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A Common Topic Amongst Mommy Bloggers

When I decided to blog about my experiences as a first time mother to twins, I tried to define the goals of my blogging. I wanted my blog to be a source of decent information and tips for any mother-to-be. I promised myself that I will not stray from my lofty goals. Great aspirations except (like anyone in the vicinity of a baby will tell you), bodily fluids are a big part of motherhood and sooner or later - no matter how hard you try - you're gonna end up making some reference to bodily fluids on your blog.

And that is the position that I find myself this morning. Where else can I find an audience that will understand that for the first time in ten years, I wore a dress to work. 1 day out of the 3743 days that I have worked with this employer, I wore a dress. AND this is the one morning, that my child; this child that is by all accounts a little girl, decides to pee like a boy once I took her diaper off. I shoulda known she was up to something when she looked quizzically at my dr…

Tricks for Making Baby Food

I've been making baby food for the twins for a while now, but I can't say it's something that comes to me naturally. It's been a learning curve but I'm gradually building an arsenal of tricks to keep the momentum going. Here's my list of tricks and tips which I'll be linking up to Amanda's top ten Tuesday Preparation - Use the freezer aisle of the grocery store. Just because it's homemade baby food doesn't mean it has to be made from scratch. This works especially well for peas. I recently bought a big bag of organic frozen veggies from Costco to make into puree.Preparation - Buy precut foods from the grocery store. The girls loved their mango baby food but I cringed at the idea of peeling and cutting mangos so I was super-excited to see precut mangoes at Wholefoods. I bought the package, tasted half of it and pureed the other half for baby foodPreparation - Applesauce. Apples go with almost everything that a baby can eat but again peeling all th…

Food Snobbery

When I was younger, I used to have a theory that everyone thought their mother's cooking was the best. I'm no Paula Deen in the kitchen so one of the things I've been looking forward to with my children is hearing them boast about my cooking "My mom makes the best boiled eggs ever!". Tell it like it is baby. 

My dreams got an uppercut in the chin yesterday. You know I've been making baby food for the girls to take to daycare. The normal schedule is 3-4oz in the morning and 2-3oz for lunch. However, I did have a small stockpile of commercial baby food which I decided to use up. With that in mind, each girl took a 4oz pouch of breakfast baby food and a 4oz jar of lunch baby food to daycare yesterday. I included a note telling their care provider that they would only take 2oz from the jar and to store the leftovers in the refrigerator. You can only imagine my shock when I picked them up and was informed that they not only ate everything up, they seemed to want mo…

Moving Babies to Convertible Seats

I'm messing with the idea of moving the girls to their convertible seats soon - still rear facing. They have not outgrown their infant seats yet but I have just one base for each seat. Instead of buying spare bases, why not just buy the next seats and keep them is Daddy's car so in case of an emergency, both cars are equipped to carry the babies.
It's still an idea floating in my head though. Here's a list of the websites with good information to help with choosing the right convertible car seats for babies Car seat recommendations for US and Canada. Also tells which carseats are FAA approved (can be used on the plane). The notes on each seat are quite informativeCar seat measurements - To check if they'll actually fit in the - The mothership of all things car seat. There are a lot of certified technicians on the forum willing to answer questionsNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ease of use ratings for car seats

Buy Diapers in Bulk Online and Cheap

With twins, I'm always on the lookout for ways to save money on diapers and the best thing for me has been to buy our diapers online. I've had membership of Sams Club and Costco at different times in the last 3 years, but I still buy a lot of things in bulk through Amazon's Subscribe and Save program. Here's why

You can't buy diapers any cheaper than that. If you have twins or just need to save money on bulk diapers, I recommend buying from Amazon. You can click on the picture in the sidebar to join the Amazon Mom program and get special discounts on diapers and baby care items.

(Not) Cloth diapering Twins

Remember way back when I dabbled around with the idea of using cloth diapers at nights and on weekends for my twins? Well I took the plunge and... there was no water in the swimming pool. Considering how a lot of cloth diapering mamas online wax poetically about how great it's been, I'm hesitant to share my experience. However, the spirit of honesty and full disclosure compels me so here's how it all went down
Prepping. Cloth diapers need to be prepared by washing up to six times to get to full absorbency and on some of the forums, I've read 10 times for the hemp diapers I bought. As I was on a goal of doing baby laundry not more than twice a week, prepping took me right about one month. It didn't make sense to run up an electricity bill for the "cheaper" diapering optionBefore the babies came, I switched detergents to Tide free and clear so I could use just one detergent for all the family laundry. Apparently Tide free and clear is not really good for clo…

Eight Months Old Twins

I wish I could say something less cliche than "Time Flies" but I can't. Time really does fly. Childhood really needs to be cherished I tell you

SpIce aka Twin A Weight             18lbs 5oz  Dress size        6 - 9 months
Diaper size       Size 3 

Sugar aka Twin B
Weight             16lbs 14oz Dress size        6 - 9 months
Diaper size       Size 3

No major change to the schedule except the girls are sleeping longer before waking up for their early morning bottle now around 6am. Breakfast is  still 4oz of solids at 8:30am in the daycare. Lunch is 8oz bottle of formula followed by 2-3oz of chicken and veggies around 1130. Afternoon snack is a 8oz bottle at 330 PM and dinner is 8oz bottle plus 1oz solids at 600pm.

This is the month I introduced the girls to proteins - yoghurt, egg yolk, chicken and spices. I confess, the chicken is the only protein I'm feeling right now. The yoghurt seems to give Sugar excessive BM. For the coming month, I'm planning to introduce t…

Sugar & Spice Chronicles: Rock and Roll Edition

I've always wanted twins (triplets actually but when I came to the US and saw how fearsome kiddie tantrums can be, I dropped my expectations a notch).  I dreamt of having identical twins who would be polar opposites personality-wise or fraternal twins who would be extremely similar personality-wise. As luck will have it, I have neither. I have fraternal twins who are really, really different in patterns and behaviour and the analytical part of me just takes a lot of delight in their differences despite emerging from the same DNA pool.  
So what am I going to wax lyrical about today? It's the subject of motion or rather attempts at motion. The girls are both at the stage where they are very mobile without actually being able to crawl or walk. 
On the one hand, there's Spice - she's my rolling baby. She can roll her way from San Fransisco to Atlanta with a stop in Detroit without batting an eyelid. Seriously! The child is so comfortable getting around by rolling that  I…

Choosing Drinking Water for Infants

Let's start from the beginning shall we. At my first visit to the pediatrician, I asked about giving the girls bottled water and he nixed that idea and recommended "distilled water". My sister (who happens to be a pediatrician too - shout out sis, muaaah!) also talked up nursery water. That's how I found myself lugging  gallons of distilled water every other day from store to car and up the stairs to house. I have since used the following brands - Nursery water, Gerber and Walmart's. As the girls are clocking 8 months, I've been considering making a switch to boiled and filtered tap water but I'd also heard some rumblings about fluoride so I need to put on my researcher's cap.
Fluoride in baby's drinking water Do babies need fluoride in their drinking water? Not before 6 months What if the drinking water has fluoride? According to the dentists and pediatricians, it increases the risk of enamel fluorosis. This applies to babies taking their formula in…

Best Playpen for Twins

The typical playpens are too small for two babies or toddlers to play in. If you're looking for the best play pen or play area for your twins, you have to be innovative. This is what I recommend.
Gated Super Play Yard - All the twin moms seemed to unanimously recommend this gate over a conventional play yard / pack and play. One good thing is it has extensions that can be bought and added as the babies grow older and need more room. I purchased mine with 2 additional extensions so that the babies had a bigger play area. (Click the pictures above for size and specs) Rainbow Interlocking Foam Mats : These were the thickest foam mats I could find and I also like the lack of any specific cartoon character. I emphasize the thickness because a playmat that's too thin will not adequately cushion the baby from trips and falls. These ones made by eWonderWorld are over half an inch in thickness and I've been using them for over two years. The foam is still firm and it's in like-…

Baby Feeding Schedule and Log

Lessons Learnt from Maintaining a Feeding Log for Twins
I maintained a feeding log for my twin girls schedule from when they were a month old till around 4 months old. I used the Baby ESP app (the only app I've ever paid for)and I also used a modified paper version of this log (yes, I designed my own excel spreadsheet).

Note, if keeping a log is hard work, other options for tracking your twins' feeding are the Itzbeen Baby Care Timer(click link for more information) and Nursing bracelet

I learnt a lot about how to design a feeding schedule for babies from the logs and cannot over-emphasize the usefulness of keeping a log for baby scheduling. Here's a run down of what I learnt Babies are born with an internal clock. I fed on demand for a while and used that time to observe the twins' eating habits. They ate at different times, but from the logs I was able to pick the best times to feed them both and I started them on a feeding schedule Babies know how much food they need in…

First syllables

The twincesses have been saying mama and dada for a couple of weeks now and I am firmly convinced that they are knowingly referring to us because It’s 1am in the morning and I can’t find my paci – call mama It’s 2am in the morning and I lost my paci again – call mama It’s 3am in the morning and I rolled over onto my tummy and don’t know how to get my head down on the mattress – call mama Sugar took my toy and won’t give it back – call mama I didn’t finish my dinner, it’s 4am and I’m hungry – call mama I got my foot stuck in the crib slats – whimper mama I see my bottle and it’s got milk in it and it’s not coming towards me – scream mama Mama’s coming towards me with the nasal aspirator – yell dada Mama has me pinned down and is putting this eyedrop thing in my eyes – call dada It’s 7am on a Saturday and we want to get out of these cribs and play – you call mama, I’ll call dada and we’ll see who answers first
Dem girls know what they're talking about I tell you. I linked up with Amanda's…

First Vacation with Twins

So, we finally took our first vacation as a family of four. I looked forward to it with a mixture of anticipation and trepidation. Both feelings were justified. Here's a recap of the good, the bad and the ugly sides of our first family vacation with twins.
The Good (Smart mama moves) Opting for a 3 hour roadtrip. That way our luggage was not limited Making the hotel booking online and then calling the reservation manager of the hotel to request two cribs. I actually called to change our booking from one night to two. I had originally booked a suite but for two nights, we could only afford a double room so that's what we changed to. During the conversation, I mentioned to the manager that I needed two cribs as I had twins. Confirming from the hotel that their cribs were actually pack n plays Buying and packing my own pack n play sheets. Travelling after the girls bedtime. Nice quiet ride Choosing a hotel with restaurants and  attractions within walking distance (That way, after babie…

Baby-Related Recalls for May 2011

Ever since I downloaded the app on my phone, I make it a point of duty to check the recalls monthly and make sure there's nothing we have / own that's been recalled. For the month of May, here's a listing of kid-related items being recalled Kahn Enterprises Beeni Baby Hats (Baby hats with a pacifier attached. Great concept if not for the asphyixiation risk) TJX Companies Emma's Garden Polka-Dot girl's dresses Target Circo Child Booster Seats Big Lots Metal Futon Bunk Beds Gamma Sports quick kids junior tennis racquets Target Circo Aloma Infant Girls Sandals Britax B-Nimble umbrella strollers Adventure playset Bellevue, Bellevue II wooden swing sets Sage Creek Organics enchanted forest, forest friends, Golden Dragonfly children's sleepwear ************************************************************* Our adoring aunty nominated us for Best Parenting blog by a Nigerian. Please vote for us here. Thank you and muuuah!