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I'm a lucky lady and stay at home mom to two scrumptious twinkles born in September 2012. My husband swept me off my feet and brought me into the expat lifestyle and we currently make our home in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Mercedes is a winner of Top 25 Moms of Multiples - 2013

Between getting kids dressed, fed and out the door on time mornings can be hectic! What tips do you have for making morning routines easier?

My twins are still very young--under a year old. However, mornings can be the hardest time for me personally! Usually we take it nice and slow in the mornings. The twins each sleep in their own crib next to my bed but after my husband leaves for work, I usually pull one or both into the bed with me and we have cuddles and I nurse them. Sometimes I get lucky and they doze a little longer!

If there's something that needs to be done or somewhere I need to go, I try to wake up before the babies. This way I get myself dressed and fed, the diaper bag stocked, outfits picked out, and everything ready beforehand. Then when they wake up, I can just quickly feed and dress them and we're on our way out.

Luckily, most of my errands don't require me to be up so early in the morning, though! So another thing I make sure to do is try and schedule any necessary outings for after the twins' morning nap. This way I don't have to get up extra early, and I can still get the prep done while they are napping.

I am not a morning person! And I'm lucky that I can still get away with it. I know that once the babies get a bit older and more active, our routine will have to change. Thankfully, these changes develop over time and everyone can adjust.

People often say twins and other multiples have an extra special bond. Has there ever been a time when you noticed an especially unique connection?

My daughter has been the more aggressive twin, and when they were newborns, she would always seem to "look" for her brother. She was definitely more interested in him than he was in her! But now that they're a little older, they are interacting more and more. If they are next to each other they might hold hands or suck on each other's fingers and they like to pull each other's socks off. And when I nurse them together, they will often caress each other's arms or even pet the other's head! It's very sweet.

What are your tips for celebrating joint birthday parties?

We have not run into this situation yet! It is something I've thought about, but to be honest, right now I'm applying the same strategy to birthday parties as I do with all concerns I might have in the future--deal with it when it comes up! With twins it's all I can manage to get by day-to-day. If it's not crucial, I deal with it later.

Lots of people stress that twins should feel like individuals and deserve their own party or their own cake, some people sing "Happy Birthday" twice, and some people do it all together. It's hard to say how we'll deal with it since I think that a lot of this will depend on the twins' personalities anyway.