R&R enjoy playing together, and really don't like to be very far away from each other. Favorite activities include reading books, emptying containers, opening/closing doors and cabinets, and exploring the house and yard.
early morning book reading
When the twins were little, I would bathe them one at a time. It was easy enough to do. I would put the non bathing twin in a bouncer, jumper, or exersaucer and then we would switch. As they got a little older, they didn't really like to be "confined" so I would let one play in the pack n play with a few toys. Then they started hating that, so around 10 months, I started bathing them together. It was okay for a couple of weeks, but then Rhys started trying to pull up in the tub. She was trying to stand up and it would make me nervous trying to keep her from falling. At this time, Rhett also wasn't sitting very well on his own, so I was anxious about him falling, too. I was stressed and exhausted and dreaded bath time. Then we got these amazing bath chairs from another mom of multiples and they have changed my life!
we love bath time!
I love them because they are free to move around and turn side to side, but cannot stand up, knock each other down, hit each other, etc. (not that my sweet babies would ever try to do that....HA!)
It is also nice because I can make a phone call, read, or drink a glass of lemonade (or maybe something else....just kidding, mom!) while they play! So instead of bath time being stressful, it is now a time we all enjoy! We went out of town last weekend, and I didn't take the chairs, but neither one of the twins tried to stand up in the bath tub. We are still going to use them for as long as we can though.
We have also spent more time playing outside this month. Since it has been getting so hot in the afternoons, we try to go out in the mornings. R&R both love going outside. This is what they do several times a day...
When we go outside, I usually take a blanket and a few toys.
After a few minutes of playing on the blanket, they usually start exploring the yard. I'm pretty sure Rhett ate a rock on this particular day.
"please can we swing, mom?"
I love my swing!
Our schedule at 13 months:
7 a.m. - Wake and nurse
8:00 - Breakfast
9:00 - Nap
11:00 - Wake and nurse
12:00 - Lunch
1:30 - Nap
3:30 - Wake and sippy of milk w/snack
5:30 - Dinner
6:00 - Baths
7:00 - Bedtime
Our schedule stayed pretty much the same except that the twins seemed to require a little more sleep this month. They are so much more active, and just wear themselves out! There are many nights when we just put them to bed around 6:30 because they are just ready. Seems really early, but it works for us!
We did wean the babies this month. We dropped one feeding at a time, and then waited several days before dropping the next one. We started with the afternoon feeding, then did the 11 a.m. feeding, then the morning feed, and finally (at 14 months) dropped the bedtime nursing. The twins did great! I think it was harder for me to stop than it was for them. Rhys did cry the first morning that I didn't nurse her when she woke up. She was just mad and threw a little fit! But after that, they never seemed to care. They didn't love their whole milk at first, but have gotten used to it quickly, and now gulp it down. I had planned to give them their milk at the same times that they used to nurse (before meals), but they didn't want it. So we just give them a cup of milk with each meal and their snack. They drink water throughout the day between meals.
I'm a big kid now! I drink milk from my cup!
The twins are great eaters! I am continually amazed at just how much they eat. Favorite foods right now are avocado, fish, cheese, strawberries, banana (Rhys), and butternut squash (Rhett). The only thing they don't like is eggs.
Rhett at 13 months:
*size 12 month clothing
*size 4 diaper
*size 4 shoe
*4 top teeth, 4 bottom teeth, and we see the signs of all 4 molars
Rhett is moving A LOT now! He crawls fast everywhere, and doesn't like to stop or slow down for much. He plays on his knees a lot, and likes to pull up onto his knees into a kneeling position. He wants to stand up so bad, but doesn't quite have the strength or coordination to do it just yet. He tries, though, and gets into all kinds of interesting positions!
my new moves!
Rhett enjoys being held, being chased, being tickled, and being talked to. He is very social! But he also plays well alone, and can entertain himself with a book, a ball, or a car. His favorite toys are definitely all of his cars and trucks. He is fascinated by the wheels on them.
reading my Veggie Tales book
Ever since Rhett started crawling, he seems happier. He is so proud of himself and loves being able to explore and get into things! Rhett is a funny little guy. He gets really silly when he is tired and will giggle himself to sleep sometimes. He is so cuddly and I love that sometimes while he is playing, he will crawl over to me, give me a little snuggle, and then go back to playing.
Rhys at 13 Months:
*size 12 month clothing
*size 4 diaper
*size 3 shoe
*2 bottom teeth, 4 top teeth coming in
Rhys has started walking, but is very cautious. She likes to stand up and cruise along the couch, toy box, or kitchen chairs. She also likes to have something in her hands when she is standing or walking.
just me and my bunny
big girl standing up
We went on several trips this month, and Rhys really liked the packing process. Actually, she really liked climbing into the suitcase and sitting there. She likes to get into small spaces and play. A suitcase, her book box, a laundry basket, a diaper box, etc.
ready for my trip!
Rhys is in a phase where she loves to share. She will spend hours just handing me toys and books. She will give things to Rhett, too, but he doesn't understand and so she gets frustrated. One day, Rhys handed me about 50 blocks out of this little red bag. Of course she gave them to me one at a time.
The nursery workers at church told me that she also likes to share with the younger babies. One Sunday, Rhys crawled around sharing her puffs with all of the other kids. I love that she is so generous!
Rhett & Rhys, you are growing up too fast! I'm so blessed to get to be a part of it all. Looking forward to watching you change and grow this next month!