Coping Methods for Cholestasis of Pregnancy and Other Itch-Related Complications

Coping Methods for Cholestasis of Pregnancy and Other Itch-Related Complications

If I could have called it quits during my pregnancy with the twins, I would've done it any time around the 32 week mark. A woman carrying twins at 32 weeks is already as large as a woman carrying a singleton at 40 weeks. In short, twin moms are ready to pop but still have to grow for two more months. Not fun. As if the pregnancy couldn't get more uncomfortable, I got hit with cholestasis of pregnancy. Few people know about cholestasis, and certainly not me at that time. According to the Mayo Clinic: Cholestasis of pregnancy occurs in late pregnancy and triggers intense itching, usually on the hands and feet but often on many other parts of the body. Cholestasis of pregnancy can make you intensely uncomfortable but poses no long-term risk to an expectant mother. For a … Read More...

Bath Time Comfort with Aden+Anais Toddler Towels

Bath Time Comfort with Aden+Anais Toddler Towels

Back when I had my eldest, a friend gifted my husband and me with Aden+Anais blankets. I'm sure you've seen these white lightweight blankets decorated with patterns. They drape over strollers or are used as a swaddle, cover a breastfeeding mom or serve as a burp cloth (they're quite multipurpose!). We've never looked back. So I was happy to receive another one of their awesome products, one that's useful for us right now—toddler towels. For a while, we got by using infant towels to dry our twins off after bath time. But as they got bigger, we had to 'double up' and use not one but two baby towels for each kid. One to wrap them from behind and another to cover up front. Not the best use of towels, and inconvenient for sure. Now, even that wasn't enough. They got too … Read More...

How to Deal when Your Child Cries at Drop Off

How to Cope when Your Child Cries at Drop Off

Your child is staring at you, with tears welling in his eyes. Then she starts crying and screaming, unwilling to let you go. Or maybe she was fine playing with toys, but as soon as she sees you heading out, grows inconsolable. Meanwhile, you try to pull yourself together and head to work. Except your resolve doesn't last and you're crying at your desk. Going to work is getting harder by the day and you wonder if anyone else is going through this. Whether dropping your child off at day care, preschool or leave her home with the nanny, parting ways can be difficult for both child and parent. We've all been there. We have good days when our kids adjust well and we head to work feeling hopeful. And we have other days when working mom guilt creeps in, plotting strategies of … Read More...

I’m So Glad They Told Me Having Twins Would Be Okay

I'm So Glad They Told Me Having Twins Would Be Okay

I had entered the doctor's office assuming I'd see the little embryo growing in my womb. Instead, I saw two. Amid congratulations, I did my best to seem excited, but inside I crumbled, trying to absorb the news and its implications. Twins. It didn't feel real, not when I saw the sonogram nor when I returned home later to face these new changes. I had plans. This was supposed to be my second child—I even imagined having a little girl. Except it wasn't a girl (it was, I would learn later, two boys). I cried, then felt guilty for crying. The worries began to yammer: How will I carry twins? How will we afford them, with childcare and education costing so much? And I didn't want to be different. I didn't want people 'ooh-ing' over the fact that I was pregnant with twins. I … Read More...

How I Failed as a Mom… and Why It Wasn’t as Bad as I Thought

How I Failed as Mom... and Why It Wasn't as Bad as I Thought

We've all felt it. That nagging guilt that we didn't do enough. That we failed our kids in some way, no matter how trivial. And we can't seem to forgive ourselves for our shortcomings when it comes to motherhood. I've been through this more than once. I generally feel confident as a mom, but I still feel like I messed up somehow. Or that I'm not doing as much as I could. To combat my useless but incessant feelings of failure as a mom, I decided to write down some of the ways I 'failed'... and what eventually happened. As you'll see, the results aren't always as dire as we make it out to be. Here are some of the ways I failed as a mom: Mom Fail #1: I was late picking up my son from school. We had a huge project at work, the kind where you're sitting in a meeting with … Read More...

12 Children’s Books that Reinforce Positive Behavior

12 Children's Books that Reinforce Positive Behavior

Hi there SSBE readers!  I'm so excited to be here today guest posting for Nina. I'm Leslie from Pampers, Play Dates and Parties where I share tidbits of everyday life with my two- and five-year-old girls. Reading has always been a priority for our family. Our first child was in the NICU for her first three weeks. Even though it may seem strange, we were reading to her before she even left the hospital. Cuddling up at night to read a few stories before bed is a tradition that we all look forward to every day. It's become our special family time. One book collection we've developed is about treating others with respect and kindness. All kids will hit, kick or yell sometimes, but they're often not in the frame of mind to discuss how they're feeling. Especially right when these … Read More...

Twin Baby Registry Must-Haves

Twin Baby Registry Must-Haves

You've finally wrapped your head around the fact that you're having twins. The emotions are still coming in waves, but now you're ready and more than excited to get ready for their arrival. Except... what exactly do you need for your twins? Do you really need two of everything? And if so, which ones? I already had a three-year-old when I was pregnant with twins and had gone through the baby registry process with him. We even used many of his baby items for the twins. Still, I didn't know what I'd need this time around now that I was expecting two. Did we really need two of everything? What special equipment or gear did we need for the twins? Some seemed obvious, while others I only learned down the line were essential (or not). Below is a list of twin baby essentials. … Read More...

7 Ways to Teach Your Toddler to Share

7 Ways to Teach Your Toddler to Share

You're in the kid's area at the library with your toddler when another child comes to play. Your daughter sees the little boy and grabs the puzzle pieces, puppets and stacking blocks to herself. Anything the little boy plays with she'd rather have. And when the boy makes his way over to the blocks near your daughter, she refuses to share. Toddlers are notorious for not sharing. You've seen this time and again. You have the child who won't let other kids play with his sand toys, or the one who refuses to let go of the steering wheel at the park. All toddlers go through a stage where they really don't want to share. Normal it may be, you still want to teach your toddler to share. To give her pointers on how to best interact with other kids or her siblings. To make the … Read More...