“Little boys should never have to go to sleep because every morning they wake up one day older”. That’s not an exact quote but it’s definitely an exact paraphrase of something someone said. And it’s true. In fact, it’s usually one of my final thoughts before placing each of you into your crib. I look at you now, today, and realize that you’re much bigger than the day I first met you. You’ve both grown and changed and…..”matured” isn’t the right word but I’ll use it anyway. Your faces are filling out and your limbs are getting stronger. You both smile more and more and you laugh constantly.
This month you’ve both taken a serious notice of one another – uh-oh, it’s 12:54am at the time of this writing and I’m suddenly hearing little noises percolating from the bedroom…….it’s Rory, up for his midnight feeding. Hello there, little buddy. When you were born you used to grunt while you slept and while you ate. Now, about three days ago you started to “talk” during any time you weren’t sleeping or eating.. Actually, I suppose it isn’t very fair that I put quotes around that word. If tonality says anything at all, you both have a mouthful to say to anyone that will listen. You screech, mumble, warble and sing, sometimes to me, sometimes to your mom, sometimes to your sibling and sometimes to yourself. I walked into the bedroom a few afternoons ago after getting out of the shower and found you, Rory, lying in your crib on your side, humming like an infant mogwai.
For reference of what a mogwai is, please google search the term, “mogwai”. Sidenote: Quinn, you sort of resemble a mogwai. Trust me, it’s okay and is a heck of a lot better than resembling a golem.
I love listening to the two of you make sounds. Rory, your noises are more like songs and coos while Quinn’s, yours are more in the vein of laughs and screeches. If you are upset you put your fists down at your side and go, “eeeeEEEEEE!!!!” When you do this I shake you a little and you laugh, haha.
We also recently purchased you each your very own Johnny / Jenny Jump Up. We plop you down in this swing that hangs from the door frame and watch you bounce…truth be told there’s not a HUGE amount of jumping that’s happening…..YET…..but I’m sure it will begin shortly. Currently you both mostly just hang there and stare at one another, swinging around and gently pushing yourselves in one direction or the next.
I’m really enjoying watching you grow but, as usual, it holds a side of bitterness to it. You’re both rolling over, making noises and beginning to grab things with your hands – you’re turning into toddlers!! Today we gave you both your first taste of mushy rice cereal and you LOVED IT!…..just kidding. Quinn, you began to lap it up like a dog but I’m not totally certain you a.) enjoyed it or b.) knew what you were doing. Rory, you just started to cry. Perhaps you’d enjoy it more if we splashed a little soy sauce on it?
I’ve started working nights and this last week with the two of you has been fanTASTIC!! I am so happy to be blessed with additional time to spend with my kidlets during the day. Working the standard 9-5, I missed you so and was feeling cheated out of a more time-dynamic relationship. Now the flood gates are open and we get to spend nearly the entire day together before I go to work at 6:30. It’s GREAT!!
That said, I do enjoy the weekends when I stay up late all alone, trying to remain on my night schedule, when I hear one of your mews from the back room and I rescue you from the dark, bring you into the light and feeding your hungry bellies. It’s phenomenal having you both around but it’s also nice to get some one on one time as well. I truly cherish our time together and am always more and more excited to see the people you are becoming. Will you hate onions? Will you like rock ‘n’ roll? What will your favorite color be? You’re here in our arms but there are so many unanswered questions. Don’t worry, though, we’ll discover it all together.