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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Blog Swimming Lessons – sometimes being a good parent really sucks –

Swimming Lessons – sometimes being a good parent really sucks –

Safety is Not Negotiable This week we start our second round of ISR swimming lessons (if you don’t know what it is, look here). Our amazing instructor is Nivine Anood (find her here, and here). Last summer we did six weeks of lessons to learn to float and today we started again. I am getting …

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Blog Change a Light Fixture yourself. You can do it. Don’t live with that light you hate.

Change a Light Fixture yourself. You can do it. Don’t live with that light you hate.

You don’t have to live with a light you hate After 2 years of living in our new house I finally was fed up with the giant ugly chandelier that hung in the dining room. We dithered around making a decision on replacing it because we couldn’t agree on how we are going to use …

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Blog I Surrender – How I QUIT Potty Training My Twins

I Surrender – How I QUIT Potty Training My Twins

Overthrowing the diaper industrial complex one long day at a time. We are-in-it-to-win-it. We decided to potty train our 21 month old twins because both boys seemed ready – talking about it when they peed and pooped, staying dry through nap, a couple potty runs, being aware of it when they peed on the floor …

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Blog Lowery’s Deadrise – Part 1

Lowery’s Deadrise – Part 1

What is a Deadrise, anyway?  Click here to find out. Fort Birthday is hosting this lovely photography blog by fine art photographer Ned Egan. You can see some of this other work here. http://fortbirthday.com/category/lowerys-deadrise/

Blog Full Moon Babies Part 2 – Another lucky full moon

Full Moon Babies Part 2 – Another lucky full moon

TWINS: Double the trouble, Double the love. A million platitudes are out there for the pregnant mom of twins. My favorite was, “It must be TWINS.” when people ogled my giant belly. And honestly, it’s good practice for the flood of ridiculous things people say to the parents of twins (but that’s another post – …

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Blog Fixing Holes – Nap Time DIY

Fixing Holes – Nap Time DIY

Getting work done during Nap Time Skip down to the second heading to get right to the HOW-TO Finding time to DIY when you have toddlers is tricky. My day gets divided up into four types of time. 1)before boys wake up – ugh, don’t even talk to me I’m not getting anything done except …

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Blog Full Moon Baby Part 1

Full Moon Baby Part 1

Blood red moon We drove due East from the airport toward our home town. I thought I was miscarrying at 12 weeks and we were heading to the hospital to confirm it. We watched this enormous blood-red full moon rising on a night of a full lunar eclipse and we tried not to talk about …

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