Saturday, October 1, 2011

Updates from the Sporadic Mommy Blogger

Wow. So I guess it’s been awhile. The girls are driving now. Applying to colleges. Julie just got a tattoo and Anna is dating a football player named Buddy…

Okay, so it hasn’t been quite that long, but it feels like I could blink and all of that could be happening. Well, I pray there’s no tattoo or a Buddy, but you know what I mean.

The girls’ first birthday came and went. They’re now 13 months old. Anna is walking/running all over the place, but Julie hasn’t really taken to it yet. She’ll take a few wobbly steps before deciding that crawling is the more efficient method of transport. I’m confident she’ll figure it out soon enough though, and to be completely honest, I’m not in a rush to have two toddlers sprinting around the house. One runner and one crawler is challenging enough.

I am, however, anxious for more words. They’ll say Mama and Dada, but that’s about it. I think they’re trying to say other words, but I’ve never been very good with baby talk so hell if I can make it out. I saw a Facebook post the other day from a mother bragging about all the things her 12 month old was saying – “ooh da” for “who’s that” and “dit dow” for “get down.” It got me thinking; maybe my girls are talking but I’m just not a very good translator. Who knows.

Their word comprehension amazes me though. If I say, “Who’s that?” while pointing at Roger, I’m met with blank stares, but if I ask “Where’s Daddy?” they point right to him. They’ll point to their heads, toes, and bellies when asked. They stick out their tongues on command. They’ll fetch certain toys when I tell them too – monkey, puppy, ball, cookie monster, a book. If I mention Sesame Street they look expectantly at the TV. They stand up when I ask them too. They sit down when I say “bum on the seat” (something I’m constantly saying to my little monkeys). They also understand “cuddle” and “kiss,” and let me tell you, there is nothing more adorable than saying “sister cuddles!” and watching the two of them hug. Julie though, can be a bit stingy with her kisses. She may not have figured out how to say “no” verbally, but she sure knows how to express the sentiment. “Can I have a kiss, Julie?” If she’s not in the mood to cuddle, she shakes her head. “Will you take a bite of broccoli?” She presses her lips together and shakes her head. “Can Anna have a turn?” She shakes her head. Yes, I realize I’m in trouble.

But wait. What am I doing? If you’re unfortunate enough to still be reading , I feel I should apologize. I didn’t set out to document my babies’ milestones here and yet…when did I become a mommy blogger? Oh yeah, I guess I’d have to post with some kind of frequency in order to be classified as such. No worries there; I don’t see that happening any time soon. But while I'm on a roll, I might as well post a couple cute photos of my spawn. Because that's what mommy bloggers do.