Thursday, April 30, 2015

SleepShop | Giveaway

Last week I shared something big on Twin Talk's Instagram: An infant sleep training expert wanted to answer our twin sleep-related questions.  I was hoping Melissa would receive 8-10 questions.  She did... in less than five minutes.  I think we were both a little shocked. By the end of the night, Melissa had over 50 questions to answer.! I told her she wasn't allowed to answer all of them (can you imagine how long that would take?) and asked her to limit it to a few.

The great news is she answered 10 of your questions below!  And even better news?  I asked Melissa to become Twin Talk's official Sleep Training Expert and she happily agreed.  This means she will be back every couple months to answer your questions!  

I'm so excited to introduce you to Melissa.  She contacted me a month ago and told me all about her business - SleepShop.  Melissa is an Infant Sleep Consultant and Family Care Counselor, which means she has extensive training working with parents and families in times of high stress and transition.  She has four children (including B/G twins!) and offers several different services, including consulting, pastoral care/counseling, as well as creating schedules specific for your children's needs.  

I forgot to mention one tiny detail: Melissa told me she wanted to offer a giveaway on Twin Talk - $500 gift certificate toward one of her sleep consulting packages!

Before we get to the questions and giveaway, I asked Melissa to share her story with Twin Talk's followers...  

Hi, I'm Melissa!  Before I had kids I worked as a Hospital Chaplin. It was hands down the most fulfilling, heart-wrenching, sacred and significant experience of my life. Being invited into such vulnerable parts of people’s lives was an honor and I truly loved it. However it was also something that emotionally took its course when I started my own family.  

Fast forward - I got married, had two kids (Anniston and Grover, 17 months apart), suffered multiple miscarriages (one of which was twins) while trying for our third so I decided to open up SleepShop and give myself a new focus. I have my M.A., in Pastoral Care and Counseling and missed the counseling aspect so much. Now I get to work with families and support them as much as I can.  Getting everyone in the house sleeping and on a routine that works for them is a bonus! I am passionate about sleep and routine because I believe it gives kids security and breeds confidence. Also, well rested babies are happy babies, and well rested moms are sane.  

After SleepShop took off I still yearned for more babies.  We moved forward with IVF at the recommendation of our doctor and were blessed with our B/G twins. I will never forget looking at them in the hospital and thinking, “Oh my gosh, they are both mine. They are both here!” It was such a special day and I will never forget it! So here I am with four kiddos under five that drive me nuts, make me drink lots of wine, and make me laugh, but who I love more fiercely than anything in all my life. I feel so lucky to get to do a job I love and meet so many amazing moms along the way. :) 

Here is my little family: Anniston (4) Grover (3) and Augusta and Sullivan. This is my husband Eric who is the best person I know and the most patient since he gets to put up with me. :) 

Now my kids are 5, 4 and the twins are 1. :) 

Now for your questions...

What is the best way to transition 8-month-old preemies from rock n play to cribs?  Would you do just nap time first or nap time and bedtime? 
The best way to transition babies from rock n plays to cribs is to start with naps 3-5 days and then move them to the crib at night after that. Once you move them there at night make sure you are ready because you don’t want to go back.

I've heard and experienced mixed things on whether or not putting a baby to bed earlier helps them sleep better and/or later in the morning.  My littlest babe is now four months and we really struggle.  She's going to bed around 9-9:30 and up around 7 am, waking up anywhere from 2-5 times a night.  I'm wondering if an earlier bedtime would help? 
Yes, always put a baby down earlier at night rather than later. If she is getting up at 7 am she needs to be in bed and fed by 7 pm the night before. Sometimes it takes them a couple of days to adjust but going down earlier helps keep them better rested and transition through sleep cycles at night more easily. 

My son (Twin B) is 10-months-old and wakes frequently throughout the night.  He always has.  He just wakes up crying for no reason.  I'll pat his butt, adjust his blanket, or give him his pinky and he goes right back to sleep for another hour or so.  Could it be night terrors?  My older son had them, but not so young.  
I think he is too young for night terrors but think he is waking at each sleep transition. How you are getting him back to sleep is perfect but I think you need to go in less frequently. Doing that 1-2 times in a 12 hour period is fine but other than that I would let him kind of figure it out himself.  I think you will be surprised how he will do!

My 12-month-old G/G twins share a room and have pretty bad sleep associations - they need to be rocked or cuddled to sleep.  Can you talk about sleep training methods for older twins who share a room?
Since they are used to being rocked to sleep they are going to fight being put down awake because they have always been “put” to sleep rather than putting themselves to sleep. I would start by slowly weaning the amount of time you are rocking them and then put them down awake. Rock them both the same amount of time and put them both down at the same time. Then I would let them be. If you need to visit the room in intervals to help soothe (without picking up) that is fine! :) Just know they will be frustrated learning to put themselves down but once they are able to learn, it will help them tremendously! 

How do I get my 6-month-old twins to take solid naps instead of lots of 20-30 minute cat naps during the day?
Oh the dreaded 20-30 min! It is them transitioning to REM cycles and the only way to get them to transition is to help them go back to sleep right away or leave them and let them figure it out on their own (depending on what you are comfortable with).  Make sure they are not going down for their naps overtired or hungry.  If that is the case that might be what's waking them up.

I have two-year-old B/G twins.  We've been wanting to get them toddler beds & transition them from their cribs.  Will it be OK to close their door at bedtime?  Will they not feel scared of being "locked in"?
Yes, it is OK to close their door at night, just as long as you make sure their room is safe and there is nothing they can get into that is dangerous. Make sure all furniture is secure to the wall so they can’t climb all over it and pull it down on them. You can also try a nightlight to help them or put music on while they are going to sleep. I have a lot of clients who actually make the kids room a dutch door - they keep the top part a little open but close the bottom portion of the door so the toddlers can’t wander around the house.

I have 10-week-old twins, at what point do you suggest them napping in their cribs for each nap time (versus a swing, rock n play, etc.)?
I think right now is a good time to start allowing them to take 1-2 naps a day in their cribs (in a dark room that is a good temperature with a sound machine that goes all naptime). As they get older and you get more comfortable, you can increase the amount of times they are napping in there. 

How soon do I get started on sleep training? We didn't start until four months with my now two-year-old son... But I'm expecting twin girls in a month and a half and am feeling really intimidated!
You can start “sleep training” whenever you are ready. I don’t refer to it as training when they are so young, focus more on keeping a consistent routine and implementing good habits. With twins it's important to try and keep both on the same schedule. If you have them feed and sleep at the same time that will help a lot! 

I have two-year-old twin girls who share a room.  One of them wakes up several times a night with heeart dropping screams from night terrors.  We try comforting her the best we can but if she cris too much she wakes the other one and they are both hard to get back to sleep.  So do we just let the one with night terrors cry and wake her sister up or are we creating a bad, hard to break habit of removing her from the room so her sister can sleep?
Night terrors are the worst! I would immediately go in and try to calm her in the room. If the other one wakes up, comfort her as well and try to get them both back to sleep. Overtime my guess is the other twin will learn to sleep right through it. Overtired and overstimulated babies have more night terrors so for that twin I would make sure she is getting enough rest during the day and taking solid naps. That will make a huge difference and hopefully cut down on the night terrors. 

I have 4-month-old boys and I need help with a nap schedule for them and tips for getting them to nap in their cribs.  They sleep in their cribs at night but do not what to nap in them during the day.  They only want to nap in their swings!  Help!
Oh no, I hate to say it but you have to take the swing away! :( I know it's so hard but that is what’s putting and keeping them to sleep for naps and they need to learn to do it on their own - preferably before they get much older because they will fight it even more! One nap a day is fine but other than that I would put them in their cribs! 



Melissa is graciously giving away a $500 gift certificate toward one of her sleep consulting packages!

There are two ways to enter this giveaway...

1. Visit SleepShop and then leave a comment letting us know your biggest sleep concern with your kid(s)! Include your email address!! 
2.  Follow SleepShopOC and Twin Talk on Instagram and tag two friends on Twin Talk's giveaway post!

That's it!  You have until Sunday at midnight to enter and the winner will be announced on the blog next Monday!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Twin Birth Story: Ashley Ardoin

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Ashley Ardoin

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Twin Birth Story: Tracy

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Where do you currently live?  Maplewood, NJ

Monday, April 27, 2015

Twin Birth Story: Chelsie Wilson

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Chelsie Wilson

Where do you currently live?  Lake Toxaway, North Carolina

Friday, April 24, 2015

Twin Birth Story: Amy Marchant

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Amy Marchant

Where do you currently live?  Whitmore Lake, MI

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Real Moms

The day I found out we were expecting twins I became best friends with Google.  I searched "twins" and "twin mom" and "pregnant with twins - will I ever sleep again?"  The results scared me for two reasons.  1.  There was so little information.  2.  The information was so negative. (Turns out you will sleep again - take that, Google.)

Since then, social media has continued to thrive and a little blog called Twin Talk began.   Now I find myself surrounded by fellow twin moms.  Supportive twin moms.  And, my goodness, what a blessing it's been to meet all of you.

I'm not sure you could find a twin mom more proud than me.  I have four #TWINMOM tops (for crying out loud) and a blog that's dedicated to life with twins.  If I take one of my kids somewhere, I always talk about their sibling because I just can't help myself.  I love being a twin mom.


I feel like there has been a bit of a shift in the twin mom world.  It's moved from a feeling of isolation to a feeling of superiority.  Twin moms encouraging each other sometimes comes at a price -  I've read supportive comments to one another that could really hurt singleton moms.  I see shirts and mugs that declare, "Real moms make twins" and I want to hide in a corner.  Snide comments along the lines of "It must be nice to only have one..." or "You think that sounds like a bad day..." insinuating a twin mom is better, stronger, and more knowledgeable than other moms (even if it was never intentional).

Let me be clear - I'm not innocent.  And it's still a life goal of mine to educate the world that B/G twins cannot be identical.

No one doubts the difficulties we face.  I've never met anyone who found out I had twins and said, "Must be a BREEZE!"  No, they always shake their heads and tell me my hands are full.  Even though I've heard it 1,000 times, I know it's simply their way of saying, "Way to go, mom."  This comment drives some twin moms crazy but friends, I don't think we're allowed to have it both ways.  We can't get upset at someone for saying our hands are full and then turn around and tell the world we work twice as hard and sleep half as much.

Simply put: All moms are amazing.  We should be proud of our twins and proud of ourselves... but not at someone else's expense.  I started this blog because I knew we needed a positive place to share our fascinating experiences with twins.  I love that there is a united front of women who are thrilled to be twin moms.  I want that excitement and joy to spread like wildfire because pregnant twin moms need to know what they are about to experience isn't scary - it's incredible.

I'm so grateful God blessed me with Jude & Sloane, who just so happened to arrive one minute apart.  I know my singleton mom friends feel every bit as grateful for their sweet babies.

Having twins didn't make us real moms - having kids did. We're all in this together.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Day in the Life: 14 Months

My name is Emily Burton and I live in Battle Creek, MI. My husband, Matt and I met at work and have been married for three years. My stepdaughter Alexis lives with us throughout the school year. She is 17, has a chromosomal deletion condition that makes her special needs and she’s our social butterfly. A little over a year after we got married, we got the best surprise when we found out we were expecting twins. An easy pregnancy but loooong labor later, Montgomery Charles and Violet Elizabeth were born on January 16, 2014. I almost can’t express how fulfilling and wonderful becoming a mother has been. I find myself more patient and enthusiastic overall and I could go on, for LITERALLY hours talking about how great my kids are. After returning to work for a few months, we decided it just wasn’t working out how we’d hoped and I became a full-time mommy. Squeeee!

Overall, my general approach to life with two babies is focusing on consistency mixed with flexibility. Full disclosure: It is completely ironic I would be advising anyone to “go with the flow” because I am a total planner who focuses on details (hence consistency), but caring for a family of five just makes you loosen up a little I guess. For example, my kids don’t nap at exactly the same time from day to day, it can fluctuate depending on what we are doing that day. Some days we get two naps and some days the first nap is so long they don’t need a second one. I give all of the credit to my kids because they have always been good eaters, sleepers and have very different but contented personalities. Also, my husband is extremely patient, thank goodness for him!

6:45 am - Matt gets up to start getting Alexis ready for school. After he helps her shower, I get her dressed and do her hair, help with shoes, coat and backpack and get her on the school bus.

7:15 am - As we wait for the bus, Monty is now awake and crying pretty loudly. Since he is standing in his crib and being pretty insistent, as soon as Alexis is on the bus I will bring him downstairs even though it's a little early. Daddy is already busy getting himself ready for work or he would have brought Monty downstairs.

7:25 am - Alexis in on her way, but Monty has now quieted right back down and is asleep again. I know I have either 20 minutes give or take before he’s up again for the day or if I’m lucky he could sleep up to another hour and a half. Either way I have time for a shower!

7:58 am - Babies are still asleep, great news! Time to get their diaper bag ready, do some dishes, laundry and get everything prepped for the day.

8:53 am - Both babies are awake. I LOVE days when they sleep in and I can get tasks done at my own pace. I bring them downstairs.

9:00 am - Milk time in sippy cups.

9:07am - Bath time! Monty’s diaper is filled to the brim, so he gets to be first today. I still bathe them separate because it works the best logistically for me when I am alone. After he’s dried, diapered and dressed, its Violet’s turn. Today the baths are all business, we have a play date to get to.

9:38 am - Everyone is in the car and we are headed for our twin play date, right after a quick roll through the Starbucks drive-through of course.

10:05 am - We arrive at our play date. My best friend was around 6 months pregnant with her own boy/girl twins when we found out that we were expecting the same. Her beautiful babies are about 4 months older than mine and they have so much fun together. It is nice to have play dates period, but having them with other twin mommas is one of my most cathartic outlets. I don’t know if either of us would be sane without another friend who knows EXACTLY what its like to be in each other's shoes. We chatter and catch up nonstop until it's lunch time. If you don’t have a twin momma friend, GET ONE!

10:20 am - After the initial excitement of playing with our besties is over, it's time for a our morning yogurt snack.

11:59 am - Everyone is getting a little hungry. Time to feed the big kids. Then the littles. Grilled cheese and fruit! One small example of why having play dates at other twin homes is the best is that they have two of everything and it's almost exactly like being at home. We literally have the same high chairs!

1:03 pm - The natives are getting restless, so we say our goodbyes and head home. Everyone is asleep within moments.

1:38 pm - I didn’t bring enough diapers to this play date (doh!), so instead of going straight up to bed, I change them both. Today it took them almost 50 minutes to settle back into sleep, but they handle the transition like champs playing and talking in their cribs until sleep comes. I take this lull in the action to check emails and social media, switch the laundry and get everything from our trip put away.

2:57 pm - Alexis gets off the bus. Our ritual is to put away our shoes, coat and bag and immediately use the bathroom. Then she selects a movie to watch and a game to play and checks in on all of her “friends” (her Mickey Mouse clubhouse stuffed animals). With most of the chores out of the way for now, I watch a little bit of tv to relax.

4:05 pm - Check in on Alexis, she’s been reading to Mickey and talking about how she’s going bowling tomorrow.

4:33 pm - Since it is kind of late for an afternoon snack, I had better get it prepared before they are awake. As soon as I finish cutting the grapes and string cheese, I hear Violet’s voice. Before I’m upstairs they are both serenading each other. I bring them downstairs and get their diapers changed and get them settled into their seats for snack time.

4:57 pm - Snack is over and playtime begins. Some of the highlights include throwing and chasing balls, climbing up onto the couch, trying on our favorite shoes/hats/sunglasses over and over and over, reading books, starting random dance parties and Mommy’s personal favorite; cuddles! Some of the low lights…...a few instances of grabbing and pushing, but there is more laughter than whining today; winning!

5:08 pm - Monty needs another fresh diaper.

5:40 pm - Alexis needs to use the bathroom. Before heading back to what she was just engrossed in, she takes the time to make the babies laugh and give a few high fives.

6:20 pm - Tonight is a special night for Daddy, as he is spending time with some of his other Daddy friends and playing board games. He does an excellent job making sure I get a chance to go out to dinner on occasion for Mommy time too! It is so necessary to have downtime together, but also for yourself! Since its just the kids and I tonight, I use some of my favorite make ahead kids foods. For Alexis a cheesy quesadilla! For the babies french toast and bananas.

6:58 pm - Dinner is over, everyone has been cleaned up and resumes play.

7:55 pm - I put Alexis to bed and we close out the day by reading a book.

8:09 pm - It's last call for milk. After they finish their sippy cups, I change their diapers and get them into pajamas. Of course that calls for a second wind!

8:31 pm - Everyone is ready to go upstairs. Tucked into bed, they go quietly off to dreamland. I head back downstairs to straighten up.

8:46 pm - I make myself something to eat and even prepare a special snack for tomorrow. Then it's time to do a little more laundry and unwind.

10:15 pm - Daddy returns home and we take some time to talk. I make sure to take plenty of pictures throughout the day to show him all of the fun we had while he was at work.

11:20 pm - We head to bed.

Each day is a little different, but there is always some laughter, a few tears and so much love it could choke a horse! Thanks so much for reading, I love being a part of the Twin Talk Blog community!

If you have any questions for Emily, CLICK HERE to email her!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Twin Birth Story: Meagan Clanahan

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Meagan Clanahan

Where do you currently live?  Houston, TX

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

LaureLeaf Creations | Giveaway

Laurel, a fellow twin mama, contacted me recently about giving away two things from her Etsy shop. LaureLeaf Creations is full of adorable leggings, cardigans, and pajamas.  As I was scrolling through her products, she let me know she was adding a line of shorts and was hoping to send a pair to Jude and Sloane.

YES, PLEASE.  We live in Texas.  It's hot 90% of the year.  Send me the shorts! :)

Their shorts arrived and are ridiculously cute.  They are so incredibly soft - I already know what they will be wearing for road trips this summer.  I put them on the kids and watched them walk/run with ease.  Laurel did a great job paying attention to detail! I love her cardigans so I know I'll be ordering from her shop in the future (for the other 10% of the year).  :)

Jude is wearing the gray vintage motorcycle shorts with black trim and Sloane is wearing the blue knit/white arrow shorts with white trim.  I also love the black/white triangle shorts and I think the pink floral shorts would look great with a mint tank.  :)  

I asked Laurel to tell us a little more about her family.  She said...

Hi! My name is Laurel Shepherd and I am a wife, a mommy to twin girls, and the owner of LaureLeaf Creations. My daughters, Eden and Lydia, are 18 months old and they are the cutest little mischief makers on the planet! They love playing at the park, taking bubble baths, throwing their food on the floor, and singing silly songs. They hate taking a nap, smiling for the camera, leaving the park, and sitting still. When I'm not running around like a crazy woman trying to keep up with them, I'm busy sewing for my Etsy shop. I opened LaureLeaf Creations in October 2014, and it has been such a fun ride turning my hobby and passion into a business. I really got into sewing when I found out I was pregnant with twin girls. I started seeing cute baby outfits everywhere and wanted to buy everything! I knew I couldn't do that, but I figured I could sew outfits that were even more adorable than you could find in the store. I started sewing a good portion of my girls' wardrobe, and it seemed that everywhere we went, people would ask me where I got their outfits. Finally, my husband, Nathan, encouraged me to open my own business. It was a scary leap, but my business has become such a blessing to my family. My shop specializes in fun and unique clothing for babies and toddlers. Sewing is my creative outlet, and I absolutely love owning my own shop. I hope you love the products as much as I love creating them! 

Laurel is graciously giving away two pairs of her shorts -  Just in time for warm weather! :)

There are two ways to enter this giveaway...

1. Visit Laurel's Etsy shop and let me know which shorts you'd choose in the comments below (include your email address)!
2.  Follow LaureLeaf Creations and Twin Talk on Instagram and tag two friends on Twin Talk's giveaway post!

That's it!  You have until Thursday at midnight to enter and the winner will be announced on the blog this Friday!

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Why I Became A Postpartum Associate

When I became a mother to my first set of twins, I truly knew nothing.
Beyond comparing my babies to the size of a fruit, I did no prenatal reading, I joined no support groups and I was not the least bit interested in hearing other peoples take on raising multiples.  I thought, like most other things in my life, I would just “figure it out.”
I was blessed to have an extremely healthy pregnancy. I went to 38 weeks and had an amazing 8 lb 7 oz boy and incredible 7 lb 10 oz baby girl.  I knew they needed to sleep, to eat and to be changed but I had no idea how complicated it could be to bring two babies home.

I remember waking up (as if I had ever fallen asleep) the morning after bringing my babies home from the hospital and thinking I had just gotten myself in to the first challenge I was unsure that I could succeed in.  I was a bit terrified at how we’d fall into a routine, if I would ever sleep again or heck, if I would even make it through the next 24 hours.
Being a mother of twins came with so many blessings. Two smiling babies, two to cuddle, two to hug but it also came with a double workload that I hadn’t quite prepared myself for. Within the first two weeks of bringing my babies home and trying to figure out this parenting thing, I decided that if I made it out of this newborn stage semi-sane, I would change career paths and somehow become involved in the support of new parents or bringing babies into this world.
My days were spent caring for my babies, figuring out a sleeping and eating schedule, reading articles and blog posts on the care of twins and what I could expect next. I followed twin support groups and although I didn’t participate much, I read everything these mothers were saying, trying to absorb any and all information I could. It was winter so I didn’t venture out much; I hunkered down and committed myself to truly learning all about my babies and their needs, as I was determined to flourish as a mother.  
In my “spare” time (is there spare time with newborns?) I did research as to how I could easily transition from a career in corporate retail to some sort of “birth work.”  As with many twin pregnancies, I had countless ultrasounds and could remember the pure joy of seeing my babies each and every time, knowing they were healthy, knowing they were growing and I thought that perhaps this was were I would go in my professional career next.  I looked into programs and realistically thought I could begin schooling the following fall semester. With a semi-concrete professional plan in place and my babies (and I) thriving at home I felt good about all the next steps in my family’s lives.
And then a little less than 7 months postpartum, my husband and I learned we were expecting again. As I did the math, I had no idea how I would care for 15 month old twins and a newborn. I had worked so hard to learn how to care for these babies that I was unsure how a new baby would play into the mix. The dust settled and I thought, “I’ve cared for twin newborns, one will be a piece of cake!” (which of course, any mother of a singleton will tell you is not the case) but it helped me focus on the positive and become excited about this pregnancy.
A few weeks later we had our first visit to the OB-GYN and learned what I thought was the impossible, we were once again expecting twins.  I cried. For almost two weeks. I was overcome with a range of emotions. The first time  I learned we were having twins I had feelings of only excitement, this time, I was anxious, scared, confused as to how I would be able to meet the demands of four babies.
And then, one day, I felt peace. I’m not sure the exact moment my fears turned into excitement or exactly how I transitioned from a state of pure shock and panic to having an understanding that this was all part of my plan and purpose but it did happen. I looked at the future with optimism and was no longer scared about being able to meet all four babies needs but knew that having my second set of twins was a blessing, not only literally as any time a new life is created it should be considered a blessing, but it also helped clear up any reservations I'd had about wanting to turn my passion of being a mother into a profession.
When my “littles” (as we affectionately refer to them) were born I expected the same ups and downs as I had had with our “bigs.”  Sleepless nights, confusion surrounding eating and scheduling, chaos with having four babies to tend to but I was surprised to find the opposite. The biggest difference between bringing the “bigs” home and then bringing the “littles” home was I had perspective and knowledge on how to care for our babies.  Of course, all babies are different and needs will vary dependent on each individual child but overall having the understanding of how to care for multiples from my first go round truly enabled me to (almost) seamlessly transition to life with two sets of twins.

My babies are now 4 and 3.  4 and 3, I still cannot believe that time passed so quickly and my babies aren’t really babies anymore. There were days (and nights) I never thought we’d make it this far. Parenting multiples can be a rollercoaster ride. So, so, so many highs and with, unfortunately, a few lows sprinkled in.  Through it I’ve learned that the best way to enjoy, thrive and truly LOVE being a mother of multiples is knowledge, resources and the connection of having another person who’s been on a similar journey.

I have changed careers and followed my heart into working with expectant and new parents.  There is nothing I am more passionate about than sharing my experiences and information, than seeing new parents find their rhythm with their babies, than hearing a mother successfully transition her babies from one stage to the next and so recently, having trained as a postpartum doula, I have partnered with Twin Love Concierge as a postpartum associate.  Through workshops and consults, I am able to help families avoid those feelings of being overwhelmed, confused and scared as I had had when bringing home the “bigs.”

For me, being a mother of multiples, has not only been the biggest blessing in the sense that I have four amazingly wonderful children in my life but it also has given me the opportunity to truly help and walk with other families going through these stages to ensure they are the most amazing moments in their lives as well.

Jen Kelly is a mother to two sets of boy/girl twins and a postpartum associate with Twin Love Concierge. She resides in NY and is passionate about helping families adjust to home life with their multiples. You can connect with Jen at: or on instagram @mamaofmultiples

Friday, April 3, 2015

Twin Birth Story: Kjersten Smith

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Kjersten Smith

Where do you currently live?  Orange, CA

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Twin Birth Story: Crystal

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Where do you currently live?  Texas

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Twin Birth Story: Jennifer Zens

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Jennifer Zens

Where do you currently live?  Mt.Vernon, SD