What made you decide to start a blog?
The reason I decided to start a blog is because my wife and I found out that we were going to have a baby. We didn’t know at the time that we were going to have twins. I just wanted to blog about the pregnancy and our lives after the delivery. When I started the blog, I had a lot of time on my hands to post and really write some humorous stuff. Now since the twins are here I rarely have any spare time to post as much as I’d like to.
What have been some of your greatest triumphs with raising twins?
Staying married. You can laugh if you want. I just asked Miranda what she thought of this question and that was her answer. She is actually right though. It is really tough raising twins. Especially if they are your first children. We really do feel like it is a triumph that we’re still together. We knew it was going to be difficult… but we never expected it would be this hard. But everyday our relationship gets stronger because of the extreme level of difficulty. Twins are a complete and utter blessing, but tough at the same time.
Another triumph is the fact that we succeeded after about 2 months to get into the coveted routine. Once we started getting into the swing of things it became a lot easier and continues to do so.
What have been some of your greatest challenges?
Performing daily tasks while severely sleep deprived. I had always heard about sleep deprivation but I just thought it was just someone who was really tired. Now I know that while you ARE really tired, it is so much more. I’ve put milk in the cabinet, cereal in the fridge. I’ve put water in my coffee thinking it was sugar. Miranda has charted the wrong thing in a patient’s chart (it was fixed). She has even stood at the side of our bed with her arms at her side, woke me up and told me to take the baby… she had no baby. She was walking in her sleep.
Trying to get into a routine, sickness, lack of sleep, monetary struggles and the unknown in general has been tough to overcome. And so far we have. Everyday brings new challenges but we’re getting a lot better at solving those problems faster each time. You have to get good at logistics really fast with twins. The sooner you can get them on a schedule the better. If you don’t, as we found out during the first month or two, you will come within a hair on an ants rear from putting yourself into an early grave. 🙂 Routines are your friend – your really, really good friend.
What are some of your favorite family activities?
Well seeing as how the boys are just 6 months old we do things like walk around the yard pointing out cars, trees, birds, grass, etc. We love watching them in their walkers and exersaucers. We like to read to them and watch their faces when we embellish and make it fun.
We go to see the grandparents, aunts/uncles and cousins. I love rock music so I frequently put on some music, stand in front of them and act like I’m the one who’s singing. They love it. Maybe they’ll get my love of music.
We love bath time. I usually give them a bath while Miranda does the after bath routine. They have so much fun in the bath. Splashing water all over daddy and the kitchen floor is their absolute favorite activity.
What question(s) do you have for the other families in the community?
What are the best ways to entertain babies at 6 months old? They get so bored, so fast. Mommy and daddy NEED to do house- and yard-work. But with bored, crying babies it is really hard. Any suggestions??
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