Advice for mom with 8 month twins

Jodi - posted on 01/25/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Having twins is so hard! I love them soooo much and find so much joy in them but my life seems to be passing my by. I'm 41 and was on bed rest for half my pregnancy so I feel like a slave to my home with zero friends. Now that they're somewhat mobile, I literally sit on the floor with them all day. I'm still heavy from the pregnancy so my back kills me. Everyday runs into the other and I'm starting to get depressed. Any advice?

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Jodi - posted on 01/25/2013

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Thank you so much! I just need motivation and get past not feeling so physically and emotionally tired all the time. I do have a double stroller but live on the second level so it's almost impossible to get that set up without leaving a baby unsafe. Putting one foot in front of the other is excellent advice! Thanks again for listening and taking the time to respond.

Sarah - posted on 01/25/2013

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Contrats on the twins! They are a joy, but lots of work too. I am not sure where you live and if this would work right now with the weather, but for me walking helps a TON. If you don't have invest in a nice double stroller and then go for a brisk walk everyday. I would say make it at least 20 to 30 mins. The twins will love getting that fresh air and the fresh air and exercise does tons for lifting your spirits. If you live somewhere where it is too cold to get outside right now even getting to the mall and walking can help. Not sure if you have these things around your house or not, but if you have a wii or an xbox there are "games" you can buy that give you a work out. Some are work out videos and others are games such as "Just Dance" If you are able and this works well for you looking into what exercise programs are in your community is a nice way to get a break from the house and exercise at the same time. I like to swim, so did a water areobics class for awhile. Find what thing you enjoy doing and then work that into your day. Also make goals....that helps keep you motivated. I love to walk, so one day I decided I was going to do a walking marathone....I figured that if you just keep putting one foot in front of the other you eventually get there. Now before this I never walked more then a couple of miles and never timed myself....I enjoyed my walks, but did not race the clock with them. So I started out by finding a consistant time that I could walk each day. Then I started out small 2-3 miles at first and then would add 1 mile each week. I also started to walk faster and faster. About 1/2 way through the training for the marathone I decided to do a 1/2 marathone to just see how I would do. I was sore, but did not do too bad. So with my walking I also started to watch what I ate. I calorie counted a bit....just being consious of the calories I was eating. I was amazed at how many calories were in some of the things I ate....so I started to find alternative. For example I love to bake and I like cookies....to make my cookies with less calories I would sub on stick of butter with 1/2 cup of applesauce and then sub out my white sugar for dry sugarfree pudding mix. Just good tasting cookies just less calories. I would cut back on how big my portions were and stopped getting seconds and fries when we ate out. I made my diet fit my lifestyle. We eat fast food, I enjoy sweets (more then I should).....so I figure out how to make those things work without as many calories.

Another thing that may help is finding some moms groups. If you live in or by a bigger town they often times have a mulitples group. If not there are many different moms groups out there. This helps make the day to day not seem so mondane (sp).

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