My goodness haven’t you grown!
Wow! We’re half way through our half term break and that seems like an excellent point to give you a Twin update especially as they are now 3 and 1/4!
They both surprised me as to how easily they settled into preschool, Alice has had a few tearful mornings on seeing me leave her there but on the whole they are really enjoying themselves. Also to her credit some of those times she has later proven to be under the weather or has run to get her favourite car only to be pipped at the post and this upsets her greatly.
It’s really amazing how this past 6 weeks have put a magnifying glass over the girls and I am now seeing them more as individuals each with their own make up, likes and dislikes. It is becoming more and more evident that Bessie is a confident, happy and independent little girl whereas Alice is quieter, more introverse and more easily upset.
They have both had runny noses and chesty coughs since we started at preschool, I have got ill once from them and dad narrowly missed it but had a few days when he felt tired and his glands were swollen. I have a feeling the runny noses and coughs are here to stay until the warmer weather returns.
I had my first chat with their key workers (teachers to you and me!) both girls have passed all of the initial observations ie. can count to 10, recognise various shapes, know the difference between small and big and so on and both girls are completing a ‘My Unique Story’ which will be a collection of observations, drawings, paintings, photos and tasks set throughout the year to take home and keep at the end of the year. This ‘book’ comes home on occasions and parents are asked to write their own bits in it and share it with the family too.
The first chats mentioned that Bessie is fine, knows her stuff, settles in easily and can work without her sister as long as she knows where she is. Alice on a slower scale has settled in and made friends but must always know where her sister is at any given time. They are in different work groups (also in preparation for next year when they’ll most likely be split up into different classes) Alice sometimes won’t respond to her name and the teacher didn’t think she was deaf more intensely engrossed but we’re all to keep an eye on her, it’s something both me and dad have picked up on too. Alice also on being asked a question about herself will talk of her sister rather than herself which goes to show just how important Bessie is to her. She passed all of her initial observation tests but if we ask her directly to count she won’t, she’ll change the subject and if pushed will start to cry.
I have a date to go and visit the infant school at the top of the road on 10th November. I’m looking forward to it. It’s really strange to think in a year’s time they’ll start school, it’s also a guilty pleasure to think of what I can do with all that time!
The girls have made a few friends at school, Hannah is the one who really stands out as the three of them are as thick as thieves, both of my girls have declared Hannah as their ‘best friend’ – you see Peppa Pig has a best friend so it was one of the first things they set out to do at school! Abigail is another huge hit, she has a twin brother too which makes at least three sets of twins in next year’s reception class that I know of already! That’ll make life interesting for their new teachers :)
They have spoken of Amethyst and Serenity too and I’m sure by the time Christmas is here we’ll have a clearer idea of who
everyone is. Talking of Christmas we’ve had our dates for nativity plays, Christmas parties and end of term through. Dad was lucky enough to get a day off for the nativity after three attempts. His work are so awkward when it comes to giving holidays. I can’t book up our Butlins breaks as his manager has declared no holiday to be sanctioned till February next year! We’re only asking for Fridays and Mondays to tag on to weekends but even that is a resounding NO. I can’t tell you how angry that makes me. Grrrr
We are so over nappies now and doing very well in the loo department, when they’re at preschool they insist on doing everything themselves but this week they’ve had me running back and forth to the loo helping them up, down and it’s really exhausting. Why will the other twin always wait until her sister has completely finished and I’m sitting down again or gone back to the activity I had left before deciding she needs a wee/pooh too? If only they could go together it would be an enormous time saver for me.
After school clubs? None yet. There is a gymnastic class on Mondays at 12.45 that I may look into and a ballet class also on Mondays at 4pm (one or the other) I’ve not really pushed with other activities yet as I have noticed how exhausted they are when they come home from preschool however, this week I wish there were a few things going on to knacker them out a bit!
Food wise I have noticed they are becoming more fussy, they’ve learnt the word ‘Yucky’ I don’t know where – I imagine school and they still refuse to eat eggs. I’m going to start having scrambled eggs for breakfast and see if that raises any interest.
So there you have an update, I imagine the next one will be around Christmas time with, fingers crossed, photos of their nativity play or Christmas sing song whatever they prepare for us. The photos I have displayed today are ones I found on my phone in a forgotten file, it just shows how much they have grown and give me the opportunity to link up with Karin from Cafe Bebe as a Flashback Friday on how far they’ve come. I have also documented the works of ‘art’ they bring home on a more or less daily basis on Posterous as it will be a nice place to keep a memory for them as I cannot guarantee they will all survive over the years – I already have a folder full!