Category: Fort Birthday Editorial

Blog My Second Reddit Secret Santa

My Second Reddit Secret Santa

Gift Exchange I love an earnest Gift Exchange -not a Yankee Swap (or whatever else people call that nonsense where you need a doctorate to participate). I’m participating in two this year. One with an amazing FB group of women – and I am super excited because I ‘drew’ someone I have built an online …

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Blog My name is Leah, I am an unreasonably picky adult eater

My name is Leah, I am an unreasonably picky adult eater

I confess: My name is Leah and I am an unreasonably picky adult eater. The combination of being a super-taster and having a number of texture/swallowing aversions means that the list of foods I don’t eat is comically long. I am not the sort of picky eater who is going to be rude – if …

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Blog Sandboxes and Sweet Potatoes – Guest Blog from Melissa Grant

Sandboxes and Sweet Potatoes – Guest Blog from Melissa Grant

Sandboxes and Sweet Potatoes. As a mom of 3, I am often commiserating with other parents about how we can get our kids to eat more fruits and vegetables. In these situations, I try to reflect on what I would have enjoyed as a child. I loved pretending to cook, experimenting, and getting dirty. I …

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Blog 22 things I’m thankful for, to spare you a daily listing

22 things I’m thankful for, to spare you a daily listing

22 days of Thankful Gratitude is too much for me Most Novembers I start with a high intention for sharing my thankfulness each day of November. But then life intervenes and I forget a day or two or I end a day feeling completely ungrateful. So, I’m going to spare you all the daily posts. …

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Blog Coordinating, not matching. Two years of Twin Fashion

Coordinating, not matching. Two years of Twin Fashion

Different from the start – Coordinating, not matching My twins were born at 32 weeks. One weighed 4lbs. One weighed 2lbs 10 ounces. They looked radically different; so from the beginning, it was easy for us to think of them as individuals. We knew for a fact they are not identical once they were blood …

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Blog Fohr Freshman Class 2018 Needs a Mommy Blogger

Fohr Freshman Class 2018 Needs a Mommy Blogger

Not another Mommy Blogger – Why would I join a crowded market of similar voices? Because I NEEDED to. Pregnant with twins at 40 (Yes, they run in the family and No, I never imagined it) I messaged a friend with 20 yo twin boys and asked her how in the world I was going …

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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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Blog Rehoming Hank: an open letter to his future family.

Rehoming Hank: an open letter to his future family.

A lifelong Commitment You see the posts on Facebook. A screenshot of a craigslist ad looking for a new home for a dog due to a “New baby”, followed by a lecture about how dogs are family members, comments that echo “a dog is a lifetime commitment”. And everyone goes about their day feeling superior …

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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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