The featured blogger this week is Ashlee of Wait…Where was I? Ashlee is the proud MoM of 5 year old Porter and 10 month old twins Luke and Aubree. Ashlee had a long journey to motherhood, but as you can tell with her blog, it was well worth the wait! Her kids and blog are absolutely adorable!
How did you get into blogging?
A lot my friends were blogging so I decided to jump on the bandwagon. Also, my sister had moved out of state and I wanted her to be able to see pictures of her favorite nephew. I have been a very sporadic blogger in the past, but I’m trying to keep up.
What was your journey to motherhood like?
The word that comes to my mind when thinking about my journey to motherhood is emotional. It took about two years for our first. We decided to start trying for number two when our son was ten months old in May 2007 because we wanted our kids to be close in age. My doctor said I didn’t ovulate and that clomid should most certainly work for me every time. After way too many cycles of clomid, a bunch of IUIs and two rounds of in-vitro fertilization I finally got pregnant with twins in February 2010.
Were you surprised you were pregnant with twins?
I was shocked that I was even pregnant. I thought for sure it had not worked. We had only two, very poor quality, embryos to transfer and none to freeze (after starting with twelve fertilized eggs). I would not let myself really get attached to the idea of having twins for most of my pregnancy. I was so pessimistic.
How did Porter adjust to having a little brother AND little sister?
I was so nervous about him not adjusting because he had been an only child for four years, but he did amazingly well. He was so excited that he was finally getting a little brother and a little sister. We did go through a short phase of him pooping in his pants for attention when the twins were about a month or so old, but that was it. He is so good with them and so proud of them. When we are out and people ask if they are twins Porter always wants to answer and tell them that one is a girl and one is a boy. It is, luckily, just not in his nature to be jealous or selfish. I feel so honored to be his mom he is just the best kid and so loving.
Your twins are still pretty young, how have you adjusted to being a MoM (mother of multiples)?
I am totally still adjusting and getting used to being a stay at home MoM. From the time I wake up in the morning until the time my kids are in bed I am going non stop. It is crazy and there have been a lot of tears from everyone but I wouldn’t change it for anything. Porter said to me the other day, “those babies won’t even let you eat!” Will I ever really adjust? It seems like once I feel like I have things under control something changes. Their nap schedule, what they eat, their mobility, etc. We also just moved which really stirred things up.
I have become surprisingly scheduled. I have never been the type of person to follow a schedule or miss out on anything, but now if its during nap time or after bedtime I don’t go (usually). With Porter I didn’t have anything that could even resemble a schedule and he stopped napping by the time he was ten months old, which was totally fine with one baby. With two I don’t even dare risk it. I want them to take naps until they go to kindergarten!
Being a mom of twins is hard, but it is so much fun.
What are some of your favorite things to do as a family?
Anytime we have dad around is our favorite time. For the last four years my husband has gone to school full time, worked full time and completed a million hours of rotations. He is busy to say the least. He graduated in May but has still has a very busy summer.
Me and the kids love to get out and go on walks, to the zoo, or the park, or even just to Target. We spend a lot of time with grandmas and grandpas too which is always fun.
My husband has had the past two weeks off and my favorite time of day is just before bed time. We give Luke and Aubree their bath, which they are absolutely loving lately, and get them all ready for bed together. After they have gone to bed Porter, Jason and I play a few games of UNO and read bed time stories together.
What question(s) do you have for the other families in the community?
I have two….
I mentioned we moved. I have been avoiding Luke and Aubree’s closet like the plague. They are sharing a room for now and I have no idea how to ‘do’ their clothes. Should they have their own drawers and sides of the closet, or do pants go in one drawer and tops in the other? I know I am totally over thinking this but I just want it to feel organized and easy. What works? Do you hang most things or fold?
I am also wondering what are the best sippy cups? Luke likes to take a drink and then fling his cup to the ground so it needs to be durable. Is there really such a thing as ‘spill-proof’? Has anyone found a good cup with a lid for the diaper bag?