We’ve hit the 2 month mark! Before having twins I didn’t realize how much changes in a month. I thought it unnecessary when parents would tell me their baby’s age by month as if it that specific month mattered … well the twins were 15 months old on Monday and let me tell you, it matters.
Since being here they have learned: how to walk (forwards and backwards), stack blocks, spin around, babble, wave goodbye, use a spoon and respond to words such as “up”, “more” and “night-night”. As I watch them overcome their frustration with every fall I can’t help but think how I deal with change and growth. The answer: poorly! I accept change and understand there will always be growing pains, I just hate the process. I hate being bad at something (skiing, surfing, Spanish) and I want to accomplish big strides in short times. Well the phrase “baby steps” seems to pop up a lot lately and as I guide the twins through their challenges I realize I should listen to my own advice. “Slow down – you’ve got it – it’s okay – try again”
P, G, J and O left on Saturday. Talk about what can change in a month. Together our families were able to sustain a routine of: joined meals (usually with fresh fish and fresh produce), nap-times (for the adults as well), beach time, happy hours (our favourite spot Copacabana, is on the beach and has a kids playground on site), surf time, yoga classes, nights out for dinner and dancing, mini-golf, weekly trips to the Feria (farmers market) and time at the pool. It came with a few bumps as each parent got sick and was down for about a week at a time, but overall it was an amazing month and I definitely feel more at home here. I miss my beach buddies and our parade of strollers but I am grateful for the time and the change that happened over the last month.