Friday, April 23, 2010

My "Living" Room

I literally “live” in my living room. It is like the one room command center. With two babies in tow, it just makes life easier.  I can’t imagine functioning any other way.

When I was pregnant, I folded all their little outfits into the chest of drawers upstairs. I set up a changing station in their room. I put all their extra things into a multi-shelf unit in their closet. All was a blissful dream of using their nursery and creating this little dream world. As I have mentioned before, their nursery now stands unused. It has become a storage room for all the things they have outgrown. The chest of drawers that I forced my husband to empty of all his clothes now stands empty.

I imagine a world with one child is much different. But, with two, it just never seemed possible to leave one unattended while I schlepped it upstairs to do what needed to be done. After the boys came home, the diaper changing station for the pack-and-play was quickly set up. Baskets were brought downstairs to house their clothes and blankets. The basinet of the pack-and-play became their daytime crib.

Those baskets of clothes still sit in my living room. They now house PJs, tops, and pants. The nicer changing table was moved downstairs. I transitioned the babies from the pack-and-play, to the “drop zone” (see previous post) to a dog bed. Don’t laugh! A large rectangular dog bed makes the perfect baby nap spot. When they wake up, they just crawl off and go back to playing! (They were so used to napping in the same room as me they do not wake up from sounds.)  They only started to nap upstairs in their crib at 8 months.

My living room is total chaos. Total and complete chaos. In this room we get dressed and nurse in our rocking recliner. In this room we fall asleep and then get carried upstairs. In this room we play and throw all our toys and books everywhere. In this room we eat at the table and throw our unwanted food on the floor. In this room we snuggle and play. And, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

How to Go Out and Actually Accomplish Something!

When I was pregnant I dreamed of the time when I would go out with my twins in their double stroller.  People would smile as I cruised along accomplishing my errands.  That twin stroller, which I made sure turned on a dime and fit through doorways, was my ticket to freedom.

So, my very first trip out I was not prepared for the sheer number of people who would stop me.  Literally get in front of my stroller and force me to stop and talk to them.  I won't go into details, but it took me an entire hour to buy 3 things.  An entire hour.  And when you are tied to breastfeeding, those moments between feedings are precious!

I attempted this task a few more times before I realized that the problem was not that I had the most adorable twins on the planet that everyone wanted to see (which is true by the way).  The problem was that I was strolling around with blinking lights, catchy music, and a sign that said, "Twins!  Come take a look!"

If I was going to get anything done this had to change.  Enter the baby carrier.  I soon realized that one baby in a sling and one in the shopping cart attracted a lot less attention.  Instead of 100 inquiries, I would get about 4.  And I had this handy cart in which to put everything!  I would carry one boy in a New Natives Sling until about 4 months, and I have used an Ergo since then.  The other baby went into the car seat carrier propped in the cart.  As they grew, the car seat disappeared and one baby rode in the built in shopping cart seat.  I still do this, but I have also regressed.  They love to ride in the carts, so I now often put them in the cart seat side by side, or just let them ride in the main compartment.  I get a lot more comments again, but it is still better than using the stroller.  Even if I am just picking up a few items, I hardly ever use the stroller.

My double stroller still gets plenty of use, and it is always tucked away in the back of my van.  But, sometimes the best part of having twins is looking back and realizing how nothing turned out as planned.  Instead you get to give yourself kudos for figuring it all out and realizing what a rockin'ly smart mama you turned out to be.

One Year and Counting

The boys had their first birthday on Wednesday.  Wow.  The first six months were probably the longest six months of my life.  Every day was new and different.  Then suddenly time went into hyper drive, and here I sit the mother of two toddlers wondering how this day came about so fast.  I had been getting a little freaked out lately because I was losing my babies.  Being a mother of IVF infants, knowing it will never happen again is a hard pill to swallow. 

But, a month ago I was shopping for sun hats at Old Navy and not seeing anything I liked in the baby section.  I am not lying when I say that up until this day I had never noticed the toddler boy section.  It was on the other side of the store - far away from my baby focused eyes.  I only discovered it because I saw a clearance sign and what I knew was a baby outfit.  I decided to see what else was on that rack.  (Cue the dramatic music...) My eye caught sight of a little t-shirt on a table with Yoda on it.  12-18 months.  What???  I checked out another t-shirt.  Same size.  (Cue some more music...) Wait!  All these clothes would fit my kids and they are soooooo cute!  Not baby cute, but cool cute!  When I got home, I told my husband all about it in a rush of words and excitement.  I am sure he thought I was nuts.

Since then, it has been like a whole new world is opening up.  We planted flowers in the planters outside together. We figured out how to climb onto the stroller and climb all the way up onto the handle bars (oh yes).   The twins now own fun, big boy toys like swings, ride-on-giraffes, musical instruments, and push toys .  (P.S. Apparently twin toddlers need two of everything.  Sharing is hard when you can't say, "mine!")  And, if that wasn't enough, last week Carter took his first steps.  Just wait until they are both walking...  who knows what we will be doing then.

Watch out world, here we come!