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Leslie Michel

Meet Leslie! A working mother of twins who is on a mission to make life happier, healthier and more fulfilling.

Hi there.  I’m Leslie.  Welcome to my online home.  You are WELCOME in this online home.  If you are wearing your perfectly tailored go-to work dress and power pumps you are welcome.  If your messy bun hasn’t been washed in three days and you have two babies on your hips you are welcome.  If you breast fed your babies you are welcome.  If you bottle fed your babies you are welcome.  If you exclusively pumped you are welcome.  If you are not sure what this means you are welcome.  Of you don’t have children you are welcome.  If you are exuding happiness you are welcome.  If you are in a lull and looking for a boost to you are welcome.   If you are anywhere in between you are welcome.

I’m a finance professional by day and twin mom and wife who is EMBARKING on a journey as a blogger and social media sharer (before this I did not even have the Facebook app installed!!!).  I’d be honored if you joined me on this journey.

So what INSPIRED me to move from social media novice / accountant to dive into the world of blogging, posting and tagging? May 14, 2015.  One date that changed our family forever – FOR THE BETTER – for the CRAZIER.  We traded up for lives that are more HECTIC, more JOYFUL, more DEMANDING and more FULFILLING.

Many of us have life defining moments, 10 seconds, one phone call, that changes your life forever.  Luckily for me (at least so far) my life defining moment is a good one.  What started with a simple phrase in the ultrasound room, “…and here’s Baby B,” has turned into so much more.

It’s now been 21 months since we first found out about those four tiny feet.  They have been the most intense months of my life followed by the most reflective, soul searching months ever.

The best gift that my twins could have given me wasn’t delivered in a hospital room and it didn’t come in an impeccably wrapped giftbox with a fancy bow.  The best gift my twins gave me “happened” during the first six months of their lives, during what I like to call the survival period.

My twins gave me a wakeup call…actually they gave me about a thousand during those first six months.  But really, the most important wakeup call wasn’t at 3AM.  It was clarity.

The foundation was set throughout the beginning of my maternity leave.  Hours sitting in the special care nursery, hours at home with two infants and my thoughts that were coming from a frazzled brain operating on way too little sleep and way too much coffee.  Even though there was a lot of time, there seemed to be no time for the mundane daily activities that used to occur naturally, like brushing my teeth and putting my dirty dishes in the dishwasher. Somehow out of this extreme point of overwhelm, I found clarity.

Clarity about the direction of my life, clearly that I needed to change and that I needed to follow my dreams.  I had been associating too much of my sense of personal worth with work and life was passing me by.  I had thought I was in control of my life, but really I was floating through it, letting the next steps of my career and next chapters of my personal life happen to me, rather than intentionally planning them.

I needed to get back in the driver’s seat and figure out where I wanted to go.

I’d like to share some stories from those first 21 months, current activities as well as some tips, tricks, products and resources that I have found helpful and wish had been included in one place when I was first experiencing those first 21 months and more as my boys continue to grow.

I’m not a healthcare professional nor am I a childcare expert, I’m just one mom trying to figure out how to be the best mom and role model while maintaining a meaningful career…and figuring out how to stay calm, organized so that the whole family enjoys the process!

For me, the transition to motherhood has been and continues to be delightfully complicated and is worth reflecting upon and exploring.  I hope that you find the reflections useful and that they may even inspire more reflection and exploring for you.  We all have unique dreams, personalities and experiences that form our choices and shape the women (and men) we are.  This is about how I transitioned from an overwhelmed new mother of twins to living life with intention and just plain simpler and how that continues to evolve; Always in pursuit of that Blue Pineapple state of mind.

I don’t have all the answers.  Please LEAVE COMMENTS and engage in MEANINGFUL DISCUSSIONS.  My only ask is that while you are here you are nice to people.  Be fair and be kind; we’re all human, so simply care for one another.

The purpose of Blue Pineapple Blog is not to convince you to live your life or to parent like I do.  The purpose is to provide my story and perspective along with resources and support to help others be the best moms (and dads) of twins/multiples (singleton parents welcome too) or at least make that role a little simpler.  Everyone’s best self is different and you should be the best parent you can be in your own way, following your own intentions and values.

This isn’t my day job; it’s a creative outlet.  I do this because I enjoy writing and I enjoy helping people. It’s possible that I will earn commissions on product links included in blog posts (once I learn how to set this up of course).  This is a secondary purpose, meant to cover the costs of the site.  I will only recommend a product that I love or if I have personally known someone who found it incredibly useful or helpful.  I will donate a portion of any profits to the March of Dimes.

Thank you & happy reading 🙂

 

 

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