Our boys turned 15 months old today (it took me a while to finish this post so it's published a little late). I thought I'd make a post about what they're up to these days. Let me tell you, they sure keep us busier than ever! I know I always comment on how busy we are thinking it can't possibly get any crazier and then it does. Last week was probably the hardest week I've had being by myself since they were born, I'll get to that later but lets start with the positive.
We've mastered walking so now we're moving on to talking. It so exciting to hear them say new words and make new sounds. Lucas is a little ahead of Jacob in the vocal department which is really fun since Jacob was always first in mobility development. Lucas is so good at copying sounds. Both boys are making car sounds and airplane sounds, they say "shhhhhh" when they hear something that they want to listen for (bird in the chimney, cars outside etc), they say "Uh-oh" when they drop something and they say "usch" when there's a mess. A few other words they say are, Night night, ball, mat (food), mamma (mommy) and pappa (daddy). Lucas also makes some animal sounds like lion and tiger roars and dog "voff voff" sounds. I also think he says Jakie "jay" or "jayjay" but I'm a little confused about this because sometimes it seems he calls himself "jayjay" too.
Some of their favorite things are balls, a fisher-price dog, their Pooh Bear ride on car, the fridge farm, airplanes, cars, trucks, anything with wheels actually, pot lids from the kitchen and other random things from the cabinets. And lets not forget about their books, they love reading! And they're getting a lot better about not chewing on them, yay!
Jacob has one major favorite right now and it's a big ball that's Lily's. We make her keep it in her room because it's so big that when Jakie walks around with it he can't see where he's going and he bumps into things and steps on things and consequently gets hurt. But he loves that ball so much and would probably play with it all day long if we let him.
They also love to be outside in the backyard and mainly plays with our "outside" balls when we're out. They still like to swing but are not content for as long a time as they used to because they want to move around.
Now to the hard part. They're starting to show jealousy, mainly jealousy for mommy or daddy's attention. This is hard when I'm by myself, especially at nursing time. Sometimes the boy going second will entertain himself while waiting his turn but more often lately he will stand close, crying and whining while I try to distract. It usually sounds something like this "Where's the ball Jakie? Go get the ball. Good boy!" then "Do you see any birds? Do you hear any airplanes? Where's the car? Where's the dog?" etc... a little exhausting. Then we add some separation anxiety that still lingers, Jakie has gotten better lately but Lucas has become worse than Jakie used to be. Some days I can't even stand up from the couch or turn my back to them because they think I'm leaving and will cry on top of their lungs. And any time one cries the other chimes in because if brother is crying there must be something scary going on.
Sharing is another tough part. Some toys are very popular and if one plays with something the other one wants he will go up and grab it. The first boy starts to cry upon which the other one also starts to cry even though he was the one stealing from his brother.
And last week I brought out the Pooh Bear ride on car, a friend gave it to me a long time ago but our hard wood floors have been way to slippery for it so we put it away. This was very exciting thought the boys. This is a big toy, big enough to share but Lucas decided he did not want to share at all. As soon as Jakie came close to it he would quickly roll it away from him, Jakie would follow, Lukie would move again until Jakie would start to cry. Luckily the novelty of the Pooh Bear car has worn off so now it's not more popular than their other favorites which makes it a little easier to take turns.
So the hard part last week was lots and lots of crying and frustration.
Despite the challenges at this age I love it! They are so curious about things and make new discoveries daily. The other day for example they discovered that the pot lids they love to play with not only makes a lovely banging sound when you throw them on the floor but they can also be used as a mirror.
Here's some pictures of our cute and funny little guys.
Lucas running around the kitchen.
Lukie smiling for the camera.
Jakie has found a different way to play with the exersaucer.
The boys with the Pooh Bear car.
Jakie looking at his reflection in the pot lid.
Lucas making funny faces.
Big sisters taking Jakie on a ride.
Maddie reading to Lucas.
Our four kids reading.