BG Area Mothers of Multiples

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

Bye Bye, Binky! July 24, 2010

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So…I finally bit the bullet.

We are saying “bye bye” to the baby girl’s pacifier.

I’m only 6 months behind schedule.

When we decided to let her have one, we said, we are taking it away at her first birthday, no exceptions.  Well then, that came, and no one was ready for it.  Then it was, okay, by 15 months it will be gone.  Then we had some traveling and disruptions so we put it off.  Then it was a transition to one nap, and I didn’t want to do too many things at once.  Then it was vacation.  Then it was a weekend at the grandparents. Then it was my birthday.  (Okay, when I type that it sounds silly.  But who wants to hear crying and have short naps on their birthday?!)

Okay, no more excuses.  I finally decided to suck it up and do it.  Our plan was to use CIO (cry it out).  She only gets the pacifier in bed anyway, and I thought, 3-5 days of crying before sleep, I can handle it.  Well, it’s been a long time since we’ve had to CIO for anything, and I’m a wimp!

Day 1 was not good.  She played in her bed for 30 minutes, then finally fell asleep.  Only to wake up at 45 minutes (who out there is familiar with the sleep transitions at 45 minutes?! yikes!) screaming her tiny little golden-haired head off.  I let her cry until she’d been in bed 2 hours, checking on her every 15 minutes.  She was VERRRRY unhappy, to say the least.  Because I’m a wimp, I decided maybe I was the meanest mom on earth and followed an option a friend gave me.  She had read that sometimes parents could wean from the pacifier first from naptime, then bedtime.  That sounded like a friendlier option to me!  So bedtime came, and she got the pacifier.

Day 2.  Naptime came, and for the first time ever, when I told her it was time to go to bed, she started crying and ran out of the room.  I’ve traumatized the child for sure.  So I told her she wasn’t getting the pacifier because it was nap, and she watched me put it in the drawer.  She cried for 17 minutes, and then slept for 2 hours.  Definitely moving in the right direction!

Day 3. Cried at nap, but didn’t run out of the room.  Fussed on and off for 10 minutes, then was asleep.  Has been asleep, as I type this, for 1 hour and 45 minutes.

People – I think we’re moving in the right direction.  Once she’s not crying before nap anymore, then we’ll attack bedtime!

P.S. My son never took a pacifier, so he already knows how to self-soothe!  When he was like 3-5 months old, I wish he would.  But now I’m so thankful we don’t have to break that habit for him!

What habits have you had to “wean” your children from that’s been tough? Pacifiers? Bottles? Swaddles?  What strategies do you use?

Jenny

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Twin Trials in Photography and Kentucky Down Under Review July 16, 2010

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Following our May meeting on travel tips and things to do within a day’s drive of Bowling Green, my hubby and I decided to take our girls on their first real “field trip” to Kentucky Down Under.
It was an easy 30-minute drive north, and although pushing our double stroller up a couple of the hills in the park gave us quite a work-out, it was a wonderful afternoon. At 18 months old, the girls are really taken with any and all animals. They loved seeing all the birds on display. They also enjoyed watching the sheep grazing in the fields, and they got up close and personal with the cow who stars in the milking exhibit.
We decided not to brave the cave tour, thinking the girls might be a little young. We chose instead to end our visit with what I think is the crown jewel of the park, the Outback Walkabout. As part of this tour, you have the opportunity to pet an emu and two different types of kangaroos.
I held Baby A, my husband held Baby B, and we approached the animals one at a time. Our girls were a little shy about actually touching the animals, but they were so very excited to be so close to such exquisite creatures. The looks of amazement on their faces were truly priceless.
And then it hit me…as Hubby and I each had our hands full with a baby, there was no one to take a picture of our sweet little angels and their first big zoo experience. Instead, I have a picture of a random child petting one of the kangaroos. The only pictures we have of our girls they are strapped in their stroller.
Yep, chalk this up to another twin trial. Where are the paparazzi when you need them???
 

Your Best Friend in the Kitchen: The Freezer July 14, 2010

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Okay, this isn’t really about multiples persay, but it does have to do with saving money, which we all like to do!

Since leaving my job last fall and taking our family to a single income, I have had no choice but educate myself on how to cut spending.  We weren’t frivolous spenders anyway (paying for childcare for two infants didn’t leave a lot of extra money, even on two incomes) so it came to be the only major place we could cut back was in our food budget.

I have never been one to cut coupons, and don’t really have any desire to.  I find myself buying things I wouldn’t normally, or buying 5 of something just to save $0.75.   But I started buying in bulk when things were REALLY on sale that way it would last me until the next time that item cycled through to be on sale again.

For example: I only buy chicken breasts if they are less than $2.00/lb.  So instead of buying chicken every 2 weeks at the store for the meals I’ll be making those two weeks, I’ll buy enough chicken for 4-6 weeks when it goes on sale at my target price.  Then I come home, separate into freezer bags enough for one meal, and I can pull it out and thaw as neccessary!  Sometimes that means that I’ve spend a third of my grocery budget on chicken, but if I’m scoring a great deal, it all ends up working out!

I’ve also been learning how to freeze fruits and vegetables so I can score those at my target price as well.  This time of year, we’ve got some great fresh produce at fantastic prices.  I am learning how to flash freeze this produce to be able to enjoy it all year round!

To flash freeze: cut or dice up your produce (if necessary) and spread it out on a wax-paper covered cookie sheet.  Make sure it’s a single layer.  Set that in your freezer for 1-2 hours, then transfer to freezer bags.  This prevents your produce from freezing in one big clumps, so you can just scoop out what you need without having to thaw or use the entire bag!

I did this recently with fresh mushrooms that were on sale.  I bought a bunch and brought them home to clean and quarter them .  I did the freezing method described above, and the next week I used them in hamburger stroganoff (a big family favorite around here…and we love using fresh mushrooms!)  I didn’t even thaw them, I just threw them in frozen and they worked perfect!

I also have done blueberries and strawberries (which are very cheap right now!!!  We are stocking up!) and we have frozen fruit for smoothies or desserts ready!  This also can work great for peppers, carrots, and onions.

All I have to do now is shuck and blanche the four dozen ears of corn purchased at the farmers’ market this weekend and we can enjoy fresh corn all winter long!

How much do you use your freezer?

 

A Quick, Healthy, Homemade Summer Treat July 12, 2010

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When I think about summer, I think about ice cream…and I think about it even more often since our girls were born. There’s just something special about sharing an ice cream cone with them. I try to limit us all to one such treat a week, but there are times when I can almost hear an ice cream cone calling my name.

I ran across this recipe for Strawberry “Ice Cream” in a magazine a couple of months ago, and I tried it just recently. It is quick and easy, much healthier than “real” ice cream, and it satisfied that craving for a sweet frozen treat.
1 lb. frozen strawberries
1 c. 2% plain Greek yogurt
¼ c. sugar
½ tsp. vanilla extract
In a food processor with knife blade attached, pulse 1 cup strawberries until finely chopped. Transfer chopped berries to large metal bowl. In food processor, puree yogurt, sugar, vanilla, and remaining strawberries until smooth. Transfer to bowl with chopped strawberries and stir until well combined. Cover and freeze about 1 hour, until firm but not hard. I’m sure every freezer is different, but my “ice cream” actually needed about an hour and a half to fully set. We didn’t eat the entire bowl the first sitting, and the remainder got really hard in the freezer. To serve it, I let it sit out for 10 or 15 minutes until it was soft enough to spoon. The next time I make this, I think I’ll increase the sugar to about 1/3 cup for a little extra sweetness.
Enjoy!
 

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year July 1, 2010

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I’ve never really been one to have a decidedly favorite season…

I liked Spring for the new green leaves, beautiful budding flowers, and the promise of warm, sunshine-kissed days…I liked Summer for the sand, the sea, and the sun (and let’s face it, an opportunity to wear Hawaiian shirts on occasion)…I liked Fall for the crisp, cool evenings, and of course for the football…and I liked Winter for the holiday traditions and cozy evenings spent by the fire.

Since having children, though, I’ve decided that warmer weather is where it’s at.

Slipping on sandals is so much easier than socks and shoes.  A simple t-shirt and shorts beat layer upon layer of woolen clothes any day.  And don’t even get me started on coats!  You need them for outside, but not for the car…so do you just run quickly from place to place sans coats, hoping your children don’t catch cold?  Or do you take the time to dress and undress for each stage of your journey to and from the grocery store?  I shudder…and shiver…just thinking about it.

Yep, this mama is loving the freedom of summer…if only I could master the fine art of slathering two squirming kiddos with sunscreen.

What’s your favorite season?  And by the way, do you have any sunscreen tips to share?

Mandy