Today two very important members of our family turn one today. They have grown so much in this past year. One year has seen them transition from nursing to learning to eat solid food; from crying to learning how to express their needs; from being all floppy and uncoordinated to learning how to move their bodies with joy and delight.
I never thought I’d get past the night wakings, they sure seemed to need a lot of night-time attention. Carrying them both at the same time was tricky, especially when they started getting bigger. It was hard leaving them alone during the night but once they got too big to carry, I had to. I knew they had each other. I never thought I’d get them to understand it wasn’t okay to eat everything they find on the floors, but I think they get it now.
Everyone thought they were so cute but warned me how hard it would be with two. They aren’t identical, they look different, and they have different personalities which is so surprising. One is like her dad, and one is like her mother. They still get jealous of one another and if one is playing with me, then the other one must also come see what we are doing.
When they first arrived, I really despaired that I’d ever make it through the first year. When they kept making messes, I despaired of ever having a clean house. When my husband asked what did I do with them during the day, it was hard to explain – seemed like all I did was clean up. When they would rather play than listen to me, I understood but did wonder how it would ever work.
Now I delight as they wrestle on the floor, having a blast. They do respond to my requests and I bask in their affection and the love they show me. They experience such joy with each other and with the rest of the family.
Happy Birthday Chloe and Ginger. Thank you for joining our family, we are delighted to have you. You’ve shown me how to enjoy the moments, each unique and precious, and to not give up when things seem impossible.
And, now, I’m going to cheerfully fix the hole you chewed in the wall.