Raising 2 Kids Under 2

I always wanted to have kids close in age and I was lucky enough that our first child was very calm and easy going as a baby that we could try for our second. Our son was just 15 months old when our daughter was born. With the exception of my pregnancy symptoms and getting a few illnesses at the end of my pregnancy, raising my son had been a breeze. Suddenly we became a family of four with "2 kids under 2." So what did we go through being parents of two so close in age? Well here's how…

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Why I Narrate To My Kids

I often narrate what I'm doing or what I'm about to do to prepare my kids for what to expect. I usually break things down into steps. I started this to prevent a tantrum when something happens out of their expectation but it helps tremendously in enlarging their communication and vocabulary. Talking To Myself When we had our son, our first, I was told to talk to my child often but once dad went back to work and and I was alone with him we were usually in silence. I always felt awkward talking to him because he couldn't talk…

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Favorite Everyday Activewear for Moms

As a human being, we all need to stay fit. As a mom, who birthed two children, I gained some weight that I'm working on losing. Having the right type of clothing for working out is ideal. My favorites are leggings and comfortable and flexible shoes, and I use these ALL the time, not just to work out. Activewear is so comfortable and adaptable that it has become my everyday mom-wear.I wear it at home, I wear it to Zumba classes, I wear it to the playground, and I especially wear it to go to the Zoo (because it's super humid…

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Shopping for My Kids at Target

When you have kids, you find yourself often buying clothes for your growing children.Target has such cute stuff that it can easily become an addiction that leads you to spend hundreds at a time for clothes that might be outgrown in a matter of months.I've fallen in love with Target for this reason, their prices are reasonable and their clothing quality and selection is great.Everyone jokes about their trips to Target being for one or two items and walking out with a full cart, and it's so true!I love taking the kids for a stroll around Target when we have…

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Mom Groups

When you're a stay at home parent with a child (or children) you start to get lonely even though you're not physically alone at all. I'm going to be totally honest and tell you that I've fallen into depression a couple of times because I was living in a cocoon. Home Alone And Miserable I was helping out part-time with the family business, just shadowing and learning the ropes, when I got pregnant with our first child. The "morning" sickness hit me real hard, I was throwing up all day and worried I wasn't keeping anything inside for months. I…

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Packing Your Hospital Bag

If you're worried about packing your hospital bag, don't. It should be very simple and doesn't need a ton of planning. If you're like me, you will come up with a list of what you need and maybe a few little extras to be comfortable. And then when you get to the hospital you'll realize you barely needed a lot of those things and you ask your partner to take it all back and bring you something else when they goes home for a shower, to eat, or to nap. The hospital provides a lot of essential things so you…

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The Birth of My First Child & Emergency C-Section

I'm currently a mother of two toddlers and have already had my fair share of parenting experiences. Thinking back to the beginning of when it all happened feels like an eternity ago already but it was an amazing experience on so many levels. Being a first time parent is so difficult, I was for sure clueless! Hopefully my stories and experiences can help you or at least entertain you. Here's the story of my son's birth. Late and a Paranoid Nervous Wreck I was 6 days past my due date with no dilation in my previous doctor visits and my…

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