Well, my baby girls are one year old.
Of course a lot has happened in that year, and so much has changed. In their eleventh month they started sleeping through the night (both of them! Consistently! All night!). They started playing happily a lot during the day.
At their one year check-up they were finally on the growth charts! Otter was up to 15 pounds and 27.5 inches. Owl was 15#7oz and 27.5 inches. So they were both right around 3rd percentile for weight, and 10th for length. It was a great gain since their last check. Good enough, in fact, that they've started growing out of clothes that they've worn for quite a long time!! So exciting! We've never had any big growth spurt that required a big closet clean-out...until now.
I threw a family party for them. The theme was pinwheels, using a vintage-y color palette.
I think I over-booked myself with party preparations, though, and was feeling the lack of sleep at the party. I usually feel like parties are something that I can do to show love to my kids, but this time I think it would have been better to have spent time WITH them rather than FOR them...but it's done, and I think it was fun in the end.
Plus I had been so busy with preparations that I didn't have time to take pictures of decorations beforehand, or guests during the party. Which is sad, since I enjoy taking pictures of party stuff. My brother was nice and took pictures for me. Some are a little goofy, though I'm only putting the BEST of the goofy pictures on here : ) (Thanks, Ev.)
Anyhow, here's the invitation:
The bulk of our prep time was spent trying to clear out and fix up the back yard a little, which probably wasn't even noticeable (really, our yard still isn't as nice as the average yard).
Aside from the yard stuff, the rest of the time was spent painting crates and canning jars, making pinwheels, and cleaning the labels off of Frappuccino bottles. I watched Psych a lot while I worked on party stuff.
|Here's the table before the food was all brought out.|
|Thank you, Jude, for preparing the apple slices!|
The jars all came from the twins' food in the past few months.
|Grandma N with a happy Owl.|
Grandma was probably sleep deprived also...she took the older three kids for the couple of days before the party so that I could get some less-interrupted work done. Thank you, Grandma & Grandpa!
And of course...presents. We designated Chick and Moose as the present openers (Monkey was off playing with her cousin).
|Moose took his job very seriously and showed us every card.|
|They loved their presents : )|
All in all, a fun time celebrating two special girls! They are so sweet (and tolerant), and are a great addition to our family. And hooray! We made it through the first year!