Moms of Multiples Groups

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Confession: I’ve never had my 15 month old girls involved in any “organized groups.”  No weekly play groups, no Kindermusik, no multiple clubs.  Don’t get me wrong- they’re well socialized- we get together with friends all the time, have play dates, run errands, they attend “bible class” on Sundays, play at the park, at the mall, they accompany me when I’m volunteering… etc…   But I think my problem is, I have this silly fear of “organized groups” since I’ve had my twins!  It feels overwhelming.  For example, a specific play group in my town meets at a Play Place that does not allow strollers inside… well, dang it.  My girls aren’t walking yet, I can only carry 40 lbs for so long, and they certainly can’t crawl from the parking lot inside!  Overly dramatic, I know.. (Can you imagine though?!  ha ha!)  Just thinking about these situations makes me feel… all out of control or something.

But I’ve taken the leap, ladies, and I’m VERY excited (and wishing I did it sooner): I’ve joined my local Parents of Multiples group!  It’s amazing to have communities of other MoMs like here at HDYDI.  I also have a couple friends of friends that have twins that don’t even live in my town that I email back and forth.  But to be honest, I don’t really have any friends with multiples that live by me that I get together with.  I’m looking forward to building friendships with other moms that are in the same boat as me.  And… make me feel like I’m not crazy like I sometimes feel!   ha!  :)  I’m so glad I finally did it and really can’t believe I didn’t sooner.

Are you a part of your local Moms of Multiples Group?  What have you enjoyed about it?  I think support of other MoMs is so important.  If you haven’t joined, you should!  If I can, you can! :)

Amy is a former elementary school teacher, now stay at home mom to 15 month old g/g twins, Reese and Riley.  She resides in the great state of Texas (yee haw!), has recently become obsessed with Starbucks Carmel Brulee Lattes (you should try one!), tries to find humor in life with twins, and is overwhelmed with how she has been blessed.  Read more at Beyond Normalcy: Life With Twins.

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13 thoughts on “Moms of Multiples Groups”

  1. I wish I had joined our local MoM group while I was pregnant, because (as I’ve mentioned here before) the membership requirements are that you pay dues AND first attend one of the monthly dinner meetings, which are held at various locations throughout the far suburbs (I live in the city), and always on a weeknight between 6 and 8 pm. Considering that they are all MoMs, they don’t seem to have given much thought to accessibility. But without attending a meeting inconveniently scheduled between rush hour and bedtime, I can’t even get onto a message board.

  2. It’s about darn time, girl! :-) I hope you have a good experience. I know all groups are different, and mine is an especially large and active one.

    Get out there!

    And sorry to hear about that stupid playgroup with NO STROLLERS allowed?!?! That’s ridiculous.

  3. MOT groups are the best thing ever. I especially enjoy the opportunity to meet other moms of twins. I find spending time with these moms key to my own mental well-being—you never feel judged, and often you get an extra helping hand.

  4. I’ve had a great time in my local moms of multiples group. There are monthly dinner meetings just for moms (well, I guess the dads could go too!!) and various activities throughout the year for families (including a Christmas party with Santa so you don’t have to stand in line at the mall for pictures). I don’t go to every activity, but when I do it’s always a fun time.
    .-= Quadmama´s last blog ..The Coveted Gift of the Season Pt. 2 =-.

  5. I am very blessed. I belong to an infertility support group and in our group we’ve had over 28 babies in the last two years – 6 sets of twins. So we all are each other’s support and just recently I actually started a Fertility Babies group (a subset of the original group) to talk mother and baby things.

    If we have any questions or just want to have a moan, we all round robin on email for support. It’s great.

    However I feel quite overwhelmed actually taking my babies out socially by myself…
    .-= Leigh from 123 blog´s last blog ..Pregnancy weight and getting back into my work clothes =-.

  6. I joined mine while pg- and learned what not to waste my money on, that I COULD do it, and I could get out of the house dressed with make up on. Mine has monthly Panera meetings, playdates, outings, and like the above poster, a holiday party with Santa & potluck. Couldn’t have made it without them!

  7. I joined our local MoMs group while I was pregnant and I’m so glad I did! I’ve made some wonderful friends and learned so much from others!! I seriously have to credit some of the moms in the group as my inspirations and cheerleaders to be able to breast feed my twins AND survive going back to work. I have been in the group for 3.5 years now and love it – I’m even on our board and do our group’s newsletter.
    .-= Barbara Manatee´s last blog ..1 out of 3 ain’t bad! =-.

  8. We’ve attended a few multiples group events, but it seems like a lot of effort sometimes. Fortunately everyone there is really supportive and it is usually worth it to go. Our Christmas party was last weekend and it was great to not have to answer any prying questions about having twins.

  9. Like Ellen K., I too tried to join my local MoM’s group but they only met at 7:30 pm. I was just way too tired at that time of night to even think about driving 20-30 minutes to an event that wasn’t even starting until late.

    However, I’ve gotten along just fine and I have never joined a multiples group. But I must say that it was nice to find this site and a few others to share common experiences.

    As parents of multiples, we have a much different parenting experience.

    Now that my kids are in preschool, all our outside play dates are with fellow students … there are 10 sets of multiples in our small school … funny how that works out.

  10. I used to be very involved in my local Mother of Multiples group, and was even an officer for a time. I made some really wonderful friends, and got the inspiration I needed to believe that I could successfully nurse twins. However, the group split over a heated debate about whether religion was an appropriate topic for discussion on our mailing list, and as an atheist, I felt like I should leave. I have a feeling that if I had tried to stay in the group, I would have been kicked out. The whole thing left me with a really bitter taste in my mouth, and although I’ve maintained the friendships I’ve made in the group, the whole thing is making me look forward to when the army forces us to move out of town, one hopes to somewhere a little more tolerant.

    It was hard for me to attend evening meetings, though, since kids were discouraged. I was the only mom with a full time job, and almost all the others had husbands at home to watch their kids, whereas my husband is overseas a lot. I could only participate during the months that my hubby was home. For the other women, though, this was often the only time they got a break from caring for their kids all month.
    .-= Sadia´s last blog ..Overheard 26 =-.

  11. I joined my MoM group when I was still pregnant and was volunteering at the bi-annual garage sale before I ever gave birth. Which, of course, means you get selected to be a board member, lol. I love my group, but because I work, have rarely been to an event (egg hunt, halloween party, and that’s about it) and certainly no weekday playgroups. The BIGGEST benefit for me, however, is the online forum that we have where we can ask the craziest of questions, get/give support from neighbors, find out the most trustworthy plumber, and buy/sell no-longer-fits kid clothes/gear.
    .-= Rachel´s last blog ..It’s Kind Of A Big Deal =-.

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