’s pretty neat to see how God creates everyone so uniquely-even those that share a womb for 9 months.
Annie, “Baby A,” came into this world as an emotional person, and it hasn’t changed one bit. I have no idea where she gets her emotional side from. I’m lying. I know exactly where she gets it from-me! She cries when anything upsets her in the slightest bit, and she lets the dramatics continue for as long as she likes. She wants everyone to know she is upset. The other side of her is life of the party. This girl loves a good time, and she jumps right into the fun without even really thinking about it. A month ago, we went to a friend’s birthday party. They had a sprinkler outside for kids to run in. I didn’t bring their swim suits, but I just let them run around in their diapers. Ellie wanted no part of any of it and sat in my lap the whole time. Annie couldn’t get enough of running through the water in her unmentionables. She’s the twin I might have to worry about.
Ellie, “Baby B,” came into this world as one of the sweetest, easiest babies God ever created. She was the baby with the easy going personality, and was just “mild” compared to her twin. When she was two months old, she had a short hospital stay, and I remember when they did a few procedures to her, we couldn’t believe she barely flinched. Her Aunt Kitty would have been kicking and screaming as a 30 year old adult, but Ellie just remained calm and even-keeled. Now that’s not to say she doesn’t have an emotional side of her, but it just doesn’t come out very often. When they were born, Ellie had to go to the NICU for a few days, and I vividly remember walking down to see her in there for the first time. I rounded the corner, and I could hear this blood curdling scream coming from several doors down. Sure enough, it was coming from my 5 pound little cherub who was mad her pacifier had fallen out. This side of her still comes out; it’s just not very often. While Annie may be my party child, I see Ellie as being the studious one to stay home on a Friday night and study. This girl loves books, loves puzzles, and will sit and try something or pay attention to something for a while (unlike her twin who gets up after 45 seconds). She also is the observer and one who is going to scope out a situation for a VERY long time before feeling good about being a part of it. She’s the twin who will keep the other twin in line.
I sometimes think, “what if we didn’t have Annie?” or “what if we didn’t have Ellie?” I’m so thankful we have both of these girls, and I’m thankful they have each other. If I put one in the bed before I can round up the other, the twin in the bed often cries until I bring the other one in the bedroom. Just a few weeks ago, I had to take Ellie to the doctor without Annie. Mark said when he put Annie in her highchair for lunch she kept looking at the other high chair and pointing to the backdoor like, “where is Ellie? Why isn’t she right beside me?” It is incredibly rare for one to be playing or getting into something in a different room from the other because they are pretty much always side by side. They don’t know life without the other one. The cutest. I’m thankful God saw fit to give us both of them.
I 10/10 recommend having twins.
Happy birthday to my favorite pair!