Raising Multiples eNews: April 2015

  • National Safe Kids Day
  •  MOMs Weekend Gathering
  • Anti Depressant Use During Pregnancy
  • HOM Fact
  • Stories from the Heart Blog

 

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Raising Multiples eNews March 2015

  •  Daylight Savings Time – Spring Forward 
  •  MOMs Weekend Gathering
  • Fun Fact
  • Stories from the Heart Blog

 

 

Excited about snow!

Daylight Savings Time

It’s that time of year…time to spring forward the clocks. This Sunday at 2am, the clock springs forward to 3 am.  Many children adjust easily but don’t be dismayed if yours do not!  Most families adjust the schedule by 15 min increments over the course of a few days.

How much sleep do your children need? Look at Are Your Kids Getting Enough Sleep?

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 MOMS Weekend

Time to start thinking of the  MOM Weekend. This gathering of moms usually occurs in July. NYC was a blast last summer. This is a long weekend of fun, being with others who “get” you.

Willing to help plan? Let Diane know at Diane@mostonline.org.

Where should we go?   Chicago?  Kansas City? Hope you can come join us.  

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Fun Fact

Number of tiny toes and fingernails to be clipped in one sitting:

  • twins – 40
  • triplets – 60
  • quadruplets – 80
  • quintuplets – 100
  • sextuplets – 120
  • septuplets – 140
  • octuplets – 160

 

Stories from the Heart Blog   

Check out the recent articles posted on the MOST Stories from the Heart blog. Feel free to share, pin or link your favorites through Twitter, Facebook, by email, or using your favorite social networking site with family members, friends and professionals. Each post has an easy-to-use ‘Share’ button at the bottom. The most recent titles include:

Have an idea for an article you’d like to read about? Have an article to share? Please let us know.  Here are some helpful links associated with the MOST blog:

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MOST Membership

 New members receive the FREE BOOK  Expecting Multiples: The Most Comprehensive Guide to High-risk Twin & All Triplet, Quadruplet or More Pregnancies (2nd Edition)
What does MOST offer? Some of the programs offered include one-on-one support, the MOST website, in-depth blog articles, advocacy efforts, outreach programs, development and provision of quality resources and more.
We invite you to join us! Join MOST for one-time only dues of just $45.00.
Help us spread the word about how economical it is to become a permanent part of MOST’s thriving community of multiple birth families.
*All MOST members are required to abide by the MOST Forum Terms of Agreement to maintain forum access.
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Find MOST on all your other favorite sites:

MOST Amazon Affiliate ProgramFollow MOST on TwitterMOST's Facebook PageMOST's YouTube ChannelMOST LinkedIn GroupMOST Families Group on Flickr

Raising Multiples eNews February 2015

  •  Children’s Dental Health Month
  •  More Adopt a Family Thank You Notes
  •  Stories from the Heart Blog

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Children’s Dental Health Month

 

Managing the cost of medical care for multiples is often difficult. Luckily, February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, sponsored by the American Dental Association.

Through the Give Kids A Smile program (which is available year-round, but highlighted during February), families can access quality dental care at little or no cost. To find a program in your state and to see if you qualify, visit Give Kids A Smile.

The ADA also has some cute activity sheets for kids available to download (in English or Spanish) that might help make a first visit to the dentist less scary. (scroll to bottom of page. Available in English and Spanish)

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Adopt-a-Family Update

THANK YOU   to the individuals, families, groups, and organizations that donated money, clothing, toys and gifts for our multiple birth families.

Two more notes we received from families that were in the Adopt A Family program this past year.  Over the next few months, we will share more.

  • Yesterday I received a wonderful package from a MOST angel. I can’t put into words how much I appreciated the surprise. I had to go to the post office to pick up the package (I wasn’t home when they tried to deliver it). I got in the car and opened the package – I am sure a few people thought I was a little crazy when they walked past my car. Most people don’t cry and smile at the same time.    Happy Holidays
  • Dear Friends,Thank you so much for the Wal-Mart gift cards. We were shocked to receive this example of generosity. This past year has been a struggle and this gift certainly does help at the right time. We have no idea where this initiated, but please send our most sincere gratitude. We are humbled & overjoyed.   With Christ’s Blessings    Thank you again

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Stories from the Heart Blog   

Check out the recent articles posted on the MOST Stories from the Heart blog. Feel free to share, pin or link your favorites through Twitter, Facebook, by email, or using your favorite social networking site with family members, friends and professionals. Each post has an easy-to-use ‘Share’ button at the bottom. The most recent titles include:

Have an idea for an article you’d like to read about? Have an article to share? Please let us know.  Here are some helpful links associated with the MOST blog:

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MOST Membership

New members receive the FREE BOOK  Expecting Multiples: The Most Comprehensive Guide to High-risk Twin & All Triplet, Quadruplet or More Pregnancies (2nd Edition)
What does MOST offer? Some of the programs offered include one-on-one support, the MOST website, in-depth blog articles, advocacy efforts, outreach programs, development and provision of quality resources and more.
We invite you to join us! Join MOST for one-time only dues of just $45.00.
Help us spread the word about how economical it is to become a permanent part of MOST’s thriving community of multiple birth families.
*All MOST members are required to abide by the MOST Forum Terms of Agreement to maintain forum access.
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Find MOST on all your other favorite sites:

MOST Amazon Affiliate ProgramFollow MOST on TwitterMOST's Facebook PageMOST's YouTube ChannelMOST LinkedIn GroupMOST Families Group on Flickr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOST eNews Jan 2015 Raising Multiples

  • Raising Multiples ….Our New Name
  • Adopt a Family Thank You Notes
  •  Stories from the Heart Blog

 

 

 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR We hope you have a wonderful 2015. Full of love, laughter, and joy.

Raising Multiples.....Our new name!

  Maureen Boyle has been with MOST since its start in 1987. She serves as the Executive Director and has talked to countless parents, many doctors and professionals, and has participated in     quite a few media events.  Maureen shares her thoughts about the new name and logo.

   Have you seen this?   What do you think?     I LOVE it!      MOST (Mothers of Supertwins) is updating, growing and changing to continue to meet the needs of families RAISING MULTIPLES.

Introducing our new name, Raising Multiples (a MOST Community); and our new logo, a quilted heart. Both represent a beautiful balance between ingenuity, hard work, skill and perseverance in light of obvious adversity which has grown into something solid, sustainable and still after almost 30 years simple and grassroots rich in tradition and able to adapt.

The quilt reminds me of the networking that is so important for expectant and all parents of multiples to do in order to learn how to better meet the unique needs of our families. This quilted heart we call a MOST community makes me think that; not just as an organization but also in each of our families, there is room enough for ALL. We are all so very, very different from each other and all still very much connected & a part of something so truly unique and beautiful and so much bigger than any one piece.  We each have something important, genuine and unique to offer each other and to share within our MOST community- RAISING MULTIPLES.

Often when we speak with expectant parents they are concerned that they will just not be able to love each of their children as much as each may need. I hear this especially from parents who have one older child. They know already the deep unconditional love they have for their firstborn and are so afraid that they will just not be able to bond as deeply with each of their unborn babies. Just like with this quilt, we see that there is truly room enough for all to grow. Each has something important, genuine and unique to share and it is our responsibility as parents to help them; and each of our family members, to discover what this may be and to cherish each other for this quality that only they can share. Each of our parts; the obviously beautiful, the perfect human flaws, the seemingly broken yet perfectly shaped piece. Each of which makes our own family quilt unique and perfect in its own way. The quilt is stronger and bigger and richer because of each of the pieces. Our love for each of our children is just as deep and interestingly so different from the other.  A parent’s heart has room enough for all. It grows exponentially as needed.

What may have looked like a mismatched, blemished, odd or worn out item when seen  as a single piece has been changed into something truly beautiful, albeit possibly too colorful for some but completely perfect for those who are able to see it as a whole.  Each family quilt is a work of art, a masterpiece and when joined together, through MOST we become something even more interesting, unusual and perfectly awesome. We are stronger because we are part of this patchwork and our connections run deep regardless of the different paths we may have taken to get to this place.

A quilt makes me think of something that is filled with so many, many stories each important and worth not only saving but also savoring and sharing. Each piece was once something else and has now become a part of something so much bigger. It is filled with tradition and longevity (much like MOST!) Our families are the heart of MOST and what they share in support of each other is what brings us together and so much bigger than any one person.

And now we are changing to Raising Multiples. This  community of families is here to advocate for quality prenatal care, promote healthy deliveries, and supply information to all multiple birth families in order to support successful parenting through every phase of their children’s development. 

MOST eNews December 2014

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MOST eNews November 2014

  • RSV Season Has Begun
  • Prematurity Awareness Month
  • International Multiple Birth Awareness Week
  • Adopt A Family – starting soon!
  • Stories from the Heart blog

MOST eNews October 2014

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National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

Especially in the month of October, we remember families that have experienced a loss of one or more of their precious children. In the United States, October 15 of each year is proclaimed as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. Lighting a candle at 7pm for one hour, wherever you are, will  create a wave of light around the world!

For more information, articles, resources, offer and receive support and to share memorials visit the MOST Memorial Page, and Bereavement and Loss links.  There are MOST families that have lost one of their babies and others that have lost more than one, even all of them. If you would like to connect with others who have similar circumstances, please contact the MOST office at 631-859-1110, join us on the Family Support Forums, or email Info@MOSTonline.org.

 

 

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Thinking of Halloween yet?M&M trick or treat

Halloween is celebrated by many families this month. There are many terrific photos in the MOST flickr gallery with some cute costume ideas. Perhaps you will see a family you know!

Check them out and PLEASE  share your photos with us!

See more Halloween photos here

 

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Fire Prevention Month

If your children are elementary school age, most likely you will receive many papers and activities about Fire Prevention Month. However, if your children are younger, home-schooled, or in high school or beyond, here  is some information, articles and activities you need to read.  Then National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has a free ebook and app available (geared to ages preK- 5th). On the same page are mazes, games, print outs and downloads about fire and fire safety. ABCteach also has some downloads and print outs on their Fire Safety Month page.

Free articles: Fire Exit Strategies: Plans for 2 or more children

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National Teen Drive Safety Week  Oct 19-25

Help teens drive safe

Keeping our children safe is important for all ages, at home or on the road.   Some teens need more guidance than others.  Not sure what you need to do to help keep your teen safe behind the wheel? Set the rules, make a contract, enforce the consequences.  (remind you of the toddler years?)

The five rules for every drive, can you name them? No Cell Phones, No Extra Passengers, No Speeding, No Alcohol, and Always Buckle-up.

 

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Stories from the Heart Blog   

Check out the recent articles posted on the MOST Stories from the Heart blog. Feel free to share, pin or link your favorites through Twitter, Facebook, by email, or using your favorite social networking site with family members, friends and professionals. Each post has an easy-to-use ‘Share’ button at the bottom. The most recent titles include:
Have an idea for an article you’d like to read about? Have an article to share? Please let us know by contacting Barb at info@mostonline.org
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MOST Membership

What does MOST offer? Some of the programs offered include one-on-one support, the MOST website, in-depth blog articles, advocacy efforts, outreach programs, development and provision of quality resources and more. MOST membership dues allow us to support other families and extend invitations to members for special events. We invite you to join us! Join MOST for one-time only dues of just $45.00.
Already a member? Give a gift membership! Contact the office at 631-859-1110 or email Barb at info@mostonline.org.  Help us spread the word about how economical it is to become a permanent part of MOST’s thriving community of multiple birth families.
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Find MOST on all your other favorite sites:        

MOST Amazon Affiliate ProgramFollow MOST on TwitterMOST's Facebook PageMOST's YouTube ChannelMOST LinkedIn GroupMOST Families Group on Flickr

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MOST eNews April 2014 Ah Spring

  • April is Multiple Birth Awareness Month- How Many Babies???     
  •                - Autism Awareness Month
  •                - Child Abuse Prevention Month – How you can help prevent
  • NYC : MOST Moms Gathering
  • Stories from the Heart blog  Check out the new blogs!
  • MOST Membership - Help other parents

 

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MOST eNews March 2014

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Endometriosis Awareness Month

 An estimated 200+ million women have endometriosis. This is about 15% of all women. Endometriosis is the biggest cause of infertility in women. Did you know it takes  7-10 years to diagnose for many women?   The first world wide endometriosis march will be held March 13 in Washington DC  and around the world.

Endometriosis.org

Short video about endometriosis symptoms and treatments

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It’s that time of year…time to spring forward the clocks. This Sunday at 2am, the clock springs forward to 3 am.  Many children adjust easily but don’t be dismayed if yours do not!  Most families adjust the schedule by 15 min increments over the course of a few days.

How much sleep do your children need? Look at Are Your Kids Getting Enough Sleep?

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Adopt a Family  - A very gracious thank you

Again, thank you all for the generosity given to the MOST Adopt A Family program.  Here is a special note from one of the adopted families.

I am writing as the tears are still in my eyes from opening the box of gifts for my kids from our anonymous angel family. Thank you whoever you are. Things were so hard this year that I had not realized that I had forgotten my Verizon bill until after I had gotten a few gifts for the kids. So for the first time in 5o years my phone was disconnected. I went through bags of carefully chosen toys tonight and realized that even though I had spent more money than I should have, it does not go far with 4 kids, so two boys were only getting 2 gifts for them. Yes they will undoubtedly share everything, but I just felt like a horrible mother. The boys being autistic really will be thrilled to get anything and not connect it to a special day, but this is the first year that my 6 yo daughter has been looking forward to Christmas.

I am still trying to wrap my head around the time, love and effort that a stranger blessed my kids with. Thank you for helping a mom feel better this holiday whoever you are and to all those at MOST that makes things like this  possible.

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MOST MOMS Weekend

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Time to start thinking of the MOST MOM Weekend. This gathering of moms usually occurs in July. Last year in Atlanta was lots of fun. Fun time together, being with others who “get” you.

Willing to help plan? Let Diane know at Diane@mostonline.org.

Where should we go?   NYC?   Chicago?  Hope you can come join us.   We have interest in NYC. Any where else?

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Stories from the Heart Blog   

Check out the recent articles posted on the MOST Stories from the Heart blog. Feel free to share, pin or link your favorites through Twitter, Facebook, by email, or using your favorite social networking site with family members, friends and professionals. Each post has an easy-to-use ‘Share’ button at the bottom. The most recent titles include:
Have an idea for an article you’d like to read about? Have an article to share? Please let us know by contacting Barb at info@mostonline.org

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MOST Membership

What does MOST offer? Some of the programs offered include one-on-one support, the MOST website, in-depth blog articles, advocacy efforts, outreach programs, development and provision of quality resources and more. MOST membership dues allow us to support other families and extend invitations to members for special events. We invite you to join us! Join MOST for one-time only dues of just $45.00.
Already a member? Give a gift membership! Contact the office at 631-859-1110 or email Barb at info@mostonline.org.  Help us spread the word about how economical it is to become a permanent part of MOST’s thriving community of multiple birth families.
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Find MOST on all your other favorite sites:        

MOST Amazon Affiliate ProgramFollow MOST on TwitterMOST's Facebook PageMOST's YouTube ChannelMOST LinkedIn GroupMOST Families Group on Flickr