The featured blogger this week is Lisa of Twins Tiaras and Tantrums! Lisa is one of our many UK bloggers and the proud MoM of 3-year-old identical girls, Mookin and Monkey. Lisa is a relatively new blogger, but has a lot to share!
What made you decide to start a blog?
It was a chain of events really. It all stared when I was telling one of my friends a funny story about something the girls had done that day. She said that she had really regretted not writing a diary when hers were little, and warned that I would forget the little things so quickly. I have always enjoyed writing and decided to follow her advice, but I opted to do it on Word as it would be easier to give the girls a copy each to look back on when they were older.
I happened to have my brother down the next weekend and his partner, (who enjoys a good read) she read the start of my diary and suggested I wrote a blog… That was 4 months ago now and I haven’t looked back!
Were you surprised when you found out you were having twins?
Yes and no. I was working in a hair salon at the time and a couple of my clients were midwives. They both acknowledged that I was pregnant before I had even told anyone else. They both said I had got my dates wrong and that I was further along in my pregnancy than I had first thought! As my partner and I had been trying to conceive, I assured them both that my dates were exact. To which they both replied I had more than one in there! Also my bump started showing at 4 weeks, so at my first scan when the doctor asked me if I was ready for a shock? I just asked “how many are in there?” While praying it wasn’t more than two.
You spent quite a bit of time in the hospital before and after your girls were born. What tips or advice do you have for other MoMs that may be in the same situation?
Take lots of books, magazines, crafts, DVD’s and games, anything to stop the boredom. Ask to be put on a ward with other pregnant mothers, (not a private room) if your going to be there for a while its nice to have the camaraderie of the other pregnant mothers because you are all in the same situation. Also try and get a friends/family rota going so you have a different visitor every day. Ask people to bring you your favourite food as a treat, hospital food is boring and I was really surprised what little portions you get. Pack some ear plugs and an eye mask into your bag, hospitals are noisy places even in the middle of the night.
What is one of your favourite activities to do with your girls?
My girls love crafts. They take after me as I have always enjoyed anything arty. We could all spend a whole day just doing different crafty activities, although I learnt very quickly not to shop at the expensive craft shops like Hobby craft, and pick up stuff from cheap stores instead. Otherwise I would be bankrupt by now!
How do you juggle twins, a career and everything that comes with being a single mom? Do you have any tips to share with our other single parents?
I’m really lucky that I’m a hairdresser. It is a job I have managed to do from home (part time) to fit in around the girls nap times. Now they are at nursery it gives me even more free time to work. When they start reception next year I’m hoping to build my clientele back up again and start a full time mobile business… I really don’t know how other single mothers manage when they have a full time job too. Hats off to them!
What question do you have for the other families in the community?
I have been doing a series of posts on my blog recently about; my pregnancy, my labor and my birth. As a mother of “identical” twins, I seem to be in the minority having given birth naturally. Are there any other “identical” twin mothers out there that refused a C-section in favour of a natural birth? I would love to hear their stories.
Be sure to leave your answer to Lisa’s question in the comment section and then head over to Twins Tiaras and Tantrums to leave some bloggy love.