One year already since my little ones came out to the world. They were soo small.... they 've grown now and are so funny and smart kids πŸ’• I still look at them and cannot believe it. I have twins. And it's absolutely wonderful. I'm the luckiest and most tired parent ever 🀣

The girls are calm and always smiling but at the same time they are very different. Alba gets into everything, she's not afraid, explores the world, wants to walk, dance, scream and she's so strong! Sofia is also strong but she'll complain easily, she's more quiet but quick to give anyone a smile and looks in a way like she's planning something 😏

This year has been challenging in some ways as we had the twins, moved and tried to keep three small kids save and happy. Without much sleep or time over. Two babies are well... two babies πŸ˜… But the real trouble comes in adding a toddler to the equation! Still I don't complain as they are such good babies and we had so much help ❀️

Just looking forward to seeing you two grow together, sharing thing, taking things from each other, I cannot but melt when I see you look and smile at each other... each of you is unique and amazing but together you are like a miracle!

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Tonight I had a nice dilemma, it was between going to sleep or watching the stars. I write mainly for my kids so this is why I thought I will write something important about mothers. We are so much moms, above anything else, 24/7, but we are much more as well and it's important to remind one self who we are as individuals and which are our passions.

My big ones are writing, swimming and astronomy. These are the ones that have lasted longer. Something as simple as swimming, the water, the sea, the silence under the surface. Writing, which I do whenever I have the chance, even if I 'm not writing I often think about writing. And astronomy, which is harder to practice -the sky must be dark, and clear. But when I'm somewhere I can see the stars well, I enjoy it immensely: the universe, the constellations, galaxies, nebulae, if I have my telescope it's beyond exciting to discover new things high up in the sky, millions of years apart from us.

Thus, I'm really happy I got the chance to practice my three passions right now- besides enjoying the time with my family. I wish my kids get to learn and enjoy these passions with me and of course find their own to love!

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I'm getting a bit nostalgic about the Summer, it is so short and beautiful in Sweden, specially if you live close to the water... Anyway we have been enjoying the lakes plenty and now we are preparing an important trip. My older brother visited us with Conchy and we had a great time and discovered even more of the nature around us.

I wanted to give you a closer description of the girls' personalities, I wrote recently about Daniel. And my twinnies ❀️? Are they similar? No! They are very different, I think, although both are much calmer than Daniel and fast to smile. They are not difficult at all (although nights can be hard sometimes). Sofia is however the hanging one, she likes to be hold, specially if the brother comes too close πŸ˜‚ she looks more suspicious and she is more prone to call mummy. Alba on the other hand is more likely to escape from the lap and seek adventure, she will hit something and not complain, she's a tough girl already πŸ’ͺ

It's quite much fun to see them together, sometimes they share things, of course many times they take things from each other but not always. They crawl together through the house, one after another as a train and both stand holding on to me to be picked up. Luckily my mom is here and both of them can be picked πŸ˜… They steal food from each other πŸ˜†and sometimes hold the same toy and do not scream but laugh!

I was just remembering about how the twin pregnancy was not any joke but now look, two amazing babies, so lovely! It's hard to believe they were both in my belly, so tiny they were.

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Done this or that... Lately I just go to bed-after stressing during the day- with this guilty feeling. I 'm guessing you know what I mean as a mom. Parenting is hard! I 'm not complaining, I love it but it can be really hard. You probably see these mothers with the three beautiful kids, smiling and think "she's got all figured out" but believe me, not. One day I wonder why I got angry, the next if I could have done/said things differently. In addition we are all sleep deprived, not in our best conditions to make any kind of decisions and yet we have to be answering questions all the time.
I've been wondering, how can I give a realistic vision of how parenting is like? In one side it is wonderful, the development, the kids' ideas, just looking at them is mesmerizing ❀️And sometimes when I talk in Skype with my family and we have to stop because of the screaming they must think what did I get into πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚
I guess the only answer I have is that I'm doing my best. If you are also hoping you could be a better person/parent/partner you are for sure also doing your best. That means you care, you are already a good parent/person. Take a break, breath, do you realize how much your kids love you? That is probably all you need for an answer. Now let's get that diaper and catch some sleep, virtual high five βœ‹

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The girls are 10 months! Alba has already started to stand without support and as Daniel told the dentist, he has two sisters with two teeth each!
Sofia has got the second tooth recently, before that she started to say "meme" which we interpreted as "mamma" and now it's clear. Alba said "papa" first thought πŸ˜„Both shake their heads to say "no" which I find amazing as they are so small.

Daniel's reasoning skills are also impressive, he told me yesterday "as grandma X doesn't speak Spanish and grandma Y doesn't speak Swedish they speak German πŸ˜‚ He meant English of course but still! πŸ‘ŒHe's gone much further than the required 3 words for the 3 year-old control 😏

Finally we suspect the girls are mirror twins as their hair twirls in different directions 😊 One in four identical twins are mirror twins and then they will use different hands, it's quite interesting, we'll see, it's too early to say πŸ‘ΆπŸ‘Άβ€οΈ

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I'm not sleep training really but as a mom of twins +one I've been reading everything about sleep and I would like to share some tips. Evenings are sometimes better, sometimes worse but with a looot of perseverance in a few points I've got really nice evenings lately, that means 3 sleeping beauties before 20, yeah own time!! (Sorry you need to have kids to understand how exciting that is- I haven't seen a whole movie in years πŸ˜‚)

I even had the chance to discuss a little with a baby coach (cool ah?) and these are the conclusions of my research: It's all about timing and routines that help the kid know what comes next and relax. And a cuddly dog helps β€οΈπŸ‘

Well we don't really do very structured/planned routines besides dinner/iPad/tooth washing/ bed for the older kid and tooth washing and breastfeeding for the babies. And I asure you no one will ever recommend iPad and breastfeeding before sleeping but here's the thing, they happen before sleeping, they are just one step in the process.

A useful tip I've got from the baby coach was to stop breastfeeding when they are just half asleep so they wouldn't depend on it to sleep. So I stop them before they are totally asleep so they learn to sleep by themselves, by the pillow for example. And now they don't wake me up so much at night. They still sleep with me so it's not like I have it all figured out πŸ˜…

Here's the problem with twins (that sleep in the same room): one wakes up the other, so any delay in picking up the one who is crying means catastrophe!! First we started putting them to sleep at 18, one will wake up after one hour and will wake up the other and we would be spending the evening putting babies to sleep. Now I take them a bit later (18:30-19), one and then the other and listen if someone wakes up. At this age they get tired around 3,5 hours after last sleep, they sleep on the days regularly around 9-10 and 13-14. Timing is great to synchronize them and get life a bit more organized. Of course they are not always on the clock but it helps.

Timing is also important with our 3-year-old. When he sleeps depends on when he wakes up, when and if he has a siesta and activity level. Anyway any day he has gone to sleep before 18 he wakes up with renewed energies the same evening! πŸ˜’ After 18, but more often 19 or 20 he'll sleep through the night. He wakes up around 6-7 and refuses to sleep siesta. Lately he's been afraid of the bed- nightmares or waking up alone I think- and wanted to sleep on the sofa. I gave him a lovey, a dog, and talked to him about his fears (and how the dogs will scare them-we've been playing a lot in his room, positive associations) and I think it helped.

How are your evenings?
Wishing all of you a good night!πŸ’€

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My little boy is now 3! It feels like he has been 3 for a longer time as he reasons sometimes better than an adult πŸ˜… Think that he wrapped two presents for himself and didn't open them for 2 days, how many adult points he gets for that?? Last year I let him open presents before his birthday because he was so excited about them and I was so excited about them πŸ˜‚This year it was even more exciting (for me) as he understood all about birthdays πŸŽ‚

His life has changed enormously from last year to now and I feel not without a certain sorrow how he had to grow up from a baby to a real little boy. I do know however that getting his sisters was for him the best in the world and he always wants to know where they are and play with them but there's always a mother's melancholy in seeing the babies grow.

Anyway I'm glad to say that we are still very close, he is a little mirror in some things I say and in other things he's more like his father. He has his interests, loves machines, snails and plants, paints wonderfully, builds a lot with lego and he's always asking "what are we doing next mom?". He needs a project all the time. Daniel loves his sisters (sometimes he's too close to them though πŸ˜…) and even explains what they are thinking, for example he says "Alba is sad because she saw the car" πŸ˜‚

He makes also his inferences. I gave him a coin , then Johannes said he didn't have one for the supermarket's trolley. He gave it to Johannes and said "now dad can buy the things he wanted with this coin".

More about the girls soon, Sofia just got her first tooth πŸ‘ and they are crawling and standing everywhere. Gotta sleep, I'll tell you about how we are dealing with sleep in another post. For the record, I made chocolate cheesecake for Daniel's birthday, I'm not sure how much he liked it but it was sooo good πŸ˜‹

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It's Summer and the kids are having a blast with water whenever we get a slightly warmer day (or not). Now I 'm also getting a break because my mom is here and yes maybe, just maybe I will get rid of some moving boxes before Christmas πŸ˜…πŸ™ˆ And we need to fix the lights, the kitchen... and it's enough job to take care of three little kids. Bleh, I should not complain, today they all slept before 20 and after all we have fun, we all get our crisis (some of us several times every day) but hey, today we made muffins (and ate all of them) and played a lot with water. It's so funny to see little Sofia putting her whole arm down to the bottom of a small bowl with water. Alba loves water as well, and look at her laughing in the swing! Both went dancing πŸ’ƒ πŸ’ƒ as we unpacked and played the ukelele. Daniel (btw wearing a crown in the last picture) likes his new home as well, we pick wild strawberries, study snails, make tunnels and parkings with the boxes... We never stop (maybe I should, a bit?) so these last nights I really wanted to share our experiences but I was like "should I write or sleep 😴?"πŸ’€πŸ’€

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We finally moved and we've had good weather so even when I 've been home with the three kids we have been doing a lot outside. Yes, sunny Sweden πŸ˜‚ Not... but enough to let Daniel paint outside, play with some water and we have even done some excursions. Of course I've got NO TIME to unpack anything and somedays I just get crazy but I'll show you my life from the bright side 😜Ok, no, the hard truth is that when they all get tired and scream I take them out and that's why we've been so much outside πŸ˜…
As a matter of fact two days ago it had been raining but the sun was out and shining and we had to go out. Daniel wanted a looong walk and we just went to this beautiful lake in the picture, not very far away. In our walk we met a women who started talking to me and told me that she swims in the lake the whole year (!) and that she was going to show me a beach. Thus, we followed her further but after I saw some dark clouds I told her we needed to go back. As you can imagine I got soaked πŸ˜‚ Not the kids, the babies had rain protections and Daniel a rain jacket. But Alba was screaming because she didn't want to be in the trolley, Daniel screamed because he wanted to be in the trolley and Sofia slept the whole way. Hungry, tired and soaked I took the super inclined slope in the back of our house and yes, I made it with the trolley and all the kids πŸ’ͺ. I even put Alba in the carrier (of course I had a carrier, what don't I have?) and Daniel in the trolley. The neighbors passing by car looked at me like -oh no, we've got a crazy new neighbor! You are quite right, sir 🀣

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I look at my babies sleeping and ... I blog as I don't have space to lie down in my bed 🀣 That's true but I was going to write that I get amazed about how much joy they bring me everyday. Just imagine my little Sofia has already started crawling and her first tooth is almost almost out, she's just a few days after Alba! And Alba is so funny moving her hands as a flamenco dancer and going to get all of Daniel's tractors. Poor Daniel as soon as both crawl they will get to his things from different sides, he'll have a lot to figure out. The girls are 8 months now!

I spent some days alone with all three and it went pretty well. I've been quite lucky until now with help, before I used to tell Johannes "don't let me alone with the three of them" πŸ˜… But Daniel is now reasonable and mature (almost 3!) πŸ˜‚ Really, he takes care of them, in his way, holds their hands when they scream, gives them toys (not his toys but some toys πŸ˜„) so I don't have to be super worried, although I keep always an eye on them. In the picture you can see a way to handle them πŸ˜‚

I understand when parents of twins say when one kid is somewhere else "it is so much easier with one! they don't start screaming when you pick up the other one" or when they weak up each other at night or when one gets sick and needs you all the time but the other one as well... But when I think about it, it is hard to believe we are so lucky to have two little treasures, actually, three. It is so worth it. And it will get better. Easier I was going to write but I don't know... they'll walk (in different directions), then they'll be toddlers...πŸ˜‚ People say it gets easier, I'm just going to write it gets better. It's just a feeling πŸ˜‰

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