Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Getting to Know You



D3 and D4 in typical poses.

It has been four weeks, which is long enough for the babies to start feeling like part of the family instead of unusually uncommunicative visitors. The umbilical cords are gone, the first layer of flaky skin has peeled off, they are taking real baths (not very often) and are starting to feel like they fit in their names.

Having two babies at once gives one an unreasonable opportunity to engage in those obnoxious parental practices of comparing, categorizing, and over-generalizing, even at this early age. D3 gets dubbed the princess, and it's not just a gender stereotype. (D1, despite her best efforts at dress-up, doesn't really resemble a princess, except maybe Elizabeth Tudor.) She admires the world placidly when all is going well, waves with proper beauty-queen style, and expresses her opinion loudly when she is not pleased.

D4 is the perpetual motion machine. If he's awake, he's flailing. He's already rolled himself front-to-back numerous times. He's still noticeably skinnier than D3, no doubt because all his calories go straight into movement. When we swaddle him awake, he settles down and stares around him with big eyes, astonished and apparently grateful to be able to notice that there's something out there besides his own arms and legs. I think we'll be babyproofing early for this one.

6 comments:

the Joneses said...

The picture of D4 is hilarious. I don't know if I've seen a little one move like that. I'd like to kiss D3's little head, but I'm not sure she'd appreciate it if I took the liberty.

-- SJ

songbirdy said...

I agree, I had to look twice and still wondered if D4 wasn't falling from somewhere or something! D3 does look very regal :)

Which would imply that your youngest two are likely most like my two... promises for lively, interesting and full days!

CappuccinoLife said...

Adorable.
D4 reminds me of my first son. Same scrawny flailing limbs and tensed muscles. That particular son has literally worn away the grass in my back yard from running around and around in a circle. So you are wise to do the baby proofing early. :P

Steve said...

An energetic boy and a regal girl - naah, no links to genetics at all. Couldn't be.

Steve said...

Tag! Quirk meme.

http://awedmanor.wordpress.com/2008/08/12/quirks/

Kevin & Amy said...

This post gave me a chucke. It's fun to see personalities emerging at such a young age. Looks like you're all doing well ...