Ian (11), Evelee & Jenevee (7), Ethan (8mo)
I’ve known Janette since we were in elementary school together, and now it’s fun to watch her adorable twin girls grow up over Facebook. I’m not sure how she find the energy to keep up with 4 kiddos and all their activities, but at least it reminds me to suck it up…I only have to chase two!
She also shares a reminder below about the importance of a village & asking for help. Thanks Janette for sharing your memories and advice.
Something fun we enjoy doing: As a family we love keeping busy with sports. Ian loves wrestling & baseball. His sisters have grown up around wrestling and we’re hoping they will eventually want to give it a try. They are currently taking a break from dance to try soccer and softball. Outside of sports, we also love taking family trips, staying at hotels, movie nights, and cooking together. The girls also love arts and crafts, and are really into painting right now.
Favorite twin parenting memory: The best twin memory I have thus far is watching them look out for each other, the way they do. Not just at home but also in school. The bond that they share is amazing. Yes, they fight but they forgive within minutes, a forever best friend! Here recently Evelee had a cubby thief. The issue was being handled, but Jenevee made sure to let the child’s older sister know how “her little sister was stealing from her sister, that is not okay.” I look forward to watching them grow older, but why must it go by so quickly.
Favorite Hack/Tip: One tip I would like to share is keeping them on a schedule and asking for help. Especially as babies, this saved my sanity. I honestly don’t know how we survived that first year, but we did! My husband worked the night shift. I went back to work part time at 8 weeks post partum, one of the hardest things I ever had to do. We would both take turns with the kids and we were so sleep deprived. We did what we had to do. Once the twins were 4 months old we hired a sitter, my dear friend Hillary. She was my village! She looked after my babies as if they were hers. I don’t know how I could’ve done it without her. My twins grew up with her daughter Jordyn, who is only 6 weeks younger. Hillary and I had the same due date, but my girls were 6 weeks early. We call them The Triplets! Asking for help was the hardest thing for me to do. I felt that because they were mine, I had to keep it together and get it done. Regardless of how exhausted and broken down I felt inside. It’s amazing what getting more sleep and taking care of myself, did for my sanity. Know who your village is and get help! We are only human.