This week I keep peaking at this big guy who hangs out on the milkweed in the patch of garden that I’m building up in the side yard. We had some monarch caterpillars this summer who died…oh my gosh that was so heartbreaking. The girls took it much better than I did. They had a “well that’s life” attitude about it. But I walked around blaming myself for a week or more over a couple of caterpillars, their names were Squiggly, and Eaty. Even now, the thought brings a lump of dread to the pit of my stomach….Anyway, I’m enjoying seeing this plump little guy eating out there.
Speaking of eating, we’re still in picnic mode at our house. I designed a dining room table last year, and my dad made it exactly to my specifications. Seeing as how I’m not a furniture designer, it didn’t work out to be a practical piece of furniture. After the twins were born and I was looking around the house with a more critical eye this became very apparent. So I picked out a design so that he could salvage the wood from the old table and make a new one. He is almost finished…and I cannot WAIT.
Gracie girl decided Wednesday morning that she wanted to wear a turban to school. Right before I dropped her off she was a bundle of energy and said she felt a little bit nervous and a little bit excited about it. She came out that afternoon saying that it had been a great day and that she really liked wearing a turban. She also opened up to me that there is a girl at school that doesn’t like her. When I prodded a bit to find out what’s been going on, Grace said that she knew that the girl doesn’t like her because the girl makes bad faces at Grace and whispers to her friends at recess and Grace can hear her name a lot. So with all of this going on, I’m pretty surprised that Grace would want to distinguish herself more. It’s brave. And I’m so proud of her. It’s not that I necessarily hope that Grace (or any of my children) will be called to being a Sikh, but I do fiercely crave to see them be brave enough to be who they are.
This past month Ava has given up sucking her thumb. One day she came home from preschool and said that she had learned that sucking her thumb was bad for her teeth, and so she wasn’t going to do it anymore. She had a couple of difficult nights with it (since she primarily sucked her thumb to go to sleep). On those nights I laid down with her extra long and we talked. It was on one of those nights that she uttered a heartbreaking little snippet in conversation. We were talking about how it’s nice that I can do an extra long bedtime with her now that the boys are a little bigger and don’t need me every second. She said “It’s really hard when you have twin baby brothers because your mom never has time to do anything with you anymore.” Now you know some of the motivation behind the muffin project.
Granger and I got some one on one time Wednesday afternoon while Finn napped. The boys are not doing simultaneous napping right now….and naps are shorter and easier to wake from now too. I don’t know if this is the new way of things or what. But for now I almost always have one awake…or I’m trapped on the couch underneath both. Granger also is getting a bit better at eating solid food. He has really had trouble with texture. Even very smooth things like baby cereal made him gag. He seems to be eating more now. He’s getting much better at crawling all the time. He seems to be able to control where he wants to go and move there very purposefully. If I’m in the kitchen and I have a baby visitor it is usually Granger. In the picture I had asked Granger for a kiss. His forehead pressed against mine or pressed against my mouth is the usual response to this request.
Finn wants to eat all the things. And the change in his poopy diapers definitely spells that out (sorry for sharing that son). He is very smooth from moving from a sit to a crawl position, but he doesn’t seem to have the linear crawl thing down yet. He gets so excited about things going on around him that he might accidentally scoot back instead of moving forward. And he often gives up on crawling to drag his entire body along with his arms. He can army crawl as well, but that involves leg action. When the boys interact with each other Finn is usually the one to start the interaction. I often see him peak around the rocker and start cracking up. If Granger is in the mood he will laugh back…if not, Finn is content to laugh at his brother who is ignoring him. And, I cannot believe that I didn’t take a picture of Finn man this week. I will have to remedy that. Tommy took this one and it illustrates what’s going on with napping very well. Granger just shook Finn awake in this picture.
Tommy and I are gearing up for two upcoming trips. One with the whole family, and one with just the babies. Both for weddings. It’s been quite a while since we’ve been to a wedding and this fall we have three. I’m mentally making packing lists….as an aside, can you believe that it just occurred to me last night that it might be difficult to cloth diaper on that trip. Funny how you can really get caught up in how you always do things. I wonder how the flight will go? I’m going to have to carefully look straight ahead to not make eye contact as we board the flight and passengers realize that they are going to be trapped with twinfants.
So, what’s going on with your family? I would love to hear updates, and if you blog, please leave a link. Happy weekend!