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We’re in the double digits of months now. Our babies are ten whole months, two away from one year!! Every month they seem to progress more and more and every day something new and exciting awaits me.

Karson has really blossomed this past month, making several leaps in his developments. He’s babbling much more and making all kinds of sing songy noises alongside his sister. They both say ‘mama’ and ‘dada’ a lot but we’re not positive that they associate us with the words.

Karson is getting more and more feisty with Lucy, refusing to let her continue stealing things from him and even getting pretty good at stealing things from her now. That’s not usually something to be proud of but I’m happy to see him put up a fight. Watching them play ‘tug of war’ is quite entertaining. Sometimes it makes them mad but it also can make them giggle like they’re playing a game.

Their infectious laughs are the sweetest sounds I’ve ever heard.

Mostly, they get along great. Aside from making each other laugh, I’ve noticed them watch each other a lot more, waiting for cues on what they should do next.

Lucy is all over the place crawling and pulling herself up. Thank goodness I’m learning how to deal with this one at a time. Karson is still a ways away from crawling but he’s made huge improvements in how he hold himself up, sits and reaches for things.

They both love music. It brings a big smile to their faces. Lucy loves to clap proudly and Karson rocks his head sided to side and throws his arms around. He’s going to be my dance partner when he gets older.

They both have their two bottom teeth and their top teeth are cutting through as I type. They’re eating all kinds of solid foods. Lucy’s current favorite is watermelon. Last week it was blueberries. She’s a girl who knows what she wants and can be quite demanding. Karson will steadily eat just about whatever you throw his way. The baby puffs and baby crackers are a Godsend! They’ve allowed us some peace and quiet during a few meals and are a sure fire way to get them to calm down when all else fails.

We’re still breastfeeding. My goal was to make it to one year. Although I’m slowly seeing a decline in their nursing, I don’t think they’ll be ready to quit anytime soon. At this point it’s easier to breastfeed than any alternative.

I can’t believe how much I love them, and how much they make me smile and laugh. I miss them when they’re sleeping and I can’t imagine life without their sweet souls. The great miracle of life is the most amazing gift, when it’s received and most of all when we are able to give it.

Note: Kendra Lindell gave birth to twins, Karson and Lucy on October 5th, 2014 at Willamette Valley Medical Center Birthing Center. She writes about her experience on the WVMC Facebook page. STAY TUNED for more stories from Kendra. See WVMCWeb.com for previous posts.

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