The Grocery Store Becomes A Vacation After You Have A Baby

Out of habit, I took one last glance in the mirror as I grabbed my purse and headed out the door. I was pulling out of the driveway when a familiar feeling washed over me. As I sat idly at a red light, I realized that what I was feeling was adrenaline. Excitement. The feeling I used to get before I left my tiny condo and headed to a bachelorette party, a concert, or a first date many eons ago. But I wasn’t doing any of those things. I was going to the grocery store. Alone. ...more
I can't even begin to imagine having 3 babies at once! Funny post!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
sunnysideshlee Thank for your kind words. I appreciate it.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
LOL, my boys are 4, and I felt like I wrote this myself. LOVE IT!!!more

"Her Life Must Suck"

Going out alone with 18-month-old triplets is like herding squirrels in a nut factory. My kids are at that inconvenient age when they don’t like to be confined in a stroller and they can’t be trusted to walk directly anywhere. Unless it’s dangerous....more
wow.  That's sad.  I have two sets of twins, my life absolutely does not suck.  But once I was ...more

Don't feel sorry for me...

I see you looking at me as I herd my handful of kids into the supermarket.  I know that reaction well.  It usually goes like this: the eyebrows raise, then the eyes look down, and then either a silent whistle or a chuckle to oneself.  The body-language reflects the other all-too-common and maddening comments: “Better you than me.” “You got your hands full.”  “You’re a busy woman.” ...more

Terrified of Having Twins? 18 Pieces of Advice from a Mom Who has Been There

There will be easy days and there will be hard days. How you respond to them makes all the difference.People are going to ask you what you want for baby showers and the like. Ask for gifts of meals, help around the house or with holding babies so you can sleep/shower, and diapers. Trust me, you won’t regret it....more

Parenting Makes You Vulnerable

I took a deep breath and dialed the number. One, two, three rings and then, “Hello, you’ve reached First Steps, Kentucky’s Early Intervention Program.” I tried to do it right. I chose to stay home with them. I read to them every day. I waited to introduce television. I got down on their level and spoke with them constantly....more

A Letter to my Children

When you couple being a mom with being a perfectionist, the outcome is often a genuine case of mom guilt.  At least that's true for me.  I put a lot of pressure on myself to do things the "right way" and yet, I scarcely know what that is.  The parenting world is crammed with conflicting information; so I gather up as much as I can, filter, synthesize, and try to come up with something that looks like a strategy.  I make all of these goals, and inevitably, I fail.  Often....more

The Grocery Store Becomes A Vacation After You Have A Baby

Out of habit, I took one last glance in the mirror as I grabbed my purse and headed out the door. I was pulling out of the driveway when a familiar feeling washed over me. As I sat idly at a red light, I realized that what I was feeling was adrenaline. Excitement. The feeling I used to get before I left my tiny condo and headed to a bachelorette party, a concert, or a first date many eons ago. But I wasn’t doing any of those things. I was going to the grocery store. Alone. ...more
I can't even begin to imagine having 3 babies at once! Funny post!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
sunnysideshlee Thank for your kind words. I appreciate it.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