Growing Growing growing – The girls just expand in so many ways. They certainly can eat but you surely can not tell by their tiny-ness. They are about the same size give or take 1/2 lb. Yup despite the optical illusion of Sloan looking Gigantic in comparison to Lilka its just not true. They are pretty much the same across the board. They do have completely different body types tho which prolly lends it self to Sloan looking so much bigger than Lilka. Ahh 15 month olds. Its is a joy – they just kind of get things now. Communication is not where I would like it to be but I know they understand us and typically try to communicate back. They certainly got the monkey see monkey do down with each other.
So, Two Toddlers- they are all over the place not just walking but running. Its so cute unless we are trying to chase them to catch them to move on to the next part of the day or for nap then all things adorable and cute pertaining to Lilka and Sloan fly right out the window! – Ha!
Lilka Mae – still has the same nicknames Lil, Lou, Lu-Lu, Lilka Beast, little, Lilly Munster. She is a very clever sneakster of a child. Stubborn to the max but loving and full of kisses and high fives. She loves LOVES to eat and typically always has some form of a snack in one of her hands.
Sloan Annika – She also has the same nick names Sloanka, Sloanie pie, Sloankavich, Putchkey and Morroccan Queen, and sugar boogar. She is very cautious still but certainly coming out of her shell. She is very communicative tho she still calculates and plans. She is a watch and wait type of girl for now but also very daring with respect to certain things like the top of the stair case. She loves shoes, rocks and pebbles and loves to go Bye-Bye.
Its been a while since I have blogged- Were a little busy. The Girls are amazing. They seem to change every day. We put them down for a nap and poof upon waking up I swear there is something different about them. It is so strange. I do miss my babies but I am also swooning over these two toddlers.
The girls had a wonderful Rosh Hashana ( Jewish New Year ) it was delicious Melanie cooked of course and Dan The Great came over to help celebrate.
the girls loved Melanie’s kuggel – it was by far the best kuggel i have ever tasted and I am not saying that because she is my wife and the Challah she made was delightful! The girls ate everything Kasha and Kuggel and Salmon and salad.
We walk to the grassy area by our house and just play ball and run and hang outside. They love to go to the park and swing swing swing all day long and play in the pebbles.
They are both pretty adventurous Lilka is more so. She will just go along her Merry way and talk to whom ever and say hello. Sloan tens to stop and stare wander just a bit but comes running back if we are not in clear sight. They eat a ton. I am just so shocked at how much food DOS BABIES can consume. It seems as though they are always eating. Cheese, yogurt, Brussels sprout salad ( yup you read this right) cucumber and tomatoes, beans, ham, fish, felafel, risotto. They enjoy it all. They have a palate for Smoked Gouda (yum) and celery. Goat cheese and beats, chilli cheese Frito and animal cookies. Come to think of it I dont think they have tried something that they dont like. Hummus, babaganoosh, Indian food. It’s crazy. We are going through Milk like its going out of style. Whole Organic Milk – perhaps we should buy stock in this. So far we found that Trader Joes has the best price for this but we signed up with a farm to see if that changes anything because having to run out every 3 days is a bit tough sometimes. We should also get a another refrigerator – All in due time. Perhaps a cow!
So much has happened. They had their 15month check up and a whole slew of vaccinations. They both did well ( 4 injections) they had minor fevers but were very irritable and had huge welts on their thighs. They are growing well. Doctor says they are the same size give or take 1/2 lb so crazy right because they look so different size wise. They are so different all around. People still stop us and ask crazy questions. They also tell us how they look exactly a like and they must be identical- though there is a 5% chance they can be identical twins One has BLUE eyes and ONE has brown. Oh well it makes for fun fodder most the time and other time it makes you wonder how some people make it in the world.
The wicked Weissmans stayed in Nevada this year for Halloween. We were very sad not to see the Preis Brigade but having Halloween on a week day just ruins everything. We decorated our house. In case you did not know Halloween is our most favorite Holiday – Skulls and scary its right up our ally. This is the first time we had a HOUSE to decorate. It would have been over the top but all in due time.
Sloan on Halloween Eve
Amazed by the Halloween Decorations the kids just stared.
Nana came to celebrate Halloween with the Girls. They did not make it trick or treating but we got to the corner.
The reason we did not make it is because of the oh so very interesting PINE CONES that lined the street. The girls were just so interested in each one we passed.
the girls were The chicken and the egg for Halloween . The age old question. Which came first – well in our case it was the Chicken but one min after the egg was also here. Melanie made their costumes and they were so cute.
The chicken and the egg ( below)
As i said we love Halloween so we did a lot of activities pertaining to Halloween. Here are some pics. We went to a ranch, a farm and a day of the dead celebration and the girls loved all of it !
hanging out at a pumpkin patch ( above)
We went to a Day of the Dead celebration and Melanie and I got all painted up. We were so worried that the girls would freak out on us when we woke them up from their nap . They were such troopers clearly noticing that there is something different about us. They were apprehensive at first but as soon as we spoke they lit up and they could care less with the paint on our face.
Celebrating Day of the Dead to remember everyone we have lost.
They were actually a lil scared of the statue behind Melanie.
and the most delicious Halloween treat ever – truffle Boo’s
Sloan really loves pumpkins she had to touch EVERY. SINGLE pumpkin. Lilka just loved seeing all her friends and the people and the freedom to roaming around.
October was a busy month for sure – The time change has been a wee bit rough on all of us especially the girls. I am hoping it works it self out and we go back to the 8 pm – 8 am sleep through the night deal again. They do sleep through the night. Sometimes one of them wakes up and crys for a bit or screams but i read that they are starting to dream so this could be the issue and Sloan is still trying to break through this HUGE MOLAR. The Dr. even said SORRY to us when he looked in her mouth at the check up. He also advised that it look HUGE and will probably Hurt – Really you dont Say Dr.
The girls are in new car seats – No more infant seats ( its a happy sad thing for me) now they are in REAR facing regular seats. They are huge seats for sure and take up lots of room but a bit more comfortable for the girls. They will probably be rear facing forever if i have my druthers. Forward facing is just so much more dangerous even on a minor impact. Why anyone would risk that I have no idea?
Our good Family friends came to Vegas and stopped by to say hello. We love visitors and it was great seeing them and talking. The girls were a bit shy and still adjusting to the time change so they went down for a nap in the middle of their visit.
We have ventured out more with these girls. They do very well shopping and grocery shopping and at restaurants. OH MY GOSH i could not believe how well they did. I really dreaded it. Breakfast Lunch or dinner they are AMAZING. They sit and eat who knew. I guess we should work on the utensil bit but that seems to just distract them and i seem to always be picking them up off he floor. Cave man antic seem to work tho-
I am still trying to muster the strength to do away with EL pacifier and the 2 bottles they get. I know many say why rush it or if that is all it is its ok… but I am afraid for the 1) ortho bill later in life and well I dunno its just seems right. I was never the first to do anything or an over achiever but in these two instances I feel i need to be .. Odd right. Lilka only uses a paci at naps and in the car – and in the car because the car usually result sin a child who falls asleep. Sloan is just a copy cat and she uses her thumbs- her poor thumbs. As for the bottle its one in the AM and One at night before bed. They use a sippy straw cup through out the day and they do pretty well with just a regular cup as long as they cant hold it. Eh..all in due time I guess.
Well we have a busy few months ahead. Going to try to make it back to Cali for Thanksgiving to see my sister and her kids. Cant wait to see the cousinly mayhem and the first meeting. We have a few birthday parties and our 5th Wedding Anniversary and Melanie’s birthday all coming up. We have not been back to CA since the Girls Birthday in July. It should be interesting two toddlers in a vehicle for 4 hours – I foresee lots of breaks on the way which means for a 8 hour journey.
As I always say, you are welcome to come visit – we have the room and the space and we would love the company.
Miss you and love you,
Jay, Melanie, Lilka, Sloan and Mojito