One for the poor beatches who just found out they are having twins, and are wondering what it is all really like. Before the moment passes and I wipe it all from my memory with the next stage, this is what it is like having 2 1/2 year old twins in the house.
SOME THINGS DIFFERENT FROM THE LAST STAGE:
- You do not have to take beast pram everywhere as both are happy to walk. For the first time in 3 years you can go into the Post Office.
- You can head out with a normal sized bag of kid shiz and leave the suitcase behind.
- Just when you think you cannot spend anymore money on nappies, hello, you now might also need training pull-up nappies if they are not yet toilet trained.
- They chat to each other in toddler babble that no-one except them understands. Is crazy cute.
- They want to sleep in the same bed together again.
- They watch whole movies together.
- When one is in trouble and crying in their room, the other one runs in and asks “are you ok? you crying”, and then runs over to me to tell me “xxx is crying”. So cute, they fail to realise yet that I am the asshole who won’t let them have the stapler and is therefore the cause of the trauma.
- Kids clothing size 2 + gets cheaper.
- They have started interacting with friends on play dates, instead of just playing side by side.
- They start using more of your normal stuff, and your place is looking less and less like a baby store. For example: plates/cutlery/bathwash.
- Putting 2 two year olds down for a day sleep in the same bedroom is fecking warfare and near impossible.
- Double tantrums when you are out with them by yourself is a real treat.
- Random strangers give you shiz impromptu lectures for them still having dummies. Fun.
- They plank in their car seats while you are trying to buckle them in.
- You spend most of your time working as a negotiator in the Sharing World Wars.
- Sharing mum and dad is sometimes an issue. “My mummy” “No my mummy”.
- You quickly develop skills to be able to carry 2 15kg kids at the same time as pushing a double pram full of shopping.
SHOP SHIZ THAT HAS HELPED WITH THIS STAGE:
- The DVD players in the car (on the back of the front seat head rests) are king. I love them and would pash them if not for the fear of getting electrocuted. I swear they are the only reason my kids get into the car for me.
- A wood kitchen and a wood train set table. They are both big enough for some side-by-side play, and have enough ‘bits’ to them without huge sharing fights ensuing.
- A plastic all-in-one table and chairs (from Bunnings) for eating/craft/playing outside. If it wasn’t all-in-one, I am certain the twins and chairs would be situated on the table whenever I wasn’t looking.
- 2 big hoses with a Y attachment (so they can both be hooked up to the same outside tap), plus 2 tap nozzles that look like guns. Seriously they spend hours playing together with this outside.
- Coloured food dye. For making water play outside and bath water interesting.
- Push bikes with training wheels (they have moved on from the balance bikes).
THINGS THAT I KNOW OUR TWINS WILL EAT (AND WON’T GET PEGGED ON THE FLOOR):
- Squeezy yoghurt.
- Pasta with cheese or red sauce with hidden veg.
- Water (esp from a pump bottle and not their usual water bottles).
- Scrambled egg.
- Fruit (both chopped up and whole).
- Homemade pizza.
- Veggies cut-up, roasted and passed off as ‘chips’ (potato/carrot/etc).
- Homemade vegetable sausage rolls (the VeggieMama recipe).
- Rice crackers.
- Cereal and milk.
- Blueberry bagels.
THEIR FAVOURITE ‘TREAT’ FOOD:
- Those round red plastic covered mini cheeses.
- Being taken to a cafe with grandma.
- Still love a warm bottle/drink of milk before sleeps.
- Bedtime 7pm.
- They wakeup 5am.
- Do they sleep through the night? No.