What I Wish I'd Known with Baby #1


The first few months after my first child, Joshua, was born were rough. OK, I'm under-exaggerating that. He cried endlessly, didn't sleep and I was a basket case. Maybe you've been there. It's not a pretty sight. 

The second time around went much smoother. I knew what to expect, I thought a lot about how I wanted to do things, and I learned piles of stuff through

Daylight Savings - Time to Jump Ahead!



I really, really don't like daylight savings. I think it is silly that we still have it, and I've seriously considered moving someone else, like Arizona, where they don't have this darn skipping back and forth each year. It was a little annoying when I was younger, but now that I've got kids, it's SUPER pesky!

Anyway, I haven't picked up and moved to Arizona yet, so I've got to deal with the "spring forward" (and, gulp, the "fall back" in 8ish months!) and most likely, you have to deal with it too so let's go ahead and have a chat about it. Maybe we'll both dislike it less afterwards :)

Your most dire twin questions, answered.



Even though I'm in my thirties, I still get asked all kinds of questions (usually the same ones) when people find out that I'm a twin. Are you identical? Do people get you mixed up? Did you ever switch classes in high school? Did you ever switch dates? Do you know when she's hurt or sad? Can your husbands tell you apart? 

My sister Sharon (mom of 4) gets the twin questions too. All. The. Time. She's gotten some really bizarre comments and questions over the last two years. Here are some of the

Perfect timing means no crying...or does it?



If you've spent a good enough time dallying in the 'how the heck do I get my kid to sleep' circles, you've probably heard something along the lines of perfect timing equals no crying. It's one of those stand out ideas from a very popular baby sleep book that stands out because, well, it's repeated multiple times, and also because it's pretty significant. I mean, if you put your child to bed at just the right time they won't cry. Who in their right mind wouldn't want that?!

The thing is, this phrase is kind of like one of those emails or phone calls you get promising you all kinds of amazing things (like a free trip to tahiti WITH free babysitting) for filling out a 2 minute survey--it sounds a little too

Why is my baby taking short naps?



Ahhhh, short naps. Every parent's dream. They visit many and they visit often. And they are as obnoxious as anything....especially if you have just spend the last hour trying to get baby to go to sleep! UGH!

Short naps, sometimes called the 45 minute intruder due to their length, are especially difficult if you are trying to establish a

P.U./P.D.


What is PU/PD?
P.U./P.D. (pick up/put down) is a strategy used by The Baby Whisperer that she states is the "cornerstone of her middle-of-the-road philosophy" because "your child is neither dependent on you or some kind of prop for going to sleep, nor is he abandoned." This strategy is used after implementing a good routine, "Four S" ritual, shush-pat and possibly wake to sleep. It is only to be used in children 3-4 months or

Daylight Savings - Time to Jump Back!


It's that time of year again. You know, the time you loved pre-kids because you got to sleep in. And the time you abhorred post-kids because getting kids to sleep in later is, well, about as fun as eating a mud pie (and sometime just as difficult!)

OK. Take a deep breath. I didn't mean to scare you. It'll be ok. You won't be waking up pre-dawn forever, and if you're proactive and