10 Firsts that Help You Believe You Are Indeed Pregnant

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It can be hard to believe you're pregnant, but these pregnancy firsts really leave no doubt or denial!

Every single time I see that positive sign on a pregnancy test, I can't believe I'm pregnant. Mostly because I haven't started feeling pregnant yet. It's also slightly unbelievable that my husband and I are actually capable of creating life and that that new life is now starting to grow inside of me! Yes, I know how it works, but it's still amazing. While I experience several early pregnancy symptoms, it still takes me a while to really feel pregnant, to feel like I'm not just gassy, bloated, and slightly nauseated. Those can happen to anyone, at any time! No, for a long time, despite fully knowing I am pregnant, I still ...

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Why Do Moms Obsess About this One Big Thing?

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SUCH a great post on motherhood! Being a mom is hard and we really do need to stop obsessing about this one thing!

I wanted children long before my first child was born. I longed to be a mom, to experience motherhood. I dreamed about holding my baby in my arms. Like many moms, when my children were born, each birth event was photographed and I cried (a few) tears of joy. Every moment holding my precious new babies was captured in those first pictures, and there was joy and amazement seen in my eyes. When I took the baby home, and sunk into the reality of being a mom, I realized it is not all cute nursery decor and the smell of baby wash. There are tough days, days that challenge me beyond any job I have ever done before. Even today, after ...

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How to Stop Twins From Hitting Each Other

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5+ Tips on how to stop twins from hitting each other. Great parenting tips for toddler discipline for twin siblings.

Does it seem like your day is spent tearing your toddler twins apart so they don't hit each other? They resort to hitting for any little thing, from having a toy taken away to their brother sitting too close. You hear about other well-behaved kids who play nicely and don't need to be refereed every minute. You begin to wonder what in the world is wrong with your twins, or with you.Thankfully this is all normal. Twins are unique from typical sibling rivalry because both kids are the same age. There isn't the older child who usually knows better. Or the baby you can lay in a crib when the toddler is throwing a tantrum. They're both ...

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I was Young and Unsure But Trying for a Baby

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Eight months. My husband and I were married for eight months when he convinced me that we should pull the goalie and try to have a baby. I was so nervous about it and he so excited and sure. I didn't know why we had to rush into it! I had just turned 21 years old. We were still in college. We weren't anywhere near immediate family. And how would I handle being pregnant and still go to school full-time and do marching band? What if I was horribly sick and miserable? Would I still be able to graduate? And where would we fit a baby in our tiny 1 bedroom 450 square foot apartment? How would we afford all the stuff a baby needs on our ...

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Sleeping Arrangements for Newborn Twins and Beyond

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Great sleeping arrangement ideas for twins! All the way from #Crib2College #ad

This post is sponsored by Mattress Firm and the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. All opinions are my own. Having twins makes for some interesting logistical challenges at times, from how to squeeze two car seats in a car, to how to transport them when out, to breastfeeding, to strollers, and of course how to manage their sleeping arrangements. Our twins have undergone various sleeping arrangements in their relatively short lifetime, and it has me wondering what is the best sleeping arrangements for twins from the newborn stage, the toddler stage, and beyond. Thankfully I know that Mattress Firm is supportive in every phase of a ...

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The Secret to Grocery Shopping with Kids

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Awesome tips for grocery shopping with kids without tantrums or fits. Good advice from someone with three kids 3 years old and under, including a set of twins!

I have three young children, including a set of twins. Grocery shopping with twins, and then later with another child, has taught me a thing or two about handling the grocery shopping with kids, without any tantrums. Honestly, I don't remember that last time my child threw a fit in the grocery store. Grocery shopping is one of those chores that we have to do unless we have a self-sustaining farm we live on. Since I would wager most of you reading this do not, let's acknowledge that grocery shopping is an unavoidable part of life. Personally, I don't love it. I don't love making lists, checking them twice, pulling out the ...

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What to do when those Awkward Mother-Daughter Conversations Start

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Awkward conversations

My twin daughters are four. But, already those awkward conversations have begun. Most of the conversations start from observations, most of them as I'm using the bathroom, showering, or nursing Michael. And some of those observations lead to questions.... "Mom, you have boobs." "Mom, what's this in your armpit?" "Mom, why do you shave your legs?" "Mom, why are you putting on deodorant?" "Mom, you have a hairy crotch." "Mom, why/how do you make milk in your boobs?" These questions are not something you usually have to answer or talk about 99% of your life. But, kids are curious and they really want to ...

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10 Ways of Preventing Your Baby from Taking Their Diaper Off

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Great advice! So glad I found this. This gives me some new ideas for how to stop my child taking off their diaper all the time!

As our children grow, we are often amazed at all the new and amazing things they do – the first babble, the first smile, the first roll, the first laugh, the first crawl, the first steps. Even funny things, like the first time your child farts or burps are awesome! But, somethings get old real quick, like your baby taking off diapers, and smearing poop all over their crib and bedroom. Once is quite enough of this first! But, lucky me, had twins who both took of their diapers, and now my son is doing it too! Consider the following advice from someone who is a pro at knowing how to prevent a baby from taking their diaper ...

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Chores – Do your kids do them? #MomsCheckIn

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5 Moms give their answer to the question "Do your kids do chores?" #MomsCheckIn

As parents, as moms, we often want to know how other moms do it. How do they handle life's challenges and parenting dilemmas? I'm no exception! Sometimes I really wish I could be a fly on the wall in other people's homes and see what really goes on, how they really handle those tantrums, disciplining, attitudes, and bedtimes, among many other parenting headaches! So, I'm super excited to be a part of a brand new series that poses the same question to 5 different moms who then weigh in on what they do in their homes, or what they think or believe on a given topic which is submitted by our readers. Today, I am co-hosting as the ...

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How to Get a Child to Nap Until Four Years Old and Beyond

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How to get a child to take a nap every day until 4 year old and beyond! Great advice from a twin mom.

Sometimes I feel like a unicorn after I tell people that my four year olds still take naps. They cock their heads, mumble something about how their 2 year old stopped napping already, how they actually like the freedom of not having nap time, or how they implement a quiet time every day instead. It seems to me that many don't know how to get a child to nap every day. *My affiliate links are used in this post. Thank you.* In my daily interactions, it seems I'm the oddball who has children who still take naps, most days, as four year olds. While one of my daughters, Lisa, is much more hit or miss on taking naps, and has always been ...

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The Terrible Fours and the Impossibility of Handling the Attitude

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The Terrible Fours - Because it's at four that you start having the attitude and strong-will behavior!

We've hit the terrible fours It's here. At long last the "terrible" age has struck my once sweet, relatively obedient children and turned them into bi-polar terrors. There's tantrums, name calling, extremes, screaming, door slamming, hitting, slapping, jumping, climbing, door locking, unbuckling, and whining coming far too frequently from my four year old daughters. In fact, for three days in a row, we couldn't even make it through breakfast without Alison throwing a fit, because I did something wrong, like got her the wrong spoon, didn't pour in enough milk, or got her the wrong cereal. End of the world type stuff, ya know? ...

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5 Ways Smart Moms Save Time

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I love these time saving tips from a mom of three young kids, including twins! Such a #SmartMom and #SuperMom! @Huggies @DiapersDotCom #Offer #sp

Many thanks to Huggies and Linqia for sponsoring today's post and encouraging me to share my time saving tips! All opinions are my own. I have three kids, two of whom are twins. That right there is often enough to qualify me as a "Super Mom" in many people's books. I don't generally see myself as extra special, super-d-duper, or super smart (more kids just insure I have 'Mommy Brain') but I do happen to know a thing or two about parenting, and certainly about managing my time more efficiently with three young kiddos. So, today I'm sharing my top time saving tips I believe every first time mom should know! 5 Ways ...

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