6 Reasons to Join a MoM Club

MoMs club

When I was expecting quadruplets, I was hesitant to join our local Mothers of Multiples (MoM) club.  I felt that since the majority of members were mothers of twins, or expecting twins I wouldn’t fit in.  Plus, I already had an online support group for mothers of higher order multiples.  In hindsight, I wish I had joined during the pregnancy because I probably missed out on support from a wonderful group.  I ended up joining our local group when the quads were about 15 months old, and at the time I was the first member with quadruplets though there were a few members with triplets.  Since parents of higher order multiples tend to “find” each other, I’ve recruited others in our area so I’m not the odd mom out.  I struggle to attend the group’s monthly meetings, but I’ve gained plenty from my membership.  Over the past few years, I’ve come to appreciate our club and recommend that parents expecting or with very young multiples join their local group.  My favorite perks include:

  • Playgroups

    In addition to organized playgroups, I’ve bonded with other members and we regularly schedule our own play dates.  It’s always nice to have play dates with other multiples since quads can easily take over a room.

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  • Buy/ Sell/ Trade

    When the quads outgrow things (e.g. double strollers, coordinated or matched outfits) there is an automatic market for them amongst club members.  I’ve been able to sell items on our group’s page as well as at the semi annual consignment sales.  Plus, I’ve been able to purchase needed items from group members.  As a MoM, I always like it when our outgrown “sets” can be appreciated by another family.

  • Family Events

    Periodically, our club hosts family events.  These events are usually very low cost or are free.  They offer excellent opportunities for fellowship amongst parents and children.  I always appreciate our annual photos with Santa and the Easter bunny without having to wait in long lines or pay a hefty price tag.

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Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch

 

  • Mom’s Night Out

    Several times each year, our club hosts a mom’s night out, which includes wine, snacks, and a fun activity (e.g. Painting with a Twist).  Just like family events, most of these events are either free or low cost.

  • Local Resources

    Whether I’m searching for the best medical specialist in our area, great places to host birthday parties, or places to take the kids for fun, our group will have a list of suggestions.  Chances are someone in the group has the intel I need.  It’s always nice to know when a MoM has vetted something.

  • Support

    Since I was a little late to join, I missed out on some of the support our club offers.  Members bring meals to new parents (goodness knows this is HUGE for parents with multiple infants).  For parents with babies in the NICU, there is a preemie closet that lends clothes to babies while in the NICU.  Finally, the group is full of sage advice about anything imaginable from getting babies to sleep through the night to deciding whether to separate or keep multiples in the same classroom.

 If you are a parent of multiples, or are expecting multiples but haven’t yet joined a MoMs club, click  Multiples of America: find a club to find one near you.  If you join a club, you are also a member of Multiples of America, which offers specialty support groups (e.g. higher order multiples, surviving multiples, multiples with disabilities, ect).

 

P. S. If you aren’t a parent of multiples, but have young children, there are other organizations such as Mothers of Preschoolers and Parents as Teachers as well as informal neighborhood and community Facebook pages that offer similar benefits.

On the Hunt

Since the kids were about 16 months old, I’ve been a member of our local mothers of multiples club.  I’ve enjoyed getting to know some of the families with multiples that live within our community via an online group, play dates, and events.  The family events are a really nice way to enjoy toddler friendly entertainment nearby while also mingling with the group.  This weekend with the help of my friend, Jen, we went to the group’s annual Easter egg hunt.

In the week leading up to the event, we talked about the egg hunt each day.  In fact, we got our Easter baskets out of the attic and did a little egg hunting practice at home.   We also had fun creating Easter themed crafts (please visit my post on Twiniversity for our craft tutorials).  All of this pre-hunt chatter had the kids stoked for the big day.  The weather was stunning with sunshine and moderate temperatures.

The event coordinators did a great job organizing everything.  They cordoned off parts of the lawn by age group and spread out over 600 eggs!  Instead of filling these all the eggs, they set up a prize station where the kids could exchange the eggs for prizes. As we waited for the egg hunt to begin, the kids were entertained with a craft station where they decorated bunnies and eggs.

After the egg hunt, the kids exchanged empty eggs for prizes.

It was rather impressive how so many little ones stood behind the line awaiting the countdown for the egg hunt to begin.  Countdowns can be confusing…Sydney with her newly acquired counting skills counted up from one to ten.

Easter Egg Hunt 2015

Easter Egg Hunt 2015

Yes, your eyes are correct, Sydney has a huge bruise on her cheek and a Cinderella tat on her bicep….She looks like a scrapper, I know.  Honestly, I don’t know where the bruise came from and the tattoo was a reward for using the potty.

Easter Egg Hunt 2015

Easter Egg Hunt 2015

After counting down from ten, it was a mad dash to collect the eggs.  The only problem is that my children seemed to think they should only grab their assigned colors, and therefore were off to a slow start.  They eventually got into the groove and found plenty.

Easter Egg Hunt 2015

Easter Egg Hunt 2015

Easter Egg Hunt 2015

After the hunt, Harper wasn’t too happy as his allergies flared up from all that time on the lawn.

Easter Egg Hunt 2015

Of course, snack time brightened everyone’s day.  The crew enjoyed packages of Annie’s bunny crackers and applesauce pouches poolside.

lcmom egg hunt snacks 2

LCMOM egg hunt 2015

If I were left to my own devices, there would have been no pictures of this day.  Thankfully, several of the moms at the event and Jen snapped these.

With all of this practice, the quads will be professional egg hunters by Easter Sunday at Nisey’s house.

hugs!

Amber