I was out with my twins one day when they started wrestling and crawling all over each other like they do so often at home. An older lady was watching, and after a few minutes she came over and said, “Man. Those girls are a hoot!”
Toddler twins are a hoot and they definitely have a different kind of relationship with each other than my other kids do. It’s more of a love-hate thing. Some days they fight so much I wonder if they even like each other because they are super competitive.
But then I catch glimpses of the special relationship they have and it melts me.
There’s something awesome about having a built in best friend.
I won’t lie, though. Being a mom of twins is hard. I feel like I miss so many moments.
Life is fast and frantic here most of the time so there’s no long snuggles on the couch or hours cuddling a baby in a baby carrier.
That was life with one baby. Life with two babies is much, much busier. There’s always someone who needs me and something that needs to be done. With two toddlers, who both need me equally (and who sometimes do NOT want to share their mommy with someone else), it’s a constant juggling act.
That’s where the guilt comes in.
There’s so much guilt that comes along with parenting twins. It really is mommy guilt x2. There’s always a ball I’m dropping.
On those days when I worry that I haven’t given them as much of me as my other kids got at that age, I have to remind myself that they have each other. Even on those days when they fight like crazy, they still love each other.
I caught a glimpse of this the other day. I had to pop them in the crib while I tried to make my house look like a family of hoarders doesn’t life here . . . that’s challenging with 6 kids.
I like to keep an eye on them because I never know when playing will turn into fighting so I set up the VTech’s Safe&Sound® VM343 Expandable Digital Video Baby Monitor up so I could sneak a peak as I worked.
I love that the camera on this can not only pan and tilt but has automatic night vision. It makes it so much easier to keep an eye on things when you have multiple kids. I have to keep it away from my older kids who like to use it to spy on each other. The video quality is really great so you really can keep a close eye on things. The monitor can even flip back and forth between 4 cameras, which works great for me because I don’t have my twins in a room together at night.
I love carrying the screen around with me so I always know what they are up to.
I don’t often put my twins in one crib anymore because one is a biter (in her defense her twin used to be in the habit of sitting on her) so I expected that they’d only last a few minutes before I’d have to pull them out.
One twin was not happy about it and cried for me to read her a book (see, what did I tell you about the guilt).
I was so surprised to catch this sweet moment on the VTech Safe&Sound® monitor. Instead of fighting, the happy twin sat and “read” a book to her sister.
Sweetest thing ever.
I’ll admit, I didn’t get much cleaning done. I was too amused watching them. They obviously had a good time too because when I went back in to get them they just kept hugging each other and laughing.
I’m glad they still like each other.
After the last few days we’ve had, I was beginning to have doubts.
Have you ever caught a sweet moment between your kids on a video monitor?
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