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Forum: Parenting Multiples   01-04-2010, 03:33 PM
Replies: 22
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Posted By vanauken
I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your...

I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your children. May they rest in peace.
Forum: Parenting Multiples   01-04-2010, 03:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,746
Posted By vanauken
Hi, I have monoamniotic twins. I'm sorry you've...

Hi, I have monoamniotic twins. I'm sorry you've received such a scary diagnosis; it's especially hard early in the pregnancy, when there's nothing proactive you can do about the monoamniotic...
Forum: Parenting Multiples   12-20-2009, 04:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,170
Posted By vanauken
I'm glad your boys are doing well - and I'm so...

I'm glad your boys are doing well - and I'm so sorry they didn't find a membrane.

I would really, really encourage you to get that referral, and see an actual maternal-fetal specialist. The...
Forum: Parenting Multiples   12-15-2009, 01:09 PM
Replies: 10
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Posted By vanauken
I actually loved using my ring sling (made for...

I actually loved using my ring sling (made for me by a friend - just your basic long, hemmed cloth with two sturdy rings) with my twins, and I used it upwards of 18 months.

When they were...
Forum: Parenting Multiples   12-15-2009, 01:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,114
Posted By vanauken
Glad to hear your boys are healthy, and I hope...

Glad to hear your boys are healthy, and I hope that your next ultrasound does indeed reveal a membrane!

But, not to bring you down too much, but just because I think it's good to know what to...
Forum: Parenting Multiples   11-30-2009, 03:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,114
Posted By vanauken
Hi - congrats on your twins! I'm the other...

Hi - congrats on your twins!

I'm the other mom on here besides obxbound who's had momo's. I haven't posted in quite awhile ('cause, um, toddler twins!...
Forum: Parenting Multiples   05-23-2009, 01:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 419
Posted By vanauken
First - congratulations! My advice: enjoy...

First - congratulations! My advice: enjoy expecting your two for awhile before you let yourself be overwhelmed by anxiety. I really wish I'd spent a little more time enjoying the surprise before I...
Forum: Parenting Multiples   05-13-2009, 11:31 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,851
Posted By vanauken
I agree - MZ!

I agree - MZ!
Forum: Parenting Multiples   05-09-2009, 02:10 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,031
Posted By vanauken
I know I'm late, but congratulations! I agree,...

I know I'm late, but congratulations! I agree, it IS fun to see one of those threads actually turn into something. http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif Hope you have an...
Forum: Parenting Multiples   05-07-2009, 06:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,401
Posted By vanauken
Quote: Originally Posted by hergrace...

Quote:
Originally Posted by hergrace http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/13724352)
My SIL (with 4 year old MZ girls) and I...
Forum: Parenting Multiples   05-07-2009, 11:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,401
Posted By vanauken
I don't know if anyone's mentioned Elizabeth...

I don't know if anyone's mentioned Elizabeth Noble's book yet, but I found that helpful with the eating thing. I actually made a little chart to try to check off every day that I'd eaten enough of...
Forum: Parenting Multiples   05-07-2009, 11:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 607
Posted By vanauken
I think it's more utilitarian for me than it is...

I think it's more utilitarian for me than it is for them. To me it sometimes feels like work, and I know to them sometimes it's "I'm hungry! I'm thirsty!", but I think they get a lot of comfort out...
Forum: Parenting Multiples   05-05-2009, 02:20 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,851
Posted By vanauken
Both sets look MZ to me - but you really can't...

Both sets look MZ to me - but you really can't tell by looking. My set is MZ, and some days they look completely different and some days are what we in our house call "identical days". Sometimes...
Forum: Parenting Multiples   05-03-2009, 02:19 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,446
Posted By vanauken
Oh, congratulations! I hope your NICU journey...

Oh, congratulations! I hope your NICU journey goes swiftly. I had thirty-three weekers too, and have to say that those sound like great weights.
Forum: Parenting Multiples   04-30-2009, 02:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 452
Posted By vanauken
If you're just looking for a "comfort while...

If you're just looking for a "comfort while crying" carry, and not a "get other things done" carry, I don't think anything can beat just using your arms. I get them standing (or sitting, or lying)...
Forum: Parenting Multiples   04-29-2009, 12:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,718
Posted By vanauken
Another vote for the EZ2nurse pillow. Love it. ...

Another vote for the EZ2nurse pillow. Love it.

Having a ring sling in the early days and two mei-teis in the later days, for double baby-wearing. (I still occasionally stick them both in the ring...
Forum: Parenting Multiples   04-27-2009, 07:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 565
Posted By vanauken
I haven't tried the inflatable one, but I love,...

I haven't tried the inflatable one, but I love, love, love my foam one. I'm still using it at 14 months.

And (don't know if this is a plus), it eventually conforms to your own babies' heads. Only...
Forum: Parenting Multiples   04-26-2009, 12:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 885
Posted By vanauken
Quote: Originally Posted by Novella...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Novella http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/13637695)...
Forum: Parenting Multiples   04-22-2009, 03:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 885
Posted By vanauken
For hiking (if your babies are big enough) my...

For hiking (if your babies are big enough) my husband and I really like structured backpack carriers like the REI kid carrier or the Kelty kid carrier. They have frames (like backpacking backpacks)...
Forum: Parenting Multiples   04-22-2009, 01:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 461
Posted By vanauken
Quote: Originally Posted by DiannaK...

Quote:
Originally Posted by DiannaK http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/13628420)
How do you get them off you?? In the rare...
Forum: Parenting Multiples   04-21-2009, 10:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 885
Posted By vanauken
When we went camping last summer (babies were...

When we went camping last summer (babies were about 5 mos, I think, 3 adjusted), we slept on individual air mattresses, and had the babies beside us, on a pack'n'play mattress, perpendicular to us...
Forum: Parenting Multiples   04-20-2009, 03:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 461
Posted By vanauken
I tandem nurse them to sleep, so that's not much...

I tandem nurse them to sleep, so that's not much help to you. Ours still get up once or twice a night. At this point they're both in their own pack'n'plays (right next to each other), though they...
Forum: Parenting Multiples   04-20-2009, 03:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 500
Posted By vanauken
Such good news! I remember finally getting rid...

Such good news! I remember finally getting rid of them - it's lovely!

Of course, now they're stealing their older sibs' cups every chance they get . . ....
Forum: Parenting Multiples   04-08-2009, 12:01 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,031
Posted By vanauken
I don't think it's a great indicator. I felt a...

I don't think it's a great indicator. I felt a LOT less movement with my twin for the first, oh, 21-22 weeks. It was because they had an anterior placenta. Now, once they grew up past their...
Forum: Parenting Multiples   04-08-2009, 10:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 526
Posted By vanauken
Aw, they're so cute!

Aw, they're so cute!
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