I am trying my best to ignore that my babies are quickly approaching their first birthday. They are growing so quickly and it hurts my heart that they are getting so big. But I also love this age, so I’m trying to focus on that instead.
Let’s start with Parker man. You are just our little ray of sunshine and your smile just makes my heart happy. Your Daddy loves how much you will cuddle with him and just sit on the couch in his arms. I always joke that you are his dream child because he loves to snuggle our babies, but the others won’t sit long enough. You LOVE when Carson plays with you and will laugh at anything he says or does, which of course encourages him to be even more crazy.
This month you have become quite mobile, even though you aren’t crawling. Your form of movement is to roll. You will lay on your stomach and turn your body in the direction you want to go and just tuck your arms and roll until you get there. It’s so funny to watch you lock on to something and then make your way there.
You are still an inconsistent napper and usually sleep in the swing. I don’t understand because you sleep all night in your crib, but at least you sleep all night (thank you child). However, sometimes you will bounce yourself right to sleep in the jumper after you can’t take it anymore.
Your smile is still all gums and no teeth, which I love. You have become quite the eater this month and will just hold your mouth open like a baby bird until you get another bite. You aren’t saying any words, but you are so vocal. Your squeal can be heard from anywhere in the house! You will have “conversations” with us by squealing, growling and clicking your tongue. You watch what we are doing and repeat it back. Your really get loud when Daddy and Carson start to wrestle and growl and grunt at them. We can’t quite figure out if you are jealous or if you are being protective of Carson, but it’s comical to watch you get all red and angry.
You have said Da Da a few times, but it isn’t consistent yet. You can sit up but you aren’t quite stable enough to be left sitting alone. Or sometimes you just won’t take being put down and quickly let us know you are unhappy, but you are fine two seconds later. If you are in the swing or chair, your arms and legs started pumping when we walk over to get you and you squeal with excitement. When Gigi walks in the front door, you squeal and just light up. If anyone wants to be cheered up, they just need to come spend some time with you.
You scared us a few months ago when your left arm turned bright red, warm and your fingers swelled. It happened a few times and then stopped. It started again this month, so we had a checkup at the cardiologist to make sure nothing was wrong. You were such a good boy while they did an EKG and luckily we got the all clear.
It’s been a big month for our Cambo! Your first two teeth came through, you are sitting up and you started crawling. However, I’m a little mad at you on that one. I spend all day with you and you crawl for the first time when I was asleep. Carson did the same thing and crawled first for Daddy. Why do you boys do that to Mama?!
Both of you have the best smiles and I love your sweet little dimples. You will laugh at anything we do and your giggle is the best sound. For some reason, you have decided to start taking a pacifier this month and it has made you go to bed so much easier. Hallelujah! But you still have some nights where you aren’t happy being put in the crib and Daddy has to rock you. I think he secretly loves it because he gets snuggle time. As far as vocabulary, you say Da Da and Gigi, but you are also starting to say Mama! I love hearing your little voice just chatter away. When you are in the swing, you are fascinated by your feet and can spend an hour playing with them. I’ll glance over at you while I’m feeding Annsley and you just laugh and smile at me.
We had a checkup on your left kidney and had to wait about 20 minutes before the ultrasound. You had the BEST time playing with the paper. It was ripped to shreds by the time we were done. And we got another good report that the fluid on your kidney is continuing to decrease. We will have it checked again in February.
When you have an older brother, you have to deal with things like being decorated with sister’s bows. I’m sure you will pay him back one day. You already like to crawl over and investigate what he’s playing with. We spend a lot of time mediating this, so I can’t imagine what it will be like in a year. You are so curious about anything you can get to, so we watch you like a hawk because everything goes in your mouth.
Having twins is not always easy, but I love watching the two of you interact. You are constantly touching each other when you are eating and will laugh and smile at some secret only you both know. In the morning, I listen to the monitor as you chatter back and forth. I sometimes won’t come in your room for 20 minutes because you are both so happy laughing back and forth.
We can also tell that we are going to have some big fights as y’all get older because they have already started. Now that Campbell can crawl, he will go right over Parker and take what he wants. Which of course results in an angry P! However, if Campbell is close enough, Parker will return the favor with some swift kicks to the head. It’s definitely entertaining, but I have a feeling our living room will become a WWE wrestling ring as you get older.
Happy 9 months, Parker and Campbell! You are both such good babies, but more importantly, you bring such happiness and joy to Mommy and Daddy. I’m so glad God picked us to be your parents because I can’t imagine a life without your smiles and laughs. We can’t wait to see what the next month brings!