Mady is now 12 lbs and Emma 10! You can see Mady's hemangioma pretty clearly in the picture below on her left eye. The one on her thigh is ulcerated and hurting her. The dermatoligst wants us back in two weeks. If it's not better and her eye is worse, they'll want to start her on steroids to help shrink them. :(
The girls learned how to grasp toys this week and shake their little keys. They are also wanting to stand and bear weight on their legs! They love it. They also like their Bumbo chairs that allow them to practice holding up their heads.
Finally, and update about my return to work. It wasn't so bad. I only was back 2 days this week. The hard part will be getting our evening routine down. It is just so little time to play with the girls, have dinner, get them ready for bed and still have time to hang out with Christian. I'm sure we'll figure it out and it will get easier as the girls sleep better and actually go to bed earlier.
This is a list I found and updated for freebies, coupons, etc. for those with multiples.
Babies 'R' Us, the baby products store, offers a 10% discount when parents of multiple purchase two or more of the same products in the same order. The discount applies to furniture, bedding sets and baby gear (car seats, strollers, travel yards, high chairs, swings, gates, exersaucers/walkers, and backpack/carriers). Check with your local store for specific policies.
Beechnut Food Corp 800-523-6633 www.beechnut.com Twins-promotional packet and 2x the coupons
Evenflo – Fax name, address and birth certificates to 1.800.672.8027
The First Years - Requires copies of the birth certificates and short letters requesting to become members of their Multiple Birth Program and receive a gift basket of free rattles. The address is as follows: The First Years Attn: Multiples 100 Technology Center Dr., Ste. 2A Stoughton, MA 02072
Gerber - Call 1-800-4-GERBER (1-800-443-7237) to sign up for the Gerber Super Twins program. You'll receive coupons for free Gerber products, double the amount sent for any newborn parents of singletons.
Halo Sleep Sac- Call 1-888-999-4256. They offer buy one full price ($24.95) get one 1/2 off. Ask for the twin discount. Halo Sleep Must place order via phone when you call.
Heinz - Call 1-800-872-2229 to receive free welcome packets for each of your twins. The packs will include coupons off Heinz baby products and some informational literature. No proof of the twins birth will be required.
Huggies - Provides a one-time gift of higher-value coupons for parents of newborn twins or triplets. Send proof of birth (crib cards, copies of birth certificates, etc.) to the following address: Kimberly Clark Corp. Dept. QMB PO Box 2020 Neenah, WI 54957-2020 You'll also receive ongoing coupons through the mail after joining their program.
JC Penney Portraits - There's an online form on the JC Penney web site to sign up for their Multiple Birth Program. You'll get a pair of portrait sitting coupons for your twins (the offers can vary). You can complete the online form at the following URL (http://www.jcpenneyportraits.com/multiples/).
Johnson and Johnson – No longer have a twin program, but have coupons here: http://johnsonsbaby.com/special-offers-expanded.jsp
Free Juicy Juice Sippy Cup Visit the Juicy Juice website and create a profile. Tick the check bx for a "FREE Juicy Juice Sippy Cup" during the profile creation process. Note: Limit one per household. http://www.juicyjuice.com/Login/Register.aspx
McNeal Consumer Products - The makers of Tylenol will send you free welcome packets for each of your multiples if you call 1-800-962-5357 (option #5). The packs will include coupons and informational literature but make sure you tell them you have twins or triplets!
Mom and Baby Works - As indicated on their web site, Mom & Baby Works is proud to offer parents and families of multiples our Multiple Births Program. This program offers buy one, get one free on selected products purchased directly through our 1-866-477-5144 number.
Nestle Infant Nutrition - Call 1-800-782-7766 to request the address and a registration code number so that you can mail proof of your twins (crib cards, copies of birth certificates, letter from doctor) to Nestles for coupons for two free cans of Nestle Good Start DNA & ARA infant formula. You can also sign up for their free magazine online at http://www.verybestbaby.com/user/regp00pa.asp?OPTI=RI&offername=&Next=%2F (separate from the program just for twins, but it will also get you more coupons for free formula)
Oceanspray - Parents of twins or triplets can receive a special assortment of Oceanspray product coupons in the Multiple Birth program. Send a copy of proof of birth of your multiples to: Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. One Ocean Spray Drive Lakeville-Middleboro Ma 02349
Oshkosh B'Gosh- The national clothing stores offer 10% discounts on all products sold in their stores if you are a parents of multiples. Be sure to tell the cashier at checkout time you have twins to get the discount and if they're not aware of it, ask them to talk to the store manager about giving you the discount (it's in addition to any current sales they may have going on).
Pampers or Luvs - Call 1-800-726-7377 to request a free package as part of their Pampers Multiples Birth program or 1-888-665-3257 for a free package on the Luvs Multiples Birth Program . Packages will include coupons for Pampers (or Luvs), wipes and some other products and coupons (it changes periodically). Include name, address and hospital discharge papers to: Pampers PO BOX 599 Cincinnati, Ohio 45201
Luvs – multiple birth offer Proctor Gamble Company PO BOX 599 Cincinnati, OH 45201
Preschoolian Shoes - Fax copies of birth certificates toll free to 866 681 1081 and include your email. They will email you back a code which will reduce the price of your order by 50%.... (you can buy any 2 styles colors or sizes)- shoes must be purchased in multiples of 2 (2,4,6 etc)- if you intend to buy more than 2 let them know in the fax... you can also email a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org instead of the fax if you like. For more information ,go to their web site -- http://www.preschoolians.com
Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus- The circus folks will allow you to receive free circus certificates for each of your twins if you sign up online before they turn 1: (https://www.ringling.com/offers/baby.aspx) The certificates have no expiration date. After you register online, make sure you print out their forms and send a copy of each of your twins birth certificates to: Baby's First Circus Program Feld Entertainment, Inc. 8607 Westwood Center Drive Vienna, VA 22182 (I did this today and I don't think they require a birth certificate any longer)
Similac - Call 1-800-232-7677 for information on their Strong Moms Program and to receive a welcoming kit including coupons or product samples.
It's ONLY 3 days. I go back to work tomorrow. I'll be part time - Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays. I'm so upset about it. I'm sure it will be fine. I know I need a break from the girls, but I will miss them so much. And, of course, I don't think anyone is every happy about returning to their jobs. I don't know what I would have done if I had to return full time because the girls have doctors appointments every 2 weeks and the developmentalist and occupational therapist come every week. After May, I'll be back to work 4 days. I'm hoping they will have less appointments by then and maybe they won't need the developmentalist every week. We'll see! Wish me luck! It's going to be interesting trying to get out of the house on time every morning AND getting our evening routine down pat.