You may think twins are so cute and innocent but the truth is they are a team from day one. Here is one of my biggest mom fails when the bigs who were almost two, teamed up on me.
When I was a few months pregnant with the second set of twins—this happened, at 7:51 AM!
One morning while the kids and I were playing outside in our backyard, they headed back to the house and closed the door. So I strolled back to the door behind them, in my cozy warm robe, to find... I was locked out! They had never done this before.
I was locked out!
I began waving at them frantically through the glass, motioning for them to unlock the door! Before I knew it, they gave up on trying to understand, or pretending they didn’t understand, what I was saying.
As if they had been waiting for the moment I couldn’t get to them, they pushed a chair over to the counter, together, near our coffee maker. I couldn’t believe how fast this was all happening! I began to get really nervous and didn’t know what to do.
I watched them push the chair over to the counter
They started climbing on top of the kitchen counter and all I could think of was they’re going to fall and I’m not in there! How will I get back in?!
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INTO YOUR HOUSE WHEN YOU HAVE TODDLERS!
They’re going to get hurt and I’m not in there!
As fast as I could, I ran to three neighbor’s doors... I needed a phone, fast! It wasn’t even 8am and I was able to catch a mom at the bus stop, screaming, “Can I use your phone? My babies are locked in my house and they’re on top of the kitchen counter!“ She said she totally understood and that her toddler locked her out when she was pregnant, too!
I needed a phone, fast
I didn’t know my mother-in-law’s phone number by heart so I called my mom (who was 2,000 miles away), quickly blurted out what was happening and asked her to call my mother-in-law to come help. My mom was able to get her right away and she rushed over with her spare key and let us in. She arrived in minutes and really saved the day!
Thankfully, nobody had fallen or gotten hurt but I sure had an adrenaline rush! My two cuties had teamed up on me, locked me out, climbed up on the counter and played in our coffee grounds. The whole ordeal was only a few minutes but it felt like an eternity!
My two cuties had teamed up on me, locked me out, climbed up on the counter and played in our coffee grounds.
The second twins haven’t teamed up on me too bad... yet! They are at the stage (age 2 1/2) where they love to take everything out! Empty the dresser drawers on the floor, empty the silverware on the floor, empty the junk drawer on the floor. Seriously, you can’t take your eyes off of them for one second at this age! Our house is messier than ever with all four now able to get everything, that isn’t child safety locked, out on their own. They love this independence!
Our house is messier than ever
A few days ago, I got this photo of their latest unload! It happened in seriously thirty seconds or less! They did help clean them up when I did my best acting of how sad it made me, although maybe it wasn’t all that much acting.
Here is one of their latest... emptying every book from the bookshelf onto the floor!
They “cleaned“ them up. It didn’t look quite the same, of course... but I was still proud they took a little ownership.
After the toddlers “cleaned up” their book dump.
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This is How We Halloween: Our Pumpkin Filled Traditions, Clothes, Decorations And Books!
- Decorate the house near October 1st- decorating is a morning activity and the kids love to join in and help! The kids decorate their own rooms and I do the mantel. It’s fun to let them be involved in how we decorate. See velvet pumpkin decoration at the end of this post.
- Buy (or Make) Costumes Early- We’ve had sooo much fun with dressing up for Halloween! Dressing young kids up as animals, especially their own spirit animal, is the cutest! I like to buy the costumes a little big, so they will definitely fit on Halloween and they can get use out of them through the year! I just add them to our costume bin, after the big day. I also like to try them on as soon as they arrive so we can make sure they fit ok and wash them beforehand. About a week before the big day, we dress up and have a photo session! This makes Halloween night so much more fun because I can just post the photo that I have already taken -- one less thing to think about! On Halloween, we get action shots and enjoy the kiddos and the fun of the day! Next week, I’m going to post photos of all four kids from past Halloween celebrations, so please check back! I like to do twin costumes but this year, they’re choosing their own so they will all be individual.
- Pumpkin Patch- We love to go pick out our own pumpkins at the patch. Sometimes we do the hayride (this year, we're going to skip the hayride because of Covid) but we always see the animals. It is the one time of year we have donuts and cider for breakfast!
- Pumpkin Carving- I love this! It grosses Adam out... I usually carve the pumpkins while he’s at work. We like to take all the seeds out, carve faces, count the seeds and talk about all of the senses we’re using. Some of my kiddos enjoy this more than others. It’s funny to see who takes after who with the gooey mess!
- Pumpkin Seeds- We love to bake the seeds in the oven with just a little salt and butter. Just mix them in a bowl with a couple teaspoons of butter and pinch of salt, pop them on a cookie sheet for 45 mins at 300 for a delicious and healthy snack.
- Candy- This is not my favorite part of the holiday but it is the kids’ so I try to remember to keep it light and fun! I’m usually pretty strict about refined sugar and junk food. In the past, we've let them have one piece at the end of the trick or treating event, and then one piece after dinner for a couple of weeks. The kids collect their treats in a bucket and we stash them in the pantry in individual zip lock bags. We’ll see what happens this year!
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Letting go of control is a big way I stay calm and centered among the chaos of two sets of twins.
Daddy- I think the hubby has to be your number one teammate. A supportive spouse is nice to have but when you're pregnant or nursing newborn twins, there is a unique urgency. My husband, Adam and I, grew closer through the challenge. He worked tirelessly along with me to make sure I always had what I needed whether it be a glass of water, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in the middle of the night (pregnancy cravings!) or a foot rub. While I was pregnant and nursing, he took care of me so I could take care of the growing babies. He's also very calm which has really come in handy in our circumstances.
The Grandparents- We are so lucky to have four wonderful grandparents that have helped us through many of the difficulties of having two sets of twins, in two years. One of the hardest times we've had parenting so far were the two months before and six months after the second set were born. Imagine having two babies when you already have two babies! The 'bigs', as I like to call them, had barely turned two when the littles were born. Both were still in diapers, I was going to have four in diapers at the same time! Both were sleeping in cribs, so toward the end of the pregnancy, I couldn't even lift them out of their cribs! I felt like a whale and could barely walk for the last month. It was a pretty extreme situation. My husband was only able to take a couple of weeks off of work for the second sets' birth, so I was pretty desperate for helpers. Luck and love was on our side.
We are so fortunate to have my Adam’s Parents help us and be on back up, anytime. When my parents weren’t living in town, they helped cover the hour I teach yoga, regularly and have been a huge part of all four kids’ lives. They also helped so much with the important date night relief and let us take time to ourselves, if we asked.
When my parents were still living far away, a good friend of Adam’s mom, who lives five houses down the street from us, offered to let my parents move in while she temporarily moved out of state. They stayed for the time that I really needed them- the last two months of the pregnancy and were on call for the littles' first six months of life. For my parents to do this and for our neighbor to let them rent her house was a life saver for us! I would have lost my mind completely if it weren't for my parents and Adam's parents being so close. Adam's parents were very helpful when it came to the delivery time, too! They took care of the bigs when we were at the hospital having the littles. I am so thankful for all four of the grandparents helping us.
Both of our parents cooked weekly meals for us while the littles were newborns which helped so much with getting enough calories. None of the grandparents took a night shift for us and even though the extra sleep would have been amazing, I think it actually helped us get through sleep training, more quickly. I liked being the only one who bonded with them during the night. For me it was important to be the one there for them. But the first set was HARD!! We were like zombies! They woke us up so much and so often and never at the same time! On top of that one only took 20 minute cat naps during the day. We learned so much about how to get sleep and how important a good night's sleep is that by the time we had the second set of twins, it was actually pretty easy. We couldn't believe the difference the experience of sleep training the first set, made.
Auntie Love- My music educator sister likes to send cute clothes, musical instruments and educational toys for the kids. We are a music loving family and she helps us with ideas, songs and understanding the many benefits of music in the home. She also spoiled me with a care package during pregnancy and a Robotic Mop that I LOVE! Robotic cleaners have helped so much (check out my favorite robotic cleaners and home products here)!
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Kathleen is a mom of three sets of spontaneous twins.