Twin Adventures

Twin girls now rule the house.

Sick Babies

The last few days in our house have been not-so-great. Someone *cough*Anton*cough* managed to bring home a bit of a cold. Anton and both the girls have been sick for a few days. All three of them have been feeling very punky, as Anton would say. I didn’t wind up getting it, except for a somewhat stuffed nose, although being around a sick family makes you feel like you’re sick too.

It started out with Anton being sick. On Friday or Saturday he tells me “I think my glands are swollen.” Which, for him, is an almost sure sign that he’s going to be sick, or already is. So I told him “No kissing the babies! Don’t want the babies to get sick!”. And does he cut back on the snuggling?! Nope! He’s a daddy.. like he was ever going to cut back on snuggling and kisses! And of course this all happened during his two days off; his days to stay home with the girls. So, Maretta got sick. She just looked awful. Her eyes were constantly droopy and she was sniffling all the time. Not to mention a horrible cough. A from-the-chest cough. Oh right, and Anton had all the same symptoms. Although I think his cough was much worse. Shake-the-house kinda cough.


My mission was to try and keep Shula from getting sick. She’s a bit of a drama queen and I was worried we’d have a prima donna on our hands. She did get sick. And we had a prima donna on our hands. The biggest symptom that Shula had was a runny nose. Which meant that I was constantly wiping her nose. I’m sure I could have left it alone, but between the dog trying to lick her face all the time and the stream of snot going into her mouth.. let’s just say, wiping her nose is more for my benefit than anyone else’s! The downside to all the nose wiping is that Shula really hates it. She actually lets out a blood-curdling scream. Which I understand, because her nose is so red and raw.There was a bit of difficulty with Shula and Maretta sleeping through the night. They were waking up a bit and I am guessing it was largely in part due to their stuffed noses. I found a lot of people suggesting to get a humidifier, but they seem like a bit of a waste of money. Especially considering that we’ve gone six months without one and the girls are almost one hundred percent better. I don’t think it would have sat well with me if we’d bought a humidifier and used it for five days…

We ended up just using Vicks Baby Rub just before they went to bed, and that seemed to help. For the first portion of the night anyway!  We used Infant Tylenol for their cough and congestion. I was
going to try and find something specifically for cough and congestion, but after browsing aisles and reading boxes, I found that the Infant Tylenol we already had would do the trick. Something to keep in mind, is that the Infant Tylenol is made to help with a few things. Which is nice, because there isn’t much to choose from for babies under a year old. We also made sure to give them as much breast milk as we could. We usually wait until there is a whole meals worth for both girls but for the past few days we’ve been giving them whatever we could, even if that meant we were giving them half breast milk and half formula. Even though we give them formula, we do know that breast milk has good antibodies and helps with the immune system so we try and up their intake when they’re sick
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Everyone is doing much better today. There is still a fair amount of sniffling from the four of us. But other than that, Daddy and Maretta seem to have kicked it. Shula’s nose is still running but she can actually breathe through her nose now, which is an improvement. Hopefully by this weekend, we’ll all be back to normal.
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6 Month Update

We’ve entered into a new chapter; “Six to Twelve Months”. We’ll start small though, and focus on just the sixth month for now.

According to BabyCenter (one of my favourite baby websites!) we can expect our girls to:

  • Turn towards sounds and voices….. Check for both! Any noise in the house deserves complete attention.
  • Imitate sounds, blow bubbles….. Check for both! I wish Shula would be a little less messy with her bubble blowing!
  • Roll in both directions….. Check for both! Maretta has got the rolling mastered. Shula can do it.. but she doesn’t show as much interest.
  • Reach for objects and “mouth” them….. Check for both! All I can say… ew, drool.
  • Sit without support….. Half-check? Meta is getting there.. maybe two or three seconds at a time. Shula, not so much. She likes to bend forward. I wouldn’t consider it sitting though.
  • Be ready for solid foods….. Big fat check! And loving it! Although we tried a Chicken Vegetable Casserole the other night… Not a fan favourite. We’ll stick with simple foods for a bit longer.
  • Lunge forward and possibly start crawling….. No! No crawling yet, thank god. It’s coming though. They’ve got the arm movement, and the leg movement. Now, they just need co-ordination!
  • Jabber or combine syllables….. No idea. Sure, they jabber but I couldn’t tell you if they’re combining syllables or not.
  • Drag objects towards themselves….. Check! We’ve certainly noticed an increase in toy interest.

So, just starting our sixth month and the girls seem quite on track. Which is nice, considering they were a bit early. We’ve definitely been increasing the amount of time they spend sitting. Our doctor mentioned it at our sixth month check-up:

“Are they sitting unsupported yet?”

“Uh… no.”

“It’s fine, it’s fine! Should come anytime now. If it doesn’t happen by eight months, let me know.”

So now, of course, I’m obsessed with getting them to sit on their own! I know, I know, it’ll happen. But still, a mom can’t wait to see her little girls reach the next big milestone! It’s not like I can start them on walking yet…..

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Questions from Strangers

Before the girls were born, one of the things I came across the most was the agitation parents of twins felt because of questions they got from strangers. I read a lot of parents saying how much they got annoyed at questions from strangers about their twins. Although I’ve had my moments of slight irritation when I’m trying to get things done and it takes an extra 15 minutes because of every other person stopping me to get all the details of my twins; for the most part, I think it’s great. It seems to me that people are just curious, and although the statistics say that multiples are more common than ever, most people don’t see that many twins or triplets. Since it doesn’t bother me as much as it seems to bother other parents, I’m going to put my own spin on “Questions from Strangers”…

Top Stupidest Questions about Twins

1. “Are they twins?”

Sure, most people would assume that two babies in a double stroller are twins. But, this can’t possibly be the only explanation for having two children? Maybe they are both adopted; maybe I’m babysitting; maybe Daddy had babies with two different women at the same time. Is it better to assume that they’re twins and continue on with the rest of the questions? Or, shouldn’t you get this one out-of-the-way first? Chances are good that anyone who is asking you this already knows the answer, but wants to be sure first before they continue…

2. “Are they Identical?”

Mine aren’t. But.. how on earth would someone who doesn’t see them every day know that?! I can understand parents getting a bit agitated if they’ve got a boy and girl but still… Not everyone has spent nine pregnant months reading all about twins. I’m sure a lot of people wouldn’t know whether it was possible or not to have identical boy/girl twins. Is it that hard to just say “Nope! They’re fraternal. More like siblings than twins.”??

3. “Which one is older?”

Some seem to think that labelling one as “older” is somehow a negative thing… but it’s the truth isn’t it? They didn’t both come out at once. Again… the people who are asking are just curious!

4. “Do twins run in your family?”

I think this might be a case of some people thinking this is a personal question? I don’t know why parents would get annoyed at this one. When I got pregnant with twins, even though we used fertility drugs, I was quite interested to see whether I had twins in my family history; turns out I do! I mean… if i couldn’t contain my curiosity, how would someone else?!

5. “How do you tell them apart?”

Again, maybe under different circumstances (boy/girl twins; a blonde and a brunette, etc.) I would have a bigger problem with this question.. But, I have two six months old babies. Family can’t tell them apart unless they’ve been looking at them beside each other for a few minutes. I can tell them apart because I spend all day with them, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with saying exactly that.

6. “How come they are/aren’t dressed alike?”

I have no idea where the obsession with twin clothing comes from, but there are some people out there that think all twins should be dressed alike, and somepeople who think you should never dress them the same. We do both. It all depends on what we pulled out of the dresser drawer. And… that’s exactly what I tell people when they ask. No harm done.

7. “Were you taking fertility drugs?”

I don’t find this question as intrusive as other people do. Yeah, I needed help. I’ll even tell you why I needed the help. I’m proud to have test-tube babies.

8. “Did you have them naturally? Or a caesarean section?”

Caesarean section, and proud of my scars. Yea, this question is a bit personal but whether you had them “naturally” or via c-section, you should be proud enough to tell people. Getting through childbirth, especially a twin childbirth!, is a rewarding experience and I, for one, think that anyone who has twins should be an awesome enough person to talk about how it happened!

I guess I’m pretty easy-going when it comes to Questions from Strangers. I like that people are interested in my girls. And, after every Q&A that I’ve had with a stranger, they always walk away smiling; and so do I. So… where’s the harm in sharing? Even those slightly personal questions. 😉

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