Monday, November 5, 2012

11 Month Boys

Ezra and Elliott are two little characters. They are beginning to display two very different personalities, and I cannot get enough of their precious antics.
I'll start with big brother, Elliott. Elliott is a peacemaker (for the most part). He crawls around the house with a constant smile on his face. 
 He is always smiling, and he seldom cries. He absolutely loves food and will eat anything we put in front of him. His favorite foods are raisins, rice, and graham crackers. We recently discovered that he really loves macaroni and cheese, too.
He has learned how to patty-cake and claps anytime he sees Grandma Cheryl (who first practiced clapping with him). Elliott wakes up ready to take on the day and makes every morning something to look forward to. I know that he'll be ready to meet me with a smile as soon as I walk into the nursery.
Elliott is close to walking. He has been cruising around the house, holding onto any surface/couch/chair he can find. He also is babbling, saying cute things like "da-da" and "pa-pa." I am so lucky to have a sweet boy like Elliott. 
Ezra continues to be our sensitive child. Elliott and Eliza are fairly independent, but Ezra loves to be held and cuddled. If I take Elliott out of the crib first, Ezra absolutely loses it. He cries like he has been totally abandoned and will not calm down until he is safely in one of our arms. He recently started a new habit. As soon as I pick him up, he quickly reaches for one of my fingers so he can "hold" me. He uses his other hand to rub the skin on my arm and will nuzzle into my neck. The minutes he cuddles with me are pure heaven. 
Ezra is a fantastic eater, but doesn't inhale food like Elliott. His favorite things to eat are raisins, rice, and macaroni and cheese (just like brother, of course).
He often prefers milk over food and will cry as soon as he is done eating. Both boys really love their sippy cups.
Ezra is our mover. He is such a fast crawler and doesn't have too much interest in walking. He loves to rock back and forth in his high chair and furiously shakes the rail on the side of his crib. He enjoys playing with anything that makes noises, moves, bounces, or lights up. For these reasons, this little toy car has brought him much happiness.
His favorite activity is playing with Nathan. When his dad throws him up into the air, he lets out the most contagious laughter. I love having a sensitive little guy, and I think it is wonderful that the twins are so different.
Together, the boys are quite a team. They crawl after each other, laughing and giggling most of the time, and babble back and forth in their cribs and in their high chairs. Ezra will even pass Elliott his leftover food when he has had enough. Every day, I find myself thinking: "What would it be like to grow up with someone constantly by your side." I bet it would be pretty awesome. They seem to really enjoy being twins.

As for Nathan and me, life is pretty normal these days. We are no longer sleep deprived (the boys take 2 two hour naps and sleep 12 hours at night....awesome!), we have a great routine, and things flow pretty well. I plan on weaning pretty soon, and I will be ecstatic when I can stop using my breast pump. I have dreams about throwing it off a building or bludgeoning it with a baseball bat. I think that's my cue that the relationship with pumping has become unhealthy :)

It's hard to believe that we will be celebrating their first birthday this month. I can't wait for their party!


  1. I loved this post! As a twin, I am fascinated with other twins. I have a twin brother, and although we are close now, I didn't feel like we had a connection growing up like other twins did. I am getting a kick out of these two cuties! I read this post aloud to Joseph and we both cooed over their personalities. We especially loved the image of Ezra "losing it" if you were to take Elliot out of the crib first. WE both agree you are a cute Mamma

    1. Erica BRITTON!? Ahh!! You are married! And to Joseph! That makes me so happy! Hooray for In-N-Out :) Also, I totally remember you saying that you are a twin. I love hearing stories from older twins :) Thanks for reading!

  2. Nothing says twins like backresting in the swings. Great post.

  3. It's crazy to think how fast the time has gone. They are the most lovely baby boys. It was so fun to see how they and Anna interacted with each other. I can't wait for them to be such good friends when they get older. It is interesting to see their personalities develop and show. They really are individuals, but the best of pals.

  4. Oh my gosh, so much pumping has taken place over the past year! Your boys really have their own personalities! Having twins is such a special thing. I'm so glad we know you and can see what this whole adventure is like.

  5. I always wanted to be a twin. Lucky boys!

  6. I want to do that with my breast pump too, and I've only been pumping for three months. And only once a day. I don't know how you do it, but you are awesome!


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