Sunday, July 30, 2017

OMG are they twins!?!?

When I'm out with the kids, I constantly get "OMG are they twins? My brothers wife's cousins daughter has twins".  "Do twins run in your family? OH, your father in law is a twin? Well that's DEFINITELY the reason you had twins". It actually couldn't be more wrong...and it happens ALL the time.



Just yesterday, I was with the boys at the Wakefield lake and so many people stopped to ask me about Conor and Caden - like they were some kind of medical mystery or something. I think the funniest thing about having twins is I see some type of twin reference every day now. They are actually really common!



As soon as people start talking to me about twins - they think they know everything about them. After the person tells me about every distant relative who is a twin or how they once knew a twin in their life, then they go on to tell me I must have twins in my family - and the fact that Jim's Dad is a fraternal twin MUST be the reason I had twins. Nope. 100% wrong. 

In fact, monozygotic twins are a totally random fluke. It has absolutely nothing to do with genetics or family history. Here is an excerpt about interesting twin facts I found from this website about twins.
  • The causes of monozygotic twinning are generally unknown and unidentified. No one really knows why an egg splits; technically it's a malfunction of the normal development process.
  • There's no hereditary trait that makes it more likely for you to have identical twins. Identical twins do NOT run in families. Although there are families with a high incidence of identical twins, it is due to chance, coincidence, or plain good luck.
  • Identical twins represent about a third of all twins. Dizygotic twins are twice as common as monozygotic.
  • Birth rate statistics for identical twinning have remained stable over the years, despite the overall increase in twins and multiples since the late 1980's. The odds of having identical twins is about 3 in 1,000, whereas the birth rate for ALL twins is about 3 in 100.
  • Identical twinning is not generally influenced by fertility-enhancing treatments like drugs or in vitro, although monozygotic twins have been produced in pregnancies that were the result of such treatments.
  • Birth rate for identical twins are consistent across populations; it is the same regardless of race, geography or maternal age.




 

If you didn't read the post about us finding out Conor and Caden were identical twins - here's the story. In short, it doesn't matter whether twins are identical or fraternal, but I personally wanted to know (duh, they're my children) and I wanted to be able to give people a legitimate answer when they asked me if they were identical or not.

To recap a bit, I had a di/di pregnancy ("dichorionic/diamniotic"). A di/di pregnancy is a type of twin pregnancy where each twin has its own chorionic and amnionic sacs. In fact, it's the safest type of twin pregnancy to have - the babies don't need to share anything. A di/di pregnancy often results with dizygotic aka fraternal twins - BUT (and this is a big but) it also results with monozygotic (aka identical) twins. Enter Conor and Caden! 

During my entire pregnancy, almost every doctor and ultrasound tech told me my twins were most likely fraternal. Some people went as far as to say they were definitely fraternal. Anyway, every few months or so - I get into this twin discussion because strangers always talk to me like they know the whole science behind everything twin related.




















That's all for now! I hope you enjoyed my little science lesson. ;)

xo,
Shaz




Saturday, July 29, 2017

Why I Never Pay For A Kids Meal...

Call me cheap, but it's expensive to have [three] kids, and expensive when going out to dinner. So why not do some research to save a few pennies?

If you're like me, then you hate monotony and repetition and doing the same old thing every single night - get home from work, think about what to make for dinner, start dinner, let it cool, feed the kids, start baths, do bedtime, argue with them 5 times to "go pee Mom?" and finally settle in to cook something for your husband and yourself. It gets old QUICK.

How do I stay sane, you ask? I try and order a somewhat healthy take out meal once every week or two, or we go out to dinner instead. We used to go to Papa Ginos or a sub shop (something super quick and pre-paid, so we could bolt outta there in a flash), but now we are trying more sit down family restaurants. It helped that my parents picked up Cal from daycare on Thurs, so we went out with just Conor and Caden. That meant no high chair, baby food, or bottles needed. WIN!


Here we are before dinner, waiting for Daddy to get home from work -


Mama and Caden with crayons -

 Daddy and Con coloring -

Family CHEERS! Con couldnt wait to take a sip -


The whole gang! $2.49 beers...what?!


Con and Cay switched when they came back from the bathroom! Mama and Con!


We found CAL! Yayyy!!

One morning this past week, I spent a little time with them at school. They like to show me all their toys and how they make fun things. We started with play dough and then went to the magnetic tiles. They are OBSESSED with those.




Here are the tiles. They really are cool.






This is blurry but cute, Con was "helping" Cal crawl over to Conor's bed. Cal absolutely loves bedtime and loves climbing up in each of Conor and Caden's beds - crawling from one to the other and drinking their water. It's his absolute favorite thing. He also loves to play this "fetch" game with himself. He sits on the floor and holds two small toys like blocks, balls, or magnetic letters or something. He then throws them in the air and sees where they land. He crawls to pick them up and keeps repeating this game. Hey - it keeps him entertained!

But I thought this was cute that Con had his hand on Cal's back as he was crawling around upstairs.


Since we had such a great time on Thursday night out to dinner, I looked up a website for "free kids meals during the week" around our city and found a few fun options. Most of these are free when purchased with an adult entree.

DAILY: Like I said, we went to the 99 on Thursday to switch things up. The boys had free meals because the Red Sox won the night before 4-0! Kids eat free (with the purchase of an adult entree) the day after the Sox win! Here is the Red Sox Schedule so you can plan accordingly. ;)

SundayIxtapa (Woburn Center) has a deal that kids eat free when an adult entree is purchased. They also have coupons on their website for any takeout during the week.

Monday:  John Brewers Tavern (Waltham and Malden) - Kids eat free after 5pm. You can order one dinner, salads included, and you can get TWO kids meals for free. This is awesome for parents of multiples.

TuesdayApplebeesChateauPolcari's / Regina Pizzeria.  Looks like Polcari's has some fun events for kiddos. I may have to check that out.

Wednesday: According to that "cheap eats" website, Unos has kids meals specials all day on Wednesdays - not just after 5pm. I have read contradicting websites that say Unos has free kids meals on Tuesdays, so call before going!

Thursday: I haven't found any specific to Thursdays - so hope the Sox win on Wednesday so you can go out to dinner on Thurs. ;)

Friday: See above. Also, the Margaritas location in Weymouth has kids meal specials when you order an adult entree. Not sure when locations closer to me will get the memo!

Also worth mentioning, I stumbled across this deal website when I was looking for additional free kids meal options - I haven't used it myself, but good to know! I also go to the Woburn Public Library for discounts and free passes to the Stone Zoo, Childrens Museum, etc. I may have mentioned that before. You can also use Groupon for discounts to places. I have seen a few for some family friendly activities in Cape Cod like the duckmobiles, Kennedy Museum, whale watches, and the inflatable park. Keep your eye out!

All for now!

xo,
Shaz

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Keeping Up with Conor, Caden, and Cal...

I figured it was already time for another post! I can't even keep up with everything happening in their little lives.

My cousin Jill and her family came up from Florida and her three kids did some BMX racing in Billerica. We stopped by to see them and it was fun! Conor and Caden brought their bikes and of course wanted a chance to ride down the track.




We then had a BBQ and pool party at my cousin Ryan's after nearby. Cal loves dogs! And his GG. :)


Conor, Caden, and Cal with their second cousins - my cousins Jill, Ryan, and Jodie's kids. Everyone cooperated except Conor and Caden. LOL


Conor and Caden have been so sweet with Cal lately. They have all of a sudden noticed him.



Here we are making cookies over the weekend with my boys. They loved having their own bowls, stirring the cookies, and watching the colors change. I had green, Caden had blue, and Conor had red cookie dough.






Cal enjoyed eating them! Ha what I love about Cal's age is that he is so into everything. He is growing so fast, right before our eyes. He absolutely loves to walk and tries copying Conor and Caden with everything they do. It is so cute. He gets frustrated when he can't do much, but I know he is right behind them. Just tonight, we were running around the kitchen singing Moana and I was walking hand in hand with Cal - and he was SO proud of himself, because he was walking right alongside his big brothers. :)  He also seems so much older now with his haircut. Look how handsome he is!


Look at these three! This is what I love about the weekends. They all get to spend time together, watch some TV, relax, and play. The week is so busy, and they're at separate daycares - so it's nice when they can be together.


Some fun random favorites from the last few days...








Both Caden and Conor had splinters at the same time - what are the odds of that? We had both of them soak them to help get them out. They absolutely hated it. But Jimbo did a great job and got them out! Ugh, what a struggle.

All for now!

xo,
Shaz

P.S. Flashback photos are BACK! What's crazy about this photo? I feel like I just took it. It was one of our first family of 5 pics...a selfie I took while holding Cal when he was a few weeks old. Wow, that went quick!