Aloha! It’s pitch dark down here in Hawaii and we’ve been up since 4 AM Hawaii time, the girls slept until 7 AM Seattle time, about an hour to an hour and a half earlier than they usually wake. Today may be as long as our travel day yesterday. We are very lucky to be here in Hawaii again and blessed that we made it with all of our gear and two 15 month olds.
Jemma and Zoe are growing and developing so much, they are little people with personalities, opinions, and are full of wonder.
Zoe is now walking all on her own, she went from walking with us holding two hands, to taking a few steps toward us on her own, to walking quickly holding onto one of our hands, to now full-on walking by herself. Jemma still prefers to walk with us holding both of her hands, but is able to stand and take a few steps on her own. I think Zoe is motivating her to try walking, but at the same time, it’s nice to have them at slightly different stages and not running in separate directions.
Jemma and Zoe aren’t saying any comprehensible words yet, but they like to wave hello and goodbye and are good at expressing what they want through squeals and hand gestures. They say “buh” which is as close to “bye” as they get and they do say “duck” but it’s not perfectly clear yet. They continue to say “dada” and “mama” but still not in context to Hubby and I.
Even though they aren’t speaking yet, they definitely understand almost everything we say to them. We can ask if they want a drink or are hungry and they will let us know if they are. They will give hugs, kisses and give each other their lovies when we ask them to give it to Z or J. They know who Maya and Bode (our cats) are and know their nose, eyes, mouth, ears, hands and feet. Jemma points to her features more readily than Zoe does, but Zoe seems to still know what everything is. They love to dance, clap, and laugh!
We haven’t weighed or measured the girls lately. For weight I would guess Jemma is about 23 pounds and Zoe around 20 pounds. I thought we would have a fifteen month well visit, but we don’t have another pediatrician appointment until eighteen months. Jemma currently has 16 teeth and Zoe has 10 teeth. Jemma has everything except her second molars and Zoe has central and lateral incisors up top and canine-to-canine on the bottom. Since the girls still can’t spit out toothpaste foam we are sticking with a fluoride-free paste, they seem to like the strawberry flavored paste by the Honest Company.
Zoe and Jemma have always been the best eaters and have pretty much eaten whatever we have put in front of them. About a month ago they started to get more opinionated about what they like and dislike. Just like other parents have told us, one day they like something and the next they don’t. Both use to LOVE raspberries, but now aren’t too fond of them. They are hit or miss about foods that require a spoon to eat (oatmeal, applesauce, yogurt) and that is a challenge since we give them Rainbow Light Nutristart powder daily in spoonfed foods. Luckily they still eat their protein whether it’s chicken, beef, pork, fish, or eggs. We offer milk in sippy cups at each meal, which are rarely finished and the girls still get a bottle before bed, usually around 6-7 ounces. The one nap a day (2-3 hours) is still going very well and we are lucky to still have them sleeping 11-12 hours a night.
For this trip to Hawaii we brought two large suitcases with clothes for us and the babies and 2 portable highchairs, a large suitcase with two Guava Family travel cribs, 2 carseats inside carseat bags and 3 carryons, including their diaper bag. The girls did surprisingly well on the flight and even slept about 1.5 hours each. My inlaws are here on the Big Island as well and I’m sure they will gladly take the girls so Hubby and I can have a little relaxation time. People continually comment “you sure have your hands full”, which is true, but I am so blessed to have the most hands-on husband and two easy-going babies. As much as our life can be crazy busy-I wouldn’t trade it for anything!
Success! Napping on the flight down to Hawaii.
Dinner at the condo last night.
Happy Saturday! I’m sure I’ll be posting more vacation photos soon.