And so it begins…

We’re finally reaching the stage I’ve been looking forward to since I found out I was expecting twins – they are starting to interact and amuse each other. They’ve been aware of each other for quite a while now and will try to eat the other baby’s hands, but they didn’t seem to be getting much from each other. But then last weekend they were lying next to one another in the cot in fits of chuckles. They’ve started making each other laugh and it makes me smile from ear to ear. Miss E was rubbing Mr A’s head, and apparently it was the funniest thing either of them had ever experienced. Young Daddy managed to catch a bit of it on camera…

Both babies are also now pretty confident at sitting up unsupported (we still have a few topples but they’re getting steadier every day). I sit them on the mat facing each other, with a bowl filled with toys between them and they work their way through the bowl, pulling out the toys they want to play with and then casting them aside (my role is to continually re-fill the bowl with toys). But a problem I wasn’t expecting yet has already started to arise. They want the toy the other baby has. Miss E, whose grasping skills are a bit more advanced than Mr A’s, has a habit of grabbing a toy from Mr A’s hands, though he isn’t always the innocent party by any means. He tried to tug a toy from her, and because she wouldn’t let go (stubborn see, like me) she toppled over instead.
I haven’t quite worked out yet how to react to and manage this situation. They’re obviously too young to understand sharing, so I guess I’ll just leave them to work it out in their own time. I don’t want to hear myself saying, ‘no’, repeatedly already. I could give them separate bowls with their own set of toys, but I think it’s better for them to learn to play together. It makes me incredibly happy and proud to see them enjoying each other’s company.

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