13 months ago, when our identical twin boys joined our family and gave us five small children under the age of five, I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to manage. My mind would race at all the possibilities for disaster and I would glean ideas from other parents of multiples to try and find answers to all my questions. Although it boggles my mind, I can attest that we made it and we’re thriving! Yes, there are moments where I am at my wits end, chasing toddling monkeys, managing a mischievous toddler and also homeschooling school-aged children, but there is joy to be found amidst the chaos. There are amazing memories being made and always opportunity for laughter.
I have also come to realize that I may have learned a couple of things along the way. I thought I would share a few of these tidbits with you……
- Swings are a Mom’s best friend! I could always be guaranteed that a baby would have at least one solid nap if they were in the swing.
- Sleepers with zippers are a must. I was never good at fumbling with buttons at 3am in the middle of the 6th diaper change of the night.
- Memorize the TV listings for the middle of the night feedings. You need to be awake anyway, may as well enjoy it.
- When starting babies on solids, don’t worry about being neat, just be ready to bathe them when you are finished. If you are short on time, just feed them in the bath. This works too.
- A baby carrier is a must. I love my Ergo and often have one of the twins, or the toddler carried safely on my back.
- When things feel overwhelming, wait five minutes. It will get better!
I think my final little tid bit should be self explanatory and will prove to be very important. My advice is, never, ever, leave twins alone in a room without a diaper on. Ever.
Although, I wouldn’t know anything about this.
What tid bits can you share?