What a week!! We have made it to San Diego safely. The babies were brilliant. So, so good and sweet. Our flights were delayed and we missed one plane, but we made it.

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We didn’t get out to do much their first week in America. I’ve been in class and we he been trying to get into a routine. We did get to take them to their first Target–a two-story Target. We found out we have been getting robbed by the exchange since they don’t sell NB size diapers in a box and we pay $9.45 for a 27-pack and bought a box of 88 for under $20. -_- I’m writing you a mean letter, AAFES.

Soon I will write all about their first flight back to the states which was a harrowing journey, but for now I’ll just share way too many cute photos of them.

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Last week was fun but this week was just amazing. The first really neat thing to happen was Poppy articulating emotion with her voice… When she was angry, she basically sassed us and she definitely gave Mom what for on Skype one night. Next, Poppy and CJ “discovered” each other. They spent one morning while we were all in bed just staring at each other and smiling. It’s little moments like these that make up for the restless nights and barely surviving the crying jags.

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I hope all the time that they will grow up to be best friends. Cliff and I talk a lot about doing our best to give them a way to be best friends. We notice ourselves comparing them to each other in terms of skill or development and I think that’s something that needs to stop as they enter the toddler years but definitely young childhood because that will sow seeds of discord faster than anything else. Take it from someone whose sibling is the complete and utter opposite of herself!

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I’m getting progressively more nervous about the flight back to the states. We are excited to see family but I’m not so excited about flipping their day and night. Or about taking them on a plane. We did get these wicked cute sunglasses to ease the misery, though.

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Ranae sent us some photos of Cliff when he was a baby and Poppy looks like him, too! Cliff’s stupid strong genes.

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Here is a preview of their 3-month photos!

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I can’t wait to see the rest.

This has been a really cool week. We had a nice and relaxing weekend. The babies are learning to smile and coo in response to you so it’s not just a fluke when it happens. It’s so sweet and so much fun. Cliff and I sit around cooing at the babies like idiots just to get a little reaction.

Monday was their 3-month birthday! We were supposed to get their photos made but I didn’t hear anything from their photographer until the middle of the day. She said that her little boy was ill so we had to reschedule for Saturday. We took their sticker photos though! Here is a comparison:

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They went through their 3-month growth spurt which was a joy as always. I’m hoping it will all pay off when we get back to the doctor for their next check up! I know they’re growing but I’m ready for them to at least move out of newborn clothing at this point.

This week has been all about interaction. They’re growing and changing so quickly. Poppy, who was the first to chat back, now yells back. Haha. She will sit and coo and gurgle and yell so long as you’re there and smiling at her. CJ is slowly starting to chat back. He is so preciously shy when he chats–he is an expert at making one tiny sound: “oooo.” When you try to chat with him, he clutches his hands together, stares at you with a huge smile, wrinkles his nose, juts his chin out just a bit, and ever so quietly says “oooo.” It’s almost inaudible if you aren’t very close to him. Makes my heart burst every time.

This upcoming week we are going to try and modify the babies’ schedules just a little bit to help them with the time change in San Diego. Either that or we will wing it on the plane. Neither method is going to be fun. At all. Pray for us, haha. I see a repeat of their newborn days…and once we get them acclimated, it will be time to head back to Japan. Another fun adventure!

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