In the seven (plus) months we’ve been with the girls, it is rare that I’ve only been with one girl at a time. When they were first born I would take one out for a bit–like to Target or church–while someone watched the other, and then I would alternate and take the other somewhere else. But they were so little then and now that their little personalities are really blossoming, it’s a whole new ballgame.
A couple of weeks ago something funny happened. When I put the girls down for a nap on Saturday Nora wasn’t tired and just played in her crib grabbing her toes and giggling. After about 20 minutes I scooped her up and sat down in the big rocking chair in the nursery with a couple of toys. We just hung out with a stuffed monkey and a couple of books while Tessa slept. It was so neat. Normally, it is tough when both babies don’t nap at the same time but this was such a unique opportunity to bond with Nora that I couldn’t pass it up. It was great.
Later that afternoon–you guessed it–Nora was zonked and Tess was gearing to play. It was cool outside but partly sunny and so we spread out a blanket in the backyard and just played and played. It was great Tessa time. Luckily, I got some pictures.
Such sweet babies. And such a treat to get to know each one better, separate from her sister.
I have always maintained that I would treat the girls as individuals–like sisters. I imagine that it is difficult as a twin to break apart from your “twinness” from the “unit” that is the two of you. It’s even more difficult as a parent of twins to find the time, the energy to know my girls separately as I have come to know them together. But it is so so important. It was a great lesson to learn that weekend. And such a sweet treat.