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I Was Half Lucky: What It’s Like To Give Birth To Twins When Only 1 Is Alive

Photo by Helene Samson via Flickr

Photo by Helene Samson via Flickr

By Halina Newberry Grant

My husband followed the sound of my screams. That’s how he found me — by picking up the bread crumbs of profanities I was throwing at doctors and nurses. While he parked the car, I had been put into a scratchy gown and then onto a hospital bed lying on my back while a nurse tried to get my baby’s heart rate with a ridiculous belt...

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What Twins Do When Big Sister Is Not Home

By: Amber Leventry

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Sometimes when my partner and oldest daughter leave for work and preschool each morning, I wish I was the one leaving the house to go to a job without twin toddlers as bosses. Staying home full-time with my boys can be really hard and lonely. For the most part, it’s not so bad. We have a rhythm that is different than on weekend days. I am a bit—um, controlling—so we also have a...

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The Gray Areas of Parenting

By: Amber Leventry

Ryan, Eva, Ben-2.5 years

My kids, my babies, are still very little. But as my preschooler approaches kindergarten and my twin toddlers gain language that makes them both fun and antagonizing, they are using new words to express themselves and explore the environments around them. My daughter balances curiosity with a bit of skepticism I hope she holds onto. Not because I want her to lack the ability to...

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Watch: All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Mommies

By Brandy Black

Here is another episode of our Two Moms, Three Kids series on YouTube.

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WATCH: How To Hang Out With Your Kids While Napping

By Brandy Black

The post WATCH: How To Hang Out With Your Kids While Napping appeared first on The Next Family.

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‘Becoming Nicole’: Book About Identical Twins, Trans Daughter, & A Family’s Courage

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By Alex Temblador

Wayne and Kelly Maines adopted two twin boys, but soon after the parents noticed that Wyatt was different than Jonas. Wyatt it turned out was transgender and later transitioned to the woman that she is today—Nicole. The story of this family is being told in a book that will be released on October 20, 2015. Called Becoming Nicole, it chronicles the life of one family, the Maines,...

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My Beautifully Energetic Boy

By: Amber Leventry

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When my partner, Amy, was pregnant with our twin boys, Baby A was nestled in low and positioned to make his exit first. He wiggled and fluttered in the space below his brother, and sometimes I could feel him move if I poked Amy’s belly in just the right spot. He seemed content to be still, perhaps even introspective. His brother, Baby B, stole the show when it came to action....

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My Twins’ Offers To Help Are Not Helpful

By: Amber Leventry

Ryan, Ben, and Me with Shade

I walk a messy line between allowing my boys to help me with daily tasks and overriding their demands and little toddler screams of, “I do help!” My willingness to embrace their eagerness so they can achieve independence and life-long skills of knowing how to take care of themselves veers in and out of focus when they want to help with everything.

My twin boys are two years...

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Parenting With OCD: My Daily Dose of Exposure Therapy

By Amber Leventry

 

I have this awful problem where I pick up my kids’ toys. Not only do I pick them up, but I put them where they belong. I make sure toys are settled within their individual sets containing 905 pieces, books are on shelves, and LEGOs are with other LEGOs and not scattered around the house in the 45 toy bins we seem to have. I put puzzles back together. I make sure fake food is in...

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Documenting a Year With Twins And A Toddler

By: Amber Leventry

At least once a week, my partner and I look at each other with a look that refers to many conversations where we have said, “I don’t want to wish their youth away, but I want the boys to be a little older.” I feel guilty for feeling it and guilty for saying it. Since my partner gave birth to our twin boys, giving our two year old daughter two brothers, life has been a...

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I Hope My Children Feel Loved Even on My Toughest Parenting Days

By: Amber Leventry

Even during my worst parenting moments, I will not call myself a bad parent. It not only diminishes all of the good parenting I do, but it’s just not true. I am not a bad parent, but I am far from a perfect parent. Some days, on the really, really hard days like we had recently, I didn’t think I knew how to parent at all. Having young kids is tough, but usually the whining,...

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Does Not Play Well With Others: Seeking My Playgroup Soul Mate

By: Amber Leventry

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I don’t like children’s playgroups. Not totally true: I like the fact that they are free and get me out of the house, preventing me from going batshit crazy while home with my 20 month old twin boys. I also like the part that allows my boys to do art projects with glue, because until my boys can restrain themselves from throwing food, that isn’t happening at home.

It’s not the...

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