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Well, my boys never cease to surprise me, my husband and I are often silly. I bet many folks would think we are total weirdos at times! That’s what makes our lives fun and interesting. We always joke around that our boys are going to grow up to be so goofy because of us. Well, that just might be the case here.

One afternoon we kept hearing a banging noise from the nursery. We listened carefully. Heard it again followed by hysterical one year old giggles. What in world was going on in there? My husband and I snuck in to quietly spy on our boys. That is when we saw it….our lil headbanger. Both boys standing up in their cribs. One grasping the rails like prison bars and then..banging his forehead into the side of the crib. His laughing twin egging him on. This continued twice more until we were spotted and their attention span diverted.

This was certainly not a one time isolated incident. Not only does he bang his head into his crib, but now he does it while crawling or walking around the living room. He will walk up or crawl to the wall, place his hands on it, then gently bang head. His brother does it every once in a while..but they are always cracking up.

Is is normal?!! Maybe he is going to be a lineman or defensive football player. Who knows! At least he does it gently! For now we will just enjoy these quirky moments with our boys. One day I am sure I will miss the head banging days.

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One of my boys has the flu and double ear infections. Finally this week with three trips to the doctors and third kind of antibiotic he is feeling better. This leads me to my fight with the car seat.

My husband got up for work this morning ( no school for me…teacher work day and my report cards are finished already). I asked our awesome sitter to come over to watch one boy so I could take sickie pants to the doctor for his third and final antibiotic shot. My husband so sweetly transferred one car seat from his SUV to my tiny car. The seats fit much better in his vehicle.

All morning routines went on as normal. Sickie and I said or bye-bye to his bro and our babysitter…we were off…..so I thought. I placed the diaper bag on the front seat…and baby boy in his usual car seat. I went to buckle him in when I realized the straps were extremely tight. I couldn’t even fit his arms through!! I called my husband to inquire how and why did he change the straps. He didn’t, apparently. After some frustration I brought sickie boy back inside so the car seat and I could have at it. With straps everywhere and my husband explaining them to me..just adjust it at the back, I had to take out the car seat and flip it completely upside down to adjust it. After cursing it out (and probably my husband, too!) it was ready to go. I got baby boy, buckled one side in only to discover…oh ” mother father!!” I didn’t adjust both sides. This time, already running late, I took out, flipped over, and readjusted the darn thing with the boy on my lap. My neighbors probably listened to my sailor talk to a car seat and think I am completely insane. No sleep will do that to you. Anyway, 30 minutes later we were buckled in and on our way to get a painful shot.

I think I won that round…if I had to fight the twin seat, I think I would’ve lost! Oh I have a whole new appreciation or my husband for always getting the car seats situated. Thank goodness for him!

Ugh. The body of a mom after having a baby…or babies. One always hears about the extra baby weight. No one ever tells you that your whole body will change and not go back to previous normal. They say..give it a year. Ok. i gave it a year..now what?! Or…this one gets me…you look good…for having twins. one day I would just like that last phrase to drop.

I know there are mothers with awesome bodies…but now that I am a mom I’m thinking that most of us secretly hate our bodies. It’s tough because the children these wide hips and belly fat, stretched out body, made are worth it. The hot bod is gone, and that is ok. There is hardly time to worry about appearance when working full time, being a mom to twins year olds, and a wife. Sometimes though, when I happen to have a few minutes extra when getting ready, I will really stop and look in the mirror and totally dislike what I see. I was never happy with my body..but what girl or lady truly is. Looking back I wish I would’ve appreciated it more because now I fear I won’t get it back!! It is so hard to wear clothes that just don’t feel right, to have extra hip fat, to have my belly looking all sorts of nasty. My husband is the best. I know he thinks I look good. It is just hard to deal with the body change. Some days I just want to feel smoking hot again.

My goal for this year is to loose some weight, I gained seventy pounds when I was pregnant and lost most of it…maybe twenty to fifteen pounds are left. I don’t know how I’m going to do it without time to really and truly exercise. I am also working on loving to learn the body that did an amazing thing…grew the two most beautiful babies in the world. I wouldn’t go back to my old body for anything. I love my boys and the changes that come along. I just want to look and feel a bit more confident in my mommy body. All of my pre-baby clothes are away in the attic (as my bf suggested)and I bought some much bigger sizes…which was tough, but made me feel a whole lot better.

Here are some words of advice:

Girls and ladies– appreciate your body, later on you’ll look back and realize how good you used to look!

New mommies-it’s hard, I know. Get rid of the maternity clothes…wearing those around post baby doesn’t make you feel good. Man up, or mommy up, and buy super cute bigger sizes. Try out new styles as previous ones may not flatter your new body like they did before. Adorable accessories help, too, and you can keep those no matter what the size.

All of us should remember this: no one knows what size you’re wearing anyway! I find it best to not look at the size on the tags as I get dressed I the morning, too. If you don’t see it, then you won’t even think about it If you are comfortable and feel good in some new threads.

The reactions are all very similar…

  • Congratulations!
  • When did you find out?
  • Fraternal or identical?
  • Double trouble
  • Double joy
  • Double love
  • Do twins run in your family?
  • We’re the premies?
  • You were huge!

…among others.

Found about at first ultrasound at 13 weeks. No, the midwife did not hear both heartbeats at the first appointment, even though my husband had a feeling we were having twins and had her double check ( pun intended). Yes, we were surprised. Apparently twins run in the family, but we didn’t find that out until we were expecting ours. I had horrible morning sickness at night for 17 weeks. i did not have weird cravings, however, lemon pepper chicken was one smell I couldn’t handle (found that out after my sweet husband made me dinner one night).  They were born at 37 weeks and did not spend time in NICU  and were normal weights.  I was not on bed rest. I did swell up with the largest cankles in the world. I worked teaching until 35 weeks. Yes, I was huge; I gained seventy pounds and wanted to cry at my last weight check as I weighed more than my hubby! I could see and feel them both moving at once. While reading aloud to my third graders the boys would move around like crazy. It became a game for my students to see them moving. They had separate sacs and placentas,so they are fraternal, even though they look similar and have the same hair and eye colors.

Twins are indeed a blessing and fill my life with double joys, love, and diapers. I could never ever imagine only having one baby.