The first year of our girls’ lives was filled with many memorable milestones – the first smiles, the first laughs, and the first steps. As I reflect back on that time, I can’t help but note some additional milestones, ones that aren’t necessarily noted in the baby book, but are nonetheless huge in the mind of this mom of multiples.
Most of my “mommy milestones” revolve around juggling two babies at once, which is no easy task. I quickly learned that “impromptu” is very relative, as even most everyday tasks require quite a deal of planning!
The first such milestone was bottle feeding the babies for the first time by myself. After talking to a couple of other MoMs and psyching myself up for several days, I staged my girls in their Boppy® pillows and fed them each with one hand. Burping was a bit of a challenge, as I obviously had to do that one by one, but I felt such a sense of accomplishment when I mastered this process.
Another huge milestone was taking the girls out by myself. I opted for a visit to our local coffee shop, figuring I could come and go as I pleased; if the girls got fussy and I needed to leave quickly, I wouldn’t be waiting on anyone to bring me a check. Again after several considerable pep talks with myself, we embarked on our journey one sunny afternoon. I took the girls into the shop in their stroller to allow me to be as hands-free as possible. Although it was a little challenging to maneuver around the tables, we did it! The girls had a great time looking out the window, and I felt so proud as I enjoyed my latte.
One of the final frontiers for me was taking the girls to the pediatrician by myself. While I have become quite adept at taking them places in their stroller, I knew our limo of a buggy would never fit through the narrow hallways of the doctor’s office. I again planned my strategy well in advance – I carried one baby in the infant seat and “wore” the other baby in a sling. I felt like a bit of a sideshow, but it worked!
And who says you need three arms to manage twins (although wouldn’t that be nice!)? What are your mommy milestones?