Since our last update we've seen some amazing developments with the girls and wanted to share these with you. Thankfully, most contribute to making our lives a little less busy and more enjoyable. We are blessed with having such wonderfully healthy, beautiful and content twin girls. Both are emerging with two very distinctive personalities. Rosie is simply MAD and never stops from morning 'til noon - a mad hatter. She is definitely the more dominant twin. She spends most of her day giggling and laughing and wants to be the centre of attention at all times. While expelling inordinate amounts of energy throughout the day, she is a pleasure to put to bed in the evenings; she is out like a light in minutes. She wakes at the crack of dawn fully recharged and ready from the get-go! This morning she was having belts of laughter in her sleep. We haven’t seen this before and found it absolutely hilarious. We were laughing so much, it never entered our heads to try and capture it on video. Lily on the other hand is very reserved and shy. When in larger groups she tends to be clingy and takes a while to relax and feel comfortable in her surroundings. When learning new tasks she takes her time, thinks much more in-depth and as a result performs them more efficiently or effectively. She seems to have a more thought driven process, whereas Rosie is 'in like flynn' and I'll work this out eventually. It’s really funny to see their different approaches. Lily is very affectionate and loves being cuddled like her mama. She’s also a pigging nightmare to get to sleep and can take up to 45 minutes on a bad day. Hopefully this is just a phase she is going through. We are very conscious not to refer to them as ‘the mad one’ or ‘the shy one’ or something similar. It is very common in twins to a more dominant and less dominant baby. The experts recommend not labelling from an early age as the babies can morph into their label i.e. the mad one just stays mad, whereas if left to their own devices they will change as they develop. Only in the last couple of weeks we’ve seen some major developments (well, major in our world), both are now sitting up unaided and unsupported, they are feeding themselves with the bottle, spoon and beaker – albeit a little messy at the moment. Lynne recommended we try them drinking with a straw and sure enough it only took a few goes and they were off. Rosie started to say dada and Lily muma but now they both say mama and dada. Both say dada all day long, but when upset the say muma – it would melt your heart. We’ve also had to lower both cots just in case. They are both in a great routine and their day is pretty predictable from 5:30am to 7:30 pm. Sam is doing an amazing job; she is an incredible mum and all the above is solely down to her. I am very grateful and lucky to have such a wonderful partner. It’s blinking hard hard work looking after two babies full-time and I’ll be the first to admit that I just couldn’t do it. We are really enjoying our time with the girls, savouring every minute, and hopefully it will only get better as their interactions and personalities develop further. Below are a bunch of random pictures that we have taken on our phones and camera over the last month or so. There should be some crackers in there.
My First Father's Day, yea! Of course I got spoiled and we had a wonderful day with the girls. My day started with breakfast in bed (thank you Rosie and Lily :)). Later in the afternoon we drove to the costal town of Howth and walked part of the National Looped Network, a coastal path from Howth to Sutton Cross. It was fairly windy but the girls were well wrapped up and enjoyed the fresh coastal air - laughing and giggling all the way - for about an hour and a half in total. We finished off with a lovely meal in the Bloody Stream, a restaurant/gastro pub underneath Howth Dart Station, owned by the same group as the Angler's Rest. The girls were shattered by 7pm so putting them to bed was a breeze, they fell straight asleep. Sam and I finished off the day with a nice bottle of wine, yum! Thank you Sammy, Rosie and Lily for making my day really special. I love you lots, always. A special happy Father's Day to all the dads out there but to our dads in particular, Tommy and Keith, we hope you enjoyed your day too! We were thinking of you.
Last week we also had the pleasure of Auntie Emma's company. Emma is a regular to these shores and loves catching up with us and the girls. It was a very short two-day visit while her son Elliott was on a school tour. Sam and Emma took a drive down the coast and had lunch out and spent some good quality time together. Emma also got to meet and have dinner with our sister-in-law Lynne before her flight home. As always Emma, it was a pleasure having you and we'll see you again in a few months.
Last week we had a much welcomed visit from auntie Lynne. Lynne was travelling from the US to a conference in Limerick and we had the pleasure of her company for two nights, one on the way and one on the way back. Mum and dad joined us for the first day and we took them to one of our favourite restaurants, The Angler's Rest in Strawberry Beds Dublin, an award winning bistro/gastro pub where you can sample some of Dublin's finest Guinness while tucking into great steaks or fish. Lynne is not shy of having a few pints of the black stuff when in Ireland and we were more than happy to oblige. We had a great relaxing day and the meal which was enjoyed by all. On the second evening Sam cooked up a lovely fish pie washed down with a few bottles of lovely red wine. We stayed up for hours chatting and reminiscing. It was great catching up in person as opposed to our usual conversations over skype and the girls really enjoyed having a new face to giggle at. Thank you Lynne for a great couple of days and you are welcome back anytime.
Today we took Anne to visit Wicklow Mountains National Park, one of the most beautiful places on earth when the weather is right. Today didn't disappoint, we drove a well trodden route, stopped off in several places to take a break and some photos and had lunch in Glendalough. Every time we drive around the park the scenery is different and it always feels like a new experience. Enough of the tourist plug... We all had a very relaxing day and enjoyed each others company immensely. The great mountain air has us all like nodding dogs early in the evening so it will be an early night all around. Great weekend!