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Mostly Wordless Wendesday – Gingerbread Girls…   18 comments

Bridget loves to make cookies, but this was the first time the girls got to taste some of our handiwork. After a celebratory “cheers” (is it bad my daughter tells me to drink more wine, and my toddlers know how to cheers before their first birthday?? LOL) the girls chowed down. Well, sort of… Taylor demolished her cookie and started attempting to pick up the crumbles left on KCs plate. KC kept half-heartedly gumming hers, but I’m pretty sure she was confused as to what all the fuss was about. And now that I’ve posted these pictures, i’ve just noticed that my husband has (yet again) given Taylor a mowhawk after her bath… Again?!?
 
Bridget and Taylor "cheers" their gingerbread cookies!

Bridget and Taylor "cheers" their gingerbread cookies!

Taylor's first taste of Christmas Gingerbread
Taylor’s first taste of Christmas Gingerbread
Kennedy's first taste of Xmas gingerbread
Kennedy’s first taste of Xmas gingerbread
Hmmm - KC's not sure if she really likes this gingerbread stuff
Hmmm – KC’s not sure if she really likes this gingerbread stuff
Love how she holds everything like such a little lady - pinkie raised and all!
Love how she holds everything like such a little lady – pinkie raised and all!

 

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Where oh where has the last year gone??   3 comments

37.5 weeks pregnant (1 week before the twins arrived) with 15lbs of baby in there... And yes, that reads 51 inches!!!

December 13th, 2009

Dec. 23, 2009

Dec. 23, 2009

Oh my goodness, where has a year gone??

 
On December 13, 2009, we tucked Bridget into bed, snuck downstairs just the two of us, and snapped one last belly photo… We were 36.5 weeks pregnant with the girls, and I was sooo excited to meet them. Well, excited and scared. And rightly so. This has been a scarily exciting year. As I’ve noted in previous posts, this year has challenged me in ways I never imagined, and in all of the ways I knew it would when I snapped this photo. Caring for two little people at once (and trying not to ignore their older sister TOO much!) is quite a job. Even celebrities like Celine Dion find it hard (I don’t know why that suprises me, but I figured when you can afford sixteen billion nannies, wouldn’t it be easier??) Read the rest of this entry »

Something old, something new…   Leave a comment

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When I was a kid, Christmas morning was a frantic blur of activity. Not just because we were blessed with many presents to unwrap. Mainly because we had to accomplish an entire Christmas Day in a few short hours so that we could get on the road nice and early to head north to my paternal Nanny and Grampa’s house. We would rush through mad present opening, power down the decadent Christmas morning ‘farmer’s breakfast’ my mom was famous for (pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, toast, hashbrowns – the works! Soooo good…), then head back to fly through more presents before getting cleaned up and presentable. It was rushed, frantic, and to be honest, sometimes felt like a bit of waste of time. All I wanted to do was laze around with my parents on one of the only days I actually got them all to myself (and together, which was equally rare). But instead, we rushed away to spend time with the side of the family that didn’t even seem to like us much. Read the rest of this entry »

Mommy Does the Reindeer Hokey Pokey – for real.   2 comments

Last week, I dressed all three little girls up in their Christmas finery (thanks Nanny!) and headed to the Sherway Santa Experience. Sherway Mall is a nice suburban mall, but its a good 30 minute drive from our house, so we don’t head there often. But I tell ya, I would drive twice that distance happily to see this Santa. Honestly, this guy is the best Santa ever. The Santa Experience is not a traditional “photo session” but instead, the kids get a 45 minute “Circle Time” type playdate with Santa. And did I mention that this guy is the best Santa ever??? Okay, enough, but honestly, I am so in love with the guy it isn’t funny. As we’d already had the photo taken, this visit was more about fun. And fun we had! We even met up with another twin mom, Sarah, and her brood of 1+2 to make the event even more fun. But I’ll tell ya, after a morning of all 3 of my wee ones out and about together with no backup, mommy was READY to come home and put everyone in bed for a good, long nap!
 
But, first things first. First job we attempted to fulfill was taking a Christmas picture. But no matter how hard I tried, or how many times I flashed the flash, there was no wrangling 3 excited little people into a Norman Rockwell moment. Oh dear. Maybe next time.
Trying for an initial family photo - but no dice...

Trying for an initial family photo - but no dice...

Once we arrived at the mall, we found a parking spot and I started the 20 minute process of setting up, Read the rest of this entry »

Just hear those sleigh bells jinglin’…   5 comments

 
Merry Christmas from the Stewarts!

Merry Christmas from the Stewarts!

This weekend, we spent a wonderful morning with our circle of friends friends visiting Halton District’s Christmas Town. While it was quite pricey ($80 for our family of 5), the company made the trip more than worthwhile, and the money all goes to a good cause (Halton Conservation works to protect the watershed and provides wildlife education at schools).
 
We were a wee bit leary about how the kids would handle the 45 minute drive up to Mountsberg, but it was a breeze. We left just when the twins were due for their nap, and with a full belly and clean pants, they slept the whole ride. Bridget kept up a lovely “stream of conciousness” conversation with us during the journey, and it made the trip pass more quickly. After we arrived at the main Conservation House and checked in, we did some fun Christmas colouring in prep for our “two-horse open sleigh ride” off to Santa’s Workshop. It was a gorgeous day, and we had a great time singing Christmas carols and looking for flying reindeer “in training” on the trip out through the conservation lands. Looking at these pictures, I’m not sure how Daddy ended up with all the kids, and I with the camera, but I somehow think I might have had the better deal, eh?

Mostly Wordless Wednesday: Our little Twin-adoes have struck again   1 comment

Somewhere in the Multiples blog network, I read a post in which she called her kids the “Twin-adoes” after they tore through her house, leaving a path of destruction in their wake. At the time, our babies were only 2 months old, and the thought of the two of them moving, touching, exploring and dumping just hadn’t even really occured to me.
 
Well, now that our girls are both on the move (KC couch-surfing and Taylor with her funny “sidewinder” crawl), their access to previously unobtainable play areas has led to an unfettered release of choatic energy. In other words, all bets are off, they can reach/touch/grab/destroy pretty much anything they like, and now, when my attention is turned to one twin, you gotta know that the other one is taking full advantage to boot it as far away as possible to get into whatever kind of trouble they can find.To avoid what you are about to see, the girls generally get relegated to ‘the pigpen’ (see the SuperYard posting), with toys rotated in, or in some kind of monitored activity (Mother Goose singing rhymes, watching Baby Einstein, eating, etc).  But on occasional days, i just let them roam around the centre hallway design of our main floor, discovering and generally trashing whatever they find in their way. Like a typical mob, they quickly lose interest once the destruction has happened, and move quickly into a new, “virgin” area to search for more targets. Here are a few pics from one such day.
 
My little twinadoes

My little twinadoes

The play kitchen in the hallway is their favorite starting point.
Formal living/dining room
Formal living/dining room
 Next they tear out any tucked away puzzles, colouring books, or stickers B has left on the coffee table for inspection
It trickles into the entryway

It trickles into the entryway

 Entry halls are a wonderful place to find shoes to distribute, plastic bags to rustle, and to bother with whatever was inside that plastic bag. In this case, a toy I am taking back to Costco because its crap and the kids hate it, won’t play with it. Except in the this photo. For these 35 miliseconds, that toy was the most fascinating thing Taylor had ever seen.

Living Room Chaos

Living Room Chaos

Most of our friends have heard about our little “construction project” building the ‘pigpen’. Using the SuperYard XT system from Toys r Us, we attached it to the corner wall of our family room so the kids couldn’t slide it around, and now can add in and take away panels to increase or decrease the space it occupies. It has become a wonderful safehaven, the twins happily go in to see what toys mom has switched in today, and will play happily together for sometimes up to an hour. There are occasional altercations that need mom’s assisstance: for example, Kennedy likes to use her sister to pull herself up to standing. Taylor is definately not cool with this. But the look of glee on KCs face as she finds balance counteracts the silent wail that is beginning from her sister so laughably that we try not to giggle as we’re breaking up the fight. But again, after 10 minutes in its confines, and it is a crazy mess too.
 
The infamous "pigpen" from above
The infamous “pigpen” from above

I enjoy walking around behind my crazy girls as they go on explore and destroy missions. It makes for a lot of tidy-up work afterwards, but really… Isn’t it so worth it to see that scaliwag gleam of the eye as they sight their next target, and take off, both giggling uproariously. Isn’t that why having twins is supposed to be more fun?

Walk this way…   Leave a comment

Kennedy is learning to walk, all by herself. Well, almost. As many of our friends will remember, Will and I were adamant that we wouldn’t help the twins learn to walk. Partly this was a scientific experimenty-type thing – we wanted to see how the girls would learn things without an over-eager first-time parent coaxing  pushing  dragging  encouraging them through all their milestones as quickly as possible. Oh come on. You know what I’m talking about. Sadly, we were guilty of some of it ourselves with our first daughter, Bridget. It’s part of that big “Mommy Competition” that goes on at every playground, playgroup and playschool in North America. The conversations go something like this:
 
“Wow, little Alice is starting to pull herself up to standing! That’s really great. My Alex (Mom beams with pride) started doing that a few months ago. Look, now he’s walking at just 8 months old! Isn’t he brilliant? We’re so very proud of him! Blah blah blah…”
 
Look at me walking all by myself!

Look at me walking all by myself!

When I had Bridget, I found the constant comparisons of whose kid was hitting what benchmark at what week a little … intimidating. Bridget was my angel, and in my eyes, the most amazing, special, delightful, talented, gifted and precocious child to ever grace the surface of this earth. And so she should be – as her mother,  it’s very natural to see her in that light. However, when I step back and view Bridget with more reasonable, unbiased eyes, I can honestly say she is a lovely if not relatively average kid, with some real talents and other struggles, but overall, a pretty normal kid.
 
So when we first started telling people we were having twins, we got a lot of the common comments: “Woah, double trouble!”,  “Won’t you have your hands full!”, and even “Glad it’s not me…”  But some of the more astute parents would give you that knowing look, and say “Just wait until they’re both moving… and in different directions! Now that’ll be something…” And you know what?? We took that comment to heart, for there was truth to it. We knew that once the girls started to walk, life would get that much more hectic, that much more chaotic. So Will and I made a pact. While we would do everything in our power to love and cuddle each of our three girls as often as possible, and provide each one with as much “one-on-one” time as we could between the two of us, we would try to avoid helping the twins get mobile. In fact, we even used to joke that if either of us caught a twin pulling themselves up to standing, we’d gently knock their knees out from under them!
 
KC on the move

KC on the move

Whoops!

Whoops!

Bridget shows Kennedy all the neat toys on the front of her walker
Bridget shows Kennedy all the neat toys on the front of her walker
  Well, Kennedy is now ten and a half months old, and she has been pulling to standing on her own for the last 2 months. That first few weeks, I did actively discourage it, but as time went on and I could see how badly she wanted to get moving, how longingly she looked at her older sister as she ran around the room, i started to soften. Maybe I don’t need to discourage this, i thought to myself. Now, that doesn’t mean I will encourage it. But maybe I don’t have to fear it quite so much. Look how adorably happy she is, standing holding onto the “pigpen” gate and dancing back and forth.
 
Last weekend, while playing downstairs, Bridget discovered her old walker, folded up in our storage room, and dragged it out. “Look Mommy, you forgot this toy for the babies!” It was love at first sight. Now its rare to see KC without her little walker, in those rare moments when the girls are allowed to freely roam our main floor. She delights in pushing it around our clutter, and loves to have her sister’s help when she gets stuck in a corner. They even play with the toys on the front. So far Taylor has shown no interest, and even pushes the walker away if KC brings it over to her.
 
But I know it won’t be long until it’s her turn, and likely by then, KC won’t need one anymore. And then they will be able to go in different directions, at speed. And as those knowing parents mentioned, “now that’ll be something…”