Battle of the Bulge: Month Four Update

So technically, this is more like month four and a half since I missed the update on the 15th with everything going on. I must say, my Weight Watchers journey has been an interesting one this time. My weight has fluctuated up and down at random intervals. I technically only have 3.4 pounds to my […]

Conversations with my three year old about Cerebral Palsy

Right now I’m holding my breath waiting for the first time Ella asks me why she’s different and what that means. I’ve become teary eyed reading others’ accounts of these talks, but we still have some time before that happens. Buds, on the other hand is three and knows what’s up. He’s smart and empathetic. […]

What does special needs mean, anyway?

I’ve thought about the term “special needs” a lot since the girls were born. As a social worker, I’ve worked with kids and adults with all kinds of levels of functioning and with every type of concern or difficulty you could imagine. I’ve never liked labels. I don’t think social workers should identify anyone or […]

Please pardon my chaotic life

So this post may sound like a long list of excuses, but I feel it’s owed given my long absence.   After getting back from the trip, I was sick, then celebrated our belated Mother’s Day since I missed it, then started a new job and have been working long days and not getting home til […]

Kids are the worst

I just got back yesterday from a week away in London and Paris. (Hence my unusual quietness on the blog front.) Aside from the trip being awesome, it was the first time I was away from the kids, and it made me realize something;  kids are the worst. I mean, think about it. They ruin […]

We’re 16 months old!

Ok, so technically the girls are 16 months minus one day, but I am currently sitting in the airport waiting to board a flight to London, so wanted to make sure I got their update done before I left. Misses Ella and Raegan are both 19 pounds, 30 inches. It’s actually hard to believe they’re […]

How far we have come, though not far enough

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of Holland. A day special to our family as my maternal grandfather fought for the liberation of Holland in World War two. This year also marks his 90th birthday, which means before the age of twenty, he was fighting to protect others that he had never met,  […]

Is There Still a “Me” in There? Defining Myself as More Than a Mom of Three – Twiniversity

One of my friends and I have known each other since we were five, and we still joke that it feels like I’ve always had kids. Honestly, it sometimes is hard to remember life pre-kids. Like, what did I do with all my time?? It can be hard to find the time to do things […]

Man, this parenting crap is hard

You know, I’m not sure if this gets said enough, but this parenting crap is hard. Like, really hard. This week has been rough. Transitioning Ella with the babysitter and seeing her so upset was brutal. I have to practically hold myself back from running to her and giving her giant smooches to feel better. […]