BG Area Mothers of Multiples

a small glimpse in our unique journey…our real-life journey

NICU Reunion! April 29, 2010

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In May of 2003, we welcomed triplets to our family.  They were born at Hillcrest Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where they spent many weeks in the NICU.  I remember a lady bringing back her twins, so the NICU staff could see how much they had grown.  On a recent 1900-mile spring break trip out west we decided to take our triplets to see the hospital they were born at.  During our visit we buzzed the NICU to see if any of the staff from 2003 was available to come out, so we could show them how much they really do impact the lives of their patients.  One of the physicians and three nurses were available to spend a few minutes with us.  We took a few photos and shared with them briefly what the girls have been up to the last 6 ½ years.  It was a pleasure to see them again.

Thanks to Danielle, BGMoM of triplets, for this guest post!

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April Meeting Follow-Up April 27, 2010

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If you missed this past meeting, we sure did miss you!  Thanks to all of you who came out on a dreary (and busy!) Sunday afternoon.  I know this time of year can get C-R-A-Z-Y!

We had a really interesting meeting with our guest speaker being Dr. Carrie Pritchard, an assistant professor of psychology at Western Kentucky University.  She teaches classes in educational and child psychology, and had some really great insight to share about how, as MoMs, we can nurture the individuality of our multiples.  We all know that having twins/triplets/quads means double/triple/quadruple everything.  But I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes my kiddos are so different that the only thing they have in common is their birthdays!

Club Business:

This month we started collecting annual dues for membership into BGMoMs.  Remember that dues are $25, $15 of which goes to National Organization of Mothers of Twins Club (NOMOTC).   The rest goes to the local chapter of BGMoMs.

The next few meetings will aim to be lighter in tone, and have some FUN involved.  The weather is getting warmer (well, okay, it was warmer, and now it’s chilly again, but it will warm back up).  In May, we will be talking about things to do this summer within a 3 hour distance of our beloved BG. Sometimes, a week-long beach vacation just isn’t feasible for us all (though we wish it was….*daydreaming…*)

To prepare for the May meeting, please e-mail a vacation picture involving your multiples to bgmoms@gmail.com and be prepared to share a tip, or better yet – a funny story!

Our meeting will be Sunday, May 23 in the Medical Center Auditorium at 2 pm.

On June 27, we finally get the chance to meet each other’s families we’ve been talking so much about! BGMoMs will be having their First Annual Summer Potluck Picnic!  This will be fun for kids and adults alike, so mark the date on your calendars!

Well, ladies (and other readers, if you’re out there…)  hope to see/hear from you soon!

Jenny

 

Recap of the Expectant Parent Fair April 22, 2010

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BGMoMs attended our first Expectant Parent Fair at the Medical Center on Sunday!  We were so pleased to meet two moms who are expecting twins in the next couple of months.  We also met a handful of other moms who hadn’t had that telling 20-week ultrasound yet, who noted that twins run in their family and took our contact information “just in case”.  Most of the other expectant moms scurried past our booth with a grin, some refusing to make eye contact…as if having multiples might be contagious.

We continue to work with OBs in the area to reach more moms who are expecting multiples.  I’m pretty sure I can speak for the group when I say I wish we’d all known each other when we were pregnant!  Oh, the questions I would have asked!

It’s exciting to continue to spread the word about BGMoMs.  The more our membership grows, the greater our collective resources.  We’re looking forward to a great discussion at our meeting this Sunday…and to meeting some new MoMs!

Mandy

 

Go-To Recipes April 16, 2010

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Eating is fun, let’s all admit it.  It’s even  better when we stumble upon a recipe that works for everyone in our families!  At BGMoMs, we would love to be able to share those tried-and-true, mom-tested, kid-and-daddy approved recipes.

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I’ll have to say I feel a little guilty for needing a “recipe” to bake chicken, but will admit I like the precision of following written directions.

I found a real “go-to” recipe a few weeks ago, for baked chicken legs with vegetables.  While you have to plan ahead for the time this recipe takes in the oven, the preparation is minimal, and it uses all fresh ingredients.  My husband and I enjoy this, and best of all, our 15-month old twins do, too!

Baked Chicken with Vegetables

6 chicken legs with the skin on (the skin removes easily once baked)

4 or 5 large white potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/8’s

8 oz. package of baby carrots

5 or 6 cloves of garlic

1 large onion, peeled and sliced

Fresh parsley, or 1 Tbsp. dried parsley flakes

½ Tbsp. garlic powder

Salt and pepper to taste

3 Tbsp. butter

Place the chicken legs in a 9×13 baking dish.  Arrange potatoes, carrots, and garlic around the chicken.  Top with onion slices.  Season with parsley, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.  Place ½ Tbsp. butter on each chicken leg.  Pour water into pan to about ½” of top.  Cover with foil at bake in 350 degree oven for one hour.  Remove foil and continue cooking for 20 minutes, until vegetables are tender and chicken juices run clear.

What’s your favorite “go-to” recipe?

Mandy

 

April is Multiple Birth Awareness Month April 7, 2010

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The following is an article about April being Multiple Birth Awareness Month.

Let’s celebrate our multiples!

2010 Multiple Birth Awareness Month

 

Sleep Sacks April 4, 2010

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I think it’s a little bit funny that Jenny and I have both blogged about baby blankets, yet here I go with another blanket-related post.  Stepping back to analyze the trend, I realize that sleep is such a vital component to happy babies…and to happy parents.  Anything that can support that peaceful slumber deserves a special place in my book.

At our house, we used the Kiddopotamus® SwaddleMe® blankets until the girls were about six months old, at which point they were wiggling out of them more than they were staying in them.  I was really nervous about officially transitioning away from swaddling the girls, as I continue to believe that made the difference in our girls sleeping through the night so consistently.  We opted to move the girls into Halo® Sleep Sacks™.  We were up and down a few times the first week of the transition as the girls learned to navigate their cribs, but the things went smoothly overall.

At 15 months, we’re still using the Halo® Sleep Sacks™.  Our girls seem to wiggle laps around their cribs at night, so these wearable blankets keep them covered. We have a couple of sets in lightweight cotton that we can use year-round.  In addition to keeping the girls covered, the design of the blanket has helped limit them getting their legs through the slats of the crib.

And for us, one of the best things about using the Halo® Sleep Sacks™is that it serves as a “sleep signal”.  When I zip the girls in their blankets, they clearly know it’s time for bed.

What are your tools of the trade as relate to bedtime?

Mandy