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Crash course in babies

My best friend and her hubs are about to have twins (fraternal), as in at the hospital right now! They also have a toddler. I have volunteered to be live-in help 2-3 days a week during the first however many weeks needed with whatever is needed. Give me your best family chaos wisdom on what to expect for me as the helper and how to be the most helpful to her and daddy, twins and toddler. Assume all are healthy, happy and wonderful. Also assume mom is recovering from C-section. [more inside]
posted by danapiper on Jul 10, 2014 - 19 answers

The twins are coming!

My wife is pregnant with twins who are due in November. We currently have a boy who will be two at the end of July. We know nothing about managing new babies with a toddler, especially twins. How did you manage your (breastfed) twins, particularly if you had a toddler in the house. What did you learn that you wish you had known at the outset, even just in relation to a new baby and a toddler? What worked best for you for developing schedules and splitting duties? Do you have any recommendations for twin specific how-to books?
posted by OmieWise on Jun 17, 2014 - 10 answers

Practical gifts for parents of newborn Twins? In Singapore...

Hello, My brother and Sis in law are expecting twins in a couple days. What gifts can I send them? It has to be able to ship to Singapore, around $100 (USD) or so, and best if it can ship through Amazon Global. [more inside]
posted by greta_01 on Feb 4, 2014 - 5 answers

Paging Dr Seuss

I need to craft a Seuss-like ditty for the gift portion of a baby shower invitation, but my rhyming skills have deserted me. Could you, would you, with a goat? Would you, could you, on a boat? [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri on Oct 23, 2013 - 13 answers

How do I have the best c-section possible?

I'm currently pregnant with twins and scheduled to deliver them via c-section this October. Is there anything I can do help with preparation or recovery? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love on Jul 23, 2013 - 10 answers

Separating Twins into Different Classes at School?

My (boy / girl) twins will be entering kindergarten this September. We've been asked if we want them placed into separate classes, or left together in the same class. Need to give them our answer by Monday and frankly, I'm at a loss and have no idea what I should do. If you are a parent of school-age or older twins, can you please share what you did and why? If you yourself are a twin, how did your parents handle it? How did it work out? Other knowledgeable anecdotes and advice welcome. Links to any online resources I can read on the topic would also be appreciated.
posted by zarq on Jun 22, 2013 - 28 answers

Kitty naming - brothers edition

Our house was dangerously low on felines so today we adopted a pair of kitties. Yeah! They are sadly without names. [more inside]
posted by 26.2 on Jun 8, 2013 - 96 answers

Defying physics in interpersonal relationships

There are anecdotes, usually of identical twins, who manage to "communicate" even when separated by distance and/or time. One twin just "knows" that something has happened to the other twin. I don't have a twin, but I once had this kind of connection with my then boyfriend. [more inside]
posted by booksandwine on May 29, 2013 - 40 answers

Wow, I've finally found something that was easier to do with the twins when they were toddlers.

Help me navigate the etiquette of my twin boys' upcoming birthday party. [more inside]
posted by terrierhead on Sep 24, 2012 - 19 answers

How early to buy Seoul baseball tickets?

Buying Seoul baseball tickets in advance for a group: How early? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 29, 2012 - 1 answer

Cleverly clothe the children of a geek

Help me come up with math-themed "big brother"/"little sister" shirt designs for a friend's kids. [more inside]
posted by pyjammy on Jul 20, 2012 - 9 answers

Two for one

What should I know about giving birth to/raising twins? [more inside]
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér on Apr 21, 2012 - 17 answers

How to interact with twins?

There is a pair of twins I interact with socially. I cannot tell them apart. It's awkward and I think probably very rude of me. Help? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Feb 14, 2012 - 29 answers

Another question about what am I supposed to do with twins?

So how do you get twins to fall asleep in bed, i.e. without carrying them around for hours? [more inside]
posted by creasy boy on Feb 14, 2012 - 16 answers

Babysitting 5 year olds.. what to do?

Tips for babysitting two 5 year old boys? [more inside]
posted by fuzzysoft on Jan 20, 2012 - 17 answers

Are we fucked for the rest of our lives?

We just had twins. How soon can we expect one parent to be able to look after the two of them for a couple of hours without any help? [more inside]
posted by creasy boy on Sep 22, 2011 - 49 answers

How can I get my babies to sleep longer than 1 sleep cycle during they day?

Baby hack filter: Are there any tricks in getting babies to sleep longer than 1 sleep cycle (45 mins) during the day? [more inside]
posted by bingoes on Jul 2, 2011 - 18 answers

Why does breastfeeding hurt more in the afternoon?

Why is breastfeeding excruciating in the afternoon/early evening, but tolerable/comfortable at other times of the day? [more inside]
posted by bingoes on Mar 25, 2011 - 17 answers

X-MAS gift of meal delivery for new parents?

x-mas gift idea for parents of toddler, who are having twins next month: "relaxing night in". Gift card for meal delivery service (anyone know a yummier version of omaha steaks?), some great new movie on dvd, CDs of soothing sounds for the babies (white noise, womb sounds, ocean sounds, etc). Trying to keep it under $150. I've heard omaha steaks are gross, so I'm looking for an alternative. Unless I should scrap the whole thing and get them...? [more inside]
posted by wannaknow on Dec 21, 2010 - 14 answers

excited minds want to know: what are some cool things about being born a twin?

Attention TWINS!!! Never had twins in the family, now there are 2 fraternal girls on the way. We're excited for the special things they'll experience as twins, but only know the obvious things (share a womb, always have a playmate, share clothes, etc). Please share: What are some cool things about being a twin? [more inside]
posted by wannaknow on Sep 23, 2010 - 20 answers

Sorting through the junkyard of movie memories

Can anyone identify for me the name of this bizarro comedy from the 80s/early 90s? [more inside]
posted by afabulousbeing on Aug 10, 2010 - 8 answers

My sister's in a bind

My youngest sister has been married less than a year, is ten weeks pregnant, and just left her husband. How do I help her? [more inside]
posted by operalass on Aug 10, 2010 - 19 answers

Working with Twins

I work with a group of teenagers which includes a pair of twins. I am still learning to tell them apart and often have to ask them which one they are. They handle it well, but am sure that it gets old. Sometimes I just try to guess, other times I just ask them directly. Can you give me any advice on the best way to handle this until I am able to recognize them for sure?
posted by roaring beast on Jun 8, 2010 - 20 answers

Beyond Ava and Aidan?

Baby Names for a girl and a boy? I'm pregnant with twins! Yay! Except that after months of fearing for the worst, we're nearing the end of the second trimester and we have no names ready. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 2, 2010 - 72 answers

How to care for preemie twin boys?

Looking for info on taking care of and raising two preemie twin boys. [more inside]
posted by hgswell on Dec 21, 2009 - 24 answers

When was the last time the leader of a country had an identical twin?

When was the last time a Head of State had an identical twin?
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Oct 12, 2009 - 9 answers

How to Alleviate Separation Anxiety in Twin Toddlers?

Any suggestions for separation anxiety in twin toddlers? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Apr 15, 2009 - 25 answers

identical or sororal

Fetusfilter: what are the statistical chances that two female fetuses, 15 weeks, diamniotic/dichorionic ("di-di") are identical? [more inside]
posted by whatgorilla on Feb 26, 2009 - 14 answers

Baby Video Recommendations?

Can anyone recommend baby videos for nine-month olds (and up)? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Nov 17, 2008 - 26 answers

Looking for meal ideas for Murphy's Law pregnancy: Gestational-diabetic-menu-filter?

Can you wonderful ladies (and awesome supporters of same) who have experienced gestational diabetes, even though you already ate pretty well, post as many meals as you remember eating/liking/working for you? [more inside]
posted by Sweetdefenestration on Oct 17, 2008 - 10 answers

Disney movie about telepathic twins?

MovieFilter: When I was a kid (late 90's) there was a movie on the Disney Channel or Family Channel that I absolutely loved. Help me find out what it's called! [more inside]
posted by alona on Sep 21, 2008 - 9 answers

Death by fat stunt falls minibike attempt

What happened to the Mccrary twin (of the Guinness world's fattest twins who ride the bikes together) in the Niagara Falls mini-bike accident? He died there, but I'm unable to find anything about how, what or why. Was he trying to jump the falls in a minibike?
posted by destro on May 23, 2008 - 3 answers

Why would siblings who don't know they're siblings be attracted to each other?

Why would siblings who don't know they're siblings be attracted to each other? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel on Jan 12, 2008 - 28 answers

Help me dress the twins

I need help finding clothes for identical twins that aren't identical (the clothes, I mean). [more inside]
posted by Evangeline on Nov 18, 2007 - 24 answers

What don't I know about having twins?

What do you wish you'd known about having twins? [more inside]
posted by EarBucket on Nov 6, 2007 - 21 answers

Not even a baby elephant?

So it's NaNoWriMo and I didn't do my research beforehand! Help child psychology buffs! What kind of memory / memory loss is typically exhibited in adults who lost a sibling at preschool age (aprox 4 years). More details below. [more inside]
posted by DecemberRaine on Nov 3, 2007 - 6 answers

How do I account for twins in statistical analysis?

How do I account for twins in statistical analysis? By 'twins' I mean two people born at the same time, rather than any unknown-to-me technical meaning for the word 'twins' in statistics. [more inside]
posted by teem on Sep 18, 2007 - 14 answers

Recommend a birthday gift for 2-year-old twins, ships internationally and costs under $50... uh, please?

Recommend a birthday gift for 2-year-old twins, ships internationally and costs under $50... uh, please? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Jul 1, 2007 - 21 answers

Can't find any cute Castor and Pollux stuff

What silly gift to give an expectant mother who will be having identical twins? [more inside]
posted by oflinkey on Apr 14, 2007 - 28 answers

Books for Young Twins Wherein They Can See Themselves

Can you recommend any good books for toddlers/young readers in which the protagonists are twins? Bonus points for stories where the protagonists are non-identical twins
posted by anastasiav on Nov 29, 2006 - 10 answers

giant stomach

Seeing this picture, I was wondering about China's One-Child policy: What did they do with twins, triplets & births of multiples?
posted by growabrain on Jun 14, 2006 - 10 answers

Twins of different race?

I am looking for a picture and scholarly reference to twins with different fathers where one father is white and one father is black. [more inside]
posted by brevator on Dec 3, 2005 - 9 answers

hello hello! twins in art & lit

Twins of the world! This is a question for you: what media (books, movies, documentaries, poems, photographs, paintings etc), fiction or non, do you feel best expresses your own experience as a twin? All lengthy anecdotes welcome :-) [Here's your opportunity to deny or confirm the suspicion that all twins love the Polish Brothers.]
posted by ibeji on Nov 29, 2005 - 22 answers

Where can I find a Tshirt that says "I heart heart twins"?

Where can I find a shirt that says "I ♥ ♥ Twins" on it? I saw it on TV and must have it. Googling for "I heart heart twins" yields three results and one photo, but no purchasing info. Please help!
posted by bonheur on Oct 5, 2005 - 17 answers

Gay twin studies?

Patty's coming out on tonight's episode of The Simpsons made me wonder how often it happens that one sibling in a pair of identical twins is gay and the other straight. Does anyone know of any twin studies about homosexuality?
posted by painquale on Feb 20, 2005 - 21 answers

Are the Olsen twins identical or fraternal?

A friend of mine unyieldingly claims that Mary Kate and Ashley are in fact not identical but fraternal twins. I googled and found a lot of 13 year old girls with websites agree. A Wikipedia article says they are fraternal, an Encarta column is inconclusive. Any ideas?
posted by yevge on Jun 30, 2004 - 21 answers

Twintalk

Idioglossia, cryptophasia, the (in the best cases) autonomous language of twins: Twintalk. Does anyone know of any recorded twin languages with translation? A case-study with a, well... Twintalk-to-English Dictionary is what I guess I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by Shane on Apr 13, 2004 - 2 answers

Umbilical Cords and Multiples

How do umbilical cords work with twins? Triplets? Quadruplets? Do they come out like a string of pearls? What about puppies and kittens: do they come out with umbilical cords? The whole litter?
posted by adrober on Feb 8, 2004 - 5 answers

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