BG Area Mothers of Multiples

a small glimpse in our unique journey…our real-life journey

Mommy Milestones February 28, 2010

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The first year of our girls’ lives was filled with many memorable milestones – the first smiles, the first laughs, and the first steps.  As I reflect back on that time, I can’t help but note some additional milestones, ones that aren’t necessarily noted in the baby book, but are nonetheless huge in the mind of this mom of multiples.

Most of my “mommy milestones” revolve around juggling two babies at once, which is no easy task.  I quickly learned that “impromptu” is very relative, as even most everyday tasks require quite a deal of planning!

The first such milestone was bottle feeding the babies for the first time by myself.  After talking to a couple of other MoMs and psyching myself up for several days, I staged my girls in their Boppy® pillows and fed them each with one hand.  Burping was a bit of a challenge, as I obviously had to do that one by one, but I felt such a sense of accomplishment when I mastered this process.

Another huge milestone was taking the girls out by myself.  I opted for a visit to our local coffee shop, figuring I could come and go as I pleased; if the girls got fussy and I needed to leave quickly, I wouldn’t be waiting on anyone to bring me a check.  Again after several considerable pep talks with myself, we embarked on our journey one sunny afternoon.  I took the girls into the shop in their stroller to allow me to be as hands-free as possible.  Although it was a little challenging to maneuver around the tables, we did it!  The girls had a great time looking out the window, and I felt so proud as I enjoyed my latte.

One of the final frontiers for me was taking the girls to the pediatrician by myself.  While I have become quite adept at taking them places in their stroller, I knew our limo of a buggy would never fit through the narrow hallways of the doctor’s office.  I again planned my strategy well in advance – I carried one baby in the infant seat and “wore” the other baby in a sling.  I felt like a bit of a sideshow, but it worked!

And who says you need three arms to manage twins (although wouldn’t that be nice!)?  What are your mommy milestones?

Mandy

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Launch meeting- check! February 22, 2010

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Yesterday marked the official launch of Bowling Green Mothers of Multiples (BGMoMs).  We had 14 in attendance and it was SUCH a great turnout!  We got some great feedback and are ready to move this club forward to reach the needs of moms of multiples in this area.

What a great mix of SAHM’s and working moms.  Twin boys, twin girls, and b/g twins.  (Hello?  Any higher-order multiples out there?) Many with their multiples as their own children and many with other children as well (aka…supermoms).  Multiples were anywhere in age from 16 weeks to 14 years.

THANK YOU to all you who attended yesterday!  And those that weren’t there?  We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

2 pm

The Medical Center Auditorium

Topic: Q/A Session with Adult Twins and Families of Twins

Be sure to bring a picture of your kids to start our BGMoMs brag board!

Jenny

 

Product Review – Stacking Cups February 13, 2010

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Amid the (inevitable?) clutter of more expensive playthings, one of the girls’ favorite toys is a set of stacking cups that costs less than $5.  I’m a big fan of what I call “imagination building” toys…those that don’t “do” anything on their own, but require children to engage to create their own play patterns.  I think these cups offer endless possibilities.

The cups have many inherent learning opportunities:

  • The cups “nest” in each other, and they can be inverted to stack into a pyramid
  • They are different colors
  • They have numbers of the bottom of them, the smallest being “one” and the largest being “eight”
  • On the bottom of each cup are small cut-outs; there is one heart cut-out on the #1 cup and there are three triangle cut-outs on the #3 cup, for example

This is one of the first toys the girls “played” with.  When they were four or five months old, they loved to hold the cups and teethe on them.  The cups are easy for them to grasp, and the girls progressed to banging the cups together, to crawling – and then walking – around with them.  And when Mommy would make a pyramid out of the cups, it was a great incentive to race across the room to knock it down!  At 10 or 11 months old, the girls learned to put some of their small balls in the cups.  (That provided hours minutes of entertainment!)  Now, at 13 months old, they’re finally learning to nest the cups in each other.  I can see this toy continuing to grow with them over the next couple of years.

…and to think of all that fun for less than $5!  Oh, and the cups are dishwasher-safe, which makes Mommy even happier.

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2792512

Mandy

 

Sickly February 7, 2010

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Both of my kiddos are sick.  I feel like it’s been weeks and weeks since we’ve had 2 completely healthy babies.

First there was teeth.  And we all know that’s pretty much like being sick.  Same symptoms, same pitiful baby.

Then, a few weeks ago, my daughter woke up with gunk in both eyes.  Our pediatrician called in some eye drops, and it cleared up in a few days.  Then 4 days later, my son had the gunk.  We used the eye drops.  The prescription said “no refills,” but I think for a family with multiples, there should be an exception,.  Right?  Do you agree?  Now the gunk who left us has returned again.  I suppose I’m going to have to break down and call and beg for a refill.  The gunk isn’t awful, but just enough to warrant eye drops.  If I could just get those drops, I don’t even think we need to load everyone up and go to the office.  (Thinking about that wears me out.)

Then my son developed a cough a few days ago.  A dry, annoying cough.  A runny nose soon followed, and the stuff coming out of it had some color. (Sorry for the grossness.)  Then last night, my little lady wasn’t sleeping very well, and that is just SO unlike her.  Now she has the nasty runny nose. Except it’s about twice as worse as Little Man’s. But no cough.

My little ones don’t get sick very often, since they’ve always been at home.   But I think it’s easier to have them sick at the same time, instead of one right after the other.  I don’t know about you, but in my house, I can do everything in my power to keep them from passing along their ickies- BUT IT STILL DOESN’T WORK.  But I am just not convinced that’s even possible! They’re twins – they share EVERYTHING!

Let’s just get this over with and move on!

Jenny is a SAHM to 13 month old B/G twins.

 

A Few Must-Haves… February 5, 2010

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Since our twin girls were born a year ago, I’ve gotten numerous requests from expecting friends for my list of “must-haves”.  I guess they think I have twice the experience with having had twins…or at least that our baby gear gets double the work-out.

A mom of young twins certainly has her hands full – to the point that she sometimes must engage her feet, as well! J With this in mind, there are a few items that I would not want to have lived without…

  1. A Boppy® pillow for each baby.  In addition to its use as a nursing pillow, I used our Boppy® pillows to position our girls for bottle feedings.  Even as tiny infants, the pillows allowed me to feed them at the same time.  Until the girls became really mobile and could sit by themselves, the Boppy® pillows served as an extra set of hands.  And one additional note…. I saved the vinyl bags that the pillows came in.  We used them to carry the pillows when we travelled.
  1. Dr. Brown’s® Formula pitcher mixer.  We had to supplement with formula from the time that the girls came home from the hospital.  One of the most stressful parts of my day was trying to make sure I got all the lumps out of their milk, while trying not to introduce too much gas-causing air….UNTIL I came across the Dr. Brown’s® Formula Pitcher Mixer.  It is designed similarly to a French coffee press, and mixes the formula perfectly every time.  We had two to allow me to make enough milk for both girls for one day.
  1. Kiddopotamus® SwaddleMe blankets.  From Day 1, our girls loved being tightly swaddled.  Doing so seemed to send them right to sleep.  However, it wasn’t long before they seemed to outgrow their receiving blankets, allowing them to wiggle right out of their warm cocoons….and that would cause them to wake.  Even our most cunning Houdini-Girl couldn’t shed the Kiddopotamus® SwaddleMe blankets, though!  The girls never came un-swaddled again, and I credit this to them learning to sleep through the night.

Oh, and you can NEVER have enough bibs, burp cloths, and wash cloths!

What are your must-have items?

Mandy