The twins have had some "firsts" lately! They have been the good, the bad and the ugly. But, they are all milestones for my 3 1/2 year old twins!
Let's start with the good! My Baby B (Girl Twin) swam today in the pool for the first time underwater, unassisted. She put on her goggles and down she went. She swam like a little fish and did great! This is the same kid that would not get in the pool last summer without screaming. She is a different kid this summer. She asks to go to the pool daily and puts on her bathing suit all by herself, too! Her goal is to swim the length of the pool by the end of summer. Gotta love when your 3 1/2 year old has goals! But she can do it!
Now the bad. I took the twins to Target the other day (just me and the twins, my oldest was at school and my 5 yr old was at a play date) and we didn't use a cart. The twins wanted to walk. We had a little conversation in the van and they explained that they were "big now" and could do it. They promised their "mama that they would walk nicely, stay together and hold hands". It was in the middle of the day, we only had a few things to pick up and had extra time, so I said sure why not! Big mistake. They did not walk nicely, they did not hold hands. They did stay together! Chasing each other around the sale racks in the kids' clothing section, entertaining all the shoppers. I was very lucky that every one commented on how cute the kids were and asked if they were twins. No one (surprisingly) gave me dirty looks or asked to control my kids. I did get them to calm down and we left the store without any incidents (you know, displays getting knocked over, candy getting shoved into pockets by the check out). I did however, forget to buy toothpaste, father's day cards and hair nets (my daughter needs them for ballet recital!) - my entire reasons for going to the store in the first place!
As for the ugly, it was really, really ugly. I took my twins and my five year old to the grocery store the other day and ended up leaving - I had my wallet this time too! It was the first time I had ever walked out of the store without any items because my children were carrying on. The timing was very bad on my part - it was during the twins' nap time. (Now that they are swimming everyday, they have started to nap again - woo hoo!) We had just dropped my oldest off at OT and had about an hour before we had to pick him up. We had limited groceries at home and I needed to pick up a few things (toothpaste, cards, hair net!), including something for dinner. When we got to the store Baby B started crying (she was screaming) in the parking lot because she wanted to have the cart that looked like a police car, not a regular red car. I got my other two settled in the driver's seat and let Baby B walk so she could "help me" pick the groceries. Make it through produce okay, head over to the "drug store section" when tantrum number two starts. Across from the toothpaste is the stationery section. Of course. Because you need paper and toothpaste together! My five year old just had to have a sparkle notebook that cost $5.99 (same notebook at Walmart would be$.99 or $1.99). I gently explained that I would get her a notebook, just not at the grocery store. This resulted in a first for her - an all out fit. Kicking, screaming, jumping up and down, throwing herself on the floor kinda fit. This was something that this child has never done before. I walked away, she followed and I decided to leave. Then my Baby A (Boy Twin) started crying because we were leaving the store without any chicken for dinner! He is very serious about his chicken and his dinner and is not a "cryer"! We went home (after picking up my oldest) the kids settled down, we had left overs for dinner and everyone survived!
Please comment if you have had a similar experience!
Have a great evening!