Our beautiful baby girls turned 3 a few days ago.
No longer baby girls now then I suppose.
For all those parents of twins reading this post going through the incredible highs and lows of being twin parents this is the point where I say…
it has got easier.
The second half of the statement ‘double the trouble, twice the fun’ is now more truthful than the first part.
When the girls turned one they were beginning to develop their own identities and this is definitely true now that they are three.
However, what is different now is that they are playing with each other more and more.
Parents of twins older than ours promised this would happen AND said it would make things easier. And they were right.
However, what I hadn’t bargained on was just how lovely it is to observe them together too.
So girls this is for you – a description of what you are up to at the beginning of 2018.
You spend a good amount of time in their own pretend world of ‘Bissy’, ‘Gokka’ and ‘Elia’ (your imaginary friends – I have no idea where the names came from, maybe you will tell me one day!) who are either at school, being taken to school, at the doctors or the hospital, or being taking to the doctors or the hospital, or at a Birthday party!
Sometimes you rather cheekily ‘borrow’ my phone and announce that you are going to ‘text’ ‘Bissy’, ‘Gokka’ or ‘Elia’. You also like to play hairdressers in the bath together and this goes along way in helping me to wash your hair so I am all for it!
When your big brother is at home you love to play with him too – playing ‘hide and seek’ or some sort of ‘chase’ where they can run round and round the lounge and sometimes kitchen too. ‘What’s the Time Mr Wolf’ is also a big hit at the moment. With you, twin 1, invariably picking 7 o’clock whenever you are the wolf! I love watching the games unfold (and sometimes taking part too) and also love the family discos which regularly happen. Watching you children dance with utter abandon is a joy to behold and also is an inspiration too.
Your language explosion has happened over the last six months and as you find it easier to communicate your needs, your confidence has grown too. Where you used to be less dominant in the relationship with your sister, I would say you’re both much more on an equal footing now. However, you still do like to allow her her time in the limelight somtimes – like this weekend when we were singing ‘happy Birthday’ and you insisted that we didn’t sing to you but instead we all (including you) just sang to your sister!
When it comes to listening to music you will still request nursery rhymes like Humpty Dumpty, Georgie Porgie and the Grand Old Duke of York. You still love the feel of a label and are very attached to your buggy, snuggling down under a blanket on a cold day. However, you are also much happier walking on the school run now too. Obsessed with watching Topsy and Tim and Justin from Cbeebies, you are also very content to sit in a swing for 20 minutes or so in the park. You love your food and even eat the roast onions on a Sunday unlike your brother and sister. It is delightful to listen to you ‘read’ to us, your dolls, the cats. Anyone and everyone really!
When it comes to listening to music you LOVE to sing along and dance around to pop songs. You are regularly asking Alexa for ‘top songs by Little Mix’ and were obsessed with Pink a little while ago. You also love ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’ by Justin Timberlake and dance around and sing to the soundtracks from Moana and Frozen. In fact sometimes we think you’re more like a teenager than a pre-schooler!
You happily wander into your older brother’s classroom saying ‘hi’ to his teachers and like to watch Sofia the First on the telly as well as your brother’s programmes. You will also make sure that you are involved in all the games that the older ones in the park. We are very lucky that your brother and his friends are always so happy to include you!
When it comes to food you are not so open to trying everything your sister does and will collude with your big brother muttering about how ‘disgusting’ the casserole is. You still love to twiddle hair and have your My Little Ponies in bed with you so you have their tails for comfort (as well as a variety of Elsa dolls!) You love a ‘kiss and a cuddle’ when saying ‘goodbye’ to someone and are super polite about your ‘pleases’ and ‘thank yous’. You also will have your face painted at any opportunity!
Twin 2 you wanted a pony for your 3rd Birthday cake.
Twin 1 you requested a pink dinosaur!
So no longer babies at all I suppose.
Except you are.
To us you will always be our babies.
Our beautiful baby girls and we know we are very lucky to have you.