Books

1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12

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Author: Thomas W Phelan

Review from J: Its easy to read. Straight forward. Effective and quickly. Why not use the same strategy for years.
Offers troubleshooting as well.

 

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Twins

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Author: Marc Weissbluth

Review from K: I read it while I was still pregnant and had both of the kids sleeping 8 hours a night at 2 months and 11 hours a night now at 13 months. Don’t know if it was the book or not, but it definitely didn’t hurt.

 

Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding and Caring for Twins or more!

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Author: Barbara Luke

 

 

 

 

When You’re Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads: Proven Guildelines for a Healthy Multiple Pregnancy

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Author: Karen Kerkhoff Gromada

Review from K: This one has some great things about getting the right nutrition when pregnant, which helped me focus on eating right. It also has a lot of info for the “what if” scenarios, such as c-sections, nicu stays, etc. It’s great to help you prepare for the different variables that often happen when carrying twins.

Review from Rebecca: This book was my go to while pregnant.  All the other books seem to only have a blurb on multiples, while this one went very in depth.  It also provides recipes and suggestions to help with the common issues during a multiples pregnancy.

 


August 2015 Monthly Meeting Minutes

Greater Kalamazoo Moms of Multiples

August Monthly Meeting 2015

Meeting Minutes

 

Members Present: Rebecca Poublon, Alisha Kent, Casey Sootsman, Kary Mack, Rachel Grover, Alyssa Stommen, Amanda Nicholson, Jenny Ahlemeyer, Justina Crow, Kimberly Mortimore, Sam Slater, Heather Hayner.

 

  1. New bags
  1. Rack cards
  2. Business cards
  3. Window clings
  1. Web pages
  2. Facebook pages (open and closed groups)
  1. GKMOM web page
  2. Babysitter bank
  1. Dues
  1. $10 goes to the national group
  2. $15 goes to GKMOM
  1. New location at The Crew starting September 3, 2015
  2. Jamberry Fundraiser for September meeting
  1. GKMOM group gets 20% of sales
  2. Official fundraiser starts September 1
  3. Order from old books by August 31
  1. Meetings
  1. September: Jamberry fundraiser
  2. October: Craft
  3. November: What is Love? Marriage and sex counselor.
  1. Group activity
  1. What is or was the hardest thing about being a MOM?
  2. What group norms/rules should we have?
  3. What are your best big lessons and survival strategies?
  4. what do you wish you had known before the babies arrived?
  5. Who are your multiples?
  6. What’s your multiples story?
  7. What’s your favorite thing about being a MOM?
  8. What gear do you think all MOM’s should have?
  9. What is/was the hardest thing about being a MOM?
  10. What do you want to get out of the club?
  1. Open discussion
  2. Board discussed T-shirts with Alyssa Stommen.

 


Kalamazoo Area Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free or Cheap

Applebee’s

Location: Portage – 6675 S. Westnedge; Kalamazoo – 5330 West Main Street and 5990 Gull Road; Plainwell – 1243 Hwy. M -89; Battle Creek – 5775 Beckley Road

Days: Tuesday

Offer: All day kids eat from $0.99 or $1.99 for the larger portion.

 

Bob Evans

Locations: Portage– 5641 South Westnedge Ave; Battle Creek – 5421 Beckley Rd.

Day: Tuesdays

Offer: One free kids meal with each adult entree purchased between 5 and 8 pm

 

Brann’s Steakhouse

Location: Portage – 700 M L King Dr

Days: Sunday

Offer: Kids meals are $1.5o from 5-8pm

 

Denny’s

Location: Kalamazoo – 3817 East Cork Street

Days: Tuesday and Saturday

Offer: Up to two kids meals free for every adult entree from 4-10pm

 

Fazoli’s

Location: Kalamazoo – 4615 Main Street; Battle Creek – 5445 Beckley ROad

Days: Tuesday

Offer: $0.99 kids meal (two per adult entree) after 5pm for kids aged 12 and under.

 

Finley’s

Location: Kalamazoo – 5160 W. Main Street; Battle Creek – 140 East Columbia

Days: Monday and Tuesday nights

Offer: Kids 12 and younger receive a free Jr. Kids meal. Up to two free meals per purchased adult entree.

 

Fletchers Pub

Location: Kalamazoo – 3013 Oakland Dr and 7177 W. Q Ave

Days: Sunday – Wednesday

Offer: Kids eat free with purchase of adult meal

 

 

IHOP

Location: Portage -5325 S. Westnedge Ave

Days: Every Day

Offer: Receive a free kids meal per purchased adult meal from 3-10pm

 

Main Street Pub

Location: Kalamazoo – 4514 W. Main St; Kalamazoo – 5462 Gull Road; Portage – 7509 S. Westnedge; Vicksburg – 208 E Prairie St; Mattawan – 52887 N. Main St

Days: Sunday – Wednesday

Offer: Kids eat free with purchase of adult meal

 

Mancinos

Locations: Portage – 10100 Shaver Rd

Days: Tuesday

Offer: Kids eat free with adult entree purchase 5-9pm

 

Old Chicago Pizza

Location: Portage – 5314 S. Westnedge Ave

Days: Tuesday

Offer: Two kids eat free for every adult from 5-8pm.

 

Steak n’ Shake

Location: Kalamazoo – 5371 W. Main; Portage – 5342 S. Westnedge; Battle Creek – 5990 Beckley Road

Days: Sat and Sun

Offer: One free kids meal with ever &8 purchase excluding drinks and shakes and is dine in only

 

Texas Roadhouse

Location: Portage – 7039 S. Westnedge Ave

Days: Tuesday

Offer: $0.99 kids meal 4-8pm

 

University Roadhouse

Location: Kalamazoo – 1332 W. Michigan Ave

Days: Sunday – Wednesday

Offer: Kids eat free with purchase of adult meal

 

Information gathered from: kzookids.com


Tips for New Parents

  • Establish a list of priorities. Babies’ needs will head the list, including feeding, bathing, cuddling, and sleeping. Rest for you should be high on the list as well.
  • Use a chart to see at a glance who has been cared for and at what time.
  • Accept all offers of help from anyone.
  • Treat your babes as individuals. Avoid referring to them as “the twins” or “the triplets”. Instead, use their given names.
  • Be sure to take photos of each child separately for the time when on will ask for a “picture of me”.
  • Use care in selecting toys. As your babies grow, play becomes serious business. Toys that are suitable for singletons can become weapons when there are two of more. As the children get older, try to choose different toys for each to encourage sharing.
  • Build a special one-to-one relationship with each child. Multiples may develop a special bond between them. Raise them as individuals, but allow them to maintain this bond. Your children may talk to each other in a language only they can understand. Don’t be upset by the “twintalk” as most outgrow it.
  • Speak clearly and read aloud to you multiples. Reading Stimulates speech development and lays a foundation for literacy.
  • Take walks with your babies. Getting out of the house may be a morale booster for you.
  • If you are returning to work soon after the babies are born, look for a sitter who will understand the needs of caring for “more than one”.

Feeding Tips

Breastfeeding Multiples:

  • Many women have successfully nursed their multiples! Consult your health care provider, local breastfeeding support group if you are considering breastfeeding or members of your local Multiples club for help and advice.
  • Follow doctor’s advice given on proper diet, rest, nipple care and breast pumping. Remember your fluid intake should be one to one and a half quarts more than usual.
  • Alternate breasts for feeding your babies. One may require a larger amount of milk than the other(s) and sucking stimulates the breast to produce more.
  • With twins, nurse your babies at the same time, if possible. A U-shaped nursing pillow may be helpful. Two bed pillows work well, too.

Bottle Feeding Multiples:

  • Purchase different styles/color of bottles/nipples if the babies are on different formulas to simplify identification.
  • Use a chart to document feedings.
  • Formula come in many forms (powdered, concentrate, and ready to feed) Unless specified by your doctor, choose whichever is most convenient and follow preparation instructions carefully.
  • you doctor may recommend sterilizing bottles and nipples during the first few months. If using a dishwasher for bottles, additional sterilization may not be required.
  • Encourage Dad and siblings to assist.
  • Take time to cuddle each baby after feeding and during burping.
  • If you are alone and your multiples need to be fed, you may bottle feed them by putting each in an infant seat, boppys, bumbos, bouncy seat or other device.

Pumping and Exclusive Pumping:

  • Exclusive pumping is where you pump your milk to feed to your babies in a bottle. Pumping can also be used for milk stimulation, or to feed your babies while you are at work if you normally breastfeed.
  • It is best to set up a pumping schedule that mirrors your babies feeding schedule.
  • Your insurance company will cover the cost of a pump. Call them to find out what is covered under your plan.
  • A double electric pump is the best option if you decide to exclusively pump.
  • You can store pumped milk in the fridge to be used that day or in the freezer to be used in the future. Make sure you label and date your milk before you store it.

Feeding Multiples:

  • When bottle feeding or breastfeeding, burp babies midway through and after feedings
  • Use the same spoon and bowl when babies are eating solid foods unless either baby is sick. Feed baby food directly from the jar at room temperature, discarding any leftover food to avoid bacterial growth.
  • Consult your doctor for advice on post-feeding sleeping positions.

 

Information compiled from: Multiples of American (http://www.nomotc.org/) and experience of GKMOM members.

 


Great Places to Play in Greater Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo:

  • Bounceland*: 6255 Technology Ave
  • Kalamazoo Nature Center – 7000 N Westnedge Ave
  • Kalamazoo Public Library* – 315 South Rose Street
  • Kalamazoo Valley Museum with Toddler play room*: 230 N. Rose St.
  • Skyzone* – 5103 Portage Road

Portage:

  • Air Zoo – 6151 Portage Road
  • Airway Lanes – 5626 Portage Rd
  • Crossroads Mall(Carousel) – 6650 South Westnedge Ave
  • Jungle Joes* – 7255 South Sprinkle
  • Kids Gym* – 9027 Portage Industrial Drive
  • Portage Public Library *- 300 Library Lane
  • Skate Park – 9010 S Westnedge Ave (South Westnedge Park)

 

Battle Creek:

  • Binder Park Zoo – 7400 Division Dr
  • Leila Arboretum and Children’s Garden – 928 W. Michigan Ave

 

*Denotes a toddler specific playtime/story time


Great Toddler Parks in the Greater Kalamazoo Area

Portage:

  • Central Park: 7800 Shaver Rd
  • Lakeview Park: 9345 Portage Rd
  • Ramona Park and Beach: 8600 South Sprinkle Road
  • Shrier Park: 850 West Osterhout Ave

Kalamazoo:

  • Oshtemo Park: 7273 West Main Street
  • Upjohn Park: Lake and Walter Street

Galesburg:

  • River Oaks Park and Splash Pad: 9202 East Michigan Ave (M-96)

Paw Paw:

  • Kids Paradise: 200 S Liberty St.

Lawton:

  • Chancy Lewis Park: 520 S Main St (M-40)

Choosing a Stroller

Choosing A Stroller for You Multiples

There is no perfect stroller for all multiples. Families must decide which features are most important for their use. When shopping, consider this:

  • Most Strollers are constructed for babies four months of older
  • Look for strength. After all, it must carry two or more children.
  • Look for larger wheels for a more comfortable ride.
  • Consider sacrificing economy to gain safety, comfort, and durability. Parents of multiples tend to use strollers longer than parents of single born children.
  • Consider the weight of the stroller and the ease of loading it into your vehicle.

 

Types of Strollers

  • Convertible stroller: For babies, not as convenient for toddlers
  • Side by side: A separate area for each baby. Size is twice as wide as single strollers. May not fit through aisles or doorways.
  • Tandem: Face to face seating, sharing leg room or one in front of the other. Narrow enough to easily navigate through doorways

Info courtesy of Multiples of America