Child Care

All the Twins Questions. Answered.

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Ever since we found out we’re having twins, I am asked the same series of questions by multiple people every.single.day. I’m not bothered – after all, people are curious and caring. And, as my grandma told me, people LOVE twins. When I first told her I was expecting twins she burst out laughing! She gave [...]


Always.

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I dropped Evie off at her first sleepaway camp yesterday. Much to my surprise, a few months ago she decided she wanted to spend a few nights away from home and on her own. I am proud of my first born – she stepped out of her comfort zone to try something new. She was [...]


Mocktail on the Balcony

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I am so grateful for Chris. While I’ve been shuffling through this pregnancy, he’s been busy taking care of life around the house. No small task is going undone – broken window blind: replaced, mismatched door handle: replaced, rusty front fence: repainted, broken towel rack: fixed. Much to the kids dismay, he often employs them [...]


Summer Day

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Summer officially started for our family (and Mother Nature) this week, and we couldn’t be happier. After a cloudy, rainy day on Wednesday, today’s PERFECT summer weather demanded that we spend the day outdoors. I couldn’t have been more happy to oblige. One of the many reasons I never want to leave the city is [...]


Homemade Lip Gloss For Little Girls (or Little Boys)

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I was a women’s studies minor in college, and during that time I developed a rather fierce conviction that boys and girls should be treated equally. As a mother, this has served me quite well, as all my kids have equal (yet age-appropriate) responsibilities and expectations within our family and home. When they were babies, [...]


Lay Off!

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By now, anyone who spends even a minute on social media has seen the news report about the 4 year old who fell into the gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo. At the end of the terrifying ordeal, a 17-year-old, 400-pound male lowland gorilla, was shot and killed by the zoo’s dangerous animal response team. And [...]


24 Weeks and 1 Day

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By my very nature, I don’t like to make a fuss. I don’t like extra drama. I don’t like asking for help. But, late last week I had to put all that aside when our twins tried to make their grand arrival. At 24 weeks and 1 day. I woke up Friday morning not feeling [...]


Homemade Heating Pad

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Now at 23 weeks along in my pregnancy with twins, I’m feeling the aches and pains I felt when I was 33 weeks with the first four babies. Perhaps the most nagging is the round ligament pain, a burning, searing, jabbing sensation on the left side of my lower belly. At times it is almost [...]


Just One? Not Quite.

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I KNEW it. I knew all along it was twins. From the moment I found out I was pregnant, I knew it. Just ask Chris if you don’t believe me! This pregnancy felt different from day one – I found out I was pregnant weeks earlier than I did with the other four, I’m more [...]


In Defense of Large Families, Part II

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Last week I announced on Homemade Mothering’s Facebook page the impending arrival of our fifth (yes, fifth) bundle of joy. I want my small corner of the internet to be a place of encouragement and kindness, so reading everyone’s lovely words of congratulations really made my heart swell. It feels good to be surrounded by [...]


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