Category: twins

In Sickness and In Health

IT HAS BEEN A MONTH. Our boy started feeling lousy and also somehow hurt his wrist. A few days later, his fever was spiking and at the urging of our neighbor and trusted confidant for all things kids, we went to urgent care. We had them both swabbed and sure enough, TWIN STREP THROAT. Twins... Read more »

The Magic of Five Year Old Twins on Their Birthday

I’ve written one of these birthday posts every year now for five years. For some reason, this one feels like the closing of a chapter. Five feels like we are entering kid territory. We are past babies, we are past toddlers, we have kids now. I’ll save you the trouble and say THEY ARE SO BIG... Read more »

Oh to be a Fly on the Wall at School Picture Day

Why didn’t any of you tell me about picture day? I mean we all had picture day growing up and have the terrible awkward adorable pictures to show for it, but come on.  I remember the combs.  The combs in the blue barbicide that they always had hanging around on picture day.  Inevitably, my mom would... Read more »
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Learning how to hurt and then how to heal at age 4 and 44

There’s a pattern to their fights. To their skirmishes. To their kerfuffles. They are four. They are twins. They wrestle and touch each other CONSTANTLY until it gets to be too much and somebody snaps. When they push each other down and call each other names and maybe even bust out an I HATE YOU, I... Read more »

19 Sweaty Yet Joyful Things to do in Chicagoland (or anywhere) with Children

Here’s the truth.  We go on a lot of adventures.  This summer in particular because I have a ton of vacation time that I need to use from work or I lose it, so, yes – we go on a lot of adventures.  And there is a lot of sweating because it is HOT.  I... Read more »

Bedtime Stalling 101

The best part of the Bedtime Stalling 101 Technique is that I CAN HEAR THEM PLOTTING ON THE MONITOR BEFORE THEY COME DOWN TO MY BEDROOM (where I am – within two minutes of their bedtime – fully set up in bed with snacks and Netflix roaring). So I have about 30 seconds each time... Read more »
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Because Boys Can Be Ballerinas Too: Expectations of Gender Roles in Small Children

I really didn’t think expectations of gender roles in small children was a big issue but after posting a picture of my kids on a twins forum where both my 4 year old girl AND boy happened to have a barrette in their hair, I was asked this question recently regarding my kids and how they... Read more »

Holding Hands - Shots of Hope to Carry Us Through

When you need a buddy.
Holding hands. Such a simple act. A touch. A reassurance. A reminder that someone is here. A shot of hope. A jolt of courage. Of love – pure love. This is where I find my hope today. Maybe you too can garner some hope and love here. This is the we. Stronger than fear. Stronger... Read more »

Wear the Costumes, Save the Day

I admit it. I was hesitant. I thought that they should be wearing their costumes only at home and for certain “costume appropriate” occasions. But I’ve come around as they frequently dive into their costume bin from grandma and friends who keep sending us hand me down costumes. I mean, when is a costume NOT appropriate?... Read more »
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Hard Work Makes a Mother

“Hard work makes a mother. We like to think something magical happens at birth, and for some it does. But the real magic is keeping on, when all you want to do is run.” From Call the Midwife – one of the most incredible shows I’ve ever watched. I didn’t have that magic right away... Read more »