The featured blogger this week is Melissa of Musings of a Twin Mama! Melissa is the proud MoM of 5 year old boys Jonathan and James!
What made you decide to start a blog?
When I realized I sucked at scrapbooking! I really wanted to document my twins’ childhoods and I found it much easier to write stories about what was going on in their lives instead of scrapbooking it. I’m not terribly creative, so the idea of embellishments and using special tools and glue was daunting! (For the record, I still have not opened those baby books and the boys are FIVE)!
I’ve found blogging quite therapeutic and I love the sense of community it encourages.
Were you surprised when you found out you were having twins?
Totally. Twins don’t run in either of our families. When I started showing pretty early, my mom gave me a hard time about wearing maternity clothes “too soon.” After we found out I had two babies in my bulging belly, it was very validating to say, “HA!”
That feeling of “I told you so” only lasted a few minutes, though. I was so distracted with the thought of carrying, birthing and raising two babies, I got lost driving home from our ultrasound appointment!
How was your pregnancy?
All things considered, it was great, especially in the beginning. I had the usual bouts with morning sickness, but that was about it.
I started having pre-term labor at week 29, though, and things sort of went downhill from there. I developed preeclampsia and packed on A TON of weight. In fact, I stopped counting the pounds after I hit 90! I was on a month of bedrest (including two weeks in the hospital on magnesium – yuck!) as I was determined to carry them as long as possible. In the end, I made it to 35 weeks, 4 days. Jonathan was 5 lbs. 14 oz and James was 5 lbs. 3 oz. Judging from my size, however, I swore I thought they would be a lot bigger!
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Accept help when people offer. My husband and I truly thought we could handle things perfectly fine on our own. One night at home alone with our brand new babies taught us otherwise! We were very fortunate and grateful to have both of our moms around to help several days a week for the first six months. They were, and still are, lifesavers!
And the worst?
Gosh, I honestly can’t think of anything. I was a basketcase until I began feeling a little more confident in my parenting abilities so I was willing to heed any advice.
What are some of your favorite activities to do as a family?
When the boys were babies, our favorite activity to do as a family was grocery shopping together. Big fun. Thank goodness we’ve moved on from that stage! Now that the boys are older, we enjoy more adventurous activities like bike riding, geocaching, hiking, swimming and travelling.
What questions do you have for the other families in the community?
My boys are in separate Kindergarten classes at school and I’m finding it difficult making sure my volunteer time in their classrooms is equal, especially during field trips and parties. Just yesterday, I was asked to help with James’ Halloween party and told Jonathan I would chaperone his class on their field trip to the farm in a few weeks. Three-quarters of the way through the party, Jonathan’s teacher brought him into James’ classroom and told me he was feeling badly I wasn’t in his room helping. L I know…not a huge dilemma to have, but I could LOVE some advice or experience from the lovely MoM ladies on how you handled keeping schools stuff “equal.” Thank you!
Be sure to answer Melissa’s question and then stop by Musings of a Twin Mama to leave so bloggy love!