96 weeks and 1 day | Twins at 22 months… Siblings {January}

I can’t believe that in 2 months time my boys will be celebrating their second birthday!! I know I’ve said it before but, truly, time is running away with us all!

My dad is out of hospital and on the mend (thank heavens) and we’re marching on through January; Christmas already a dim and distant memory.

A couple of days ago — the 13th — my babies turned 22 months and it only really hit home to me very recently that they really aren’t ‘babies’ anymore.

It was new year’s eve and a large gathering of us had gone to spend the afternoon in the village pub. Within our group there were lots of children — ranging from 12 months to 10 years in age — and all of the little girls were obsessed with our friend’s 12 month old baby. Picking him up, carrying him around, patting him… he was absolutely the star of the show. They loved him.

And I thought back to the summer — when Bertie and Cosmo would have been around the same age — and how they were the stars! Being picked up and fussed over by the bigger children.

One of my girlfriends even commented on it and said ‘Aaah look! It doesn’t take long does it? They’re too grown up now for the big girls to want to play with’. And she was right.

That was it.

In the blink of an eye, my tiny, brand spanking new, babies have turned into children.

Not even toddlers really; particularly as our friend’s baby had just learned to walk and was demonstrating the classic wobbly ‘toddle’. Bertie and Cosmo still fall over occasionally but that’s probably down to running too fast, rather than inexperiences legs!

I can really see it in this months picture too. So much more grown up that recent photos, they look much, much older now. Their chubby cheeked baby-ness has been replaced by leaner, more defined features. Not just their faces but their limbs too.

It makes me sad and happy all at the same time.

I’m full of awe that my two little charges — who were so tiny and helpless when they were born — are now robust, miniature men! But sad that the ‘baby-days’ have really gone. We waited so long for it to happen and, although I’ve treasured every second, it’s over in a flash.

I guess the same can be said for life in general…

So at 22 months.

Cosmo is now stringing words together and forming little sentences! In the last week, he has begin to do this extraordinary thing with his mouth when he talks. Clearly he has been watching grown-ups as they speak and has noted the different facial expressions and movements, and he’s trying to emulate it. It’s very, very endearing to watch. Lots of babble — his tongue bobbing in and out — interspersed with actual words. Often with hand gestures and a very earnest expression on his face!

Bertie has begun to add a few more words to his vocabulary — he says Nana, Papa, Dadda, Mama, Mo-Mo (Cosmo), More, Juice, Ball, Digger, Car — plus quite a few more, really, really clearly! I’m delighted with his progress.

It’s really well documented that twins can struggle with their speech and can be slow to develop, so it makes me very happy to see that both of the boys are just where they should be.

I am so proud of them both.

They started back at nursery last week and completed their fourth session yesterday.

The key-workers say they (particularly Bertie) are coming on in leaps and bounds. Cosmo slotted in so well almost straight away but they’d noted that, if he wasn’t doing an activity first, then Bertie wouldn’t join in!! Now it seems that Bert is happy to try and activity without his brother, with is just what we wanted. This new independence — doing things without me and learning to do things without each other — is invaluable. If I had any doubts or fears that it wasn’t the right time for them to start nursery, they have now been totally put to rest.

To see them at nursery — playing independently of each other — warms my heart, but to see them at home — laughing together, playing together, loving each other — that’s the icing on the cake.

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Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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18 Comments

  1. Vikki Holness
    15th Jan 2015 / 8:39 pm

    Oh looks at those little faces, they are just adorable. Boys are definitely THE best and it’s wonderful to hear that they’re both doing so well! xxx #siblings

    • 15th Jan 2015 / 9:13 pm

      You know, Vikki, I think you’re absolutely right!! Boys ROCK!

      A lady I used to work with, once told me that ‘boys love their mamas’. I’ve never forgotten it. I’m so happy that I get to find this out for myself!! :) X

  2. 15th Jan 2015 / 9:32 pm

    New blog layout?! It looks WONDERFUL. I love how bright and sunny it is!

    And I’m so glad that you’ll be participating in Siblings this year. Reading your blog feels like getting a secret window into the future, as I also have fraternal boy twins (albeit quite a bit smaller than yours). Thank you for sharing!

    • 16th Jan 2015 / 10:32 am

      Thanks so much Amber! I decided that, as I’d been keeping this journal for over two years now, it was time for a spring clean! Glad you like it.
      After completing a full 12 months of Siblings last year, I couldn’t possibly not continue! I look forward to seeing your boys develop and grow, as mine have :)

  3. 15th Jan 2015 / 9:32 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous boys. It is wonderful to watch the bond of siblings develop- even more special where multiples are concerned as it feels a bond which other multiples will understand.

    • 16th Jan 2015 / 10:33 am

      Thanks Debbie — it’s amazing to watch! I feel totally privileged to have front row seats! xx

  4. 15th Jan 2015 / 10:11 pm

    Aww, they do have the most gorgeous smiles – and yep, not a hint of baby anymore, those are adorable little boys!

    And I love the new blog design – it’s all sunny and happy and very Twinkle!

    • 16th Jan 2015 / 10:35 am

      Thanks you Carie! On both counts! Twin babies are most definitely little boys anymore! Blog baby looking cheerier after a spring make-over! xx

  5. 16th Jan 2015 / 9:43 am

    Love how they have different hair colour but still look so much the same! Almost 2 is such a nice age, not quite terrible twos but still grown up enough to be totally cute!

    • 16th Jan 2015 / 10:40 am

      It’s funny – someone said just that the other day!! That they look the same — but totally different!! I love the fact that their colouring differs so much! unique — to match their personalities! I think they missed the memo about tantrums starting at 2 though… ;) xx

  6. 16th Jan 2015 / 9:58 am

    Gosh they’re gorgeous! It’s lovely that they have each other but are also becoming independent at nursery.

    • 16th Jan 2015 / 10:41 am

      Thanks Kriss — I can’t tell you how delighted I am at their progress!! I’m relieved, happy, proud… and a lot little sad that they’re growing up so quickly!! X

  7. 22nd Jan 2015 / 9:02 pm

    Lovely post I find it hard to watch my girls getting older although its lovely to see them grow it does go by so quickly. my youngest is 1 next month! thanks for linking up to #sundaystars

    • 23rd Jan 2015 / 9:24 am

      Thanks Amy, It’s just staggering how quickly it’s gone. I have literally been hanging on to every minute and willing it all to slow down, but it seems to go quicker than ever before!! They’ll be going to university and leaving home before I know it! Aaaaargggh!!! X

  8. 27th Jan 2015 / 2:13 pm

    Oh I love how your boys look so different but so similar at the same time. Such a gorgeous little pair. And it’s downright scary how fast they seem to stop being babies isn’t it? Thanks so much for linking up with Siblings. x

    • 27th Jan 2015 / 2:47 pm

      Thanks Lucy. It’s amazing how fast they’re growing up! Even more so since they began nursery, a couple of long mornings a week! Such grown up little men, going off on their adventures! x

  9. Alexandra @dontcallmestepmummy
    31st Jan 2015 / 10:31 am

    aww what gorgeous cheeky chappies. Glad to hear your Dad is on the mend, that must’ve been hard over the festive period. Great pics.

    • 31st Jan 2015 / 10:41 am

      Thanks so much Alexandra — I just can’t believe how fast they’re growing!! Yes, it was hard over Christmas, with my dad being so ill but hopefully onwards and upwards from here!

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