Hi everyone! I haven't been here in a while. I love to hear how everyone is doing and glad we're all hanging in there!
Dd and ds are 16 months old now. Life is so good. Yes challenges are different, but man it's nothing like newborn days. They are great sleepers, which is a godsend, and eat pretty much anything and everything. I'm holding my breath that toddler finickiness doesn't take that away! I used to think they noticed each other and interacted, but oh wow, nothing prepared me for their toddler antics! They make up games (for example, taking turns chasing each other under the dining room table), call each other by name (soooo cute!), give each other hugs, and are so ecstatic when they are reunited (e.g., if I take one of them to the grocery store while the other stays home with daddy).
They are still nursing, but not much at all anymore - a couple of times a day for a few minutes each max. They're always on the go, and just don't want to sit still during the day to nurse, but like to do a few catch up sessions at night. Plus they drink cow's milk (and water) from cups, and eat all table foods now. I think with 20/20 hindsight, the switch to cow's milk sped up weaning. They love their milk - probably drink a pint or maybe a little more per day. So I guess when they drink milk from other sources, they wean earlier (not surprising). Not sure if I would do it differently if I had to do it over again, but I was sort of shocked at how "early" they cut back on nursing. I stopped tandem nursing a long time ago... they like the special "mama time" so much and I love paying attention to each one individually.
We're down to one nap a day, which is terrific most days. Still a bit of an adjustment others. More and more, they're able to extend their early afternoon nap to be a "mega nap", but occasionally they just sleep for 1-1.5 hours and are cranky by bedtime (which is around 7pm). They've also extended their nighttime sleep from about 11 hours to about 12 hours, which is wonderful.
New challenges: mostly just run of the mill toddler stuff. I've been trying to figure out how to effectively discipline them individually without causing confusion for the other one. (I mean gentle discipline, of course.) e.g., if I say "You may not hit the kitty. Here, gentle touches for the kitty" then the other one a) gets interested in what all the hubbub's about (!) and b) starts hitting the kitty too. They are doing a lot of copying these days and I have to think fast when one is doing something, so as not to inadvertently make it into a game! As in, let's all bang on the windows!!!
Anyway, I am so glad to have it this toddler phase. Life IS a lot easier for us now, and for the first time in a while, feels back on an even keel.