Toddler Busy Box Feed the Animals

Ok, so they aren’t actually bags, but that is the most common name for these sensory, Reggio Emilia, Montessori, open ended play, educational, and creative inspired toys.

Feed the Animals busy box toddler

Feed the Animals busy box – Life Plus Twins

A friend of mine was given one of these from her Mother-in-Law and I immedialy recognized the snack cups! Head over to the Dollar Tree and pick up a package of these snack containers. Two for a dollar, so don’t buy them from Amazon! Screen Shot 2014-12-21 at 8.44.37 PM

You will need to drill a hole for the mouth. Start with a 1/16 drill bit and work your way up to 1/2. My twins are 19 months and despite their many attempts, they could not manage to get their fingers stuck in the hole. It was just a smidge too big.

The correct size of pom-poms is paramount to this working. I had two sizes that worked but I’m not sure size they are. I’m thinking either the 1/2″ or the 10mm for the larger one and either the 3mm or 5mm for the smaller one. The smaller one fit through easily but the larger one took a little more concentration to squish in.

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Toddler Twins Bath Time and Potty Training

Squish and Stretch are almost 19mo now. Squish started announcing his pee/poo diaper at 17m. We bought two of these Bjorn “shortie potties”. BABYBJORN Smart Potty Review

I wish I’d bought these Bjorn potties instead because of the higher back and I think they are a little taller. I think it would make it a little easier to sit on. The “shortie potty” is VERY SHORT. My two are very  young to be potty training and these are kinda too short for them!BABYBJORN Potty Chair Review

I’m buying one of these to keep in the car. Oh yeah. That’s right, my kids will be pottying in the back of my super cool minivan. Think about it, if you are on your own, driving any decent distance and you here “PEE Momma” from the backseat- you gotta do what you gotta do. NO WAY am I taking all 3 kiddos into a gas station or fast food bathroom without an assistant!61XHxDLrrAL._SL1000_

Three Day Potty Training starts after the holidays, in early January. This is the highly recommended way to potty train multiples. It isn’t written for multiples but all my MoM (Moms of Multiples) friends love it.

Thanks to their new love of the potty, and since bath time provides lots of naked time (aka easy access to the potties)- this is what bath time looks like these days.

6:20 boys sit on their potties as tub fills
6:21 catch them as they attempt to escape the bathroom
6:22 place them in tub
6:25 Stretch is told to keep the water in the bathtub
6:28 Squish says PEE and he is pulled and placed on his potty
6:29 Stretch says PEE and he is pulled and placed on his potty
6:30 they both stand up and are replaced back in the tub
6:36 Stretch is told to keep the water in the bathtub
6:38 Squish is told not to hit his brother with the rubber shark
6:39 Squish says PEE and he is pulled and placed on his potty
6:40 Stretch says PEE and he is pulled and placed on his potty
6:41 they both stand up and are replaced back in the tub
6:46 Stretch is told to keep the water in the bathtub
6:48 Stretch styles Squish’s hair
6:51 Stretch is told not to pull Squish’s hair
6:52 Squish says PEE and he is pulled and placed on his potty
6:53 Stretch says PEE and he is pulled and placed on his potty
6:54 they both stand up and are replaced back in the tub
6:59 Stretch is told to keep the water in the bathtub
7:05 Squish washes Stretch’s face
7:06 Squish is told to quit holding Stretch’s face under water
7:08 Stretch is told to keep the water in the bathtub
7:09 Mommy starts singing the clean up song
7:12 Mommy cleans up all the bath toys
7:13 Boys are removed from the bath tub and *poncho towels placed on
7:14 Squish says PEE, his towel is removed and he sits on his potty
7:15 Stretch says PEE, his towel is removed and he sits on his potty
7:16 Stretch pees on the potty and gets a treat
7:17 Squish won’t quit screaming TREAT! despite the logical argument from his Mother about the direct correlation of pee/poo to treats

Repeat 7 nights a week

*Poncho towels are pretty much the coolest thing for your toddler. It’s better than a regular wrap around, hooded towel because you slip in on over the the head. There is a hold in the middle and is requires an adult to remove it. Really handy when they run in opposite directions before you can get a diaper on them. You can find them on Amazon or if you are feeling crafty – here is a Poncho Towel Tutorial

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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.

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