Author: Lala
•Sunday, October 30, 2011
Our girls are now 15.5 months old (from birth). They are a bit small for their age (esp. Rianne who is only 18 lbs.) but they are doing perfectly fine. The appointment with the follow along clinic last month went well, which they can go to every six months till they turn two because of their prematurity at birth. The Doctor said that they are doing great and that she did not see any reason for concern, developmentally, which we were happy about.

It has been quite busy for me these past weeks from moving into our new apartment and settling in, doctors appointments, never ending sewing projects - which I love to do!, preparation for our trip to the Philippines and of course - two toddlers. Our girls are definitely growing. They are now pro at walking and just started running. They love to climb everywhere. They love books, baths and of course going out. I try to take them out once or twice every day since they would be screaming if I don't. I love and enjoy our morning walks, normally up to an hour, to the neighborhood or to the park. I would let them walk around the park and then take them home. They dropped their morning nap about a month ago and they are now down to one-two hour nap at noon. By around three in the afternoon, they are again ready for another outing. I normally take them to the mall especially now that it is getting pretty cold outside. We normally do some outing on weekends. We have been to the National Zoo twice, National Aquarium, the Mall at DC, festivals, the coolest park on earth (or at least in VA) Clemyjontri park and a lot of stuff. Every outing is a little bit challenging but fun!

Being a stay-at-home mom was a challenge for me. I enjoyed working and loved being out. Adjusting to the responsibilities of a full-time homemaker in a place foreign to me was not easy. I've had a number of breakdowns and being so far away from my family, friends, culture, food and other stuff in and about the Philippines did not make it easier. I am thankful that I have been blessed with an understanding and supportive husband who tries to do his best to make me happy. Hard as it is, I am happy and thankful that I can stay home with my babies. It has been a blessing to witness their growth and development. They have come a long way and I am happy to be a part of it. I thought it was taking forever for them to learn how to crawl, then to walk, and I couldn't wait till they do those things but looking back, those times were preciously memorable and I missed my babies. Mikelle and Rianne are now little girls. They can now communicate better, understand and follow simple directions like get a book or put the ball in the box, recognize some words and what it means like book, bath, bus, airplane, kain (eat), bola (ball), squirrel, butterfly song, relo (clock), unggoy (monkey), ear, belly, nose, foot, sapatos (shoes), labas (out), and other stuff. It's fun stuff! I enjoy watching them play together - not so much biting each other though. I love their special relationship and let me share some of those special moments together:
 Riding together. Mikelle loves being in charge of the wheels.
Reading together
They love playing in the tub
Mikelle (left) managed to climb and fit herself in to join Rianne - she looked really happy!
 eating spaghetti
 Like what I said, Mikelle takes over the wheels while Rianne enjoys the ride.
 climbing
 To them, anywhere is a good place to eat. They will often lie down wherever they are as soon as they get their bottle.
 Racing for the toy
 Rianne
 Mikelle
 Love that face!
 hugs
 Rianne love playing with her tongue
 Clemyjontri park


 flying together
Thing 1 and Thing 2 for Halloween. I made their skirts and headbands to complete their costumes.
Us at our ward Halloween party with our good friends, the Jensens.
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3 comments:

On October 30, 2011 at 8:31 PM , Rebecca said...

Thanks for the update! It's hard to believe from a distance at least that they are already walking proficiently and starting pre-talking i.e., understand simple directions. So much fun to see a developing personality.

I think every stay-at-home mom (at least the majority!) go through tons of stir crazy times. I found for me it helped to have a "me" thing when Paul was little. I volunteered at the library just once a week at a time when Ryan could be home. But you're right on: getting out of the house helps keep baby(ies) happy too!

Hang in there and know you aren't alone in getting tired of staying home all the time! Every few months I get a craving to go get a job, but of course that wouldn't work out right now....and it is a blessing, over all, to get to stay home.

 
On October 30, 2011 at 8:46 PM , Melinda said...

I love these pictures! Your girls are wonderful, and so lucky to have each other and an amazing Mother.

Being a Mom is hard. I have to work right now, and I like my work. But, I spend all day longing to be with my little girl. I get so sad about it that I feel physically ill. But, I know if I was home with her all day, I'd miss my outside life too. I think being a parent is all about sacrifice, no matter how you are doing it. But, these babies of ours are so worth it!

 
On November 1, 2011 at 3:11 PM , Jenny said...

Way to go Lala--You are a great mom! Your babies are so beautiful and healthy. I am on my fourth different trial med for post partum depression, so I feel you. It is hard to be at home but worth it.

I love their Thing 1 and Thing 2 costumes--that is so fun! I am glad that Carl is so supportive. He is a good guy. We miss you and wish we were closer!