Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Five Phrases

By the time I was confident enough to get out in public with my twins, it only took me a little while to realize that there are only five things that people say to a parent of twins:
1. Oh my -- you've got your hands full!
2. Are they identical?
3. Do twins run in your family?
4. My sister/aunt/second cousin has twins!
5. I always wanted twins!

(Another one of my favorites is, "it must be nice to get all of your babies out of the way at once!" All of them? I usually respond by telling the person that we plan to have more children, and they look at me like I'm a freak show.)

Anyway, I read a blog called How Do You Do It? Moms of Multiples Tell It Like It Is that has been a fantastic resource for every stage of twins. Recently, one of their contributors wrote a post on the last catchphrase I mentioned -- I always wanted twins! It puts my thoughts into words exactly. If you do click on the link to read this article, please finish reading the whole post. The first part is a little sarcastic, but the last part wraps it up nicely. Once again, the good outweighs the bad. :) Just thought I'd give you a spin on things from a Mother of Multiples perspective.

And here are my increasingly mobile babies
, in a little time lapse at the VanHorn household. No crawling yet, but there's lots of rolling and scooting. These were taken just a few minutes apart from each other. (Leila front / Hadley back)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Sweet Tooth

Finally, after 10 1/2 months, Leila has a tooth! Let's see it, Leila!

Yep, I know you can't even really see it. (It's the bottom left one, and it IS there if you look closely enough ... or shove your hand in her mouth ... which you can't do because you're not at my house ...)

Grandma K. discovered it yesterday. She came to babysit while I spent a rare day at work, and found it while I was getting ready in the morning. Parenting is such a funny thing -- I have never been so proud of something that I had absolutely no control over and no part in making happen, and is not even that special because it happens to every baby. :)

Hadley's first tooth is on it's way -- I wouldn't be surprised if it pops up in the next couple of days.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Cute As a Button

After a long break from being crafty, I finally had some time and inspiration to finish something this weekend. I found these vases in the Target $1 section and thought the colors were perfect for the girls' room!I thought they were a little funny on their own, so I brainstormed, pulled out my ribbon stash, looked through my mom's jar of buttons, bought some wire, and came up with this. Fun, huh? At a total cost of $5, you can't go wrong. Speaking of being as cute as a button, here are my gals at the park this weekend. It was gorgeous outside, and they were in their new sundresses. (Hadley/Leila)We were responsible parents, and had them wear hats in the sun. These are hats that my mom gave them -- they're kind of bohemian chic, right? :) It was also their first time on the swing! Hadley had a great time, but Leila hated it.

Monday, April 12, 2010

A Trick Up Her Sleeve

As we've established, Hadley and Leila are both thumb suckers. It really doesn't bother me. I figure it's easier than a pacifier, and they'll outgrow it ... and if they don't ... well, I'm not thinking about that yet.

Like I said, it doesn't bother me. Except for one thing. Leila MUST be holding onto her right sleeve with her left hand in order to put her left thumb in her mouth. See what I mean?

It's very complicated. I have no idea how she decided that it was just the best thing ever. With spring in the air, and summer coming quickly, I have visions of cute sundresses ... not sweaters.

You might wonder why I give in to this weird habit. Believe me, I have tried not to encourage it. I dress her in short sleeves when it's warm out -- and she screams for 45 minutes when it's time to nap (which, you know, is the most important thumb-sucking time). At that point, I go in, put her in a sweater, she grabs her sleeve, sticks her thumb in her mouth, and falls fast asleep.

I've considered cutting the toe off a sock and sliding the sock onto her wrist ... but that's just weird ... right?

So, faithful blog readers, any ideas? Any weird habits that your kids have that you just give in to? Any words of wisdom that my child won't be wearing a sock on her arm to Kindergarten? :)

Friday, April 9, 2010

The Many Vans Have a Minivan!

When we were pregnant, Tony announced the big news to his family by sending them a picture of us in t-shirts that said "Mommy" and "Daddy", and writing, "We're thinking about getting a 'mini-van' this summer. Take a look at the attachment and let us know what you think." We didn't know we were having twins until a week or two later. Make that two mini "vans"!

This time, though, we're serious. :)

We've resisted getting a bigger car (we drove a Subaru Forester) until now, but we recently moved the girls into bigger car seats, and my knees were literally hitting the dashboard. Not only that, but we figured out that we could eliminate our car debt if we sold the Subaru and got something that cost less. Perfect timing!

So, some of you might not be interested, but I know a few people want to see the new "soccer mom-mobile", especially Tony's parents. My favorite feature? Power doors and power trunk!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

He is Risen, Indeed!

"Why are you crying?" (John 20:13) ...
"He is not here, He is risen!" (Luke 24:6)

I could post so many pictures of my sweet girls in their Easter dresses, but I'll just post a couple. I stuck flowers to their heads with corn syrup! :) We had a wonderful time celebrating with my parents and two of my sisters. (Hadley/Leila)