I really can't believe that Sean and Aaron have been with us for six months now. I look at my little guys and still am in disbelief that they have blossomed from the tiny, sick little babies they were when they entered this world, into these completely normal (just a bit small) babies. They are still a bit behind developmentally which is completely normal since they were preemies, but they are doing wonderful and should be caught up by the time they are 18-24 months old. At this time last year I had just spent what was supposed to be my vacation in the Outer Banks Hospital and was beginning to get an inkling of what was in store for me with morning sickness. I was convinced at that point last year that one or both of these babies wasn't going to make it. They did make it. They are healthy. And they are amazing.
Aaron is such an easy baby. He cracks me up with his expressions and melts my heart with his angelic face. His red hair gets him all kinds of attention. Since he is still so small for his age (still wearing 0-3 month clothing), it just seems crazy that he can do all the things that he can do. He loves to "stand" and can do so on his own with just a little support for balance. While he stands, he looks around with such confidence on his face, as if telling the world, "Look at me! Look what I can do!" He is generally a quiet guy. He doesn't do much babbling, but prefers to spend his time observing and listening. But he can be quite the complainer. (No idea where he gets that from...) Once he is not satisfied with the situation, he makes all these noises that sound more like they should be coming from a kitten than a child. He has overcome the feeding issues that he had early on. He is a big fan of the jumperoo that we borrowed recently from a friend. Although he needs a big step under so his feet touch, he can already get that thing bouncing with his little legs! Aaron loves music and smiles so big when I sing to him and do finger games with him. He is a great sleeper and sleeps more than his twin brother. Getting him to sleep is a cinch as well. He has been rolling over from belly to back for quite some time, which is good for him since he hates tummy time and can roll himself out of it to avoid participating. With all the wonderful attributes to his personality, his one downfall is his temper. (No idea where he gets that from either...) When that kid gets made, man can he scream! He goes from zero to crazy in no time and you better attend to his demands or else!
Sean is a bit more of a high maintenance baby. He likes to be held most of the time. He is also quite the talker. He babbles on nonstop and has perfected words like "igloo" and "egg noodle". He probably thinks his name is "egg noodle" at this point because we say it to him so much in hopes he will repeat us. He loves to be sitting and is working hard and gaining the strength and control to hold himself in that position. He is so close to rolling over but isn't quite there yet. He enjoys being on his tummy during a lot of his playtime. Sean doesn't do too hot in the sleep department. He fights sleeping every bit of the way and insists on licking the shoulder of whoever is holding him in order to fall asleep. Once he is asleep, getting him to stay that way can sometimes be a challenge. But even with just a small nap, he becomes quite the happy baby. He laughs out loud and has been known to get a bad case of the giggles, which just might be the cutest thing in the whole world. Whether it is because he is 8 minutes older or just because he is bigger, Sean does seem a little more mature than Aaron does. Sean is reaching for me when he wants to be held and starting to put his arms up as I go to pick him up. He also holds on when I am holding him and give me hugs. Overall, Sean is a happy, giggly, loveable, hug-able little man.