Lisa and Alison are now 2.5 years old! I can’t believe my twin daughters are so big! We love these girls like crazy and have been greatly enjoying the two-year old age. It’s such a fun age! They talk in sentences and pretend and play and color and so much more! They are super affectionate, and funny, and crazy. Life is never dull and they definitely keep us on our toes. They get into trouble a lot, but also say please, thank you, and sorry a lot too.
Lisa is a very bright little girl. She loves coloring. She seriously wants to color all day long – with a pen, a pencil, a crayon, a marker, whatever. And she’ll color on even the smallest scrap of paper, and occasional create a masterpiece on our walls. Her coloring and drawing has taken leaps and bounds in the last month. She can now draw “spiders” as she calls them, or a circle with rays (or legs I suppose) coming off in different directions. She even recently started pretend writing words, with a continuous line of peaks and valleys. She likes to color in shapes and letters. When she gets a hold of our crossword puzzles, she even makes tiny little marks in the squares.
Lisa is also a very good little singer! She changes pitches on time, and remembers much of the words, or if not, she’ll just “la la” the tune. She loves to sing and will make up her own little songs. She’ll ask you to sing with her too.
Lisa’s also very loud. She is almost always babbling or talking away about something and at a high decibel level. She likes to pretend talk on a phone to her friends or grandma and grandpa. She often tells her sister what to do, and tries to tell me too, but I don’t put up with that behavior, especially as she often is yelling such commands. One of the cutest things she does is go “Ummmm” and then clicks her tongue after we asked her a question (especially about a letter or color she doesn’t know how to identify properly). It’s super adorable.
She loves her baby dolls and tea set and loves playing pretend with all of her toys. However, when it’s time to clean up, she usually likes watching more than helping. She’s quite the supervisor.
Lisa also loves movies. Nothing zones that kid out more than a moving picture on a screen. She’ll forget to go potty and have accidents because she zones out so bad (so I make her go before we start a show). She often begs for movies to be played (but I moderate how much they watch).
|She once sat an entire movie on this thing…|
Lisa also likes books. She’ll bring me one after another for quite some time and sit patiently on my lap while I read them. She also can also identify several letters of the alphabet and is slowly getting better about naming the correct colors.
Lisa also cries a lot (more than Alison), especially when she wants her way. She’ll often repeat herself over and over and over again, until I give her what she wants, or tell her no. She’s stubborn and doesn’t like taking no for an answer.
Lisa is almost fully potty trained! But, she is a lousy sleeper sometimes still, taking forever to fall asleep and then waking up during the night, especially lately.
Alison is such an affectionate and goofy daughter. We just love her to bits and pieces. She often just want to snuggle in down next to you, under a blanket. She is never done giving hugs and kisses and will give them freely to her stuffed animals and baby dolls as well as her parents. She tells us dozens of time during the day that she loves us (heart melt!). She likes to pretend her dolls have boo-boos so she can kiss them and make them better. She also often comforts them when “crying.” She’s also very polite and very often asks “please” and says “thank you” without being reminded!
Alison also just loves to play. She’s a power-house of non-stop energy. She loves to dance and move and jump and twirl and spin and everything physical. She always wants to climb on you and touch you and make you laugh at the same time. She just loves to have fun and be silly. She’s always in for a good time and laughs a lot. Even the way she says things just makes you laugh. She knows she’s funny, and she’ll tell you she is too!
Alison is an organizer and sorter. If we leave an empty bag around the house, whether a grocery bag, a purse, a make-up case, or even a bucket, it is her prerogative to fill it with objects, usually their small toys – blocks, cars, shapes, and tea set pieces. After it is full, she’ll then dump them out, and start all over again. She’ll do it over and over again, sometimes for hours throughout the day, while spreading toys all throughout the house, of course. But, she is a fairly good helper when it comes time to pick up toys and put them away, maybe because she likes doing so!
But, Alison is also a little stinker too. She is very possessive. Alison has her blanket, which she must have after an intense crying session, and which almost no one else can ever use, unless she lets you have it, though most likely it won’t be for long. She’ll sometimes take a toy away, and put it somewhere where no one else can have it, like behind the couch, just because. It seems like she just likes to spite people. She doesn’t always listen when you tell her to do things, and will often do the opposite… on purpose.
While Alison also loves movies, she is much more interactive when watching them. She’ll actually turn her head and look or talk to you while the show is on. She might even get up and leave and do something else halfway through.
Alison seems to have a short attention span with a lot of things. With coloring, she’s done after about five minutes, and is then much more intent on dumping out all the crayons, scattering them on the floor, and then finding some containers to put them into. While, she can sit through book readings (and enjoys books), it can’t be too long or boring. She also enjoys singing, though she definitely has much to learn about rhythms, tempos, and pitches It’s quite adorable that she’s so off. The only thing that never seems to lose her attention is eating food and any physical or mobile activity. Alison can also identify several letters of the alphabet and is doing very well with colors, though most things are “purple” these days.
Alison is still a great sleeper. She’ll often take a 3 hour nap and falls asleep much faster than her sister. It’s great for Sundays when we have church at 1pm, during nap time. She’ll fall asleep in the car, and then stay asleep as I transfer her to my chest, and then stay asleep during the first 15-30 minutes of sacrament meeting. It’s fantastic!
Two 2.5 year-old twins
I love these girls and I love that they are so different! While each has their strengths and weaknesses, they are still very good at a lot of things and both very bright. They each have their bad days and things that drive us nuts, but they each have their great days that just make us so glad they are ours!
I can’t believe they are already 2.5 years old. For as much as I dreaded having two two-year old twins, it really hasn’t been that bad. We haven’t had too many tantrums or fits, though Lisa has been throwing some this last week, but mostly because she isn’t getting her way. While they’ve had crying sessions in stores from time to time, they haven’t ever seemed like something I couldn’t handle. Certainly twin two year-olds have made for more chaos and yelling from me, as they like to get into things they shouldn’t (and Lisa has mastered unhinging our door knob covers in 30 seconds or less) and like to disobey and test their limits, but so far it hasn’t made me completely crazy, only slightly.
We love them so much and are so glad we have them. For as much trouble as they sometimes are, they bring so much joy and laughter into our home and into our hearts. They are great little girls and super cute too. Let’s just hope it won’t be the terrible threes we have to worry about instead!