The featured blogger this week is Michelle of Family Love in My City. Michelle is the proud MoM of adorable 5 year old boy/girl twins. If you are in the San Antonio area you definitely need to read this blog to keep up to date on all of the fun events in your area!
What made you decide to start a blog.
I love finding fun things to do in San Antonio with my twins, whether it is theater, festivals, parks, children’s museum, or special events. I love showing them around the city and would often get asked about what was going on the upcoming weekend by other moms. So, I thought it would be fun to chronicle the things that we do as a resource for others. It also serves as a creative outlet for me. I used to scrapbook in the past, but with blogging, paper and embellishments are not needed and I can blog from just about anywhere!
You were fairly young when you had your twins, were you surprised to be pregnant with twins?
We were very surprised! We were full-time college seniors, with an unplanned pregnancy, but we had our families support. I was working as a bookkeeper, so my schedule and workload was flexible. I was enrolled in school the Spring semester that I had the twins, and actually took a final and turned in projects in the weeks after having them. I was able to take the Summer and a Fall semester off, then graduated the Spring semester after. We both graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio, with our babies in attendance!
How did you juggle everything with school and newborns?
We lived on just the basics in a one bedroom apartment. I often feel like it was one of the happiest times in my life because we lived so simply and I was just able to focus on babies for the first 9 months of their lives. When I had to finish school, we moved into my parents house, the twins went to daycare, my husband worked full-time and I went to school. A supportive partner, supportive family and being able to have childcare for the twins helped me balance school and babies. Through the ups and downs, we have always had a common goal to build a loving, nurturing family and the hard work has paid off!
Your twins are in a Spanish immersion program, can you discuss this and offer any tips for families looking to do this as well?
With both my husband and I being Hispanic, living in a city that is full of Hispanic culture, we agree that speaking fluent Spanish is a very important and beneficial to their future. I am conversational and studied in school, my husband is not, so a Spanish Immersion program helps us accomplish this goal.
My tips for other families is simply to commit and make the second language apart of your everyday life. Make an effort to sing along when they sing songs they learn in class, use fun iPad/iPhone apps that teach the language (Pim the Panda is great!), watch Spanish cartoons and incorporating Spanish words in your vocabulary on a daily basis are simple ways to show interest in what they are learning.
What are some of your favorite things to do as a family?
One of my favorite thing to do as a family is attending UTSA football games! It is the inaugural season for the football team, and there is so much excitement. With both of us working full-time, outside the home, the weekends are the only time we get to spend some good quality time together. The football games keep us in close quarters for 3 hours, cheering on the team, which makes having fun and creating memories inevitable!
What advice would you give a new MoM of twins?
I think maintaining a routine is most important for mothers and fathers of newborn twins. Then learning how to adapt and adjust the schedule at the different stages of their first years. Being aware that each child may need to be treated or disciplined differently and figuring out how to adjust your parent can help with many situations.
What question(s) do you have for the other families in the community?
My questions for the multiples community are for parents of multiples of different gender. What situations or problems have you encountered, such as double standards, separation, privacy and how did you handle them?
Be sure to leave your answers to Michelle’s question in the comment section and then head over to Family Love in My City to leave some bloggy love!