I Held Your Hand

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When you were small, I held your hand and protected you from harm.  When you were hurt I held your hand and brushed away the tears. When you were sick I held your hand and kissed your flushed red cheek. When you were scared I held your hand and told you not to fear. When you prayed I held your hand as you voiced your thoughts to God. When you slept I held your hand to keep bad dreams … [Read more...]

The Luckiest Teddy Bear

The twins each have a comfort item that they take to bed at night and carry with them in the car. Emily has two, actually: A stuffed puppy dog and a baby doll. She gives a lot of kisses, so it takes two dolls to be on the receiving end of her affections. Madeline has one very treasured bear. It was once white with a red sweater and two jingle bells sew onto his scarf. Many years ago, when it was … [Read more...]

Baby #4 Gender Reveal

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And baby #4 is a… Nope, I’m not telling yet! And no fair scrolling down to the end of the post! I’ve got my eye on you… Let me start by saying that my husband and I are ok with baby #4 being either a boy or a girl. Of course, we just want a strong and healthy baby. But in my heart I really want a boy. Our big kid is mine from before we were married, and together my husband and I have the … [Read more...]

We’re Big Girls Now! Weaning the Twins from Pacifiers

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It was time. My husband and I had talked about it for a while, but when we heard the pediatrician’s offhanded comment, “You should really think about taking those things away", we figured the time was now. I had my reasons: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents consider weaning their baby from a pacifier after one year (and our girls were past that age). I was starting to … [Read more...]

Surviving the First Weeks of Twin Babies

  Congratulations! Your twins are here! … Now what do you do with them? The arrival of twins can be a real reality check for parents. Even parents who have older children take some time adjusting to their new twin babies. Along with all the wonderful things about having twins comes just a smidgen of hardship. Your biggest challenge will be the tandem crying. Once you are on your own … [Read more...]

Make the Most of your Staycation

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Even though the days are technically longer, they seem to fly by when you’re not working. Projects at home, no matter how important they seem, can eat away at your valuable leisure time. Don’t let your summer vacation get away from you! Here are some suggestions to help you make the most of your summer staycation. Spend some time outdoors, everyday! Picnics, parks, local hikes, and bike … [Read more...]

House Dreams

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Up until 7 years ago, my son and I moved around a lot. We had previously lived with roommates, a boyfriend (huge mistake), my parents, my grandma, and his dad. We moved 3 times in one year. I had a steady job as a waitress, a second job as a substitute teacher, and was going to college. I was trying to do the best I could for my son with the little skills and resources I had. Yet as “normal” as … [Read more...]

Crayons Are For Paper!

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We were so excited when the twins showed an interest in coloring. We started by giving them the backs of old papers to color on. Then we found a bunch of $1 coloring books at Wal Mart. Score! At that point, their love of coloring really grew. They soon found out that the crayons work on other stuff, not just paper. I was hoping to paint the walls in our apartment this summer. We’ve been living … [Read more...]

Twins Talk to Each Other!

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… And sometimes it ain’t in English. These two will chat away with one another in some secret baby babble that only they understand. One morning they sat in front of the toy shelf, pointing at something and chatting away. Then one of them reached up and took a stuffed bunny off the shelf. They both laughed and took turns giving it kisses. Like that was the plan all along. Sometimes they are just … [Read more...]

Why is Forgiveness so Hard?

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Quietly murmuring to one another, the class of second-grade students rose from their desks and met with their assigned reading buddies. After discussing where they would read together, they sat criss-cross on the floor and each partner took turns reading. The students were used to reading with an assigned partner and usually they treated each other respectfully. But today, for some reason, Cara … [Read more...]