Category: Fort Birthday Editorial

Blog NICU Survival Tips – What worked for Us

NICU Survival Tips – What worked for Us

How We survived the NICU It is my sincere wish you never need any of these NICU survival tips. This isn’t necessarily the best way to do it, it just happens to be how WE did it and what worked for us. This is long AF, but writing it really helped me work through some …

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Blog NICU Staff – A Guide to the Best People on Earth

NICU Staff – A Guide to the Best People on Earth

Holy Shit, NICU staff are amazing. I never met a more dedicated, loving, and hard working group of people as NICU staff. I genuinely believe they see all their patients as their children. They work through heartbreak and celebration in the span of a shift and come back everyday. Security Be nice to the security …

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Blog NICU Part 1: Softest Landing Possible

NICU Part 1: Softest Landing Possible

“We are going to refer you to another specialist” At around 24 Weeks into my pregnancy one of my twins started struggling. They referred us to the University of Maryland’s Center for Advanced Fetal Care. We traveled 1.5 hours each way 2-3 times a week for utrasounds and stress tests for weeks. The clinic worked …

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Blog 18 months of Exclusively Pumping for Twins

18 months of Exclusively Pumping for Twins

I nearly Gave Up as Soon as I started I vividly remember the first time I pumped after I left the hospital. I was trying to use my rental hospital-grade pump my insurance company provided. It made me cry, it hurt, it was difficult to set up and use. Pumping was a failure. I only …

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Blog Road Tripping with Twin 2 year olds part 1

Road Tripping with Twin 2 year olds part 1

How ’bout, no After a disastrous overnight to visit my grandmother, for a solid year, I refused to travel with my twins more than 2 hrs from home. We are dedicated to our schedule ’cause, duh, twins. And after a scary night of repeated escapes from a travel crib at a friend’s I was scared …

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Blog For My twins First Birthday I Went on a Cruise Without Them

For My twins First Birthday I Went on a Cruise Without Them

Last year, the week before my twins turned one, I packed up my breast pump and my bestie and I went on a cruise. I’m sure leaving your twins and husband at home isn’t for everyone; but that week away made me a better mom. A hard pregnancy followed by twins was predictably exhausting I …

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Blog Eye surgery – Anxiety and Moms

Eye surgery – Anxiety and Moms

A reason to worry – Eye Surgery One of my toddlers has Strabismus, technically it’s Alternating Accomodative Esotropia, aka: crossed eyes. It started around 13 months and he was in glasses by 15 months for an astigmatism too (that’s a whole other post). By 18 months the second opinion also recommended surgery. So at 20 …

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Blog The evolution of Fort Birthday – A Story in pictures

The evolution of Fort Birthday – A Story in pictures

As my boys became toddlers Fort Birthday’s form and function changed. Fort Birthday became such a part of our life that we mostly have quick snap shots and a few videos from the last year. Scroll through them and enjoy.       Every time the boys played in the fort I decided to leave …

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Blog Fort Birthday, An Origin Story

Fort Birthday, An Origin Story

Born at 32 weeks, my twins were slow to crawl. Kenneth crawled first by several months and so I made him a simple Amazon Prime Box fort to crawl into and dubbed it Fort Kenneth. . My twins LOVE boxes As their first birthday approached I wracked my brain for a fun theme. Neither boy …

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