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  • MOST eNews July 2014

    Stories from the Heart
    DianeW
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:59 pm
    NY NY – What a great time MOST Wonderful Family Carnival Stories from the Heart blog  Check out the new blogs! MOST Membership - Help other parents NY NY – What a great time! A private tour of Greenwich Village (did you know there is a creek that runs underground?), walking the Brooklyn Bridge  (and getting frozen custard for a snack), seeing the sites of Chinatown, dinner at Dos Caminos (yummy!), and  LOTS OF FUN VISITING.  It was a great time! At the last minute, some moms could not join us (missed you!) but hope to see them next time.  Oh, and free stuff too! It was a…
  • Freezing Summer

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    Jennifer Murray
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    Can we just stop the calender right here? July 23rd. Freeze, Summer, right there. We have you surrounded. We can all save a small fortune on school supplies and clothes, skip the back to school aisles, and just let this summer simmer a little longer. What do you say? My teacher friends are back in their classrooms preparing for students in just over a week, and I’m in total denial. Thankfully, we have a little longer on our homeschool schedule, but STILL. I ran into Michael’s the other day to grab some jars for my Lavender Bath Salts, and it was painted in Halloween and I could…
  • What we missed

    Laura's Mommy Journal
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    Before we left for Italy, we showed Roxane how to use Instagram to upload photos for us. International texting rates for photos is a little bonkers and our internet was unreliable. We posted photos each day for them and they posted photos for us. With the time difference, it was the perfect way to keep in touch in between phone calls.(This is also what we do when Jon travels internationally, and I can not recommend it enough!)While we were in Italy having unlimited dessert and unlimited fun, Nate and Alex were also having unlimited dessert and unlimited fun. There were Star Wars pancakes for…
  • “Keeping it real” Survival Advice for Having Twins

    Raising twins has everything you need to know about being pregnant with twins, having twin babies, twin toddlers and more!
    27 Jun 2014 | 11:23 am
    “Are they twins?” “Which one is older?” “You poor thing!” “Better you, than me!” “You’ve got your hands full!” “Are they natural?” This is
  • Jul 22, My Handsome and Silly Twin Boys

    Twin Pregnancy Blog
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:42 am
    Noah and Luke are wonderful and silly twin brothers. They love to play with each other. They have that twin brotherly love, but then at times they want
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    Stories from the Heart

  • MOST eNews July 2014

    DianeW
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:59 pm
    NY NY – What a great time MOST Wonderful Family Carnival Stories from the Heart blog  Check out the new blogs! MOST Membership - Help other parents NY NY – What a great time! A private tour of Greenwich Village (did you know there is a creek that runs underground?), walking the Brooklyn Bridge  (and getting frozen custard for a snack), seeing the sites of Chinatown, dinner at Dos Caminos (yummy!), and  LOTS OF FUN VISITING.  It was a great time! At the last minute, some moms could not join us (missed you!) but hope to see them next time.  Oh, and free stuff too! It was a…
  • In Celebration of Alexis, Ashlyn, and Gabby Lam’s High School Graduation

    MOSTOffice
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    “MOST wishes to thank the Teresa DeVirgilio-Lam for supporting multiple birth families through her donation celebrating her triplets graduation.
  • In Honor of the Lisanti Family

    MOSTOffice
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    MOST wishes to thank the Lisanti family for supporting multiple birth families through their donation in honor of their family.
  • The Importance of Family Routines

    treika
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
    Why are family routines so important to children? Every family needs routines. They help to organize life and keep it from becoming too chaotic. Children do best when routines are regular, predictable, and consistent. One of a family’s greatest challenges is to establish comfortable, effective routines, which should achieve a happy compromise between the disorder and confusion that can occur without them, and the rigidity and boredom that can come with too much structure and regimentation, where children are given no choice and little flexibility. As a parent, review the routines in…
  • Do Active Moms = Active Kids?

    treika
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
    Researchers at England’s University of Cambridge, School of Clinical Medicine, launched a study to build on other research into how the physical activity of mothers and their kids are connected. Parents seem to affect their kids’ physical activities in three ways — by acting as role models, by helping kids be active (by taking them to the park, for instance), and by being active with them. “All three aspects are thought to be important,” Esther van Sluijs, group leader, said, “but it has generally been unclear how directly mother and child’s physical…
 
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  • Freezing Summer

    Jennifer Murray
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    Can we just stop the calender right here? July 23rd. Freeze, Summer, right there. We have you surrounded. We can all save a small fortune on school supplies and clothes, skip the back to school aisles, and just let this summer simmer a little longer. What do you say? My teacher friends are back in their classrooms preparing for students in just over a week, and I’m in total denial. Thankfully, we have a little longer on our homeschool schedule, but STILL. I ran into Michael’s the other day to grab some jars for my Lavender Bath Salts, and it was painted in Halloween and I could…
  • Trips Are Not Always As They Appear on Facebook…

    Jennifer Murray
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    So if I shared you the following pictures on my Facebook page, you might think, “Wow. What a fun camping trip. Look at those boys always getting along. That’s just lovely.” And that’s how it was {MOST} of the time.  There were hotdogs around the fire, fun games of ladder ball, fishing, and playing in the sand. But what didn’t I take pictures of? My meltdown after not sleeping, feeling dirty, tired of peeing with scary bugs and used feminine products, and just wanting my own bed.  The boys having a rough night staying in the camper for bedtime and not being…
  • When Words Are Harsh

    Jennifer Murray
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    Always thankful when Brad shares his words here… Since the day the Lord blessed us with four baby boys, I feel like I have been on a parenting crash course.  There is no class each year to prepare you for the next phase of parenting, you know?  Have you ever woke up one morning and said, “Wait a minute, this parenting thing isn’t going so well right now, what happened?” A while back, Jen and I were noticing that our children were not speaking kindly to one another.  Sometimes, they were being flat out hateful in their speech and actions.  Angry words, kicks, slaps,…
  • Celebrating America…

    Jennifer Murray
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    Wouldn’t it be great if every weekend in summer was a 3 day 4th of July weekend?  We could go for that – all you can eat watermelon, backyard picnics, gorgeous weather, patriotism, fireworks, parades, and people you love!   America, you are totally worth the celebration!  
  • The Next American Ninja Warrior: Spider Jump

    Jennifer Murray
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    The boys were recently introduced to American Ninja Warrior, and of course were instantly hooked. It’s right up their alley with their climbing,  jumping, and anything daring obsessions. I’m telling you, these boys do the monkey bars until their hands blister {badly} and then go right back again. Their favorite part of watching the show is reenacting the challenges either creatively inside or at the backyard play set. {Knock on wood, no ER visits yet!} In fact a lot of the time, they can’t get through an entire episode, because they can’t wait to try out a new…
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    Laura's Mommy Journal

  • What we missed

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    Before we left for Italy, we showed Roxane how to use Instagram to upload photos for us. International texting rates for photos is a little bonkers and our internet was unreliable. We posted photos each day for them and they posted photos for us. With the time difference, it was the perfect way to keep in touch in between phone calls.(This is also what we do when Jon travels internationally, and I can not recommend it enough!)While we were in Italy having unlimited dessert and unlimited fun, Nate and Alex were also having unlimited dessert and unlimited fun. There were Star Wars pancakes for…
  • HOME!

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    We are home from one of the best vacations EVER!There will be many posts in the coming days to recap our travels to Chianti, Montepulciano, Montalcino, Sienna, Florence, and Rome. (Above is St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City!) For now as we need to unpack and re-enter home life, we wanted to thank Roxane for caring for the boys for 10 days while we had the trip of a lifetime.Thank you thank you thank you!
  • Leaving on a jet plane

    11 Jul 2014 | 5:50 am
    Roxane is here!And in just a few hours, Jon and I board a plane for Rome where we will then drive to Tuscany for a week. The nearest hill town to our place is Radda in Chianti:Then we head back to Rome for a couple of  days.10 days to celebrate 10 years. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKKKKK.
  • He was kind of joking, but not really

    10 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    Laura: "Grandma Roxane arrives today! It will be so awesome to live by grandma rules instead of parent rules for 10 days."Nate: "Finally 10 days to do all the arguing and whining I want to do!"(He and Alex laughed hysterically so it was certainly a joke....)
  • Can't believe we will miss this!

    8 Jul 2014 | 5:46 am
    Nate's first piano recital falls during our Italy trip. We could have rescheduled it but he really wants Jon's mom to see it.I took him shopping last night to buy an outfit. He picked out a black suit jacket, white oxford, and a black tie.He's going to be performing the Imperial March from Star Wars (his choice).DEAD.
 
 
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    And Twins make 5! - A Mommy Blog

  • Like Tikes Junior Sports 'n Slide Bouncer Review and #Giveaway

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
    Little Tikes recently offered the twins and I the opportunity to review a product from their outdoor line up and with summer in full bloom, we selected the Little Tikes Junior Sports 'n Side Bouncer. Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
  • Using Netflix to Promote Kid's Summer Learning #StreamTeam #netflixkids

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:37 am
    In my experience as a mom the key to summer learning is to never mention it is happening.  Words like "educational" and "historical" are strictly off limits.  One needs to simply roll with the fun and slide in a few scholastic tidbits without the kids even realizing it.  My main strategy is to work with the themes our summer dictates.  A visit to the zoo, a road trip to the Rocky Mountains out west, and a weekend excursion to Wisconsin all can become a springboard for summertime brain activities without the kids even realizing it.Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright…
  • A visit to Omaha and Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:47 am
    A couple weeks ago on our trek home from Colorado, we stopped over night in Omaha with 3 of the kids.  We stayed in the Hyatt Place Omaha located in the downtown Old Market area.  The location proved to have plenty of great dining choices within walking distance and looked equally perfect for those interested shopping at the multiple antique and vintage shops we spotted.  Plus it was only a couple miles from Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium which was our main reason for making the stop this year.Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author…
  • Independence Day Fun @ Beaver Creek, Colorado

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:54 am
    We spent the 4th of July in Beaver Creek, Colorado this year and it provided plenty of opportunities for family fun. Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make 5!) - A Mommy Blog.
  • Make the most of your family movies this summer with Realplayer Cloud App

    Stephanie Manner Wagner
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    Shortly before our Summer vacation to Colorado, I was contacted by Realplayer Cloud which offers a free app for storing your family videos.  Their timing was perfect, because I'm always taking a ton of home movies via my phone when on family outings and then I later find myself running out of storage.  Additionally, the kids always want to see all the videos I took when we are all back to the room that night and taking turns watching them on my iPhone is not exactly ideal.Continue Reading This Post ...Copyright © 2009-2014 - Stephanie Manner Wagner (Author and Owner of And Twins make…
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    Preemie Twins Blog

  • Win Meeno Baby Products!

    preemie twins
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    Hosted By: Life of a Southern Mom Sponsored By: Meeno Babies Meeno Babies is a new baby company that strives to create innovative products for the everyday parent. They may be new, but they have over 100+ years of experience in the baby industry, from design and compliance, to development and manufacturing. Kate at Life of a Southern Mom had the chance to review Meeno Babies Cool Mee Seat Liner. Visit her website here to read her full review. {Promoting Bloggers please add your own wording here} **Giveaway Details** Date: July 23rd, 2014 – August 6th at 11:59PM EST Open to US residents…
  • Win a SnoozeShade Plus Deluxe Stroller Cover

    preemie twins
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    Welcome to the SnoozeShade Plus Deluxe Giveaway! Hosted By: Life of a Southern Mom Sponsored By: Prince Lionheart Prince Lionheart has been family owned and ‘Bravely Made’ company since 1973. They offer a wide variety of innovative baby and kid products. Kate at Life of a Southern Mom had a chance to work with Prince Lionheart and review their Deluxe Snooze Shade Plus. Visit her website here and read her full review. **Giveaway Details** Date: July 22nd, 2014 – August 5th at 11:59PM EST Open to US residents only. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate. Prize: One winner…
  • Adorable Birthday Designs for Your Summer Babies

    Brooke Chaplan
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:37 pm
    For babies who were lucky enough to be born during the long, hot days of summer, their birthday parties are often (quite literally) a splash! For the parents of summer babies who want something more exciting than just a basic party at the pool or beach, here are five adorable and easy birthday party themes to celebrate your little one’s special day. Sea Creatures From a fearsome shark, to a cute clown fish, there are plenty of ocean dwellers to pick from with this theme. Choose a blue and green color scheme with pops of coral to make your guests feel as if they are under the sea. If…
  • The healthcare industry is growing rapidly

    heather
    29 Jun 2014 | 4:48 pm
    The healthcare industry is growing rapidly due to an increased life span. People are living quality lives for decades after retirement. There is a tremendous need for skilled nurses to take care of senior citizens. Of course, there are also plenty of traditional nursing positions available for pediatric and adult care. However, geriatric nursing is on a rapid rise. Modern nursing degrees can be completed online. Up to 100 percent of coursework for a master’s degree in nursing can be taken through the Internet. However, students must still attend mandatory clinical programs. Hands-on…
  • Preemie Twins in the NICU – 10 tips from a NICU nurse

    Trish Ringley
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:23 pm
    When parents are expecting twins, they often wonder – will my babies have to spend time in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)? Approximately 60 percent of twins are born prematurely, and nearly 50 percent of twins will be born at low birth weight, which means many newborn twins need the extra in-hospital care of the NICU. Because twin parents often know about the NICU in advance, they tend to feel less surprised about a NICU stay, and they seem to be better prepared for the experience because the advanced awareness. Nonetheless, the NICU is still an incredibly challenging time. In…
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    Dad's Guide to Twins

  • Can We Travel Once the Twins Arrive?

    Joe
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    One of our readers asked, “Will we be able to continue traveling once the twins arrive?” You will, but not at first. We traveled with our girls for day trips by car when they were still infants and by plane when they were just shy of one year old. Traveling with your twins is totally possible, and if you have to travel out of necessity even when they’re newborns, as we’ve talked about in a previous episode of the podcast, it is possible and you can do it. The logistical challenges, of course, change over time based on the age of your children. You may want to…
  • Communicating with Your Partner About Raising Twins

    Joe
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    I was asked, “Will I be able to communicate with my partner about what is needed to be productive and caring parents?” You should be able to do this, and you should be able to start right now. That starts with being open and honest in your communications with your spouse even during the pregnancy. You don’t have to wait for the twins to arrive. In fact it’s probably better that you get practice in before the twins arrive so you can get in a good rhythm of communicating and having open, frank, and honest discussions so that when the twins come you can quickly and easily…
  • How to Stop Twins From Biting Each Other

    Joe
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    Here is a question from Justin. He says he has 20-month-old boy/girl twins, and he says the biggest issue right now is biting. “Do you have any advice on how to keep them from biting each other? That would be great.” Biting is a challenge with any kid, of course. But particularly twins because they’re usually playing together, or spending time together and it’s much easier for them to want to reach out and bite each other. So when our twins would bite each other, we would stop the behavior, we would verbally explain that biting was not acceptable, and then we would…
  • Getting Older Kids Settled

    Joe
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    So I got a question from a dad who asks about an issue that he’s having. He says, “I’m having trouble getting my other four young children situated or should I say settled so my wife and I can focus on the twins.” Well first of all, if you already have four kids and you have twins… I thought I had it hard with having two kids already when the twins were born. So congratulations to you for being able to juggle all six at once. Here are a few things you can try and things that my wife and I tried as well, to juggle our two other children and the twins at the same…
  • Organizing Preparations for Twins

    Joe
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    I looked at all of the different tips, advice, and tricks that I’ve recommended, and boiled it down to five things I think are most important. No. 1: Be Ready for Newborns Make sure you get everything in place that you’ll need to take care of newborn babies. Focus on what you’ll need for them to eat, sleep, be clean, and stay warm. Taking care of these basic needs is going to be your top priority when you bring the twins home from the hospital. Some things you are going to need before the twins are born. These include things like car seats for save driving. They won’t…
 
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    How Do You Do It?

  • Twinfant Tuesday: Infants are Easier

    lunchldyd
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    My twins are so solidly in their toddlerhood now that it’s hard to remember when they were infants. Perhaps it’s better to make a list of all the things that were easier to do when they were younger. Holding them  Boy, I wish for the days when each baby weighed 10 pounds and could easily be held at the same time. They didn’t wiggle around, or twist their bodies, or arch their backs, or slide down your sides, or lean their entire weight away from you. These days my kids definitely make their intentions known. Babies blissfully don’t have intentions. Feeding  Babies…
  • Multiples of America Convention: First Full Day

    Sadia
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:28 pm
    I’m a first-time attendee at the annual Multiples of America (formerly National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs – NOMOTC) Convention. This year it was just down the highway from my house, in Austin. My kids were at their Dad’s for the summer. It seemed like it was meant to be, so I registered, wondering if I was nuts for taking a week off work to talk twin motherhood all day every day. I didn’t know a soul. Well, I’d seen two of the participants at an Austin Mothers of Multiples meeting once, but that was it. I volunteered to help with registration,…
  • How do you do it? Parenting Link Up #33

    Sadia
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Skip to this week’s links | Skip to featured posts | Skip to linkup rules Welcome to the How Do You Do It? parenting link up party. Here, you have an opportunity to share your posts with other parent bloggers and the followers of How Do You Do It? and What’s up Fagans?. How Do You Do It? is a community of mothers of multiples that believes in supporting each other, in sharing our experiences and questions, in friendship, and in encouragement. The link up is open to all of our readers, whether you have multiples or not. It’s a place for you to share your wisdom, your favorite…
  • The Twin Dynamic (Spoiler: There Isn’t Just One)

    Sadia
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    My daughters were only one of four sets of twins in their grade in the school’s dual language program. Forty-nine kids. Eight twins. This meant that their teachers got some really great insights into the variation that exists in twin relationships. We got to talking about this the other night over dinner, and I found Mrs. H’s observations to be fascinating. First, some background. Both my 8-year-olds, M and J, are excellent at math. However, M is extremely public and loud about being good at math. When she has nothing else to do, she walks around multiplying 2 and 3 digit numbers…
  • Affording Cloth Diapers for Twins

    Jennifer
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I found out at about 6 weeks that my unexpected pregnancy was growing our family by two instead of one. The radiologist said she wanted to show me something and turned the screen so I could see. Two separate sacs, two little beating hearts. The first thought I had after “Oh My God” was “How are we going to afford them?”. We were already struggling to make ends meet, and the overwhelming thought of “two of everything” kept me up at night. We already cloth diapered our next youngest, so it was a natural to cloth diaper the twins as well. I already knew how,…
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    A Father of Twin Boys

  • Couch Dates

    Father of Twins
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    My wife and I have started couch dates. And let’s keep this PG here, but basically we have realized that we are not able to sit and talk like we did before the boys. So, once a week, we have couch dates, where we sit, have dinner and just talk. But there are ground rules: Limited talk about the boys. It isn’t that we don’t love them, but our focus is ALWAYS on them. Discussion about finances is always a topic of conversation, but it is more of overview/recaps/where are we financially and are there any big items that we need to be aware of? Recaps and planning ahead for the…
  • Be Nice!

    Father of Twins
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    I am a firm believer that no matter the circumstance, you are never to old to learn a life lesson, even from your children. And just that thing happened this weekend when Baby A politely said to my wife and I, “Be Nice!”. Be Nice. That is what my son told my wife and I as we were, disagreeing on something. Be Nice! Something that you think should be easy, but my son perceived us disagreeing as not being very nice to each other and I guess, in retrospect, we probably were not. And lesson learned too. I really need to focus on when a situation arises where my wife and I do not…
  • Exhausted

    Father of Twins
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    I think one of the hardest things about being a parent, is how exhausted you can become. Lack of sleep, work problems, home problems, everyday life, etc. and it can just take a lot out of you. The difference I think, is now not how exhausted you become, but how as a father we handle it. This morning, I woke up after about 3 hours of sleep and all I wanted to do was go back to bed. I had rocked Baby A at some point because he had a nightmare, I was exhausted, my wife did not get off work until really late, and both boys were cranky. I had two options, get frustrated or put into perspective…
  • Peeing

    Father of Twins
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Now that we are heavily into potty training, one of my biggest challenges is keeping the boys from peeing on the floor. But as I think through it, sure, peeing on the floor isn’t good, but let’s be honest, guys do it all the time. Not paying attention, splashing, etc. As I told my wife, let’s just be thankful I haven’t told them to pee and spell their name yet.
  • Naps

    Father of Twins
    12 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Of course, in the 5 minutes that I go upstairs to vacuum the boys lay down for naps. We try so hard now not to encourage naps, but sometimes, they happen. My mother is coming up to spend time with the boys and goto dinner with us. It is funny, because the boys only see her a few times a year, but they really know who she is. They talk about her and get excited in knowing that she is coming. But secretively, I’m just excited because for just a few minutes of today, I can relax and be a son and don’t have to be in charge. I can let my mom step in and run the show. So today,…
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