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2012 Goals - Looks like a B

The thing about setting goals for the year is that the goals are always a yardstick at the back of my mind. 3 months after I set my 2012 parenting goals, here's my report card:
 Goal 1: Introduce the girls to at least one new vegetable every month and share the winning recipe. We've tried potatoes and mushrooms and celery and even drank our avocados.

Goal 2: Continue with regular monthly development posts with less focus on the physical data. I need to practice writing all the new things the girls do down. By the time I write the post, I only remember half of what's new.

Goal 3: Potty train the girls before their second birthday. I laugh at the ambitious twin mom that wrote that. The thought of trying to potty train twins scares the "potty contents" out of me

Goal 4: Learn to sew. Well, I got some needle and thread and fixed the hem on a pair of pants that needed fixing since 2010. Plus I bought a sewing machine 2 days ago. Does that count for something?

Goal 5:  Lea…

Tips for Saving on Britax Seats

Even though I got a 2 Cosco Scenara seats for $29.99 each a while back, I do not consider them our longterm convertible seats. I've been waiting for the family to settle before buy one of the convertible seats on my shortlist. It's been between First Years True FitDiono Radian R100 or the Britax Boulevard or Marathon.

I decided to go with the Britax seats because they seem to be a favorite among parents and if there's one thing I've learnt in this twin parenting journey, it's that sometimes following the crowd is a smart move. It's hard to find Britax car seats on sale and the numbers add up very quickly when you have to buy 2 seats. Hard but not impossible. This mama likes saving her green and would love to share with you some resourceful ways of saving on Britax carseats.
US Tip 1: Subscribe to feeds from Baby Cheapskate if you're in the US. I have no affiliation with Angie who runs the site, but I think she's wonderful. She tracks the prices and wil…

Hair Care and Routine at 15 months

The twins hair is growing longer, the bald patch at the back is closing up nicely and a new hair routine has evolved. This is what our routine looks like

Pre-poo: Pre-poo means to prepare the hair for shampooing. I do this by massaging in some olive oil (yes the one in the kitchen). This happens Friday evening after taking out the previous braids

Shampoo or co-wash: We do this every other week. Any more than that in the winter will make their hair break from being too dry. I use Herbal Essence Hello Hydration shampoo and conditioner for that. (Co-wash means to wash the hair with conditioner instead of shampoo. It's to stop the stripping of oils from already dry hair). This happens usually on Saturday mornings

Condition: Immediately after shampooing, I apply leave in conditioner. The objective is to add some slippage for detangling. Right now I'm using Shea Moisture LeaveIn but I am not impressed.

Detangle: I still use the Denman detangling brush for this

Style: This involves putti…

Smoothies for Toddlers

I have started giving the twins fruit smoothies. This is a good additional tip to fill picky toddlers with more calories. My strategy with the smoothies is that I hope to replace one of their milk cups with a smoothie cup. Asides from the extra calories, it also gets them used to "drinking" their vegetables - a habit I hope will carry through to adulthood.

Toddler Smoothie Composition
For each smoothie, I try to include one of each group below. Some ingredients overlap and in real life, any available fruit or veggie would do.
A source of dairy - either milk or yoghurt. I like to use either plain or vanilla flavored yogurt. Just get the big tub. A high calorie vegetable - avocados, bananas etcSweetener - This is a sweet fruit like orange, grapes etc. Stay away from bottled juices if possible and use the real fruits. A handful of red grapes imparts a lovely, non-cloy sweetness to the smoothiesThinner - something to give the smoothie a more flowy consistency that can be sucked ou…

10 Tips for When Twin Toddlers Become Picky Eaters

When Twin Toddlers Become Picky Eaters and What To Do About It

For the first time in over one month, my twins ate chicken. That's a big deal for me though you may not get it. You see, when I was pregnant these girls had me driving in rush hour traffic 5pm everyday to get my fix of KFC original spicy chicken. It started at around 4 months pregnant with a 2 piece meal. By my delivery date, I was buying the family bucket to take home for snacking. I swear the babies were the ones eating this stuff not me.

Now that you have the background, you can better understand how mind blowing it was when they started refusing chicken along with a lot of other foods. I dreaded that I may have picky eaters in my hands. Dreaded because I hate labelling kids as picky especially because I used to be the queen of picky eaters. So here's the little tricks that stopped us from descending into hardcore picky eating with twin toddlers
Substitute within the food groups. When the twins stopped eating chic…

Your Toddler Highness

It's been a long while since I last wrote a post like this so I thought I'll update you on the latest remarkable difference between my 2 twin girls.

Eating styles:
Since I wrote the Fast food and Fine Dining post, things have certainly changed. Spice who used to wolf down her milk as a baby is now a fine diner extraordinaire. Seriously, it's like this kid went to finishing school in-utero. She eats neatly and always picks up her food with thumb and index finger and pinky held up. She does the pinky thing so much that I feel like calling her your royal highness.

Sugar on the other hand now gobbles her food. And by gobble, I mean grab with both hands and stuff mouth and then try to chew with all of 6 teeth.  The only way to stop this is to give her one or two pieces at a time. It's a wonder to behold how much food that little mouth can take.

The best part of all this? They switched again last week. Sugar now has the royal pinky and Spice is all about mouth stuffing. This t…

Sweet 16 Month Olds

A month is a really long time in toddler land, that's why it's a good thing to document the twin's development month by month. Last month is soooo 30 days ago. Today, things are a little different in casa twintopia. Specifically here are the milestones for my sweet 16 month olds:

Vocal Development: Both girls now chatter and sing on a regular basis. I've been singing a lot of "Row, row, row your boat" and "Baa baa black sheep" to them because they love the repetitive nature of the first lines. I swear Spice was singing row row row your boat in the car yesterday. I know she was singing and here were a lot of "ros" in the song
Communication skills: The twins learnt the sign for "More" in daycare so they have multiple ways of communicating when they want something and they do that quite regularly. Spice has added "more", "shoes", "toes" and "socks" to her arsenal of words. I think in being too l…

Review of Melissa and Doug Baby Puzzle

I finally found the Melissa and Doug puzzle that was on our Christmas wishlist. As far as I know, it's the only puzzle for babies a year and above. I got the first shapes and farm puzzles on sale at BRU.  

Cost: I've seen these puzzles on sale in stores for 12 - 17 Canadian dollars. In the US, I've seen them in TJX for 10 dollars and on Amazon for under 10 dollars. They usually go on sale so no need to buy them at full retail.

Play factor: Having owned this puzzle for a couple of weeks now, I think perhaps Melissa and Doug overestimated the abilities of one year olds just a little. Yes the girls love the puzzle and do try to put the pegs in the hole; but more often than not the pieces are used as nibble toys and bath toys. The most fun the twins have had with their puzzles is Sugar throwing the pieces in the bath tub one piece at a time.

Ah well! I think puzzles are best left for 18 months and older.

Playskool Busy Poppin Pals

I mentioned buying the Playskool Busy Poppin' Pals as a Christmas gift for the girls because I have a preference for battery-free toys. Now that was 20 dollars well spent. The twins love this and I'm actually considering buying a second one just to avoid the inevitable fights over this toy.

Since the popping pals became a part of our family, the girls have learnt to operate the different buttons/switches to make the animals pop. This is one of the two toys that can actually keep them engrossed for over 10 minutes at a sitting. (The other is the cell phone.) 10 minutes of a 15 month old's attention is a big deal, believe me. I had this toy on our last flight and it was a major contributor to my not being led off the plane in a strait jacket.

The wierd thing is Spice only operates one switch and Sugar has learnt how to operate all the other switches EXCEPT for the one switch that Spice has mastered. I don't know what to make of that, but I do know that this toy is a solid…

Traveling with Twin Toddlers - The Ziplock edition

It was ten years ago when I first learnt the importance of traveling with ziplock bags. I had gone to visit my sister when I found a really large bottle of my favorite shampoo. As this shampoo was hard to find at home, I got a couple of bottles to take home with me. When I got home, my suitcase was a big, ugly, shampoo-blue mess. It took several washings to get rid of the "heads and shoulders"smell on my clothes.
I learnt the valuable lesson that day. When traveling, all liquids, gels, lotions and creams should be kept in sealed ziplock bags. Even if they spill in transit, the spill is contained. Since becoming a parent to twins, this lesson has proven even more useful.
Everytime I've traveled with the girls, their toiletries have been in zipped, plastic bags. In their diaper bag, clean pacifiers, dirty pacifiers, medicine bottles and smaller toys all have their individual ziplock bags. This last trip, I even kept all their socks in one big ziplock bag and it made unpack…

Save on Good Baby Shoes

When I wrote the post on baby shoes last month and included the list of kid's shoe brands recommended by the APMA, I felt unsettled. Why? Because all those brands are quite expensive and retail for anything from 30 to 80 dollars. That is so not me. As a follow-up to that post, it's only appropriate that I share with you ways in which I saved on buying brand-name baby shoes; specifically Robeez.

I first heard about Robeez shoes from the Baby Bargains book I read while pregnant with the twins and they do have a stellar reputation as makers of children's shoes. Since then, I made it my mission to try and get a pair of Robeez shoes in each size for girls. My price target was less than 20 dollars per pair.

Availability. Out of all the shoes on the APMA list, Robeez are the easiest to find and the the biggest brand. That size means that discounts are easier to come byStrideRite stores: Robeez shoes are made by StrideRite and they have stores in select locations as well as online.…

Avocado Cheese Omelette for Toddlers

The vegetable for this month is avocado. I have a love-hate relationship with avocados. Love them in small chunks for 5 minutes then I hate the browning leftovers that have to be thrown away. As the twins have started eating a lot less, my Dr.Sister advised that I make sure that the little they did eat was calorie dense - avocado is a very healthy calorie dense food and the girls do love fried eggs. So here's my recipe for avocado cheese omelette for twins and mommy.

Diced onions and tomatoes
Avocado chunks cut into sizes that babies can comfortably "chew"
Shredded cheese
3 eggs (because this was for the 3 of us)
Olive oil for frying

Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and add the diced onions and tomatoes. Fry until the veggies are soft. Stir constantly of it could end up with  one side burnt and one side undone.
I prefer to add the shredded cheese into the eggs, so break eggs into a bowl, whisk and add the shredded cheese. Add to vegetables in frying pan…