Hello my fellow pvmom’s, my name is Shannon and I’m our new mommy blogger. I am a native ‘Zoni that has lived all across the globe, most recently Dubai and San Francisco to relocate back to be closer to family. Both my husband and I are entrepreneurs and have 21 month old boy/girl twins named Dermot and Amelie. It takes a village as we all can attest and my #twinmomtribe has come to the rescue many a times to save my sanity. I hope this little monthly slice into our lives brightens yours! (photos courtesy of Mama Shannon)
To piggy back off our January meeting with, Megan McNamee from Feeding Littles, I would love to shed light on our feeding journey with 21 month old boy/girl twins. I’m sure you hear it, or you yourself say it, but my husband and I are foodies. Food is important coming from my husband's Italian background and our extensive expat life living abroad - we LOVE spice and different ethnic cuisines.
Food was a hot topic for us from conception (I kid you not) as we had been a practicing Paleo family where I diverted away, due to needing to gain weight for the twins. Our only examples for feeding kids was watching our friends and family members with at least half of them struggling through major food battles, having to “kiddify” every meal item or not even stepping foot into a restaurant because the kids wouldn't eat anything off the menu (this made me shiver in my boots while we were still living in San Francisco surrounded by unbelievable food). The icing on the cake was watching my sister cook three different meals for my nephew on a family holiday because he wouldn’t eat what was offered to the entire group (every single meal). Not only did I want to squash food battles before they happened, there was no way I would have the time or energy to become a short order cook for TWINS! No way. This was our #1 reason to approach this topic early on and learn as much as we could to set ourselves up for success. We were prepared for the twins to have completely different tastes, deal with textures differently and go through phases where they were picky. For us, it was the importance of eating meals as a family, eliminating distraction at the table and offering tasty, textured, healthy food options that divert away from the typical “white foods” for kids.
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