Jessie of Mother.Runner.Writer.

The featured blogger of the week is Jessie of Mother.Runner.Writer.! Jessie is the proud MoM of almost 5 year old twins, Aidan and Addison. Jessie blogs about health and fitness, but previously blogged about her family.

What made you decide to start a health and fitness blog?

You know how, sometimes, you find something so amazing that you just HAVE to share it with everyone you know? Well, discovering running was that for me. Running made me feel so darn good that I wanted to talk about it all the time. My friends and family were–and still are–supportive of my running and put up with all my running talk. But I felt like a blog would serve as an outlet to track information about my training, plug into the blogging community and ultimately share my running experiences with even more people. I hope my blog serves as inspiration for others to set a big, scary ambitious goal (like I did with running my first race in 2011) and then to go for it!

How do you fit in running with 5 year old twins?

You know, I also work full-time outside the home, so getting everything squeezed into 24 hours a day is tough. When I’m training for a race and sticking to a specific schedule, I plan my weekly runs out in advance. I talk with my husband and we agree on the schedule for the upcoming week. I tend to run right after work a few nights a
week, and then early Saturday morning for my longest run of the week. I’m not going to lie; it’s hard when my son tells me not to leave because he misses me after being at day care all day. But I’m gone less than an hour, and I know that running lets me recharge and have more of myself to give to him when I return. Plus, I want to model for them what an active, healthy lifestyle looks like.

Were you surprised when you found out you were pregnant with twins?

I became pregnant from IVF, and we transferred two high-quality embryos, so I wasn’t terribly surprised when the first ultrasound at 6 weeks showed two sacs. One had a heart beat and one didn’t. My reproductive endocrinologist said to expect the sac without the heartbeat to disappear. Our next ultrasound was at 8 weeks, and that’s when we saw two little baby beans with two beautiful heartbeats. At that point, we were surprised, but also super excited. After dealing with infertility and spending too much money on fertility treatments, we felt like we got the BOGO deal.

What is the best advice you have ever received in regards to having twins?

Wow, this is a really great question. Over the years, I’ve had a lot of good advice and a lot of not-so-good advice. I’d say that the best advice I received applies to all mothers. Trust your instincts and fight back those lingering judgmental thoughts and doubts about your ability as a mom. As mothers of multiples, we, especially, need to
remember that we can’t judge ourselves against other moms. Every family is unique, and what works for one might not work for another.

And practically speaking, my very good friend, who also happens to have twins who are 2 years older than mine, told me to use Playtex drop-in bottles rather than the Dr. Brown bottles (with all those little parts!) that I registered for. I ignored her advice, and regretted it! Go with the drop-ins, people. Seriously. Fewer dishes is a good thing.

What is your favorite thing to do as a family?

We have a close-knit group of friends with children around the same age as ours. During the summer, we get together for cookouts quite often. We grill, eat, chat and drink a few adult beverages while the kids run amok outside.

The four of us also enjoy visiting the local children’s museum. We have a family pass, so it’s a great way to spend rainy days.

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

My kids will start kindergarten this fall. We’ve decided to have them in separate classes because that’s the recommendation of the school district. I’ve nervous about keeping track of everything between the two teachers and classes! Any tips to stay organized and on top of things with school-aged kids would be greatly appreciated!

I also struggle with blogging about my kids. It’s actually one of the reasons I pulled down my family blog back in 2009. As they’ve gotten older, I want to respect their right to privacy. Sure at age 4 or 5, there’s no harm in blogging about them. But what about when they’re 13? Will I still be able to write as frankly then as I do now about my experiences parenting them? What if their teachers find my blog and read something that influences how their treat my kids in the classroom? What if classmates use the blog for fodder to tease them? Am I the only mom blogger who struggles with this? Where do others draw the line with what to post and what not to post?

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  1. Blogging about my kids is something I think a lot about, also. My twins are 4.5, so they are no longer babies. There will come a time when I will no longer write about them because of the very things you have written about above, but I don’t have a set end date in mind. I am also pretty careful about what I write–nothing I wouldn’t want said about me if I was in their place. Nothing medical. Nothing embarrassing or negative. I still think of it as a fine line of what to say versus what not to say.
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    • Glad to see someone else thinks about this a lot too. When I stopped blogging in 2009 and pulled down my family blog, it was right before my son was diagnosed with autism. I know many moms are able to share that diagnosis experience and blog through the emotional trauma, but I couldn’t. I also really worried about my sons getting labeled by sharing his confidential medical information, you know? It is a fine line for sure.
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  2. I never thought about that. My twins aren’t even one yet so we aren’t even close to that yet. I am still in the getting by day by day phase with them (if that ever really goes away?). When they are older I will have to stop some of the things I write about… And definitely bath pictures huh? 🙂
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    • Haha! I know what you mean. It wasn’t until my kids were about 2 that I started to really think about this. That’s also the age when I started wanting to write about things that were more sensitive and personal in nature–like venting about a massive tantrum or worrying about their speech development.
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  3. It is hard to think about what is blog material and what is not with regard to my kids as they get older. I try not to put anything that might embarrass them one day, or make them feel bad. I do write about other things as well. I don’t document every aspect of my girls’ lives, and often I write more about how I react to an issue than the issue itself. Personally, I am not ready to censor myself too much (my girls are three)…I think I will keep writing the way that feels most natural for me, and maybe someday I will go back and make some of the more personal (for the girls) posts private.
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  4. Definitely go with the drop-ins. I don’t have twins, but I did nurse my two back in the day. They’re 5 and 8 now. I also pumped while working and refrigerated the milk. Drop-ins are best and fewer dishes is even better.

    Was your first race a 5k? Or something longer? Have you done a marathon yet?
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