Dear Jackson and Madison,
I am in awe that it is 2008. I remember ringing in 2007 and being so happy that that would be the year my babies would finally be born. To think that the most special year of my life is over so quickly is so sad to me. However, I know we will have many more wonderful years together and I look forward to them.
The other day the two of you were sitting in your high chairs. Jackson, you were staring at Madison until she would look at you. Once you had her attention you would laugh such a sincere laugh and she would laugh back. You did it the whole time I was feeding you. It was cracking me up.
Now that you're both crawling really well, you chase each other around and laugh. It is so much fun to watch. Madison, you will look at Jackson, laugh, then crawl away really fast. Then you suddenly stop and sit to look behind you to see if he is coming after you. When you see that he is you laugh again and crawl away quickly. I love that you are interacting more now and that you enjoy each other so much.
I wasn't too thrilled about giving you Cheerios due to the sugar content so I was able to find some Kashi cereal that is similar in shape but is actually good for your growing bodies. They don't dissolve quite as quickly as Cheerios but you both do just fine with them and you love it when I put you in the high chairs and I put them on the tray. You both got the hang of putting them in your mouth right away. I was surprised. I also bought some whole milk plain yogurt in a large container as to save money (yo baby is SO expensive!). It took you about a week but now you both love it even if I don't mix it with baby food.
Nana taught you patty cake this month and you love it. It always makes you laugh but so far you don't imitate the clapping.
I want to start signing with you so for now I'm starting with the "more" sign at meal time in the hopes that you will learn it.
Neither of you say any words yet...just babbling mama nana baba.
I guess 10 months is when babies start hating to have their diapers or clothes changed. You both cry and flail around at every change. Jackson is slightly more tolerant than Madison.
It is also the month where babies stop sitting still for pictures. You also won't smile even when I do something that usually makes you crack up. The picture of Jackson in this post is the ONLY "good" one I got and it's not even that good.
Your first Christmas was a lot of fun. You definitely had no idea what was going on but you both enjoyed all the attention and playing with boxes. We spent Christmas morning at our house opening presents that Daddy had so much fun buying for you. Then we went to Grandma and Grandpa's and then onto Nana and Papa's. We also went on a special trip to Cousin Lisa's house to see their new house.
I'm proud to say that we made it 9 months without a sickness. But this month you both got your first colds. You both had a fever for a short amount of time and the rest of it has just been stuffy/runny noses and coughing. You both are eating well and acting perfectly normal. It's been hard for you to sleep through the night though which has been hard on me. I hope that when the colds are gone that you will go back to our regularly scheduled sleeping pattern.
Things have been more hectic this month for some reason. I can't really pinpoint it because you're both actually more independent but I'm finding it so hard to get anything done.
Lately when we get attention in public people don't ask if you are twins anymore. They ask me how old you are and when I say 10 months they ask how old the other one is and I say 10 months and they stare at me blankly. It's funny. You both love the attention we get when we're out. You both are so happy to smile at whoever looks your way.
As soon as you learned to crawl you learned to pull up on things. Unfortunately you didn't know how to get down so you would just cry until someone came and got you. That was slightly annoying but you have finally learned to get down! It's been great!
You crawl with ease and are getting to be quick but still not as quick as Madison.
You still have no teeth! You wear size 6 diapers. Everyone thinks I'm crazy that you need diapers that big but anything smaller doesn't fit around your middle and you leak right through at night. Sometimes you even leak through the size 6! You wear 12-18 months size clothes.
When we're getting ready to go somewhere and I open the door to go out you squeal when door opens. You think it is the funniest thing. Sometimes I will close it and open it again just to see if you'll do it again and you usually do.
You are my little cat napper. Occasionally you will take a 2 hour nap but for the most part you take about 3 or 4 half hour naps a day. If I have the time and if Madison is asleep I will lay down with you and you'll fall back asleep. But for the most part I have at least one baby awake with me at all times during the day.
You are such a sweet, handsome, happy boy and you make each day better than the last.
I discovered that you can stand unsupported for a couple seconds. One day you even took one step forward before putting your hands down in front of you and getting down.
You have 7 teeth...4 on the bottom and three on the top. The fourth on the top must be close behind. You're wearing size 6 diapers like your brother which is just ridiculous but it's just too hard to keep track of two different size diapers. They work just as well as a smaller size. We just have to make them pretty tight. You can fit into clothes as small as 3 months and up to 12 months.
You are a good napper but sometimes it's hard for you to get to sleep. Once you're asleep you'll sleep for a good 2 hours usually twice a day and maybe even another short nap once Daddy gets home from work.
You have started to grunt for something you want if it's out of your reach. I think this is a reason I want to start signing with you. It seems like you're ready to communicate and I don't want you to have to grunt for everything and have to guess what you're grunting for.
You are a thief. You love to steal whatever your brother has even a binky right out of his mouth when you already have one in yours. You better be careful because some day he is going to start fighting back!
You are such a beautiful, happy baby and I am blessed to have you in my life.