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  1. Rebecca Moon Ruark says

    Ooo, challenge accepted–as we’ve got summer vacation here ahead of us, last day of (remote) school for my kids today. I’ll tell you, one of the blessings–and drawbacks–of having twin boys (who get along amazingly well, still, even after more than 2 months of isolation as a family) is that they don’t always let me in. Not that that’s an excuse not to know them super well. They are 10, are in love with video games (of course) and talk about them ALL DAY! I do try to join in, but I have noticed that to understand them more fully I need them on their own, one at a time. Your daughter is so adorable–and I remember that age being both fun and frustrating. The language thing is huge; I felt like so many tantrums were from me not understanding the baa, ba, ba ba, stuff. If I had it to do over I’d probably do a little of the sign language for babies. Enjoy your time together!

    • Shelly DS says

      Haha it’s so ironic that you need to have the twins separate to understand them 🥴twins must definitely have been a challenge at the early stages too… I can only imagine how it must have felt dealing with two frustrated toddlers! Gabby is my world, and thank you – I do think she is super cute too! But it really is tough trying to stay calm and keep her calm

      • Rebecca Moon Ruark says

        Right!? At 10, twins are pretty fun, but I don’t recommend twin infants. When younger friends talk about having kids, my husband always says, “Have them one at a time.” Of course I wouldn’t change it, but there’s a reason 5 was my favorite age: kindergarten gave me a little break. Toddlers really are amazing though–learning something new every second. I wish I had good advice for keeping calm. I used to have to tell myself, “Stop trying to reason with them like they’re little adults.” Kids are smart, but I often expected too much. Being with your Gabby all day now you’re probably getting attuned to the times of day she’s better at adapting to change. I was always trying to drag my guys to the grocery store at the wrong time–and regretting it after tandem tantrums. I think I’ve become a better listener in many ways over the last 10 years! Love your blog–and I’m looking forward to reading more. So glad we connected here!

      • Shelly DS says

        Thank you so much for your kind words! I can only imagine how hard it must have been, but it’s worth it because you win the mom of the year award twice over! Looking forward to sharing this journey with you 😊

  2. Josephine Nerissa Leão Panzo says

    I can’t wait to start this journey in december 🙂 I might need a few of your tips, I like the way you and Nuno have been raising Gabby.

  3. Jane Tawel says

    Love this — first I am so glad for the pictures — how beautiful you both are. Secondly, absolutely LOL’d at the names you give her as you flit across the feelings any one who has ever been a mother of a daughter can understand: “spawn, mushroom, angel, butterfly” — delightful and hilarious. Lovely narrative here. My three daughters and one son are all grown up now and sometimes I am most proud as a parent for the fact that I managed to keep them alive. Do enjoy all the childhood years– it is a lovely, lovely time, job, relationship and journey — the best of my life! It is obvious it will be of yours and hers as well.

    • Shelly DS says

      Hahaha thanks so much Jane. I do love her more than I’ve ever loved anyone, and you’re right, she gets lots of nicknames as a result! Lately she’s porcupine because she’s going through the terrible twos but is still the cutest thing alive 😅
      I’ll take your word, mama. Will make sure to enjoy every waking moment with this one!

  4. Shayla says

    I’m only a part-time working parent yet I am still learning things about my daughter everyday. Admittedly, as I am with her 24/7, I know quite a whole lot but as she grows it is still so rewarding to see her learn new things and become her own person. That being said, I think I’m ready for normality to be restored now lol!

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