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I wrote in my Read a little, Talk a little post that I had been hearing that 18 months was the big month in which speech would increase dramatically for kids, and that I was skeptical. Well, here I am…with my tail between my legs…because months 18-20 have been huge for speech development with P&G. Their vocabularies have quadrupled and then some. At 20 months, they will repeat (or attempt to) almost any word I ask them to (and often when… Read more »

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Earlier this week I decided to change it up and trade our usual, boring afternoon snack in for a fun afternoon snacktivity. Yep, I just made up a word. Sounds good, I’m going with it. We made Monster Tongues (also known as marshmallow pinwheels) and I let my two miniature sous chefs help me. I really enjoy baking, but since having kids it’s become a lot more challenging to keep up with this hobby. If I try to bring P&G into the kitchen with… Read more »

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P&G have had a love/hate relationship with their pacifiers. I still remember the very first night they were wheeled into my postpartum recovery room after their initial NICU stay. My husband and I were kept awake that night by G’s Maggie Simpson-esque sucking noises. Her purple Soothie pacifier was almost as big as her head, and had clearly become something of a security blanket already in her first three days of life. But sometime after we brought them home from… Read more »

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I knew that the term “terrible twos” was loosely used to describe the toddler years. But I wasn’t anticipating that this phase would already have arrived by 18 months. The hallmark of the terrible twos is the (terrible) tantrum. P hasn’t had a full-blown tantrum yet, but G has. Almost everyday at the moment.     Our sweet G loves to give hugs. She’s like my best friend, always running up to me with a smile and launching herself into… Read more »

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Breastfeeding can be a polarizing topic. I was hesitant to even broach it here because it has the tendency to provoke visceral responses from people. Myself included. I still remember the time I was chatting with someone who had had a child around the same time I did. We were discussing breastfeeding and I asked how long she thought she would continue to do it. She responded, “Well they say you should do it for a year, so…”. I’m not going to speculate on whether there… Read more »

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It’s been 6 months since P&G turned one. So it’s probably about time to post about their first birthday party, yea? Actually, what prompted me to finally write this is that my friend Meredith’s Twin Talk Blog is celebrating it’s birthday today and hosting a linkup for bloggers to post about their kids’ first birthday parties. It’s a super sweet way to celebrate and I am happy to support my good friend and her awesome blog, as well as get some pictures up (finally)… Read more »

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Before I had kids, I remember thinking it was sort of silly that parents would describe their one-and-a-half-year old as 18 months, or their 2-year-old as 24 months when asked their age. It didn’t make sense until I became a parent, when I started to tick everything off a little mental checklist that inches along each month as my kids get older and progress in development. Baby clothes are described by months and age-requirements for kids’ classes and programs as well, so… Read more »

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This year has been one of the most challenging as well as one of the most fulfilling years of my life. The best thing about it, no question, has been my role as a mom. But there’s always room to learn and grow–and looking ahead at 2015, I have set a few goals to become better (but not perfect…more on that later): Compare less. This is so hard with twins. It was fun at first to compare P&G. When they were… Read more »

I talk an awful lot about how exhausting it is to raise twins. And it seems like every time I browse the Internet for interesting mom-topic articles, I come across a slew of them about how under-appreciated SAHMs are, and how we’re doing the work of 20 for free. Woe is me. (Cue It’s a hard-knock life). It’s easy to point out the challenges of stay-at-home-motherhood because, well…there are many. I’m the first to admit it (see here, here, and here). I often wish that I had… Read more »

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My first Mother’s Day has me thinking about how grateful I am. To have two healthy babies. To feel the warmth and love that I do when they look up at me and smile. It also has me thinking about being a daughter. It’s an interesting perspective–experiencing Mother’s Day from the vantage point of both mother and child, as the giver and the recipient of gratitude and appreciation (mostly from my husband since my children are still infants). I named my daughter after… Read more »