First Christmas With Kids – Twins Edition

Woah this year has flown by!

I’ve wanted to write so many articles, share thoughts, silly stories – it is truly impossible to find time to do all of that and raise TWO boys, deal with work, enjoy my side gig, and also manage the basic duties of life like clean underwear and cooking soup.

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Dream Goals – Click the Pic for the Best Gift for a New Mom

That said, I wanted to quickly share the joy of Christmas with our new family.

First off, having kids in January is GREAT because it means by December they will be old enough to at least recognize something festive is happening AND see that their are treasures underneath that loose wrapping paper.

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…as well as one special Cubs ornament for dad!

We were blessed with three different people sending us dual-baby ornaments, so we will always be able to commemorate the boys’ first Christmas with people that they love.

After years of teasing my wife for always wanting to open presents on Christmas Eve instead of Christmas (she’s an only), we ended up having two events to attend to on Christmas itself, so we dug in for presents early Sunday morning Christmas Eve.

In true Ivan-fashion, I started the camera on my cell phone rolling and after two presents checked back and the camera wasn’t rolling!  I tried again, and found out that my phone memory had filled sometime in mid-December.  That said, we did get one or two pictures all together.

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Who wants to watch a camera when there is a Gingerbread Village instead?

Christmas Day itself we were invited in the morning to a friend’s house where the entire neighborhood came together for a feast of tamales, menudo, and Christmas cheer while smelling the salt air from the ocean.

 

Christmas night the boys’ Godmother invited us to a wonderful formal dinner that we will never forget.

We are hoping that these will become traditions as we strive to raise our kids with some sense of normalcy in the wild city of Angels.

What are your favorite Christmas traditions you’ve instilled since your kids’ first Christmas?

…is Being a Surgeon General

We’ve previously discussed the remarkable naturals weapons human children grow quickly in their infancy.

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Logan: Aptly Named

Thankfully, with time, patience, and the steady hand of a head of surgery, there is a solution to this problem.

The question is, what parent has a readily available supply of time, patience, and steadiness?

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Not this guy, that’s for sure, he’s too busy showcasing 17 different brands at once #GoCubsGo

However, between the two of us (and the overwhelming amount of work my wife does for the boys), the task of “surgery” has fallen to me.

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My new Sunday Morning routine

Fathers: nothing you have done or encountered can properly prepare you for the task of cutting your infant children’s fingernails.

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Don’t let that innocent face fool you into complacency

For starters, there is a unique property to infant fingernail clippers – they are SHARP! Unlike the dull clunkers made for adults, each blade of infant clippers is fine enough to turn fingernails into the phyllo dough used to make baklava.

Contrast that with the infant’s fingernails – fine, paper-like white lines that blend in perfectly with their skin, despite being able to slice you like an envelope edge.

Add in the three cups of coffee required to even be cognizant at 8:15 AM after a night of bottle-fussiness, and you’ll WISH you’d spent 8 years in school preparing for this moment.

Now imagine having twins.

I can’t complain too much right now, because thankfully THIS morning Archer was content to lay in his boppy while I worked slowly and steadily around Logan’s fingernails.

Not too much later, Logan dozed off to sleep just in time for me to get to work on Archer.

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“The patient is prepped for surgery, Dr. Lovegren.”

Perhaps I am too cautious; there is nothing that ruins my day more than a hangnail.  Maybe babies don’t yet have the sensitivity in their fingertips for that to be a concern (who wants to fact-check and let me know?).

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She’s Earned a Slight Respite!

Still, until they are old enough to wield the Scissors of Doom themselves, this routine will be done with patience, meticulousness, and lots of internal stress for dad.

At least it is one less thing for my wife to have to do.

#DadWin

Do you have a task you always perform around the house or for the kids?  Let us know with a comment here or a reply on Twitter!