Why There Are Pickles in My Tea: Introduction to Beth

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I am thrilled to be a new member of HDYDI, but I wonder if I should confess to you all now that I am a fraud, or should I just let you figure it out for yourself?  Decisions, decisions.

I spent some time before writing this reading through other posts and I have to say that the amazing women on this blog really know their stuff!  They are fabulous mothers and I have no clue how they do it (no pun intended). And I am beyond jealous of them!  Because I am not so sure that I know how to do this….  The other night when we had an extra 90 minutes of screaming and melt downs, I realized just how little I do know.

Emily, is 4 (or as she puts it, “4 and 3 quarters, for real”), and the twins (aka troublematic or kidlets) are 17 and a half months. Fractions are obviously a part of our preschool world.

The twins were a huge surprise.  A knock-me-out-of-my-socks (or stirrups I guess) kind of surprise. But the bigger surprise has been them, as people–their distinct personalities. Emily is a fabulous big sister. She makes this easier. She makes this doable. But I am constantly having to remind myself that she is only 4 (and 3 quarters), or risk asking way too much of her.

The twins, Spencer and Sidney, are really funny.  Sidney is incredibly headstrong, determined, and once she knows you, sweet.  Until she knows you, she will stare you down with a look of doom, barely blinking, while she decides whether or not she approves of you. If so, you are in for a world of hugs, smiles, and kisses. If not, just leave now. Give up; it is not going to happen.  You can just imagine her face on picture day at daycare.

Spencer is my cuddle bug. He loves to read and his favorite reading spot is in my lap. He wants to play with whatever his sisters have. He is a tease already. He is currently debating the wisdom of learning to walk, but until them, he loves to have crawling races. Unfortunately, as his sisters are both walkers, he rarely wins. Potentially a good life lesson for a boy with 2 sisters?

When Emily was younger, her favorite book was Pickles in My Soup.  We would read it every night without fail.  She has tried to read it to the kids, but they are not ready yet.  Every time I get stressed now (or crazed, or on edge), Emily tells me I need tea.  Her homemade (imaginary) tea often has my beloved lemon, and just as often has pickles in it. The other night during the 90 minute scream-fest, there was not enough tea in the world to fix things!  But that is the beauty of twins (or of kids I guess). Every morning is a new chance to start over.  And every morning starts with hugs. Thank goodness for the hugs, and for tea.

Beth is known as mommy by a 4 year old and boy-girl 17 month old twins.  She blogs about life, kids, and DIY, at Pickles in my Tea and in my Soup.

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New Author Introduction: Dory

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Hello, HDYDI Readers! I’m Dory, one of the newest authors to HDYDI. I am currently 30 weeks pregnant with fraternal twins. I am so thrilled to join this amazing group of MOM authors and hopefully provide some interesting, helpful, and amusing posts. Let me tell you a bit about myself.

Dory Intro Post - hdydi.comI am a first-time mom and MoM, just trying to navigate this new and exciting world of multiples. I’ve wanted to be a mother for a very, very long time, but I have to say that I was still quite a bit shocked and taken aback when I found out I was going to have twins. I quickly got over the fear of having two little ones at once, and I am absolutely thrilled for the adventures that we are going to be able to have with our little family.

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I live in Richmond, Virginia, with my husband Tim, dog Lucy, and cat Toby. Tim is my high school sweetheart, and we got married on our 6th dating anniversary in 2009. As you can see from the picture below, we are Virginia Tech Hokies through and through. Although we got married in UVA country (in a building that was actually designed by Thomas Jefferson), we had the Hokie Bird at our wedding! That was quite the happy surprise for Tim and his family!

Dory Intro Post - hdydi.comToby the Cat was my first baby. I got him in 2006, right before my senior year of college. He’s an adorable cat with a killer personality, but sometimes he can be really grouchy. So far, he has loved the nursery (especially Baby Girl’s bed). I just hope he loves the babies as much as he loves their room.

Dory Intro Post - hdydi.comLucy the Dog is a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (there may be a quiz at the end to see if you remember this name). I am totally biased, but they are the best breed in the world. They are the smallest of the retriever breeds, but they have the longest name in the AKC. Many times, we get asked if she is part spaniel, Irish setter, border collie, or golden retriever. Nope! She is a pure bred! She has quite the personality, but I know she is going to be amazing with the babies, simply because she is so kind and gentle around other children, whether they are trying to ride her, tug on her ears or tail, or give her a kiss. She also loves pillows, and she has adopted my pregnancy pillows as her own as well.

Our fraternal boy/girl twins are due in November/December 2013. Our technical 40-week due date is December 15, but I do not expect to go that long.

I used to be an elementary school teacher, and I have taught kindergarten, 2nd, and 4th grades. Now, I am going to be a stay at home mom for my little peanuts, where I can also focus on my blog Doyle Dispatch and my custom craft business Personally Yours by Dory.

Dory Intro Post - hdydi.comI started blogging in 2009 to document my DIY wedding-on-a-budget, and I have continued blogging past the wedding to document my family life, budgeting and stay-out-of debt adventures, home decorating, and DIY projects and tutorials. In the past months, I have really enjoyed documenting and writing about my twin pregnancy, helping other soon-to-be twin moms though the totally new experience of a multiple pregnancy.


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If you like this content, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or suggestion for further topics! Although I am close to the end of my pregnancy, I have a lot of pregnancy-related topics I would love to cover. I love getting input from my readers! Also, if you enjoy this, stop by my blog Doyle Dispatch to see some more posts, whether MOM-related, tutorials, recipes, and family fun!

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A preterm MoM intro

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With the new year upon us I thought I’d take on a new blogging opportunity. Let me introduce myself. My name is Carolyn and I am a mom to fraternal b/b twins, living, parenting and working in Ontario, Canada.

My twins are 2.5 years old and are spunky little men, with great personalities of their own. My guys are little for their age due to arriving at 27 weeks and challenging their parents from day one! They are amazing fighters and have come so far!

Canada offers mothers maternity and parental leave if they’ve been working enough hours leading up to the arrival of their child (ren.) I was lucky to be one of those people. I actually took 16 months off to be with my babies. The times were tough, but we made it through. There was definitely a lot of frustration and tears for everyone involved, but these little men taught us much about perseverance and developed our ability to kick adversity in the b-u-t-t time and time again.

I have been writing a personal blog coming up on 2 years about the ups and downs of my family. You can find my blog at http://twintrospectives.blogspot.ca. We also have an older boy, born at 31 weeks, who the twins love and learn so much from. These 3 boys have been our family’s inspiration.

I usually blog on the topic of prematurity and what might come afterward for others and what has evolved for my family in particular. The experience of preterm birth has given me a positive outlook on life, which might sound weird, given the fact preterm birth is the scariest thing most who go through it will ever experience. I figure if I can get through such an uncertain time, along with my family members, then there isn’t really anything else we can’t figure out. This is what I hope to be able to teach my children as I mother them and watch them grow during their childhood.

Aside from helping my own children along the way, my greatest passion is assisting new families going through the preterm birth experience, one step at a time. I have found my way into my local Multiple Births Canada (MBC) chapter, now working as a peer health worker (outreach worker,) as well as I’ve  just taken on a co-chair role in the development of MBC’s Preterm Birth Support Network.

In 4 short years my amazing little preemie men have taught me so much about life and I hope to be able to share some of what they have been teaching me with the How Do You Do It community.

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