Holy Sh*t… I’m Having Twins!

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Hello, my name is Amy and I’m The DadMom’s wife and mom to our little twincesses. <3  I was given the opportunity to read and review a book by Elizabeth Lyons, titled, “Holy Sh*t… I’m Having Twins! The Definitive Guide to Remaining Calm When You’re Twice as Freaked Out.” 

Of course it’s difficult to find time to read amidst two babies, working full-time, and balancing everything else in life (don’t even get me started on sick kids!) But I have to say, once I started reading this book, I couldn’t put it down! I found myself laughing, crying, nodding my head, and sighing at all the things I could relate to.  Elizabeth has done an excellent job of relaying the reality of what twin life is really like, while giving down-to-earth, real-life solutions. There are a ton of neat tricks and tips for surviving the first year with multiples.

I have so many paragraphs highlighted and pages dog-eared, but one excerpt that I especially love is this:

“Every time I look at a picture from that time of our lives, I smile. The sleepless nights have long since faded away, and I know in my soul how deeply my kids are worth every single painful morning.” …”Go forth. Soak it all up. Take ten deep breaths between each chapter and before each day commences. Trust yourself. Expect the unexpected. Choose happiness. Because holy shi*t; you’re having twins. And I promise, you’ve got this.”

I wish I had known this book existed a year ago! But even now, with Gracie and Sophia almost 11 months old, I still read many things that I can use going forward.  She breaks down everything, from choosing the necessary baby gear, to advice to keep your marriage or partnership strong when life is insane.  It was also nice to have someone truly understand the struggle of raising multiples, and helped me to feel like I’m not alone in it.

If you’re reading this and you’re expecting twins (or God love you, triplets and beyond), YOU NEED THIS BOOK. If you’ve recently had multiples, and you’re still in the dark days when you don’t think you’ll ever sleep again, YOU NEED THIS BOOK. Seriously, keep it on your end table and read the chapters that apply to the stages your kids are going through at that time. I promise it will help to lift your spirits, give you some helpful advice and ideas, and will definitely give you something to laugh about as you change yet another diaper and feed another hungry baby.

I even encourage parents of singletons to read this book  Granted, not everything will apply, but let’s face it: Whether you have one kid or ten, parenting is one of the hardest jobs you will ever do. Why not get some helpful advice to make that first year a little less stressful? Many pages can relate to all parents, including dads too!

Elizabeth was so generous to not only give me the opportunity to enjoy her book, but she also gave The DadMom a couple extra copies to give away! Check out The DadMom on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter next week for info on how to enter to win!

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Spring Is Here, JORD GIVEAWAY!

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 Tell you what! I absolutely love my JORD watch. I was so impressed that I purchased my wife one within a few days of getting mine. I also teamed up with JORD for a giveaway. This gives everyone I know a chance to use a gift code towards one themselves. You are guaranteed a $25 gift code by entering, but you may be the lucky winner of $100! All you need to do is enter your name & email on this link. GIVEAWAY CLICK HERE ends 4/2/17.

I’ll go into 3 reasons why I love my JORD watch.

The quality of the watch starts with the box the watch comes in. You go to unbox your watch, and wow! The all wood case they give you for the watch is amazing. Props to JORD for their attention to detail, even their boxes are sweet. They even have a little slot at the bottom for humidity control.

The watch is stunning. I’ve only wore it out a few times and I’ve already been asked where I got the watch and what kind it is. The pictures speak for themselves. You can look at the detail of every part. The bezel and watch face are what really stand out to me.

Every JORD watch is hand-crafted and a lot of thought goes into their designs. They are nothing short of a luxury wood watch. I won’t brag about something that I personally don’t like. I definitely love JORD watches and I am a fan for life. Two thumbs up from The Dad Mom!


Wooden Wrist Watch

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BrimSuits, check these out!

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Children are the most precious things in the lives of any parent; thus, no parent wants to expose their children to unnecessary dangers. Yet one danger is so common that it lurks unnoticed in the daily lives of kiddos: the sun. In fact, ninety percent of skin damage and skin cancer is attributed to sunlight exposure.(1) Common solutions include sunscreen and hats, but sunscreen is messy, and hats constantly fall off. This is where the patent-pending brimsuits fills its niche. The brimsuit is stylish, kid-friendly, and most importantly, protective. With the brimsuit children can get their recommended sixty minutes per day of outdoor play without exposing their developing cells to dangerous ultraviolet (UV) damage. The brimsuit itself works by pairing protective fabric with innovative design. The product is formed from a single piece of fabric that makes up both a shirt and a hood. This design choice keeps the hood attached at all times. As a side benefit, the troubles of pairing a matching hat and shirt are gone as every Brimsuit hood-shirt combo is designed stylishly. Additionally, the hood comes with a drawstring to accommodate any head size, ensuring the fit is always snug, but never restrictive. As for the fabric, the material comes in either a waterproof brimsuit or an athletic brimshirt material. Both of these styles are 50+ UPF fabrics, keeping dangerous rays away from the sensitive skin of little adventurers. A project as innovative as this one requires a not insignificant amount of capital to distribute. To remedy this issue, Dominique Parrish, the woman behind brimsuits, has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. There are less than two weeks left to fund the campaign and bring this innovation into reality. Thankfully, the campaign has received recognition from backerclub.co and even Kickstarter itself as a hand-selected “project we love”. Donors will be rewarded with anything from a set of koozies from the “No Kids Yet” package to a first edition Brimsuit. With the help of readers, the brimsuit will save thousands of children from avoidable skin damage. About brimsuits brimsuits was conceived by Dominique Parrish, the happily married mother of a precious eighteen-month-old named Evelyn. Like many mothers, she wanted to keep her daughter safe from the sun, but Evelyn hates hats. To solve the problem, she put her North Carolina State education to the test and drew up a sketch of the first brimsuit prototype. With the help of a NC State professor, she has been able to start production of brimsuits and is excited to distribute them around the word. To learn more or support Brimsuit visit the Kickstarter campaign page.

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Our Sassy Locks Dadventure

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The Dad Mom’s Visit to Sassy Locks

I met Sassy Locks through Instagram just a few months back when I started this blog. We partnered up almost right away for a giveaway, with the mermaid outfits, and it was all over from there (in a good way). We decided to do a photo shoot for some upcoming designs and planned a trip to Chicago.   Amy and I packed up the girls and met up with her family at Buffalo Wild Wings. We all hit it off right away. I can’t wait for our next photo shoot and the girls now have an Aunt Sassy. We have some new nieces as well!   Keep an eye out on all of our media outlets, as we’ll be posting pics of the girls and some adorable new outfits. Here’s to a lifelong friendship with Sassy Locks and her family!  Keep reading to find out the back-story of Sassy Locks and how it all started.

Pictures from the trip below 🙂

Aunt Sassy & Amy hit it off right away!
Aunt Sassy & Amy hit it off right away!
Aunt Sassy holding the girls for the first time.
Aunt Sassy holding the girls for the first time.
Gracie posing for her first SassyLocks photo shoot
Gracie posing for her first SassyLocks photo shoot
Sophia posing for her first SassyLocks photo shoot
Sophia’s finalized picture from SassyLocks
"Uncle Awesome" aka TheDadMom hanging out with his new nieces
“Uncle Awesome” aka TheDadMom hanging out with his new nieces

The Sassy Locks Story

Sassy Locks was born with her 4 lb. bald baby girl. In the need to dress her, she found herself lost searching for clothes to fit her little girl. Her efforts turned into designing baby outfits. “As a bald baby we needed to let the world know she was a girl. I made her beautiful large bows/headbands to match each outfit. The name Sassy Locks was born, as I was making her “lack of locks” Sassy.” -Cindy (owner and creator of Sassy Locks)

These outfits were an instant hit. Since her daughters name is spelled in a nontraditional way, she purchased an embroidery machine to personalize these outfits. She never used an embroidery machine. However, she was determined to master this art and personalize her outfits. These outfits became so popular that other moms asked to purchase them.

As her family grew with another baby girl, so did Sassy Locks. She started making them both coordinating outfits. Again, these outfits were a big hit. Orders became harder to keep track of, so she created a website to keep up. And she didn’t forget our little men! She began making outfits that she would have wanted her sons to have.

Today, Sassy Locks has grown into full line of custom designed and personalized outfits and accessories for boys and girls sizes ranging from preemie to 5 T.

The Sassy Locks Mission

Our mission at Sassy Locks is to enhance family’s memories and special moments via our custom designed and personalized outfits. As families share these moments, we will strive to offer unique custom outfits that are sure to evoke emotion and enhance those beautiful memories.

Make sure to stop by SassyLocks.com and use code “thedadmom” for a 10% discount on her already affordably priced outfits!

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The Daddy Tag Challenge

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Thanks to the Frenchie Mummy blog!  I was challenged on Twitter to take #thedaddytag challenge.

Well here I am, I can’t back down from a challenge!

  1. Are you a Stay at Home Daddy or a Working Daddy? That’s a trick question.  If I had an Uncle Ben, I’m pretty sure he would’ve already told me, “With great power comes great responsibility.”  (Yes, I added a cheesy Spider Man reference)  So, to answer the question, I’m a stay at home dad by day and Super Dad by night. 

    Would you have it any other way?

    The days are long and the task is difficult.  I don’t think the streets would be safe without me though, so I guess that’s a NO.

     

    Do you co-change dirty nappies? Even the very smelly ones?

    As stated prior to this post, I keep the streets clean at night.  (Read Episode 1 from my blog for the reference, “Super Dad Awakens”)  Even the nastiest criminals I come across are no match for Super Dad’s ass whooping, swiping, and scooping abilities. (oooh.. he said ass.. relax, I’m thumping my KJV… yes that’s a “church boy” reference)

     

    A little fairy gives you the possibility of breastfeeding? Are you going for it or do you run away?

    I’d be pretty stoked just to magically squirt liquid from my “man pepperonis.”  How awesome would that be?  Increased super powers?  “Don’t mind me mam, I’m just pumping my pepperonis.”  -100xp for the Dad Mom

     

    What is the one must-have item for a daddy?

    A sense of humor and ability to laugh at the face of danger.   (and by danger, I mean not knowing what the heck you’re doing, while trying to maintain your sanity, while figuring what your purpose is as a Super Dad… all while slowly losing your man card and man privileges)

     

    How many kids do you plan on having?

    I could use a nap.  What was the question?

     

    Lads’ nights? How often do you have them?

    Just brought the twins home over a month ago and been stuck here since.  Lad’s night?  What are those and where are you hiding my laddies?  (Laddies? I’m from the US, but I’m pretty sure that’s a word for bro’s?  Maybe?  Sup Ladies?? 😉

     

    Your children’s favourite achievement?

    I once flipped over my handlebars and continued to flip and flip and flip, when I was going as fast as I could down a giant hill.  Luckily I had my helmet on.  After I safely arrived home from the hospital and regained the ability to talk,  I was able to brag about how I survived flipping over my handle bars multiple times.

    Ohhhh..  we’re talking about my child’s favorite achievement.  Ok, uhhh… Achievement… Gracie managed to spray poop all over her clothes, blankets, desitin bottle, nurses hands and down the inside wall of the incubator while she was at the NICU.  That was impressive.  “10/10 for explosive action and wildly entertaining!” – The Dad Mom Reviews

     

    What is your best memory with your kid(s)?

    The first time I held them and they looked into my eyes.  Awwww!!! (Tears rolling down your face… The Dad Mom can be serious…)

     

    Name one thing you miss since being a daddy?

    I’ll put this in plain English.  Starts with S and ends with X.  I blame it on all the crime fighting at night.  I used to chill in my lair whenever I wanted.  (and by lair… you know what I mean… cue Cialis theme song)  Now I have to schedule lair time 2 weeks in advance and hope that the beacon in the sky isn’t lit at that very moment (and by beacon in the sky I mean sharp screams of death and hunger in the night)… also all of the stars must align, the recycling needs to be sorted (foreplay), my business socks must be on, she has to be wearing that baggy old T-shirt from work… now we’re making love for 2.. making love for 2 minutes… (Thanks Flight of the Concords! “Business Time”)  Next Question?

     

    Weight gain, before pregnancy, during, after and now? And we mean YOU DADDY, not the mummy!

    I’ve actually maintained my weight.  Pretty sure it’s because I never get a chance to eat and by the time it’s ready, someone is screaming or fussing.  2 hours later, I get to eat my cold food, only to be interrupted again by the beacon light from Hell.  “For the love of God, I just want to eat!!!”  Said me, NEVER! (sarcastic voice)

     

    Dream holiday with your kids?

    Disney Cruise

     

    Dream holiday without your kids or even without the other half? (You’re allowed to dream)

    Travel Europe

     

    How has your life changed since having kids?

    I have a life?  lol.  It’s definitely a new #dadventure.  My friends are now imaginary and I’m a Super Dad.  So at least I’ve got that going for me…  (drags feet and sings.. “all by myself, don’t wanna be all by myself anymore..”)

     

    Finish the sentence “It makes my heart melt when…”

    I accidentally step into a lava pit.

     

    Favourite beers brands and football team?

    Ciders and Vikings Football, SKOL!

     

    Huggies or Pampers?

    Pampers but only because my wife told me. (she doesn’t own me… faint cries of a lost man card in the distance)

     

    Have you always wanted kids?

    Yes, girls that look just like their mommy.  I got 2!  Who’s #twinning now??!!  (not really sure why I just said that loudly and psychotically..  slowly….losing…sanity… where am I?)

     

    Best part of being a dad?

    I’ll finally have friends in the house that will act my age.  🙂

     

    (Thanks everyone.. I’ll be here all week, month, year, decades… more faint cries from the distance..)

    -The Dad Mom

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