Wednesday, March 12, 2014

2 Year Olds

I'm having a really tough time not calling Avery and Grayson "the babies". I have referred to them as the babies since they were born. It's kind of hard to break the habit but they really aren't babies anymore. Part of me can't believe it and part of me just doesn't want to face the fact that they are getting so big so fast. I do however feel incredibly fortunate that those tiny little preemies that decided to surprise me with such an early entrance are thriving, healthy little two year olds!

We had their two year check up on Wednesday . Avery insisted on bringing Minnie Mouse in with her and Grayson insisted he must bring his flash light (Yiy-Yite). We have definitely entered the persistent toddler stage.

23.2 Pounds
32 1/2 inches

23.0 pounds
33 1/2 inches

Their vocabulary has exploded over the past month or so. I cannot believe some of the things they say these days. We have definitely entered the parrot stage and need to watch what we say (or maybe we should have been doing this for awhile now).

Avery is a constant chatter box that loves to go on and on about things we don't always understand. Sometimes we understand exactly what she is saying. and other times it's kind of a puzzle to see if she is saying something intentional or just blabbing on about nothing just to talk. She also loves to sing and dance, play with her baby dolls and read books.

Grayson has a bigger vocabulary than he wishes to consistently use. We've noticed he will spit a word out on his own time but doesn't choose to blab on and on like his sister. Grayson loves to dance as well. When music comes on they literally start bouncing and swaying. It is so darn cute. He also has a slight obsession with balloons, balls, his new trains and train table and really just anything boy and destructive. It is insane to see how very different Avery and Grayson are. Every time I turn around he is trying to ram Ellie or any one in his way with whatever push toy he can find. The boy also has a pretty decent arm for his age. Watch out if he has a ball in his hands because he hasn’t quite learned when it’s appropriate to throw and when not. Avery prefers the calm pretend play. She is constantly rocking her baby, trying to feed her baby, dressing and un-dressing her baby and so on. I’ll even find her talking to her baby.

I love watching the clear bond these two already share. If one wakes up before the other they ask where the other is. In the rare occasion (which I need to do more often) that we take or do something with them separately they ask for the other. They now call each other by name. Avery has (finally)dropped  calling Grayson “Sissy” and calls him “Esson”. Grayson still calls Avery “Sissy” occasionally but mostly calls her “Abey”. It is by far one of the sweetest things I’ve heard. Avery can even say her own name when you ask her what it is. Which is also “Abey”. They play together all the time which I believe is one huge benefit to having twins as they keep each other entertained. They love to hug each other and hold hands. Avery is constantly patting Grayson on the back over something. However, we also see the other end of the spectrum. We are currently working on eliminating hitting and/or biting as a reaction to something they do not like. They definitely know how to set each other off, but even their fighting can be a bit cute sometimes.

We are slowly beginning to work on potty training, more so with Avery as she is acting ready. We hope Grayson will take note and jump on the bandwagon. I am ready to get rid of double diapers!

They still eat pretty much everything we offer. Avery has decided to be pickier when it comes to vegetables and doesn’t want to eat them when other, more interesting items are on her plate (aka carbs). However, we’ve learned to hold back the bread and offer it as a treat if she eats her vegetables. My carb loving daughter usually obeys. Their absolute favorites are yogurt covered raisins and pops (vitamin lollipops) that we take advantage of and use as treats when they do something like clean up their own toys or use the potty.

It’s hard to remember all of the words they are saying these days but I’d like to remember where they were when I read back so here goes my best shot at their current vocabulary:




Abey – Avery

Esson – Grayson

Eh-eee – Ellie

Nana – Banana and Nana Hatcher and Nana Gurley

Da-Daddy – Grandaddy (one of my favorite renderings)


ShiShi - GiGi

Eh-in – Devin

Book – Book and Brooke

Ba-boon – Baloon





Seebra- Zebra

(Countless animal sounds)

Shish – fish/ goldfish crackers

Shag – Jag

Oatmeal – Camile


RoRo – Rosemarie



Doo Doo – Thank you

All Done

Night Night

Yiy-yight – Flash Light

Buhsh- Brush





Tuck – truck


Chain or choo choo – Train

Buh Bye

No (wish I could stop this one)


Mine (really wish I could stop this one)

Onj- Orange


Meelk- Milk

Shuice – Juice

Pees – Peas

Tees – Tree and Brocolli

Feef - leaf

Wawa – Water (everyone confuses this for the convenient store wawa).




Teet – Treat

BooBoo (at which point whoever is around MUST kiss the boo boo and more so than not they create booboos).

NeeNee – Mickey and Minnie


Foofey – Goofey

One (even though Avery refuses to start counting with 1 and always begins with 2).


Tee – Three

Foh - Four
The more words I sit here and try to remember has me realizing these kids will pretty much say anything now. My favorites are some of their interpretations of peoples names like Oatmeal for Camille.
We are beginning to work on numbers, letters and colors. They amaze me every day with where they are and all they are learning. Avery refuses to start with number one and usually repeats "two, free, two, free" when counting things on her own. When she counts with someone she will count along with you beginning with two. She also loves to call everything pink when she can't remember what color it is. I think she may have a favorite color already. If you can keep Grayson interested long enough he will count with you as well. However, he usually runs off mid counting or color naming to throw a ball at someone or jump on something.

They are showing their true toddler colors through their strong will and typical two year old temper tantrums. We get the all out, throw yourself on the floor, flail your arms and legs and shout at the top of your lungs two year old every now and then. Sometimes it makes us want to pull our hair out. Other times we kind of laugh and move about trying to figure out what exactly they are trying to express. None the less we are making it through this stage trying to enforce rules and how to handle feelings the right way. I'm sure by the time we tackle this phase we'll enter another one.
Every day with these two munchkins is a new adventure. They literally make us laugh every single day. The past two years have without a doubt been the most interesting, exhausting, exciting and life changing years in Kevin and I's 10 years together. We could not possibly imagine our lives without both of these two crazy little monkey's. Considering all we've done in the past year I have no doubt the year ahead will be full of adventures. Happy 2's Avery and Grayson! We love you to the moon and back!


Sunday, March 9, 2014

Two times Two Mickey Style

Avery and Grayson had a pretty eventful and fun filled birthday weekend. I didn’t realize how far we could stretch a birthday for two year olds. It began Friday with Nana and Granddady arriving all the while running around getting ready for the big Mickey/Minnie Mouse themed birthday party. Saturday Gigi and Uncle Austin decided to get up extra early and brave the weather to drive from North Carolina to Maryland. They made it just in time for the birthday party festivities.
This was our snow man building just before everyone arrived.
She was pretty happy about the cow suit I made her wear to stay warm. (She was actually upset because I wouldn't carry her).
Putting Mr Snowman's face on.
Yes, I made them sit in the snow for birthday pictures :) Might as well take advantage of the snowy backdrop.
Love, love, love these two more than words!
Two at Two
Someone was pretty excited about her tutu
I made Mickey ear cupcakes and a gazillion Mickey ear and #2 sugar cookies.
The spread...missing a few things (oops)
Smiles with Nana
She loved her friend Aurora's tutu
Mickey ears...say cheers
Smiles with Gigi
Brenner and Celeste
The Fishers
Christopher with his Mickey ears hat on.
Mom, Kay, and Rosemarie
The Jake's
Yes, I found Mickey ear nuggets!
Last year we had at least a dozen guys helping put up a massive white tent in our backyard and this year I look out the window to see Kevin and a neighbor pushing all the snow aside with this…
I couldn’t help but laugh.
Avery and Grayson were overjoyed with excitement at all of the people that came from near and far to celebrate their birthday. They were also pretty excited about all of the Mickey and Minnie Mouse decorations and food. Grayson of course was IN LOVE with the balloons and probably didn’t let go of them the entire party. Avery posted up by the food and decided she was going to help herself. I think I found her eating with a different person every time I turned around to look for her.
Kevin and I spent a few days working on this masterpiece (with help from  a neighbor and his drawing skills).
Haha (Poor Ellie)
And then there's this little ham. She thinks she is SO funny!
Grayson and Molly
A & G with Ren and Justin
 A & G with Uncle Austin and Dada
The boy is slightly obsessed with balloons = money well spent
A & G were spoiled rotten by everyone that came. We couldn’t thank them enough for their generosity.  It was pretty neat to look around at the 30+ people packed into our tiny little house all to see and spend time with Avery and Grayson at their 2nd birthday.
By the end of the night Grayson decided he was done with his pants and kept trying to take them off and run around…
Needless to say when they hit the pillow they were out! At about midnight Aunt Devin’s severely delayed flight (due to the snow storm) arrived and I headed off eager to pick her up. She was so sad to miss the actual birthday party but we were just happy she finally made it.
Sunday we had all the family back over for leftovers and game night. 
Monday the Fisher’s met Kevin, Devin, my mom, my dad, Avery, Grayson and I at the Verizon Center for Disney on Ice to continue the Mickey themed birthday weekend. I was hoping they would stay interested for most of the show but wasn’t quite sure how it would pan out. What was I thinking? I have never seen my kids sit so still EVER! They were beyond excited every time Mickey and Minnie came out. They loved watching all of the characters dance across the ice. Each time Mickey and Minnie went away they would wave and say “bye bye NeNe”. They also asked a few times, “Where go?” They each got a special toy and kept a pretty big smile throughout the entire show. To say we had a blast is an understatement. After seeing their excitement from this I CANNOT wait until the day comes that we can take them to Disney World.
I could not believe they sat still for the entire two hours mesmerized by the show.

Avery loved clapping for the characters and seeing the characters skate around the ice and sing. This girl loves music and loves to sing.
They were so good they each got a special toy after the show.
What better friends to go with than the Fishers. Thanks Alex for the AMAZING tickets!
Tuesday was their actual birthday so we started the morning off with GiGi's homemade blueberry muffins topped with a candle.

As you can see they were pretty happy little birthday munchkins.
That afternoon my dad, sister, Kevin and I took them to play at a bounce house, followed by a trip to make their very first Build a Bear with a gift card they got for Christmas. Granddaddy decided he must treat them to frozen yogurt to top off their special day.


On Wednesday we went to Aunt RoRo's for dinner with all the cousins. My sister and I had made a cake for their birthday but we figured they'd had enough treats that day. So...we brought it with us and extended their birthday another day.

We caught Grayson trying to sneak a taste of his birthday cake.
They were pros at singing Happy Birthday by the end of this fun filled week.
It was a super eventful few days with so many fun activities. I really cannot believe my tiny, fragile little preemies are now active, spunky little TWO year olds! I cannot imagine my life without them and I cannot thank them enough for all of the joy and excitement they bring to our lives. They continue to make us laugh and smile each and every day. They are the loves of their daddy and I’s life and we cannot wait to see where this next year takes us.
Happy 2nd Birthday Avery and Grayson!!!!!!!!!