The featured blogger of the week is Rachel of healthy.natural.easy.ish! Rachel is the proud MoM of 2 year old twins Baby A and Baby B and 4 year old Big One. Rachel’s blog has so many delicious recipes on it, it’s hard to nail down a favorite!
What made you decide to start a blog?
I needed a creative, non-mom-centric outlet in my life. I felt like I was losing myself in being a SAHM (almost 3 years at that point) and taking care of twin babies (they were 15 months). I just needed to do something that was all for me. I decided my love of photography and my enjoyment of cooking and writing could combine into something good.
Were you surprised by your twin pregnancy?
Very. It was an unplanned pregnancy to begin with. Though, I started having dreams (nightmares) about twins about a year before I got pregnant, so maybe somehow I knew. When I went for my 12-week checkup, I very specifically remember asking the midwife to make sure there was only on heartbeat. She couldn’t find any heartbeat, so off we went to the ultrasound room. And then there were two sacks. I may have cried.
How did The Big One react to finding out she was going to be a big sister to twins?
She turned two about a week or so before we found out there were two babies, so she didn’t really understand. She was the youngest kid among our friends and family at that point, so pregnancy itself was a pretty foreign concept to her, and the fact that there were two babies was unremarkable because she didn’t know any different. A few of our friends have had babies since then, though, so now she understands that twins are different and not everyone is so lucky.
Your twins are almost 2 years old, what are you biggest accomplishments/challenges from the past 2 years?
Survivial? I’m only half joking. I think getting out of the house by myself with all three girls has been a challenge. I let it intimidate me for a lot longer than I should have. If I wanted to take the kids to the zoo, or even just the grocery store, I always brought a second adult with me. Now, I’m a lot more confident in my ability to make sure each child is taken care of outside the house. Our local aquarium, though? I can’t do it yet. It’s not stroller-friendly and the twins appear to be runners (actually Baby A is a runner, Baby B just follows along). It’s a hurdle I hope to get over soon.
I love the recipes on your site, what are some of your favorites?
Hmmm…I’m not kidding when I say I make Greek Yogurt Pancakes at least once a week. And I’m really proud of my Shepherd’s Pie. A lot of the time, my favorite recipe is what I’ve made most recently. I cook a lot of food that doesn’t make it to the blog, so if you see it there, it’s usually something either I or the family have enjoyed quite a bit
What questions do you have for the other families in the community?
We’re in a massive state of transition right now – transitioning to a (shared) bed in a room shared by all three girls. Baby B learned how to climb out of her crib, so we can’t put it off any longer. The Big One was so easy in comparison to these two little ones – she was very compliant and eager to please. Baby A especially just wants to do her own thing and I don’t know how to keep her in bed. Baby B is somewhere between the other two (probably pretty average) and I think she’ll learn to stay in bed faster, but it’s still going to be a struggle. Any tips on how to do this would be great.
Also, potty training. They’re both showing signs of readiness, but I don’t know how to move forward with it. The Big One took 10 months to potty train, so, clearly, my past experience isn’t going to help me with this one. Again, tips?
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