During my first pregnancy, from the moment those two lines appeared on the little plastic stick, I meticulously documented everything. I kept a detailed pregnancy journal, and then I kept a detailed journal of every day with my newborn.
Yeah, it’s a bit intense, but I can tell you something my son did for almost each of his first 365 days out of the womb. I made a photo book that’s at least 50 pages long … and it covers his FIRST TWO MONTHS. The back of this album ominously and optimistically states “to be continued.” (His next album starts when he’s 4 and covers his whole year from age 4 to 5 … who knows what he looked like from 2 months until 3 years!)
Needless to say, if I wondered when or if my son got a certain immunization, what weight he was at a given age or how many times he pooped when he was 12 days old, I could flip through my notes and find that info. I had every intention of maintaining this record-keeping rigour with my daughter. Her first photo album spans her first six months rather than two—not too shabby—but I still struggle with her birthdate and have completely forgotten the time of birth and birthweight of BOTH of my kids.
My ability to mentally record-keep for my kids is going downhill fast with a brood of just two. Within the next two months (if I’m being honest, hopefully within the month), I will have DOUBLE THE KIDS. And already, #thestruggleisreal.
But help is on the way! With twins, they call the twin closest to your cervix “Twin A” (aka “he who shall be born first”) and the other one “Twin B” (aka “he who shall always be known as the younger one”). But sometimes they switch it up and call them “Fetus 1” and “Fetus 2.” And at one point, different ultrasound techs got A and B mixed up, so for a while Twin A was Twin B on paper and vice versa. Sometimes the tech gets mixed up WHILE doing the ultrasound and will make a comment about Twin B when she clearly means Twin A. Confused yet?
The TELUS Baby Health App
Lucky for me, I can now take control of my failing memory by inputting information for my boys into the new TELUS Baby Health app, available for iOS and Android. (Of course, I have to remember to do the inputting … ) Fun fact, my ob-gyn’s office computers also run on the TELUS Health platform!
This app has seven important features:
- A growth tracker
- An immunization record
- A medications record
- Emergency contacts database
- Developmental milestones memory bank
- Personalized articles for all of baby’s ages and stages
The growth record will be of special importance to me since it will chart my boys’ height, weight and head circumference, so I can make sure they’re on the right track. My twins are definitely at risk for preterm birth and other minor complications … certainly more so than my singletons were. I am receiving an infant scale for review on the blog, so I’ll be able to closely track their weights even without going to the clinic.
I may have diligently kept a journal for almost a year for my firstborn, but I don’t think I made it more than a month with my second. I’m unlikely to ever put pen to paper in a baby book for the twins, so the milestone tracker will be a quick way for me to record all those amazing firsts, times two! Then, when they’re 16 and arguing about who was the more advanced baby, I can settle their argument with some cold, hard facts.
The only thing missing from the app is some kind of retinal or fingerprint scanner in case I forget which of my twins is which. (Look, it happened on Full House so it could happen to me.)
TELUS Partners with The Baby Box Co.
I don’t have a clue what newborn twin sleep habits will be like, but I do have a plan for where to put them safely to sleep! The Baby Box Co. provides families with a free box that doubles as baby’s first bed! (Yes, it even comes with a mattress and mattress cover!) TELUS has partnered with The Baby Box Co. to help support Canadian babies from day one.
To receive your own Baby Box, all you need to do is complete a 5-minute Baby Box University course! Easiest (and cheapest) post-secondary degree ever! I picked up two Baby Boxes earlier this year at an event in Calgary: you can either pick up your box near you or have it shipped (cost varies). The program is rolling out in Quebec, too, as I spied some pick-up events in Montreal on my Facebook feed recently!
TELUS Donates $5 to Make-a-Wish® Canada for new accounts
From now until November 2018, when you sign up for the TELUS Health App, TELUS will make a donation of $5 to Make-a-Wish® Canada! (Up to a maximum of $10,000.)
Disclosure: I have partnered with YMC and TELUS Health and have received compensation for this post. All opinions in the post are my own.