It’s time for a catch up on the twins very nicely prompted by Fiona at Coombe Mill who you must nip over and see as she owns and runs a fabulous farm guest house in North Cornwall, the perfect holiday spot for families who want to get close to the animals. Fiona is holding the next #MultipleMayhem carnival on 3rd December.

twins aged 4 and a bit

We have successfully completed our first half term and enjoyed our first half term break although there was a little confusion as to why we weren’t going to school and misunderstandings about going on a school trip (?)

The girls are really coming into their own now and although Alice remains the shier of the two girls she is getting more and more confident.

twins 4 and a bit

I have the feeling Alice is a bit of a worrier as she doesn’t shout out her answers as loudly and clearly as her sister but mumbles them almost as if she’s afraid she’s getting them wrong at times. If I prompt her too vigorously it makes her even more quieter than she was before so I have to use a gentle coaxing method with her with lots of kind prompting, on the other hand Bessie is the opposite, often interrupting and answering her sister’s questions and upsetting her at the same time!

The girls get on very well together and 99% of the time life is sweet but we do have the odd occasion, sometimes when one of them is just feeling the desire to wind up her sister to see how far she can take it – very annoying. On occasions they will get tearful, moany and irritable, not the best combination to deal with but I find good old CBeebies is marvellous at helping me out and calming them down.

learning to write

We have played games on the laptop which they love, they like playing with their Nintendo DS and are getting the hang of the games slowly and they also adore playing with their fairies or princesses. For Christmas this year Paul and I have bought them a Leappad 2 each. I am hoping this will help them learn to read as I want to add on some books. Count, add up and subtract with a cartridge game and learn their way around using a tablet. I’ve heard different views on this product, some parents wish they’d never bought it as their child hasn’t taken to it at all and others love them saying they are constantly running out of batteries! Luckily for me the Leappad 2 has a battery charger.

Out of school activities include swimming lessons on a Saturday morning and gymnastics on a Tuesday evening. I did take them to street dance lessons last half term on a Monday evening but it was all a bit too much so for the moment we’ve dropped dance.

halloween costumes

I love the way they are learning without realising it, last night as we had bath time they ran me through all the opposites they could think of (the theme for developing their social, emotional and behavioural skills this term ‘ Getting on and falling out.’) Big – small, long – short and so on. We are sent home reading books to read every night, right now they are picture books and I get each one to tell me the story as we turn the pages, all three of us snug on the sofa.

Last term we learnt the letters s,a,t,p,i,n and this term the letters will be m,d,g,o,c,k,ck then I imagine we’ll start to see words cropping up. I find this very exciting and love watching how they absorb everything so easily. Next update due around Christmas time thanks for reading.

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Multiples Mayhem from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Welcome to the Multiple Mayhem Carnival where twin parents across the blogosphere write their notes on what being a twin parent means to them. They share experience, thoughts and posts that make you recognise you’re not the only one going through this manic double trouble minefield.

I guess if you’re reading this chances are you’re a twin parent or maybe you’re expecting twins and are trying to gather information on what lies ahead, well you’re in the right place. Mums and dads of all types of twins are here for you today, so pop over and read and have a look at their other twin posts too, also most importantly don’t be afraid to ask questions, nobody bites and everyone here is more than willing to share their experience and help you enjoy yours to the max.

First through the door this time was Troubles Mum who writes at Trouble Doubled. She always used to think parents who dressed their children the same were slightly potty but has found herself since doing exactly that and she’s decided to do it more frequently whilst she still gets a say in the matter!

Rebecca was second past the finish line with her entry. She writes at Here Come The Girls and she is about to tell you how she really copes with twins. She gives some fabulous tips for the first 18 months that if you have under your belt you will be armed for battle!

The lovely Heather has girl/boy twins who are now 2 and a bit, she writes at Young and Younger where you can find an abundance of Twin posts to scroll through. This time she tells us how her twins have learnt the art of discussion only everything is under debate and more importantly MINE. Oh the joys of debate!

We are Ever-So-Proud to count a lovely Spanish blogger amongst us Nuria who writes at The Twin Invasion and discusses the fact that pre twins some things seemed Very Important to her and after the twins arrival they paled in comparison of what was really important!

Nuria writes a Spanish blog too La Invasion Twin and talks about her twins there as well. Now I know how twin mums are full of spare time and like to brush up on their Spanish whilst, getting dinner on, putting the cat out at the same time and booking the car in for an MOT, so if you’d like to read her dilemma Can you love one child more than another? Then head over and get your brain doing some mental gymnastics.

Debbie who writes at Johnson Babies poses the question, which of your twins is the oldest and are they called in ‘age order’ ‘alphabetical order’ or how?

Screeching into the room in a desperate rush to be here is the wonderful Michelle who writes at Mummy From the Heart she touches on the very important issue of recognising twins as individuals. We all know how hard it is multi tasking and getting everything done and that includes a guest post for our carnival too, so thanks Michelle, lovely to have you here

***STOPPRESS*** as Musings from a Mum bashes down the door with her entry :) It’s fine for latecomers as we’re all a week late anyway form the original date, YES she says it is different having twins and it’s wonderful too, read on for more

***STOPPRESS2*** Karen has scraped through the door now, she writes at Tales of a Twin Mum and has a top 5 for you

***STOPPRESS3*** Chuckle chuckle – look what just landed in my inbox … Hi Mari, I am so so…not only am I LATE but I did not even know when the deadline was for the carnival. I am so so sorry. If it is not to late to add me in I have a newish twin post about the twins starting pre-school. The twins bizarre reaction to their 1st day of Pre-school! http://multiplemummy.com/blog/the-twins-bizarre-reaction-to-their-1st-day-of-pre-school/ Of course you can join in Kerry! Kerry writes at Multiple Mummy and has a fabulous blog, please head over and check it out she’s often got lots of lovely competitions on too.

I invited any new twin mums that may come across this post to shout out on Twitter and join up so please allow me to introduce you to Jane who writes at In A Different Voice  she writes a very funny post titled Things Not to Say to a Twin Mum, we’ve heard them a million times but they never fail to make me laugh when I hear it from someone else.
Yay! Another new twin mum who wants to join in Samantha writes at Talking Twins and poses the question of sharing she also has poorly twins at the moment and we all know how hard that is.

My own contribution is Twins aged 3 and a half  which is fairly recent and quite a write up on all sorts of different things they’re up to and discovering now. I like to keep a record of how they’re getting on for my own personal reference and something they can hopefully look back on one day seeing as I never got round to preparing them Baby Books to keep. If you want to find more information please click on the Twins category and dive in :)

Twins, triplets and more week is from 2nd – 8th July where families of multiples can celebrate their uniqueness and find lots of events to join in and generally have tons of fun together. Here in the blogging world there are hundreds of blogs written by mums and dads of twins, triplets and more so we thought it would be an excellent idea to celebrate this special week dedicated to our children and hold a carnival. (Any excuse for a party!)

Multiples Mayhem Carnival

Yes, it’s time to blow the dust off our Multiple Mayhem Carnival badge and call out for everyone to come and join in leaving a post about your twins, triplets or more in the linky below to gather a host of information from pregnancy, prematurity, early days through to potty training and beyond.

 

So please dig out a multiple related post you have and want to share, add a link to Mari’s World and then add it to the Linky list below. Then tweet the carnival and spread the news so all interested parties can come and join in. As this is a last minute decision the linky will stay open all week and I look forward to reading all of the posts

 

Oh yes, we have come a long, long way from 17/07/08. Now we are constantly on the move, asking questions and wanting to do things by ourselves, for a reason that mummy doesn’t understand we love taking the middle cushion off the sofa and playing in the middle bit. Our favourite TV program is still Peppa Pig but a very close second is Show Me, Show Me from Cbeebies and Mr Tumble who is also teaching us a little bit of sign language too.

I am amazed at just how much they are picking up from their favourite television characters, their speech has vastly improved as has balancing, hopping, jumping, skipping, whatever activity they are demostrating on Show Me, Show Me.

The girls can now identify most colours, they are excellent at identifying pictures and one game we play at Talking Tots is to put a picture of an object in the correct place, ie. tree in the garden, toothbrush in the bathroom. Only a few weeks back they didn’t have the concentration or interest to sit down and play the game but I have noticed in the past two sessions that they are starting to enjoy this game too.

Dressing themselves – still a no, sometimes a sock and wellie boots are easy but frequently on the wrong feet. The rest will take a little longer to learn. Last weekend we pulled out the ‘Big Girl’s Knickers’ for the second time after a failed attempt last September. Peppa Pig on the front and lovely pastel colours were NOT going to tempt these two in giving up their nappies. But we took them off regardless and after a while the girls played quite happily in their knickers, however we didn’t catch any wees in the potties and got through 6 pairs of knickers in a few hours. I am going to try again and make this a daily appointment in the hope that sooner or later we will catch the wee and the removal of the nappy won’t be so frightening to them.

I’ve noticed that sometimes whilst playing they can get really frustrated. Watching them I see what they are trying to do (or can guess) but physically they’re not able and this is where the anger sets in. I usually have to jump in and assist.

The girls are no longer sleeping in the afternoons which has made for an autumn of ratty evenings as by the time teatime is coming around they are exhausted and don’t want to eat, I have counteracted this by giving afternoon snacks of fruit, juice and sometimes biscuits as a treat. We can however rely on a 7.30pm bedtime and lights out. they will then sleep through till 7.30am even 8.oo on occasion. Brilliant!

We must have been through another recent growth spurt as last year’s t-shirts and trousers that were still good to wear all of a sudden look short and small, on the one hand I love this fact that they are growing on the other it makes me want to stop time and cherish them just a little bit longer.

They are good at ‘helping’ now. Determined to ‘help’ mummy whilst we get the house ready and cleaned I have to find double jobs for them to do as well. But following simple orders, ‘Can you put that in the bin for me please?’ makes them very pleased with themselves and they are so eager to do these tasks it’s really cute.

We don’t have the luxury of two sessions of playschool per week which means I try to do a bit of craft with them myself, but I’m not a good mum here, I can’t stand the mess that comes with Playdough as it ends up in tiny bits all over the floor, the crayons after a while all get tipped out of the box again and again and glue…let’s not go there. I really have to get my act together and find a way to make this happen for them. I’d also like to get them cooking biscuits one day but first I need aprons!!!

An excellent Christmas gift where they learn to balance – hours of fun

Living by the rules – we have had to start introducing their first rules! Before I go any further I’d like to say in their defence that they are really good girls and nearly all of the time are as good as gold but you know how it is, I can turn my back just a few minutes and I can hear them arguing over a toy until one breaks out into tears and I hear ‘Naughty Alice/ Bessie!’ which at least tells me whodunnit. Sometimes they may have the devil in them and whilst we are patiently doing puzzles one will start throwing the pieces around the room, so annoying! So rules have been introduced where needed.

I count myself as lucky, they are good, easy to look after and although sometimes I yearn for five minutes peace I know I shall miss them dreadfully when they start pre-school in September.