Twin Bond

Since finding out I was pregnant with twins, I have found myself extremely curious about twins. From how they are formed, birth, and their lives. My life the past 6 years has been researching about twins and I must say that I learned a lot from reading and raising my baby girls. The biggest concept that I have yet to figure out and still find so interesting is the bond between twins.

My girls from the beginning have been raised as if they are sisters, not just twins. We have never stressed that their different because they are twins. We wanted them to feel like they were individuals and allowed to be their own person, not part of a set. We have dressed the differently, had their own beds, own clothes, and now their own class. They know they are twins but they are also sisters who like to have their individual space. No matter how different their space may be, their twin bond shines through in all situations.

This year has been a real eye-opener on how strong the twin bond is for them. They have certain quirks about them that reveal more than a sister bond, but a twin bond. Here are a few things that we have seen lately with their twin bond.

Matching

They are OBSESSED with matching their clothes, their hair, their shoes. Everything they wear has to be the exact same. If Bailey wears a nightgown, Brooke has to wear a nightgown. If Brooke wears a ponytail, Bailey has to wear a ponytail. There have even been tears if one of them chooses to break the matching obsession with their own outfit.

Doing Things At the Same Time

Both girls want to have their sister right by their side. Each morning, they have to stand side-by-side to brush their teeth. Then they both have to get dressed at the same time. This continues throughout the day with their daily activities. They will not do a task if the other is not there doing it too. I hear many times a day “But I can’t without my sister.” Which is frustrating to mom but it is part of their twin bond. They also have to play together each day. They may parallel play but they have to both be doing the same activities.

Food

Bailey is far less of a picky eater than Brooke. She usually eats everything given to her. Now they want to eat the exact same way. I have to cut sandwiches the same way. They have to have the exact same amount of something on their plate and yes they will count. They have to sit side by side at the table to eat their meal (or tears if someone sits in their spot).

So what does this all matter? It means that no matter how hard we try to let them be separate, to be their own individuals, the more the twin bond shone through. They love their twin, and they will continue to grow that twin bond no matter how apart they are. The bond between twins is for life, whether they are apart or together.

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Friday Moments

Last week I spent the entire week under the weather and unable to take care of my normal duties around the house. I was in need of a lot of help from my mom and husband. I am thankful to say that this week I am back to normal and back into our routine. We jumped back into that normal routine at a running pace. Between Bible studies, homework, and dance class, this week we have been slammed with crazy schedules.

But that was not all the excitement for the week!

Wednesday I got a call from the school nurse about mid-morning. Now I have to be honest I was somewhat expecting a phone call because it was my first day back to doing something I enjoy, so I had this feeling that I was going to be interrupted somehow. The phone call was not one I was prepared for. When she called and told me she had Bailey in the office I was expecting another nose bleed but instead, she said: “Bailey’s hand was smashed in a door at school and I’m not sure if she has broken her finger.” I talked to Bailey a moment later and she told me “Mom, it hurts and I can’t move it.” I’ve never had a broken bone so I instantly began to panic a bit. I honestly didn’t know what to do. I didn’t want to take her to the ER but I wasn’t sure where to take her. Thankfully I was blessed by being surrounded by WONDERFUL women who gave me guidance on who to call. They told me to call my pediatrician before I even got to the school and to let them guide me through the process.

I picked up my phone and called immediately as I walked to get Mason out of his group. The pediatrician’s office stayed on the phone with me until I reached the school and had Bailey with me. The nurse had me describe her finger to her and immediately sent in a request for an x-ray at the hospital. We loaded up and rushed over to get the x-ray done. My husband was in the field that morning so he was not able to be with me during this process. This was one of those moments that you desperately need “the village”. I was at the hospital alone with two kids. One needed an x-ray and the other a nap.

Bailey was in good spirits by the time we got her to the x-ray technician but they told me that I couldn’t go in there with her because I had Mason. He couldn’t be exposed so I had to let her go in by herself. Of course, I had no choice so I let them take her behind the x-ray door for the scan. I stood behind the door waiting for her, listening to everything I could and rocking her brother back and forth in the stroller. She did amazing, she was so brave! We left there and called the pediatrician, wanting the results of the x-ray but those did not come for another 2 hours. I’m sure I annoyed the doctor’s office as I kept calling but I wanted answers. It was almost 2 pm when they finally called me back to let me know that her finger was not broken. We were definitely relieved.

On a lighter note…

We FINALLY got my cabinets for my office! I have been waiting on those cabinets for MONTHS! We planned on using cabinets with a butcher block counter top to serve as an L shaped desk in my new office. Cabinets are expensive. We only needed 5 cabinets and everywhere we looked quoted us $4,000+ for just the cabinets! An entire kitchen can be remodeled for that price so obviously, we were not paying for that. We found a guy who was selling the extra cabinets he didn’t use for the remodeling project he was working on and were able to get the cabinets in our budget. So this weekend we are installing the cabinets and next weekend we will be getting our butcher block countertops. I will be working on a post for those soon. So stay tuned for that.

Usborne Books

We are making a strive to get our books into kids hands all over the world. Illiteracy is a huge problem worldwide and our company is pushing to break that problem. To push this I am trying to book as many parties as possible in February and earn my spot as a team leader. If you have any interest in learning more about Usborne Books and the amazing things that we do company-wide, please contact me.

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The Two-Monster

Mason just turned two a few days ago and overnight we met this new member of our family.

He is known as the two-monster. This two-monster’s timing is never at a time when appropriate to deal with this sort of creature but at a time when I’m trying to get my other kids around or we have somewhere to be or even after a long day. Most days start with my sweet two-year-old boy coming out somewhat happy to start the day. Within moments he is transformed into this two-monster, throwing a fit over his milk being in the wrong cup or not being allowed to eat all of the vitamins (his sister’s included), or not having his breakfast ready to go. The two-monster appears with crying and screaming, hitting and throwing. I know in that moment that I’m not dealing with my sweet cuddly boy but his “alter-ego” the two-monster. You have to tread carefully around this creature.

He will strike at any given moment, and sometimes without notice.

Usually, he can be calmed with the appearance of the “right” food or cup. Other times he sticks around sulking and waiting for another moment to cause a scene. Throughout the day he appears around lunch and naptime. Then again at dinner, bath and bedtimes. The two-monster makes his presence known by his screaming and hitting fits for not getting his way. By the end of the day the two-monster is tired, Mason is tired, and so are we.

The two-monster needs to go back to his hiding place and bring my sweet boy back.

 

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This post is making light of the known terrible twos. In reality, Mason isn’t our first one to go through this phase but it’s been a few years and we are making adjustments to handle the undesirable moments. Sometimes dealing with these terrible outbursts is like dealing with a monster. Honestly very little can subdue the fits and you find yourself fighting a losing battle. Either you give in and they get what they want, or you stand strong and refuse to give in, causing another or very long going fit. To be truthful, it depends on the day as to whether or not I’m up for fighting it.

In comparison to the time frame that his sisters went through this phase, Brooke started throwing herself down on the ground in horrible fits around 18 months old. Bailey never went through a terrible two stage but instead waited until almost 3 1/2 before she started her drama stage. We were very fortunate with the twins that they went through the rough times separately.

On The Blog

I’m really behind on the blog and brainstorming new stories. I’ve recently started a new home business, am still remodeling our office, kids in school, and the holidays have gotten the best of my time. I can say that my mom-life has changed a lot in the past 5 months. So I do have a lot to write about and will be sharing more soon.

 

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Mason is Two!

It’s official we are half way through January which means that the first of birthdays has started in our house. My sweet baby boy is no longer a baby but now a two-year-old! I want to cry even saying that. Mason is our last baby so watching him grow up so fast is really emotional for me. I want him to stay that snuggly baby forever! (Minus the sleepless nights)

To celebrate this special boy’s birthday, we had family and friends over the Saturday before his birthday. The theme of his party was Paw Patrol, which is currently his favorite show to watch. He is obsessed with all of his new Paw Patrol toys. I ordered all of his decorations on Amazon (links listed below).

I have a bit of a confession on his party, which makes me feel incredibly guilty. We spent the entire week after Christmas out of town, so my official planning for his birthday was at 3 am after returning home. I felt so guilty that I had not ordered his party decorations, cake, or anything! So at 3 am one night, I sat up ordering everything online. After an hour of ordering anything I could find in the Paw Patrol theme, I was finally able to relax and go back to sleep. I’ve never been that late on getting things picked out for my girls so I hated that I was last minute on Mason’s birthday. I know that he won’t remember his 2nd birthday but I want him to be able to look at pictures and know that we did everything we could to make his birthday party special.

We had a great turn out at the party. And I was incredibly thankful that it was warmer outside! Joel built the kids a new playground and in perfect time so that everyone could play outside my house during the party. 10 kids inside can be a bit loud! The adults were able to visit and watch the kids play. We served hot dogs with all the fun toppings for lunch, followed by cupcakes which had to be Mason’s favorite, chocolate!

His birthday celebration continued onto his actual birthday the following Monday. I have a tradition in my house to make birthday sprinkle pancakes for the kids birthdays. Every birthday they get these special pancakes on their birthday as a special treat. The girls know by know that we are having those pancakes, and made sure that I did make them for their little brother’s birthday too. We played all day and I got in as many baby snuggles as possible. In fact, all Mason wanted to do is snuggle with me. I loved every minute!

That night we had a some cake and sang him happy birthday after dinner. He did not like us singing to him and ran away. Poor baby! He did however enjoy the cake as he picked it up with his hand and shoved it in his mouth. What is a birthday without a little cake mess!

Amazon Order

Paw Patrol Party Decorations

Paw Patrol Banner

Paw Patrol Goody Bag Kit

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