I remember when my sweet cousin, Krista, told us that she was pregnant with Nicholas almost four years ago. We were getting ready for our other cousin’s bachelorette party, when she let it slip out. The announcement was then followed with a group hug and some tears, and I remember thinking, she’s going to be the perfect mom.
Fast forward a couple more years and I remember when I heard about Krista’s second pregnancy announcement…and this time we were double excited as we found out she was carrying twins! The first woman in our family to do so! By this time, I knew that Krista was an amazing mom, so the first thing I thought after hearing the great news was, if anyone can handle a toddler and twins, it’s Krista! She was born to be a mom!
And I was right! Krista and her husband, Brad, are amazing parents to three of the cutest kids you will ever see. They work hard and love hard! When I began brainstorming ideas for guest bloggers, I knew that I wanted to ask Krista to do a guest post, as she would be “real” with all of us out there and because I knew she would have amazing advice for not only moms of multiples, but all moms out there!
Thank you for letting us tell your story, Krista! Love you!
A: Brad and I have been married for six years. We have three beautiful children, Nicholas is three years old and twin seven month olds, Kali and Kylie.
Q: What did you first think when you were told that you were having twins?
A: When we found out we were having twins at our confirmation ultrasound I could not believe it. Shock, happiness, terror, I am not really sure how to describe it. We scheduled an early ultrasound appointment because I was very sick. I was way more sick than I was with my previous pregnancy with Nick so I thought something had to be wrong. While we were there Brad, Nick and I were watching the screen and the technician scanned over “baby a” and then she moved over to “baby b”. I interrupted her and said, “Wait a minute, is there two babies in there?” And sure enough she responded, “Yes, isn’t that why your here?” I wasn’t there to confirm a twin pregnancy. I was there to make sure there was one baby heart beat. There in the dark ultrasound room was two beautiful baby heart beats. I laughed, I cried, I just turned to Brad and asked if he was okay. The man who rarely cries has tears coming down his face. Of course we were okay. We were just told we were having two babies. What emotion wasn’t felt when your told that surprise!
A: The hardest part of having twins is that everything takes twice as long. There are two babies to feed, two to change, two to cuddle, two to rock. Everything is multiplied and it takes extra time. Throw in a toddler who also needs these things and more, you definitely don’t have much time. In the beginning when we had to go somewhere out of the house, I would need to start preparing three hours in advance, now I have it down to about an hour and a half. Gone are the days you can roll out of bed and get ready in thirty minutes, eat breakfast on the run, and make it somewhere on time.Q: Do you stay home with them, or do you work outside of the home?
I currently stay home with them. My girls are considered late-preterm babies. Meaning they were born at 36 weeks and have preemie issues. Our pediatrician and NICU doctors recommended that our girls not go to daycare until they are at least a year old, if possible. We have dealt with feeding issues, weight gain issues, reflux issues and a variety of other preemie things. My husband and I felt it was best if I care for them and get them bigger. I will eventually return to my teaching career, but for now my children are my main priority.
Q: What has been the most surprising part of having twins?
A: Two things really surprise with having twins.
This is a tough question. So many things have been designed to help care for babies. But many things are not designed for twins. The one thing that I could not live without for these girls are the Fisher Price Rock N Plays. They are small bassinets on an incline that rocks and vibrates. This small bed has been a life saver for us. We got them after the girls were born and they were sent home on reflux precautions. They need to sleep on an incline in their cribs, so laying flat was actually not good for them. The Rock N Plays are small and compact. They fold up easily and are very portable. We loved them so much we got a set for Grandma and Papa’s house too. I would recommend this item to any new or expecting mom.