The Birth Story of Rory and Patrick

Meet Angela, one amazing momma. I have been wanting to share her Houston twin birth story for a while, finally getting around to it. So enjoy!

http://theparishfamily.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-birth-story-of-rory-and-patrick.html

 

Her boys are over 9mo now and she’s still nursing, keep up the good work momma!

 

 

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Oh Look! A Family Centered Cesarean at TCH!

I thought maybe they just didn’t do these at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women. Dr L had never even heard of it, and yet this was in the Houston Chronicle just  a week or so after my boys were born.

http://www.chron.com/news/health/article/Special-delivery-indeed-Mom-baby-get-faster-4614409.php

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Support groups when expecting twins

Here we are at 13m. I just survived a hellish day of teething. My (adorable & sweet) demon spawn are finally down for the night. Needless to say, I’m enjoying an adult beverage.
I feel so blessed to find myself in situations where I hope I can pass on some knowledge and support. There are women pregnant with twins, seriously everywhere. I felt very alone when I was pregnant. My family and friends were supportive but terrified. I’m the only one who read all the articles about how twins come natural, breastfeeding is possible, they can go full term, and further. So I felt alone that nobody local shared my knowledge and confidence.
My giant saving grace was a Facebook group call Birthing Multiples Naturally. If you want to make your job of birthing twins vaginally look easy, go read birth stories of women who naturally birthed and then breastfeeding TRIPLETS. While most of these aren’t local, there is a local Houston woman who accomplished this with Dr. Dryden at Women’s Pavilion.
So to those of you who feel alone, here is a list of helpful FB groups, and websites.
Birthing Multiples Naturally
Houston Natural Twin Birth
Breastfeeding Twins
Tandem Babywearing
Naturally Parenting Twins

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Happy Birthday Boys!

It’s official! We’ve survived the first year of twindom! It called for a visit to our favorite photographer Kelly Roth in League City. Let’s just say – my kids like cake!

That is Stretch on the left and Squish on the right. Just a smidge over 20lbs now. Stretch says all kinds of things. “good job, thank you, Momma, Sissa, Dadda, shoe, duck, his own name…” Squish is more of a actions guy. He can take 7 steps without falling and is SO proud of himself.MandECS_17wm MandECS_36wm

We are still nursing. When they were tiny, I swore I’d wean them the second they turned one. We are here, and in no hurry for them to quit any time soon! Such special, quiet moments with such busy little guys.

A conversation with a twin mom of 3yr olds the other day about nursing, brought back a forgotten memory. I told her how I’d made my hubby promise that if I ever asked for formula, in a moment of weakness/exhaustion/crazy, that he had to refuse. My friend said she and her hubby had also had the same conversation. Guess what?  In a moment of weakness/exhaustion/crazy at 3am, I begged him to go buy formula, and he refused. That was our moment, could have been a terrible turning point but we’d prepared for it. We were ready for the weakness/exhaustion/crazy and we beat it! So Mommas who are currently pregnant with twins, have this conversation before it’s too late. You think you are strong enough to make it through the first 12wks of weakness/exhaustion/crazy and still breastfeed? Great, I’d also use this little backup plan. I was so hardcore about BFing because of my guilt over how my little dudes were born. There was NO WAY I WOULD USE FORMULA, but I did ask for it.

Now on to my adorable little men. Want to remember what they used to look like? Houston Newborn Twin Photography

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Houston Lactation Cookies Review

Houston Lactation Cookies

houston lactation cookies review

Here I am just a month away from the boy’s first birthday. We have managed to continue the breastfeeding without needing any formula (or goat’s milk). That said, it hasn’t always been easy and some days I’m still wondering if we’ll make it.

I used to wake up feeling so full, and even though it was uncomfortable, it was reassuring. I haven’t had that full feeling in a while, so I was very curious about lactation cookies.

houston lactation cookies review

One of my fellow twin Mommas has a little bakery out of her house and was excited to try them. Whimsy Sweet Treats has a couple different varieties – White Chocolate Macadamia and the Classic Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies. My favorite cookie of all time is a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie and since oatmeal is one of the things that help make lactation cookies “Boob Food”, I was all over this one.

After eating these over a couple of days I swear I woke up feeling noticeably fuller. Not uncomfortable, but defiantly fuller! Rebecca from Whimsy Sweet Treats is a talented woman – first she birthed her twins all natural and now providing lactation cookies in Houston to all the lactating mommas!houston lactation cookies review

My only complaint is that it should come with a 1/2 gallon of coconut milk. Ummm, coconut milk and chocolate chip lactation cookies. Seriously a perfect match!

Looking for lactation cookies in Houston? You can find Whimsy Sweet Treats on Facebook

ALL. GONE.

houston lactation cookies review

 

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Attachment Parenting Twins

If you are looking for attachment parenting twins support groups in Houston, I’m about to hook you up! Now, some Facebook groups aren’t local, AP twins isn’t the norm. It’s certainly harder than with a singleton. The thing to keep in mind about AP is that you can pick and choose what works for your family! We do cloth diapers, babywearing, baby-led weaning, delay/select vaccinations, but we don’t co-sleep and I don’t have a problem with some cry-it-out!

First of all, join your local Moms of Multiples group. Seriously, just do it. If after a year, you don’t learn something helpful – don’t stay on for another year. Plus they have sales where you can buy and sell your baby stuff! Mine is Bay Area Moms of Multiples ( BAMOM )

Local Facebook Groups:
Houston Birth and Pregnancy
Houston Crunchy Moms
Houston Cloth Diapers
Bay Area Babywearing
Greater Bay Area La Leche League
Real Crunchy Parents of Houston
Central Houston Babywearers
Gulf Coast Babywearers

Non Local Facebook Groups
Tandem Babywearing
Tandem Nursing
Naturally Parenting Twins

Am I missing any groups?

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The Twin Cloth Diaper Stash

When my boys were 3mo, I was given 33 giant prefolds. I wasn’t fond of how big it made their little booties, so I started my research. I’m still not sure how we ended up with flats & Flips but I’m so happy we did! We use the prefolds at night, and HAVE NEVER HAD A LEAK! A trip to the Dharma website and some colorful fingers later, all my diapers are no longer plain white. You can see the colorful patterns on my diaper FB page, Vibrant Diapers.

IMG_3450I hadn’t planned to start CDing until they were 6mo old but found that I loved the look of them so much that we were hooked by 4mo.

How many diapers do you need to cloth diaper twins? Here’s the breakdown of what we have:

36 flats – these are our everyday diapers, nice and thin. 12 of these go for $19 on AmazonIMG_4968IMG_4952

12 prefolds – night time diapers and also used to clean up spills & the floor after meals (I have 33 of these, and plan to use them full time when they fit the boys better) 6 of these for for $19 on AmazonIMG_4955IMG_4953

10 Flip covers – on the left in this photo, they have tons of colors and even some prints. These are $15 each here

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12 pocket diapers – on the right in this photo, I bring these for when someone other than the hubby or I will be watching the boys. There are lots of brands, but I just bought some cheapy Alva’s from China. They go for about $5/each on Ebay. They aren’t made very well (shocker, right?) but they are great for occasional use! Plus, they have tons of adorable prints.

IMG_4971Is that enough cloth diapers for twins? I wash every 2nd-3rd day and have yet to run out!

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