Friday, August 25, 2006

15 questions and responses for parents of multiples

I got these from a friend of mine who has triplets. Enjoy!

15 questions and responses for parents of multiples

15. "I could never do it."

Oh really. What would you do? Would you put them on the curb with signs around their necks that say, "Free to a good home. My mom can't do it."?

14. "Do they have different personalities?"

No. They are the same human being divided into several parts.

13. Said by a stranger, "They're identical, right?" Mom answers, "No. They're fraternal." Stranger's response, "They are NOT!" OK. You're right. I have no idea what I'm talking about. These are not my children. I thought it would be fun to borrow them from a mom down at Baby Gap. It's been more than an hour. I guess I should return them.

*We've actually had the above happen to us!

12. "Are they 'paternal' twins?"

Yes. They have a father. There was only one virgin birth.

11. "Just wait till they're older. It only gets harder."

Thank you. I woke up this morning hoping I'd receive a word of discouragement while pushing a cart of preschoolers down the cereal aisle.

10. "When one cries, does he wake the others?"

No. Multiples cannot hear each other's cries because they all communicate with their special telepathic language only.

9. From a perfect stranger: "Were they in the same sac?"

Hello. Nice to meet you, too. Will you be sharing your gynecological history with me as well?

8. "Are they developmentally behind?"

Well, let's see. They're 3 years old and thus far, all their graduate school applications have been denied. We'll get back with you on that.

7. "How do you do it?"

Haven't you seen the Nike commercials?

6. "Are they natural?"

Nope, their arms and legs are made of silicone.

5. "You must be SO busy."

Are you volunteering to clean my house?

4. "Did you take drugs?"

Well, there was this one time in college....

3. "What do you do when they all cry at the same time?"

Sometimes I cry. Sometimes I go to Starbucks.

2. Said to a mom of boy/girl twins: "Are they identical?" Uh. Not exactly.

1. Only one comment could be voted Number 1. Drum roll, please.

After a stranger had been informed that the toddler boys were twins, she asked a simple question: "Are they brothers?" Enough said.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Not to be outdone by her sister, Ella's first document

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Ella is an "aggressive" typist and likes to pound the keyboard with her whole hand. She also somehow rotated the computer screen sideways which took me about 3 minutes to figure out. Maybe we'll stick to the crawling with Ella :)

Perry's appointment for her finger

Dr. Hagan thinks Perry's finger is doing VERY well! He actually said it's the best response to steroid shots that he's ever seen. He also said that when we initially went in to see him, he was thinking she was definitely going to need surgery and now he doesn't think so! Yay! We go back again in 6 months and are supposed to keep an eye on it in the meantime.

Oh, he also said you can tell she's had steroid shots because her cheeks are big. I said, "Are you sure? Look at Ella's cheeks." I'm pretty sure they're from Mommy (and the Pratts), not the steroids. :)

The steroid shots *can* cause growth abnormalities, but because he did it in a localized place (her finger) versus giving her oral medications, the abnormalities should be minimal. I guess it could explain her extremely tiny feet. You know what they say about girls with tiny feet...they wear tiny shoes!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Pear Bear's first document

Perry kept pushing buttons on the computer while I was trying to use it, so I opened a document for her to type in. This is the result...

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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

I can do it myself now

Yesterday, Ella fed herself ALL of her bottles (with just a little help from me). She is becoming such a big girl. Almost crawling too. She gets up on her hands and knees and rocks back and forth. She can scoot backwards pretty well and turn herself in circles all day long, but no forward crawling...yet. Just a matter of time. Dave and I will be childproofing the upstairs very soon...and I guess it's time to find a gate for the stairs. Wow.

So Perry doesn't feel left out...she is definitely our verbal one! She has been saying syllables like ba-ba and da-da (sounds more like dog dog than dad dad...ha!) for awhile now. I also taught her to "sound like an Indian" by making a continuous noise and moving her arm in front of her mouth. It's very cute. I need to catch it on video and post in on the website.

They are both growing up so fast!