Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Advice - one-year-old twin activities

You might want to skip this one if you don't want to read about babies, but I'd still appreciate any ideas I can get.

I've been a single mom these days, and it's exhausting. Both Tadpole and Turtle are walking, and it's hot out, and I thought that would be awesome because we could spend all day outside! Unfortunately I've realized that two walking babies means it's really hard for one adult to keep tabs. The park is really difficult because I can't keep track of which baby is putting what in their mouths, and I can't really let them play on the playground safely because I can't keep them both from falling off. The public pool is definitely out, even with a group of other moms. We're doing swim lessons once a week, and planning to do Diaper Daredevils once a week after the babies turn 1, but until then ...

So my question is - what can I do with walking almost-one-year-old twins, by myself (or with other moms, but no extra adult)?

So far, all I have are:

1. Stay home and play
2. Drive to a playground I've been told about that has a fence and very small play equipment
3. Baby pool in back yard
4. Zoo, but can only do this so often (also it's a 25-minute drive)

The kids are getting bored, and so am I. Help, please!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Advice needed, please!

Hi friends, I need advice. Badly! Some of it is baby-related and some of it is not. I'll split up the categories in different posts that I'll put up later, because I am lacking in just about every part of my life. Please, please, please, give me what you've got, even if it's not much.

Organization - How do you stay organized?

How do you keep your paperwork, bills, legal documents, etc. organized? My desk is constantly getting cluttered, things get put aside for "later", etc. I TRY to sort out and throw away junk mail before it gets on my desk, and I also try to pay bills really quickly, but there's always more stuff than that. So how to you keep your paperwork organized?

How do you keep your appointments - do you have a day-runner, a desk calendar, a smart phone?

What about chores? I am always forgetting things, like cleaning the pool, finishing the laundry, sweeping, dusting, etc. It seems like there are endless chores and I can never catch up. We're having someone clean every other week, which helps, but there's still a ton to do in the meantime, and I feel like I'm always behind. Do you have some way to make sure everything gets done, and in a reasonable amount of time?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

11 months!

Squeezing in a VERY short post here while the babies stay down for naps (I hope!). They were 11 months old yesterday, but Tadpole got sick and made the day quite busy! Poor little thing, she has terrible digestive problems. I changed her diaper so many times yesterday, and she has bad diaper rash from it, too, and then at dinner she puked up the entire contents of her stomach. Her diapers are leaking, requiring me to do a lot of laundry, and she's not sleeping well, so Mama and Papi are tired, too. I'm looking forward to her getting better, and hoping that Turtle doesn't get sick, too.

In the meantime, we've had weird weather for this time of year, cold and rainy. We haven't been able to get out of the house much, and we're all cranky. Today should be the start of better weather, let's hope it's the start of better health in this house as well!

I WILL write more soon, I hope, as soon as the little guys are feeling better. A brief update - both are walking. Tadpole's walking quite well, Turtle still prefers crawling as a method of getting around quickly. He's a slow, cautious walker. I never really realized that new walkers were so cute, but they are. I am guessing it's a very fleeting stage, though. Tadpole has already improved so much. It's also getting harder to take photos and videos of them, as they instantly focus on the camera and WANT IT RIGHT NOW. Any time I've tried to film them playing or laughing together, it ends up with them both crying because I won't give them the camera. We'll have to work on that.

Hope your week is going well and that you're all in good health!