Why is Your Face Flat? Building an Inner Voice…

Over the past few months, my twins, H and H, have become more mobile, more vocal, and absolutely more expressive. They now have tones to their squeals when something is wrong, and also when something is right. For the better part of each day, they are so, so happy. Their laughter fills their playroom and their little smiles surface so easily. As a new parent, I am in awe of

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Must Have Items for Pumping Moms

Hi there, fellow pumpers! If you’re stopping by here, my guess is either that you’ve already started pumping and are dying to make it a better experience, or you’re an expecting mama who wants to be prepared. Pumping can be a tedious experience, so I’d like to share a few things with you that might make things a little easier. I’m now 10 months into my pumping journey for my twins and aside from just my breastpump, I’ve picked up a few items along the way to simplify things. For the last 7 months I’ve been

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Before You Grab Your Shopping Cart, Read This!

It was just another trip to Target, the “Mom” headquarters. As my Jeep made it’s way through the parking lot and passed the entrance to the store, I couldn’t find what I was looking for: the perfect parking space. The space near a double seated shopping cart, which would afford me enough space for my 10 month old twins, as well as my purchases. Out of luck, I pulled into a random space, whipped out my stroller, buckled my babies in, and off I went. On my list that day was a large box of diapers and a

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Must Have Items for Newborns (and Twins!)

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Let me guess…when you found out you where having twins, you freaked out a little right? Me too. Our twins are our first babies, so whether there was one, two, or ten babies, I wasn’t sure what sort of gear or items I would need. After searching Pinterest, Google, and giving my mom pals the 3rd degree, my husband and I were able to gather everything we needed, without accumulating an excess of unnecessary items. Not only did this save us money, but it also saved us space in our home, and time!

Our babies are now almost 10 months old, so I’ve compiled a list of our must-have items that

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5 Tips to Help Increase Milk Supply

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Let’s face it, the struggle can get real. For the first 5 months, my identical twin boys were breastfed and bottle fed with expressed milk. As they got bigger, the whole tandem breastfeeding deal got a little more difficult, and as they got more mobile, it was harder to burp one, while the other was still on the nipple. So, with those challenges, on top of a transatlantic move, we decided that exclusively pumping would be the way to go. That way, my husband and I could both feed the boys, and it would make

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5 Tips to Help Introduce Dog to Baby


When Derrick and I first found out that we would be bringing home a couple of new family members, one of our immediate concerns was how the babies and pets would get along. Our cats have a tendency to tiptoe around anything new, so we weren’t too worried about them. Our dog, Oly, on the other hand, is young, exciteable, and curious. She is also a little bit “fumbly” and leans toward the clueless side. Lucky for us though, she is a fast learner. So, we wanted to make a point out to

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One Pregnancy, Two Deliveries

When we first found out that we were having twins, I searched all over the internet for information about twin deliveries. Would I likely be scheduled for a c-section? Would I just go into labor spontaneously? Where do babies come from anyway? Kidding. Really though, nothing could prepare me for going into labor with Hudson and Hunter. In a previous post, I had spared you all the details of my delivery of the twins who are now almost 8 months old. While I’m going to leave out most of the gore and the minor information, I’ll let you all in on

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On Having Babies in the NICU…


Those of you who have read our first blog post are aware that Hudson and Hunter were NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) babies. When I started this blog, I knew that I would eventually share a few thoughts on our NICU experience, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to say. In the future, I may elaborate further, but for now, I wanted to share what it felt like to have babies in the NICU, as a first time mom.

Our twins were born near 33.5 weeks, a little early, but not incredibly premature. I’ll spare you the details (for now!) on the shenanigans of my delivery and just tell you that

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What “Mom Brain” Has Done to Me…

The causes of the chaos…or just two little old men.

Many of you out there may have heard of something called “mom brain,” or “pregnancy brain.” It is often characterized by the absent minded nonsense that a new mom, or pregnant mom, can get herself into. Is it real? Well, according to my good pal, Google, quite a few studies have proven it to be legit. There are still non-believers, but if we get on their side, then this will just seem like a list of things that prove I’m far below average in the intelligence area. 

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About The Ellen Show and Kindness…


It’s no secret that it takes one very small gesture, to put a big smile on someone’s face. As some of you may know, we’re currently living in a hotel as we attempt to close on a house. We’ve been here for two months now and are seeking the light at the end of the tunnel. Things can get a little hectic with a family of five (yes, our dog is included) sharing a hotel room. Our babies have been teething and babying around with their little baby selves, so they’ve been a little upset. On Thursday, Hunter was irritable, on Friday, it was Hudson. My free moments were few and far between, my mood was bitchy and negative down and I was worried about our home inspection and every other thing that has gone wrong since arriving from Germany.

On Friday afternoon, after finally

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