Mackenzie showing her teeth.
Addison and Mackenzie each have 8 teeth (4 on top, 4 on bottom), and naturally, they have begun to experiment with the biting. Nothing too serious so far...but Addison did get Mackenzie pretty good on the arm one night in the tub. They don't seem to be doing it on purpose or in a vicious way--just more like they're experimenting to figure out what they can do with those little teeth in their mouths. Mackenzie fell last week, and I was seriously afraid she had knocked out one of those precious teeth at first. She went down on the hardwood in the hallway, and by the time I picked her up, blood was pouring from her mouth. Thankfully, no teeth were damaged, at least not that I can see. We looked like a scene from bad horror movie for a little bit though...and sweet little Addison just crawled around behind us from room to room, making sure her sissy was okay. (She was.)
Getting cleaned up after her fall. She doesn't look too traumatized, does she?
Mackenzie is trying to say more words, but Addison doesn't seem to have much interest in talking yet. She "sings" a lot, especially riding in the car, but no real words most of the time. (She has said "bye", "mama", and "dada" in the past, but has no interest in doing it right now.) Mackenzie consistently says "bye-bye", and she can say "mama" and "daddy" when she wants to. She tries to say something that sounds like "sissy", and she can say "mum-mum" (baby rice cake snacks). They have a squeaking noise that we say is the frog sound, and Addison particularly loves to do it. They have learned to wink this month, which I NEED to get on video, because it's freaking adorable. (I'm totally mommy-gushing in this post, but indulge me this time!) Addison lowers her head and daintily blinks her eyes, and Mackenzie does a split-second face squinch and shrugs her shoulders. So, so cute.
We are working on adding body parts to the list. So far, they can point out their nose, eyes (and unfortunately, each other's eyes as well), ears, hair, toes, tongue, teeth, and belly buttons. I tell them all the time what smart little girls I think they are. : ) I am trying to teach them a few signs so they can tell me when they want to eat, want a drink of milk, etc., instead of that aforementioned trial-and-error thing we do to figure it out. When I was pregnant, I bought a book wtih the basic signs for babies, thinking I would start working with them early on to learn a few important ones. Well...let's just say those plans went out the window once I realized that having twin infants was going to be much harder than I ever imagined! So far, they aren't catching on too well, but I'm not very good at working at it consistently either.
I keep saying it, but Addison and Mackenzie are just hilarious right now, and the rate at which they learn new things is absolutely amazing. It blows my mind when all of a sudden they pull out a trick I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW THEY COULD DO. We used to sing "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" all the time, but we all got a little sick of it and haven't sung it in a couple of months. Well, the other day, I started singing, and Addison did the hand motions! I have NO IDEA where she learned that, or if she remembered it from before. They learned how to stand on their heads (feet on the ground, bent over at the waist, with their heads down on the floor) one day this week, and now it's their new favorite trick. All it takes is one of them doing something to elicit a laugh or applause from us and her sister will be doing the same within minutes. I can just imagine what they will come home doing once they start Mother's Day Out in the fall.
Life is good right now...crazy and busy at times, but fun, and always full of love.