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Hi! My name is Claudia. I practiced law until I gave birth to spontaneous triplets (we wanted a third child and got three at the same time instead!!) I'm now a stay-at-home mom to five kids ages 7 and under. I write this blog as a side project. I am very Type-A. I like planning, preparing, and organizing things. Being Type-A was a great skill set for me as a lawyer. I took and passed 3 bar exams, billed over 2,000 hours a month at a large busy law firm while I had a 3 and 1-year old at home, and took care of the house pretty much on my own because my husband was working all the time as a surgery resident. I am fiercely independent and I valued my ability to handle a lot on my own.
Then we got pregnant with triplets. We had no fertility assistance and no multiples run in our family. So this was just nothing I ever expected would happen.
The first thing I did when I found out the triplet news was to search online for details about what life would look like with 3 babies. I needed details so I could figure out how we were going to manage life with three babies. Some of the questions that I immediately wanted to know when I found out about triplets were:
How will I feed all three babies?
What special multiples equipment/baby gear do I need?
How do I bathe three babies? Get them up and down stairs? Put them in the car?
What do I do when all three babies are crying?
Sadly, I found very little online that was specific to the first year with triplets. The lack of information, coupled with the risk of the pregnancy left me feeling very discouraged and anxious. I thought I never would be able to utilize and honor my Type A tendencies as a mom of a big family.
Boy was I wrong.
During my first year with the triplets, I learned that I could take the same energy and organizational skills from my professional life and incorporate it into my personal life so that things run like a well-oiled machine. This isn't to say that some days my house isn't a mess or things don't go according to plan, but for the most part, I've happily discovered that I can still honor my Type-A tendencies AND have a large family. The same can be true for you.
The goal of this website is to offer hope and encouragement to fellow Type A expecting moms of multiples. My focus is on the first year of life with multiples. Many twin/triplet moms describe the first year as a “blur” and the hardest year of their lives. For an expecting mom of multiples, those descriptions evoke great amounts of anxiety. Not only does it provoke anxiety, but I found that there was a false narrative out there that was shadowing another narrative that needs some light. The first year with multiples is hard, but it isn't soul-suckingly terrible. It's actually pretty darn amazing, and dare I say manageable?
I am here to give you details on the first year of your triplets life so you can prepare for life with your amazing multiples. While there is no question that life with multiples can be a challenge, I’m also here to tell you that you will get some “me” time to yourself, even before your babies turn 1 years old. You will be able to sleep again, take long showers, eat home cooked meals, and spend time with your spouse and other kids if you have them. And you will be able to enjoy your multiples without hours of sleep deprivation, mountains of laundry piling around your house and dishes stacked in the sink.
Thanks for checking my website out! By the way, if you don't have triplets, please don't think this means this site isn't for you! All of the information on this site equally applies to twins or for moms with babies very close in age.
So let's get started. If you have just found out you are pregnant with multiples, check out the answers to burning questions I couldn't find when I did my first search after the triplet news.
If you already have multiples, check out my post on sleep training.
And if you are just curious about what life looks like for a Type-A mom of five kids, here is a podcast interview I did last year.
You can also reach me at typeamomofmultiples at gmail dot com.