Parenting brings lots of big life decisions (babysitters, sleep schedules), but most of parenthood really seems to be made up of smaller everyday moments (breakfasts, baths, haircuts, lullabies). So, it's inspiring to hear about times when parents come up with an awesome everyday idea and just nail it. Today I'll be sharing three of these!
First up: The way my friend Sharon named her identical twin boys...
"One thing I dreaded about having identical twins was answering the question 'Who's who?' a trillion times," said Sharon. "My husband and I could tell them apart the first day week they were born, but what about relatives who saw them only a few times a year? Teachers at preschool? What about when their backs were toward me? I wanted a foolproof system...Then around the first year, something amazing happened: They grew hair. That's when I figured out my Who's Who Solution: Longer hair, longer name. Oscar will always have longer hair. Owen shorter. Until the boys protest, this is the system I'm sticking to."
Isn't that smart? Whenever we hang out with them (every week or two), I always know who's who, and I don't have to ask each boy, "Which one are you?" which would be a drag, especially to a little dude who's figuring out his own personality and individuality.
Pop quiz: In the photos below, can you tell Oscar and Owen apart?
Do you have identical twins? Or know any? Have you heard any other solutions to telling identical twins apart? What baby names are you loving these days? (My twin sister and I are not identical, so our parents didn't have to worry about it.)
P.S. More Motherhood Mondays posts, including the top 100 baby names of 2011...
(Photos by Sharon//NYC Taught Me)