Featured Blogger: Terri of Crafty Workin Mommy

 

This weeks featured blogger is Terri of Crafty Workin Mommy. Terri is the proud MoM of Katie (3) and twins Kelsey and Kylie (14 months). Terri’s blog focuses mainly on party planning and crafts, and has a ton of great ideas!

 

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Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging while planning the twins first birthday. I was really enjoying reading all of the other blogs about parties and wanted to share what I was doing. It is also a nice escape for me, when I am awake at 5 am, everyone is asleep and I am drinking my morning coffee I love to follow up on some of my favorite blogs, get inspired and post my own blogs.

Your girls were born at 30 weeks, can you discuss their time in the NICU and offer any advice you have for parents that are in the same situation?

It was the hardest thing that my husband and I have ever had to go through. My girls were taken away the moment they pulled them out. I didn’t get to hold them, kiss them or bond with them. The next 24 hours I was not aloud to move, my husband was going down to the NICU and taking pictures for me which did not prepare me for the first time I would actually see them. They were so tiny, inside incubators and hooked up to so many machines. The next day I received a call that Kelsey lung had collapsed and they needed to vent her, they wanted my permission. I said yes and immediately started the long walk to be by her side. (I was of course yelled at for not waiting for a wheel chair). That same day they discovered Kylie had a hole in her heart. That was the hardest day, every day after they got a little better, a little stronger. There were set backs and accomplishments. It was a roller coaster. When I left the hospital with out them I was very emotional. To have to leave them there was hard but I did have another child at home that I could not wait to see.

Kylie came home after 4 weeks. The two weeks that Kylie was home and Kelsey was not were very hard because I couldn’t be with them both all of the time. We were very happy when we were all together at home and Katie was very excited to meet both of her sisters.

My advice to anyone that has a child in the NICU is to get a support person. Talk to someone that has gone through it, preferably at the same hospital. I found someone and she was very helpful and encouraging. I also was encouraged to breast feed which I was not going to do. It made me feel better that maybe I was helping them with the miracle of a mothers milk.
My husband and I also highly recommend Kangaroo care. Most NICU’s will have a book on Kangaroo care, it was very helpful.

Your other daughter Katie was still fairly young when your girls were born, what was the adjustment to have 3 girls under 2 like?

It was tough. The twins were used to the noise and could sleep sound through anything, however Katie was not. Katie has a room next to the twins and when they would cry she would wake up. My husband and I quickly decided to try something new. I went to bed at 8 o’clock when I put Katie down, he was with the girls until 2 am, sleeping when possible on the couch downstairs with them in pack-n-plays. I came down at 2 am and he went to bed until 8 am. We both were able to get 6 straight hours and a few little cat naps. We weren’t tired or cranky but we missed each other. That went on for about 2 1/2 months and then they were sleeping through the night and we brought them to their bedrooms. Katie regressed a little. She was actually potty trained before I had them and stopped. It took about 6 months to get her potty trained again. She is a very good sister, her only problem is she loves them too much. She doesn’t realize how hard she hugs and kisses them sometimes 🙂

You told us you love to plan parties, what have been some of your favorites that you have done?

I fell in love with party planning when planning my wedding. Now that I have little girls I have really enjoyed planning their parties. I have thrown a Mickey Mouse Party, a twin princess party, a Toy Story party and a recent Strawberry Picnic. I have recently been asked to co-host a baby shower and am very excited. My dream would be one day to stay home with my girls and be a party planner on the side.

What tips do you have for parents when it comes to planning parties?

Look at other bloggers parties for inspiration. Make sure you have a fun craft for kids to do. Dessert tables are huge right now, you can never have enough sweets!

What question do you have for the other families in the community?

I am worried that my girls will get jealous of each other. I try to give them one on one time but when I do something always happens that makes me stop, usually someone is crying. We are starting to read each girl there own book at night, does anyone else have any suggestions?

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Be sure to leave the answer to Terri’s question in the comment section and then head over to Crafty Workin Mommy to leave some bloggy love!

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7 comments

  1. Is great to know more people that love to make parties. I'm off to check her blog.

  2. I'm just starting to plan for my daughter's birthday and am feeling so lost! lol I see many hours ahead of me as a peruse blogs for party advice 🙂

    I only have one child so I'm not sure what else you can do to give them each their own time. I can imagine it's very difficult! I'm sure there will always be jealousy here and there but I think as long as your spending time with each girl and focusing on her individual interests then they will know that you care about what they care about. You have a beautiful family!

  3. Thank you so much for featuring me! Wow, those pictures bring back memories!

  4. I have 3 boys and often wonder if I'm doing them an injustice by lumping them all into the same activities (well a least the twins, that is). Its hard not to since thereis only one of me!

    They start kindergarten this year and I asked they be put in seperate classes for just this problem! I want them to be treated as individuals and not as THE TWINS! I am hoping they each will gain their own identity and set of friends who get to know them as a person and not as a part of a bigger whole!

  5. Starting around 18 months I would rotate which boy got to go grocery shopping with me. Shopping with just one kid instead of 3 was a breeze and I got some special one on one time!

    Starting this month (when they turn 3) we'll be setting up a calendar schedule showing whose special day is which day. On their "day" they'll get to pick what we all have for breakfast, what game we play, what movie we watch, and if there are any errands to be run, they'll be run with just that child.

    http://www.threetimesthegiggles.com

  6. Thank you so much Helen! The shopping idea is great. I always take my oldest whenever I go anywhere and I think that it is about time I switch that up a little!

  7. I have 8 1/2 month old identical twin girls and an older daughter who will be 3 in September. I have been taking my oldest to errands or going by myself when I get the chance. I don't know how it's going to work when they get older. My oldest usually throws a fit when I leave. The twins were born when she was 26 months old and before that, I was too tired to potty train. I know that she knows what to do, but she just won't do it. I wish I knew if she's just not ready or if it's a control issue or some way of coping with such a huge change in the family.

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