And then they were…FOUR?!

I blinked and my babies became toddlers who became small children. Weren’t they just born? Didn’t I just celebrate their first birthday? Didn’t I just write an open letter to them after their first year? WHAT IS HAPPENING.

Mommies and Daddies: Hold on to every single second. Cherish every moment. Document less. Just be. Soak in every moment. Hold their hands, kiss their boo-boos, snuggle with them every day. You blink and they’ve moved on to the next age.

Here are some fun facts about my boys:

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1. He Is such a dreamer and has such a powerful imagination.

I love to quietly observe him. My Micah gets completely lost in his world of superheroes and toys. He goes on wild adventures, his imagination is seriously astounding. You can give him a box and he’ll turn it into an imaginary castle for all of his toys. He will envision a world. The TV stand becomes a cliff for the Justice League to jump off to save the day. He inspires me to imagine and dream on a daily basis. He is such a kid in the best way.

2. He takes an eternity to like anyone.

Micah is the kind of kid who won’t hand out his love for free. If you want him to be in your corner you have to earn his affection. He doesn’t smile for strangers or talk to them. If you want an in when it comes to his heart you better get to know him and be entertaining. Otherwise, expect stares and scowls. The best part is that once he DOES like you, you’re in for good. He’ll give out his million dollar smirks like they’re free candy. It just might take you a year to earn it.

3. He lives for the tease and likes to prank people.

I know I probably shouldn’t love this, but it’s actually funny sometimes. He likes to play jokes on people and trick them. I see it as someone who’s creative and clever. He does it to Josiah the most and Josiah HATES it the majority of the time, but he gets a kick out of driving people nuts at times and mostly Josiah.

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1. HE’S OBSESSED WITH MUSIC LIKE HIS PARENTS. AND HE’S REALLY GOOD AT IT.

Josiah loves the drums and is actually quite good at playing them for a toddler. He has his own kid set upstairs and will play hours on end and when he doesn’t want to go upstairs, he will play on the couch. My favorite Josiah moments are when I hear him humming loudly the songs that we’ve sung in church. On Sundays, he says, “Mommy are you singing today? I like when you sing” and my heart pretty much melts right into the floor.

2. HE WAKES UP HAPPY.

I’m not a morning person at all. Early bird catches the worm? Forget the worm. I don’t care about it if it means I can sleep for a few extra hours. That being said, Josiah wakes up with a grin whether it’s in the morning or it’s after his nap. He’s one of those kids that wakes up with a bounce in his step. He’s ALWAYS been a happy little guy even when he was a baby! It’s funny how they say that you can see the personalities of kids as babies because for my boys it was mostly true!

3. HE IS A MOMMA’S BOY AND LIVES FOR THE SNUGGLE.

My Josiah is a shameless snuggler. He will snuggle with me all day long without any apologies or cares. If he’s watching a TV show, he loves it when I sit close to him and hold him. He’s a momma’s boy through and through and I love it so much! Whereas Micah needs his space, Josiah is usually good with me being in his space and welcomes it. He also has a harder time when I go anywhere: “Mommy, don’t go to work! Stay with me!”

Guys, I LOVE THIS AGE SO MUCH. I don’t care what anyone says, for me, each age gets better and better. This stage is probably my absolute favorite. 

Here’s a glimpse of three through the year!

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First day of preschool was approached with mixed feelings by the boys.

They started to find their place in Sunday School and grew to love it! They love going to church and learning about Jesus.

 

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My babies started off as little shorties with their pants rolled up. By the end of the year, the same pants were high waters.

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One of their favorite activities is to play at the park together!

 

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Micah the model. I like this picture because he’s starting to look like a little boy instead of a baby. God help me!

 

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Dress up for school!

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For a school assignment, they had to dress up like old men! Another day in the books for preschool.

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New tradition – tree cutting for Christmas!

 

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This year they became more cuddly with each other. They’re super protective of one another and yell at anyone who goes against a brother. They have each other’s backs.

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Just another hard day in the life of a toddler.

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Micah became quite the little photo lover this year. This is his favorite facial expressions for taking pictures.

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Oh boy – you can read more about Christmas pictures gone wrong [spot the jelly beans?] in one of my previous posts!

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Snuggle king Josiah doing what he does.

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Most kids like their cider in a cup…not my kid.

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Love this picture that captures the dynamic of their relationship so well!

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By the spring, they were preschool pros and came to love school SO MUCH!

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A mommy surrounded by her handsome sons! My babes!

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Birthday party fun for one of our faves!

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They like to unwind with a cup of “coffee” and night time chats.

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Their first pair of Jordans courtesy of our dear friend Sabrina! They felt so cool and love their ‘basketball shoes for basketball!’ they remind me.

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Zoo hangs are our favorite!

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Probably my favorite Easter outfit they’ve ever worn!

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Good Friday they had to look sharp too of course!

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Long park walks and explorations became a really fun way to hang out for us!

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Probably one of my favorite pictures ever – Micah’s face says it all when it comes down to how much he loves his brother.

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Pizza and glasses at our favorite pizza place.

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ZOO FUN!

 

Ocean City, NJ

Favorite family spot and the home of our vacation – Ocean City, NJ. This was after school when we all decided we needed some time at the boardwalk!

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Most happy by the sea.

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You’ve got a friend in me.

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I love how tan my boys get every summer! They are my little cookies!

 

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Beach Vacation 2017.

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Riding through life together one mile at a time.

 

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The best I can get with toddlers. After all, they’re only…four!

 

Our Ocean City, NJ Vacation and Why You Should Visit

Ocean City, NJ Vacation

This year for vacation we went to a local spot and one of my favorite places: Ocean City, NJ. This is my absolute favorite beach! We stayed here once before when the boys were around one and it was a fun experience! When I was thinking of places to vacation I wanted to stay local and have a stress free vacation. Ocean City, NJ for us was a no-brainer. We are only about 45 minutes away and yet it feels like a world away. We rented the same beach house we stayed at before and it was AWESOME.

What’s the point of vacation, after all? For my family, it’s pure relaxation. We are the kind of family that likes to breathe and not run from one place to another. You know how some people like to hit every attraction? Yeah, not us. We are lazy vacationers at best, but I’d have it no other way and this year was no exception.

From the time I was a preteen, Ocean City, NJ has held a really special place in my heart! I used to vacation here with my best friend and her family during my preteen into teen years. I have so many warm fuzzy memories. Long walks around Ocean City, the bay area, beautiful neighborhoods with a Vanilla Pepsi in hand talking about our hopes, dreams, and crushes. When I think back to my teen years, my OC vacations with my best friend and her family are a clear highlight. We always said we wanted our children to love the beach and Ocean City as much as we did and we succeeded.

See, when your life feels like it’s going about a million miles a minute regularly it’s so beautiful to take a week where all of that is on pause. My husband and I literally said we aren’t going to talk work, business, church…anything. We aren’t going to stress or worry. We are going to relax. That’s pretty much what we did as much as possible, except for hubs doing some real estate work (which I have found is practically unavoidable – since he’s become a realtor we’ve never had a trip where he didn’t have to work a little). It was fantastic and we are likely going to do at least one beach vacay a year we are thinking.

If you’re not from the South Jersey Area and aren’t familiar with Ocean City, I’m going to give you some reasons why you should consider an Ocean City, NJ vacation.

Reasons you should consider an ocean city, nj vacation:

  1. It’s family friendly.

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Where we vacationed, the people below us were parents of triplet girls. If you go to the boardwalk or to the beach, you’ll see families galore. There are tons of things to do including Gillians Wonderland Pier, mini golfing, bike riding on the boardwalk, and more. Also, Ocean City is a dry town and smoking is prohibited on the boardwalk.  It’s just so family oriented and you feel it!

2. It’s a Close walk to the beach.

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Ocean City has a fantastic boardwalk that’s really close to its beach. You can walk right off the boardwalk and the next thing you know, you’re on the beach and don’t have to go far to find yourself in the water.  I don’t want to feel like I’m trekking across the great unknown to have my feet touch the water. I love the fact that everything is in close proximity. Let’s face it, the boardwalk food is 95% of the reason I even go to the beach, who am I kidding?

3. It has an Awesome boardwalk with tons to do.


Mini-Golf, Escape Rooms, Rides, Bumper Carts and all of your essential boardwalk activities are available. I never get tired of walking the boardwalk because there’s always something new to do or something new to see. During the summer on Thursday nights, they have ‘Family Night’ where there is tons of live music and a lively atmosphere. My favorite nights of the summer!

4. it’s Budget Friendly.


Some people might scoff at that, but an Ocean City vacation can be quite affordable actually. Here are a few tips: go in with another family or another person on a beach house. When you do that, you can split the cost. So if a beach house will cost you $1250 for the week, divide that by two and you get the idea. What we did was we ate breakfast at the house, usually grabbed lunch on the boardwalk, ate dinner at the beach house and went to the boardwalk for desserts or any snacks we wanted. If you hit the grocery stores and cook half of your meals, you’ll save a fortune. When it comes to the rides, Gillians Wonderland  Pier offers different specials throughout the week. If you hit the rides during the three ticket ride days/hours, you will get more bang for your book. This helped me as a mom of multiples! We bought one book of 150 tickets for $100 and that was enough to last us throughout the entire week with a few tickets left over.

5. fantastic places to eat.

My absolute favorite part of the boardwalk is the food. I don’t care what anyone tells me, it’s the best part of the boardwalk! I’ve had friends try to convince me to go to other beaches and the first question I have is: are there good places to eat? If the answer is no, I’m not interested. I’m not talking about high-end places if you want that go to Atlantic City. I’m talking about simple food that just tastes good in my belly. I have favorites and you can check them out below.

 My Favorite Places to Eat In Ocean City:

  1. Brown’s Donuts. [Expect a line but it’s worth it!]Brown's Donuts - Ocean City, NJ
  2. Prep’s Pizza. [Just as good as Manco and Manco’s but with better seating and they give the kids dough to play with.]Prep's Pizza in Ocean City, NJ
  3. Piccini’s Wood Fire Pizza. [Fab Italian food!]
  4. The Hula Grill. [Probably my favorite! Hawaiin food – yum!]The Hula Grill in Ocean City, NJ
  5. OC Surf Cafe [New spot for me, great for breakfast or brunch!]

My Favorite Boardwalk Food:

  1. Polish Water Ice.
  2. Shriver’s Gelato – THE CREPES ARE LIFE CHANGING.
  3. Monkey Bread.
  4. George’s Ice Cream.
  5. Johnson’s Popcorn.

6. Insanely relaxing.


Have you ever been on a vacation that was so jam packed you needed a vacation after it to decompress? I feel like beach vacations are so relaxing and a vacation in Ocean City, NJ  is no exception. As mentioned for us, we would wake up, head to the beach for a bit, come back to the beach house for a nap, and then head to the boardwalk for the evening if we felt like it. We also incorporated date nights, courtesy of having my mom with us, movie nights, and mini golf nights. No pressure, no time constraints, and a go at your own pace vibe. The epitome of relaxation.

Overall, an Ocean City, NJ vacation was the perfect vacation for us! We had an amazing time, as evidenced by the smiles!

What are your favorite family friendly vacation spots? Share below! We are always looking for new places to visit! 

Expectation vs. Reality – Christmas Pics 2016

Christmas pictures. When some people hear this phrase they feel excited as they anticipate taking family pictures and choosing from a variety of lovely photos. When I hear this phrase, I feel…slight dread. You see, I am a twin mom of two toddler boys. Getting two energetic little guys to stay still, smile, and pose for an indefinite amount of time is nothing short of mission impossible.

Still, I put my best foot forward and decided to do a portrait studio this year if only for time’s sake. My favorite picture takers are my brother-in-law and sister-in-law, who typically take our Christmas pics but I decided to give them a break since my SIL is preggers. So, off we went.

On the way up, JoJo was in a bit of a mood. “This was a bad idea, wasn’t it?” I asked my husband as we drove along, regret lacing my tone. He shrugged in resignation and sighed, “We’ll see.” When we got to the place, all was going well it seemed. Both boys were playing with some of the toys left out and having a good time. TOO good of a time, I started to notice.

“Um, do you think it’s going to be easy to get them out of this section to take pics?” I asked my husband nervously.

“I don’t know…” his voice trailed off unsure. Uh-oh.

So off I went in search of reinforcements. I.E. bribery tools, I.E. candy. After I purchased some favorites, it was our turn. Immediately, Josiah wasn’t having it. He started to cry and my hopes of an easy picture session were dashed. The more we tried to get him to smile, the worse it became. I went in for the reinforcements, grabbing the jelly beans and offering them up as a token of peace in exchange for pictures. Here’s the thing – Josiah didn’t want to let go of the jelly beans. So he didn’t. So they were in literally the majority of our pictures because we’ve learned early what battles to fight and knew this wasn’t one of them.

Josiah – One.

Parents – Zero.

Meanwhile, Micah was striking a pose like he was David Beckham, being a complete ham for the camera.

Nonetheless, the pictures appropriately captured what being a twin parent of three years old is like and overall, I’m happy.  We did get some pretty good ones! But I had to laugh because of expectations vs. reality. Here’s what I expected….

Here’s what actually happened:

Here were my expectations…

Here’s what reality delivered.

Thank goodness we can laugh about it! Here’s to another Christmas session checked off the list.

And here are some of the solid ones:

Until we meet again, photographers.

Then they were THREE! A prayer for my boys.

As my boys turn THREE today, this is my prayer for them. Originally wrote it in my prayer journal, but wanted to share!

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Dear Lord,

Thank You for the privilege of parenting not one, but TWO miracle babies. Thank You for the surprise and gift of raising two boys. Two boys that are so clearly filled with purpose and destiny. I know without a shadow of a doubt, that the plans that You have for their lives are special, unique, and beautiful. I pray that my babies would love and pursue You every single day. Let their lives speak of Your miraculous power. Let their hearts love You and love people purely. Let their hearts be filled with a desire to serve you and to serve others.

My Josiah. For Josiah, I pray that you would use His strong will and determined attitude for good things and for YOUR purposes. I pray that Josiah would stand strong against things that are wrong and that he would stand for JUSTICE and freedom for those that are oppressed. That he would be a voice for the voiceless. I pray that He would sing songs of hope and songs that bring joy. I pray that when he plays instruments, heavy hearts, and broken hearts are made whole.

For Micah, I pray that You would use his sensitive, gentle spirit to comfort others. I pray that he would uplift those that are broken. I pray that He would have compassion that burns for the forgotten. I pray that Micah would see those that are ignored by society and offer them that hope that He has within. I pray that Micah’s ability to listen and observe would translate to a person who hears others and leads in humility.

For both of my boys, I pray that they would have an unshakeable bond and brotherhood. I pray that they would be loyal to You and to each other. I pray that they would be men of courage, integrity, and valor. Let them pursue You relentlessly and love You wholeheartedly. May YOU always have first place in their lives. Give them favor with You and with men. I pray that they would dream HUGE God-sized dreams with no limitations, and run after them, accomplishing more than we ever have in our lifetime.

I thank You for the gift of Micah and Josiah. Thank You for choosing ME and entrusting me with the amazing opportunity to raise these boys. Continue to give me the grace I need to parent two world changers. My heart is overflowing. I love You.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

 

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I have truly loved this age. Here’s to onward, upward, and seeing what THREE holds in store for us!

Almost THREE is a fun place to be.

The boys are almost three years old. They’ll be three over the summer. I can’t even believe it myself! It feels like yesterday we were enduring sleepless nights, swaddling, rock-n playing, and such. My babes are toddlers. Can I be honest in saying, that I’m really loving this stage?! The almost three age is loads of fun in my opinion! Here’s why:

  1. These dudes are hilarious.

Because they’re at an age where they can have conversations with each other and know each other so much better (when they were babies, they were vaguely aware of each other), they do some funny things. Last night, they decided it would be a blast to howl for awhile. And by howl, I don’t mean cry – I mean, actually HOWL like wolves for the sake of it. They would laugh in between their howls. Hysterical.

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Chaos around me? No pants? This is the life.

2. They are little tricksters. And I can’t be mad about it.

These guys know how to play tricks on us and literally play us out. For example, during naptime they will fake me out and yell “POOPOO!” from their room, so that I go in their and change them. Here’s the catch – no one pooped. They just knew it would get me in there. They also like to jump up and down like maniacs, and as soon as they hear the door open they pretend they’re “sleeping.” Toddlers – ONE. Parents? ZERO.

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CAREFREE! The only way to be at two years old.

3. They’re all about that snuggle life. BUT they’d prefer to snuggle with daddy.

“Snuggle?” they’ll ask me. My heart is about to burst open with delight as they begin walking towards me, until they make a turn and head towards their dad. Josiah will snuggle with me much more than Micah will. These guys are obsessed with their daddy, which I’m okay with. Because in the summer my plan is pretty much to ensure they love me the most. TAKE THAT JOSE. Mwahahaha.

 

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My view when I’m on my way to work every morning.

4. It’s so much easier to take them out! Kind of.

Okay, so I have to have my purse and pockets loaded with bribery fruit snacks and other faves, but it’s still so much easier to take the boys out on my own. I put one in the front seat of the cart, and the other in the back and aha! I officially have half an hour or so of shop time at that particular store. If I’m with the hubs, you can add more time to that. These guys are my little buddies and when they see that they’re about to go out with me they’ll say, “Shopping?” You know it. They love all of Mommy’s faves – Target, Starbucks (where they get their chocolate milk), Chick-Fil-A, and Rita’s. Don’t judge me.

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Great attitudes and patience. Winning.

5. Their favorite phrases to say to me are – “I love you!” or “I miss you!” or “CALM DOWN!”

There’s nothing sweeter than hearing my boys say these things to me. When I come home from work, or my husband comes home from work, they run towards us shouting at the top of their lungs, “I MISS YOU!” There’s pretty much nothing that compares to that feeling. When Jose and I wanted to become parents, one of the things I remember my husband saying is that it would be amazing to come home to someone who would be excited to see his or her mommy or daddy. Now we have two! The last phrase is pretty appropriate for me as well, if you know me. #KeepcalmandMOMon

6. We can have conversations with them! Hoorah!

They may be odd conversations sometimes, but it’s a blast to be able to communicate with these guys better and better each day. Some of their favorite things to say, “Are you kidding me? That’s ridiculous!” If we dare leave the room, “Where are you going?” They’re also picking up on things a lot more quickly, which means we are careful what we say around them and watch around them. I love that they’re becoming these little communicators.

This age is pretty fun! Does this mean we never have tantrums or moments that make us want to pull our hair out? We are parents of toddlers. Twins at that. So the answer is…OF COURSE! But the good outweighs the bad and I feel like each age group brings a new set of joys and challenges. Either way, I’m cherishing each moment and each day and can’t wait to spend my summer with these two!

What do you love about this stage? What drives you insane? Feel free to share!

Potty Training Fail.

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*To the tune of ‘Fresh-Prince of Bel-Air’*

“And this is the story all about how

I tried to potty train my twins but failed, Oh Wow…*

Okay, so I’ll stick to not trying to rap. This week I was on my spring break from school. Can I even count the ways it was glorious? I go back to work tomorrow but so enjoyed hanging out with my babies! Summer, come please. Thanks.

That being said, I made a decision that I was going to potty train my boys during spring break. I had a week to do it and I kept telling myself and my friends. I was kind of determined. A few days passed into spring break and I forgot about it. Tuesday came around and I thought to myself, “Crap. I need to potty train these guys!” So I did what I do best. I went to Target with my husband and filled up the cart with loads of essentials.

Potty training pants? Check.

Cute “Cars” underwear? Check.

Other nonessential pointless items that make their way into my cart EVERY SINGLE TIME? Check.

Sheer determination to potty train no matter what? I think I left that at Starbucks when I was ordering my Frappucino.

This is how it went:

I woke up the next morning and “prepped” by looking up things on Pinterest and what not. Most moms research and read up on this for awhile. This mom talked to friends and other people, looked up a few articles, skimmed read them, and got ready. My husband was working so I was on my own. I was psyched about how much I was going to accomplish and how this was going to be the beginning of our potty training journey. So I woke up, took them from their cribs (you can read about my fear of toddler beds here) and sat them on the potty.

Me: Okay, now pee!

Them: Cars! Put on Cars Movie!

Me: Okay, but sit and pee while you watch (no pressure right?)

I then proceeded to stare at them and wait. They grew bored sitting on the toilet and tried to wander off. I grew bored watching and decided to use the bathroom. When I came back, one had grabbed their potty and was walking around with it. But wait, there was something inside! I excitedly texted my husband about the success we were reaching and bragging about my amazing potty training abilities. I tried to show my excitement by trying to engage the boys in high-fives but they weren’t too interested. Three hours later and several pee puddles on the floor later, I texted him a new message:

“This is hard. I quit. I think it would be easier with you here. I’ll try again in the summer.”

And THAT my friends, is how NOT to potty train. 🙂

We will revisit you soon potty. This won’t be the last of us.

I know I didn’t really give potty training a true try and I’m okay with that. We had a family emergency this week that took a toll on us in every way. We are still recovering from that even now. I also think one twin is ready and the other is not. So I may try to do one for now and wait a bit for my other little guy. Who knows?! Either way, it’ll happen before preschool in September. I hope! Ha!

 

 

 

Two year old wellness visit, flu shots, oh my! #Toddlerlife

School this year has kicked my booty. I probably say that every year, but this year has kept me busy and we are only one month in! I teach two types of classes – an accelerated course and an ICR class (a mix of regular education and special education students). This year I’ve decided I won’t bring a stitch of my work home. I want to dedicate all of the time that I’m at home with my family and leave my “work” at work. I know the job of a teacher never ends, which is why I’m in early and stay after twice a week…but I just refuse to drown in school work outside of school. I want to keep the lines unblurred and establish these boundaries so that my family time is dedicated to my family. This means I have been much more of an excellent manager of my time at work. All that to say, this year has kept me a busy bee!

On the twinsies front, the boys had their two year old wellness visit. This was supposed to be scheduled closer to two but I completely forgot to schedule it (super mom points go to me?!) and the only time they could get me in was a bit later. Updates:

Both boys are doing really well.
Jojo – 28 pounds. Micah – 26 pounds.
Jojo – slightly behind in speech but catching up. Micah – right on target.
Jojo – Eczema game strong. Doctor gave us a prescription and recommended Cetaphil.
Vitamin game – NOT STRONG! I am a terrible vitamin giver, but have officially jumped back on the vitamin game again. I’m putting it in some orange juice and this seems to do the trick.
Jojo is in the 49th percentile..Micah is in like the 20th? I think? AHH, don’t remember and the paperwork is right in front of me. Basically, Micah’s a peanut. Jojo is husky.
My husband and I make shorty babies.
Doctor wants us to start potty training.

YEAH. POTTY TRAINING. Can I be honest? I have no interest in starting to potty train yet! I should have started in the summer, but we had so much going on and with work and life it seems a bit daunting to try to potty train them both. Needless to say, I am going to make a full fledged effort next weekend and see what happens! Preferably, I would like to start to potty train them in June when I’m done working…but I’m going to attempt it sooner! Mostly because the doctor is telling us too. Also, the boys still love their binkies. They only use them at night to go to sleep, but I know we have to get rid of them. I’m just d-r-e-a-d-i-n-g it. They sleep so well right now that I’m not wanting to embark on the saga of sleeplessness to engage in a binky vs. parents war (one that they’ll probably win) but I also don’t want them to rock their paci’s until they’re 40. I’ll settle for giving them up by 18.

My husband and I have long ago thrown all of the parenting rule books out of the window. We are the reps for the “Do what works for you” club. So when friends tell me that they’re reading this book by so and so and the book says to do this that and the other thing, I don’t pay much mind. Yes, I read parenting books of my choice…BUT, I take what I like from it and disregard what I don’t. The questions that drive my parenting:

Is my child safe?
Is my child healthy?
Is my child happy?

In the words of my boys, “All done.”

The boys also had their flu shots. They weren’t all smiles after that! In fact, they both have a runny nose and are a bit under the weather. Micah has been on and off with a fever. It’s just funny how differently they handle it. Micah was completely miserable and wanted snuggle me all night (which I loved) while Jojo was still his free-spirited little self.

These boys light up my life. They’re SO MUCH FUN! I truly enjoy parenting these little boys. They’re my loves.

Health wise I’m going to be seeing a specialist to see what my options are in regards to my endometriosis. Tomorrow I have my first consult and hopefully this doctor will be able to give me other options besides a hysterectomy. If you could keep me in prayer, I would love that! Until we meet again loves xxx

Goofing off in the doctor’s office. When we got into our room, it was pretty much complete chaos. To be expected with twins!

Micah was all snuggles, Jojo was all tongue out! Micah managed to muster up a smile for the camera.

This is how he was really feeling though.

My little peanut butter cups are T W O and soooo big. They look like little kids and not babies! My heart!

Reasons I love the “Almost Two” age

The boys are “almost two.” This July, they will officially turn TWO years old. UM, where did the little peanuts go?! They are looking like little boys and no longer like babies which is bittersweet. Yet, I find that the older they get the more fun I seem to have with them! I am actually LOVING this age. Despite the non-sensical toddler tantrums that arise which you can read about here , this age has turned out to be pretty fun ! Here’s why:

1. They have developed personalities that are more distinct by the day.

The personalities that have made an appearance are so interesting. Micah is extra sensitive and loves his “cheche” which is what we call milk in our house (Spanish word for milk is “leche” and they say “cheche”) but is also a little sneak. After he has finished all of his milk, he will try to take his brother’s while his bro doesn’t notice what’s happening. Before anyone knows what’s happened, he’s finished off Jo-Jo’s milk. Jo-Jo LOVES the guitar and anything musical. His face lights up when he’s holding his guitar and he even knows how to hold it like an adult. I also think he’s left-handed! Jo-Jo is adventurous and fun loving. H is FEARLESS while Micah is fearful – something we are trying to break him out of. Nonetheless, it’s so cool to see these little guys flourish into people with opinions. Sometimes it’s scary (tantrums anyone?!) but overall it’s been a true joy.

2. They enjoy going outside and playing ALL the time.

These kids adore the great outdoors.

They are absolutely thrilled to pieces whenever they have the chance to go outside. They are constantly asking, “Outside? Outside?” and when we take them outside you would think we took them to Disney World. Now that the weather is so much better, we are outside every single day. It helps out a ton because they entertain themselves and get to expend all of that energy that they have! We take them on walks to the park almost every other day or so, they play in the backyard every day, or they get to have little trips in their bicycles, which they love. I also try to take them out for a stroll when I can. My plan in the summer is to take them on a morning walk every morning. Can’t wait until this school year is over! School until June 24th? Really though?

3. They LOVE to get out of the house and are amazing whenever I take them to the stores. It’s like a field trip for them.

My favorite places to go with the boys are Target (duh! I’ve written about my affinity for Target many times) and also BJ’s because they have so many cool carts to put the boys in.

They love getting out and about and are really fabulously behaved when we go out. My goal this summer is to take them out and about as much as humanly possible.

4. They are enjoying things they once seemed to hate.

My kids hated bath time and didn’t seem to be big fans of swimming or water in general. Now?! The are obsessed. Literally, they are outraged every time they hear us run the water and not put them in the “ba? ba?” How dare we! But it has made bath time a much more pleasant experience. My husband got “them” a slip and side (he said it was for the boys, the picture convinces me it may have been for him haha) and they love it and we also just got them a little pool which they are all over. Whoo!

Sure this is for “the boys.” I believe you.


5. They can communicate their wants and needs easier, which in turn, makes life a bit easier.

With signing and simply being able to talk more, the’ve been communicating their needs to us much better. When they are finished with something, they let us know. If they want to do something, they let us know what they want to do whether it’s go outside, watch Special Agent Oso (which we don’t watch often), or if it’s color or even if they want us to take out the guitars. Their communication skills improving has made it much easier because when they tell us what they want, we can respond and this reduces meltdowns! Plus, hearing their little toddler voices? Adorable!

6. They love to roughhouse and play around with us, and especially with their dad. It’s a man’s world in my house.

The pictures speak volumes.


I love this age. I love these boys SO much. They’re just such a blast! If you’re in the same age range as us, what are you loving about this age?! Do share 🙂

This time goes by really quickly. We blink, and they are toddlers. We blink again, and they are teens. I’m doing all that I can do truly cherish and celebrate every age and all of the joys that come with it. Of course there are the struggles too…but in the end, I can’t help but celebrate the blessings of God that I get to witness every single day.

Tantrum Troubles – HELP!

So we’ve entered a new phase – tantrumdom. O-M-G. The tantrums that I’m experiencing with my boys, *ahem* with one boy in particular is literally maddening. INSANE. I WANT TO LOCK MYSELF IN A ROOM AND CRY INSANE.

They don’t happen every two seconds but good Lord, when they do they are literally out of control. Micah will throw himself down on the floor and kick/scream. I’m talking a blood-curdling-ear-bleeding kind of scream. It’s awful and I’m not really sure what to do. I feel like he may be too young to be disciplined, but I’m thinking of instituting a time out. When he gets into this tantrum mode, he takes it out on his brother sometimes. He shoves him or tries to hit him in some way. My response is to tap him on the hand and say, “No Micah! Nice!” He immediately breaks out into even crazier hysterics and throws himself on the floor once more. I need him to know that this is NOT okay. He can’t get what he wants because he throws a tantrum. He just can’t.

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He gets into these screaming fits and literally it can make you feel like you’re crazy. This past Saturday while my husband was showing houses, Micah had one of his meltdowns around naptime. He was exhausted but didn’t want to go to sleep. I put him in his crib and he screamed and screamed. I took him out for a bit thinking, maybe he’s not really tired? Nope, he was – laying down on the floor and rubbing his eyes like crazy. Put him back in his crib, he screamed hysterically for quite a bit, I took him out again. We repeated this behavior for a little bit. I know I shouldn’t have taken him out of the crib, but being that my father-in-law was upstairs trying to sleep (he was visiting with us from Puerto Rico) I was pretty much willing to do anything to get him to be quiet.

Finally, I put him back in his crib and CLIMBED IN THE CRIB WITH HIM! You read it right. I CLIMBED IN THE CRIB WITH HIM. A 28 year old woman. In a crib. With a baby. I put his head in my lap and rubbed his head, then realized that was a dumb idea on several levels, especially because when he would fall asleep and I tried to get out – he would wake up again. So I sat in the corner of his crib (STILL LITERALLY IN THE CRIB WITH HIM!) and he fell asleep staring at me. He has been a stage 10 clinger lately. It’s gotten really bad. The thing is – I’m not even home all day. I’m at work, so it’s not like he’s stuck to my side all day.

Welp, this brings me to last night. Last night at 2 am in the morning, homeboy decided to have a screaming fit. This is a rarity at night. Both of my boys typically sleep really well. Well, last night – nope. He started to scream and didn’t stop screaming for an h-o-u-r. By 3 am, I was desperate so I broke my cardinal rule and brought him into the bed. Josiah slept through the entire thing. I brought him into bed and the little lemur stuck to me like glue in bed. Even when I would turn away from him, he would absent mindedly put his little hands in my hair just to have contact. I peed twice holding him because he didn’t want to let me go. When I woke up in the morning, his square little face was grinning at me. My body was screaming – sleep. SLEEP!! Of course at this point, it was time to go to work.

My husband and I are at our wits end. Josiah is really easy-going and chill. Sometimes I feel like Micah gets more attention and for the wrong reason. How does one exactly stop this behavior at this age? Please tell me I’m not alone in this? Please talk to me about tantrums and make me feel better? Do you have any suggestions for us? I know that the Terrible Twos are coming but why is it making an appearance early?! I love my little cutie pies with all of my heart, but I need some wisdom from other mommies. HEEEELLLLPPPPPP. K. Thanks. <3

They’re adorable. When they’re not throwing tantrums.

Snow day!

Took the boys out in the snow. Here is the evidence:

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Micah hated it, as apparent on his face. Jojo was feeling it! They’re almost 19 months. Can’t deal! I love my boys.