These two are so very different and both so very fun! A question I've been asked, generally as a joke (I hope), is which one is my favorite. I usually respond with something silly like, "Whichever one isn't crying." Before having the boys, I actually wondered a bit whether I would develop a secretly-favorite twin. I can tell you now that I definitely don't prefer one to the other. I have a unique relationship with both boys, and they are incredibly different humans, but both are favorite, as Brian Regan says.
We took an expedition outside on one of the less-hot days last month. The boys loved trying to get to the grass, grab it, and put handfuls in their mouths. Trying to avoid this, I put them in the middle of the blanket, but they outsmarted me by grabbing the blanket and pulling it towards them.
The boys love Teddy, especially Micah. He just grins and laughs when Teddy walks in a room.
The upper right picture shows Teddy mid-yawn with the ginormous freckle he's had since he was a puppy.
Jonah started crawling for real a couple weeks ago. He was scooting himself around and army-crawling before that, but he's now a full-blown crawler, and boy does he make use of his skills! He will crawl to a new room and then just sit back against the wall and look around. It's pretty adorable! His favorite spots are under the high-chairs where he plays with the dangling safety straps, the floor vents, the door stops, and our TV stand where he will sit or stand and open and shut the door over and over and over.
Micah is still content to sit up and lean forward (extremely flexible leaning!) to get the toys he wants. His more relaxed personality means he's not as motivated to crawl. And I, personally, am totally fine with him doing things at his own pace. It makes my life a lot easier right now to just think about monitoring one baby's movements.
Micah is also our goofy smiler. He is always ready with a smile when strangers are around. Just yesterday at Winco, I was bagging up the groceries, and he was sitting in the cart just grinning at some people 20 feet away who weren't even looking at him. He's such a little sweetheart!
More Teddy time. He really does so well putting up with them. He lets them do pretty much anything to him. You'd think he'd stay away from them because they pull on his hair and his eyelashes and tail, but he actually chooses to go sit or lay down right next to them.
The area in front of the couch is one of two areas I hang out with the boys in. I feed them here as well after each nap and before bedtime.
We recently ventured into the land of bubbles. The boys (and Teddy) are big fans. Micah recognizes the sound of me jostling the blower to get off excess liquid, and he will just turn and smile because he knows what's coming.
A good example of their personalities:
Micah observing the bubbles, Jonah trying to figure out how to get to the source
I love these two little guys! They make life quite an adventure.
Jonah loves burrowing his head into things, as evidenced in the picture. He does it to Micah all the time, and Micah will often fall back because he can't withstand the force. He's a pretty good sport about it generally.
Because Jonah can crawl, he has been ruling the roost recently. He will go and take whatever toy Micah is playing with. Micah, though, is starting to fight back. If Jonah is within arms' reach, Micah will use his flexibility to reach and grab whatever Jonah has.
It doesn't matter if they both have the same toy--they want what the other has. They'll be fighting over a toy, and I'll get one to give to one of them, and suddenly both of them want that one instead. It's like someone else having the toy brings life to it and makes them see just how cool it is.
More playdates outside on our weed-infested grass. When our grass was installed, the landscapers forgot to turn on the sprinklers, and we were out of town for a couple days. So it took some major rehab and gentle care to get our grass green. Unfortunately that resulted in a CRAZY amount of weeds growing in the meantime. It's a work in progress!
On a Sunday afternoon, I got it into my head that it would be fun to take the boys to Tibble Fork Reservoir. Brandon was nice to go along with my plan, even though it turned out to be a big fat fail! I knew they had reopened the reservoir after having worked on it for a year, but I had no idea what to expect. I've shot there but only during winter months, so I wasn't prepared for the crowds nor for the lack of shaded places to sit. We were not prepared at all for a beach-type atmosphere. In fact, we were approached by two different people offering us things like water and sunscreen because it was clearly quite evident just how in over our heads we were. Way to go, me!
Just hanging out in our PJs.
The toothbrush on the right is their toy of choice--and the toy they fight over the most. It is quite the coveted item. I've since given them another one so that they can each have one, but they'll have none of the new one.
Jonah is loving any reflective surface these days. Here he's playing with our (dirty) mirror that we have yet to put on a wall. In fact, our house has NOTHING on the walls yet. It's a combination of being broke after buying a home, landscaping it (very minimally), and finishing the basement, as well as my hesitancy to do anything until I know how I want to decorate. Now that we own a house, I can put my own touch on it, and I want to get it right. But ironically that means that it has zero touch at the moment. All in good time, right?
We play with a LOT of kitchen utensils around here. Measuring cups, whisks, basting brushes, soup ladles. The boys enjoy them, and I'm all for them playing with things that aren't electronic and that will require some imagination.
I love looking back in the car and seeing their little feet! I don't know why.
We went to Brandon's cousin's birthday party at Hang Time and took the boys with us. It was fun, though much more difficult to get jumping time with two boys to care for. The boys loved the very gentle bouncing we did with them! I also discovered that jumping on trampolines after childbirth is NOT nearly as fun as it was prior.
My brother Tim and his wife Whitney passed through town on their way to Iowa where Tim started medical school. It was so great to see them, even though it was a super short visit.
Snapchat filters are often a last-resort attempt to make them a bit happier when I'm trying to stretch out time between naps.
We have a camera in their bedroom, and I love seeing them sleep. We have since transitioned them out of the "nests" that you see in the picture. That means that they turn every which way in their cribs nowadays. Jonah's favorite spot is at the very edge of the crib--the one spot the camera doesn't show me. We also had to lower Jonah's crib now that he's pulling up on anything and everything. I love going in to get them after naps and seeing Micah push himself up on his tummy and seeing Jonah sit up and rub his eyes while smiling.
We have finally found a sleeping rhythm, and I can't even tell you how grateful I am. I honestly don't know what did the trick finally--we were doing about 5 things at once to get them sleeping through the night. But it finally clicked. And I feel like a new person entirely. I am not exaggerating. I feel so much happier and present for the boys. I actually enjoy life (most of the time) now, where before I was just surviving between happy moments. It has been the single greatest game-changer in our 8 months with them. If I could redo things (easy to say looking back) I think I would try harder to lay the boys down drowsy to help them get used to falling asleep on their own.
Always watching Teddy. And Teddy is always present during high-chair feeding since he loves to pick up whatever scraps these two provide.
A hot afternoon walk
The trail by Utah Lake that we like to go to--it always has such great views! Here you can kind of see some of the thousands of swallows that are constantly flying around there.
Top: Hanging out with cousins at Grandma's
Bottom: Trying artichoke
With Grandma and their Payne cousins
At cousin Dayla's wedding
A really classic Jonah expression when he's curious and wants to see what's going on
Good times at church. I actually worry a lot recently at church. We've started going to the first two hours, and the boys are SUCH a distraction. Not just to us, but to so many around. They get very loud and vocal when they are tired, and since church always cuts into nap time, they are often yelling during sacrament meeting.
When the big kid takes your toy
Micah sleeping at church and being a cute, chubby astronaut
A little game these two like to play. It's adorable! Micah kicks his feet--we call it the human pinball machine--and Jonah leans on the ball pit/pool and giggles, which in turn makes Micah giggle and repeat. And on and on. It's so fun to watch!
Shopping with the twins is a lot easier now that they can both sit up. We bought this Buggy Bench on Amazon that makes my life SO SO SO much easier. The toughest part of shopping now is that both boys want to touch and eat everything in the cart, as you can see :)
Costco is the store we get stopped at the most. It's almost constant, really. I try to plan accordingly.
On the right is 3 weeks' worth of formula. I'm so grateful they will take the Costco brand! Our friends have one baby and spend more in a week on formula than we do in a month.
So happy to be able to crawl! He also loves the scale. He lays on it and hits it with his hand and watches the numbers change. I like that in this picture the numbers say ALMOST the exact weight he was at birth (4 lbs 7 oz)
Micah is actually a great kisser! Okay, I mean that he will often give kisses on command. They are extremely slobbery (he likes to involve his tongue), but they are pretty sweet.
On the right, he has managed to wipe bits of food all over his face and still look really cute.
We took this one picture on our anniversary. We just had a night at home where we ate dinner together and then did some get-to-know you questions I found on Pinterest. It was nice to have a deeper conversation that didn't involve messy diaper talk or things of that nature!
We have gone on TWO dates in the past month! So awesome! My sister and her friend babysat one night so we could go see the new Spiderman and get some dinner. A couple weeks after that, Brandon's cousin Gina hung out while the boys slept so we could go try the sushi place by our house (which we loved!). It's called Sushi Up, and the hostess is THE nicest lady ever. You get 3 rolls for $9.99. Some of the rolls have 8 pieces, some have 4 or 5. I actually like that they have fewer pieces because then I don't get stuck with a huge roll I don't like. I can always order more of the rolls I DO like. Anyway, that'll be our new go-to place for sushi.
Brandon's parents came through town and stayed with us on their way back from the solar eclipse!
The boys touching toes--similar to hand-holding.
Car seat sleep. Jonah was half-asleep and smiling so cute when I stroked his cheek.
Also, Micah falls asleep doing the funniest things in the carseat! Here he is holding onto one of his play rings.
Jonah discovered his shadow, and it was pretty awesome, to say the least! It's so fun watching them discover.
Bathtime is now in the big tub, but since Jonah things he's invincible, we've started putting them both in a laundry basket in the tub. It's getting to be close quarters, though, so we will have to adjust soon.
I let them try Nutella. They loved it (obviously). But then they got really upset when I wouldn't give them enough for their tastes.
I try not to let the boys watch too much TV, but there are times when it comes in very handy if I need to get something done urgently for a few minutes.
Jonah exploring and practicing pulling himself up
Exploring the kitchen. In the first photo, he is looking at me through the reflection on the oven. In the second photo, he's looking at himself.
Playing together and playing with a coveted item--tags. Anytime we give them a toy with a tag on it, that's the part they're interested in.
We had a little housewarming get together a couple weeks ago, and I got zero pictures aside from this one of the kids. It was fun but crazy!
Hanging out with cousin Gina
A sunrise view from our morning jogs. I take the boys and Teddy out each morning for a jog along the trail in our neighborhood. It has been so nice to get out and get some exercise in the mornings. I listen to a conference talk for the first 10 or 15 minutes, and then I listen to an audiobook or just spend some time thinking about a personal project I've been working on.
I've been working on being healthier, but MAN it's been an uphill battle. I think weaning really did a number on my metabolism. Ever since I started exercising and eating better and less, I have gained weight rapidly. How's that for unfair? But I'm gonna keep on going!
Eating in the high chairs right after our morning jog.
Jonah has been playing with these doorstops for a couple weeks now, but this day, I put Micah next to one, and he just went crazy. It was hilarious!
We got to celebrate the first birthday of our really close friends' baby this past week. Jim and Savanah met in Spain, and we happened to be there just before they got engaged. Brandon was Jim's best man (Jim was a stellar member missionary and lived in the same building as Brandon and his companion) at Jim and Savanah's wedding, and I was their photographer. They are awesome, and it is so fun to have babies so close in age with such good friends!
The evening after the birthday party, they came over for dinner at our house. I hadn't realized just how loud our boys are until every yell or grunt from them made little Olee cry! He's such a chill little guy, and he wasn't a fan of their vocalizations. But they're a cute little trio, aren't they?
If you look closely, you can see Olee's tear-streaked face.
Classic picture of the Micah grab
Improvising at feeding time so I can be hands free. The boys can technically hold their bottles, but they're not very good at it, nor do they really want to do it.
Right is Micah demonstrating his piano skills and flexibility. You can't tell from the picture, but he is basically in the splits.
A favorite spot of Jonah's
Micah's puppy dog look, and then a smile at his brother
Micah has developed some really funny facial expressions recently. The left is his intense face, and on the right is his uber-cheesy grin which he does a TON
Play area number two with the mat I scored on KSL.
Left: Jonah's fake cry
Right: Jonah has had four top teeth come in all at once. They all popped through within a week of each other. He has actually been really good about it. I can't get over how grown up it'll make him look when they've completely grown in!
We are human jungle gyms these days. My pants constantly have slobber all over them.