Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Jumping - the Latest Craze

Above: Maddy contemplates a leap, and does. Milo cheers her on. September 2010.

Obviously M&M are our first kids, so I have no way of knowing whether the jumping thing is a phase or something peculiar to our toddlers. I'm guessing it's pretty common among all children in the ballpark of two. Either way, it's pretty amazing how fixated they are with jumping off and over things. And they're not too bad at it either. Maddy in particular is pretty bold. Though Milo will do everything she does, once he's seen her do it first.

Displaying good form and solid landings. The judges scored this round an impressive 9.5.

Since it's finally warmed up here in the Bay Area in the last few weeks, we were able to get the kids out to the pool. Maddy was pretty reluctant. On the first visit, she wouldn't go in at all; on the second she sat on the side and kicked her feet in the water; the third trip was pretty much the same as the first. Baby steps, I guess... Milo is just the opposite. He seems to think he knows how to swim. He doesn't, but that doesn't stop him at all from wanting to try on his own. He also loves jumping into the pool in keeping with the whole jumping theme.

I managed to find the kids a play structure for the backyard off Craigslist. This one is pretty nice and the kids seem to like it a lot. We'll finally be retiring the little slide for good.

With toddlerhood comes the inevitable tantrums, and with tantrums come time-outs. So far the time-outs seem to work pretty well and the kids are slowly getting the message. One setback, our attention-starved cat really likes Milo and whenever he's in time-out, she jumps in with him -- which of course, he loves thereby defeating much of the purpose.

Above: Maddy discovers the wonderful world of stickers.

It's nice to finally be able to let the kids walk around on their own. They are getting pretty heavy, and they both dislike the stroller. Hard to believe how far they've come.

Milo likes oranges -- a lot! And not just oranges, I stood by stunned watching him eat a half of a cantaloupe on his own.

Milo sits on the ottoman and watches his new favorite show, Mr. Rogers. I would have never guessed that Mr. Rogers would quickly replace the Wiggles, but old school wins out! Kind of nice that they are so into a show that's so much lower key than the Wiggles and Elmo.

More jumping...

Even yet still more jumping...


Sarah V said...

Fabulous update! I love M&M's adventurous spirits and unique personalities that totally stand out in your posts. Re: the whole time out thing... I have heard/read that the primary purpose of time out is to stop the negative behavior, so I imagine having a little companionship from the cat isn't really detrimental to that. I'm impressed you can get the kids to stay in the pack-n-play. Auden climbed out of hers the week she turned 2, and we haven't been able to contain her since!


Donna said...

I suddenly feel incredibly old looking at the photos of two toddlers that use to be the little babies I cared for. I hope to see all of you at the reunion next week and I hope you know how much the four of you are greatly missed by myself and the rest of Milo and Maddie's "peeps"!

Janet said...

Just checking in on my favorite twins/parents....Love all the pics and videos! And the jumping is great. Can't believe how far the littlest folks have come in two years. Hope you are enjoying your new home.
Xs and Os to M&M.
Auntie J

anthea said...

oh, aren't they simply grand! love the jumping, and yes, it's a phase but a super-fun one! may they always jump and enjoy life!

you guys are the best and we are all so lucky to have the stiles quartet in our lives.

must see you all soon!!

tata anthea

rstiles said...

Thanks all! @ Sarah - not sure how much longer we'll be able to keep them in the pack-n-play... Maddy has already climbed out of her crib once about 3 weeks, but she hasn't tried since. Milo clearly can climb out of his crib, but for some reason he just doesn't do it. I'm that will all change.

Donna - great seeing you today at the reunion. Also great to see Blanca, Peggy, Misty, Aniko and a couple of our old docs too! Wish could have seen everyone! We'll try and scoot by AB sometime for another visit.

Anthea, we'll have to have you and the fam over sometime soon.