• Family,  Parenting

    Progress in Parenting

    I haven’t listened to the latest parenting podcast. I haven’t read the most recent hit how-to book on “being the best mom ever”. And I haven’t scrolled through the numerous posts on social media about why moms do (or don’t) have “mom guilt”, although I have certainly seen them before. And none of these are bad, in fact I’m sure many are really encouraging and insightful and I would like to catch up on it someday. But see, that’s the thing. I just don’t have time for that right now. All I know is that I’m on this rollercoaster called Motherhood that has it’s highs and lows (honestly mostly highs…

  • Family,  Parenting

    Baby Wearing – Ring Sling & Twingo Carrier Reviews

    The twins are 11 weeks old! Woohoo! So, I finally gave my Maya Wrap Ring Sling a try….and it’s kind of amazing. I watched a couple of YouTube videos and learned how to thread the ring, put on the sling, and place the baby. It was magical to be holding my baby hands-free!  Now I just need to figure out how to wear it with twins…  Update: I never wore the ring sling with 2 babies. I just felt like it was too experimental with precious little bodies to keep snug and secure!   So instead….behold the TWINGO carrier. It’s seriously a lifesaver! The twins are nearly 14 months old…

  • Family,  Parenting

    Twin Birth Story

    Well, it’s a month later, but the details on the birth of my 2 girls are as clear as ever, due to one main reason: C-section. The day had come and labor had not…I was at 38 weeks. The doctors did not want to wait any longer to get these babies out (just the protocol for twins at Duke University Hospital), and so the date had been set for December 11, 2018 for either induction of natural delivery if baby ‘A’ on bottom was in a head-down position OR Cesarean section if she was still breech or transverse. The frustrating part for me up until that point was that she…

  • Family,  Parenting

    A Year In Review: First Time Parent Advice

    THURSDAY THOUGHTS  So, we’ve had a couple of soon-to-be-parents friends ask us lately how we did things (i.e. how we all happily survived) with Little C this past year (she will be the big ONE in a couple of weeks!), so the hubster and I came up with a general list of items we found most useful (some are obvious essentials) and also certain practices we implemented. We hope any expecting parents who stumble upon this list, find at least one thing useful. Every bit helps 🙂  And of course, we will probably remember something as soon as I post this, so I will try to keep it updated. Also,…

  • Family,  Food,  Parenting

    Homemade Baby Food

    Hello hello! I’ve been meaning to write about my super simple baby food making process for a loooong time. So here goes: Homemade Baby Food {read notes at bottom before beginning!} Buy some vegetables (broccoli, green beans, beets, sweet potatoes, carrots, peas, etc!). Wash produce thoroughly, chop into chunks and then steam on stove for approx 8-10 min. Transfer some water from the pot under your steamer basket to the blender and add the cooked veggies. Start the blender and puree the veggies at a slow speed to see how thick the consistency is. Increase amount of liquid to reach desired consistency (depending on the age and preference of your baby).…

  • Parenting

    Cloth Diapering Update

    Okay, so I’ve been using cloth diapers steadily for 2 weeks or so now….and let’s just say that I have learned a thing or two…or three or four 😜   This is a review of my experiences thus far; what I have found to work (or not work). I’m not sure the best way to summarize, so I’ll just go ahead and ramble away…   First, I got a few {much needed} recommendations from an experienced cloth diapering friend and went ahead and bought the following….I’ll break it down for those not-familiar-with-the-CD-(see what I did there, hehe)-lingo readers here (since it definitely all sounded like jibberish to me at first!):…

  • Family,  Parenting

    Saying “Yes”

    I recently came across this photograph and quote by Marjorie Hinckley regarding parenting: “whenever possible say yes, they are only kids once!” After reading this, I immediately reflected on the many times I have already seemingly needed to say (or at least think): “No!”, when it comes to parenting my curious little 9 month-old. And yet, I am grateful for this refreshing approach to indulging a child while still maintaining proper methods of discipline, or rather, “behavior training”, as I like to think of it. One example of me attempting to put this perspective into practice happened a week or so ago. Little C was at the adult bookshelf again…

  • Family,  Parenting

    To Love

    I often joke that I didn’t have tear ducts until I became a mother. Prior to Little C’s birth nearly 8 months ago, I wasn’t one to readily express emotion–at least through tears anyway. After giving birth, however, and experiencing such a degree of overwhelming love for this new baby, my baby…I haven’t been the same. I’m a new person. More compassionate, more sympathetic.  Even against my will, I love more easily. It’s more effortless–not always, but often. Early this morning an extended family member passed away.  I didn’t know him personally, but I wept. I wept not only because I’ve always sensed that he had a kind and gentle…