We boot camp potty trained the twins the weekend of September 20-22, 2019. The program worked like a charm for Ewan. It took him 24 hours to figure it out. He has had very few accidents since. Eileen on the other hand… she is a little more defiant and wants to be in control. She often has accidents (even still), but she also has successes. We are taking it one day at a time 🙂
Finally!! After saying I Love You to Eileen and Ewan everyday for 924 days straight, on November 2 Eileen replied “I Love Mommy”…. I have been waiting a long time!
Sportball ended last weekend and swimming started this weekend! The twins had a blast swimming! We learned to float on our back and front, blow bubbles, kicked our legs, glide, jump into the pool and climb out. We sang songs and played with toys. Eileen was laughing and smiling as we floated by the instructor, the instructor commented on how well she was doing, I replied this is their first time ever swimming/being in a pool. The instructor was shocked, she thought Eileen had been through lessons before! Go Eileen!! Ewan was a bit unsure at first but he quickly started enjoying himself. He loved jumping and blowing bubbles. We are in lessons for the next 7 weeks, the lessons will be the same every week, the idea is to build on these core skills.
*edit- the twins went swimming once before (January 2018) at my friends pool in her apartment building.
The twins went to our Highwood Community Association Party on Saturday (which I organized with another volunteer, Michelle, in the community). Eileen and Ewan had a great time! Ewan spent an hour at the craft table and Eileen ran around and danced. On Sunday my friend Cassandra came over and helped the twins carve their first pumpkin. Eileen and Ewan scooped out the seeds and drew on the faces, Cass and I carved them out. Picture speak louder than words, so enjoy.
We didn’t go out trick or treating last night because I had a curling game. Next year!
The twins started sportball this weekend (runs for 6 sessions). It’s a Canadian wide organization. Today’s class was about basketball. Each week they focus on a different sport. Eileen is a natural athlete. She did so well, she sat and listened to the instructions, followed through, waited her turn and worked on the skills (and did well). Ewan had a good time running around and playing, but he wasn’t focused or interested in the skill development. It was very interesting to watch the twin’s completely different experiences/engagement. Both had a great time, I can’t wait for next week. I think it’s fantastic!!
We got to spend another summer vacationing on Vancouver Island with my family. Visits to the Island are necessary for my sanity. I miss living there and being with my family so much. My pieces of my soul live in the ocean and my heart on the island 💜💜
This was a special year because my cousin, Jim, wife, Liz and kids Ben and Jill were also visiting at the same time! We had all the Shivas cousin’s children together in one place!
we spent time at the beach and at the local playground. Kyle picked lots of wild blackberries, and we went to a U-Pick blueberry farm.
Fish and Bus are the words of the summer! We went to the cabin at the end of July (22-30) with Grandma and Grandpa Shivas. Eileen struggled while we were there because she was cutting molars, wasn’t sleeping and there wasn’t anywhere to run (lack of physical activity). But mostly Eileen was in pain from cutting molars. We were there for 8 days and the fishing was great. We came home with 10 salmon. Every time the boat came back to the cabin the twins would climb onto the tall chairs underneath the window and point excitedly yelling gibberish with the recognizable words Fish, Wawa (wawa is water), Boat, Mommy, and Daddy (depending on who was in the boat). The twins very quickly learned the word fish. They would point at the fish in the boat cooler, on the fish cleaning station, and then again at home when Kyle was preparing the fish for the smoker. Fish Fish Fish.
At the cabin we set prawn traps for fun (it is not prawning season in July). We were averaging about 12 prawns a trap. The first time we pulled the trap up, Eileen charged forward and tried to poke the prawn in the eyes while saying “eyes”. Ewan was a little more cautious.
At the end of August we went to Vancouver to visit family (Aunt Heather, Uncle Peter, Oma, brother Loren, sister in law Vicky and cousins Madeline and Bown). During our visit we went to the Vancouver Aquarium with Loren, Vicky, Madeline and Bowen. The twins were entranced with the Aquarium. We bought them two stuffies (sharks) from the gift shop. On the drive back to Port Coquitlam (Loren and Vicky’s house) they were moving the stuffies through the air repeating Fish Fish Wawa. It was so cute! Still at home they move the sharks through the air saying fish fish wawa.
Buses are the new favorite thing! All summer every time a bus drove by, the twins would yell BUS over and over. We did a bit of driving in Vancouver, and there are a lot of buses, so we heard the word bus continuously! We had two toy buses that were handed down from a friend. I give them to the twins mid August…. oh my goodness. They sleep with the buses (and stuffed sharks). They wake up saying ‘where bus?’ Grandpa and Grandma Shivas bought west coast T-shirts for the twins. Ewan’s t-shirt has a picture of a bus on it. He asks to wear the bus shirt every morning. When he is wearing the shirt he walks around pointing at the shirt saying ‘bus’.
We will post more details about the Vancouver Island and Vancouver trips later….hopefully.
The kids are forever changing and growing. They are so adorable.
Ewan’s cast came off on June 9. He was a very good sport throughout the whole experience. He was frustrated from time to time, but he handled it really well.
Eileen is doing funny facial expressions that are hilarious. She stretches her face and makes her eyes wide and then slowly moves her head. She also has funny walks, stomps and lunges. She is having a good time!
We just implemented 2 minute time outs for biting, hair pulling, hitting etc. They have to stay in the corner for 2 minutes and then apologize “say sorry” or hug their sibling. Yesterday Eileen was in a 2 minute time out and afterward we walked over to Ewan, I prompted Eileen to say sorry. Ewan came right over, very eager for his apology or hug. Eileen stared at the ground not saying anything. I kept repeating ‘say sorry”, Eileen continued to stare at the ground, Ewan excited with anticipation. Finally I said “Eileen give your brother a hug to say sorry”. As soon as I said hug Ewan lunged forward and hugged Eileen. He couldn’t wait any longer for his hug! It was soooooo cute.
The whole family went to Freezer Burn Music Festival the weekend of June 21-24. We had a blast! We pulled the kids around in the wagon visiting all the theme camps. The kids danced a little which was really cute.
Eileen and Ewan love watching The Wiggles show. First week of June we noticed that Eileen was imitating the dancers on screen…so cute. She can do the cold spaghetti/hot potato dance. This week Ewan started doing the dance. Double cuteness overload
On Canada day we went for a hike/walk at Lower Kananaskis Lake. The kids walked 4 KM.
Vocabulary is improving. A Speech and Language Pathologist came to the house and provide tips and tricks to jump start their language development. Eileen definitely has more words than Ewan, but Ewan’s imitation skills are really starting to develop.
Breastfeeding has come to a end. We stopped last weekend. The kids weren’t really interested anymore and I wasn’t going to force it (not at this age at least). We missed a couple of days during the last two weeks of June, and then we just stopped all together. It was a good run! Hopefully their immunity is strong!
We bought the kids a used bouncy castle! They love it! Eileen loves jumping. They love the outdoors, playing with bugs, water, climbing, exploring, pulling up plants, and running around.
The key to happy children and successful parenting is food- food they like!
Ewan broke his Tibia. He tripped down the step from the deck to the drive way. I was right beside him, it was an innocent fall, I’ve seen way worse. He cried for a long time and he wouldn’t stand up or put weight on his legs. But his legs weren’t swollen or bruised. We went for a bike ride in the chariot, I took him out to play at the park, and it was the same thing- refused to stand up or put any weight on it and he started crying again. So we went straight home and Kyle took him to the ER. The Doc said the Tibia is a commonly broken bone for toddlers. He is in a cast and it will take 2-3 weeks to heal. This type of break in an adult would take 12 weeks to heal, thank goodness kids heal quickly.
He was very brave and handled the pain like a champ!
The nurse held up all the colours to chose from for a cast and he picked pink!
The twins had a great birthday! Kyle made orange oatmeal cake, and they had soft serve Dairy Queen ice cream for the first time (first time eating ice cream). They also had fruit, tomatoes scrambled eggs, grilled cheese sandwiches, pesto pasta, and sourdough waffles. All their favourite foods, all day long.
We went for a walk around the neighbourhood and opened lots of presents! They opened presents when they woke up, after breakfast, after nap and after cake and ice cream. Presents and good food all day long- best day ever!
Grandma and Grandpa Shivas were in town for the celebration. They were very helpful all week with the twins, dinners, cleaning and house maintenance. With both sets of Grandparents visiting back to back Kyle and I were kind of lost when they left- we ordered a lot of take out that week ☹️. We are back on routine now!!