Mercedes R. Donis

Mercedes lives in Scotland with her husband and boy/girl twins. She likes to read and eat chocolate cake-in-a-mug. She is the author of the ebook Twin Manibreasto: A Success Story of Milk & Multiples, and blogs at Project ProcrastiNOT, where she writes about mothering twins and confronts her issues with chronic procrastination.

Why I Don’t Need a ‘Logical’ Reason to Want Another Baby

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Pregnant women are like beacons for unsolicited advice. And when you're carrying twins, that unwanted advice tends to… well, double. When I was pregnant with my now one-year-old twins, everyone had something to say about it.

Usually, I got comments along the lines of "double trouble," or "you'll have your hands full."  And when people found...

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The Hardest Part of Parenting… (It Isn’t Just the Sleep Deprivation!)

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Breastfeeding? Painful, at first. Figuring out a new daily routine? Overwhelming. Accepting the changes to your marriage and life? Difficult. Sleep deprivation? Killer. All these things, and more, have contributed to what has been the most challenging year of my life -- my first year as a mother of... Read more

A Mom Shares: Why I Hated Being Pregnant

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I waited a long time to be a mother -- and not because we tried for a long time --- but because my husband and I were waiting for the right moment.  I'd known for a long time that I wanted to be a mother, so when the time came, I couldn't wait to be... Read more

The Scary Pregnancy Symptom I Wasn’t Ready For

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Stretch marks, loose skin, hair falling out -- I can't say I was exactly looking forward to those postpartum body changes -- but at least I knew they were coming. There was one symptom, though, that I definitely wasn't ready for. At the beginning of my second trimester, I noticed a Read more

Why I Let My Babies Decide When They Were Ready for Solids

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We finally gave my twins their first solid food: avocado. They were 26 weeks and three days old -- at the time it felt like my sweet little babies are growing up so fast. Since then, we've progressed and have been giving them some vegetables and fruit or meat once or twice a... Read more

4 Crafty, Cool DIY Ideas to Celebrate Baby’s First Year

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It was one year ago this week that I discovered I was pregnant.  Now, my almost five-month-old twins are laughing, smiling,  reaching and rolling over.  What they say is true -- the time flies by! The first month in particular is a complete blur. But I’ve found some ways to document my babies’ first year... Read more

A Mom Shares: Why I Chose to Have a C-Section

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Before I got pregnant, you could say I was pretty undereducated about the birth options. I just figured I’d have an epidural and have a baby. I didn’t even realize that my own mother had had two natural (drug-free) births before my youngest sister was born via C-section.  But once I saw that... Read more

How to Indulge Your Sugary (and Sweet!) Pregnancy Cravings Without the Added Guilt

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Cravings are one of the most stereotyped symptoms of pregnancy, and now a new study shows that they can have real consequences. Australian researchers found that if mother rats consumed junk food while pregnant and nursing, the babies had resulting changes to their brain chemistry, leaving them more susceptible to a junk food addiction... Read more

4 Creative Ways to Use Your Breast Milk

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All the diaper creams, ointments and lotions available on the shelves can be overwhelming., but did you know there is one thing that can do-it-all? Breast milk is full of antibodies and is a natural antiseptic (score!).  The benefits of breastfeeding your newborn are undeniable, but feeding a hungry baby is not the only thing... Read more

The New Mom’s Guide to Nursing in Public (and Liking It!)

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As a new mom breastfeeding twins, the first few months were rough for me. I definitely felt like a prisoner in my own body (and home) at times.  Getting out of the house was hard enough, and I also felt pressure to get back home before the next feeding to avoid... Read more