Archive | October, 2011

The Girls Stats & Facts

12 Oct

I would say that this post is mostly for my family overseas but you might enjoy comparing my girls with your kids stats since we mothers all do that anyways.

 
Keena 
(currently 14.5 months)
 
 
  • Birth Weight: 3.14 kg (6.9 lbs)
  • Birth Length: 47cm (18.5 in)
  • Current Weight: 12 kg (26.4 lbs)
  • Current Height: 80 cm (31.5 in)
  • Started Sitting @: 6 months
  • Started Crawling @: 7.5 months
  • Started Walking @: 10 months
  • First Tooth @: 9 months
  • Current # of teeth: 10
  • First Words (other than ‘mama’ & ‘dada’): bubba (baby), dog & ‘banpa’ (grandpa)
  • Fav foods: pasta screws, scrambled eggs (with spinach puree mixed in is also a fav), yogurt, carrots, peanuts, peanut butter, cream cheese, fresh rye bread, pears, strawberries, tea, oatmeal (with banana, honey & cinnamon), banana bread
  • Fav toys: baby dolls, card board boxes,  toy cell phones/telephones, plastic beaded necklaces, anything with a screen- tv, cell phone, computer, whatever, toy remote control
  • Fav activities: carrying her baby (who she affectionately calls ‘bubba’) around and loving it/ looking at pictures (especially of babies)/ tearing out pictures of babies in my old maternity magazines and bringing them to me (noticing a trend yet?)/ watching TV/ eating/ sleeping/ play dough/ playing in puddles or the dogs water bowl/ roaming around outside/ playing in the dirt or sand/ reading books/ playing with Blake
  • General temperament: easy going, silly, energetic, independent, affectionate, resilient, determined, cautious of strangers but very warm to those she’s familiar with, takes a while to warm up in a new environment, initially gets overwhelmed in a large crowd of children/ excitable
  • Keena Zoey means: bold and courageous (Keena) & life giving (Zoey)
Blake
also, currently 14.5 (obviously, they’re twins)

  • Birth Weight: 2.88 kg (6.3 lbs)
  • Birth Length: 47cm (18.5 in)
  • Current Weight: 12 kg (25.3 lbs)
  • Current Height: 82 cm (31.5 in)
  • Started Sitting @: 6.5 months
  • Started Crawling @: 8 months
  • Started Walking @: 11.5 months
  • First Tooth @: 7 months
  • Current # of teeth: 12
  • First Words (other than ‘mama’ & ‘dada’): dog
  • Fav foods:  yogurt, carrots, raisins, cream cheese, fresh rye bread, pears, strawberries, bananas, tea, oatmeal (with banana, honey & cinnamon), homemade granola bars, banana bread, cheese, rice crackers, avocado, biltong (jerky), tuna in mayo, water
  • Fav toys: books (especially touch and feel ones), balls, cars, her little motor bike, duplo, toy cell phones/ telephones, toy car remote,
  • Fav activities: putting shapes into the correct shaped hole/ climbing/ ‘reading’ or being read too/ riding her motor bike (aka me pushing her around on it)/ anything that involves her being spun around, hung up-side-down, pulled around, thrown in the air or chased/ hide-n-go-seek (it’s always me hiding at this point)/ trying new foods (this kid will eat anything!)/ playing with Keena
  • General temperament: outgoing, friendly, likes to be near other people, dramatic, feisty, affectionate on her terms, curious,contagious laugh, mischievous/ observant/ excitable/ slight perfectionist (She didn’t attempt any of the bigger milestones like rolling over, sitting, crawling or walking until she’d watched Keena try and fail for at least a week if not longer. She’s mostly ‘just starting crawling/walking/whatever’ without any of the preliminary ‘practice’. It’s as if she didn’t want to try until she felt confident she could do it right the first time.),
  • Blake Adelaide means: bright and transparent (Blake) & noble (Adelaide)
So that’s the low down on my little people, my tiny posy. They’re too freaking cute man! Freaking cute is…
 

 

 

 
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A-Z About Me

10 Oct
So apparently this is going around blogsphere at the moment. I saw it at

http://createloves.blogspot.com/ 

and thought it was fun. Get ready to know randoms about me.

A. Age: 28
B. Bed size: Queen extra length

We’re tall people in this household.


C. Chores that you hate: I hate all the ‘boy stuff’- picking up dogs poos, taking the rubbish out, killing bugs… that kind of stuff.

D. Dogs: We have a 2.5 year old Jack Russel named Holly…

 who is very petite for a Jackie but has the HUGEST personality. We also have a 2 year old chocolate lab who isn’t the smartest dog on the block but is very sweet.

(Cola as a puppy.)

E. Essential start to my day: Drinking a litre of water, stretching, taking my vitamins and praying and reading my Bible for at least 5 minutes.
F. Favorite color: I have no idea at the moment.
G. Gold or Silver: Silver. My skin tone will never really be able to do gold any justice.
H. Height: 5’10″
I. Instruments you play: Nada. Although, I do wish that I could play the cello or the drums.  

J. Job title: Stay-at-home-mom and photographer.
K. Kids: Fourteen month old twin daughters- Keena & Blake.

(Helping me shop for toiletries recently.)

L. Live: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
M. Mother’s name: Officially, its Cynthia but she’s gone by Tia her whole life.

(My Mom and I about 3 years ago during my last visit to the US.)

N. Nicknames: Nothing really.
O. Overnight hospital stays: Let’s see, I shattered my right elbow when I was 6 years old, had 2 operations to repair it which was a few days overnight in hospital plus a cast for 6-8 weeks (I can’t actually remember). And then there’s my C-section… but I’m not really sure that counts as an interesting fact.
P. Pet peeves: I HATE the game ‘copy cat’… which my husband thinks is funny to play sometimes. 
Being splashed with water when I’m fully dressed.
Q. Quote from a movie: Not really a movie quoter.
R. Right or left handed: Right handed.
S. Siblings: Older sister and two older brothers.

T. Time you wake up: Between 6-7 depending on how wide awake and disciplined I’m feeling when my alarm goes off.
U. Underwear: I wear it.

V. Vegetable you hate: Not a huge fan of cauliflower on its own and I don’t like olives under any circumstances.
W. What makes you run late: My kids!
X. X-Rays you’ve had: When I shattered my left elbow. When I broke my right elbow. To reside in Australia and South Africa I had to have lung x-rays as part of a physical, which was part of my visa application.
Y. Yummy food that you make: Ok… I’m actually not that much of a cook but I must say that I have a few specialty dishes: Thai green curry, meatloaf, Shepard’s pie, fajitas, butternut soup and chocolate cake are probably my bests.
Z. Zoo animal: I used to looooove watching the polar bears swim at the zoo. I could stand there for hours watching them.

K. There are my random facts.

Dear Sue Part 2- After They Arrive Advice

2 Oct

Dear Sue,

I forgot that you’d moved to Ireland! Listen here woman, if the public health care there is up to par and free- freaking use it! You will have numerous other large costs with twins so take any free thing you can. And you’re so blessed to have a multiples specialist in your local hospital! Take advantage of their expertise and knowledge as much as possible.

So here’s my two cents for once those little guys arrive:)

1) Get them on a routine!

I know that routines vs. child led feeding & sleeping is a debatable issue in the parenting realm but when it comes to multiples, I don’t see how their is a debate at all. For the sake of your sanity and therefore, the well being of your twins, do your best to get them on the same routine. It is definitely a lot of work, especially in the beginning, but it will totally pay off.

Also, it is very helpful for your milk supply if your in a routine. Remember you will be feeding, not one but TWO babies. Your milk supply needs time to stabilize and make new milk. A routine helps enormously with this.

 My two favorite books about routine are:

I loved Baby Wise for two main reasons; number one, the authors amazing and joyful attitude. Honest to goodness, some of the words in this book set the tone for my pregnancy and I’m soooo thankful for them. Number two, the author is the father of triplets! So even though this book is generally written for singletons, there is a chapter on multiples and some good gems in there. 
I loved this book for it’s practical, specific information. It’s basically a ‘how to’ book. It’s all nice and well to say you are going to put your children on a ‘x’ hour routine… but how do you actually deal with their little personalities and niggles that can potentially sabotage that objective? This book helped me LOADS.

2) Write it down.

Get a journal for each baby and until at they are at least 10-12 weeks, it’s extremely useful to keep a written record. Write down what time you fed who, how much each child ate, how long the feed took you, who’s pooped, who’s peed, who’s having what niggles and so on. It helps to make sure that they are healthy (because their bowl movements are your best tracker in the first few weeks), gives you clues about what their niggles actually are and how to sort them out, what each child’s feeding ‘personality’ is, when your next feed needs to be and how many times a day each child is eating. Plus, you won’t have the pressure of remembering all this info off the top of your head! It’ll all be there in your notebooks to reference at any time:)

3) You are about to become a walking circus.

Or as Husband likes to say ‘the pied piper of grannies’. People have such a fascination with twins and people (especially grannies) have literally followed me through the shops before, staring at my kids. I’ve also been so peppered with strange twin questions by total strangers that I almost loose it. It got to a point, especially when they were still small, that I’d just put my head down and just walk, pretending that I didn’t hear anyone’s questions or comments if I actually wanted to get in and out of wherever I was in a decent time. Just be warned… that’s all I’m sayin’.  

  
4) Put out one fire at a time.

A friend from high school had triplet boys six weeks before I had my girls. We have a similar mothering style and stayed in touch regularly when ours were babies. She gave me this mantra. Just take a second… read it again…think about it… let it absorb… breath it in… focus on it. You only have two hands- PUT OUT ONE FIRE AT A TIME.  For example, if your busy changing a nappy and the other one starts screaming, focus on finishing the nappy and then deal with the screamer. They’re not going to die from 60 seconds of crying while you’re changing the nappy. Then you have one happy, poop free baby and another who is now being tended to with your sole attention. ONE FIRE AT A TIME and I promise you’ll make it through each day.

Alright Sue, I think that’s about it from me for the time being. I hope at least some of this rang true with you and can be of help. Keep in touch, I want to hear how your pregnancy goes.

Oh yeah, here are some links to other twin mom blogs that I enjoy:

http://www.chasingtwinsinlouboutins.com/

http://www.multiplesandmore.com/

http://www.twinsplusone.com/

http://mamamandolin.blogspot.com/