They are changing so much all the time but it's hard to describe. It's just the little things they do and say. How they play with things and how they interact with each other. It's so fun to watch them. It's so different this time around, compared to when Maddie and Lily were little. Maybe it's because of the extra experience we have from having been through this stage twice before....I don't know. I just feel like I'm appreciating it and enjoying it more. Whatever they do I can always smile and laugh about it....even when they're down on the floor, banging their head in the middle of a tantrum. They sure have tempers, you should see it, they're so cute ;)! Maybe you saw the bruise on Jakie's forehead in one of the pictures I posted awhile ago, it's his own work. We try to ignore it when they do this, we don't want to fuel the fire, and it's usually over as quickly as it started.
Personality wise they are still so similar, with a few differences. Lucas seems to have a tad bit more of a temper. But that could quickly change. They seem to take turns as to who is more outgoing, who is more cuddly, who sleeps better etc etc. They enjoy the same toys and the same books. Thankfully we don't have too many fights over things as they are pretty good about taking turns or playing together. Lately, however, Lucas has been a real follower. Anything Jacob does he wants to do too and that doesn't always go over well. Jacob has really gotten into shape sorting, circles and squares are a breeze. And in the past few days he's even getting good at the star shape as well. He knows how to say circle too, it sounds more like ircle. Clock is another new word he likes to say. Lucas is really into making sounds, when he sees a dog he'll say "dog" and then he'll add a "voof voof" to that. It's the same thing with airplanes and cars....so cute.
They are still very good eaters and I can really tell that they have put on some weight during the summer which is great! They have been wearing the same clothes since last summer but now they are finally getting a little tight (some of them). They do eat a lot! But it's good food. They love most vegetables and fruits, cauliflower, carrots, tomatoes, cucumber, corn, beans, spinach, apples, bananas, pears, peach, plum....ok enough, I really cant think of anything they don't like. Lucas absolutely loves to eat, so does Jacob but Lucas will literally stuff his face and he's usually done way before Jacob. He's not the best chewer so for this reason I make sure to cut his food a little smaller.
We're still nursing and they show no signs of weaning themselves and I will keep going till next spring if they don't wean themselves before then. Lucas, once again, absolutely loves nursing time. We're down to twice a day and it's like they have a built in "nursing clock" because they know exactly when it's time. Lucas just has to be first! And last! He's hilarious. Most of the time when I'm by myself I let him go first because Jacob doesn't seem to mind and if I don't and no one else is there to distract Lucas he will be pulling at me and crying until it's his turn, sometimes he'll even find something to bang on Jacob with. Not very pleasant for any of us. As soon as Lucas is done Jacob will come running because he knows it's his turn. And when Jacob's done Lucas comes running for seconds....most of the time there's nothing left but I usually let him try. They have this special laugh of excitement when they know it's time for nursing, it's adorable beyond words. I'm so gonna miss that laugh after we wean. When Michael lets me sleep in the mornings he always brings the boys into the bedroom for nursing and their laugh usually wakes me up as I can hear them running down the hallway, I need to catch that on video because it's so special.
They are also playing a lot more with the girls. The boys are so happy when they come home from school in the afternoon. And the girls are great with the boys and enjoy playing silly with them or chasing them around.
Lily and Jakie
Lily and Jakie
Maddie and Lukie
Attempt at a group pic.
Mommy's little helper (Jacob).
Mommy's little helper #2 (Lucas).
Lucas and Jacob, I wish they would look at the camera at the same time.
Lucas and Jacob.
Traffic jam on the slide.
Jacob's way up.