Two times the challenge
The Eagle Valley is overflowing with twins.
For parents, facing the prospect of twins can be daunting, but there is a thriving local support system for them. The Eagle County Mothers of Multiples group was founded several years ago by Melanie Cooper and Wendy Boomhower, both parents of twins. The mothers started the group as a result of feeling overwhelmed by double the diapers and double the sleep deprivation. Today, the group continues to grow and consists of 28 mothers and 36 babies.
“We created a new mom package with information to help them get started,” says Robye Nothnagel, the group’s current president and mother to 2-year-old twin girls Samantha and Addison. “We have a book collection that we pass around the group and the meetings are good places for expectant parents of twins to ask for help.”
The group holds regular meetings, has playdates twice a month, organizes field trips and other interesting and inexpensive activities for families, and holds various special events to help raise money for the fledgling nonprofit organization. It is also a great resource for parents of twins who need help to get better organized, track progress and development stages, and learn about the ways families with twins can save money.
“We have a summer membership drive and picnic, a Christmas party, and other events to get the families out and involved with each other,” says Nothnagel. “We have people donate things for special events and have door prizes donated by local businesses and companies that give twins discounts, like OshKosh, which gives 10 percent off purchases for twins. We have been trying to get some guest speakers to come, and we had a baby CPR class last fall.”
The group has been a boon to many families of twins, including Eagle’s Therese Flaagan and Sheri Wharton. Flaagan, mother of a 2-year-old and twin 9-month-old boys Jayden and Dillon, started attending the group before the twins were born.
“I wanted to get a feel for life with twins and prepare for how crazy or busy it would be. I had no idea. The group helped me feel more confident and it has been an awesome network for equipment, clothes, babysitting information and things like that,” says Flaagan.
“They were my support when I was on bed rest for two months and when I was potty training (the kids),” adds Wharton, mother of 2-year-old twins, daughter Harper and son Porter. “We have a lot of newly pregnant mothers of twins and it is such a gratification and reward to help other moms dealing with multiples.”
“You start going to the meetings just to get advice and support, but the biggest bonus is that you have the opportunity to truly make life-long friends,” says Wharton.
The Eagle County Mothers of Multiples group meets the first Tuesday of every month at the Gore Range Brewery in Edwards. For more information, call Robye at 926-7570 or Carrie at 949-9229.
This story first appeared in the Eagle Valley Enterprise.
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