One of the hardest parts of having twins, a job outside the home, and a husband who travels for work is finding time for the things that define me as LauraC. I purposefully did not choose the words “time for myself” because I’ve learned to make time for me. What I’ve found difficult in the transition from being a DINK to a working twin mom is finding time for hobbies, passions, outside interests, and things unrelated to friends, family, kids, or my husband. I’ve been missing that extra something something that makes me LauraC.
The first year with twins, I didn’t do these things because I was so busy and exhausted. Right when things got on course, Nate would get another ear infection or Alex had a physical therapy appointment for his torticollis or Jon had to go to Australia for work or or or… life was busy. It was busy in a great way but my entire life revolved around babies, and I had a tough time explaining to my singleton parent friends why having twins was still so busy when they were a year old.
When the boys were newborns, I kept waiting for that magic moment when things would get easy and less busy. My boys turn 2 next month and that day is still not here. Sometime in the last year, I had an epiphany that life with twins (or two kids) was never going to be less busy. I realized if I was going to get some of LauraC back, it had to be in little steps. So I took the first step and started reading for leisure again. Then I took the next step and started running again. Baby step by baby step, I am slowly working my hobbies and passions back into my life.
This past weekend, I ran a 5K race with Nate and Alex in a jogging stroller. I got there by slowly getting back into running over the last two years. It was my slowest race ever but I had a smile on my face most of the time. (I did not smile on hills or when Alex threw a sippy cup or when Nate kicked Alex.) I love running; it is part of who I am. It took much longer than expected for me to get these pieces of LauraC back, but this race proved to me that LAURAC IS BACK PEOPLES, WATCH OUT!