Could we do a roll call

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Could we do a roll call

I was looking in the "Meet the Multiple Mommies Thread" and noticed that no one has written in it since March of this year. Could we do a roll call of all the wonderful ladies on this board for all the newbies here, including myself. We did this on Pregnant with Mulitples board and it was fun and handy! It will allow us newbies to get to know the wonderful and awesome ladies that are helping and will continue to help us through the wonderful world of Mulitples Smile

Your Name:

Your Childrens Names and ages:

How early did you deliver?:

Best part of having Multiples?

Worst part of having Multiples?

Any advice?

Joined: 04/24/11
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Your Name: Krista

Your Childrens Names and ages: Bradley David and Kaylee Marie, 2month, 2 weeks and 4 days

How early did you deliver?: 36 weeks and 3 days

Best part of having Multiples? Two beautiful, healthy babies to adore

Worst part of having Multiples? Sleep depervation

Any advice? Haven't had babies long enough to give good advice but since I have forced them into a schedule things have been a lot easier.

Joined: 01/25/02
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Your Name: Rachel

Your Childrens Names and ages: Abram and Wyatt, almost 23 months

How early did you deliver?: 36wks

Best part of having Multiples? The built in friend has come into play in the last few months. Smile

Worst part of having Multiples? The boys always having to share their momma. And other's lack of understanding the difficulties of twins. Smile

Any advice? The house will wait to be clean, but the twins won't wait to grow up on you. Wink

Joined: 06/04/09
Posts: 46

Your Name: Tania

Your Childrens Names and ages: Ava, 6 yrs, Eric and James, 2 yrs

How early did you deliver?: 27 weeks

Best part of having Multiples? Instant large family Smile

Worst part of having Multiples? Terrible twos times two!

Any advice? Nope. Everyone has to make it work for themselves, and I've found most advice isn't very helpful.

Joined: 02/12/10
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Your Name: Kristine

Your Childrens Names and ages: Alex and Maeve, 3 years 3 months

How early did you deliver?: 31w6d

Best part of having Multiples? The understanding you can get from other parents of multiples.

Worst part of having Multiples? This is a bad time to ask me that! My kids fight all the time, and drive each other insane. They do NOT play together like I was promised they would, but fight and annoy each other and force me to referee constantly.

Any advice? Talk to people who can understand what you are going through: your partner, people here, a local moms of multiples group, etc. I have found that to be the most helpful. I have a singleton now too, and I can tell you it is NOTHING like having twins.

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Joined: 09/06/09
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Your Name: Danielle

Your Childrens Names and ages: Alaina Claire and Aiden James-- ~11 months

How early did you deliver?: 34.5 weeks

Best part of having Multiples? Having 2 to love

Worst part of having Multiples? Lack of sleep

Any advice? Find what works for you and your family. It is wonderful to have the advice of other MoMs, but ultimately you must find a groove you can settle into yourself. And of course enjoy every minute. They grow too fast!

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Joined: 08/06/08
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Your Name: Ashlee

Your Childrens Names and ages: Presley and Kourtney 9 months (5 adjusted)

How early did you deliver?: I delivered at just 25 weeks

Best part of having Multiples? Twice the smiles, giggles, and hugs!!

Worst part of having Multiples? All the attention in public....

Any advice? Find what works for you and nap when they nap!!

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Joined: 07/20/10
Posts: 36

Your Name: Kourtney
Your Childrens Names and ages: Jaylen and Miyah 10 months old

How early did you deliver?: I was induced at 38 weeks!

Best part of having Multiples? Getting twice the kisses and smiles!!!

Worst part of having Multiples? They are starting to fight and steal each others toys!!!!

Any advice? Get sleep whenever you can and get them on a schedule as quick as possible!!! Smile

Joined: 04/09/06
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Your Name: Melanie

Your Childrens Names and ages: Isaiah, 7--almost 8; Keira and Sarafina-2

How early did you deliver?: 37w, 2d

Best part of having Multiples? The fun they have together and how cute they are together.

Worst part of having Multiples? Tantrum throwing X 2

Any advice? Everyone is different, but I will say that for us getting them on a schedule and working hard on sleep training when they were old enough were the best things we did. I think teaching twins to sleep is really important. They have a built in playmate, so it makes it twice as hard sometimes. I am dreading the transition to toddler beds.

"Stompin" wrote:

Any advice? Nope. Everyone has to make it work for themselves, and I've found most advice isn't very helpful.

That is too bad. Sad I have found that many MoMs have some great advice. For those that don't understand twins, I haven't had much useful advice, but that is only because they don't really get that parenting twins is a tad different than a singleton. Biggrin

"klb621" wrote:

Worst part of having Multiples? This is a bad time to ask me that! My kids fight all the time, and drive each other insane. They do NOT play together like I was promised they would, but fight and annoy each other and force me to referee constantly.

Any advice? Talk to people who can understand what you are going through: your partner, people here, a local moms of multiples group, etc. I have found that to be the most helpful. I have a singleton now too, and I can tell you it is NOTHING like having twins.

Ha! I cannot imagine that two kids the same age in toddlerhood and early preschool can ever play together well. Biggrin I just pray for some good school age years of peace. One can hope, anyway.

You are right, a singleton is NOTHING like twins. Biggrin

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Thanks everyone, its great getting to know you all.

Joined: 06/04/07
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Your Name: Tracey

Your Childrens Names and ages: Bren, 20; Kai 18, Hai, 17 J-Girl 3, Kiri n Tae 2

How early did you deliver?: @ 35 wks 1 day

Best part of having Multiples? Double the pleasure and tenfold the fun, specially with J-Girl added to the mix.

Worst part of having Multiples? Double/triple the trouble (oh and lack of sleep in the first year)

Any advice? Go by your own instinct as you'll know what's best for you and your kids. Advice is usually good, but it doesn't mean it will work for your family. Oh, and take lots of pictures and short video clips. Time really does fly. I keep forgetting to take video clips and missing all the funny things they're now saying and doing!

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Joined: 09/08/09
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Your Name: Melissa

Your Childrens Names and ages: Gabriella and Isabella ( 8 ), Deborah (7)

How early did you deliver?: 39 weeks

Best part of having Multiples? Seeing them become such different people as they grow!

Worst part of having Multiples? The constant FIGHTING. *sigh* My twins and singleton are so close in age that it's like having triplets, and everything is a competition or a knock-down, drag-out fight.

Any advice? Hang in there. The older they get, the easier it gets. And surround yourself with other parents of multiples - join a MOM's group. And never thing you've got the hang of it - life changes constantly in ways you can never imagine!

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"melnzai" wrote:

I am dreading the transition to toddler beds.

Don't dread... it's not always as hard as you think. My twins transitioned to toddler beds quite easily, and I did it at 15 months. (My singleton was born when the girls were 16 months, and I was NOT going to buy a third crib!! :eek: )

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"Sweet Pea Twins" wrote:

Don't dread... it's not always as hard as you think. My twins transitioned to toddler beds quite easily, and I did it at 15 months. (My singleton was born when the girls were 16 months, and I was NOT going to buy a third crib!! :eek: )

Did they or do they all share a room? If they did then but don't now, when did you separate them? My three youngest all are in the same room and right now they have no desire to separate (their room is next to ours anyways so I'm not wanting them to move... yet). I also agree that the transition to beds were very easy for mine as well. They got them as bday gifts, so switched over that day. I think it was more me that was the emotional mess, LOL!

Oh, and welcome back! Good luck TTC!

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"Beertje" wrote:

Did they or do they all share a room? If they did then but don't now, when did you separate them? My three youngest all are in the same room and right now they have no desire to separate (their room is next to ours anyways so I'm not wanting them to move... yet). I also agree that the transition to beds were very easy for mine as well. They got them as bday gifts, so switched over that day. I think it was more me that was the emotional mess, LOL!

Oh, and welcome back! Good luck TTC!

The twins share a room and always have. My singleton had her own room until my ex and I split, then they all had to share a room. That was a nightmare. My twins are "early to bed, and early to rise" kind of kids, and my singleton is a night-owl and sleeps in. That didn't work well. As soon as I was able to, I moved to a three bedroom so Deb could have her own room again. LOL The twins have always shared, but recently have been whining that they want their own rooms... so who knows??

And thanks! I think I'm going to need all the luck I can get! Smile

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"Sweet Pea Twins" wrote:

Don't dread... it's not always as hard as you think. My twins transitioned to toddler beds quite easily, and I did it at 15 months. (My singleton was born when the girls were 16 months, and I was NOT going to buy a third crib!! :eek: )

Biggrin We will see. My singleton was a dream in his toddler bed. He did not get up without permission. He called out to me and asked if he could get out of bed until he was 4 or so. As a matter of fact, he still asks me if he can come out of his room on the weekends. He will be 8 on 1/2. He is so easy. I already know my twins will not be that easy. My comparison is a little skewed too. Lol So, I am going to wait as long as possible. My girls are a bit more strong-willed than my DS. Plus, S will sometimes gallop around her crib and struggle to settle in for the night. It seems like it is always when she is ready to hit some sort of milestone. She has been doing it for the past week and I am waiting to see what it is. Her anxiety always peaks as that happens too. I am glad to hear that your girls did well with that transition though. It gives me hope.

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Your Name: Starr

Your Childrens Names and ages: Atom and Zero, 2 1/2

How early did you deliver?: 36w3d

Best part of having Multiples? Built in friend....twice the love to get and give...dont have to stress too much if i cant get pregnant again because I have two, at least!

Worst part of having Multiples? Doubse the expenses, double laundry, and ohhh the tantrums! Also, I want another chance at a pregnancy, but DH wont budge because we have 2 kids already. I feel like my pregnancy was spent being so scared, and being forced to deliver in the OR, I didnt get the experience I hoped for.

Any advice? Make a schedule from day one! Keep a diary to log your day to day life, because you wont really remember the first year. Cloth diaper if youre on a budget! Make your own baby food...take as long as you can for maternity leave. I took only 6 weeks and will never forgive myself.

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Joined: 05/13/07
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Your Name: Kim

Your Childrens Names and ages: Addison and Paige almost 4 in 2 weeks, Hayley is 2, and I'm 10 weeks pregnant with #4.

How early did you deliver?: The twins were a scheduled C-section at 38 weeks

Best part of having Multiples? They always have someone to play with, and fight with.

Worst part of having Multiples? The attention from strangers including all the questions and comments. Its really really crazy and hard sometimes, I wouldn't wish multiples on my worse enemy.

Any advice? Just go with the flow, count to 10 before you react, the phase your in is the easiest one.... it just gets harder, and pick your battles. Multiples are going to get into more trouble then anyone can imagine, and you just have to find the humor in it instead of getting upset or else we all would be gray by the time they are 3 years old! Last Have fun, its alot of work but also they can be so funny and cute, so it just makes up for all the work.

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Joined: 04/29/09
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Your Name: Leah

Your Childrens Names and ages: Isaac and Gabriel, just turned 2

How early did you deliver?: 30 weeks 3 days (and I did a 'double' delivery, baby a vaginal and baby b stat c section. It happens!)

Best part of having Multiples? Definitely the built in friend. Double the lovins!

Worst part of having Multiples? Double the tantrums. Especially at the toddler stage, one not realizing that the other needs me, and vice versa. All the attention in public. When you are having a 'bad mom' day, the attention is nice sometimes, but most times it just makes running errands extra long.

Any advice? Like the others said, find a schedule that works for you. Listen to what the babies are telling you, and listen to your own instinct. I can't even count the number of times that I have known something is wrong or not working, and others didn't believe me, and I turned out to be right. You know your babies best! Also, don't beat yourself up. Sometimes with 2, you have to do things that you never thought you would, such as putting on the TV to calm them down or get a moment's peace. Life with multiples is crazy, just go with it!

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Leah, I was the same as you, 'double duty'. Atleast it makes for a great story!

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"krista83" wrote:

Leah, I was the same as you, 'double duty'. Atleast it makes for a great story!

It's good to know that there are others out there!! Smile

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Kim, congrats on #4!! Always nice to see you around here... I think of your little girls often , since they have the same bday as my boys, right? (well, 2 yrs before).

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Your Name: Mira (Mrs. Mac)

Your Childrens Names and ages: Finn 3 (on Dec 20th), Archer & Harrison 8 weeks (on Friday)

How early did you deliver?: 37w5d

Best part of having Multiples? Everyone's amazement, excitement & love for my babies.

Worst part of having Multiples? 2 babies & only 2 arms

Any advice? Get outta the house...if I stay home even one day I feel like I'm losing my mind. If we're at home they just want to be attached to the boobs. While I love BFing I need to get off the couch sometimes. So we go out. To the mall, for coffee, for a walk. Anything.

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"Mrs. Mac" wrote:

Any advice? Get outta the house...if I stay home even one day I feel like I'm losing my mind. If we're at home they just want to be attached to the boobs. While I love BFing I need to get off the couch sometimes. So we go out. To the mall, for coffee, for a walk. Anything.

This is so true! Getting out is so hard with two, but is so worth the sanity you receive as a reward. Lol Now, if I can just maintain my patience while we are out now that I have two toddlers. Thank goodness carts are a novelty because they always rode in a stroller. So, they think they are doing something fun while we are at the store. The double strollers are the best now that they are old enough to ride in them. They are in heaven riding in those. Biggrin

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Your Name: Sheila

Your Childrens Names and ages: Ciaran and Dara, 8 days

How early did you deliver?: 37 weeks and 6 days

Best part of having Multiples? No more pregnancy ever!

Worst part of having Multiples? No more sleep ever!

Any advice? Grandparents make good twin holders.

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Your Name: Ruth

Your Childrens Names and ages: Noelle, age 3. Brian and Micah, 13 months.

How early did you deliver?: 36 weeks on the nose.

Best part of having Multiples? hmm... baby races, entertaining 2 for the price of 1, extra hugs and cuddles. hoping for the playmate factor someday (but not even close yet!)

Worst part of having Multiples? Not enough time to give everyone as much as I want, SO much work, so little sleep. And all the trials of raising kids are just amplified.

Any advice? Getting out of the house is important. Try to enjoy it all, because we will miss these early days (so I'm told).

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I agree with the getting out of the house. I find they actually enjoy being out of the house.

Oh, and welcome Shelia Smile

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I must be the opposite person... I am such a homebody... being that I do not enjoy shopping, getting out of the house was just too much work to me, and they always seemed to scream and cry when we did go somewhere and trying to nurse two in public, yeah, not going to happen, and trying to nurse two in the car, not much easier. lol.

I guess I did get out once winter was past at least once a day when I walked my older kids to school. lol

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OOH, getting out of the house and going shopping and whatnot is what got me through those first 6 months!! My girls enjoyed being out and were generally very quiet and good when we were out. When we were home, THAT was sheer hell for me...

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Your Name: Stephanie

Your Childrens Names and ages: Katherine Taylor, Zachary Michael, Adalyn Claire 5 months

How early did you deliver?: 34 weeks (7-9-11)

Best part of having Multiples? Three different personalities to love to pieces

Worst part of having Multiples? NO SLEEP ... and the feeling like I don't recognize my life anymore

Any advice? just keep swimming? lol That's what I try to tell myself. And don't let ppd get the upper hand.

As for getting out of the house I feel I have nowhere to go. I live in a VERY small town and can't think of a place to take them. The library lap time is too close to nap and feeding to be an option at this point. Also, the winters make getting outside enough difficult for me. That's maybe my biggest difficulty - there are weeks I don't get outside at all. :/

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Steph, getting out with two babies was too overwhelming to me, I can only imagine 3. But when dh got home I would often run to the store or library or something to just get me out of the house, that was sometimes enough for me, even just a few times a week.

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"rachelrazzle" wrote:

Steph, getting out with two babies was too overwhelming to me, I can only imagine 3. But when dh got home I would often run to the store or library or something to just get me out of the house, that was sometimes enough for me, even just a few times a week.

I think getting out of the house with more than one kid, whether they are twins or not, is a huge task. Sometimes, I get these ideas about going somewhere with the kids. Then, I think about everything I will need to do to get us going. I just leave them in their PJs and we find other things to do in the house. ROFL

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"melnzai" wrote:

I think getting out of the house with more than one kid, whether they are twins or not, is a huge task. Sometimes, I get these ideas about going somewhere with the kids. Then, I think about everything I will need to do to get us going. I just leave them in their PJs and we find other things to do in the house. ROFL

Ah, I can so relate! Smile Abram wore his pjs all day today, he was comfy and looked so cute. We did go out to see Christmas lights downtown and I figured he would be warmer with them on, so I layered clothes over them, and when we got home, took the clothes off and put him to bed in his pjs. lol

and while out I remembered why we never go anywhere. Abram was having a fit and screaming half the time about his "bubs" gloves. Ugh! Like just screaming and thrashing, it was so fun!

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Your Name: Jennie

Your Childrens Names and ages: Izzie 2 (8-6-09), Easton and Ashton 5 mo (7-11-11)

How early did you deliver?: 36 weeks

Best part of having Multiples? Knowing they will always have each other.

Worst part of having Multiples? I don't have enough hands or time to give them the amount of attention I want to give them.

Any advice? I think Stephanie quoted it best - just keep swimming, just keep swimming

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Your Name: Tamika

Your Childrens Names and ages: Laydon and London...they will be 2 in a little under a month Smile

How early did you deliver?: 34 weeks

Best part of having Multiples? The girls always have someone to play with. The good days are twice as good. Double the smiles... I work full time and after a long day at work, I pick them up from daycare.... they run to me and say MOMMMMMMMY simultaneously and my heart melts and I forget about this crazy hospital :). Double the laughter and kisses and hugs and love!!!

Worst part of having Multiples? Double the tantrums. Also the attention in public. I hear 'Are they twins' more times than I can count. Also... the jealousy. They both want mommy ALL THE TIME lol

Any advice? Take it one day at a time.....yup just keep swimming lol Wink