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February 12, 2018

Getting by with a little help from my friends

At some point in the fog of my first three months as a twin mom, I looked over at my husband, or my sister, or my mom, or the steady stream of friends and family helping me survive each day and said, “We are really doing this.”

I can’t remember who I said it to; I just remember that even with a baby on each arm, it felt surreal.CSPHelpMama

I’d said the same thing before – to a running buddy at about mile 16 of the Alaska Marathon. The sentiment was similar. You’re in the midst of something you knew would be hard. You’re exhausted. Body parts hurt that you didn’t know you had. You’re not 100 percent sure you’re going to make it to the finish line. But you’re there. You’re breathing (and so, blissfully, are the babies). You’re putting one foot in front of the other. And you’re a little bit….proud.

My husband and I had gone into our twin pregnancy eyes wide open. We knew it was a distinct possibility. We’d come down to what we knew was our last IVF attempt – both emotionally and financially. On the big day, our doctor told us our best chance of getting pregnant was to transfer the two healthy embryos we had remaining. So we did. Read More →

January 29, 2018

Five sleep tips from a veteran night sitter

A piece of advice I got over and over as a soon-to-be twin mom was to get a “night nurse.” Veteran twin moms told me to do it, so did doctors, moms of multiple young children and some of the best mothers I know. Thanks to the generosity of a relative, I was able to do it and for our first 3 ½ months with twins, we had a night sitter in our home three nights a week. Frankly I’m not sure how we would have made it without her.

Having newborn twins as well as a nearly 2-year-old son meant the whole “sleep when the baby sleeps” tactic is really hard to pull off. It’s twice as likely somebody is awake! I am breastfeeding too, so I wasn’t going to get to sleep through the night even with a night sitter. But having three nights a week when I could spend only 15 minutes pumping every three hours, while letting the night sitter bottle-feed the babies, change them and get them back to sleep – which could sometimes take me up to an hour and a half – made all the difference. I could be a human being for my older son during the day and my husband could show up rested for work about half the time! JeannetteGregory

Jeannette Gregory was recommended to me by twin mom and our own Queen Smarty, Jen Plym. Thank you Jen!!! Gregory doesn’t night sit herself anymore but runs an impressive team of women who do. (While some registered nurses do provide this kind of service, the women who work for Gregory aren’t technically nurses. She calls them “night sitters.” They sleep train; they don’t handle medical issues.) Read More →

January 15, 2018

Storytime at Morrison Library back and better than ever

The Morrison Regional Library is back open after being closed for a year and a half for renovation, and that’s great news for Mamas (and some Papas too). It reopened Dec. 16, just in time for that frigid weather spell when parents like me were desperately seeking indoor outlets for cooped-up kids. storytime1

Just a few steps into the front door and it’s immediately obvious how much the renovation was geared toward parents and pre-school children who come to the full slate of “Storytime” classes for babies, toddlers and families.

“Our largest demographic is families with preschool children,” said Susan Green, manager for the Morrison Regional Library. “…Most months we have more people at our Storytimes than any other branch, including ImaginOn.”

Green said HVAC and mechanical issues precipitated the $8 million renovation but improving the children’s area was one of its biggest benefits. Read More →

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