With the highly anticipated annual Charlotte Mothers of Multiples (CMOMs) consignemnt sale this weekend, we thought we’d check in with Lindsay Wilson, president of CMOMs- Charlotte since 2012 and get her take on why this organization makes being a mom to twins , triplets and quadruplets so much better.
Through its focus on providing support, building friendships, and serving the community, CMOMs provides valuable support services to families with multiple birth children in order to help them thrive, not just survive, in their efforts to care for their multiple birth children. They currently serve over 600 members in the greater Charlotte area, one of the largest support groups for parents of multiples in the nation.
Q. How did you get involved with CMOMS?
Wilson: I joined CMOMs when I found out I was pregnant with my twins. Once I became a member, I saw how important it was to have the support of other moms that know exactly what you are going through. It became my mission to make sure that other MOMs were supported just as I was.
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Q. What are some of the biggest challenges you faced as a new mom with twins?
Wilson: Some of the biggest challenges revolve around the fact that newborn twins constantly need your attention, and being one person, you can't do it all at one time! Learning to manage time by setting a schedule is key, as exhaustion is a way of life in the beginning. It is so wonderful to have a group of moms to lean on that knew exactly what you are going through.
The minute I joined CMOMs, I felt immediately welcomed and once my twins arrived, I had a whole group of CMOMs to help me through each stage.
After my babies were born, I became a stay at home mom, which was extremely difficult for me as I was used to being around people all of the time. CMOMs became my way of taking care of myself. It gave me something that was so much bigger than me to be a part of.
Q. Any words of advice for other moms of multiples?
Wilson: When you find a mothers of multiples group, jump in with two feet. It's such a unique experience to be around other moms and families that really understand the ins and outs of what you have and will go through.
Also, take all of the help you can get. You will have so many people offering to help you along the way, accept as much as you are able, and enjoy the ride!
Upcmoing Consignment Sale
One of the biggest events of the CMOMs group is their annual Spring.Summer Consignment Sale, to be held Saturday, February 6 at the Park Expo and Conference Center at 800 Briar Creek Rd, Charlotte, NC 28205.
The sale will be open to the public for early bird shopping from 7:30-8:30am with $2 admission and free entrance 8:30am-12noon. The half price sale will be open to the public 12:45-3pm with many items offered at a 50% discount. Parking will be $4 (cash).
Shoppers can expect to find clothing, strollers, baby supplies, baby equipment, sports equipment, bikes, nursery furniture, shoes, books, toys, and seasonal items for kids.
Additionally, CMOMs host other events throughout the year, including conventions, lunches, socials and more. For full details of upcoming events visit. http://www.charlottemultiples.com/events.html
Michelle Lloyd Eastridge is a freelance journalist, PR/social media junky, and mommy blogger who specializes in eco-friendly living, family life, local mompreneurs, and loves exploring her hometown Charlotte with her husband and kids.