Featured Blogger: David of The Waiting Womb

The featured blogger this week is David of The Waiting Womb. David is the proud Dad of 6 month old twins, Carter and Cooper. I’m a huge fan of Dad’s that blog and love featuring them every chance I get!

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??

Be sure to leave your answer to David’s question in the comment section and then head over and leave some bloggy love on The Waiting Womb!

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  1. I always liked to put one of my girls in the Bjorn front carrier and then haul them around while I did yard work or even vacuum. They always seemed to be entertained and it definitely burned some extra calories.

    – Joe dadsguidetotwins.com

  2. We had a large tot-yard in our living room – big circular fence that the girls would "play" in. We needed them contained once they were rolling/scooting/crawling. There were some toys, books, dolls in there and they'd eat them and each other. At least we were able to get some cleaning done.

  3. We have the fortune of a wonderful dog and cat who've entertained the girls to no end. At 6 months we also utalized the baby einstein saucer a lot – they loved that thing. Keep up the good work, though. It gets easier. … and then it gets harder again. 😉

  4. At that age, we did stations. Exersaucer, walker, jumper, bouncy seat, blocks – whatever things they enjoy and just rotate through. Although I do think I did 99% of my cleaning and yardwork at naptime on the weekends.

  5. Barbara Manatee

    We varied "stations" like ErinLaughs did – they never had to stay in one place for too long. I also would take them out in the Pack n Play or stroller with me while I did things outside – they could watch. Otherwise I just did what I could during nap times or after they went to bed.

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  6. Love your honesty about your marriage. Raising twins is very difficult on a marriage.

    Throw a blanket on the floor with a bunch of toys, exersaucers, jumpers, and sometimes you just have to let them cry a little so they know that you can't always get to them as quickly as they would want.

  7. Our triplets are almost 4 years old now, so trying to remember the "blur" of year 1 is difficult! I do recall rotating the activities. We went from exersaucer, to a Pack-n-Play filled with baby toys, to a blanket on the floor. Our first child (who is now 10) didn't watch any television, until he was about 2 years old – but I have to say, I did put Baby Einstein DVD's on for the girls, when I was really needing another activity (much to my dismay) – With child #1 we did everything different, than with the triplets. We lived by schedules and all of the things I said I would never do as a mother (i.e. the TV) I gave into.

  8. Try having them entertain themselves with different toys/exersaucer while you are not working. That will get them used to playing by themselves and then you'll build up to being able to get work down. I could get the whole house clean between the exersaucer and putting my twins in their chairs with some puffs to eat.

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