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Showing posts from December, 2012

2012 in numbers

12 - Number of steps in a Sugar-y meltdown 11 - Number of surprise valentine's day packs each girl received 10 - Total number of pounds the girls have gained (Thank God for Dapper Snappers)
9 -  Number of grey hairs this ER visit added to my head 8 -  Pairs of shoes each girl owned / owns (Mayhaps mama has a shoe problem?!) 7 - Number of suitcases we lived in for the first few months of the year 6 - Number of fruits I used in the twins' birthday fruit tray (double that for the number of mini cupcakes I ate to compensate) 5 - Number of homes we lived in the last 12 months 4 - Number of weeks spent trying to re-sleep train my girl Spice 3 - Number of photo sessions we had with professionals - So worth it (includes school pictures) 2 - super blessings living in my house 1 - super blessed mama to have seen it all this last 12 months! Hopeful for an even better 2013

Howdwedo with 2012 Goals

Why list annual goals? I believe that a vision must be written as one of the steps towards being actualized. Since I was a teenager, I've always started the new year with a list of my goals and 2012 was no exception. I had a list of parenting goals that I wanted to work towards. The year is now drawing to a close and I'm taking a look at my report card. My last update was in July and then I sorta forgot all about it until this week. 

Goal 1: Introduce the girls to at least one new vegetable every month and share the winning recipe. I definitely broadened the food repertoire of this family thanks to the girls. Not sure we got one new vegetable every month but with this I learnt that they love pieces of cucumber and tomatoes (someone musta corrupted my DNA) and are not fans of popcorn
Goal 2: Continue with regular monthly development posts with less focus on the physical data. I did this in conjunction with a project 52 (at least a picture for every week of their second year). Ju…

Merry Christmas Peeps!

Merry Christmas to you and yours from me and mine. 

It's been such a dynamic year in parenting my two lil lovelies and I wouldn't change it for the world. There's been a shift in my relationship with this blog and I think I've reached reached the conclusion of what I set out to achieve - to pass on the lessons I learnt on parenting twins in the first two years.

Happy new year too. I'm looking forward to the promise of 2013 because of His promise.

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 21:11

Happy 2nd Birthday To Our Friends

There's a special group of bloggers that I stalk follow - it's the blogs with twins born in the Winter of 2010 one month before or after my girls. They're all turning 2 just like us, so here's a special "Happy Birthday" to the twins of the class of 2028
Bri and Liv started the partyThen Cameron and Mason added some boy style to the partyNattie and Vera brought back the pinkAnd finally Mia and Alexa will be jiving to 2 right beside SantaIt's not just twins in this group though. Also a special shout out to
Gracie, Quinn and Harper who will be two in DecemberAnd Capri and her 3 brothers who turned 2 with an Elmo bashAnd the other blogs about multiples born between October and December 2010 that I've found along the way?
Well there's Ben and HannahAnd there's Tyler and ZacharyAnd Holli's twin boysHappy birthday to y'alls!
PS: Do you know any other blogs for multiples born between October and December 2010 that I missed? Please share in the co…

99 Items to Pack When Travelling With Twin Toddlers

Okay that header is a bit of a stretch. Even though it felt like I packed 99 things plus the kitchen sink for my trip alone with the twins, it was probably a lot less. I spent weeks plotting and planning what items needed to be on my carryon for the 4+ hour flight and here's what I came up with A good bag with plenty of compartments that is either a backpack or has a very long strap - the plan is that it allows you to be "handsfree". My Eddie Bauer diaper bag meets this criteria beautifully without being too bulky. Feeding NecessitiesMilk alternative that does not need to be refrigerated. I always travel with Pediasure but I've seen other milk substitutes in the grocery stores. TIP:Feed the kids the new milk a few days before travelling to confirm that they have no adverse reaction to itSippy cups (First Years Take and Toss is my favorite). TIP: If the kids are still using a bottle nipple, the standard ones will fit the Pediasure bottles. When the girls were younger, …

10 Tips for Flying with Toddlers

The twins and I just had a very wonderful thanksgiving vacation with my family in CT. We're back home now and I've added "flying alone with toddler twins" to my list of twin parenting laurels. I confess that I was dreading the experience and was prepared for the worst. It actually went a lot better than I expected (I need to trust my girls more!).

Interestingly, it was a year ago that I wrote my post on flying with infant twins. Well, I can tell you that flying with toddler twins is a different ball game. Here are the lessons I learnt
Choose gear that will allow you to navigate the airport "hands-free". This will depend on the age of the kids and if they need a double stroller, leash, car seats etc.  My girls had just turned 2 the day before we flew so they both had their own seats on the plane and needed carseats for the flight. My solution was to hook our two cosco scenera carseats to a double umbrella stroller, leaving my hands free. I chose to travel with…