Both babies are sitting up independently now, although Nicholas still prefers to recline. They can both transition from sitting up to a crawling position, and they've begun to creep forward. Not crawling, exactly, but definitely inching. And they are both rolling all over the place. Not bad for 34 weekers.
Luci and Nicholas are doing very well with self-feeding. They're eating Cheerios, puffs, toast, and tiny bits of cheese on their own. I'm making their baby food with a lot of texture now, and I hope to transition to all table food in the next few months. I feel such mommy guilt when I think of the meals I was preparing for Isabella when she was their age, though. Some of you may even remember that Pru and I even had a baby food blog. R.I.P., Mush.
Their personalities really began to emerge this past month.
Luci may have a career in ultimate fighting awaiting her. She loves to pull her brother's hair, steal his toys, and kick him when they get too close on the floor.
She is feisty and independent and definitely the more aggressive and dominant of the two. I call her "The Beast." She would much prefer to hit the crib immediately when she's tired, rather than rocking with me. That said, she loves to be kissed on her cheeks and her neck (and we love to kiss her). She squeals with joy and can't get enough of it.
(Isabella at 9 months in the same onesie).
Nicholas is my lover-baby. He still prefers me above all others. When I rock him to sleep at night, he curls his body around mine, pulls down the neckline of my shirt, and places one of his hands on the skin of my chest, closes his eyes and falls asleep. He screams (one of these days I must take a video) when I'm not feeding him fast enough, when he wants attention, and sometimes, for no reason at all. He is high-needs and the fussier of the two, by far, but he is incredibly kissable and cute at the same time.
Their sleeping issues are about the same as last month. My desire for a baby that takes decent naps apparently will never be met. Both sleep for maybe an hour (sometimes a bit more) in the morning. In the afternoon, it's on average an hour and a half. I am insanely jealous of those of you who have these marvelous little creatures who just sleepandsleepandsleep. Isabella didn't either (and still doesn't-the end of her afternoon nap is at hand). I suspect Luci would nap longer if Nicholas didn't wake her up constantly, but until we get into the new house and she has her own room, I'll never know.
At night, Luci is still getting up once. She's almost eliminated the 10 or 11pm wakeup/nursing session, and has slept through the night a few times recently, which has been wonderful.
It's inconceivable to me that these two are turning one in just two months (and that their big sister is turning 3 on Saturday). In a lot of ways, I feel like the last year has swallowed me alive. Just as my friend with twins warned me I might, I am having a hard time remembering much about their lives beyond how exhausted I've been over the last 10 months. I remember being so much more "present" as Isabella was in her babyhood. I anticipated each milestone. I couldn't wait to introduce new foods. I was busy, because I was still working full-time from home, but I was nowhere near the level of craziness in which I operate now. Fortunately, I've kept current on their monthly updates on this blog. Because their baby book? Ain't happening right now.
I love you, babies. Someday soon, mama will get her shit together. I promise.
Teeth Count: 0 (following in their sister's footsteps)
Word Count: Luci-"Dada"
Diaper Size: Huggies Size 3
Clothing: 6 months, and some 6-9 months