The featured blogger this week is Sarah of OMG There’s Three! Sarah is the proud MoM of two-year-old triplets, Andy, Ben and Cassie.
What made you decide to start a blog?
I stated my blog during my last IVF cycle. It was a way for me to work through my feelings, knowing it was going to be my last regardless of the outcome. When I found out I was not just pregnant, but pregnant with triplets, my blog became a way to keep my family updated. Once the word got out, I was fielding 6-10 emails a day from various family members, so keeping the blog was easier. They really are the reason I’m still going. Whenever I go too long between posts the emails start flooding in.
Based on the title of your blog, I can only assume finding out you were having triplets was a shock, how did you tell everyone?
It started about 15 mins after I found out and took all of a week to travel around my world.
As soon as I got a positive pregnancy test, a co-worker of mine began teasing me that I was going to have triplets (“With beta’s like that, it’s gotta be triplets”). The day I found out I actually was having triplets, my aunt and I left the doctor’s office and went to a restaurant for some lunch. Sitting there waiting on my order, staring into space in complete shock, I get a text message “So, how are the triplets?” My first thought “How does she know already?” It took me a second to realize she still thought she was joking. I don’t remember the exact text back, but it was something like “I think I hate you! Why did you wish triplets on me?” It took much convincing and a snapshot of the ultrasound before she believed I wasn’t the one joking. She told the other girls eating lunch with her, and all were sworn to secrecy.
I called my sisters later that day. One of my sisters was out to dinner with some friends and was so shocked, she stood up and announced to the whole place “My sister’s having triplets!” The grapevine started working its magic.
I called my Dad a day or two later. He’s a worrier and wasn’t too thrilled about the whole single mom by choice thing, so I needed a little time to sit with the idea before I told him. I ended up telling him when I did because I found a triple stroller on Craigslist that I needed him to check out.
The rest of my world found out a week later. My first appointment with my OB took longer than I expected, so I went in to my boss’s office to explain where I had been, why it had taken so long and let him know I’d probably have a number of appointments in the near future. My co-worker couldn’t stand keeping the secret any longer, so she caught me as I left his office and drug me and my ultrasounds around the office telling everyone in her path.
That night, I emailed the rest of my family and announced it on Facebook the next day. The grapevine was in full force at that point, so for a lot of people I was just confirming rumors.
What was your pregnancy like?
Eventfully uneventful. The actual pregnancy part went very smooth. All the horrible things they warned me about either never happened or were very mild. I ended up on modified bed rest at 25 weeks primarily because driving to work was becoming difficult (the whole belly behind the steering wheel thing), and my office chair had become a torture device. The most eventful part was falling and breaking my ankle at 27 weeks. Crunches and huge, pregnant belly don’t mix. I think it was God’s way of telling me to slow down. The babies arrived at 34 weeks 4 days via planned C-Section on my Dad’s birthday! I think I earned favorite daughter status that day; no birthday present could ever compete.
What is your best piece of advice for a new mother of triplets?
Take every bit of advise with a gain of salt. What works for one family, may not work for yours. What works for a singleton may not (probably won’t) work for multiples. You have to figure it out as you go along. Micro-organizing works for some, while flying by the seat of your pants (my personal style) works best for others. I know families that have charted every bottle and BM from birth to three years, while I took a must more relaxed approach. If they’re hungry – feed them. If they’re dirty – change them. If they’re tired – sleep them. We do have a routine, but it came about naturally and my kids are pretty flexible when it come to change.
What are some of your favorite activities to do with your kids?
I love getting out of the house and goofing off with the kids. We try to get out and do something every weekend. Our go-to outings include the zoo, the children’s museum, the aquarium or window shopping. I love searching the internet for new things to do. We’ve gone to farm shows, car shows, kite festivals, street fairs, air shows, events at the library – anything to get out of the house. A few months back a gentleman commented on how bald my stroller tires are becoming. I took it as a compliment – those were well earned miles of fun!
What question or questions do you have for the other families in the community?
My kids have turned into such picky eaters. If it doesn’t contain noodles, it probably won’t be eaten. As and a Mom who didn’t eat noodles for 22 years (due to a traumatic noddle experience in kindergarten) – this is pure torture! I’d love for them to eat more veggies, but at this point I’d settle for a meal without noodles. Any tips for dealing with picky toddlers?
Be sure to leave your answer to Sarah’s question in the comment section and then head over to OMG There’s Three to leave some bloggy love!