The Babies are Toddlers

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My watercolor of the twins’ now-retired baby shoes.

It’s funny how when you stop doing something, like running, or blogging, it gets harder and harder to jump back in. I had legitimate reasons for the blog break at first, mostly good things (we bought our first house (!), moved, I got some freelance work and launched my own design business website). But then I got out of the habit of writing, and I had too many ideas to just write one post. Also my desk moved from the middle of the living room to an office upstairs, which is mostly good but also means it’s hard to write a blog post with a minute here and there. And the twins aren’t content to hang around the house anymore, either, or to watch me type on the computer for that matter…

Anyway, I’ve missed my friends in the blogosphere. I miss keeping in touch this way with people I know in real life, too.

And I miss having a way to record what’s happening with the babies–who are not babies anymore, they’re toddlers. They’re tiny people not just walking but running, diving off the couch, pulling plugs from electrical outlets, offering each other toys, giving kisses, hugs, demanding to be picked up, taken outside, given particular plates or toys or spoons, wanting to play with my phone, drink from my water glass, and say words like ball, water, and milk.

There was a big milestone this past month: first haircut. We did it with them in their highchairs at the kitchen table, D held their heads while I did one cut for the bangs and one around the back. Came out sort of like a pixie cut. With the rush and stress of scissors near heads I didn’t do the most even job, but still I think it worked out. You can see their faces now.

What finally pushed me back to this blog, though, is that they got their first pair of real shoes. I finally had to accept that the little brown leather baby booties, their first shoes, were too tight and don’t work well for running around a wet playground. Now they have some proper boots, which is still kind of a shock.

Also, I’ve finally reached a parental milestone of my own: I’ve hired some help. Starting tomorrow, a nanny will come one morning a week. I’ll let you know if that’s life-changing.

Anyway, if you’re still reading this–hi!–how has your fall been?

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46 thoughts on “The Babies are Toddlers

  1. I’ve missed you!! Glad to see you back! They are adorable!! Its hard to believe they are toddlers now isn’t it?? They really do grow so fast…

  2. Well, they look perfectly adorable. I’m sure they are running everywhere in their super stylin’ boots! And look at you! A nanny, huh? I’m sure we’ll find out more about that. Welcome back!

    • Thanks Marissa, I’m sure anyone who ever read this blog has forgotten by now, but I appreciate you coming back! Yes we will see about the nanny/babysitter. It’s just one morning a week, so not sure what sort of difference it will make. I’ll have to be strategic with the time. Anyway I think it’s a good thing.

      • Of course. Sparrow. I really feel like I made a friendship with you and actually started missing your blogs. You usually posted around 7 my time so during that time I found myself wondering where you were! Anyway, hopefully you will be able to blog on a more regular basis and let us know what happens with the nanny.

    • Thanks Mom! I know, the boots make a huge difference somehow. I think I bought them in a too-big size, though, so they slip off sometimes. I thought they should be big to have room to grow into. Oh well, live and learn. Can’t wait to see you!!

    • Hi! Thank you so much! Wow I’ve really missed you and everyone on here. I feel like I broke some kind of trust disappearing for so long. Probably just with myself. I have much to learn about blogging.

    • Hi timelessmama! How have you been? I wish I could find work from home, too 🙂 Just a small bit so far, but we have to start somewhere, right? Fingers crossed. Thanks for the congrats. Have to head over to your blog and see what’s happening.

  3. It’s been a bit on the stressful side so far, but I’m taking a leap of faith I think/hope will change that! I will be taking a quick jaunt to visit my younger sister in Oregon, so that, too, will help.

    So good to see you again! I look forward to seeing more, both in word and image. 🙂

    • Good for you for the leap of faith! I will have to read up on your blog to find out more. Sounds promising. I think I’m taking a sort of leap of faith trying to start this freelance business, too, and hiring babysitting help, so fingers crossed. And yay for visits with sisters! Just had a visit from mine and it was pretty much the best ever. Thanks for your kind welcome back. I really appreciate you visiting.

    • Thank you, April! I’ve really missed you, too! I’m realizing reading these comments how much blogging means to me. I don’t care if it’s just on the Internet, it’s a community! I don’t know where the time goes. I don’t think I’ll be able to stop referring to the twins as “babies.”

  4. So glad to hear from you, see from you!!! Have missed you all a lot, but wonderful to hear the good news about the house and the video project. Hope the blog fits into life as it continues to evolve!
    Love to you all.

    • Hi Sarah! I have to give you credit really for inspiring me (inadvertently) to get back to the blog. Yael told me you mentioned you had missed it, and that I should have an official end or post something explaining my absence. I had never posted anything like that because I hadn’t really accepted that it was over. I kept wanting to post again. So thank you! Also, I’m so jealous of Y and family’s visit to you all. Miss you.

      • So sweet to hear that! I hope you’ll find the right place for it in your life… it is a beautiful enrichment for many others. It was wonderful to have Y and all here. We miss you too, and would love you to come visit.

    • Thanks Sasha! I know, nothing like a break to make you realize how quickly they change! I missed you. Love your post about your mother and all the gorgeous photos! Thanks for coming back and commenting!!

  5. Wow! Lots to comment on. Margaret called me into her inner sanctum to scream that you had bought a house. Details. Plus car. You guys are moving on up. And you are writing for money. What goes? Much to find out.
    We have own stories. Moving into our own downsized place next week; Becca and Jason and Arik into our old house. Much excitement.
    Dean

  6. I’m so glad to welcome you back and get a current photo of M and E. Love the shaggy haircuts and the cowboy walk. And so glad I will be seeing you all next week.

  7. Great to have you back My Lady Sparrow! Glad that your little babies are doing well and well done for you to get some help too. They are entering quite a challenging (but wonderful) phase now. I think you’ll enjoy having some time for yourself. I love the drawing – those little shoes. So cute! Sounds like you’ve had exciting changes and opportunities recently – good reasons not to blog. 🙂 Anyhow, welcome back! You’ve been missed! Alicja

    • Thanks, Alicja!! I appreciate the welcome back. I’ve missed the beautiful, earthy photos on your blog and being inspired to think about things like buying less unnecessary stuff, and choosing food that uses less packaging. Hope youve had a good fall so far.

  8. Wow, how did you fit that all into those minimum paragraphs! Haha you have been busy Mama! Congrats to you on your new design business. That is quite an undertaking with two little ones of this age. Only good karma coming your way. I remember trying to move my workspace to another part of the house, and moving it right back to the living room two weeks later needing to get things done. I really hope it works for you as you adjust. The nanny will help and you will need that solitude to actually get things done on a timeline. I dream of the day haha. For now, I’ll keep bouncing between.

    Your little booties watercolor is adorable 😊

    • I haven’t figured everything out by any means. We’ll see how it goes with the babysitting help and desk placement. I’m sure it’s always a balancing act. And I have to say I’m inspired by you and your business illustration feats!

  9. What excellent reasons for a blog break! Congrats on the new house!! And double congrats on the nanny situation–I bet it will be quite life-changing for all of you. It’s so crazy how fast and how much these little munchkins change, isn’t it?

    • Thanks!! It is crazy how fast they change. I remember reading a post on your blog about when your twins first started walking. Mine were much smaller, and I remember thinking that seemed like such a long ways off! But now we’ve somehow flown into this new era.

  10. Your little ones are getting so big and adorable! Congrats on the new house and the exciting changes. I’m glad you’re back! I’ve been off of WordPress way too long and am hoping to get back into blogging regularly, too. Seeing that you’re back is good motivation. 🙂 Have fun chasing those busy little girls around! There is truly never a dull moment with twin toddlers around!

    • Suddenly I’m having trouble finding time to blog! I’m trying to be back! They do keep you busy! Would love to read more posts on your blog. I have to go back and read that one about potty training with the chicken and puppies, so funny 🙂

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