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Entries in twin mom (2)

Wednesday
May052010

Balancing act with twins goes far beyond balacing those infant car seats 

It's tough carrying two infant car seats. One is usually heavier than the other or swings awkwardly around and hits your leg.

It's also tough to balance the feeding/eating/napping schedule of newborn twins...actually that also applies to toddler twins too come to think of it.

As they get older, it can be tough to balance the needs of twins in school, in sports, or even what they need emotionally from you at any given time. 

Most recently we're trying to balance celebrating the success of one twin without discouraging the other.

I know all parents have to deal with this at some point where the older child might always be a better student, etc. But can you imagine being compared to your sibling every day on the exact same projects at the same time?

Luckily they both have strenths in something. It's just that this time El's artistic ability has take her farther... and farther.

Her artwork was chosen to be at a show in a local mall. It was displayed along with other art from kids in her school and in a collection of fantastic art from schools all over the county.

We went and took a picture of her and her "kitty in the city".

Kitty in the City

That yellow dot? Yea that means something.

We had no idea at the time but El's piece was one of only 20 to be chosen to tour the county for the next year! It's quite an honor and while we don't get to see kitty again until Spring of 2011, she was happy to let it be a part of the tour.

Em was gracious. She stood by her sister and smiled and took a photo with her. But I know it was hard.

When the note came home from the art teacher she praised both girls (thankfully that has happened before) and I read that part aloud. I was going to stop there and read the rest of the details to El later, and thus spare Em from having to hear just how fabulous her sister's artwork is. But she wanted to hear it.

She insisted.

She is learning to share that pride.

I'm so proud of them both.

Janine

Monday
Sep282009

Going away, coming home, and reconnecting

Mom going away can be hard...for mom

I've just returned from the Type-A Mom Conference in Asheville, NC.

It was a long weekend that started at 6:00am Thursday and ended Sunday night at 6:00pm when I finally returned.

That is a long time for me to be away. I missed my family. I missed my bed. I couldn't tell which twin I was talking to on the phone because they sound so different from real life, and yet so similar to each other over the phone...only a twin mom will get that.

Mom coming home can be harder

It's hard to come home for several reasons. I'm tired myself, and yet feel the need to 'jump' not ease back into my role as mom, wife, and cat-feeder (no one else seems to care if the cats eat or not).

It's also hard because I've been off my computer the entire day and have LOTS of ideas I picked up at the conference that I want to implement...immediately.

What makes it all worth it for mom to go away

Two smiling faces and four arms pulling me into the house to show me how they cleaned up, what they worked on over the weekend, and just to get some good cuddles.

What makes it all worth it is one thing....it gave me the opportunity to miss them.

And now I feel more connected to them. More connected because I had that time away.

Strange how that works.

Janine