Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: great white north
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We used lots of stuff, too, sheerly out of trying to keep everyone happy. Also, if one of them was content in the swing for a few minutes, the other got to have some rare "single" time with Mommy.
Actually, though, most of our time was spent on our bed. Each morning, we'd clear off the blankets and turn it into the "playground" I had a stack of pillows, a boppy, some stuffed animals and rattles (the Whozit was a favorite, and Sassy rattles), the telephone (with a hands-free headset), the TV (which I don't usu. watch, but which happily saved my sanity during the early days!), bottles of water and munchies...basically everything we needed. Both of my babies were super high-needs lots of holding kids, so that's what we did. And lots of times I would put them on the bed next to each other and then play hand games or sing to both of them at the same time, or get up and dance for them, or anything I could think of!
My biggest lifesaver was our double stroller. We have an Inglesina, which is huge and expensive, and worth every single penny. I had a c-sxn, so I couldn't sling either of them for long, and the stroller let us get out for walks every day. Moreover, we still use it and they love going for stroller walks (nowadays, they are apt to get out and walk for a while, and hop in when they're tired and need a break). We also have a double Combi stroller, which is lightweight and fits in the car, and we use that a lot, still, too.
And, I tried to line up as much human help as possible!