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Alexa Help!

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Alexa Help!

Gracie is having an especially hard afternoon and nothing is making her happy. She’s sitting on the floor screaming at the wall. How dare it even be in this house. I know only one thing will truly pull her out of this meltdown. “Alexa, play Toddler Dance Party.”

For Christmas one of Ajay’s friends sent us a bunch of presents for the twins and Sofia. Thoughtful does not even begin to describe this gesture. Baby dolls for the twins, an American Girl doll for Sofia, and an Amazon Echo for the family. I was skeptical about letting this woman into our home. I rarely use Siri on my phone and assumed it would be similarly underwhelming. For a week or two it sat on our bookshelf just waiting. I imagine she had a smirk on her face. Oh people, you have no idea how I can change your life.

One morning I decided to give her a try and linked my Spotify account to our Echo with the Alexa app. I asked Alexa to play Raffi and suddenly the house was filled with Wheels on the Bus. Grace and Francesca fled their corners of the living room and gathered in front of the bookshelf to do their dance. Wheels on the Bus is over, Baby Beluga comes on. Gracie looks at me like “Oh My God Mommy, how is this magic happening!!” I was intrigued. Weeks went by and now we are shouting for weather updates, scores of basketball games and answers to whatever silly questions we can come up with. Gracie now runs up to the bookshelf and barks orders at Alexa in a language only Frankie seems to understand. It’s truly been a game changer.

“Alexa, play Toddler Dance Party.” Peace is restored.

Grace Amaya

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Grace Amaya

Oh Grace Amaya, you came into this world so tiny but with such a large voice. At 4lbs 13oz you were so tiny, and gave us such a scare in the hospital. You didn’t want to eat and breath and had to figure that out before we could take you home. Leaving the hospital without you was one of the hardest things we have had to do.

You still hate to do two things at once. When you’re eating you have to feel your food first and if there is a bite with two different things/textures/tastes you’ll spit it out into your hand and sift through it like you’re looking for gold. So messy!

You’ve taken your time to sit, crawl and walk and now that you can do all three you are your biggest cheerleader. The look on your face as you can now walk across the family room is sheer joy and pride. Sometimes you even clap for yourself which is one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen.

Lucky for us your voice has gotten slightly smaller. The first many months something about your screams and cries would drive me to search for chocolate. Maybe because I have gotten used to the slight nuances in your cries, but they don’t affect me the same. I know your hunger cry, your mad cry, your “i’m so degradedtaded i need to just be left alone” cry.

You already have such a great sense of humor. You love to arch your back and fake scream when I’m buckling you in to your carseat but you are really smiling and when I say “don’t do it, sit down” you giggle and squirm and laugh. It’s a race when changing your diaper to put your pants on before you rip your diaper off. You think it’s all so hilarious. It usually is except for when we’re running late which we usually are. When Frankie comes close and wants to take what you have out of your hands you’ll spin yourself around in a circle using only your feet. It drives Frankie crazy but it makes us laugh. What a little jokester you’re turning out to be. Happy almost birthday our little Gracie Goo.

Francesca Lee

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Francesca Lee

Oh my sweet Frankie Bear. You were the second one out and much less vocal than your 2 minutes older sister Gracie. My how that’s changed. You have found your voice and you are never hesitant to scream in anger if you aren’t getting what you want, day or middle of the night. You have hit the ground running, literally. You seem to be following in the Bean’s footsteps and crawled when she crawled and walked when she walked. You have always been steady on your feet and are so fast, running everywhere, anticipating our every move and keeping us on our toes. You eat by the fistful but in a deliberate and calculating way. Sometimes if you really like what you are eating you’ll make little happy noises while you chew. You love yogurt, bananas, pb&js and cheese. Cheerios you’ll eat off the floor.

You love your Daddy and will run over to the gate the minute he comes home. You don’t mind me too much either :) If I sit on the floor you’ll come over and sit in my lap for a brief moment or give me a hug, then continue on your way to playing. If Gracie starts fussing and crying you’ll run over to my lap and sit in it then stare at her. We’re in for it with you two. But you sure do love your sisters. You love your Bean and your Gracie. The other day in kids club Gracie was finally moved into the larger walkers area with you. She just sat there and cried, but you walked over to her, put your hand on her back and smiled in her face as if to say “Hey Gracie, it’s me Frankie! I’m here too!” Such a sweetheart.

You love to dance. You do the same little leg bend Sofia did when she was your age. When Sofia is dancing around the living room you’ll stand behind her and stare at here until you get the beat down then away you go, squat and stand, squat and stand, then clap clap clap. Repeat.

What a joy you are to wake up to every morning. I look forward to your twin babble with Gracie as you both wait for one of us to come in and get you. I sure do wonder what you guys are talking about. Happy almost birthday my Frankie Bear.

5 days

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5 days

5 days. In 5 days the girls will be 1 year old. We will have made it through a long/short/challenging/fun/stressful/tear inducing/wouldn’t change it for the world year. Sofia and I have been talking a lot about what we were doing this time last year. I was enormous and uncomfortable. I was too tired to go walking around on Halloween with Sofia. I would sleep the first part of the night on the couch, then move into the bedroom around 2 or 3 in the morning. I couldn’t make it the whole night in one spot so I would switch it up. I was starving but couldn’t eat without heartburn or feeling full immediately. There was no space for food. I wish I would have taken more pics of my bump. I was counting down the days until the girls came into the world but also knew what an impact they would make on our lives. Or thought I knew. We had no idea.

dear sleep

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dear sleep

Dear sleep, I’m sorry. I’ve underestimated you. In the past I didn’t give you the respect you deserved. I would mock you and tease that I only got 7 hours of sleep and how awful that was. People would ask how I was and I’d respond with not well, I didn’t sleep well, I woke up in the middle of the night and it took me 10 minutes to fall back asleep. They would shake their head, sympathizing at how awful that must be. Poor girl, they’d think. Only 7 hours of sleep. What a trooper she is. How strong she must be. Oh how wrong I was.

Can we make a deal? If I give you the praise you deserve will you come back? I know, I know the twins are teething and sick so I’ll be realistic, but any glimpse of you would be much appreciated. People now ask how I am and I’ll shout “Amazing! I slept three hours last night in a row! I feel like a new woman!” Last night, as Gracie shrieked every time we put her in her crib, I sang along to Twinkle, Twinkle making up my own words about how great sleep was and didn’t she want to try it. She’s not sold, but I am. Go sleep! — you’re biggest fan.