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The Sweetness of Twin Parenting

My e-friend Melissa of Mame Musings gave me an Irresistibly Sweet Blog award. I'm tickled pink especially because the people that know me in real life describe me with a lot of adjectives. Sweet is not one of them. So I'm kinda glad that the e-ME is sweeter than the real me.

For the award, I have to share 7 random facts about myself. Becoming a mother has made me tap into places inside that I didn't know existed. My life and senses have been redefined. Here are 7 sweet but random things about how life as a twin parent has changed my senses
Touch: Friday was the girls' first day in their daycare after 6 weeks away. When we picked them up, Sugar ran up to me and couldn't stop kissing my cheeks. She'd pull away, smile at me then lean in and kiss my cheeks. Pull away, smile and repeat. *Heart melt*Smell: I'm cuddling my babies and I bury my nose in their neck. It smells of baby powder and spit up. I inhale  deeply and exhale with the sigh of bliss. Curdled milk …

Finding Childcare for Twins - The Best Tip

I'll round up my childcare week with what I consider to be the best tip every twin parent needs to know when it comes to finding good center-based chilcare. I'll start by sharing the behind-the-scene stories of my childcare searches. After doing all the research, what comes next?

Daycare 1 (Houston): After doing all the necessary research, I narrowed down to a couple of daycares. What tipped the scale for me, was the recommendation our daycare got from several parents on my work bulletin board. These parents shared how good the daycare had been for their infant's development and I liked what I heard, so I enrolled the twins

Daycare 2 (Calgary): When I knew I was relocating to Calgary, I called a lot of daycares and was told about 12 month long waitlists. The relocators and personnel department could not help. Then I told my manager about my childcare concerns and he told me to talk to a colleague that just had a baby. On talking to her, I found out that my company had a reta…

Finding Childcare in St John's Newfoundland

For the last couple of months, I lived in St John's, Newfoundland and had to find yet another daycare for my twins. Finding childcare in St John's is hard and I will be remiss not to share a bit of what I learned from the experience.

(Can you tell it's childcare week in mytwintopia?)

Childcare in Canada has some common threads so I won't rehash those. I suggest reading my post on Calgary childcare. For this post, I'm going to talk more about the specifics of childcare and St John's.

Overview of childcare in St Johns - It's a needled haystack proposition! There is a shortage of available childcare spaces currently and the situation is only going to get worse. With all the new energy projects coming up in the region, St John's will witness an influx of petroleum professionals working outside the home who will need childcare. Start your search early 

Licensing - The list of licensed programs is available from the provincial government website. You'll wan…

15 Months Twin Parenting Report

Mommy is Doing a project 52 on the twins. I forgot to mention that but I’m putting together a photo each week to capture the 52 weeks of the girls second year. I’m glad I’m doing this because they are changing so much so fast. I started with pictures from their first birthday and will add a picture a week till their second birthday and print a photobook. Spice aka my twin A is:
The energetic walker. Crawling is so last month Conquering climber of all furniture low and high Lingual expert of 9(?) words – mama, dada, thank you, box/block, toes, hi, bye bye, diaper, a babble that means “take this from my hand before I fling it across the room mommy” Dental curator of 8 incisors Picaso of the crayon and paper Unzipper of all jackets Grapes, pounded yam, rice and pasta lover Operator of all telephones real and toy Just-about-ready-to-sumersault gymnast Responder to mommy when she says “Come here please” Ignorer of mommy when she says “Come here please” and I’m watching TV
Sugar aka my Twin B is: The spe…

Parenting Culture Gap - Valentine's Day Edition

According to Wikipedia"a culture gap is any systematic difference between two cultures which hinders mutual understanding or relations. Such differences include the values, behavior, education, and customs of the respective cultures. Culture gaps can relate to religion, ethnicity, age, or social class. Examples of cultural differences that may lead to gaps include social norms and gender roles."

Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished members of the reading audience; I have a parenting culture gap. That's not new to me. I am afterall a Nigerian parenting Nigerian-American twins in Canada. I've always known that it would be a tight-rope walk for me as the twins grew older, but I did not expect my first culture gap event so early. What event you ask? Valentines day of course.

Last time I checked, valentines day was a day for lovers to celebrate stuff - a romantic time for older couples and a day of hormone filled events for teenagers. For babies and toddlers though, I e…

Life Lessons In a Suitcase

The family and I have lived out of suitcases for the last 3 months and counting. We initially started with 7 but I have that number down to 5. I can't believe I did it AND I survived and even learnt a thing or two or eight

I don't need as many shoes as I think I do - I'm down to one pair of boots and loving it. No morning self-debates in the closet trying to decide between the light brown boots and the dark brown bootsI don't need as much clothes as I think I do. If you're going to live in a few clothes, pay extra special attention to the washing machine settings. I'm currently wearing grey acid-wash skinny jeans. In October, they were black skinny jeans but 3 months and one mistaken hot wash later...My babies don't need as many clothes. I've been cycling the same 4 outfits. I'm forced to face up to the fact that we are going to have a lot of unworn clothes with tags on them. Time to reread the post on things to do with old baby clothesToddlers don&#…

Helping Family Choose the Right Gift for Your Twins

I’ve seen more than a few members of my parenting forum grumble about gifts given to their kids that were inappropriate/unwanted/ not thoughtful or just plain wrong. And yes, I confess that for the longest time I was the adoring aunty who gifted “educational toys” and life-size kiddie shopping carts much to the chagrin of my sister who has vowed to re-gift the shopping cart to the twins. But I digress…It’s tough during birthdays and holidays to answer the question “What do you want?”. The average person that I know always says “Anything” and that’s exactly what you get. Sometimes you’re happy with "anything" and sometimes "anything" turns out to be a waste of floorspace.  For twin parents, it's even harder because when people buy gifts for your babies in twos, you double the chances of getting something that doesn't work for you. I have 2 tips for you that just could help Amazon Wishlist: Yes, I know what you’re thinking another blog post promoting Amazon… b…

Baby Alive - Our First Doll

Our first doll is the Baby Alive doll from Hasbro. It was a last minute Christmas buy. I had been looking for a doll for quite some time and was beginning to think that my criteria for the first doll would not be met. What criteria you ask? 1. The doll must be soft and cuddly - Check 2. The doll must have no moving parts or choke hazards - Check 3. The doll must be a beautiful shade of brown sugar or spicy mocha - Check 4. The doll must have realistic body proportions - Check 5. Realistic black baby hair (think cute afro puffs)

This is the little miss that made the final cut and I was quite happy to find it. Especially love the hair!

Reception: For the most part, the girls have ignored their dolls. In the last 2 weeks though, they've played with them a few times. I hope they love the dolls as much as I do.