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What I'm Buying Now

Some people pay a shrink an hourly fee to de-stress, I troll the mall for an hour and get the same relief - usually for much less money. Well it looks like the clearance aisles are full and I'm buying our 12 months and 18 months clothes off season. Here's where the deals that respect the $10 rule are:
Macys How: Shop the clearance aisle and use the Friends and Family coupon for an additional 25% off. The coupon is printable from Macy's website and good till May 2nd. Best Buy: Carters single onesies (not the packs of five) can be got for less than $4. Almost the same price as Walmart's Garanimals and much better quality. Also very nice play clothes can be got for less than $10 
Babies R Us / Toys R Us How: The clearance aisles have been buy one get one free for a while Best Buy: Party dresses. Nice fleece outfits for coming winter. Christmas outfits (most are gone). Valentine's day onesie. Spring outerwear. Wnter boots. Lots of good deals quite frankly and the buy one ge…

Baby Bjorn Carrier vs Infantino Review

Need to juggle two babies at the same time? I do and its a job for my baby carrier. This is a moment for the Infantino Union Ergonomic Carrier vs Baby Bjorn carrier. I own both.

The Ergo baby carrier has generated such a buzz in the parenting community that it was only a matter of time before the bigger players reached for a piece of that pie. Infantino's translation of an ergonomic carrier in the style of the Ergo is the Union baby carrier. The Baby Bjorn on the other hand is the perennial favorite with both the masses and the elite. I bought a Baby Bjorn when the girls were much younger and more recently, I got a Union for free from Amazon.com and I love my two carriers for different reasons.


Out of the box, I was not feeling the Union. It seemed and is cheaper than the Bjorn plus it took forever (forever being three days) for me to figure out how to adjust it for baby. Once I had that figured out, it has been a breeze to use. I actually use this for my daycare pickups and dropoff…

Best Baby Monitor for Twins

Once parents take their newborn twins home, the first thing they worry about is how to monitor their little ones when they cannot be with them physical. As a twin mom, I can relate as I have gone through 3 different baby monitors in my twins' first 2 years of life. The things to look out for when purchasing baby monitors are

Number of parent units - it's nice if each adult in the home can have a unitBattery life of parent unitsNight visibility of video unitsSound quality of units and interferanceOther add-ons - some monitors also show the temperature and humidity levels in the babies' room. Of recent, we also have baby monitors with apps that allow you to use your smart phone as a receiving unitHere's my review of the best baby monitors currently available for twins, triplets and other multiples.


Motion-Sensing Baby Monitors: These are especially useful for preemie twins. They are installed in the babies' crib and sound an alarm if the baby does not move within a few…

Sugar & Spice Chronicles: Restaurant Edition

Ladies and gentlemen, I have two little diners on my hands. On the one hand is the 16lb baby popularly known as Ms Spice on myTwintopia. She eats like a person who just picked up a triple cheese burger at the drive thru window - hungry and FAST!

On the other hand is Ms Sugar! Fine diner extraordinaire. She takes her time to savour every mouthful with the speed of a turtle-drawn buggy. Sloooowly!!! I'm talking 5 minutes an ounce here. 35 minutes for the current 7 oz bottles du jour. . She sips, she surveys the scenery, sips again, "oh look at that shiny black box", sips again and then smiles ever so sweetly as she gazes right into my eyes... beautiful!


Makes me look forward to the two of us spending quality time exploring the finer culinary delicacies in 20 years time... except baby, it's not 2031 yet, it's 2011 and mommy would really enjoy a few more minutes of zzzs so please, quit the 4AM fine dining. This is not a 24 hour Mickey Ds


Thank you boo!

Organizing Paperwork for Kids

ORGANIZING PAPERWORK WITH TWINS

With twins, right from pregnancy I got a ton of handouts from doctors, hospitals, insurance etc. Once the twins were born, I got another stack of papers. With each doctor's visit, this stack gets a little higher. Not to be left out, our daycare also make their contribution to this stack. Truth be told, with twins it's easy to be overwhelmed with clutter and paperwork. One of the steps to decluttering is organizing the twins' paperwork.

To do this I use two items: a three-ring binder and transparent sheet protectors that fold over at the top. This is where I put all the informational papers - medicine dosage, vaccination information, doctor's contact details, daycare correspondence etc. The transparency of the jackets makes it easy to read the information contained without having to remove the paper itself; this means if the information is stapled together, I separate it and each sheet gets it's own jacket.

This folder stays in the nurs…

How to Get Baby's Ears Pierced

Let me start by saying that I am 100 percent convinced that getting a baby's ears pierced is not a health or safety issue. In my home country, our ears are pierced at 2 days old and it was never an issue. Infant ear piercing is more of a cultural issue than a health issue. With that being said, I come from a culture where infant girls get their ears pierced, so I got my babies' ears pierced. Here's how Wait until the babies are 2 months old and have got their first DTaP shot. In the US, no one will pierce your babies' ears until they have got this shot.Obtain your vaccination records from your pediatrician and take that with youDecide if you want to use your doctor's office. Most pediatricians are moving away from offering ear piercing services and those that do seem to have a lot of hoops to jump through. My pediatrician did not offer this service so I had to consider my alternativesDecide on alternative piercing locations. The options available to me were Claire&#…

Twin Stats - 5 months

Time flies along and newborns are becoming babies and babies are becoming young ladies. Here's our 5 month report card.

SpIce aka Twin A Weight             15lbs 11oz  Dress size        3 - 6 months
Diaper size       Size 3 (We're not at the recommended size range for size 3 diapers yet, but size 2s were just a pain in the proverbial diaper area)
Sugah aka Twin B
Weight             14lbs 12oz Dress size        3 - 6 months
Diaper size       Size 3

Schedule
Daytime schedule is still 4 bottles of 7 - 8oz. Ms  SpIce is sleeping through most nights without a feeding but Sugar still wakes for a 4oz bottle.  We've also tasted a few spoons of oat cereal and sweet potatoes in the evenings and on the weekends
Top Gear - My fave 5

Bumbo seat - For feeding solids


Baby carrier - for when I need to carry the two babies up and down the stairs. Also, for getting from car to daycare room and vice-versa
Graco nasal aspirator - Because with daycare comes stuffy runny noses

Baby Vicks rub - I use this on t…

April Giveaway

God is good! He has blessed us tremendously and tomorrow, we will be 5 months old or 21.5 weeks for the purpose of this post. To celebrate this, mommy on behalf of the ever adorable Misses Sugar and Spice, will be giving away two CVS giftcards worth $21.50 each. I chose CVS in commemoration of our first daycare sniffles :( To enter as always is easy peasy.

Here's what you need to do in 5 steps: Drop a comment with your name and email address   Tell me what your favorite post on this blog so far isAsk me a follow up question based on that postFollow @mytwintopia on twitter (Don't worry, I barely manage to tweet twice in a 24 hour period so I promise not to give you a blow by blow account of my attempts at making pot roast)Have yourself a very very lovely weekendThere it is! 5 months, 5 steps. Looking forward to your questions. This giveaway closes on the 30th of April and I will announce the winners on the 1st of May.

Returning to Work After Having Twins

This is my back to work week, and after much thought, I decided to write a post on my 10 dos and don'ts for returning to work after maternity leave DO Perception Management. I'm not talking being fake. When I worked as an intern for one of the top 5 global accounting firms, they made it a point to teach all their staff perception management. It is exactly what it sounds like - managing how you are perceived in the workplace. This
means making sure your appearance matches the professional image you want to portray. Do you want your colleagues to see you and think "my fellow professional" or do you want them to see you and think "got milk?!"DO Evaluate the fit of your clothes. I'm back to my pre-pregnancy weight but the distribution is not quite the same. The boobies lost some luggage and the tummy found it. This means button-down shirts are now strained and threatening to pop buttons. Some long-sleeves are cutting off my circulation too. I'm still the…

Book Review - The Wonder Weeks

The Wonder Weeks by Hetty Vanderijt and Frans Plooij.
This is a book that I've had recommended on more than one occasion. After visiting the book's website, my curiosity got the better out of me and I ordered a copy off Amazon. I decided to buy instead of borrow because based on the rave reviews, I was pretty sure that it will be a keeper; and it is.


The concept of wonder weeks is that babies go through certain mental development periods - referred to as wonder weeks - and parents can make transitions easier by understanding what the baby is going through and how to help. In the first one year of life, babies will go through 8 wonder weeks viz
5 - The world of changing sensations 
8 - The world of patterns 
12 - The world of smooth transitions
19 - The world of events 
26 - The world of relationships 
37 - The world of categories 
46 - The world of sequences 
55 - The world of programs

Each Wonder Week signifies a mental transition or leap for the baby and is preceded by a fussy phase an…

Writing A Parenting Book

So while looking for the book my daycare provider recommended, I stopped by the local bookstore and browsed the parenting books aisle. I didn't find the book I was looking for but I still had a fun experience just browsing the list of titles and authors. Most unforgettable were:

4 Things I've Learnt From My Daycare Provider

The first day the twins spent in daycare brought me to a realization: my daycare center is not just a service I'm paying for, it's also a resource that can help me become a better parent. It stands to bear that the experience of their staff is a knowledge pot that I can dip into as a first time parent. 

Choosing Our Daycare

After deciding that daycare was the way for us, the next option was to actually choose one. Now if you live in a small town, there may not be much of a choice, but I live in a big city and there's a myriad of options. So here's how I went about finding the best daycare for us:

And The Winners Are...

Thanks to all the lovely ladies that entered my first giveaway. I suspect I had too much fun doing this. And the winners are Jen -Proud mom of 7 adopted miracle blessingsMandy who blogs about her triumphs and trials as a twin mom I'll be contacting you ladies by email so I can post your prizes to you. I hope you have lots of happy memories to record

Have a blessed weekend and remember, with God, you're always a winner.

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