We’re always outnumbered. On my own? I’m even more outnumbered, which makes going places quite difficult. But I do hate to be the stick in the mud who stays home all the time, and let’s face it — young kids will get pretty tired of doing laps around the same small square footage day in and day out.
Moms of multiples are nothing if not innovative. I call it strategery.
To some the idea of breast feeding twins is unfathomable. There’s a gigantic foam pillow. There’s a back support. There’s barely being able to move lest one baby pop off, so you’ll have to get her back on, during which the other is sure to pop off, and then they’re playing musical boobs.
Then there’s the realization that you left the remote all the way across the room. And since this feeding session takes no less than 30 minutes, you really need to catch up on your DVR. So you’ll gingerly stand up, lifting each side of your gigantic foam pillow in order to support the wee ones, shuffle across the room [keep it level!], grab the remote, and shuffle back, all while keeping those little heads supported. Breathe a sigh of relief. You made it!
I’ve peeled and cut up oranges for the big girls while nursing Zoe when she was in the early days of “I can’t wait oh my God feed me now woman!” I’m still pretty impressed with that one.
I roll through the Target (or Mom’s Magic Kingdom, as Elizabeth affectionately refers to it) parking lot with one kid in the seat of the cart, another in the basket, and one reluctantly holding my hand, all the while threatening to lie down in the middle of the parking lot. Her, not me.
But innovations aren’t just about logistics. I’ve learned that in order to avoid those “it’s the end of the world as I know it, and I don’t feel fine thankyouverymuch” tantrums, I have to be smarter than them prepared. I’ve learned that the key is to tell them what we’re going to do, when, why, and how.
My other saving grace? The Timer. Time to leave Buzz and Woody in aisle 7 and head home? Oh! There’s the timer! Get on back in the cart! Sissy has a toy you want? Let’s set the timer! Time to trade!
Seriously, I couldn’t live without it. They’re like Pavlov’s dogs, immediately stopping what they’re doing or trading toys at the sound of the bell. They even ask for it when one of the has something the other wants.
And yes, I have set it for like 5 seconds because I really need them to get their butts in motion when they hear the buzzer. Like you had to ask.
Important quote from Rule 7: “Every crazy-nuts-insane situation comes with an opportunity to choose whether or not to make something good from it or to lose your mind to it. You decide!”
What great innovations or methods have you developed that you couldn’t do without? Did a recent fail inspire you to create a new product? A new mantra? Theme song? Blog post? Oh, my mom fails have inspired many a blog post!