The first year of a baby’s life is full of milestones – first smile, sleeping through the night, rolling, solids & trying different foods, teeth, crawling, words, standing, walking etc.
When it comes to twins, there are a few special twin milestones:
Levels of interaction 🤝 such as the first time touching, holding hands, laughing together, biting & chatting with each other; and
Game changers 👊 such as their first bath together in the big bath, sitting in the trolley together, and sleeping in their own cot.
These 9 month old sleeping beauties have been sharing a cot up until the weekend where they finally moved into their own cots! The boys moved into separate cots at 6 months as they were big babies and started their wrestling early 🤼♂️. The girls were happy sharing cots with each other & enjoyed each others warmth until last week where one would climb on top of the other in the middle of the night trying to wake up them up to play!
With the boys, and now the girls we put their cots side by side so their twin is closeby and just a reach away! The boys loved playing with each other through the railings and the girls are already standing facing each other to chat & touch each other through the railings when they wake up 😍
I used to be that cool trendy chick with a huge high heel collection! I lived and breathed in my 12cm high stilettos and saved up to buy my first (and only) pair of Jimmy Choos when I was 21!! Now I live in thongs and sneakers, and my friends don’t recognise me if I wear anything higher than 2 inches!! I have zero tolerance for foot discomfort now 😂
These were one of my favourite pairs of heels – my red suede boots from my former life 😢👢👠 and Camilla & Madison will be the next ones to be wearing these ‘vintage’ boots (if they aren’t too uncool in 15 years!)!!
These Diddima rompers remind me of my former glamorous life! 😍👠❤💄
Anyone else hang up their hot sexy heels for thongs and sneakers?
I’ve always made my fruit purees by steaming it first, then blitzing it in the bowl. But this method is waaaaaaay easier, less washing up, and keeps ALL the nutrients in there, rather than it dripping into the water for the steaming. I keep telling myself WHY DID I NOT DO THIS EARLIER when the boys were on their purees!
I love bulk making and this is a great way to use up the boy’s toddler bitten apples, and random bits of fruit lying around. This is great for baby food, kids or adults to eat plain, with cereal, yoghurt, sandwich spread (instead of jam), in smoothies, or you can even use this with all apples in their for apple sauce to go with your pork roast. You can use 1 type of fruit, or a mix of fruit i.e. apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, berries, and denser melons like rockmelon and honeydew.
Blitz 1 minute/Speed 9 (slowly and progressively increasing the speed from 1 to 9).
Cool and store in fridge or freezer.
This can be kept in the fridge for a few days, or it freezes really well in ice cube trays or reusable food pouches. When frozen, take out and defrost over a few hours or in the microwave when needed. I usually freeze in Sinchies, or ice cube trays and decant them into labelled ziplock bags.
This is a beautiful twist on the usual custard recipe, adding apples throughout the custard. Great for when you feel like custard, but you really should eat your fruit – so why not combine the two!? This has beautiful small pieces of apple which creates a beautiful texture with the smooth creamy custard, and it pairs really well with maple syrup. This is perfect for toddlers/kids especially in reusable food pouches, or you can puree it for baby food (also this is great for older babies when introducing textures).
This has small pieces of apple throughout, if you prefer a smoother texture (i.e. for baby food or to 'hide' the apples), puree the custard - 30 seconds/Speed 9 (slowly turning the dial progressively from Speed 0 to 9).
This is a mix between slime and putty. It feels like a light fluffy putty but if you wait a few minutes, it spreads out like slime! This is great for sensory play for babies, toddlers and kids!
This has only 2 ingredients – cornflour and shampoo! I use kids shampoo as it is non toxic (since kids have it all over their heads and faces), and it smells nice! PLUS it is sooo easy to clean out of the kids fingers, hair and clothes, and they smell like beautiful clean kids after it! 🙂
The shampoo I use doesn’t have a colour, so I added food colouring to half of the batch so the boys could squish the colours together.
My ‘neat’ twin Ethan only played with this with 1 hand and got over it after 10 minutes, however my ‘messy’ twin Harley LOVED this, really got into it and is something that would entertain him for hours! Either way, it is a great activity for them, and gives me a moment of quiet time to have a coffee!! 🙂
Add all ingredients to bowl.
Mix 10 seconds/Speed 4. Scrape down.
Mix a further 15 seconds/Speed 4.
Optional – add food colouring – I spoon out half the mixture and colour the other half (mix for a further 10 seconds/Speed 4)
Depending on the type of shampoo you use, you have have to add a little bit more or less shampoo/cornflour in the mix! Experiment and have a go - however if you use more cornflour it will be more putty-ish, and if you use more shampoo it will be more slime-ish!
We love ice blocks! These are actually the first lot of ice blocks I’ve given the boys. They are nearly 18 months, so I thought it was about time, especially given the heatwave Sydney has had this week! And they looooved them!
Here are my ‘tried and tested’ list of finger foods for my boys!
When Ethan and Harley started to want to eat themselves, I did a lot of online and book research for finger food ideas. My boys are HUGE for their age, and looove their food. They are not fussy (…most of the time) and have no food intolerances which makes it really easy for me to prepare their meals! My rule is to have the most colourful ‘tasting’ plate of foods so the boys experience a variety of different foods, textures, smells and flavours. I’ve read that a colourful plate of food is a nutritious one! So I make sure I cover lots of food colours in the meals the boys eat (except for when we are out and using the pram!). I’ve also read that the more variety of foods you give a baby when they are young, the less fussy they will be when they grow older (this isn’t tried and tested yet, so *fingers crossed*)!
Thermotwinning’s Finger Food Ideas for Babies and Toddlers
Koala sandwich with Mayvers Super Spread on a bed of baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, babybel cheese, steamed broccoli and carrot, strawberries (quartered), hard boiled egg, and pizza pockets
The boys with their ‘pram friendly’ finger foods (i.e. nothing juicy or coloured like vegemite, tomatoes, berries, watermelon etc)
Wholemeal sandwich, toast or Cruskits with the following spreads: – Baby purees includingfruit purees(instead of jam) – Vegemite – Mayvers Super Spread (can be found with the peanut butter section/organics section) – Cream cheese – Avocado – Mashed banana – Jam Raisin Toast (there is a wholemeal version available) – freezes and reheats well
Scrambled eggs – in a bowl, add egg(s) (about 1 per child) + a splash of milk + a small handful of grated tasty cheese – microwave 1 minute on high, stir, then microwave 30 seconds at a time stirring in between until cooked. Leave to cool for a few minutes – the tasty cheese gives it some flavour and also helps the egg firm up so it is easier to grip (my husband’s trick! he makes it for the boys on the days I’m at work) – goes well with vegemite on toast! Sultana Bran Buds (link here) or similar type bite sized cereals (soaked in some milk to soften) ***With a spoon:
MAIN MEALS: Wholemeal sandwich, toast or Cruskits with the following spreads: – Baby purees including fruit purees (instead of jam) and savoury ‘main meal’ ones – Vegemite – Cream cheese – Mayvers Super Spread (can be found with the peanut butter section/organics section) – ‘The Laughing Cow’ cheese triangles – squished and spread – Cream cheese mixed with sardines (super nutritious but best left to eat at home as it‘s a bit on the nose!) my boys love this! – Vegemite and sliced tasty cheese – Avocado – Mashed banana – Jam Wholemeal Toast Cheesy Melts – I use one or some of these toppings and top it with a piece of sliced tasty cheese and pop it in the air fryer or grill for 5 minutes/180 degrees – Tinned tuna – Ham – Scrambled eggs – Tomatoes – Tinned red salmon – Avocado – Bolognese sauce – Gourmet sausages cut up into small pieces – Roast/poached chicken (shredded) – Leftover meat diced into small pieces Pizza Pockets (link here) – freezes and reheats well Pasta – any type, I usually use elbow pasta, macaroni or small sea shells as they are easy to pick up – freezes and reheats well. I generally use a cheesy white sauce base, vegetable puree, or tomato based sauce for the pasta sauce with the following fillings: – Tinned red salmon – Fresh salmon (de-skinned and de-boned) – White fish like Ling or Barramundi (de-skinned and de-boned) – Bacon/ham – Chicken Thigh Fillets (they have more nutrients than breast fillets) – Pork, chicken or Beef mince – Peas – Broccoli – Sweet Potato – Pumpkin – Carrots – Zucchini – Frozen Veg i.e. peas and carrot – Or cooked pasta with grated cheese melted on top (easy and not messy if you’re out!) Some of the boys’ fave pasta recipes:
Basic Cookbook – Creamy Tomato and Salami recipe (with extra veggies blitzed with the onion)
Meatballs – Any combo of chicken/pork/beef mince + hidden blitzed up veggies – freezes and reheats well
Salmon Patties – I use a recipe from the Thermomix Cooking for your Baby and Toddler book – however this is a great Salmon Rissole recipe – freezes and reheats well
Risotto or Pasta Muffin Cups – With any risotto or pasta recipe, just place in muffin tins and top with tasty or cheddar cheese, and bake for about 20 minutes/180 degrees until cheese is melted and golden. Skinnymixer’s Risotto Frittata is a great recipe – freezes and reheats well
Hot Dog Buns (Chinese Sausage Rolls) (link here) – freezes and defrosts well
Sushi – This is great for older babies if you’re out and need to takeaway something for them. My boys love the mini ones and make sure you don’t get the raw fillings, so I usually get avocado, tuna, cucumber, or egg ones. The sushi rice is really sticky so I find it really easy to clean up after them! You can make Sushi yourself – this is a great recipe – Thermobexta’s Egg and Avocado Sushi
Thermomumma’s Garlic, Cheese and Spinach Naan (link here) – freezes and reheats well
VEGETABLES: Sweet eating cucumbers (halved or quartered lengthwise) – these are mini cucumbers you can get at green grocers, Coles/Woolies and Aldi – usually in the refrigerated vegetable section with the lettuce Cherry/grape tomatoes(halved lengthwise) – the boys fave are theGold Sweet Eating Grape tomatoes(they are orange in colour) these are the ones from Coles, they are sweeter than normal Cherry tomatoes which can sometimes be quite tarte Steamed carrots and green beans (cut in half, then quartered lengthwise) – Fill bowl with water just above the blades, place carrots into steaming basket (I usually make about 2 carrots and a handful of beans then place in fridge to use as needed), then steam 16 minutes/Varoma/Speed 1 Steamed Broccoli Trees – Fill bowl with water just above the blades, place carrots into steaming basket (I usually cut 1 lot of broccoli then place in fridge to use as needed), then steam 12 minutes/Varoma/Speed 1 Steamed Zucchini – Fill bowl with water just above the blades, place carrots into steaming basket (I usually cut 2 lots of zucchini then place in fridge to use as needed), then steam 9 minutes/Varoma/Speed 1 Sweet potato (roasted/air fried/steamed) Pumpkin(roasted/air fried/steamed) Potato(roasted/air fried/steamed) Lettuce/spinach leaves(any type though I steer clear of the bitter ones like rocket) Cooked peas – Fresh, frozen or dehydrated Capsicum(Cut into sticks)
FRUIT: Apples (quartered, cored, then each quarter cut into 3 wedges) I leave the skin on as it has a lot of vitamins/nutrition in it, or else there are ‘kid’s lunchbox’ apples which are smaller which my boys love to use their teeth and bite into! Pears (quartered, cored, then each quarter cut into 3 wedges) I leave the skin on as above
Seedless Watermelon (cut into small pieces (one of the boys faves but I leave it for home as it is so messy!) Blueberries Strawberries(halved or quartered) Grapes (halved lengthwise) Bananas White or Yellow Peaches White or Yellow Nectarines Mango Kiwifruit
Fruit straps (100% dehydrated fruit) I have made them like the Strawberry Chips but they have a really short shelf life when homemade (when the boys are older and eat more it’ll better!) but my recent fave are Annie’s Fruit Straps as they are great to leave in the baby bag
Mini Fruit Balls(link here) – can be frozen and defrosted
Cruskits – These are a great alternative to the ‘baby section’ rice crackers which are sooooo $$$$$$ which I use for snacks when we go out
Tinned pineapple pieces
Freeze dried fruit (I buy mine from Costco, Bellamy’s Organic also have some)
Veggie Straws (I also buy these from Costco but you can get them from the heath food section)
Skinnymixer’s Cheesy Pumpkin Puffs(link here) – freezes and reheats well
After years of searching, I’ve finally found a wooden Advent Calendar that I am in love with!!! I got this beauty from Target!
As the boys are still young for little toys like yoyos, lollies/chocolates, activities like Christmas light watching (the boys are in bed before it’s dark!), this is my 25 days of Christmas advent Calendar activities suitable for 15 month old toddlers (and the family)!!