Last week, we met up with a few other mothers of twins (and one mother of triplets!) at Parlee Farms. We have been a few times before but always in the Fall. It was fun to check it out in the summer when things were much less hectic and less crowded. There may not have been any hay bales to jump on, but there were all kinds of animals to look at, and strawberry donuts, too!
Mairead was beside herself with happiness. Look! It's a hen!!! Look! Goats!!! She just loves animals and was in her glory as they came right up and ate out of her hands. The boys really loved it, too. I was glad to see that Jack got over some of his hesitation and let the goats eat from his hand. The feed is dispensed through a little 'vending machine' that requires quarters, so all three kids learned the value of a quarter that day. They just kept yelling, "Daddy! More quarters, please!"
Mairead's speech has been great, too. In fact, this morning she had her first summer session of speech, and her teacher happens to be the same speech teacher she had from September to February this year. Miss Melissa hadn't seen Mairead in a while so I was so thrilled today when I picked up Mairead and Miss Melissa said, "Wow, what a difference!" It was great to know that Mairead was able to show her teacher so many of her new skills! We are definitely seeing some regression over the summer in terms of some stimming and hand flapping, but we sort of expected that with the sudden elimination of routine. The boys are suffering from routine withdrawl, too, since there is no playgroup in the summer, no Wednesday morning trip to Target, and no ride to Mairead's school every day. We are definitely keeping the kids busy, but there has been a period of adjustment since school ended.
Mairead's pretend play skills have been amazing, lately. She is always handing me imaginary animals to pet. Ben gets upset, though. When Mairead says, "Look, it's a baby turtle!", Ben says, "I want baby turtle, too!" I guess he wonders why he never gets to have any of these animals she is talking about. She has been playing with dolls a lote more lately, too, which is so fun to watch. For a while, she was