All About The Twins – We Are Turning 4 (Yearly Update, Etc.)
My twins are hanging onto 3 years, 11 months, 3 weeks & 5 days old.
I can’t believe that we on the cusp of yet another birthday. This one seems so different though. 0-1 is a biggie, 1-2 seems like a leap, 2-3 growing by the day, but turning from 3 to 4 just sounds huge, doesn’t it? Like the biggest jump ever until 39 to 40 😎 . But seriously, at 3 you can still call your baby a baby. They are still small tots who emulate and adore you. 4 seems so grown up. Certainly not at all like a baby. Certainly old enough to not cradle in your arms and carry around the house, which my back does not appreciate, but I do it. Time to start teaching them to be big boys or girls 😥 . I know I’m not ready for that. I need them to be babies a little longer.
Seeing how mature my other children are, it makes me all the sadder that we are headed there and then are done forever. That’s it. No more babies to cuddle. Just all big kids to be embarrassed by my sometimes childish and wacky-by-nature ways. Sheesh, just thinking about the fact that my Mikayla was 4 years old when the twins were born makes this milestone even more shocking to me. Maybe 4 and 1/2, but 4 nonetheless.
Wasn’t it only yesterday that my long awaited HPT finally showed up with a definite positive line? Not one of those evil evaporation lines that had tricked me before.
So early, I just wasn’t 100%, especially with a blue dye test. However, the next day it was a certainty with a pink dye one.
Wasn’t it only yesterday that I took this photograph of my then 3 year old daughter to show off the big news to my family and friends?
Wasn’t it just months ago that we were shell-shocked at the ultrasound when the doctor revealed 2 gestational sacs and said it was twins, but don’t get your hopes up just yet, it was still very early.
Hopes up? We were petrified!
I don’t know if me and my husband uttered a word the entire ride home. (Barely the whole pregnancy, ha ha.) Ok, that might be a bit over-doing it. But it was an 8+ month martial jolt if you will. Who knew how wonderful things would all turn out in the long run? It just can’t be 4 years. It can’t be. 4 to 5, 5 to 6…nothing seems this big.
They are growing so much to. I measured them yesterday. I got 41 inches for them both. I’m certain that my now 53.5 inch tall 8 year old was shorter than that at their age. Oh my! Well, genetics doesn’t help on this one. I’m 5’6” my husband 5’8” at best. His mom 4’11’, brother 5’7”. My mom & dad 5’6” & 5’7”. I’m certainly not eager to have these two sprout up anymore for awhile. Petite is OK for girls. Just stay smaller for longer. (Too much to ask?) Seeing how they have grown over this past year makes me realize my heart’s desire of freezing time just isn’t a remote possibility. The fact that I can remember my own 4th birthday so well doesn’t help things.
I don’t have a picture of that because my mom wasn’t a camera mom like myself.
This is Mickey turning 4. That seems like a year ago!
See any Allie in there? Allie is chubbier, but I sure do.
OK, sorry to blab, blab, blab. This is a sad part of life, I guess. Let me just give you some current personality traits and information about both twins.
Annie is meticulous. She likes to be precise and keep things fairly clean. She enjoys order and is serious, yet when desired, playful. She has a tiny face that I still see my infant Annie in. I could smush her. She is very, very bright. She craves knowledge and asks a lot of questions. She wants to know EVERYTHING! She will bow down to her twin to keep the peace, so she is the peacemaker among the two, although it didn’t start out that way. Her temper is shown only when pushed too far, although she does tend to get quite cranky and manic when very tired. Though for a long, long time now she refuses to nap. (Not even in the car..WAH!) She draws very well. She likes to make happy faces, people’s entire bodies and shapes the most. She loves to draw A’s and can even spell Anna on paper.
She is thinly built but incredibly strong. She enjoys doing cartwheels and dancing. Her strengths are definitely her power, grace, agility and persistence. If she doesn’t get something right the first time she will try, try and try again. She soaks up knowledge like a sponge and shows a great interest in dance. She has the grace of a ballerina and the great ability to tumble. She enjoys flipping on all bars that she sees anywhere, anytime, and is very unafraid when it comes to trying new things and stunts. Definitely a child to watch out for. She is not a picky eater, and eats more than her twin though she still remains more svelte. She has a great metabolism apparently. Her favorite toys are Barbie, playdoh, her dollies (She loves caring for them), and her kiddie iPad to watch You Tube videos on. Especially of babies and her and her co-twin on our channel. She is more outgoing and independent then Allie.
She adores her twin and seeks her friendship always. If her twin was willing, she would share a room most likely, her toys.. everything. She has become a bit possessive only because of her mimicking her twin, but is still the compassionate, more sharing and caring type of child. She looks to her co-twin for her opinion, advice and she seeks her approval very often. She always says, ”I love you Allie” and recently, ”You’re my best friend Allie” to. Allie sometimes returns the words kindly, or can switch them around thinking she’s being funny. There’s a definite connection now though. You can clearly see it. Annie works the hardest at this. Her work has been increasingly paying off 😛 .
Annie has sandy blonde hair and golden, bronze-colored eyes. She wishes in a way she had brown hair to match her siblings and parents, but I tell her that her blond hair makes her very special and is beautiful. Her eyes would be classified as brown, but are not dull, flat, dark brown like my own. They are lighter and pretty. She isn’t manipulative and has innocent eyes when gazed into. She tends to wake up irritable and cranky for reasons unknown. This passes after a few minutes’ time. She is a bit more high energy throughout the day then her co-twin, but can relax to one of her favorite TV shows.
The girls taking in a show at 2 years old.
She is a helpful child. She will lend a hand when in need, and she doesn’t look for rewards. I could see her as a dancer and a teacher as an adult. Perhaps a nurse (or a doctor, as she is smart enough.) She would fare very well working with people and helping to heal and nurture. Even an artist as well. She has a well-rounded array of talents and hobbies. She is a little too animated for some pets and may scare them, but she loves them. She just doesn’t know how to tone things down to gain their trust, but she will. She is very cautious but at the same time, highly adventurous. She will climb high but take her time, and will try new things at any and every turn as long as they feel safe to her. Playing dress up and forming outfits is one of her fave at-home activities. She enjoys getting her co-twin clothing to dress up in, and will set aside the same outfit for her twin if we are going out and I haven’t done it yet. They still have the desire to dress alike. (YAY!)
The dog is cornered :-P.
I love the snow & don’t get cold too easily.
No sleigh is too fast either.
Fave word: Allie, loud & strong.
Fear conquered this year: Fear of the Chuck E. Cheese man in suit. Now she follows him around and is looking forward to her party there on Sunday.
Allie is my bull. She is such a strong, tough guy at home. She certainly rules the roost and is the boss among siblings. She will stay nearby my side though in social situations that are unfamiliar, more so then her twin will. She is picky when it comes to her food and doesn’t eat as much, yet maintains a slightly increased weight over her twin. It looks like more than it is. (She does still enjoy her milk.) She is quite muscular though and damn strong when it comes to her gymnastics skills.
She is VERY flexible. I call her ‘bendy back’ sometimes. She does have some clearly visible amount of grace, but is more like the ‘tap dancer type’ if you will. She definitely is very musically inclined. She loves music, dancing (her famous robot dance is sure to make you smile), and she has a memory where she can hear a song and learns the words crazy fast. I always had the same ability. She definitely keeps a beep and has rhythm. Perhaps a future Mariah Carey? Only time will tell, but it wouldn’t shock me. She enjoys singing and hoarding her toys. She is quite a possessive lass. She isn’t one for sharing too much, which we are working on. You cannot go near the place she hoards her toys in without a rant. Thankfully, her twin is not the same way or there would be major problems.
She is compassionate (very) towards her mama. She is hot and cold with her co-twin. When she wants to be left alone, leave her be. If she wants to be lovey, Annie gets it while the getting is good. She’s not the affectionate twin out of the two, but she is clingy to me. She always has been. Annie is more independent and doesn’t (any longer) run to any one particular person for comfort or help. She is middle of the road, though she does LOVE her uncle. Allie prefers drawing abstract artwork. It’s always full of color. All of the pictures tend to resemble one another, but she enjoys creating her artwork just like her sister(s).
She is an awful sleeper. She was my better one the first year. I don’t know what happened, but she just doesn’t seem to require much of any zzz’s. If Annie fell asleep in the car on a long ride, Allie would hold on 50 miles later like it is a contest or something. She doesn’t tend to get cranky at all when it gets late and she should be tired. She could likely run on 2 hours a night and still keep going just fine. She is less emotional as far as the tired whininess. She doesn’t tend to whine, but she does have quite a booming temper. While she is pushy and bossy by nature, which was NOT the way it was during infancy, she still is very sensitive. If she thinks anybody is talking about her she will get all self-conscious and hide even. Yes, at only 3 years of age. She can dish it out, but she cannot take it.
Allie running off with Annie’s most prized possession…her ‘me-me’. she was about a year old here.
She has a chubby face with adorable chipmunk cheeks and sparkling green eyes that help her get away with murder and she knows how to use them. She can manipulate quite well, but all in all has a really good heart. She loves her family is protective of us. And even though she starts chaos, she will calm down when given her space. Her favorite toys are playdoh toys, Barbie dolls, her scooter, and her child version of the iPad. She is a bright child with a glowing smile, that don’t let her fool you if you ever meet up with her. Watch your back :lol:.
She is a ham. She enjoys posing for the camera and being cheesy. She is both unintentionally and intentionally hilarious just like her mother. I think her sense of humor will be a great asset for her when she is older. She is very animated and uses a lot of mannerisms that make us laugh and smile. Playing make believe is one of her fave hobbies. She wakes up happy no matter how much she slept. (Or didn’t.) I could see her as a future singer and actress. Maybe even a song writer and a model on the side. Maybe a part-time stand up comedian also. She is incredibly good with animals. They trust her. A future vet? You never know. She is really into mommy’s makeup and is forever trying to steal my lip-bop (lipstick, but she likes to call it that for some reason.)
I’m America’s Next Top Model :-P.
(Possible ‘roller derby girl’ hobby on the side?)
This was just a spoofy Monster High makeover that was done for a funny You Tube video. This isn’t usual folks.
She still was pleased though. Even going goth.
She’ll be in theatre. You wait & see!
Fave word: Pleassssse.. with head cocked to the side and puppy dog eyes.
Fear conquered this year: Separation.
She used to run out of the room at dance and gymnastics a lot to come to me. Now she stays in and both twins don’t look much for us any longer, though we are always there. I still think that school is going to be tough for her (and her twin most likely) come September. I think Annie will pep talk her. I think separating them come Kindergarten is going to be very difficult. Because of their birthdate, we have 2 more years until that though.
I will update on them about every 6 months or so. I would like to see their weights now because it has been awhile, but our scale is busted, so I guess that will have to wait a bit longer. I can feel the gain though on both parts. (I will add it when I know the numbers.)
Mom’s twin birthday vlog – looking back & moving forward.
I love you Annie & Allie!
Mom is holding on to these last couple of days of 3.