Dinner Out with THREE Sets of Twins!

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Posted by vera | Posted in Parenting | Posted on 25-12-2009

The other night we had dinner at Jack Astor’s.

We, meaning my husband and I, our twin boys, friends of ours from our local multiple births support group and their twin boys and the twins we volunteer with from the twins/triplets family.  If you counted correctly, that is THREE sets of twins – 6 boys, all about 5 years old!

Spending two hours with these little bundles of energy reminded me why we should be paying Kindergarten teachers WAAAAY more than they currently get paid!

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Words Words Everywhere

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Posted by vera | Posted in Parenting | Posted on 23-12-2009

triplet boysThis morning, I had the great privilege of spending a few hours doing some intensive intervention with two Kindergarten-age triplets.

Jason and Jeremy (or, “Ya-ya-me”, as his brothers call him!), are two of five boys in a “double” multiple births family my husband and I volunteer with.  This family has been blessed with twin boys, followed by triplet boys, all naturally conceived.  All five children are happy, more-or-less healthy, and full of energy!  But, living in poverty, they are already suffering at school:  Having started at a deficit, they are all academically behind, and it is beginning to show in some of their at-school behavior.

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Missing Grandma

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Posted by vera | Posted in Parenting | Posted on 22-12-2009

Today is December 22, the day my Mother died 16 years ago.

As I do every year, I review the day of her death, the weeks and days leading up to it, and the final hours preceding the aftermath of a 21-year-old coping with the logistics of funeral arrangements and final tax returns while managing an elderly grandmother.  Read the rest of this entry »

Christmas Shopping For Twins Without Breaking The Bank

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Posted by vera | Posted in Parenting | Posted on 04-12-2009

Twins ChristmasWith Christmas just around the corner, many parents of multiples wonder about holiday gift shopping for their twins, triplets or more.

Do you get them each something different, one or two bigger items for them to share?  How do you stretch your dollars at this spending season?

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STOP! Look, and Listen

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Posted by vera | Posted in Parenting | Posted on 20-11-2009

twin AThis past week, I had the opportunity to attend a provincial training session for educators where I heard Avis Glaze, and outstanding educator and leadership guru speak.

What she said struck a chord with me not only in relation to my life as a teacher, but also as a mother of multiples.  Ms. Glaze spoke of the importance of putting people first, of stopping what one is doing when a person comes into the room, and of attending to that person in a warm and authentic manner. Read the rest of this entry »

“What Makes Endless Diapers and Sleepless Nights… Worthwhile”

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Posted by vera | Posted in Parenting | Posted on 13-11-2009

twin boys on couchWorking hard on the computer tonight, and periodically throwing a “STOP!” over my shoulder  at the boys, who were wrestling on the couch while watching Treehouse…  Suddenly I became aware it was omonously quiet. What were they up to now?!  I looked over, and there they were, snuggled up together like two little bunnies!!!  Ahhhh, twins.  THIS, my friends, is what makes the endless diapers and sleepless nights of the first three years all worthwhile.  The long-awaited pay-off has arrived!

No sooner did I try to snap their peaceful photo, though, then they became deliriously silly, climbing all over one another.

I suppose they will soon enough be angry teenagers, telling me where to go!

Separation Anxiety

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Posted by vera | Posted in Parenting, Sleep | Posted on 01-11-2009

Last night my five year old twin boys slept in their own rooms for the first night.  For five years they have slept together in the same room, at first even in the same crib.  But lately, Twin B has been requesting his own space, and so, over the past few weeks, we’ve slowly been relocating the office downstairs, so that each boy can have his own bedroom.

It was cute to hear their little feet pitter patter back and forth last night, as they visited each other a few times, before finally settling down in their respective rooms.  I think that although individual space seemed like a good idea in the daylight, come night time, our little twins may have been having second thoughts about their great separation plans, lol!  In any case, they survived the night and in fact, slept quite well.

I was reminded of the many nights prenatally with twins that we lacked sleep (well, me, anyway, and then both me and my husband, once the dear babes were born, hehe!)  The first few months with newborn twins is pretty intense… Prenatal classes didn’t help… unlike the one I now teach, the multiples-specific prenatal course we took at the hospital didn’t really address the nitty gritty of how to manage the intense sleep deprivation that inevitably comes with two, three or more newborns in the home!

How I marvel at my BIG little boys.  This evening, they played nicely together after dinner, and then went to their own beds without a hitch. Just wait until they are teenagers wanting their own cars!!!

“Split Personality” Not Uncommon for Twins

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Posted by vera | Posted in Parenting, Twins or Multiple Birth Pregnancy | Posted on 26-10-2009

Imagine being mistaken for someone else… every day!  Would this make you feel a bit unsure of yourself, a little uneasy with your personality or who you are at your core?

This case of mistaken identity is one that my monozygotic twins Alex and Simon face all the time.  From grandparents to daycare providers to classroom teachers, those who are able to accurately tell them apart are few and far between. Even though the boys typically wear different clothes, they look so much alike to folks other than myself and my husband, that they must spend a large portion of their day correcting people or clarifying their own and each other’s identities.

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