PLEASE VOTE FOR MULTIPLE BIRTHS CANADA

Posted on November 15, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

Multiple Births Canada has needed a new website for some time.

We may have found a way to get the donation to fund it from AVIVA.
All we need to do is get all our friends and family – and their friends and family – to vote for our project idea for the next 15 days.

Would you please consider helping us? You register once with your email address (and create a password – use “twinsplus” so it’s easy to remember). After that you just sign in and vote for the idea – which takes about 15 seconds a day.

Here’s the link with the details:
http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf13028

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Sufficient weight gain while pregnant with multiples.

Posted on November 12, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

Our local paper says that ‘Mariah Carey hid her pregnant body from hubby” when she was expecting her twins earlier this year. I am so sorry to read this and that her body shape gave her angst. Adequate weight gain for the babies’ proper growth and development is essential in order to give them the best start in life. I’m not tall, put on about 65 lbs. with twins who delivered at 6lbs. 9ozs. and 5lbs. 10 ozs. after 40 weeks and 1 day gestation. It wasn’t easy but our girls were healthy and came home with me from the hospital. It is essential that there be adequate weight and as such, there is nothing to be ashamed about. Giving our babies the best start possible is the responsible thing to do, and Mariah, I think you did a great job for your babies and it wouldn’t surprise me if your husband would be grateful to you too for providing his babies with the best start possible. Best wishes.

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There are advantages to having multiples

Posted on September 18, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

ADVANTAGES OF HAVING MULTIPLES

They are finally here!  The many doctor’s appointments, the pregnancy and births went well and now you are enjoying so many of the experiences around raising your multiples.  Following are some thoughts which parents of multiples have shared about what they enjoy about having multiples.

  1. One pregnancy can mean an instant family.
  2. A unique parenting experience at every stage.
  3. The children have each other as playmates and a source of entertainment, and as they grow older may play freely for longer periods.
  4. A wider variety of games can be played because of built-in playmates, e.g. tag, board games, playing school, etc.
  5. Parents have two or more little faces looking up at them at once with love and affection.  Multiply the giggles, kisses and hugs.
  6. Many of life’s lessons are built-in with multiples:  sharing, negotiation, waiting your turn, compromise, learning a task from the other, e.g. getting dressed.
  7. One of life’s challenges is the fear of being alone.  Multiples are never alone unless they choose to be.
  8. The children may take the same programs and activities on certain occasions, which gives them the security of a buddy, makes the family schedule simpler and which may include less driving.
  9. If it works for everyone, only one birthday party a year.
  10. They can potentially be best friends.
  11. There can be a special sense of status with being a multiple.
  12. A special bond and friendship is often experienced between the  multiples themselves.
  13. The joy of growing up together.
  14. Interesting for a parent to watch them grow and develop.
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Amazing books on Twins

Posted on April 14, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

One and the Same: My Life as an Identical Twin and What I’ve Learned About Everyone’s Struggle to Be Singular, by Abigail Pogrebin, Double Day, 2009, hardcover, 275 pages, $26.95 US; $33.00 Cdn.

I’ve read a lot of books about multiples, and this one I could not put down.  It is one thing to raise multiples and address the unique challenges, joys and pleasures of doing same, but quite another to be a multiple.  In her research, Pogrebin has not only drawn on her experiences and journey with her monozygotic sister, but interviewed a plethora of well-known experts in the field of multiples (many of them being multiples themselves) as well as speaking with many sets of multiples across the U.S.  In addition she attended the International Society of Twins Studies Conference in Belgium to gather more data and attended the annual Conference of Twins held in Twinsburg, Ohio.  As most of us in-the-know are aware, this Conference is a melting pot for multiples from all over the world.

What follows is a riveting, entertaining, informative, insightful and educational journey which is MUST read not only for multiples themselves, but also for the parents who love them.  Pogrebin presents the many nuances of being a multiple, some complicated, some simple, how multiples are “entangled” and how both parties will usually attempt to seek individuality within their multipleship and when (e.g. marriage).  And some can’t see themselves apart, even for a moment.  In addition, she explores the unique circumstances around when one dies and what that event can mean for the survivor.

I could not put this book down, really.  For anyone involved with multiples in any form, this book is definitely the crème de la crème!

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Constantly Dressing Multiples Alike….YUK!!!

Posted on December 3, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

We all like to think that we are unique, that there is no one else quite like us and the truth is, even if we arrive in this world as monozygotic (identical) infants, we will have many differences.  When we constantly dress our kiddies alike, if we label them with rhyming or similar names, or refer to them as “the twins” or “the “triplets,” we reenforce the fact that they will be perceived by the public as “identical.”  The parents call the shots in this regard.  We are ALL individuals no matter how we arrive and our individuality needs to be reenforced.  The odd time of dressing the kiddies alike for what ever reason won’t leave any lastening impressions but to do so constantly can have devastating effects in encouraging each child to feel unique and special.

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