Ok so this is the belated birthday entry for the ladies…

I can’t believe the first year is over. I think this has been and may always be the hardest time in my life. I’m on the other side now and I see the light in the not so far distance. Life is in no way easy…but it’s getting easier. It’s more fun now. I can breathe and play again. Everyone’s basic needs no longer take all of me. We have a routine now and the girls sleep through the night in their own beds…oh how far we’ve come. We only nurse before bed now, the three of us crammed in our special chair. That time is quickly coming to an end. The last few days I’ve sat in the dark running my hands over the not so little-any-more heads, feeling sad. When you take out the multiple feedings, the never being able to be more then 4 hours away, nursing became not something they needed to grow and survive but a special time between us. No matter what I replace it with it won’t be the same, so I’m lingering just a bit.

The girls are amazing, two completely different people. They make each other laugh, and chat in the cribs while handing toys back and forth. There is no question they’re sisters. There’s fighting, giggling; so much love. They are both working hard to walk.
Cuba is really working at, it’s almost like she is purposefully practicing. She walks 4 or 5 steps before losing her balance or being taken down by a random toy or brother. She always looks around to find me or Ev watching, so pleased with her self. She’s so smart; you can see the wheels turning. Cuba is a chatty girl, so many important things to share. She points and waves and will yell to get your attention. She copies the dog’s bark…and only does it while the dog is barking. Cuba has Ev’s tongue…the kind you can touch your nose with. And she’s just figured that out. She has her own brand of humor and gets slap happy several times a day, breaking into uncontrolled laughter if you even look at her. It’s so incredibly cute! She loves cheese and bagels; but isn’t a real adventurous eater. If I can get her to taste it, she’ll usually eat it-but tasting is tough. She has changed so much just in the last 3 months. It’s like some one hit fast forward. We went from baby to toddler over night. She’s even figured out how to climb on to one of living room chairs… the sofa is coming soon I’m sure. One of things I find amazing about her, is how she sits and plays for long periods of time a lone. Surrounding her self with hand picked toys; she plays happily, usually until someone tries to steal one of her treasures. She is an amazing little person with her open mouth kisses and big round eyes. She’s a wild hair pixie, bright little star, and I love her more then time will let me show, I couldn’t be prouder to be her mama!
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cuba
cuba
cuba
Cora is an angel, blue eyes and blond hair. Her skin is fair and when she smiles it spreads over her entire face. She has a great big light heart that she wears on her sleeve. She is a beauty. Cora is flirting with walking. No real steps alone yet, but she’ll hold your hand and walk and cruise easily from thing to thing. She makes the most amazing sounds; I think we may have a singer on our hands. She sings her own little songs that sometimes sound like coyotes howling at the moon-or gizmo from The Gremlins. She sings when she’s happy, while she plays, and sometimes when she’s upset while she cries. She has Ev’s mouth, pouty lips. She pushes them out so they ended up touching the bottom of her nose (a face Ev often makes). She does when she’s loving on something, which she does often. Cora is a snuggler, and a wrestler. She throws her self right in with boys while they roll around. She tackles, tickles, and lovingly head butts you. She loves water, sand, and really just being out doors. We went to the beach a few weeks ago (the girls first visit) and boy did she love it. It was hard to keep her out of water. We’d play for a bit; then walk back up to the blanket. I’d set her down and off she’d go, crawling back down to the water’s edge. When she’s in the bath she bends down and sticks her face in the water over and over. It makes her laugh and laugh. She is a joy, a true sweetheart. I love her to the ends of the earth and back, am so happy to be her mama!
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cora