For the past 15 months I have been wondering if having 3 older kids makes having twins easier or harder. I have gone back and forth - it is extemely hard at times to get the boys piano/cello practicing done when trying to keep an eye on what the babies are destroying. Watching soccer/football games is impossible - I end up chasing babies the entire time (and it is a lot harder to contain them outside than in my house) - but the boys think I am watching them and thats what is important - right? We are the entertainment at church (and there are some who would rather not be entertained by us - I know, hard to believe) - and it is not entirely the twins fault - the older kids (Abby mainly) try to wind them up so we end up in the hall. On the other hand - we would not be eating if I didn't have older kids - they are great at entertaining the babies while I fix dinner. I can even have the big kids tend while I mow the lawn (sometimes Miles will even decide it is easier to mow the lawn then tend the girls and offer to mow for me :). Well, up until now - I have always thought that Abby made twins harder - today I found one way she really helps me. She is a great tattletale - she will either come tell me when the twins are into something - or - as what happens most often, she will bring the "mischief maker" to me (and that twin is not usually happy about Abby "carrying" her). The kids are all gone this weekend with their dad to Disneyland - so it is just the twins and me here. I decided that I would get all the sheets washed this morning and went into the girls room to grab them off the beds. The twins followed me down the hall and I thought went into my room. I was wrong - I had just stripped both the cribs when I heard a splash. I can swear that the bathroom door was closed, but I dropped everything and ran anyway. Paige loves to play in the toilet (I have had to run more than one toy through the dishwasher to sterilize it) - so I just assumed that it would be her that I found by the toilet. Well, Paige was right next to the toilet, but Piper was IN the toilet. Yep, somehow she had managed to get into the toilet - and I wasn't even upset, just glad she went in feet first, not head first (I was also very glad that the bathroom had just been cleaned last night).
So - maybe the big kids make it easier to have twins? Maybe? All I know, is I thought I would get a lot more done this weekend, but it seems that new messes are being made twice as fast as I can clean them up. I also know that as soon as the twins got out of the bathtub they were immediately dressed and the "squeaky shoes" were put on - that way I can at least hear when they are up to something. At least I have two naptime and bedtime to get something done:)
5 months ago