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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Update at almost 11 months

I think the grown spurt at the 9th month was the most momentous one. 

They (Twin A followed by Twin B ) managed to get to a sitting position on their own from their usual lying down (back or belly) positions. After that (about 10 months), they (Twin B followed by Twin A ) managed to pull themselves up to a standing position in their cots by holding on to the bed rails. 

And at 10 months and 10 days, Twin B looked at me and said “Mummy”. I thought it was a fluke but she called me Mummy again the next day, and 1 week later when my CEB carried her, she said clearly and sweetly “Papa”. Since 4+ months Twin A could say “Mum Mum, Mama Papa and Dada” but I doubt she associated the right objects with the words, maybe save for “mum mum” which she would repeat when hungry. Now she looks at me and says “Mama”. 

They are also able to “hi five” and “clap” their hands on command, and identify objects around the house (that started about 8 months) like “light”, “fan”, “door”, “key” and “mummy’s wedding photo”. I still bring them to the babyspa but have also started to bring them to the condo’s pool once/twice a week in the morning for a quick splash about. I started with Twin B since she appeared to like splashing her feet in the water every time we walked by, and then started bringing Twin A whom I had previously pushed in a pram on morning walks to the bus stop where we would sit and watch the vehicles go by before dropping by the letter box to get letters. Until they can walk properly, swimming is still the main and only form of exercise. Last week though. My CEB and I fenced up the TV area with the Haenim playard as the twins have started crawling somewhat. Twin A can crawl faster and on her hands and knees but Twin B will not be thwarted and will drag herself on the belly to get where she wants to. 

Twin A and Twin B display the same characteristics as they did when they were in my womb. Twin A is still less active and less demanding attention wise. She appears to be scared of Twin B when it comes to grabbing for stuff and tends to give in to Twin B (almost) always. She still cries easily, whenever she is just the slightest bit unhappy and feeding her is the stuff of nightmare. She just refuses to suck at the teat and can leave it in her mouth for 45mins and suck 10ml out of 200ml. In the end she is taken out to be spoon fed the milk and sometimes that ends up all over the place. She is also a fussy eater and uses her hands to beat away the food but when it comes to bottled/pre-prepared jarred/packet foods, she eats that happily enough.

 Twin B kicked a lot in the womb and still uses her feet to express herself by thumping away with both legs up and down really hard if she’s unhappy or using her feet to push stuff away, eg my arm if I am bottle feeding her. She also has started biting recently, including biting Twin A and latching is an impossibility as she won’t suck but lunge forward and bite with her two bottom teeth.However, Twin B has her little winning ways though – she is a very happy baby waiting to laugh and will chuckle loudly with glee at the slightest opportunity (such as my making a funny sound or even while she’s watching me play with Twin A). Since 9 months, she has started to offer me her pacifier to suckle and this morning when I gave her a comb to comb her hair, she reached out with the comb to comb my hair instead. 

I am still giving them full breast milk at almost 11 months and I am hoping to hit the one year mark. God is good indeed – I can’t imagine the cost if I had to use formula milk given that 1 can is about S$50 and they go through 2 cans every 10 days. The money saved goes towards paying for their enrichment classes (started at 8 months for 1 hour). 

And talking about finances, it is getting harder though to go to work especially when the twins are awake and clamoring to leave the house but I can’t imagine staying at home taking care of them 24/7 with a helper and doing the same feed-bathe-nap routine day after day. I would go quite mad. The nanny is still the best option for now (though a few thousand a month is very taxing on the pocket.) because 1) unlike parents/in-laws, she does things how I want things to be done at home 2) it allows me freedom to buy and do whatever I like, especially for the twins. However, next month they turn 1 years old and I guess it’s time to look at other options for my two little munchkins.

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