Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Jonah and Silas' 1st Birthday!

Our Twin's Are One! We all survived our first year... even with all the rookie mistakes! In fact we not only survived, we had tons of fun! Glad we didn't know what we were in for that day that we heard there were 2 in there or we probably would have been too afraid to enjoy it! If you'd like to reminisce with us about the day we found out we had 2 boys click here.

Infant twins are tough. It goes way beyond doing everything twice, double diapers are the easiest part. It's 2 babies needing 4 arms to hold them. And there's no sleeping while the baby sleeps those first couple months because guess what... they are 2 different babies with 2 different internal clocks. And if one wakes up in the middle of the night, there is no way his brother is sleeping through that, so there is no nudging your spouse letting them know it's their turn, it takes both of ya. It was about delicately scheduling feedings so that you can finish with one before the other one gets too hungry. It was about avoiding the double meltdown at all costs. Yeah, we're pros now... not so much at the beginning! But all the crazy months at the start makes for some sweet memories. We figured it out together. It made us closer and stronger. We love our family that doubled in size.
I didn't want to go "all out crazy" for Jonah and Silas' big promotion from zero to one! I knew I would have to set some rules for my tendency to overcomplicate things-self. Here were the guidelines: 1. Only incorporate things that their fabulous little one year old selves could actually enjoy. 2. Don't invest time into things that are going to be seen for 2 hours and then thrown into the trash.
And I stuck to them! (Ok, so I might have painted a couple beach balls so that they would match the others, but that was just during one moment of weakness late one night).
Their Great Grandma Wootton had bubble mailed them a mini beach ball that they have loved, so I thought we would go with that for a semi-theme. Plus they would be able to keep them and play with all of them afterwards (except the 3 I painted).
The morning of their birthday, I got the reaction I was looking for!
I think they knew this day was extra special.

I didn't want to invite a lot of people because I knew it would wear them out too fast, so we chose their 2 favorites, Mercedes and Blanca. The boys love them!
Plus their grandparents were here which made it extra extra special!

We had pizza which they love for lunch and then afterwards they got to dive into their beach ball birthday cakes.
They were a little hesitant at first, but that didn't last for long!
Icing melts fast here! They looked shocked to see how messy their brother was.
They got baths after this.
The boys had plenty of presents! Grandma and G-Dawg had brought down tons and then other family members had sent some with them too. So add that to what we got them and it was a pretty large spread.
We wrapped a lot in tissue paper so that they could tear it apart easily.
These were hard hats. Hats are Silas' favorite thing right now.
They got lots of books which they love and tons of blocks and other noise makers!

Overall I think it was a great day that the boys really enjoyed... us too!

One idea that I had to go along with the beach ball theme that did not go over well was a giant beach ball that shoots water. The boys love bath time and going swimming, so I thought this would be a hit... right? They HATED it. What I did not factor in, is birthdays are exhausting. I think they had maxed out their limit of fun for the day. They were ready for a nap.
Mercedes, Blanca, Lucha, and Jimmy loved it though!
Don't you love our redneck yard! We're saving all of our yard work skills for our forever house... or at least that is what Jimmy keeps telling me.
Poor Silas holding on tight.
Jonah didn't even think it was that safe to watch from afar.
So I packed up the giant beach ball and will save it for one day when the boys are older.

CRAZY ITEM OF THE DAY: Jimmy came home with a new fan the other day to go on top of our fridge. It sounds like a jet engine. You can't even converse in there anymore. Silas obviously agrees with me that it's too loud!

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