Category: Fort Birthday Editorial

Blog What’s a swim platform? Quadro Aqua Pool Dock

What’s a swim platform? Quadro Aqua Pool Dock

Problem: playing safely in the pool with toddler twins When we bought our house three years ago we were delighted that it had a pool. A pool with a ripped liner. But a pool. It wasn’t until we replaced the liner and filled the pool that we discovered it has a problem. The Slope of …

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Blog Happy Fourth, Celebrate by Blowing Up a Small Portion of it

Happy Fourth, Celebrate by Blowing Up a Small Portion of it

It’s hard to feel patriotic this Fourth. I sat down to write a long and important post about how to contextualize The Fourth of July to my two year old sons in light of an increasingly racist America. But my white woman’s ‘voice’ doesn’t add anything new to the dialog. If anything, it hurts by …

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Blog Potty Training, Part Deux. Start again.

Potty Training, Part Deux. Start again.

Waiting for the perfect time After January’s Potty Failure and Complete Retreat I considered starting the process again this summer. The book “Oh, Crap” (which seems to be the potty bible of this generation) EXPLICITLY and EMPHATICALLY states that you can only take ONE timeout if you quit and then you only get one chance …

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Blog Don’t feed a tooth to your friends. Labels matter.

Don’t feed a tooth to your friends. Labels matter.

How to Nearly Drive away a new friend by feeding them a human tooth in a few complicated steps So you know that slightly awkward time when you are first hanging out with a new couple? People you and your husband both get along with. Cool people. It’s this weird platonic couples dating thing. And …

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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 Travel and Road Tripping with Twin 2 year olds pt 1

Travel and Road Tripping with Twin 2 year olds pt 1

How ’bout, no to Travel 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 …

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