Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Mothers of Multiples FAQ

Hi! It's Jilly. As a mother of triplets I get asked a lot of questions. A lot of the same questions over and over...and over again! Some are "normal", some funny, and some are just plain dumb. I'd like to answer some of those questions for you now.

#1- I wouldn't actually answer most questions this way. These are just responses I *wish* I could give sometimes.
#2- If you are a friend of mine, I am not annoyed if you've asked me these questions. But, when random strangers stop me in the grocery store when I am clearly busy wrangling my crew and in a hurry, that's when these answers run through my head.

Hi! It's Jilly MOMs FAQ

Random Stranger: Are those triplets?
Me: Yes

RS: Are you sure?
M: Pretty dang sure. I clearly remember seeing three babies on the ultrasound, and saw three babies get taken out during the c-section.

Hi! It's Jilly MOMs FAQ triplets in NICU

RS: Did you know you were having triplets?
M: We knew we were having multiples when I was 8 days pregnant. (This is true!)

RS: Do triplets run in your family?
M: Yeah, they run all over the place. Can't you tell?! Hey, kid! Get over here!

RS: Are they natural?
M: No, we plug them in at night. They are robots.

RS: No, I mean, did you do fertility treatments or were they spontaneous?
M: Why do you want to know? (This is actually a good answer. Sometimes people are curious because they have been dealing with infertility, and I am happy to answer any and all questions about that.)

RS: Oh, I was just curious.
M: Yes, we tried for about 2, 2 1/2 years to get pregnant and needed some assistance. Let's talk about your sex life and medical history now!

RS: Are they all from the same father? (yes, I have been asked this!!)
M: Seriously?!?!?!?!

RS: They are so cute! Are they all identical?
M: Well, I have two girls and one boy...

RS: So, are they?
M: You obviously failed biology, didn't you? A boy and a girl can't be identical. Remember that line from "Kindergarten Cop"? "Boys have a..."

RS: Oh, ha ha. Right. I meant, are the girls identical?
M: Have you looked at them at all?! One girl has blonde hair and one has brown hair. You tell me.

Hi! It's Jilly MOMs FAQ silly girls

RS: You have your hands full.
M: Yes. Yes, I do. I'm so glad you stopped me and my full hands to tell me that!

RS: If I had triplets I would kill myself! (Yes, I've heard this one, too.)
M: Did you really have to say that in front of my 7 year olds?! What are they supposed to think when they hear that?!

RS: How do you do it?
M: One day at a time, and with a lot of help from The Lord. (I actually say this.)

How many of you multiples mamas can relate?

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