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Lesson 95: You don’t always have to intervene

Lesson 95: You don’t always have to intervene

S tends to be the muscle of the twins. He weighs more, he’s further along in physical development, and he’s faster. He’s also not afraid to go after what he wants. B is pretty easy going, so it tends to set the stage for S to take whatever he wants, while B just moves on […]

Lesson 94: Start ’em young

Lesson 94: Start ’em young

Last night I posted this picture on Facebook: I commented that after dinner J got up, went into the kitchen, and started washing the dishes. We didn’t ask him to do it, he just did it. And while he was washing, he told us that this was now his job. He said, “I’m going to […]

IVF, Personhood, and a Story of Infertility

IVF, Personhood, and a Story of Infertility

I don’t have an exciting infertility story. You probably didn’t even know we struggled with infertility. Although since we have twins, you’ve wondered. Some of you have even asked me in your own polite way. Were you surprised? Do twins run in your family? Did you know you were having twins? I do have a […]

Lesson 92: Babies shouldn’t wine

Lesson 92: Babies shouldn’t wine

I turn my back for 5 seconds… The kid has gone a little too far with the baby led weaning. Save Save Save Save Save Save

It’s not a va-jay-jay. It’s a vagina.

It’s not a va-jay-jay. It’s a vagina.

To all my friends and acquaintances who agree so wholeheartedly that the Women’s March isn’t their march, that only women who hate men participated, that women have equal rights in this country… Are you even familiar with the Mission and Vision of the Women’s March? Or did you just jump on your soapbox and make […]

Lesson 90: Let it go.

Lesson 90: Let it go.

With my first baby, I was all-organic, all the time (not really, but I was pretty picky about his food). With these guys, I’m like, “Here. Have some puffs.” And then I watch them crawl around the floor, fighting it out. It’s like hunting and gathering, so really I’m teaching them a life skill. Save […]

As we approach this holiday season…just say no.

As we approach this holiday season…just say no.

This was originally published back in December, 2013. I’m happy to say that we have stood our ground and feel as strong as ever: Just. Say. No. I hate Elf on the Shelf. I despise Elf on the Shelf. I openly mock my friends who participate in Elf on the Shelf. It’s not just the commercialism of […]

Why you (yes YOU) should support Planned Parenthood

Why you (yes YOU) should support Planned Parenthood

I’m talking to everybody when I say, it’s in our best interest to support Planned Parenthood. If you’re pro-choice, I know you’re probably already on board with that, so you can go ahead and skip to the bottom where I’ll tell you a few ways you can help. If you’re not pro-choice, you’re a tough […]

Lesson 88: Consider (real life) Baby-Led Weaning

Lesson 88: Consider (real life) Baby-Led Weaning

I don’t think I would have been comfortable doing Baby-Led Weaning (BLW) with my oldest son because I was worried about everything—too much, really. I’m much more relaxed this time around, which I hear is pretty normal. I don’t know if I should attribute it to not being a first time mom, or to having […]

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