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May 6, 2013 · filed under life, twins

six months old

When I wake up tomorrow, my babies will be six months old. What I’ve learned in six months is that it turns out all the clichés of parenting are true. The kids grow up way too fast. Every age is the best age. You love your kids more than you ever thought possible. All of those things. And yet, knowing that every parent feels (most) of these things doesn’t make it any less amazing when you’re the one feeling these things about your own kid.

Just to recap things…

Teddy and Holden have been to 8 states: DC, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Colorado, New Jersey, New York. They’ve flown on two airplanes. They’ve been to sea level (but not the ocean yet) and to 11,000 feet altitude. They’ve met all three of their cousins. They’ve only been in a separate location one time ever, and it was last weekend when Teddy went to the doctor and Holden stayed home. They sleep in the same crib at night. They’ve eaten oatmeal and sweet potatoes, and cried dramatically each time. They weigh around 16 pounds apiece, more than triple their birth weight.

Holden is an ideal baby. He is ridiculously cute, quite easygoing, and he loves to snuggle. When he smiles his mouth opens super wide and his eyes light up. If you lay him down, he will usually just chill right where you left him. We’ve been calling him “The Claw” because he tries to grab everything in his reach. He makes little fish movements with his mouth. He chews on two or three fingers at a time. His eyes are pure blue and his hair is a medium blond.

Teddy has so much personality. He’s happy, he’s flirty, he’s rolling over, he’s laughing, he’s yell-crying, his eyebrows are telling you something. When he smiles his face scrunches up with glee. If you lay him down he’ll flip over onto his belly and examine the world right-side-up. He’s got chunky thighs and quite strong abs. His hair grows longest on the top front of his head, which we affectionately call the “fore-hawk.” His hair is usually blond but looks red when wet and his eyes are blue like his brother’s. He may be getting a tooth sooner rather than later.

Both boys love: bottles of milk, pacifiers, the Johnny Jump-Up, naps, sleeping in our bed, sitting up (with help), singing songs, their loveys, toys they can grab like the winkel and oball, and posing for the camera (ha!). As far as I can tell the only thing they really hate is food. Holden doesn’t love really loud places. They’re indifferent to the cat, strangers, being outside vs. inside, and reading books.

I plan to take lots of photos of them this week to capture them at the half-birthday mark, but here is a little collage of their faces over the last five months. Yep, they grow up way too fast.

H & T - Months 1-5 Mosaic

{Holden (l); Teddy (r)}

Previously: twenty weeks • four months • twelve weeks • two months • one month • three weeks • two weeks


  1. Janet
    May 7, 2013 12:16 am

    Such a sweet post. Happy Birthday, babies! And congrats to you! xo

  2. Katharine
    May 7, 2013 8:05 am

    What a wonderful post! It looks like you have two wonderfully happy babies on your hands – kudos to you for that. I can’t imagine the kind of work it takes, but I also believe the reward must be so sweet. I’ve loved watching them grow these past few months and can’t wait to see more of it!

  3. RA
    May 7, 2013 9:54 am

    Okay, now I don’t feel so bad about mixing up the boys in the past — they did look pretty similar! But now, they are definitely coming into their own. Yay for you! All of you!

  4. Julie
    May 7, 2013 10:35 am

    Their expressions are awesome! :)

  5. Florine
    May 7, 2013 12:23 pm

    Yes, this whole mother-love business is extremely intense! Sometimes I find it completely overwhelming, in a good way. I wonder if it is even more so when you’ve gone through so much to get here like we have.

  6. heidikins
    May 7, 2013 1:27 pm

    So much happy going on here. In this post, in the pic of Teddy with his tongue sticking out, in my general attitude about you and your three charming boys (A still counts as charming, even if the little ones are slightly MORE charming).


  7. Elaine
    May 7, 2013 3:53 pm

    I cannot believe how much they have grown!

  8. Brooke
    May 7, 2013 5:48 pm

    They are gorgeous, and their expressions make me smile.

  9. jen
    May 7, 2013 9:11 pm

    I think it’s amazing the change in their face from month 4 to 5! Suddenly they have hair and are looking different. So adorable. I can’t believe it’s been 6 months already!!

  10. Suzanne
    May 8, 2013 12:00 pm

    LOL They are so cute! Drink them up every day, because sooner than you’d like to think, they will be giving you attitude and negotiating a raise in allowance.

  11. Audrey
    May 8, 2013 2:44 pm

    Janet, your boys are so stinkin’ amazing! Just look at them! I can’t belive they’re 6 months old already. Isn’t it crazy how just when you think it can’t possibly get any better, they go and get better on you?

  12. K
    May 8, 2013 8:03 pm

    I love their big boy, six month faces.

  13. Emily
    May 8, 2013 9:17 pm

    Love their side-by-side faces. Happy 1/2 Birthday H &T!

    They are such dolls! You are doing such a great job. CONGRATS!!!

  14. Lea
    May 10, 2013 1:30 pm

    Those boys are SO darn cute!!

  15. Mel
    May 12, 2013 11:36 am

    Those boys are the cutest baby boys ever. Love that they look so much alike and are so unique all at the same time.