- How she and her husband met while nurses at the same hospital
- Struggles with infertility, attempts at IUI proved unsuccessful
- Got accepted into a study for IVF and were able to conceive their first child
- Stressful pregnancy with lots of testing, and concerns over down syndrome risk
- Katie’s mom’s battle with cancer and losing her mom when the twins were infants
- Second round of IVF; found out it was twins!
- A little about her boys, Cian, Declan, and Brendan
- Surviving the early stages of having infant twins and a toddler at home
- Katie’s great idea about having a mother’s helper to assist around the home and with the babies
- Teaching kids about paying it forward and helping others
- Difficulties with parenting today
- Leaning on your community, friends, and family for help
Katie talks motherhood…
What would you tell an expecting mom about the experience of being a mother?
Be kind, patient and forgiving to yourself. Parenting is a journey and although you may think you have your route all planned out it can and will change. Be open to adjusting your path and vision for your family. Ask for help when you need it and take it when it is offered.
What is the hardest part about being a mom?
I think the hardest part is balancing all of my roles. Mom, wife, nurse, friend, and taking care of myself. In all of these roles I often put myself last. “Applying my own oxygen mask first” is not in my nature but is necessary. This year I have been able to turn a corner and really start making myself a priority. I’m finally able to meet my own basic needs everyday. It took a while to get there.
Katie is a nurse and mother of 5 year old Cian and 3 year old twins Brendan and Declan. She lives in Hebron, CT with her 3 boys and husband Rich.