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1 Year, 2 Kids, 3 Realizations

Back when my husband and I were parents of only one child, there were many times where I would think, how in the world do people handle more than one kid? Yet, as time went on and we settled into somewhat of a groove, we decided one more child would complete our family. Four years […]

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Calling For Backup

Recently, my husband took a vacation with his dad and brother. It was a much deserved opportunity for him to get away and enjoy himself. But it meant that I was going to be the solo parent of our kindergartner and one year old for five days. It was time to call for backup.  Even […]

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A Feeling Worth Waiting For

Thirty minutes before she needed to get up, she came bursting into her brother’s room while I was feeding him. She was already dressed in her first day outfit and had even brushed her teeth.   “Mom, can I go to Kindergarten now?” “Just wait,” I said. “You need to eat breakfast first.” She ate her […]

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FAQs for Taking Your Tots to Twins Territory

Attending Minnesota Twins baseball games has long been one of our favorite summer activities as a couple. When our daughter entered the world five years ago we began including her in at least a couple of the half dozen games we attended each season. The thought of bringing a newborn, toddler, or really, a child […]

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When Your Breast Pump is the Third Wheel

In July, my husband and I traveled to Chicago for a long weekend to attend his employer’s work conference.  We welcomed our second child eight months earlier, so a trip without the kids was just what we needed. We even booked an extra day so we could have more time together exploring Chicago.  There was […]

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