QOTW: When Did You Go Back to Work?

I stayed home with my kids until they started VPK and it was a decision that always made me think. Did I go back too soon? Did I go back too late? Should I have not stayed home at all? I stayed home because it was hands down the most economical choice, I think daycare was more than the paycheck I would have been bringing home.

I’m curious to see how many of you stayed home with your kids, for how long and the reason why.

Leave your answer in the comment section and if you have a post about it please leave the link.

QOTW: St. Patrick’s Day Edition

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I will start this post by saying I am not Irish, but I grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago, so that kind of counts. Every year on St. Patrick’s Day my Mom would make corned beef, cabbage and potatoes. It’s a tradition for us, even though we’re Polish. So I’m curious:

What are your St. Patrick’s Day traditions?

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QOTW: New Parent Advice

This past week at work we held a conference on crisis and risk communication (I think that’s pretty related to having multiples, no?) and one of our speakers, I found out, is pregnant with twins. I always love meeting soon-to-be parents of multiples and love answering their questions. I love it even more when I can answer said questions without a four-year-old asking me a million questions.

When I was pregnant with Aaron and Jill I always received the same advice: get them on a schedule, always take help and then there was the promise that no matter what, it gets better. While that advice is fine and dandy (and usually something I pass on) I like to add the following:

  • Take shifts throughout the night. Scott and I used to split the night so that way each of us was guaranteed at least 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep.
  • Do not take anything your spouse says to you in the first three months to heart. You are sleep deprived and on edge.
  • Just because it worked for someone else does not mean it will work for you. Do not force anything because everyone else said it’s the right thing to do. You know your kids better than anyone else. Go with your gut.
  • Take care of you! It is so hard to do this in those first few months, but honestly, it is so important.

What is your go to advice for a new parent of multiples?

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QOTW: Talking to Your Kids About Loss

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My grandmother passed away this past Monday. She would have been 96 on March 12th. I haven’t said anything to the kids yet and have really tried to shield them from what’s going on thus far. We will be attending the memorial at the end of the month and I’m not totally sure how to discuss this with the kids. They met her twice and they were really little both times. So here’s the QOTW:

How do you discuss loss with your kids?

Please leave your answer in the comment section and if you have a post already written about it, leave the link.

February Photo of the Month

Welcome to this months Photo of the Month! This month we are featuring some of your favorite photos, in a little bragging-rights only contest. Vote for your favorite 3 photos and we will announce the winner next week. Don’t forget to stop by the blogs of all of these cuties!

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Alyssa and Allison

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Alexander and Evelyn

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Sadowski Trio Loves Bath Time

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Justin and Joshua’s first day of preschool. (Black eye from TWF Twin Wrestling Federation(TM) ) – Go Team Wood

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Madeleine and Priscilla

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Jordan and Jenna celebrating Mardi Gras

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Wagon Ride

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Super Hero Complex

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Samuel and Alex

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Myles, Liam and Zoey

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Valentine’s Day with Alice, Silas and Josie

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Porter, Logan and Myriam

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Gabbie and Charlie

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Evan and Ethan

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Kian and Avery

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Twins in the Snow – Here Come the Girls

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Sis, I’m just gonna munch on your shoulder for a minute ok?

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Genesis, Joshua and Ryan

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3 for Team Lopez

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You can vote for three of your favorites below! If you didn’t get your submission in, no worries! We do this every month!

 

QOTW: Winter Activities

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We actually had a pretty cold weekend this weekend, well for Florida anyway, and I know the majority of you are dealing with the cold as well. There is only so much you can do with kids that are full of energy inside a house, so I have to ask…

What are your favorite winter activities? 

Leave your answer in the comment section and if you have a link leave it too!

Next week is the Photo of the Month post, be sure to send your submissions to Multiplesandmoreblog@yahoo.com