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Saturday Shout Out and Thank yous

Today is the last Saturday (and last day) of 2011! I can't end the year without saying thank you to all my bloggy friends. Special mention goes out to the twin mum troops

Melissa aka championmum2000 - The cheerleading mum. Her comments are always so encouraging

Miss Megan - The let's-compare-notes mum. Her girls are just a few weeks older than mine so I use her blog as a preview of things to come

Ginger - The friendly Calgary twin mum.

Brad - The non-mum (He's of the daddy species)

Julia - The graceful mum, hostess to "Mama loves" and Mrs to Brad

Beth - The fashionista mum aka mum I'd love to go shopping with.

Samantha - The in-the-know mum. I consider anyone that knows anything about Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga in-the-know 

Blogging was so much more fun (and therapeutic) because you guys took the time to read and comment. 

To all the lurkers out there, thank you as well. Your presence means something

To my family members that faithfully read the blog and make me feel…

2011 Year in Review

What's a year end without a year in review post? For me, it's been a year of joy just as I prayed it would be. Here's how the year shaped out.

Survived: ear piercing, sleep training, nighttime feedings, daycare and cradle cap. And that was all before june

Discovered I was not a cloth diapering type mama. Guess we is not very granola

Lived out of a suitcase (or 7) for the last two months of the year

Indulged in a new form of retail therapy - shopping for 2 baby girls. Macys is my white couch baby!

But most importantly, nothing beat the joy of watching my girls grow daily in strength, health and wisdom.
2011 rocked!
Disclosure of Material Connection: (Because the government said so) I, Have no material connection with the products or services mentioned Have affiliate links in the post but my opinions are my own and not paid  Have received a free sample for review but my opinions are still my own Have been compensated by a company for this post but my opinions are still my own

Make Christmas Day Special for your Toddler

One year old toddlers don't see the world like we do so it takes a lot of simplification to make the holiday season and especially Christmas day special for them. Here are some tips I plan on implementing:
Remove their toy gifts from the packaging before wrapping. I told you about Sugar discovering their bag of toys right? The packaging was tricky and took almost 5 long minutes to unravel. 5 minutes of a baby whining, screaming and trying to push the buttons on the toy while I'm trying to remove screws and tape and Styrofoam.Wrap in shiny wrapping paper that rumples but does not rip easily. Babies/toddlers love shiny wrapping paper and that will sooner or later find its way into their mouth. It's a good idea to have paper that does not dissolve in the acidic saliva of a teething baby.   Go easy on the wrapping tape or skip the tape. That way, the baby can grab and "unwrap" the present without help.Remember them in the menu - dice or puree the foods, dilute the &qu…

Christmas Gifts for One Year Olds

This is a list of Christmas gifts that Santa got for the babies.

Disclosure: Santa went shopping, came home late and tired and left the bags of toys on the floor. The next morning, Sugar discovered the bags and ... well let's just say Christmas came early.

In no particular order, I'll tell you what we got and why
Playskool Busy Poppin pals. Battery-free and I like that it will teach the girls to operate different types of knobs/buttons. Playskool Busy Tumble Top. Battery-free funLeapFrog telephone. Thanks to Samantha's tip, I trawled Walmart for a battery-free remote control that might perhaps save our phones and tv remote from curious little fingers. I couldn't find anything that looked like a decoy so I settled for these phones. It was the most authentic looking though it is rated for 18 months. I've already given the girls a demonstration and they're enjoying placing it on the ear and babbling. I got 2 of this for the sake of world peaceYou are my sunshine by …

For the Love of a Highchair

I love taking part in the "Mama Loves" linkup hosted by Julia of Pontifications of a twin mom. I also love checking what the other moms who participate love and have got a few things off of their advise. If you haven't checked it out, I suggest you do.

Today, I'm loving our Fisher Price Booster Seat. I moved with two of them in a suitcase to have a place to feed the girls for our relocation/transition and it has been so worth it. I think the size and the fact that it's on the floor is a major plus for the girls. They haven't just learnt to sit down on it all by themselves (which requires a lot of body coordination for a one year old I tell you) they're also crawling and standing and pushing and pulling and climbing it. All this helps them gain confidence in their mobility and abilities and I'm lovin' it.

Plus it's super easy to clean.

Disclosure of Material Connection: (Because the government said so) I, Have affiliate links in the post but my op…

13 Joyful Months

I really thought I was done with the monthly updates, but the girls are changing so much and so fast, I just have to document. So I'll still be posting monthly stats, the only difference is I'm focusing more on the developmental stuff and less on the weight and cloth sizes etc.

13 Months of Spicy love: My little honey chums is growing three teeth at the same time and being quite a trooper about it. Likes to nibble at mommy and sister - neither of us really like that much. Now a pro at delivering the cry that induces massive mommy-guilt. She starts by making an O-shape with her lips and sad puppy dog eyes. The "O" gets me every time
She seems to have added one more word to her vocabulary - "gba" which means "take" in my language. Now before she flings unwanted food off her tray, she offers it to me and if I don't take it, then she flings it away.

13 Months of Sweet Sugar: On the 11th of December, I was on the phone with one of the many grandmas as…

Best Strollers For Twins

One of the first challenges that twin parents-to-be face is choosing the best stroller for their twins. There are two ways that infant twins can ride in a stroller - with or without their infant car seats. 

When choosing a stroller to be used with the infant car seat, you need a stroller that can accommodate the two infant seats. This can either be a frame stroller like the BabyTrend Snap n Go or a full stroller like those highlighted in the table below. When choosing a stroller that will be used without the infant seat, you need one with fully reclining seats as babies cannot support their own heads for the first few months.

Frame stroller for Twins in car seats : These strollers are lighter weight but cannot be used once babies are out of bucket/infant car seats. The most popular one is the Baby Trend Snap and Go. This stroller is compatible with Britax, Chicco and Graco seats as well as Peg Perego, Baby Trend and Evenflo infant car seats.

Full strollers for Twins in car seats: These…

Changing Baby's Schedule When Traveling

So in the last two months, our family has relocated twice. The first time was our Houston to Calgary move, and more recently we've moved from Calgary to the east coast of Canada. That's a lot of moving! We've gone back 1 time zone and then forward 3 time zones and I've learnt a bit about managing twin babies' schedule when travelling.

I've learnt that the number of days it'll take to transition a baby's schedule is at least equal to the number of time zones crossed. That's how it's been in my twintopia. When we moved one hour behind, we were able to change the schedule with one day of transition. When we moved three hours ahead, it's taken three transitional days to be back on our schedule.

Changing Feeding Schedule: I've always used feeding times as my primary tool for controlling the girls' schedule and sleep times sorta fall in place. Our current schedule is to eat every three to four hours after waking up. That means breakfast ar…

Easy Toddler Meal Ideas For One Year Olds

Y'all I have toddlers in the house and feeding my one year olds daily requires some thinking outside the baby food jar. My twins are fully on table foods now and here's my current menu plan. I already disclosed my less than stellar crafty-homeliness, so all these meals are easy and fast

Cereal bars 
Fruit bars
Cereal mixed into yoghurt - Spoon fed by mommy. This is a weekend meal

Lunch & Dinner (Meals are interchangeable)
First of all, there are some foods that should always be in the pantry or fridge to facilitate easy toddler feeding:

Cheese in slices, shredded or sticks
Chicken in ready to eat form. I've had roasted chicken and this chicken breast pack from Costco that's really tasty
Ready to eat carb. That's either white rice or boiled pasta. This can easily be leftovers from the night before

On to the meals. All require less than 15 minutes of prep time. All received with a happy yum. All in a form that the babies can feed themselves
Chicken Stir Fry - Fa…

Flying with Infant Twins

This will be the last of my out and about with infant twins series. To date, I have had 3 flights - 5 planes, 2 stopovers - with the twins. First flight was in July when they were 8 months old and second flight was when they were 11 months old. Here's what worked for us and what didn't.

Things that went right
Travelling close to bedtime. Once the plane lights were dimmed, the babies settled down and slept offChanging diapers in the airport just before the plane boardsMylanta antacid in diaper bag. Spice has always had mild reflux but her pediatrician did not want to add cereal to her bottle because as at that time she was 75th percentile on the weight chart. Well mid-flight, she got airsick and started gagging badly. The Mylanta helped calm her stomachLots of tissues and wet wipes in diaper bagGenerous change of clothes, hooded jacket for babies, large mummy scarf that could double as a baby blanket. Layering clothes for all travellers is keyTravelling with a second adult.Bookin…

Grocery Shopping with Baby Twins

When my twins were younger, a lot of the trips outside the house were avoidable just because of the logistics. However, one unavoidable trip was grocery shopping with 2 infants. THAT required some planning and major thinking outside the box. So here are all the possible configurations that I tried One baby in carseat in cart + one baby in carrier: This works when one baby is asleep and needs to stay sleeping in the carseat. I kept the seat inside the stroller so this limited the size and amount of things I could pick. As the babies grew older and bigger, this configuration also limited the time of the trip to how long I could sustain the whole big baby in carrier businessOne baby in single stroller + one baby in carrier: Same as number one except this time I'm limited by the size of the stroller basket. I got a mommy hook (thanks to Melissa's post) and reusable shopping bags which allowed me to hang some bags off the stroller and increase the number of groceries I could get for…