Thursday 20/4 to Saturday 20/5: Happy Anniversary, honey!

Ten years already. It has been ten years since we first met, and this hard twin blessing wouldn't be with us without those first moments. Here are the circumstances: Elizabeth - Erin at the time - had finished her nanny appointment in Paris and was travelling accross Czechoslovakia to meet her remote family. Meanwhile, Gontran and a few friends had decided where to spend their week-end by tossing a coin. Because of a congress downtown Prague, the boys had rented the last vacant room in the last available hotel. At one time, Gontran walked down at the reception and found that pretty young girl carrying a huge backpack being refused a place to sleep. And with ze French accent: "You know Mademoiselle, we have the last room in town. It is a room for ten, and we are only four. If that doesn't bother you, feel free to share it with us..." And she came! A few minutes later, she was writing in her diary that this French boy would be the man of her life... And, that's it, folks. The story doesn't say what happened after.

Well, well, well. Let's come back to fresher news, now. Gontran's parents had rented a house for the whole family for the May 1st week-end in France. It was our first visit in Le Touquet, a cute town in north of France. The city is also called "Paris Plage", for being the coastal Rendez-Vous of all the chic Parisian people. And we effectively saw boys in Porshes, "CHCP" teenage girls (Carre Hermes, Collier de Perles) and older parents meeting their old acquaintances while walking down the shopping street. But our point was spending some time together, and we did so. The kids loved the shrimp-fishing afternoon. Everybody loved the shrimp dinner. And we enjoyed the driving (more than ten hours due to Shuttle congestion and a car battery failure)


In the laundry basket

bullet Theo loves his security blanket. I will never forget the smile and happiness he showed when I presented him with the blanket for the first time. He knew what it was for at the first sight.
bullet Madeline got her first tooth and she doesn't like every one to come and check it out. Three weeks later, it really sticks out... alone!
bullet They have both discovered drinking water. It all hapenned when their grandma de Quillacq presented them with a glass of water. They drank and drank again (the T-shirts also). The sippy cup is now Madeline's favourite way of drinking water. Theo prefers drinking in a glass. He finds the sippy cup so pleasantly noisy when it falls from the high chair!
bullet Madeline is queen of communication. She can say "No, no, no" with head movements. By strumming her lips with her fingers she can express "be be be be" sounds. She can also growl like a mad dog and hiss like a cat.
bullet Madeline suffers from separation anxiety. We do too.
bullet Both kids had the flu. They are so cute with they runny nose, so quiet when they wake up at 2 AM sweating with fever. They are feeling better now, and start to eat again
bullet Theo has to wear shoes when he is in his door jumper, or else he ends up with little rug burns on his toes. Actually, he has already worn a pair out.
bullet We have to give Theo a toy during the meals. Distracted by the toy he mechanically opens his mouth when presented with the spoon. Madelines now eats nicely everything you offer to her. They must they have exchanged their roles, as we used to have Theo eating quietly while Madeline was usually not hungry, or "playful". They are both trying to understand "finger food." Theo prefers to scoop up a handful of cheerios and shove it all in his mouth. Madeline is very precise, picking up a single cheerio, examining it carefully and they putting it delicately in her mouth. But that's it for Madeline--for the rest of the food she uses the highchair as an easel for her food-art that she smears around.

The best for the end: Elizabeth is in the newspaper.

A journalist from the Times came to one of the Twins Club meeting. Two weeks later, Elizabeth and the bouts-de-chous are on the main picture of the week-end page. The Times'article quoted of course the founder of the club, but Elizabeth as much:

Elizabeth de Quillacq, the mother of seven-month-old twins Madeline and Theodore, joined the group when she was six months pregnant. "I was a human resources manager of 2000-plus people and I thought 'How hard can two babies be?'. I was in a dream. I thought the babies would sleep all day and I'd write a book in my spare time," says Elizabeth.


Madeline and Theo (left) were at their best.

"But a few days after the twins were born I was in a total mess. Kathy, who I'd only met once, came over and hugged me for half an hour. The next thing I knew, another club member showed up with dummies and someone else with a stroller. I realised it wasn't only me who felts as if they were breaking down."

de Quillacq now takes all pregnant members under her wings and doles out twins tips like a pro - if one baby wakes at night always wake the other and feed both instead of retreating to bed only to be woken again an hour later; be sure to contact local colleges offering NNEB courses as most student nursery nurses will be required to do free placement in one home.

Isn't that great? She is such a great mom!