BG Area Mothers of Multiples

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

A Winning Recipe September 27, 2010

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A couple of months ago, I wrote about getting creative with cooking…about learning to prepare meals ahead of time – when I had time – to be able to put something more than a cold ham sandwich on the dinner table. 

While our girls are a few months older and I have a little more flexibility in the kitchen these days, I still rely heavily on make-ahead casseroles and crock pot meals.  And these days I’m additionally focused on dishes that all four of us can enjoy.

I found a great recipe last week for Chicken Cacciatore, made in the crock pot.  While I don’t think this will win me any culinary awards, my hubby and BOTH my girls loved it…which is good enough for me.  (And I don’t have time to be on America’s Next Top Chef, anyway!)

1.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, roughly trimmed

26oz. jar spaghetti sauce

1 bell pepper and one onion, sliced

3 Tbsp. dry sherry or chicken broth

Garlic powder and ground black pepper, to taste

Arrange chicken in crock pot.  Put sliced pepper and onion on top of chicken, sprinkle with seasonings, and add spaghetti sauce and sherry or chicken broth.  Cook on low for 8 – 10 hours, or on high for 4 – 6 hours.

This was very quick and easy.  And served over brown rice or whole wheat pasta, it makes a great dent in the food pyramid.

Mandy

 

Review: Hopscotch’s Playplace September 21, 2010

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It is amazing how quickly time flies.  Just three years ago a good friend called me, “Krista, you have to take Jack to this great new place called Hopscotch’s.  It’s just for kids, from crawling up to age six”.  Well, Jack was on the cusp of crawling so off we went on a Friday evening.  And, she was right.  It was amazing. 

There was a special section for crawlers, which included crawling spaces and many stimulating toys.  In the section for big kids, there was a huge jungle gym complete with slides.  There was a bouncy house that was enclosed.  There was a playhouse complete with a stove and sink.   All in all, it was a very nice place to take the kids.  The staff was very friendly and helpful.   These were the first owners and there have been two new owners since.  The second owners made huge improvements with their hours.  It was such a nice place to go when I was restless and needed to get out and have adult conversation. 

Being able to have Jack play with others in a comfortable, safe environment is a huge reason I have continued going to Hopscotch’s all these years.  During the months that I was pregnant with twins, I was too tired to run after Jack at the park.  At Hopscotch’s, I knew that was he wasn’t going anywhere.  I also knew that I could take him home clean. 

And when the girls were born, I was able to take Jack to Hopscotch’s and still take care of the girls.  Taking Jack to the park would have been impossible, trying to pay attention to him and my newborn twins.  I knew at Hopscotch’s the fellow moms would help keep an eye on Jack for me.  I could ask Ana, an employee, to watch a baby while I went and changed the other baby.  And, when I was nursing, Ana would often play puzzles with Jack. 

Fast forward to the girls’ first birthday; we celebrated at Hopscotch’s.  How wonderful was it to see them enjoy it as much as Jack!  And I used part of the girls’ birthday money to buy a monthly membership.  We sure used it.  Monthly memberships are $30 for one kid, $55 for two, and $75 for three.  It was worth every penny compared to the $7 fee for one visit.  And, what I really like about the membership is that I don’t feel cheated if I only take them for an hour or so.  Whenever I paid the $7, I felt they needed to stay at least three hours to get my money’s worth. 

Other key factors of Hopscotch’s include a wonderful eating area and parents are encouraged to bring lunches and snacks.  However, if you forget, there are snacks for sale.  

Well, Jack will be turning four this November and this is his first “just friends” birthday party, and wouldn’t you know we are having it at Hopscotch’s.  And, while it has changed ownership yet again, it really seems to be thriving.  So, I wish them well and will continue to support Hopscotch’s by taking my kiddos there.  Maybe we should plan a Hopscotch’s date soon with all our little ones!

Hopscotch’s Playplace is located in the Scottsville Square Shopping Center, across from Greenwood Mall.  http://www.hopscotchsplayplace.com

Krista, mom to fraternal twin girls, age 16 months, and son, almost 4 years

 

September 2010 Meeting Recap September 20, 2010

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Teresia Huddleston, a registered dietician with the Barren River County Health Department, spoke about establishing and maintaining healthy eating habits for our children.

Teresia talked about the basics of a balanced diet by age group and offered tips for encouraging our children to eat a healthy diet.

She presented a number of resources to help parents develop healthy meal plans and navigate potential issues, including dealing with “picky” eaters and managing food allergies.

We will have extra copies of Teresia’s handouts at the October meeting for anyone who was unable to attend this session.

Much of the information Teresia presented can also be found on the website www.mypyramid.gov.  On the left side of the page, scroll down to “Specific Audiences” to view information for preschoolers, kids ages 6 – 11, as well as pregnant and breastfeeding moms.

Thanks to everyone for a great discussion today!  I know I left today’s meeting feeling inspired to make my girls’ plates “pretty” with all the colors of the rainbow!

 

The Transition to Daycare September 13, 2010

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I can still vividly remember the day that my husband and I went to look at daycare centers.  I’m not sure I’ve ever cried so much and been that sick to my stomach! The thought of complete strangers caring for my twin girls was terrifying to me.  At the end of the day, I told my husband that I’d rather sell everything we own so I could stay home with them.  However, the reality was that we both had to work and the girls had to start daycare within a matter of a few weeks.

We were very lucky and blessed to find TWO openings in the toddler room at a local church daycare.  After just a few weeks of adjusting, the girls began to absolutely love their new friends and teachers.  Their days consist of playing outside (weather permitting), dancing, learning letters and numbers, group playtime, story time, arts and crafts and so much more.  They also are given healthy snacks and well-balanced nutritious lunches.  Oh, and we shouldn’t forget the two hour nap that’s included as well.

Overall we are very satisfied with the girls’ daycare experience so far.  The transition wasn’t as traumatic as I anticipated and it’s truly amazing to see how much the girls have learned, as well as how much more social they have become.  In a perfect world I would be able to stay at home with them, but I have realized that a good daycare eases this working mom’s mind.

Danielle, mom to identical twin girls

 

On the Move and Keeping It in Perspective September 7, 2010

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I think that we all know how much work multiples can be. Whenever I am out and about with the boys, people always are saying, “Wow, I bet you’re busy!” And then there is that ever-optimistic person who says, “Well, just wait until they can walk!”

Twin A has been a ‘gross motor overachiever’ since birth. He rolled over at 6 weeks, army crawled at 6 months and has been cruising and crawling (all fours) at 8 ½ months. And you can bet we are busy!

Twin B is more laid back about the process, but it is noticeable that he is getting more envious of Twin A’s freedom and attention. However, I think he ignores the fact that Twin A spends an awfully lot of time crying while in the pack and play when Mommy or Daddy has to be out of the room.

Injuries are a given. Twin A has had a plethora of multi-colored bruises and bumps, but continues to push on. I should have purchased several boo-boo bunnies, but a bag of frozen peas works just fine. No emergency room visits… yet. Thank goodness his guardian angels watch over him.

I was ‘warned’ about how difficult life with young twins would be. I am sure that as they learn to exert their independence, life will be full of more interesting and complex problems.

But I prefer to look at the bright side. One day they will be able to ride bikes together, go hiking together, run and walk together, side by side just as they always have been.

And when I meet a mom with young twins, my reply will be, “Wow, I know you’re busy…but you are going to have so much fun!!”

Demara, mom to fraternal twin boys