Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real

I haven’t settled on blog names for the babies yet. I think Jack and Annie will do for now. For other {Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real} posts, please head over to Like Mother, Like Daughter.

PRETTY

A pleasant surprise since we adopted the twins three weeks ago is that it’s actually easier to get out of the house with them than to stay at home. They love their stroller and riding in the car, and will sleep for a good two hours with the occasional contortionist pacifier readjustment from the driver’s seat. While out at Target picking Christmas ornaments for their first St. Nicholas Day I finally found a tree topper (it’s been a five year hunt). The house may be in a crisis state of disorder, but the tree is decorated thanks to a little help from friends at church, and we’re spending long days baby juggling by the lights and evergreen branches.

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FUNNY

Yes, happy should be next, but this photo directly ties in with the beatific pose above. Things look a little less “Peace on Earth” and a little more “Charlie Chaplin” from the other direction:

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Jack figured out how to suck his thumb last week. These days, whenever we feed him his bottle he keeps his “emergency backup thumb” an inch from his mouth, ready to pop it in at the first sign of bottle withdrawal. Annie, meanwhile, desperately wants to suck her thumb but hasn’t quite figured it out. While Jack is definitely a right-hander, Annie just wants a hand, any hand, to make it to her mouth. She spends large portions of the day giving us two thumbs up, slowly bringing both fists to her face in desperate hope that one will somehow hit her mouth. Usually it’s more of a “one finger in the eye, another hand in the ear” scenario. When all else fails, you can always borrow your sleeping brother’s thumb. It’s one of the unsanitary perks of being a twin:

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HAPPY

The kids are becoming much more calm and content as they settle in, figure out this is home, and get to know us. As they grow, they’re moving on from once a day accidental grins to big gummy baby smiles accompanied by whole-body-flailing.

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REAL

St. Nicholas visited, just as he did throughout my childhood. However, the good Bishop arrived on the 7th, not the 6th, delayed by two spit-uppy little humans, a mother with only two hands, a father on call at the hospital, and perhaps another fistfight with Arrius. We enjoyed ourselves, for all that. How did he know I love Ferrero Rocher chocolates?

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11 thoughts on “Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real

    • Thanks! St. Nicholas happened to love Jan Brett books at Christmas when she, I mean he, was a child…in…you know…300 AD….this is getting confusing. St. Nicholas is, at any rate, very excited to have an excuse to start collecting favorite picture books after many years of waiting!

    • Ha! So funny that I’m not the only one who walked through the Christmas section at Target and thought “finally, it’s here.” I couldn’t even make myself wait until it went on sale after Christmas – after five years of hunting for one I liked, I was afraid it would be out of stock when I finally got around to buying it.

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