Twin Engines Baby Shower

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Posted by vera | Posted in Birth, Birthdays, Twin Baby Shower | Posted on 26-10-2013

Planning a twins baby shower can be fun, but when you couple it with a co-theme, like aviation, the result can be a real adventure!

This summer, one of the fellows in my flying club out in PEI had twins, and we decided to host a “twin engines” aviation-themed multiples baby shower for him and his wife and their dizygotic twins.

The first challenge was convincing a bunch of middle-aged guys that baby showers can be for men, too! — Many had heard rumours about this sacred right that women traditionally plan and participate in, and they were SCARED!

Themed Foods and Decor

Once we convinced the boys that hanging out with a couple of babies for the afternoon could be fun, it was time to prepare the “twin engine” theme:  First, we found some baby shower napkins that had a picture of a twin engine airplane on it.  We used this as a model for other items.

Themed cookies and a matching cake were ordered, based on the picture on the napkin.

We also looked for, but did not find, balloons with an airplane on them.  No matter, the cake and cookies did the job, and we chose sets of two more generic baby shower balloons.

Twins Baby Shower Games

With a bunch of pilots on hand, the shower entertainment was great fun:  First we planned a written quiz with questions about other pilots who were parents of twins, and about what consumes more “fuel”, an hour-long flight in a Cessna 172, or a week of feeding the baby pilots.  Things got competitive pretty quickly.

We also deviated from the twin engine theme a little, in favour of introducing the men to some more “traditional” games, like Sniff the Diaper and Guess the “poop” (some of the guests were blindfolded, and had to smell three different diapers with things like chocolate, prunes and green peas and identify which was which).  It was quite entertaining to watch grown men who can fly airplanes shrink in terror at having to smell a diaper filled with… CHOCOLATE!!!

Practical Gifts

As I always preach in my online twins prenatal course, multiple births baby showers should include practical gifts rather than the traditional blankets, sleepers and endless cutesy stuffed animals.

As the organizer of the shower, I hit each of the guests up for a couple of bucks, and then used the combined donations to purchase a large, fancy exersaucer. (I looked for one with airplanes, but the best we could find was a Jungle-themed exersaucer.)  The timing was perfect, because the twins were just 7 weeks old, and the exersaucer could be reconfigured into three different stages, including a tummy time mat which the babies could use right away.

The new parents liked this piece of equipment so much, they ended up buying themselves another one on Craigslist!

Let Your Imagination be Your Guide

Many themes exist for twins or triplets baby showers, and whether you have an additional theme to consider, or are “just” planning for the multiples, putting together a baby party is great fun!  Let your imagination guide you as you plan an entertaining and practical shower for twins, triplets or more.

Twins’ Birthday Coming Up?

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Posted by vera | Posted in Birthdays, Parenting, Triplets | Posted on 17-02-2013

twins birthdayOne challenge faced by parents of multiple birth children is the need to foster their individuality while celebrating their twinship. (Or triplet-ship, or… you get the idea!) Especially during holidays, where all children in the set will get a gift, it can be tricky to strike the right balance between “special” and “fair”.Making each twin or triplet’s special day unique need not be an expensive endeavour, but it can be time consuming.

A Unique Valentine’s Day Treat

Our family celebrates valentine’s day each year with a little something for the kids. Usually this is a small chocolate heart or something of that nature tucked into each boy’s lunch bag. The treats are equal in size, but different in design. One year Alex got a chocolate “A”, for example, while Simon got a chocolate “S”; another year each boy got a chocolate heart, one wrapped in red foil, the other in gold.This year, my girlfriend made each twin a bag with his name on a card that read “26 things that I love about (name)”. Inside the bag were 26 little cards, one for each letter of the alphabet. On each little card was written word that begins with that letter of the alphabet, and that describes that twin.

Being Fair With Twins Or Triplets Is Critical

Although the boys loved their little alphabet card bags, they immediately checked their adjectives against their co-multiple’s bag to ensure that both had gotten similarly flattering descriptors. Thankfully, my girlfriend had suspected this might happen, and had carefully selected each child’s words to ensure fairness. (Nevertheless, Simon noticed that Alex got “quick” for Q, and protested loudly that he hadn’t therefore gotten “fast” for F!)

Celebrating Both The Twinship And The Individual

Although coming up with a fair yet unique gift for each child can be somewhat time-consuming, it is a great way to let your twins, triplets or more know how special each of them is to you individually, as well as in a group.So, if you have a birthday or another holiday coming up soon in your multiple births family, consider how best to celebrate both their collective and individual identities!