The Rest of the Story

So we’ve had video coverage and some action shots of this whole 9 month old business…but where’s the facts? The stats? What’s the rest of the story?

I’ll break it down in three categories:

Things The Boys Do That Are Awesome

  1. Crawl, climb, stand, roll…all means of locomotion and it is SO fun to see. Especially when one of them makes a beeline for the tallest thing in the room in order to climb on top and then fall off, laughing the whole time. Or even better, when they climb up on you!
  2. (And I hesitate to put this in writing, because that means it will stop happening, it’s just karma) Sleep. They are sleeping almost 12 hours at night, and it is just grand. Sure, I’d like them to not wake up before 6 am, but really what more can I ask of them? Napping is a somewhat different story, but it’s not bad…just not ideal.
  3. Play alone, or sort of together. I love the fact that they’re totally cool with hanging out in the playroom, going from toy to toy (to safety hazard!). sometimes they’ll wander in my direction and we play peek-a-boo or sing some silly song, but then they’ll move along to amuse themselves. It is pretty cute when they start chasing the same ball, even if I know it’ll end up with one of them sitting on the other.

Things They Are Really Good At, But I’d Like Them To Stop, Now!

  1. They have developed a talent for making me want to run screaming from the room. It happens almost exclusively while they are eating, which makes it 10x worse. Ugh, even typing it out gives me the heebee-jeebees. They….rub their teeth together. And it is quite honestly the worst sound in the world. I have to grin and bear it, because if I make a big ruckus, they’ll just do it more, but really, on the inside, I want to hurl.
  2. Drool. I asked the doctor about it today, because pretty much any picture we have of them has sheets of drool coming out. They drool more than any baby we know. But not to worry, the doctor said it usually starts to taper off. When they’re TWO OR THREE! Not cool, babies, not cool.
  3. Bonking their heads on the ground or other hard surfaces. See also, scratching themselves. Sometimes these kids look like they’re extras in Fight Club, which gets me all sorts of approving glances out in public (or not).

Things They’re Learning And Slowly Getting Better At

  1. Feeding themselves. So far they can get some food (as long as it’s not too slimy) to their mouths, but it’s sort of hit or miss if it actually gets in there. Cheerios are more reliable, but most of it ends up in their laps or on the floor. It’s times like this when I wish the dog wasn’t quite so neurotic so HE could clean up the pile of shredded cheese and bits of toast. Oh well.
  2. Drinking from a sippy cup. As long as they’re laying down, all works well. Sitting up (in a high chair or whatever) turns sippy cups into a toy that drips water everywhere.

(I’m sure there’s like 500 things I could put on the list, but these are the only two coming to mind right now.)

And the hard and fast numbers:
Andy: 20lbs 15oz (50-75%), 29 inches (75-90%)
Will: 22lbs 8oz (75%), 30.5 inches (97%)

3 Responses to “The Rest of the Story”

  1. Quadmama - July 29, 2009

    When I questioned my pediatrician about drool I was told it’s a good thing because babies have to teach themselves to do it. Ummm… ok, but now that they know how can they just stop??? As for banging their head on hard surfaces… it seemed to taper off once they were better at communicating.Frankly, the end of that couldn’t have come soon enough!

  2. Alan - August 5, 2009

    Let’s get those height percentages up to 99.9%. If you need a rack let me know.

  3. Two Makes Four - August 19, 2009

    Oh, I can’t even tell you how that sound of teeth grinding makes silvery shock waves course through my eyeballs. It’s the worst sound in the world, worse than nails on a chalkboard.

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