It’s week two of Project 52 with The Bloom Forum and our theme this week is Newness.
When the boys were babies and meeting all of their developmental milestones, I used to get so worried when one was behind the other. Whether it was sitting up, crawling, walking or talking, one always seemed to be ahead of the other. A friend of mine who also has twins told me, “just wait until they start school and one can multiply and the other can’t.” It was nice to have that insight from another mom of twins. Since the boys are the only children we have, I didn’t have the experience of having two children at different developmental ages to draw from. Instead, I was a first time mom times two.
Now that they are getting older and they look nothing alike, it’s getting easier to see them simply as individuals instead of twins. I often joke that they are simply brothers with the same birthday because they could not be any more different. The latest surge in development from one comes in the form of handwriting. I’ve tried really hard not to push things on the boys, and until recently neither showed any interest in writing anything at all. I believe for the most part that kids will learn something when they are ready. For example, when they were two, they both knew the entire alphabet in sign language before they knew their colors. I think developmentally their brains can grow only so much at a time and in these early years it’s best to let them do things in their own time.
For one of the boys, this interest in handwriting and writing words and numbers seems to have literally sprung up over night. I love watching him focus on this new skill. He’s so focused and intent on getting things right. I asked him tonight what it was he liked about being able to write. His answer was that he wanted to be able to write letters to people. Such a sweet answer.
It’s so hard for me to believe that in a few short months the boys will be starting kindergarten. These first years have absolutely flown by. While I have my moments where I miss my tiny little babies, I truly am enjoying this age. They are full of questions and ideas and astounding knowledge.
I really love this particular shot because of the reflection. It makes me wonder what will be starting back at that little face in another five years.