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It’s almost that time of year again, where my babies turn a whole year older. I am desperately planning two parties in one weekend. I think I must be mad!
If you’re new to reading my blog, you may not know about the ‘uniqueness’ of my family. To sum it up…….
I have 3 children, 2 of which are twins. 2 of my children share a birthday, but not my twins’!
Yes, that’s right, my twins have separate birthdays, as they were born over midnight (one and a half hours apart), and my second twin was born on my sons 2nd birthday! This makes things quite difficult. I have never fully settled on when to celebrate each birthday. So far they have all had a shared party, which has worked well. However, this year I thought it was about time BB had his own party, hence the 2 parties in one weekend.
The twins are having a hello kitty craft party on the saturday at home and BB is having a bowling party on the sunday. Luckily the bowling party is mostly done for us, I only need to make the cake and turn up. However, the twins party will take a lot more effort. Luckily, my mum is organising the crafts, so I have time to think about the party bags, games, food and cakes.
I like to make extra work for myself, as I believe each child should have their own birthday cake and I like to make them novelty ones, so I am currently trying to think how I can make 2 hello kitty cakes and a space cake all in one weekend! I panic before hand, but I usually get there in the end. Last year I made a whole gingerbread house cake and two heart cakes. They looked great and the children had a fab birthday, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed I can pull it off again this year.
Last Sunday, we had a screen-free day, we turned off the screens, tv, computer, phones etc for 24 hours. You can read all about it on my other blog here.
It was a liberating experience. As parents we were able to devote our time and energy properly into the children without the distraction of constantly checking the phone or internet etc. The children benefited from our 100% attention and we had a lovely day together.
What I found interesting, was grabbing the opportunity to watch the children really play, interact and work together for the day. My children usually do play nicely (most days), so that’s nothing new, but, I was able to observe just how they are together. This is one of the things I love to do as a mummy to 3 little ones the most, it is so heart warming and encouraging, knowing that your children will help, support, play, interact and genuinely love each other. I am very aware this may change as they get older, so I need to make the most of these moments now.
I think the playing together nicely is partly due to them all being so close in age. BB likes to be the ‘boss’ as he’s the oldest. My girls don’t seem to mind this (most of the time) and it lends itself to some nice playtime. This is the reason I wanted children close in age. It is much harder having babies that are close, but as they get older the benefits I feel far outweigh the difficulties. It is now lovely to be reaching that stage.
Don’t get me wrong, we have our fair amount of fights and arguments, just like everyone else where I have to play referee, but that’s all part of growing up and learning to socialize, on the whole it’s great.
Do your children play nicely? Are they close in age?
Do you find yourself with little ones who have been sleeping well, through the night, but have suddenly started waking because their covers are falling off? I have, and here’s my tip….
My little ones have always been good sleepers, they all slept 12 hours through the night from 10 weeks old, so when Pinky started waking in the night suddenly, it hit us hard, we were not used to that!
It seemed to me that she was getting cold, as she was unable to keep her covers on. We would have to keep returning to cover her up again. This can be very tiring.
So, you might think a onsie is the answer. However, this made her too hot when the covers were on.
My next idea was ….. a bulldog clip!
This worked perfectly. I put a bulldog clip on her duvet cover and attach it to the sheet underneath and voila! The covers stay on! And Pinky sleeps and therefore mummy and daddy sleep and everyone’s happy!
If you have this problem I recommend giving this a try, it worked brilliantly for us
Last weekend saw something very different for my twins. For the first time, my girls were not invited to a birthday party together, only one.
At first, I must admit, I was a bit surprised. I was expecting this issue, as it is only natural, they are two individual children, not a package deal, but I wasn’t really expecting it yet, more when they start school. They are only three, they go to nursery together and from what I can tell, they share the same friends.
Boo was very excited, she was going to her friend’s birthday party. However, when Pinky finally realised, she was not invited, we did have a few tears. It was very difficult explaining to a three-year old, she’s not invited to one of her friends party’s, that her twin sister is going to. I know this issue will come up again though.
My friend offered to have Pinky and BB whilst I took Boo to the party. They were very excited about that, so we didn’t have any more tears. We made cakes for them to take for a picnic and they had a great time.
It was very interesting, seeing how my twins were, apart from each other. They are so rarely separated. Boo went to the party and got stuck straight in playing with her friends, which was so great to see. I am really pleased, she got to experience this. I believe it is healthy for them to be separated sometimes.
My only issue I then had, was ‘the party bag’! As my children are all of a very similar age (only 2 yrs between all 3 of them), they basically share everything, especially my twins. It is just impossible for them not to. This has not been a problem, until now. Boo came home with ‘her’ party bag, so for the first time, she had something of her own, she didn’t want the others always taking everything. My children are usually very good with sharing, as they have never known anything else, but this ownership of the bag, definitely brought up its own issues and fights.
This birthday party issue was actually a good thing to experience. My twins got to spend time apart, they got to play with friends on their own and it was lovely for me to watch how Boo interacted without her twin sister there. It was great to see, this was not a problem. And the ownership of belongings, well, I guess I will just have to work on that one.
We have not taken the children to the theatre before. We thought we would love to, but have been nervous. BB is a bit of a fidget, so was worried if he’d sit still and quiet. My twins are only 3, so we were also a little concerned about how they would react to the noise and people being dressed up (as they don’t like people in costumes).
This week, we took our children to the theatre for the first time, to see Dotty the Dragon at our local theatre. It was great.
We thought we’d make a whole day of it, so we got the bus into town, which they had never done before. We sat at the top, right at the front. They were so excited!
We met some friends in town and all went for a pizza before hand. They had a great time, all sitting with their friends, chatting. BB absolutely loved watching how the pizzas were made, he was fascinated!
We went straight from the pizza, to the theatre. Our seats were right in the very front row, as they were the only seats we could get (as we needed 5 in a row). The twins, appeared a little nervous, but not in a bad way, they were just a bit unsure of what was going to happen.
We needn’t have worried about how well-behaved the children were going to be, they sat still and quiet throughout the whole thing. They were mesmerised! They joined in with all the calling out when asked to. But the best bit, was when Daddy had to get up and go on stage and pretend to be a dragon!!! Yes, he had to go up, run around the stage, flapping his arms like a flying dragon! The children found this hysterical! I am so relieved, they didn’t pick on me (phew!). Then, they did pick on me!!!!! Luckily it was only to stand up, turn around and sit down again (relief).
Throughout the show, we got covered in wee (obviously only water) and flour (shreds of paper). The children loved it. The show was so engaging and funny.
It was definitely one of those magical days to imprint in my memory bank. Watching the children’s faces was amazing, the grins, the laughter, the engagement from them was great.
If you have been worried about taking little children to the theatre, please, just give it a go, I am so glad we did. The only recommendation I would make is……DON’T SIT IN THE FRONT ROW!!!!!
However, when you have twins it can be very difficult getting them swimming. Most swimming pools have rules of needing a 1:1 ratio of child to adult for under 4’s. Therefore, single parents, or parents with more than 1 child under 4 can’t take their children swimming, without roping in help. Not everyone has someone who can help regularly. I can understand the reason for this rule, as it is incredibly difficult taking multiple young children swimming, but it is also quite sad that many children will be missing out on this activity.
As I have 3 children with only 2 years between them, I have been unable to take my children swimming, unless we have help. My family don’t live close, so this has not happened regularly. However, we are very lucky we have a great aunt and uncle who do come and help us take the children swimming every so often.
For this reason, I wanted my children to start swimming lessons as soon as possible. I finally managed to enrol my twins into swimming lessons last week, after much debate with the pool (but that’s a whole other story). I was so pleased, they are going to be swimming, I know how much they love it in the pool.
Last week, they had their first lesson and they absolutely LOVED IT! The grins on their faces spoke volumes! They were grinning from ear to ear and giggling for the whole half an hour! I was so proud of them, they jumped in on their own, listened the to the teacher and didn’t appear to be afraid of the water what so ever!
I am so pleased I have finally managed to get them into swimming lessons. They are not cheap, but watching their faces in the pool, makes it all worth while.
Cooking with young twins or multiple children can be difficult, messy and scary when knives are involved.
Here are my tips on how to make cooking with little children easier…..
- Prepare equipment- get everything ready before hand. Put all the ingredients out, all the bowls, equipment and utensils you could possibly need on the table/side ready to hand.
- Prepare area – Put a cloth on the table/floor if needed.
- Prepare yourself – wear an apron yourself (things can get very messy).
- Prepare the children – talk to your children before hand, telling them what is expected of them and that they may have to wait while they all take turns sometimes. Put on aprons.
- Wash hands – everyone!
- Be mentally prepared for mess – try to stay calm, it may get messy, but remember, it can all be cleaned up after
- Allow plenty of time.
- Have fun working together and let the children get stuck in.
- Get the children to help clean up after – they often have as much fun cleaning up as they do the cooking.
Children love cooking, it is such a great rainy day activity that everyone can enjoy. We had fun last week making an apple crumble.
Yesterday was one of these days. The weather was great, it was cold, but gorgeous blue sky and sunshine, I couldn’t resist taking my girls for a walk. So off we went to our local lake and nature discovery centre.
We decided to do a sound walk. Whilst walking round the lake, we had to listen to see what and how many different sounds we could hear. This is what we heard…..
- Other children calling
- Various other birds, but I’m afraid I haven’t a clue what they were??!
- Water splashing from the birds landing in the water
- Dogs barking
- Wind rustling in the trees (I was really impressed they thought/heard that)
- Leaves crunching when we walked on them
I was really impressed with how well the girls listened and identified things. They enjoyed trying to work out what things were.
This walk was good fun and it is a very good exercise for little ones to practice listening and hearing different sounds, which is the start of learning phonics later on. I will definitely be having another go at this another time.
Autumn is a great time of year to get out the arts and crafts. I just love making things from nature after we’ve been for a lovely walk.
Last week we went collecting things for our arts and crafts. We made a few things, like acorn faces and leaf rubbings, but we still had lots of leaves, acorns etc to work with, so this week we got them out again and this is what we did…….
We made these nature monsters by painting some toilet rolls. We stuck some leaves in the top for ears/hair, drew on some features and stuck on a berry for a nose and an acorn on the back for a tail. Then I found some googly eyes, which of course the children wanted to use, but I must admit, I do like the googly eyes.
These were so easy to make and the children could use their own imagination to create whatever they wanted. They loved them!
I painted a very basic outline of a tree on a very large piece of paper (there’s always something good about doing large pictures). Then the girls painted on the leaves and printed them on the tree. They had so much fun doing this and got quite messy. As you can see from the picture, they loved getting messy!
We collected a few sticks on our walk last week, so I thought, how about making a wand. The girls had great fun painting their sticks (many times over, so they actually ended up quite brown looking) and then playing with them. I had planned to stick something to the end, to make them more wand like, but they wouldn’t wait to play with them.
Autumn creativity, is definitely my favourite. There are so many things you can do, just let your imagination go. Children love using their imagination.
Little children never cease to amaze me with what they come out with. Yesterday, was another classic example which I wanted to share with you, but I also wanted it documented, so I would not forget it (that’s the great thing about blogging). This made me smile for quite some time!
Yesterday, BB (age 5) drew this picture of a person showing what’s inside us! Don’t ask me what on earth spurred him on to thinking about what is inside?!
Now, according to BB, the yellow bit coming down from the nose, three quarters of the way down the body and swirling around back up again……is snot!! Lots and lots of snot! Well, I suppose children do seem to have a lot of snot?!
The other yellow bit is the wee and it goes all the way down and comes out at the bottom through the winkie.
The Part with blue dots on, is the food and ‘dirt’ we eat (his words, not mine).
Then he got thinking, how girls are different to boys so he drew this……
I just love hearing and seeing what children come out with, there is something, just so innocent and naive about it. I really don’t ever want to forget.
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