Mommy Moment – Nicole Style

Welcome to another Mommy Moment! If you’re not sure what it is, head over and read all about how Mommy Moments at the Monster came to be.

Today, I’m so excited to welcome Nicole from moments that define life!

Nicole is mom to three little girls…two of whom are twins. We “get” each other, and she’s been a great support to me. She also has been battling the sickness at her house, which explains why this Mommy Moment is happening on a Friday instead of a Monday. I got to meet Nicole last year at Blissdom, and to say she’s even sweeter in person is an understatement, as is saying that she’s absolutely beautiful! The two of us have become blogging buddies, but even more, friends.

Go grab a cup of coffee and a donut, ahem, I mean a low-fat muffin, or depending on the time of the day maybe some wine and chocolate, and sit back and enjoy the story!

First of all, let me start off by saying that I adore Natalie. She and I are both mothers of twins that are very nearly the same age and so we can relate on so many levels to the day-to-day chaos that it brings. I was so tickled to meet her at Blogher last year in San Diego. She is the real deal, authentic and genuinely nice person you read here on Mommy of a Monster folks, I can promise you that. The beauty of blogging is the friends you get to make and Natalie has become one of mine.

So onto my “Mommy Moment”. Well, in true Moments that Define Life fashion, I had to go with a list. Because, I’m wordy AND I like a good list. In fact, (enter shameless plug here) I just started a fun little Meme called Listable Life – so I thought I’d run with that theme because for me, it would be difficult to narrow it down to just one Mommy Moment.

5 Defining Mommy Moments {Listable Life}

There are so many moments that define one’s “career” as a mother.

1. The Birth of My First Daughter

What can I say about 31 hours of labor for a first time mother? Labor that seems to go on…and on….and on….{Ahem} Did I mention that I was a week late? Oh…and HUGE. Let’s not forget how huge I was and the fact that it was July so I was sweating in places that I could no longer see. But then, she came, and I forgot about all of that. And, I’m a wimp. I took the drugs, so in all fairness, the 31 hours, was not excruciating the entire time. My husband would remind me about now how I took a nice little nap right before the big ol’ “push time”.

She was a little cherub and I could hardly believe she was mine. That’s what God does you know, he makes them impossible to look away from and not love. At least that’s how I felt. I know some babies aren’t that cute. Mine was. Even with her cone head.

2. Twins

Interesting story this one. We had had a miscarriage prior to the twins. we had told our oldest daughter about that pregnancy right away and then had to explain what happened when the baby “stopped growing”. So, we decided to tell her about this one too. So we went into the dating ultrasound with her in tow. It was a personal family choice. So, since it was so early on, you know, they don’t do the on top of the tummy ultrasound. We had the doc take care of the “business” while we distracted her with having her count a poster of those Anne Geddes babies on the wall. (She was barely four…it worked like a charm – no uncomfortable explanations required)

Us: Jordan, how many babies do you see on that poster over there?

Jordan: I see 1, 2, 3…
Doc: Umm…why don’t you go ahead and count the number of babies on the screen…

enter slow motion movie-like movements of our heads as we turn to the screen and see not one, but TWO babies.

Totally off the radar folks. We meant to have one and the egg split. Well done ladies! Welcome Charlotte & Madison.

And that’s my #2 Whoa nelly! Mommy Moment.

3.The Minivan

After the initial shock of the ultrasound tech’s news wore off about the twins, my second realization, besides the fact that he was concerned we didn’t have a dividing membrane between them (more on that in #4) was that I was going to have to get rid of my cute crossover. I was more than upset. But now, I take it in stride. I rock my van. I refuse to let it define me.

4. The Hospital/NICU

When you set out to be a mother, they don’t tell you that you could end up pregnant with high-risk twins. And when you have your first pregnancy run so smoothly (outside of the ridiculous labor) you kind of take things for granted, ya know? Then, you go and have an egg split late. Then they tell you things like you’ve got a 50% shot of your twins making it. Come again? Oh, and IF they don’t die, you get to be hospitalized for an estimated 6-8 weeks (I made it 5 weeks) followed by them being hospitalized for an undetermined amount of time based on when they deliver. (They were in for 11 weeks). You can’t make this stuff up.

After a journey like that, you’d think I’d have nerves of steal. (Or be in a loony bin) Until #5.

5. The Puke Bra Incident

I know….I know…the catheter while on strict bed rest didn’t do me in. Having the kid puke down my shirt did. I don’t know what to tell you. This past week, we had an epic stomach flu. It was like nothing I’ve ever experienced. I’ve never seen more puke, or poo in my gosh forsaken life. We are just now crawling out from underneath that nastiness. It was epic and I almost did not survive it.

So those are just a few of my Mommy Moments. It was so fun to be here at Natalie’s place and share them with her friends so we can all commiserate together, because I know we have all been through our own version of trying days and challenges. Happy Friday!!!


Oh, the Puke Bra…when Ethan was a baby, he did it at least 4 or 5 times a week after eating. There’s really nothing like it. But bed rest? I could hardly stand modified bed rest – it’s amazing what we’ll do for our children isn’t it?

There’s no manual out there for what we do, so sharing stories like this helps us all learn from each other.

Now head over to moments that define life and say hello to Nicole. If you are a Twitter addict, you can find @MTDLBlog there, and on facebook, too! And if you are a new follower, make sure to tell her that I sent you!

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  1. I gagged at the thought of puke down my bra. YUUUUCK! Glad you survived! Jessica recently posted..Today I WillMy Profile
  2. I have a picture of our epic stomach flu of 2010. My son puked down my shirt and it was so disgusting that I made my husband take a picture so I could show him what a good mommy I was one day. It's the worst feeling in the world! Twingle Mommy recently posted..Frank Peretti's Illuson GiveawayMy Profile