The featured blogger of the week is Katie of The Zawislaks! Katie is the proud MoM of 8 month old twins Noah and Molly.
What made you decide to start a blog?
I wanted a way to document my journey through infertility. I didn’t know how many courses of treatment we would need, but I knew that I wanted a way to keep track of it all…the appointments, the drugs, the emotions.
What was your road to parenthood like? Do you have any advice for families in a similar situation?
My road to pregnancy was relatively short, as far as infertility goes. “Luckily” (I use that term loosely, as no one who struggles with infertility is lucky!) we knew going in that we’d have trouble getting pregnant, so I didn’t have to go through the agony of charting, temping, peeing on sticks every month and seeing only one line. The flip side, though, is spending age 18-30 wondering if I’d ever be able to have kids! My pregnancy was fairly uneventful as far as twin pregnancies go. I would recommend anyone seeing an RE or other fertility specialist do their research, not only on their doctor, but also on the procedures and drugs. And if you’re lucky enough to be pregnant with multiples, read up on that too! Take care of yourself. It’s not easy gestating twins or more. And finally: take any advice from a singleton parent with a grain of salt.
What was your pregnancy like?
“Boring” according to my MFM! 🙂 I carried the babies to 35w6d. I credit my husband for a lot of the success, because he really made me stick to my high protein diet and took good care of me. I hated it at the time! I loved being pregnant. I’m only 5 feet tall, so I started showing pretty early, and by the end, I was the biggest pregnant woman I had ever seen. I loved it though (until the end when I was too swollen to be comfortable)
What is your best tip for a new parent of twins?
Accept any and all help that is offered to you. People would come over and offer to watch the babies while I took a nap, but I rarely took them up on it. Nap when you can. Naps are glorious. And love your babies for the two unique individuals that they are. Lots of people want to lump multiples together, or compare them to each other etc. My babies are like night and day!
What question or questions do you have for the other families in the community?
When will people stop asking me if my son and daughter are identical?!?
Be sure to leave your answer to Katie’s question in the comment section and then head over to The Zawislaks to leave some bloggy love!