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How to Plan A Children's Birthday Party In One Day

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Last month, the twins celebrated their first birthday. I know this post is late but the past month has been bananas for us. The twins' birthday falls during the Holiday season so we had to deal with their birthday, Christmas shopping, Christmas parties and New Year's celebrations all at the same time. Oh and did I mention we went through three hospital confinements in October and November, and were (and still are) yaya-less? 

New Year's Eve With One-Year-Old Twins

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I put a lot of pressure on myself to do something really grand this year for New Year's Eve because it's the twins' first NYE with the family. Their actual first NYE was in 2017 and was spent at the NICU because they were born 3 weeks early. Obviously, we didn't toast with champagne because I was still trying to breastfeed and we were not really in a celebratory mood because we were anxious to bring the twins home. Here's our first family photo taken on NYE 2017 by our NICU nurse.

Top 10 Posts of 2017

top 10 posts 2017

The past year has been crazy and challenging but at the same time amazing and rewarding. I guess as first time parents, Joey's and my greatest achievement is keeping the twins alive for one whole year! I'm also happy I was able to document our experiences by starting this blog. So as we say goodbye to 2017 and kick of what will surely become a very exciting year of raising twin toddlers, let's recap the top 10 posts of 2017 from 1 to 10:

2018 New Year's Resolutions I Wish My One-Year-Old Twins Will Make

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Don't you love the clean slate of a brand new year? It makes you want to examine the things you want to do differently and really try to be a better version of yourself. In that spirit, here are five resolutions I wish my one year old twins will make:

Yaya Problems

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Mary Poppins (1964), from Disney Screencaps

Joey and I both work so we hired yayas (nannies) to take care of the twins while we're at the office. They would each be in charge of one baby and share in other baby-related chores like washing bottles, baby laundry and some light housework, which I'm told is the normal job description of a yaya. We also gave them a good package: salary way above minimum wage, paid time off and holidays, SSS contributions, healthcare,  and of course free board and lodging. 

So far, we've gone through 7 yayas. Yup 7!

Tiny Blessings For Bedtime, by Amy Parker

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As parents, we all dream of raising selfless and appreciative children. Today is Christmas Eve and as we focus on giving thanks for all the special blessings we have received, let's always remember that while Christmas only comes once a year, we can always choose to adopt the mindset of being grateful for everyday blessings. My current favorite children's book on gratitude is Tiny Blessings for Bedtime, by Amy Parker. 

Christmas Gift List For Babies

Baby's first Christmas is a big deal for parents. Hours are spent shopping for the hottest toy of the season only to find out that babies are more interested in the bright wrapping paper gifts come in. So since Christmas Eve is only one week away and I want you to have a stress-free Christmas, here's a list of 5 traditional toys and the corresponding household items babies prefer*. Yup, that's right, items that are just lying around where you live. So I'm actually saving you money too! Just don't make the mistake of putting them in gift bags or else that's all your baby's going to play with.