Posts Tagged ‘photos’

Stupid questions people ask about my twins.

January 7, 2010

Among the world of stupid questions, the most stupid is, ‘Are they identical?’ I admit Coconut and Snort do often look very similar, and that strangers can’t be expected to know the difference. So I don’t hold strangers accountable for their stupidity, despite the fact that one has blonde hair and blue eyes and one seems to have brown hair and hazel or brown eyes. Whatever, right?

I think a lot of people somehow assume all twins are identical as well. I can’t correct all of society’s wrongs.

But….people who know I have a little girl Coconut and a little boy Snort? And medical professional after medical professional?

‘Are they identical? No? Are you sure they aren’t? They look so much alike.’

Dude, peel off their diapers and you will discover that no matter how much alike the rest of them is, there is one are where they are, most assuredly, not identical. Boys and girls are non-identical by definition (though I think I have read something about once-in-a-lifetime b/g identical twins…not sure how that works).

Our health visitor said, ‘If you didn’t have IVF and know there were two eggs put back, you wouldn’t know if they were identical or not.’  Number one, we had embryos put back, not eggs. Number two, check out her lovely vagina! Look at his cutie pie penis!!

NOT IDENTICAL.

Though sometimes even we have trouble telling them apart in pictures. They are remarkably similar in appearance:

Do you know which is which?

I do.

She’s the one with the hair that is growing so fast suddenly, and may or may not have a wave/curl to it. He’s the one with four strands of three-and-a-half-inch blonde white hair that bob around in the breeze. He’s the one with eyes so blue they are sometimes startling. She’s the one who likes smiling for the camera.

Sheesh already.

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I’m so cute I could throw up.

January 6, 2010

Hi bloggie people. We’re glad to be back. Our mama has been hogging the computer uploading pictures to Facebook, and that’s why she hasn’t been writing about the stars of this blog, US! See you soon.

Love,

Snort & Coconut

Everyday miracles.

December 18, 2009

Curved from both sides, a little bit lumpy and a little bit smooth

the day before you both came out from under my heart.

And when you came, carefully birthed from the cut in my

stomach, I really couldn’t comprehend where

these two beautiful children

had come from.

Such beautiful twins, they said, such a good size.

So healthy, they said, so wonderful.

We just looked at you

and our hearts delighted.

Now you grow, grow, change every day

into curious, happy, wondering little people.

I carry you both now, tucked against me, curled against my back, my front.

Tiny little sighs puff against my neck, a cheek rests on my breasts.

I sometimes look at you and think, Can this be real?

Are you mine, ours? Are we yours?

Rounded from both sides, a little bit lumpy and a little bit smooth

this day as I wonder at my body.

Each stretch, each tear, each kick I felt as you pressed against

my skin

from the inside out.

This time last year we had just found out you were

inside me. Your hearts started to beat the day after Christmas.

This year, you are here.

Yes, you are here.

Babywearing of the last couple of weeks…

December 14, 2009

Don’t claim to be an expert, do claim to be creative in (tandem) times of need…

This first picture is of both babies in one wrap. A wrap is a wide, very long piece of fabric. I prefer woven wraps, but this is a semi-stretchy one. I got this because it’s apparently hot shit for tandem (two kids) wearing, but I don’t actually like it all that much. Still, it cuts a pretty picture:

Next up, I had Snort in one woven wrap on my front when Coconut started fussing. I didn’t know what to do, so I grabbed a ringsling and, well, slung her next to him. This was surprisingly comfy, very easy to do, and I would probably do it again for an emergency quick fix. Not for long walks.

Finally, two babies in two wraps. This happened because the very secure wrap I wanted to do with one wrap wouldn’t work (it wasn’t long enough). As I was on my own, I felt safer getting one baby onto my back and securing him before then getting her on my front. Have done several variations of this during the week. Would still prefer one wrap as I only have very long wraps, and wearing a baby on your back actually doesn’t require too much fabric, so I have tons left over. With only one baby, this isn’t too much of a problem, but with two you don’t want huge swathes of fabric everywhere. Still, I felt pretty awesome doing this all by my lonesome!!

So, what do you think? If you want to know more, just ask questions in the comments and I will happily answer them in a future post. Babywearing is about the best thing in the universe….after actually having the babies, that is.

Motherhood doesn’t stand in the way of Twitter.

December 7, 2009

Me babywearing (one wrap!) while twittering away:

David Bowie ain’t the only one who can dance, magic, dance.

December 4, 2009

Just a quickie before the morning feeds commence. I was just baby dancing, and I thought I would show you guys what it’s like:

This is dancing-for-an-audience-in-bouncy-chairs. It’s good. Perhaps better is kneeling-over-audience-on-the-floor-and-dancing-with-your-head-and-facial-expressions.

I don’t know if it’s weird to say about yourself or not, but I totally think I’m a really fun mom. I hope my kids smile and laugh as much in twenty years as they do now. Fun, joy, exploration, being silly, imagination, creativity. This is one aspect of what I want to help instill in them.

Better mom to robot computer babies than real ones?

December 3, 2009

When I used to play The Sims, I would let the adults starve so I could buy a baby crib rather than put the baby down on the floor.

Now I let two real, live babies sleep on the floor all the time.

Help a sista out, or at least give her props.

November 28, 2009

Look what I just did:

This is me and Snort about an hour ago – my first attempt at getting him in a back carry. I was bent over facing the floor while I tried to sort this out, and he was just laughing and laughing. I know it’s way too loose. Any suggestions on how to make it tighter are very welcome.

This is the first step in wearing both babies – one on my back (Snort, better head control) and one on my front (Coconut, lighter baby by a bit). I think I am going to need a long, long wrap. I am undecided about wearing both in one wrap, or in two separate wraps. There are distinct advantages to both.

Even with the two size 7 Didys we’ve got, I don’t think I would be able to wear both. If I put Coconut on second, I don’t think it’s long enough to wrap around Snort’s back. If I put her on first, I am not good enough with getting Snort on my back, and neither baby likes being worn on front and me leaning over…particularly with no hands to support her little head. I know I can use one of the straps to hold her, but I’m not happy about it.

I need a lightweight, superlong wrap. I’m thinking 6 metres? I don’t know. Not sure if any of you are babywearers (though I know CJ knows about it! How much? Not sure…fill me in!!), but any ideas are welcome. Hell, even if you have never had your baby out of the stroller, but think you’ve got input, let me know!!

I want to be able to wear both in the most secure way for them – but also important for me to have excellent support as I am still healing and need to be gentle with my body. ANYWAY, isn’t this super cool for a first attempt? This whole week I have been guinea pigging the babies and trying all sorts of different carries, but I know this back carry will be a keeper….after a LOT more practice.

Love to all!

Anyone with technical know how, hook me up.

November 22, 2009

I’ve got videos to show you. I know, I know, you are shitting your pants with excitement. I just need to figure out how, exactly, to get them from my camera onto the computer onto this blog. Stay tuned. Until then, a picture I didn’t need to set up. They figured this out all on their own:

 

I look upon you with SUSPICION.

November 21, 2009