A quick developmental update at the twleve month mark. Both babes around the 11kg mark (we have our 12 month check up next week so will get a full update on weight and height), Pudding seems a little taller and also at the moment seems a little plumper, although Sausage has the cutest little budda tummy. Both babes have 8 teeth each. They both have so much hair and Pudding has the wildest morning or bed-hair you have ever seen, matches her crazy personality.
Sausage has just blossomed having become so amazingly independant, and so happy and confident. He will go to anyone and is also just as happy to be left to play by himself. He seems to concentrate often and has a serious little expression that I just want to eat up. Pudding seems to be going through some separation anxiety and has pretty much been tied to my apron strings for the last week or so. If she can see me she wants to be within reach of me, but if I’m not around she is totally happy to carry on as usual.
Both babes totally walking now, Sausage loves nothing better than walking with something in each hand and has also started attempting to kick a ball, but really I think the ball just gets in the way of his feet! Both are music crazy and Pudding will do a little bob whenever she hears music, she has even started pointing at the radio in the morning as if to ask her Daddy to turn it on. Nappy changes have become a nightmare because they HATE being forced to sit still or worse lie down.
Both babes have over 10 words each, not all words totally easy to understand and some need some Mommy or Daddy interpretation, but they are such little mimics, especially Pudding. Pudding has totally mastered ALL the actions to ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ and also makes some of the movements with her hands for ‘Incy Weensy Spider’ every time you say the word spider or for ’round and round the garden’ when you say the word garden. They both absolutely love kissies, especially kissing each other – too cute for words. I simply adore bedtime kissies.
Eating has suddenly out of the blue become a problem, my kids who ate EVERYTHING will suddenly only consistently eat cereal, peanut butter sandwiches and yoghurt. I think this might be teething related, but only time will tell. I don’t let it bother me much because their weights are so healthy and what they do eat is at least healthy. All their food is still home cooked and while they did enjoy some ‘junk’ in the form of cake and flings and marshmallows for their party, on a normal day these things are a complete no-no. They don’t drink much milk anymore, they are offered it, but most days don’t show much interest. We are pretty much off bottles drinking from a cup except for bedtime, but in the next couple of weeks we will be moving this to a cup too. Pudding loves to try feeding herself and actually doesn’t do too badly, but Sausage has no interest preferring for you to feed him.
Sleep has also suddenly become more challenging after them sleeping through very consistently since 10 weeks we are suddenly having a lot of night waking, but I think it could be the developmental milestones of walking and talking which are over stimulating them and also too much excitement having the family staying with us for their birthdays. And I think they are both teething their pre-molars. Pudding does make it up to you by insisting on MANY kissies while you hold her in the middle of the night. The other night we ended up trying (again) to let them sleep in our bed so we could at least get some sleep, but co-sleeping is a total fail on our house. It ended with Sausage tickling Pudding, Pudding giggling hysterically and Chris and I laughing at both of them – not much sleep. Last night we slept through again so I am hoping we are back on track.
It has been the most amazing, hectic, challenging, rewarding, emotional and love-filled year of my life. I find myself constantly drawn to staring at pictures of these little people and if you ask me how they are, you had better anticipate an hours conversation about them. Who would have believed that I would ever find myself in such a place of complete fulfilment and happiness.