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Sometimes I really want to turn to my 8-month-old twins and say, “Hey, do you want to grab some sushi and catch the new Reese Witherspoon movie?”ย  Because everyone knows that a disturbing film like “Black Swan” would be totally inappropriate for babies.

Lunch and a movie would be so much easier than trying to figure out what to do with them. They are so damn cute.

(Harlowe is the one on the right.)

I love to gaze at the twins, smother them with kisses and longingly wish my forehead was as wrinkle free as theirs but that does not fill up a whole day.

I try to pack their lives with adventure. Just yesterday afternoon, they did 20 minutes in the exersauser, then some tummy time on the rug, followed up by a few minutes in the jumperoo and then to keep things really unpredictable, we went upstairs to roll on their bedroom rug and teethe on board books.

I’m pretty sure when I left the room for a moment, Chase turned to Harlowe and said, “I am so sick of gnawing on these fake keys. Grab mom’s real ones and let’s hit the local pub.

Of course, I can only imagine that at some point they both realized neither of them actually has a driver’s license so they’d have to ditch their Babies Gone Wild plan.

Chase is practically crawling and already into everything. He navy seals himself across the playroom in minutes. In fact, here he is removing some child proofing foam.

And all the damn snow isn’t helping one bit.ย  I can’t even get the double stroller two feet without smashing into a snowbank.

In the city, I would just strap on the Bjorn and walk for blocks but things are a little more complicated with two babies.ย  I often feel trapped in my home. Like Friday afternoon, I spent 6 hours in the house trying to keep four kids content. Meanwhile, Rick who had a very early shift at work, was at a dance rehearsal.

Yes, that’s right. While I was getting spit up on and tending to the constant needs of children, he was doing the rumba or something. He’s practicing for a dance competition to raise money for his old high school.ย  It’s kind of like Dancing with the Stars if by “stars” you mean, some guy you had Algebra class with in 1980-something.

But Rick, who is a born performer, loves it. And I love it because I love him.

And anyway, at home, we have our own dance competition called, Who Can Entertain the Twins the Most?

Dylan and Summer always win.

P.S. I’m now in Florida so I’m finding the snow much less troublesome down here. Mostly because there isn’t any. But Harlowe and Chase would still love your ideas on what to do all day.

40 Responses to what do babies do all day?

  • Lee says:

    My twins, although a few months older, think it’s great fun to try to fling toilet water on to the floor, or each other. (yes, I installed toilet locks once I saw this in action). They also love a nice crawl in the fireplace followed by a snack of cat food that they have stolen from the kitchen. (yes, yes, the cat food should be on the counter but poor softy is geriatric and not able to get up there to find his food. The twins are after that bowl within 4 seconds of it being on the floor). A shouting match over the fisher price sorting shapes cookie jar never fails to please, either. Or tug of war with eleanor’s true love, her blanket “gak gak”. When things finally settle down, a battle over the pacifiers is always good old fashioned fun. None of this tops trying to shinmy out of the seatbelt in the high chair!
    Xoxo (this is what you have to look forward to at 13 months)

  • Bitsy says:

    Can I just say how much I love Harlowe’s hair? My son had that hair at that age and I miss it! So cute. It’s been a long time since mine were little, but I remember just going to the mall and walking around. Pathetic, but free, and both my babies liked it.

  • Diane says:

    Do you ever get tired of hearing how cute they are? Sending my husband to work today with a baby gift for co-worker (which is a nice change from all the divorce condolences as of late) and I said ‘too bad they don’t live closer – would love to get my hands on that baby’ and he said ‘Gads – didn’t you get your fill of babies?’ For me, yes. But holding someone else’s baby and returning – never.

  • Mary says:

    If you are in the Central Florida area and want a playdate with the twins with my 8-month old, just give me a shout! We also have that fisher-price puppy dog and I think it’s a really creepy thing, you walk by it and it says “I see you!” How does it know?!?

  • MommyTime says:

    I have no help with entertaining ideas except for the excellent advice strangers never failed to impart on my sister (a mother of twins): “Oooh, you are so lucky to have twins! They can entertain each other!” So, I guess that means you should go to the movies, and leave Chase and Harlowe in charge. I think that’s one of the perks of having twins.

  • Nancy Walton says:

    They are very very cute, Kelcey – all 4 living dolls! As Harlowe and Chase get older, it’s amazing to me how one looks like one big sister and the other looks like, well. . . the other. Please keep posting photo updates!

  • Ashley says:

    I had this same issue last year. My twin girls were a little younger this time of year but I used to take them around and around in our house in the stroller. Any time I could I would drive them to the mall. It is very hard with two babies but luckily at 8 months they are starting to be able to entertain each other.

  • Auntie T says:

    That is the cutest picture yet of Harlowe…please send one on so I can print it for my Folbaum Wall of Fame. Actually, all the latest pics. TOO PRECIOUS…all 4 of them!

  • traci says:

    I haven’t the slightest idea how to entertain babies. My first was so awestruck with the sight of my bosom, all I had to do was walk around topless. And teh 2nd was so taken by the sight of the first, life was just plain easy. HOWEVER, I can tell you that should you still be snowbirding the winter away, you’re about to miss the 4th snow storm of the season. A mear 3 days after the last one.

  • Momma Goose says:

    These two lines made me laugh out loud: “Harlowe is the one on the right,” and “I love to gaze at the twins, smother them with kisses and longingly wish my forehead was as wrinkle free as theirs…” ๐Ÿ™‚

    Could you go to a story hour? Or is that too much trouble with tiny twins? You’ve probably already thought of that.

    I’ve had pretty good luck finding local activities for me and my 1-year-old son through meetup.com. It sounds like a dating site but it’s not! Haha. You plug in your zip code and your interests, and you get notices of things going on in your area. That’s how I found our local Moms’ Club, too. Anyway, good luck! January is the month for stir craziness!!

  • Bitchin' Amy says:

    I am so jealous of your location in Florida! The rain and gloom of the UK is slowly killing me…

    Also, your babies are ridiculously adorable. And thank GOD you have older daughters to help entertain them. If they were boys, well, it would be very, very different. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • tracy says:

    Now that both my older kids take the bus to/from school and I am home with the baby – I will realize that I haven’t left the house in 4 days. It scares me. So I bought the baby kittens. Keeps her entertained all day so I can read blogs and online shop. Brilliant.

  • Lisa says:

    Three words “Yo Gabba Gabba” it will entertain them for 25 minutes and you can have me time (i.e. play dress up with your girls, do laundry) I am not a mom that is afraid of a little TV.

  • Motherhood: all that joy and yet so goddamn boring you contemplate getting into the dryer and spinning around, just for a change of pace.
    Pots and pans are what I did with babies. Pots, pans, and maybe a rubber spatula or two (quieter than a spoon). Lid on, lid off. Lid on, lid off. Endless fun. Put a few small stuffed animals inside the pot (ala Glenn Close and that bunny) and WHEE. Or, for a change of pace, get yourself an OXO salad spinner, the kind with the lid that has a push top, so you put hte lid on, push down, and the thing spins around. The big girls will like it too, I swear.

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    I’m in florida – Hollywood – in condo right on the ocean, 2 pools…come visit and I’ll entertain the twins, the big girls and you and Rick. I’m leaving 1/31…so hurry on by.

  • I’m with you – i get so antsy in the house. I never felt housebound till this winter and then a) stopped working b) moved to Maine and c) added a third kid. Now I feel like I hand them markers and let them color floors and walls.

    PS _ I took Liv (3 weeks) to Black Swan. Did I fuck her up for good?

  • I don’t know how many times I wished for a double bjorn (subsequent spinal injury be damned). And for at least a year there were whole weekends when i never left the house, let alone put on shoes.

    But then I look at baby pictures and miss those magical spit up covered days…

  • KittyM says:

    Awww Kelsey they are just both absolutely GORGEOUS! I’ve just found out my husband and I are expecting in September and moving to France in 8 weeks yikes! Until my first scan I am completely convinced I am having at least twins lol ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

kelcey kintner