This statement is filled with a variety of emotions: this will be my last post on HDYDI. I didn’t want to fade into the sunset and have people wonder why I wasn’t posting since I’ve been here writing every Tuesday for the last 18 months. As my boys are almost 3.5, I find I don’t have as much to say about parenting twins. At this stage, they are two very separate individual little boys who just happen to be the same age. And I’d love to write posts about How We Did It the first couple of years, but the truth is I don’t remember much except what I wrote on my blog. Sleep deprivation killed those parts of my brain.
(Don’t be sad, I’ll still be posting regularly on Laura’s Mommy Journal. And newborn twin parents, have hope as I detail my non-parenting interests on Laura’s Other Journal. Actually wait don’t go there yet, I need to write a better post before you click that link.)
I thought I would have great HDYDI blog fodder when we potty trained the boys, but even that was not twin training. Nate pee trained in April and poop trained just this past week. Alex pee trained in July and we’re still working on poop. See? I potty trained two boys, it just happened that I cleaned up the pee and poop off my carpet and their clothing at the same time. And really, everyone wants to hear some magical 3-day potty training process. They do not want to hear about the summer my boys held their poop until they could poop at the pool EVERY TIME in swim diapers. And how EVERY SWIM CLASS someone yelled, “I’m pooping!!!” in front of all of our neighbors.
(Crap, actually that would have been a great HDYDI post. Save your money for swim diapers the summer you potty train two boys because you will go through 4-6 for each pool trip. And when you live a block from the pool, you will go there 4 or 5 times a week, using at least a pack a week. AND ALL OF THOSE WILL BE FILLED WITH POOP. And then you’ll think to yourself – let’s not go to the pool for a week. And your boys will store that poop up and get cranky and constipated and then you’ll go to the pool and blow through three diapers for each kid ALL FILLED WITH POOP.)
I could go on and on about the people I’ve met through this blog (Goddess and I even met in person at the Obama inauguration!) and what it means to me. This has been a safe haven for me to talk about the struggles and unique joys of parenting twins. Instead of sappy tributes, I will leave you with my top three favorite HDYDI posts I wrote.
1. Pictures of my NO STRETCH MARK twin belly. As some kind of karma for posting these pictures, I recently had two melanoma spots removed from my stomach and now have scars there. Also note: I am back to a jelly belly since I spent my summer drinking wine and eating bratwurst. Also note: I will be so pissed if on top of ALL THAT SWIM DIAPER POOP I get even more melanoma spots.
2. Our experience with Alex’s helmet, torticollis, and plagiocephaly. Every week I get emails from parents going through this same experience. If you or someone you know goes through this, I am always here to listen.
3. My very first post – a twin mom won the first season of American Gladiators. If this does not inspire you to realize that being a multiple mom means you can do anything, I’m not sure what will.
Thank you everyone, for all that you have brought into my life. I’ll still be here, reading along and proving my sage advice. And if you think newborn poop is bad, wait until you get to wet 3 year old wet swim diaper poop.