Dear Brandon & Arthur
You are both getting so big and you are actually nearly eight months now but I’ve still got a few days to squeeze in your seven month update. The last few months you seem to have really grown up, suddenly you look huge and you are definitely not little babies anymore. Brandon I was only holding you up to the mirror yesterday and I couldn’t believe how long you looked, like you’ve just shot up all of a sudden!
You are both going through a little bit of a clingy stage, you like to know that Mummy or Daddy are close by. I was going to say that you don’t like strangers to get too close but it isn’t just strangers, even grandparents sometimes have you howling. You screamed all the way through our last baby clinic visit because someone said hello to you. I can see it about to happen, your mouths turn downwards and your lower lips stick out, I know you are about to let out a wail and if one gets going the other won’t be far behind. Once you have warmed up to someone you are generally ok so I know this will be a phase and it is quite nice to be the one that can comfort you.
You are both sitting up quite well now with support and can manage on your own for a little while before you spot something exciting and try to dart off to the side. Arthur you are up on your hands and knees and rocking forward, you are so desperate to get going. Brandon you are trying to do the same, it won’t be long until you are both on the move. Part of me wants to tell you to stop, I can’t even imagine how much trouble you will get into once you are crawling! I won’t be able to leave you alone for one minute. Even though you don’t crawl you don’t let it hold you back, you are both expert rollers and commando crawlers and can cover quite a distance with your shuffling.
There still isn’t a great amount of difference between you, I can tell you apart the most when you smile but there have been times when we have got you mixed up! Even your personalities are pretty similar and you both have cuddly phases, I imagine as you get older you will look more different. Lucas asks now ‘who’s that?’ to tell you apart and he knows which cot you both sleep in and which high chair you sit in. Arthur you tend to repsond to your name now but to be honest I think if I said Brandon you would probably look too!
One of the best things about having twins is seeing the relationship between the two of you grow; now you seem to have noticed that you are separate babies and I can already see secret communications going on between the pair of you. When I put you up for your nap I can hear a lot of giggling over the monitor and if I sneak a peak and I can see you both reaching for each other through the bars. You sit next to each other in your high chairs and if you catch each others eye it is suddenly hysterical, I don’t think I will ever get tired of seeing the way you smile at each other. There is something so special about seeing the bond you have, it makes me so happy and gets us through all the tough days.
This last month has been pretty special because we have had Daddy home and I know you will miss him when he goes back to work. Luckily he has been here for a really great time, when you seem to have grown all of a sudden and we have some real fun as a family. I can’t explain how thankful I am for you both, even on the toughest days I feel lucky (maybe once you are tucked up quietly in bed!) and you are both so precious to me. I feel like you have taught me even more about being a parent and in a lot of ways I have learnt to relax and enjoy the little moments as it is passing so quickly. Already I am thinking of your first birthday but for now I’ll just make the most of this time.
All My Love