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October 31st, 2011, 08:39 PM
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Some practical thoughts! And a double whammy this time since my main thought didn't really apply to expecting moms, I came up with some specifically for you guys too.



What do you do when they are both screaming and you are the only one there? Does it make a difference why they are crying, and how so?

How do you get in and out of the car and in and out of buildings when you are alone with just the multiples? Do you use a stroller all of the time, carry in wraps/slings (one or more kiddos), purposefully only go to places that can accomodate (like grocery stores that have baskets with TWO seats in them)? Or do you just never go anywhere by yourself with them?




For the expecting moms - do you have OTHER any specific concerns about the logistics of there being two babies? Ask!! We will try our best to answer!

Is this your first pregnancy? If not, how is it different from other pregnancies?

Are you having any pregnancy-specific issues or concerns (say, heartburn for instance) that we may can help you solve or is just being a big pest? Share!
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October 31st, 2011, 08:53 PM
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What do you do when they are both screaming and you are the only one there? Does it make a difference why they are crying, and how so? Well... I determine why they are crying and pick the one the needs the attended to the most. Take care of that one, then go on to the other one. Unless they both needed bottles.. I mastered the art of double bottle feeding quickly. :-)

How do you get in and out of the car and in and out of buildings when you are alone with just the multiples? Do you use a stroller all of the time, carry in wraps/slings (one or more kiddos), purposefully only go to places that can accomodate (like grocery stores that have baskets with TWO seats in them)? Or do you just never go anywhere by yourself with them? Up until they started listening to me really well. I ALWAYS used a stroller. Even when grocery shopping. I would push the stroller and pull the cart behind me. Sometimes Kaeden would be strapped into the cart as well. I never used slings or wraps with the twins. ( I didn't really discover those until Lydia was born) I live in a small town.. and their aren't any stores with the double seated carts. I always went out with the kids by myself. I am a SAHM, so I needed to be able to handle all the kids by myself. With the stroller I was able to do that. Now that I have 4 kids. I still take them all out by myself. (DH never has though)
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October 31st, 2011, 09:31 PM
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Is this your first pregnancy? If not, how is it different from other pregnancies? This is my 5th pregnancy!!! I have 3 other children and 1 in heaven. This pregnancy is by far the toughest. I find my self having symptoms that i didnt get with my other pregnancy a lot sooner.

Are you having any pregnancy-specific issues or concerns (say, heartburn for instance) that we may can help you solve or is just being a big pest? The only one is Im having some spotting issues and i notice when I stand for more then 5 min my heart starts to race and im out of breath like if been running for miles.
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November 1st, 2011, 05:58 PM
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What do you do when they are both screaming and you are the only one there? Does it make a difference why they are crying, and how so? Depends why they are crying. I generally evaluate and deal with the one that is the most upset first. If they both are hungry that is easy. If they are both just being fussy I play one of the games I can play with both. Currently their favorite, and something that makes them both smile everytime, is laying them both next to each other, then I sing "Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes, knees and toes" while I touch their head shoulders, knees, and toes with one hand each. Another fun one is singing "If you're Happy and You Know It". When I get to the clapping or stomping part I take one each of their hands or feet in mine and make them do it (for the clapping they 'clap' each others hands) .. when they were being really fussy, we changed the words to "If you're fussy and you know it, Shhh, Shhh, Shhh!" and shh'ed their lips with it. They thought it was funny and it made a stressed mom laugh

How do you get in and out of the car and in and out of buildings when you are alone with just the multiples? Do you use a stroller all of the time, carry in wraps/slings (one or more kiddos), purposefully only go to places that can accomodate (like grocery stores that have baskets with TWO seats in them)? Or do you just never go anywhere by yourself with them?
Depends what I am doing. If I am just running errands or doing minor shopping, I take the double stroller and put them in that (we still leave them in their car seats for errands like this). If I am doing real grocery shopping on my own, I take a carrier. I put one baby in the carrier on me and the other stays in their car seat on the grocery cart. This way I have the main part of the cart for grocery. All I can say to you pregnant moms out there is don't be afraid to take them out. Getting out will keep you sane. Yes, they will blow up now and then ... but one baby would too
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November 1st, 2011, 06:37 PM
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All I can say to you pregnant moms out there is don't be afraid to take them out. Getting out will keep you sane. Yes, they will blow up now and then ... but one baby would too
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November 4th, 2011, 06:09 PM
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What do you do when they are both screaming and you are the only one there? Tend to the one who is either crying first or whoever is really crying vs fussing. Usually if its a hunger issue ds1 helps me out or I cheat and prop a bottle so I can tend to the other crying one. It really depends on what they are both crying for. Thankfully they normally don't cry at the same time.

Does it make a difference why they are crying, and how so? See above

How do you get in and out of the car and in and out of buildings when you are alone with just the multiples? Both babes are still in their infant carries which snap right into the stroller so easy peasy. And they typically like rolling in the stroller.

Do you use a stroller all of the time, carry in wraps/slings (one or more kiddos), purposefully only go to places that can accomodate (like grocery stores that have baskets with TWO seats in them)? Right now its just the stroller. I don't take them grocery shopping unless its to get just a couple things.

Or do you just never go anywhere by yourself with them? I don't do a whole lot of outtings by myself with all 3. Now that the weather is colder and rainier I keep them home mostly. DH's schedule allows either him or I to run errands minus the kids during the week. But we do family outtings a couple times a month.
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November 4th, 2011, 10:13 PM
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Guess I should answer my own questions, eh?

What do you do when they are both screaming and you are the only one there? Does it make a difference why they are crying, and how so? I would also like to say that it doesn't happen that way often. Not sure why. I expected them to cry at the same time a lot more than they do, but I am very thankful that they don't. Often, the answer is that I nurse both at the same time. Sometimes, I'll put one in a high chair with a snack and deal with whatever is going on with the other - usually that when I can tell it's not tired/comfort/nursing that they want. If they are both just hungry, they get to holler for just a second until I can get them in their chairs and fed! Sometimes, one baby just gets to holler and wait their turn. I try to at least hold whichever one has to wait.

How do you get in and out of the car and in and out of buildings when you are alone with just the multiples? When they were small, if I was alone I took my Moby wrap. It took a little while to figure it out, but I could carry BOTH babies in it!! We did that most often when I was taking the 3 older boys to AWANA and needed to hold hands with the smaller ones as we walked across the dark parking lot... and again when I picked them up. Often I could put just one in the wrap and carry the other one. After they got a little bigger, I did use the double stroller a lot. And now, I frequent places with baskets that have two seats! I do have a single umbrella stroller that I keep in the van, and sometimes I have to strap one down and carry the other... but I do have the double stroller also that I use often. Depends on what we are doing! I was scared to go out with them by myself for a while, but then I made myself do it because I figured there would be times that I HAD TO and I needed to know how to handle it. Turned out to not be that big a deal for me, but - I emphasize especially with the google-eyed mamas who "wish for" twins - I am very glad the twins were not my first babies.
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