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Monday 05 December, 2016

Mum of the Month | Farron Sullivan

Can you imagine having three babies at one time? 16 feeds a day, 24 nappies a day and potentially 3 different routines. My goodness, my head would be spinning! I would like to introduce our Mum of the Month, Farron from Three Little Owens. She started a blog and now has over 60k followers (yes, I’m one of them). Here is an insight into her busy life and the moment where she found out she was having not one but three babies.

Tell us about your family and provide a quick overview of your average day.  My name is Farron and I am the mummy to 7-month-old triplets, Zadie, Brodie and Harlen. My fiancé, Mark, is an amazing daddy to our trio. In March this year, our lives changed forever as overnight, we were given an instant family, the three little Owens.

Our days are full on. They consist of play time before and between feeds, 4-5 milk feeds (that’s 12-16 feeds a day), 3 solid feeds (a production line of spoon feeding babies), lots of nappy changes and getting all three down for their naps. There is never a dull moment. 

What is the best and worse thing about being a Mum?  The best thing about being a mum is the joy that my babies bring me. Watching them learn, grow and reach each milestone makes me feel so incredibly proud. Their smiles and laughs light up my day and make me feel so incredibly blessed to have been given triplets, such a special, unique gift. 

The day-to-day nitty-gritty parts of parenting have been the hardest part of becoming a mum. I put all my time and energy into my babies, it’s easy to become very drained of energy, especially with the sleepless nights. Some days are incredibly exhausting. Having multiples does not allow for much downtime, which makes it difficult to have ‘me time’ and also catch up on sleep. 

Tell us about the moment you found out you were having triplets? Is it harder or easier than you imagined?  The moment I found out I was pregnant with triplets, I felt completely shocked. I didn’t cry; instead I was hysterically laughing. I think it was a nervous laugh. It was the craziest moment of my life. Poor Mark was worse off and he felt he was not ready to be a father to triplets. That week was the hardest week of our lives as we were completely overwhelmed and scared about what the future had in hold.

What did you do in your previous life? Were you working, etc?  Pre-babies, I was working as a paediatric registered nurse in emergency full time. In January this year, I suddenly ended up on bed rest and haven’t worked since. I am planning on going back to part time work in February 2017.

What made you start @threelittleowens? What’s the best and worst thing about blogging?  I created the three little owens blog aiming to connect with other multiple parents. I felt very alone when I found out that I was pregnant with triplets, so I felt starting a blog allowed me to share my thoughts and feelings. The best part of blogging has been the overwhelming amount of love and support I have received. I never expected to have such a large number of people following the journey of my three little owens. Their positive comments and messages is truly incredible and for that, I feel so thankful. I have also been blown away by the impact the trio have on others lives. To know that they bring smiles to faces every single day makes me feel so happy and glad to blog the life of my babies.

The downfall to having a public account is that each picture and video I put up is open to different opinions, including negative comments. I don’t think people realise that their comments can affect me as a mother. Thankfully, this isn’t very often, the positive outweighs the bad and I love sharing the three little owens’ lives with others. 

What’s your life motto or inspiration in life?  I feel I have lots of life mottos.  Two of my favourites would have to be, “Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself” and “You decide every moment, every day who you are and what you believe in”. Since becoming a mother ,I feel I have been very challenged emotionally, physically and mentally. When times get hard, I always stop and think to myself, this will soon pass, live in the moment and think about all the incredible moments I have with my babies.

What is your favourite meal to cook for yourself and your family?  I am a foodie. I love everything! My favourite meal to cook would have to be lasagna with roast veggies. It’s so delicious! 

How has your experience with introducing solids been? It must be chaotic?  Introducing solids to the triplets has been easier than what I thought it was going to be. Yes, it’s messy, but it didn’t take long for the trio to get a hang of it. Zadie and Brodie love fruits and Harlen eats anything and everything. Carrot, pumpkin and zucchini have been an appetizing combination for all three. 

What has motherhood taught you?  Motherhood has taught me so much, more than I ever imagined. It has taught me to never take things for granted, live in the moment and to appreciate the small things in life.

What is your best parenting tip?  My best parenting tip would have to be, “Be patient”. There are so many moments you feel overwhelmed and stressed by things like change of sleep and feeding routine. It is easy to forget that babies are growing and developing so rapidly that half the time, they don’t even know what they want. It is hard to be patient when you are so tired; however ,I have learnt this is crucial as it helps you get through the hard times.

You can follow the three little owens on Facebook and Instagram.

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