The other day (well, when it wasn’t 152 DEGREES here in TX, so really a few months ago), the girls and I went on a walk and made a stop by the neighbor’s “Candy Stand.” She is so stinkin’ cute- going into 1st grade and already coming up with business ideas (selling left over Halloween candy for 25 cents each- ha!)- smart girl. I was chatting with Mabry and her mom about Reese and Riley when she asked if they were identical or fraternal twins. I told her- fraternal, and Mabry said, “I know what fraternal means! Similar but different. I learned that on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody!” Gotta love the Disney channel! Ha!
I love little Mabry’s definition because that is exactly what they are. To some degree I think before having twins, I expected them to be “the same.” It never crossed my mind that they’d be in different places in development. But it certainly makes sense, and it’s becoming more and more evident that they really ARE different people! Riley has always been a bit behind Reese, even in the womb (that’s why I had them early). She’s not crawling or pulling up, but our OT and pedi say she has all the strength she needs… just not the motivation. So… I try not to worry (I am quite the worrier though, which is silly). She does continue to surprise and amaze me when I take time to notice the strides- big and small. (And- when I make sure I’m not comparing my baby girls).
*Reese has 4 and 2 halves teeth, and Riley has none, BUT it hasn’t stopped her from eating “table food” like a champ!
*Reese has ‘snooted’ (as I like to call it!) baby food for several months now and only eats ‘table food.’ Riley used to dramatically gag on table food, BUT now eats so well and prefers it to baby food. Just 3 days ago, she even began picking it up by herself rather than staring at me with her mouth wide open like a little bird. YAY, Ri!
*Reese started crawling at 9 months, while Riley was/is very content sitting and cheerfully watching, BUT she’s started rocking on her hands and knees! Woo hoo!
*Reese has been pulling up for the past several weeks. Riley says- NO thank you! She doesn’t like to bear weight on her feet, BUT she DOES love to bounce on her feet. (It’s hilarious actually!)
I never thought ahead to the fact that they might not be “the same,” but at the same time I love how they are so much their own person. It makes me so proud of each of them- so proud of their giant strides, their small strides, and how far they’ve come this past year. I love that I’m reminded to view my precious babies as individuals rather than “twins.” You know, I think different is good! I love that because they are different, Riley might not be doing exactly what Reese is, and that’s okay. She’ll get there!
What major differences in development with your multiples?