In the past year, we've had eye doctor, dentist, and ENT appointments, but nothing super out of the ordinary. They did fail a hearing test early this year, which they have always passed in the past - Aaron had fluid in his ears, and William's ear drums were retracted, so the doctor suggested that another set of tubes would fix the issue for both of them, and we agreed to the surgery. They also had their adenoids removed. I had put off another set of tubes last year because I just didn't see a need for them at the time, but the failed hearing tests changed that mindset. The surgery and recovery were successful (but man did William wake up from the anesthesia fighting! He reminded me of his big sister after her first set of tubes...not fun!) They'll get another hearing test later this year, but we don't notice any issues with their hearing.
William is still ever so slightly bigger than Aaron - he's about 41 inches and Aaron is maybe 1/4 inch shorter. William is also a few pounds heavier at around 38lbs vs 35, but Aaron usually eats more :) They are both potty trained as of last fall. It was definitely a different experience than with Anna, lots of accidents for them, but eventually it did happen :) William still wears a pull-up at night because he sleeps so soundly, but I don't think that will last forever either.
The boys are both hams. They both loves cars and trucks and being outside. Aaron is generally happy-go-lucky and really Mr. Personality when you get him talking - he's super animated and with his facial expressions sometimes it's like he's really smug (in a cute funny way, not annoying, haha) about what he's saying. He has the longer attention span and will sit down to try to work a puzzle, and I can see him being more interested in the way things work. He enjoys the roller coaster type rides at amusement parks, but won't do the one that is darker a littler scarier. William is the opposite - he likes the scarier ride because it's smooth, but isn't a huge fan of the bumpier/slightly more thrilling rides. Aaron also has the hotter temper of the two, and is a little more assertive and physical - I also see a future in wrestling! Oh, and he can ride a bike with training wheels! We wanted to get both of the boys bikes for their birthday, and took them to the store to pick them out. Aaron was really excited and hopped right on one and took off down the aisles in the store. He didn't want to get off of it, we had to pull him off crying in order to get it to the parking lot :) William, on the other hand, ended up with a scooter- he couldn't quite get the turning of the pedals, and wanted nothing to do with it. He'll let us know when he's ready.
William has a great imagination and makes up stories and songs. He is very eager to please and is the more sensitive of the two - he has two baby dolls that are his grandsons and he takes care of them, which is cute. Speaking of his grandsons - William has an imaginary grandson. Not an imaginary "friend" but specifically his grandson, and his name is Mike, and he lives down the road from my parents. Mike is generally around somewhere. William is generally the more daring/impulsive of the two (he's the one I see climbing up the fireplace and trying to fly off one day), and also can be the grumpier one :) The boys really are best buddies. They look for each other at home, they play with each other, they are constant sources of entertainment to us and each other. They're not perfect and they fight sometimes, but generally speaking it's a really great relationship that I hope continues between them for ...eternity.
They are doing soccer in the fall. We signed them up last fall, and Aaron showed a lot of interest. William was more interested in sitting on the sideline and eating snacks, haha. We'll try again this year and see how they like it. William has expressed an interest in taking dance like big sis, but I don't think he would actually stay in the room the whole time for the lesson. If he's still interested next year, I'll sign him up if there's a class he can take at the same time as one of Anna's classes...managing activities for 3 kids and jobs for 2 adults is quite the juggling act.
Our goal for this year is to get them ready for Kindergarten in 2016. They will be on the young side for their grade, with their birthday in June (and due date in October, which would have been past the cut-off date for next year), but we do think they will be ready to start. Socially, they're ready. We talk about school, they're ready to ride the bus, they are VERY social, communicate well, etc. I do have some concerns about attention span and sitting still, but we'll see how this year of preschool goes. They know all of their shapes and colors, can count, can spell their names, recognize most letters (for me, anyway...apparently they don't always want to cooperate with their teacher, but we are hoping that more days of preschool for the upcoming year will help with this). My friend's son who attends preschool with them can spell all of the days of the week (pretty awesome for a young 4 year-old)...I asked my boys if they can do that too, as they had never mentioned this at home, and William can in fact spell "Wednesday" (of all of the days of the week, that's the one he can spell!). So, they're learning! We read together every night, and they love books.
We are going to Orlando for vacation in a few weeks, and will take the boys to Disney to see Mickey (they are really excited) and Anna to Universal to see Harry Potter and Hogwarts and Diagon Alley (she has started the 3rd book and is very into Harry right now...I'll be honest, I'm excited about that part too, haha). I need to put the boys in shoes with good thick soles and fluff their hair so they can meet the 42 inch minimum for a bunch of the rides ;)
I think that's all to catch up on for the past year :) Really, the boys are doing great. Generally, we're not very public with personal info on social media, except sharing pictures, so my goal with keeping this blog updated is to provide inspiration for other families facing some of the same things we did in the NICU. There is a light and a world at the end of the tunnel :)
Disclaimer: Ignore any messy rooms, unfolded laundry, etc...life is always in progress!
Hopefully these links work!
Here's their performance from last night, it's goofy, their new song is "I love my meatballs". I'd shorten the video if I had time, as probably the first minute is sufficient...William does mention his grandson: https://goo.gl/photos/N2wcUuLwgHAvnnEM8
This one is from earlier in July, when Aaron caught his first fish and I was trying to get him on camera saying how big it was (true fisherman! I asked him and his immediate response was "This big" as he spread his arms out all the way): https://goo.gl/photos/QLUKK8npkWxXX7Rh8
Here's Aaron riding the bike for the first time (and William not that excited, haha): https://goo.gl/photos/Pq9AhnhNFNSA76TH8
I posted this one on Facebook back in March of the boys being hams, but it's cute: https://goo.gl/photos/9eaWZCw9MShtpUEaA
This one is also several months old from March, but it's a (long) 8 minute video of Aaron "reading" one of his books at bedtime, and William mostly patiently waiting for his turn. It's not super "cute" or funny but does show how well they're doing!: https://goo.gl/photos/wtC8k38f7u6b5CQK6
|William, movie star|
|Aaron & William|
|Aaron & William, playing together before bed|
|Aaron excited about his cupcake|