At times, I feel being a first time mom to twins is quite the comedy of errors- at the beginning especially. Ever feel like the guy from ‘Candid Camera’ is going to jump out and tell you that you trying to balance multiples is all on film for the world to laugh at??! Well, new moms of multiples: hang in there and have hope! Of course with every stage there are new challenges, but I think that we have finally gotten the hang of it (for the time being!). I will never forget that very first time I was alone with Reese and Riley though…
(R & R were both home by Halloween, so I dressed the tiny girls up in cat tutus from PetsMart- ha!)
About 10 minutes after the evening my parents left after staying with us for a week when both girls were finally home from the NICU (at the time my hubby was in grad school and in class), BOTH girls started crying in unison wanting to eat. (We call that our chorus line.) So… I gave Riley her paci and started feeding Reese… then switched. There was quite a bit of crying, but we made it thru and even managed to “fight off” nosy Cali dog (she’s a toy poodle) who LOVES milk and LOVES the girls. Literally an hour later the same thing happened– hungry again- both crying. I finally fed, changed, and calmed both down (AGAIN) and warmed up some left over pizza for dinner. I was sitting on the couch with the girls by me on their Boppy pillows when I bit into my crust and something HARD was in my mouth! I thought my molar had fallen out! This is SO RANDOM, but it was a BOLT (as in nut and bolt) that was IN my pizza crust!! YUCK! So that threw me for a loop! The girls were still sleeping (a solid 20 minutes- whoo hoo!), so I decided I needed to pump. I brought the pump out into the living room since the girls were sleeping there in their bassinet. As I was putting it on the end table, I knocked over my entire glass of water- all over my phone, remote, pump, the floor… you name it. So after cleaning it up, just as I was “hooked up,” Riley was screaming… all the way across the room in her bed. I figured she was hungry again- I was clueless… desperate…- so I “unscrewed” one of the bottles to give her. Not to go into too many details… (probably TMI!)… I wasn’t paying attention, but dripped milk ALL over the pillow in my lap as well as ALL over my jeans! I didn’t notice until Cali started licking it uncontrollably. So- I fed Riley, changed her, put her down, and changed all while Reese was screaming. I picked Reese up and put her on the changing “table” which really is just a bassinet- she was surrounded by sides– couldn’t fall out of anything, and she fell right asleep, so I sat by her, but hooked back up to finish pumping. In the meantime, Cali noticed this blanket bundle (AKA Reese) moving and she was scared of it. She began barking over and over and would not stop… which was then waking up the girls. Cali then needed to go outside, but it was storming- raining like crazy, which made her hesitant to go out (she’s a poodle- remember??), so I just cracked the back door for her. When I went back to close it a few minutes later- it had rained IN my house a TON- duh! Oh what a night- the girls then had been down for about 20 minutes and then Hubby came home—Hallelujiah! The early days are such a blur, but oh my goodness so many times- we just had to laugh!
My girls are now 9 1/2 months and Reese is crawling! So as I now try to balance one crawler and one sitter, the challenges never cease, but look at these faces… I find them irresistible!
I still have those “candid camera” moments, but being a mom of multiples is so special! Every day and every stage is worth it (and gets easier to some extent!)- I promise! Do you agree? What’s been your favorite stage with your multiples?