When You Meet Someone Who Also Lost a Twin Daughter

I recently became friends with a mother on my daughter’s cheerleading squad. There was an instant affinity between us, though we had little enough in common. She’s the mother of five; I have two. She works full time; I stay at home. She has an au pair (a real one, from a foreign country and everything); I don’t even know a neighborhood kid that I could call to babysit. But we bonded anyway, over the shrill yells, mistimed choreography, and the joy of watching our daughters be a part of a team. And one day, we bonded over something else. ...more
llcarmody Our personal experiences allow us to have empathy for others, and that's important-- ...more

It's Time to Learn the Truth: Things My Kids Need to Learn

My twins turn six in February. To me, that still isn’t “big kid” time. For some reason, I consider seven to be “holy shit, who are these big rotten kids in my house” time. ...more
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Are My Christmas Card Photos a Lie?

I have a confession. The Christmas cards currently lying on our kitchen table, half addressed and still needing stamps -- while lovely -- are a lie. Okay, maybe they are not completely a lie. They just don't tell the whole story. ...more
Awww, lovely piece. I have 4 year old twins, and understand completely. The other day, when one ...more

The Power of the Shelf Elf

I did something kinda bad last night.I made my kids cry, and deep inside, where my cockles are, it gave me a HUGE happy.They were being ROTTEN, and I WANTED them to cry.(Ok, in their defense, I didn't try to redirect them, or pay attention to them, or feed them, but STILL, acting like the end of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, is no bueno.)So, the Elf on the Shelf, named Shredder, has a lot of power in my house. At least for a minute or two. Telling the kids that Shredder is going to tell on them helps keep them in check for about 56.8 seconds....more

When You Meet Someone Who Also Lost a Twin Daughter

I recently became friends with a mother on my daughter’s cheerleading squad. There was an instant affinity between us, though we had little enough in common. She’s the mother of five; I have two. She works full time; I stay at home. She has an au pair (a real one, from a foreign country and everything); I don’t even know a neighborhood kid that I could call to babysit. But we bonded anyway, over the shrill yells, mistimed choreography, and the joy of watching our daughters be a part of a team. And one day, we bonded over something else. ...more
llcarmody Our personal experiences allow us to have empathy for others, and that's important-- ...more

Santa Gets Too Much Credit

As I'm looking through the 4,678,325 presents I've hoarded for my kids since June, I'm wondering why in the heck is Santa going to get all the credit? What has he done, really?Santa is fun, of course, and jolly. Oh, and he likes cookies, but who doesn't like cookies, really?...more

How to Have a Successful Newborn Photography Shoot, Plus Go Behind the Scenes

One of my favourite first memories of life with my twin girls was their incredible newborn photography shoot.  Anyone who is on the fence about doing a newborn photography shoot, trust me… do it!!!!!!  I actually hadn’t planned on doing one.  I was so focused on getting these little people out of my body and navigating life with four kids that I didn’t even bother setting one up....more

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My Kid Just Had a 20 Minute Tantrum

My 4 year old had a 20 minute tantrum.Over candy corn.I shit you not.I told him and his twin that they can have some candy corn when we got home from preschool. As soon as we walk in they start throwing question after question at me at once:"Can I watch TV?""Can I have candy corn?""Why is your hair so frizzy?""Why didn't you find my toy and I want a cookie, and I want to watch tv.""What smells in here? Did you fart again?"(no)"Can I have candy corn NOW?"...more

Oh, SH*T!!!

Thanks to my four year olds, everyone in the tri-state area, and their preschool knows that someone in my house swears. No big deal, right? It’s a normal reaction to stressful situations. Due to my cat-like grace and prowess I rarely hurt myself, but I have been known to simultaneously drop a can of tomato sauce on my foot, stand up in pain only to bang my head on the cupboard door, then trip over the pattern in the floor while reeling from the head injury....more

How many children lead to happiness?

People love to ask me if I'll have another child. (I try to look at that as a compliment to my awesome parenting skills and not as an invasion of privacy.) My answer is very diplomatic and a little enigmatic, in that we would love a second child if one came along, but we are not currently planning to have one....more

Introductions

Hello!Before I get started posting blogs about my life, I would like give you some background.I am 28 years, work full time at a family owned tax office, married with 3 boys.  ...more

Tips for POTS {Parents of Twins}

The day is finally here when you make your appointment to confirm your pregnancy. Depending on your particular situation, you either have another follow up visit because your HCG levels are a bit higher than a normal singleton pregnancy or you simply have a normal visit and you learn you are not having one baby but TWO. Imagine the surprise when you digest the fact that you will be planning to have almost two of everything. ...more