The babies are now 7 months. I better blog about them before I totally forget how they are at this age!
We should rename her Monkey, as she is truly like one. In fact, Bob calls her “Mangi” (or “mang yee”), the way he says “monkey” in a Tamil accent.
Bunny is one active child. Even at 7 months, she doesn’t sit up unassisted or stand up unassisted yet, but she moves around all day long. When she is in her crib, she rolls all over the place. Recently we lowered the crib mattress one notch. Prior to that, Bunny would lift her pelvis up and put the heels of her feet on top of the crib, and try to launch herself over the crib. Of course she was too little to do that, but it scared me half to death. She stills tries to do that now, but the distance between the mattress and the top of the crib prevents her from doing so. We used to be able to leave her on the Boppy pillow or the Twin Z pillow on the floor. These days we often find her many feet away from the pillow after turning our head for a minute as she rolls herself off to go somewhere. A few times we found her wanting to go under the crib (but there wouldn’t be enough space for that). She now has tremendous neck strength and often lifts her head and her torso up (like doing crunches) while on the pillow and propels herself off of it. She sometimes even lunges herself forward to get something (like a ball in front of the pillow) not knowing that she doesn’t have the control of her body yet. The resulting bonging of her head hasn’t been too traumatic for her yet since she continues doing it. We find ourselves asking her this question “Where are you going?” all the time. Bunny does not sit still in one’s arms. She sometimes fusses for you to hold her especially about an hour before bed time. However, she does not stay there contently. She wants to stand up and move around while in someone’s lap. When she sits in her highchair, she always sticks one foot up and over the tray and tries to escape. When she is on the changing pad or on the bed being changed, she flings her arms and kicks her feet as well as arches her back to move her head up. She propels herself from her Boppy pillow by kicking the floor or kicking me (if I am sitting in front of her feeding or playing with her) and her head would land on the floor behind the pillow. It is so unusual for her stay this still:
So I cherish it even more.
Her personality to be on the go all the time totally matches the picture of her embryo to a T. It was hatching and wanting to go somewhere. Would it be true that personality has already been determined since conception?
I feel that there is a desperate need to childproof the house. The TV, the stairs, the cabinets. We need to reconfigure our living room so that the babies, especially Bunny, has a space to roam around. It feels like a huge job but we just have to begin. Neither of us is handy so we may or may not enlist the help of a service to figure out all the areas that need to be childproofed. We need to do all of that before Bunny (and Okra but less so) becomes mobile. I can also see my tired soon to be 44-year-old body chasing after my very active girl.
This baby girl knows what she wants. She has been doing that since she was 3.5 months old. She knows when she is done with her food. You can’t coax her into drinking another sip (unlike her brother who would still oblige). Now that she is on solids, she has only liked oatmeal cereal, avocado, real carrots, and real sweet potato so far. She doesn’t like Gerber baby food. She doesn’t like regular oatmeal cereal by Gerber and prefers those organic brands. She is apprehensive about rice cereal. I have a feeling that you can talk some babies into doing something, but not others. She is an example. She does show a lot of interest in the food that we are eating, so maybe she will do well with table food even if she doesn’t like store bought purees. Last week I gave her a stalk of broccoli with the floret part all mashed up. She immediately put it in her mouth and munched on it. I knew that she could do it, and definitely prefers to do things on her own. Even for purees, she tries to grab my spoon. She just wants to do everything herself.
Bunny is overall a very happy baby. She usually wakes up smiling to you first thing in the morning. Since about a month ago, she has had stranger anxiety and would cry when she is out and sees strangers, even my brother. She has gotten better in the last couple of weeks but takes some time to get used to strangers’ faces. Ever since she’s grown bigger, she is showing more sass. She has a defiant and mischievous look on her face sometimes, which is super hilarious to see on a baby girl. She is very observant and watches your every single move. A week ago I taped up some black plastic bags to block the sunlight in between the blackout blinds in the nursery. She kept on staring at the blinds when she entered, but Okra was totally oblivious to the changes in the room. Bunny is also a problem solver. Even though she can’t sit or crawl yet, she has a way to get to what she wants. She was really far from a toy in the play yard and scooted herself all the way across to retrieve the toy. I can seem her dominating Okra in the future.
We sometimes call our baby boy Buddha, because he is just content lying on the Boppy and for things to be served to him. He used to want to be held all the time. He would immediately cry once you put him down even when you are next to him holding his hand. So he used to cry all the time because we couldn’t possibly hold him all day long. These days Okra still likes to be held a lot, but I can tell that he’s growing up and being more mature. He can self entertain a bit before he starts whining for someone to come. But he is just so funny. He can sit still in your lap for a long time if you would let him. My dad was here for a month and sometimes you would find Okra sitting in his lap for over 30 minutes without anyone talking or playing with each other. They would just soaked in their quiet intimacy.
Mr. Buddha is just like his embryo at day 5, not hatching and not in a rush to go anywhere:
Although he is content with sitting on someone, he has gotten a lot more active these days. Changing his diaper or changing his clothes has proven to be a lot more challenging than before. He turns his body to try to grab whatever is behind him. It could be the lamp, the lotion, or the saline drops. His legs are super strong and sometimes he extends them so straight that putting a diaper on is almost impossible. Without a toy to hold onto, it is very hard to change his diaper. My mom gets super exhausted just changing him. It is like a battle sometimes. He loves to cover himself up with a piece of cloth. He would extend his arms and shriek and laugh until somebody removes the cloth from him. It’s super fun to watch him laugh so hard.
As Bunny becomes more sassy, Okra has become more and more sweet. His smiles are so contagious. In many aspects, he has become more easygoing than Bunny. You put him in the Jumperoo and he can jump in there for over 30 minutes without complaints. He eats all purees happily. He takes the Miracle 360 cup like a champ and loves drinking his water. You give him a toy and he can play with it for a long time. When he takes his bottle, he often puts his hand in front of his face, moves it slowly and observes it the whole time. When Bob comes home, Okra stops whatever he is doing and gives Bob a huge smile. He is just super sweet. He used to wake up in the morning crying at all times. These days, he hangs out in the crib without fussing and smiles at you when you go in to pick him up.
This boy has very kissable cheeks, bright round eyes, and super curly hair.
I love kissing his neck and he would again laugh like a crazy person with these giggles. He is just so adorable. He still hasn’t shown any anxiety when he goes out or sees strangers. Anyone can hold him. He is equally happy. He is so different from his sister in that aspect.
It’s so heart warming to see that they have begun to interact with each other. Sometimes they notice that the other person is sitting next to them in the high chairs. They would vocalize to each other and touch each other’s shoulders and arms. One time Okra was on the changing pad and Bunny was in my mom’s arms next to him. Bunny lowered her head to touch Okra’s forehead over and over again, about 20 times. It was so adorable to see her loving on her brother. But they are not always lovey dovey. They also fight. Sometimes they lie next to each other and would grab the other one’s toy out of their hand right away. They grab each other’s hair and chew on each other’s clothes. I guess this is what you expect from having twins??? What I am sure of is that it will be endless fun and endless cleaning up for a long time.