Thursday, June 12, 2014

Housekeeping


::After watching an eighteen month old baby girl swimming quite comfortably at our pool (and then basically walking up to her grandparents and saying, "Could you please teach us how you did this?") we are embarking upon teaching the babies to swim!  Skeptical?  Watch this!  So far, our practice is in the bath, and this weekend I think we might take it to the pool.  The results are promising so far: I'll share more later!

::After a bit of a homeschooling break, I have recommitted to having some school time with the big girls every day.  For now, that means some math and reading with the big girls after the littlest three are asleep.  During the day, I'm trying to fill in the gaps from what we missed this past year in the Ambleside curriculum.  This is such a great resource: I recommend all you homeschooling families out there to take a look!

::Since delivering these babies, I've been really interested in finding an optimal breastfeeding diet.  Not a diet to lose weight (the breastfeeding will take care of that!), but one that is optimally healthy for mother and child.  And you know what?  There is so little out there about this!  We spend more time thinking about the food that our cows eat than the food that our nursing mothers consume.  I remember when we were drinking raw milk it was so clear when the cows went out to pasture in the spring, because the milk literally changed color, the vitamin content was so different.  So what about the milk which is the sole nutritional source for my two babies?  It makes me think!  Here's one resource for pregnant and nursing mothers, although I'm quite certain that my nutritional demands are different now than when I was growing two human beings!  Do you have any favorite nursing nutrition resources?

::While I have twins on my mind, do any of you remember this National Geographic photo spread about twins and the story that accompanied it?  This was way before twins were on my radar, but I still vividly remembered the pictures.  I am so curious to see how our twins develop and change over time.

::I'm working on a post answering some of the most frequently asked questions about having twins!  Please feel free to leave a question in the comments if you have something to add to the conversation.

::We are preparing for a festive weekend: Hugo is turning THREE, and of course Father's Day on Sunday.  Is it wrong that it's only Thursday and I'm already thinking of the weekend?

Did you think this post was going to be about actual housekeeping?  Yikes, I have little advice to give in that regard.  Just a laundry machine that has been constantly running since first thing this morning and a growing pile of laundry to fold that's calling my name!

3 comments:

Rosie said...

I can't believe Hugo is almost 3!!!

And as far as nursing twins and diet, I'm totally lost there - I mostly kept an eye on the scale and made sure that my weight hovered around the same area - if I dipped below a certain weight, I knew I wasn't eating enough and it had a pretty immediate effect on my supply. I usually just added a milkshake every evening if I needed to put on weight! But it is a pretty fascinating concept to think about...

Adele said...

Rosie, I've found that same thing to be true! I have to eat a very high calorie diet (really more than I am hungry for), or else my milk supply suffers. Not the worst thing in the world! :-)

Margo said...

wow, I never thought about my diet when I was breastfeeding - I mean, I followed instructions on medicines, etc., but not the actual nutrition part of it. Fascinating. I'll be interested to see what you come up with.