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From Play Area To Playroom

When we moved in October last year, the girls were just about to turn 2 and I organized the house into play areas for them. One main advantage of the play area was that they had a place to play on the two levels of the house and could be with us no matter where we were. 

However, as the girls have become more mobile over the last 10 months, so have their toys. The house slowly became a huge toy zone that was a mess faster than I could pick-up. It was time for a change in our toy organization. 

Lesson 1: Be flexible. What works for 2 year olds does not necessarily work for 3 year olds. 

Lesson 2: Recognize their changing abilities. The play areas worked for my 2 year olds but as 3 year olds they are stronger and faster. Which means their toys can be carried and spread further around the house

The solution: A PLAYROOM

Do I have a room to convert into a playroom? At first glance, no. But I hate having un-used rooms in my home and the formal dining room was definitely unused but perfectly posi…

How (not) To Fit Your Toddlers For Shoes

This post may or may not be based on personal experience

Asking "do your shoes feel tight?" they are babies. they love to say noeven when they don't understand the quetionPinch the front to feel for their toes. Just because you can't feel their toes doesn't mean jackRefuse to get a fitting in a shoe store because last time you went, the associate didn't know how to use the foot measuring thingie and was reading it upside down - really brown shoes?!Wait for kid's foot to get a blister, gasp, fell a rush of guilt, rush to the guest room closet and bring out their next-size-up shoesHOW TO FIT YOUR TODDLERS FOR SHOES

Does the shoe have a removable insert? Adidas sneakers do as part of their Adifit. With that, you can simply place the kid's foot on the insole of the shoe and see if it fits or not. The old shoes were the Tsukihoshi brand and they had this removable part as well. 

I'll be looking out for this removable i…

First Day of School Tips for Twins

Summer's drawing to a close and a lot of kids are heading back to school including those of the twin variety. Add to that the fact that I just switched the girls to a new daycare and I thought I would repost my first day of school article from just over a year ago. 

"Since we're living in our third city in 3 months and also attending our 3rd daycare within the same time span, I just may know a thing or two about easing the daycare transitions. My number one tip for starting the daycare (and eventually school) life right for twins is helping the adults around them see and treat them as individuals.

Any twin parent will tell you that the position comes with some novelty and celebrity status. I've enjoyed that for the most part. However, when it comes to being around their peers, I don't want my daughters to be "the twins!". I want them to be seen as individuals. Here's what I've done every first day in a new childcare environment
Dress them differentl…

3 from 3

I was sitting down and thinking the girls will soon be 33 months. Then I got into flustered mode when I realized that meant they are 3 months away from their 3rd birthday. That means we've already survive 75% of the "terrific" twos. This is enough to make a twin mom break the seal on a mid-sized Jack Daniels. But before I make Jack my new best friend, I thought I'd do a 33 month update for the girls

The physical data
Ms Spice weighs 27lbs and is just under 36in tall. That's around 30th percentile for both weight and height. 
Ms Sugar weighs 26lbs and is 36in tall. That's around 17th percentile for weight and 35th for height
Both girls are in 3T clothes and size 8-9 shoes (depending on brand)

Food and nutrition
In the past month, their appetite has practically doubled and we're going through a very good phase in food right now. This mama couldn't be happier. I think part of the reason for this is that I stopped trying to get them to eat a wide variety of foo…

With love to the care providers who love

Last week when I dropped the girls off in daycare, Sugar shooed me out of the room and Spice went off to play immediately.

Today, they both ran excitedly to one of their teachers to show off their pouches of apple sauce. They barely managed to say goodbye to me as they chatted excitedly with the teacher. She told me I could leave them in her class even though she wasn't their regular teacher.

How is a mother supposed to feel?

I felt really good!

See, the girls just started a new daycare and they've had a hard time adjusting. Everyday they begged me to take them to the old daycare and my heart broke just a little. Transitioning to a set of unfamiliar faces is hard. This happened for a month until last week when they ran into the daycare smiling. When the teachers were genuinely happy to see them (even the ones that were not their primary caregivers.) 

As we've attended several daycare centers,  I've seen this happen every single time and it never gets old. It's always he…

Sunday Shorts - Hidden beauty

When I picked up my CSA vegetables last week, the farmer had included a flower. I mentally rolled my eyes at the humble package of "twigs" wrapped in brown paper.

I got home, rinsed out a bottle in the recycling bin and plunked the flower in it. 2 days later, this started happening

Foto friday

The girls still trying to recover from jetlag took an unplanned nap on the couch. Confession: I joined them after taking this pic. Naps are so awesome, I wish they still believed that!

Keeping Up with the Grandparents

From my last 2 posts, you can deduce that we're just returning from a trip to London. Yes, I got on a plane with 2 year old twins and flew 9 hours so we could hangout with their grandma, aunties and cousins. Why? Well let me share a little about me with you.

I'm Nigerian. I grew up in Lagos, Nigeria surrounded by cousins, aunties, uncles and grandparents. We didn't need an excuse to get together. Every summer, once school was out all the kids called each other and planned how we were going to spend our holidays in all the different homes. It wasn't unusual to sometimes have up to 10 of us kids in a house at a point in time. It was fun and it was taken for granted. Things have changed since then.

For a myriad of economic reasons, a lot of us have left Nigeria (home) for better jobs and lifestyles in the UK, US and Canada. The sacrifice of having to learn to abide in a new cultures pales in the face of watching our kids grow up without that family support structure we took…