Music lessons

Last month we started taking our boys to bilingual music lessons. I want them to develop a love for music and I was very happy to have found a music class for children from 3 years old. It is very surprising to see how much children can already pick up. Learning about rhythm and notes, trying out different instruments and learning some dance sequences. It’s absolutely great. There are two side effects to these music lessons though, that are worth mentioning: one very great, the other one…

See, the funny thing is that, since the lessons started, music suddenly is everything for one of our boys. The minute he comes home from school, he grabs his guitar and starts to sing songs and recites all the verses he learned in the last months. He mixes them up sometimes but there are at least 20 different ones in 3 different languages. And sometimes he even improvises and sings about what happened that day. It is really great to see how much he enjoys music. There is a smile on his face constantly when he holds his guitar. (Our other son is a little less interested but will sometimes play along.)

The other thing is that our boys now discovered YouTube… We had to look up some of the songs they danced to in the class and we found them with a video that showed the dance as well. But this also resulted in them realising we have a tablet, which we had managed to hide successfully from their lives for nearly 4 years…

So now we very often have to play the following videos because they want to do those dances. And from one song, they discover the next one and it never stops.. . So yes, I will share the videos here, because when I suffer, you all can suffer a little with me 😉


and the worst song in history:

Toddler talk…

Our boys talk a lot. They speak quite well and have opinions about everything. Still, the fact that they can speak so well does not mean I always understand them, even though their English (or Dutch) is perfect.

Yesterday one of the boys was trying to push one of his dinosaur toys in the bookcase. Then he gave me a very distraught look: “MOM, T-rex can’t find the church!”

Ehm…

Back to the creche

After a long break of 3,5 weeks the creche reopened yesterday. The boys were actually happy to go, they were probably a little fed up with spending so much time with us. Dropping them of was no problem at all!

Today they had to go to creche again, but now it was a different story. First they did not want to wake up at all which resulted in all of us sleeping too long and therefore having to rush. Then of course they stated they did not want to get dressed, did not want their breakfast, did not want to brush their teeth and definitely did not want to go to school; they wanted to play with their own toys.

When I finally managed to get them to the creche, they asked:  “Mommy, can we go to the cafe instead? We don’t want to go here today.”  It’s great they can express themselves so well already, but sometimes I think not knowing what they’re thinking was easier 😉   Not to mention the fact that another parent was looking a little horrified and I could see her think: A cafe? Why do your kids want to go to a cafe? 

Welcome to TwinTales!

Welcome to Twintales! My name is Carien and I am a mother of non-identical twin boys born in 2015. The first two years after they were born I was not able to do much besides taking care of them. It was great spending so much time with them, but I also was always tired and my body was (and still) is not 100% recovered from the pregnancy and birth. Even writing was too much then. Luckily I made lots of notes, so now that I feel better again I can start sharing my experiences from then and now.

On this website I will share my thoughts, our adventures and everything else that seems worth sharing or discussing regarding raising children, but also the consequences of that for your body, mental health and social life. Not everything has to change when you have kids, but a lot usually does.

We live in Brussels (Belgium) and are raising our boys bilingual. I speak English and my partner speaks Dutch to them. Two years down the line I can say this: it’s easier for them than it is for me!

This website is not specifically aimed at parents of twins, although there will be quite a few anecdotes regarding things that only happen with twins. I am sure this website will speak to all parents (-to be) as I often feel that having two kids whom are exactly the same age means you will experience everything there is to experience at a certain age… When I hear another mom telling me about her child I usually think; hey, one of my boys did or does that as well. When one twin sleeps trough the night, usually the other one does not, if you get what I mean… No child is the same, that is for sure, and having twins is double trouble and double the fun.

Enjoy our adventures and share in our exhaustion 😉