I can hardly believe it’s been a year already. On November 26, 2018, we welcomed our second set of twins, into our family, and the world. Bronx and Blaze Foster! Blaze made his entrance at 7:51 a.m. weighing 4 lbs 1 oz, and Bronx at 7:52 a.m. weighing 4lbs 5oz.
We were all celebrating Thanksgiving the day before in expectant anticipation of their arrival. We just didn’t know that just a few hours later, they would be here.
They have been such a gift to us. They have brought so much joy and laughter to our family.
Even though they are twins, they have their own very distinct personalities, and that’s been obvious from day one.
Blaze is the oldest and he came home first. Bronx had to stay in the hospital for 2 extra days, because he hadn’t mastered swallowing, during his feedings. I brought Blaze home with me. (it was difficult for his mom to let him go-but she knew if she could trust anyone with him-she could trust me) He was so tiny. His first bath at home was in a cake bowl, and it seemed as if it would swallow him up.
I couldn’t take my eyes off him. He was so amazing to me. A couple of days later Bronx was released from the hospital and they were reunited. It was evident when we laid them beside each other, that they had missed each other. Bronx could not stop touching Blaze. He even tried to hold his pacifier in for him. Whenever he realized there was space between them, he would inch his way closer, until their bodies were touching. Blaze would then try to inch away again. It really was a sight to witness. At a year old now, this has become their norm. Bronx always wants to be by his big brother and Blaze is always annoyed by it.
Blaze’s personality is one of seriousness and focus. He wants what he wants-when he wants it. He has learned his mom’s real name, from hearing us say it, of course, along with the monikers of mom and momma, and he wears it out! In true Stewie from Family Guy fashion, when he wants something right away, he goes into the Stewie chant, “mom, mom, mom, mama, mom, China, Chin-a, Chin-a, mom, mama!” Ermaagawwddd! And when she finally answers, he laughs! It usually takes lot to make him laugh, but this does the trick every time. He amuses HIMSELF. His favorite place to be is anywhere his auntie Rayven is. They are bosom buddies. He wants to do and imitate everything she does. She is actually the one who taught him how to say and call his mom, the way he does. She taught him how to blow spit bubbles and growl…yes, friend, growl. We don’t know why, and we hate it! Because when things don’t go his way, you can expect some growling. Smh. Rayven has got to do better.
Bronx’s personality is the total opposite. He smiles and laughs all the time. So much so his Pawpaw calls him Smiley. It takes no effort at all to get him to laugh, a simple glance in his direction is all it takes. Literally. If you just look at him, he somehow finds humor in it. He is so loving and patient. He loves to be snuggled and exchange hugs and kisses. He rarely cries. And because of that, we realized that we were putting him last, in many areas. For example, when China would make their bottles, Blaze would be throwing a fit, because he wanted it immediately and Bronx would be hungry as well, but he would be patiently and quietly waiting. So China, would give Blaze his bottle first or feed him first. We realized that we were doing it and knew that it wasn’t quite fair to Bronx, so we switched it up. Blaze doesn’t like it, but he doesn’t do it, as much, anymore, either. Bronx also loves to dance. He will dance to anything, any beat, any song, and every commercial. And of course, like just about every other baby in the world, they both love Baby Shark. On difficult days, it plays on repeat in our house.
They have both mastered crawling, of course, at break-neck speeds. They are both standing up on their own and will be walking any day now. They both sleep through the night on most nights. They have graduated from formula and baby food, to whole milk and whole foods. We are also testing out almond milk with them-because China really doesn’t like giving them whole milk. They both love Paw Patrol and really any TV program they can watch with me, snuggled in my bed. I love that so much. Its kinda always been a thing in our house, with all of my kids and grandkids. My bed and room is always a “happy place,” to talk, laugh, and just be together. They have graduated from their infant car seats to toddler ones, because they both learned over the past couple of months how to get out of the straps and stand up in them. Blaze actually broke his stap, with sheer strength. Don’t ask me how-because we were all bewildered by it. He is so strong, now, weighing 26 lbs and Bronx weighing 24. Blaze looks smaller than his brother, but he is solid. Carrying him up the stairs is a job, for me. However, we won’t complain, because, we are so blessed that they are healthy and strong, and have no medical issues-as some preemies do. They are right where they should be on the growth and milestones chart.
Their/our biggest struggle with them, right now is, a pacifier. Neither of them like pacifiers with small nipples. They hate them. They both had one they liked, with a long nipple, but one of them got lost. We have searched every store and on-line retailer that sells baby items, and have not been able to find another one to purchase. So, they fight over the lone remaining one. They have about 10 other ones, that they throw and spit out when you give it to them. They both have a hard time falling asleep without a paci. So every night, they fight for that one. If Bronx has it-Blaze will snatch it. If Blaze has it-same thing. They chase each other around trying to grab it. Usually what ends up happening is, one of them will fall asleep with it, and the other will then secure it, until he can fall asleep with it also. We know that the practice of sharing a pacifier is not ideal (for those who may be judging) but they’re twins. They are always together and when one them gets sick, the other one does as well, even before this few weeks of paci-sharing. So this is just one phase for them, that hopefully, will be over sooner, than later.
We look forward to sharing more of the Foster Twins and their milestones with you. Let me know in the comments section, some of your experiences and joys with your little ones.