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5 Twin Parenting Hacks (Infant Stage)

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A year ago, I was taking care of my 4-month old twins wishing I could activate the Carry Four Flo boost. If, like me, you were hooked on Diner Dash many years ago, you will remember this as the boost that allows Flo (the game's main character) to carry up to four items at a time in order to serve more customers quickly. In a way, parenting twins is like Diner Dash. You have to complete numerous tasks and feed (then burp, bathe, and dress hehe) demanding customers. Luckily, I've learned a few things in my first year of twin parenting that can help fellow twin parents navigate life with twin infants without having to grow an extra pair of hands. (Wow, that's a lot of "twin" for one sentence!)

You're All My Favourites, by Sam McBratney

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It was a lovely surprise to see another book by "Guess How Much I Love You" author, Sam McBratney while I was bookshop browsing a couple of weeks ago. After reading the synopsis, I immediately went to the counter to ask if I could see the inside of the book. Good thing the lady who assisted me had to answer a call after she opened the book's plastic cover because I got teary eyed when I read it. I actually had to pause for a moment and compose myself before I could tell her I would be buying it.

"You're All My Favorites" is about three baby bears who start to wonder who among them their mommy and daddy bear like the best. In the story, each baby bear describes himself/herself according to birth order, color, gender, and size. These descriptions show how each baby bear is unique. However, in their young little bear minds, they tend to perceive their unique qualities as something that may prevent mommy and daddy bear from liking them best.

Happy Mother's Day!

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It's my second mother's day but sometimes I still find it hard to believe that I'm a mother (of twins!). Even with 17 months of motherhood under my belt, I'm still a starter mama who's just learning and stumbling her way through motherhood. Wasn't it just yesterday when I was playing pretend with my peeing baby doll? Side note: They should have made a version that goes number 2 every hour to really prepare you for motherhood. Hehe.

So if I'm starter mama, there's seasoned mama. That's my mom, of course! My mom is an amazing mother and the most beautiful woman I know. This week's post is dedicated to her.

Baby Toys That Are A Hit For Ages 3 to 6 Months

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Toy shopping for babies is a little tricky. When my twins were only a few weeks old, they were more interested in lying down, drinking milk, crying (too interested in this if you ask me), and staring at my and Joey's faces than playing with toys. But when they turned 3 months old, they started to become very curious about their surroundings. They began reaching for toys, mouthing them, and exploring different textures.

Here are the toys that kept my twin babies entertained from 3 to 6 months old, with some of them still on rotation even now that they're already over a year old.

What Do Your Kids Call Their Grandparents?

My aunt sent me this video which made me remember how people would always ask my mom what she wanted to be called by her grandchildren even back when I was still pregnant. Apparently, her friends didn't go by the classic Filipino name Lola or English Grandma. Instead, they had younger, hipper sounding names like Coco, Lolly, Mia and Mymi (pronounced like it's spelled). Eventually, my mom chose LaMom, which is short for Lola Mom.

I guess cool grandparent names have really become a trend. There are even a couple of books on the topic like You Can Call Me Hoppa and The New Grandparents Name Book, which I think would make great presents for grandparents-to-be.

So, what do your kids call their grandparents? Are they cool names too?

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Dinosaur Dance, by Sandra Boynton

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One way to describe Dinosaur Dance, by Sandra Boynton is high energy. As the title suggests, the book is about dancing dinosaurs. After reading it a few times to the twins, Antonino would bounce up and down just seeing its cover and Audrey would start shaking sideways (unprompted) from the moment she hears the line "The blue Stegosaurus goes shimmy shimmy shake." 

One Toy, So Many Uses

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I really enjoy going toy shopping for the twins. As I wrote in an earlier post, I'm a really picky toy shopper. Like most parents, I'm always looking for toys which give me the most bang for my buck. Something that the twins can use through many ages and help in their development. I always do a lot of research before buying a toy. It's really rewarding whenever I'm able to choose the right one among the many possibilities out there. An example of this is a set of stacking and nesting cups.