Monday, October 22, 2012

PKU at the Zoo

Our PKU girls (from left to right) - Breeze, Lucy and Abigail!
I took the girls on my first solo field trip today -  we went to the zoo! Better yet, we met up with two babies with PKU. Breeze and Abigail (who has a two-year old brother without PKU) both turned one-year-old recently.

I have to admit, I was nervous about going on my own! We were heading there right after our weekly hospital visit, meaning only a brief car ride nap, and I knew they’d need their solids once we arrived. With several days’ worth of orchestrating the logistics in my head, I decided to keep them sitting up in their stroller and while one baby was looking around, I fed the other. Mommy survived the feeding intact, however the stroller didn’t fare so well. That thing needs a steam wash!

Lucy crashed out!
It was such fun to hang out with fellow PKU moms Margueritte and Emele and learn tips from them on finger foods and transitioning to a sippy cup. I feel like they are my mentors, even though their daughters are less than six months older than my girls! It occurred to us that we are going to be part of each other’s lives for a long time to come. Our girls will attend group clinics together starting when they’re three. It was very humbling for me to realize how lucky I am to have such a close-knit, supportive PKU community here in Denver! It makes the highs and lows of treating Lucy’s PKU so much easier knowing other moms are sharing the same experience.

Lily also crashed out!
As for accomplishing a major field trip to the zoo with twins in tow, I feel rather proud of myself. I know that luck was on my side and I had help from the other mothers and a grandmother while there, but my pre-trip planning paid off. Lest you fear my ego is growing to out-of-control portions, I know good and well there will come a time when I have to leave an activity early because of a meltdown or worse! But, as I keep learning over and over, as a MoM (mom of multiples for those of you who are mothers of “singletons”) you’ve got to just do it. And anyway, a double meltdown would make for a great blog post, right?

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