Unlike my husband, I never feel compelled to run for fun in the hot, hot sun. Ever. With the beautiful fall weather, I do feel compelled to make green slime smoothies and feed them to my girls while watching the neighbor take down his 100 year old maple tree. I feel compelled to go for walks with Vivi and pick up pretty leaves which may result in various art projects. I feel compelled to cook a pound of dried great northern beans because a Tuscan bean soup sounds really good on a cool, autumn evening. And, after all that, we feel compelled to put on our jammie jams, sunggle in tight, and read a book. Happy Fall!
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Sometimes I think being a parent to twins and an older child is akin to doing an extended stint in an Iranian hard labor camp. The incessant demands, the never-ending cleanup, the desperation and deprivation all make me wonder what sort of cruel universal joke landed me in this predicament. In many ways, that punishingly difficult first year is starting to fade. Vivi has more or less accepted that her little sisters are here to stay and she delights in how much they obviously love her. (She is less enthused with them touching her stuff, however.) The Turtles are no longer colicky blobs of ceaseless crying but instead are two disparate bundles of personality. They are speeding around and beginning to talk and when asked how much Mommy loves them they'll throw their arms wide and yell, "Big! Big!" But, it is still not easy. I realize with twins that it never gets easy. It just becomes less hard. Or, at least, some things do. While the babes are on a schedule now
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If there is one thing that I was absolutely clear on the first year of Jude and Ellie's life, it was that I was done having children. Did you hear that? DONE. D.O.N.E. At no point in the future would I be birthing or raising any more children. Period. We were pretty sure at the start of our second pregnancy that we were going to stop at two children. Then we got our bonus baby and that likelihood became a certainty. The plan is to accept our fate as a party of five. So there. Last Saturday, I visited my dear friend who is 33 weeks pregnant with her own set of twins. Like me, she has an older daughter. Unlike me, she has had a difficult pregnancy and is now on hospital bed rest. I wonder how it is all going to work out for her and I feel both trepidatious and concerned. My friend has seen how hard the first year of my twin's life was. She was witness to the marathon nursing sessions, the short tempers, my inability to hold a conversation due to extreme sleep deprivat