…is Putting the Kids Down For Bed

5 1/2 months old: Is it normal to feel like you spent “all night” just putting them down for bed, one getting startled just when the other is finally asleep, starting all over again, trying every binky, song, rocker, stuffed animal, multiple burps, finally letting the one who wants to be a Roly-Poly do so on your bed with five different pillows until he gets snuggled just right – 3/4 on his tummy with his legs splayed different directions (supervised the whole time of course), only to sneak out of the room & realize it was really only an hour and half and you suddenly feel victorious?

Cover Photo of a much more peaceful nap time this weekend for good measure.

Who has a similar story of a night they’ll never forget?

…is Letting Boys be Themselves

Today at work, I received the following text:

 

Now you can imagine the number that text did on my heart strings!  My baby boys, cognizant, noticing each other, acting like joyful old friends reunited at only 16 weeks old.

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Or “Peanut Butter & Peanut Butter”

As one of four boys, I can only hope my sons have the close bond I will always share with my brothers.

 

As twins, society (& us parents) can also carry an expectation that they WILL be close, best friends, identical.

The main thing I struggle with even as a new parent is finding the balance between wanting the best for my children, & wanting what my children want for themselves.

Will my boys be baseball fans?  If I try to make them baseball fans, will that turn them off?  What if they are… Cardinals fans?!?

And every class we took before our kids were born reiterated the point: treat each twin on their own terms, never assume they are close or even like each other!

So when I see a situation I have zero control over, such as their first reactions to noticing each other, the joy when it goes “my way” is immeasureable.

Now I just need to know how to handle it when they finally react the way I DON’T want in a situation.

“Alright, one cute vid & we can have them all fooled for life!”

… is attending SoCal Baby Show!

Today was SoCal Baby Show in downtown Los Angeles, brought to us by Baby Bellies & Beyond, BuyBuy Baby, & Huggies… i think.

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Baby stole my look!

I’ll have some more in-depth posts on the event and the products there in the week ahead.  Wanted to get out some quick hits before feeding time tonight:

  • I have NEVER IN MY LIFE been asked to provide my OB-GYN, delivering physician, or income level when buying a ticket to an event.  These questions were REQUIRED fields, as well as some others that could only be answered “N-A” when answering as a man.  Very off-putting & tone-deaf first touch with the event.
  • I also saw ZERO publicity for this particular event in the blogosphere & social media.  In fact, I only heard about it because I emailed a specific brand a few weeks ago about where I could find their items, and they responded saying they would be in town for this show.
  • HIGH-Larious – with streets virtually empty, The Reef (name of building hosting the event) was still charging $20 flat for their parking lot.  We waved at the parking attendant and drove 200 more feet to a 6-hour parking meter which cost us $2 for the max time allowed.
  • In keeping with the weird nature of this particular event, it was hard to tell from signage who were the actual presenting sponsors (& what were the official hashtags for social media sharing).  It seemed like Munchkin Inc. had more people post with their hashtag #itsthelittlethings than @BabyBelliesTV, @BuyBuyBaby, & Huggies combined!
  • Our raffle tickets were #206 & #207 and we showed up an hour after general admission had started.
  • The floor seemed empty; we kept circling back and encountering the same individuals browsing.  While this would have bothered me as a vendor looking for dedicated ROI, it turned out to work in our favor.  In our two and a half hours on the floor we were able to connect with every vendor there which fit our profile and have meaningful discussions with the principals at each brand.  Look for some fun & deep insights on individual brands in upcoming blog posts.
  • My fellow blogger Joël & I had more fun at this Baby Show as attendees than we have at any past event, so ignore everything I said above!
  • I won this awesome Britax B-Ready Stroller!
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B-Ready with Britax and Baby Bellies & Beyond!