Meet Priscilla Bennett
Picture this – my dining room is half playroom and half kid art studio. If yours is the same then we will be fast friends! Hi! I’m Priscilla Bennett and I’m so excited to be a part of the AMB Family! As a Mom I’ve asked for help from my community more times than I can count. This city has many Mom resources but for the past 5 years AMB has been my Go To resource for parenting advice! Being an AMB reader gives me a sense of “I’m so glad I’m not the only one who’s going through this” feeling.
Let’s get to know me Shall We? I was born and raised in Corpus Christi and moved to Austin 20 years ago! Wow… I’m not sure how the years go by so fast! I grew up with Austin and as the city grew larger so did the rental rates. My life before kids was in the apartment industry. Around 2004 between jobs is where I met my husband Doug while working at Dell. Working at Dell is like the six degrees of Kevin Bacon. Everyone knows someone who has worked there. Our first date was a Fun Halloween Party. I highly recommend a fun first date and save the awkward conversation for the second one. He was not from Texas (which I loved) and soon showed me the world. It got serious when we went house hunting for our first home which would turn out to be the same home we brought home our twins! I’ll get to that later.
In 2006 Doug was relocated to Ireland for 5 months to work. They say long distance relationships don’t work but we beat the odds! Being in this city alone without him taught me a lot about myself and prepared me for the lonely early years of Motherhood. Two trips to visit him later plus Skype phone calls and we were engaged. Seven blissful years together as DINKS (Dual Income No Kids) Then by 2011 I started to feel incomplete. I wanted a baby. I think we both knew that we may need a fertility Doctor to help us get pregnant.
Our first experience was at an IVF seminar that involved a detailed slide presentation using big words and explaining the process. Doug seemed nervous. To be honest I hated every minute of it. Next was an appointment outlining a personalized treatment plan. We were taken to a separate room to discuss the estimated fees and sign consent forms. And then they showed us the chance of success. I thought of it as buying a small car and not sure if I would actually drive it off the car lot.
My prayers were answered and in the Fall of 2012 we were expecting Two Girls! The early years of Motherhood
were a lonely time. Once people stop visiting you are forced to figure it all out. I craved community and joined play date groups, MOPS, and even joined an MLM. I started writing about a day in the life of a twin Mom three years ago.
One pregnancy, two babies, and one chance to experience it all. It was therapeutic for me. After going through everything to have my daughters I am proud to be a SAHM. My journey to motherhood has led me to a more fulfilled life. Every morning I wake up grateful to have them in our family. Born on the same day yet so different Elizabeth and Evelyn are 5 years old in Kindergarten
What kind of Mom am I? My girls know mistakes are OK in our house. My parenting style is overly optimistic. I believe in celebrating the daily achievements with a handful of Annie’s gummy bunnies and a “Good Job Girls”! Doug is outnumbered and he seems happier too with a house full of dolls and bows. Looking forward I hope can provide a refreshing perspective on raising well-rounded kids!