Since she's an ER nurse and mom of six, no one would argue that "Raising Sextuplets'" Jenny Masche has her hands full. A true example of grace under pressure, Masche maintained her infectious positive attitude throughout our recent chat. She can even keep it together whilst in the throes of a potty-training mishap! Read on for parenting insights and season highlights from this do-it-all mom!
momlogic: Your kids just turned two, right? Anything terrible going on?
Jenny Masche: It's not too bad. [My husband] Bryan thinks it's harder, and I guess it can be in some ways when this one's crying and that one's fighting with the other. I think it's easier now that they're a little older -- it's less physical work. But when we go out, they all want to put on their own clothes and shoes at once, and I just want them to let me do it so it doesn't take an hour!
ml: Congrats on your recent move to Destin, Fla.!
JM: Thank you! I loved the adventure of moving. We've always been around both of our families and were looking forward to spending some time, just the eight of us, as a family. The hardest part of moving was when the kids said goodbye to their grandparents. That felt awful! And it took some time to adjust. At first, one of our kids said he wanted to go home -- meaning back to our old house -- but now we pull up to our new house and all the kids say, "Yay! We're home!"
ml: What do you love most about your new hometown?
JM: The beach! We go down there around five or six o'clock and the kids just roam while we sit together and watch them. It's warmer than the Pacific and there are hardly any waves, so the kids can actually go in with their little boards. It's always a new adventure to them!
ml: What's going on with the BP oil crisis over there?
JM: Destin runs on tourism. Even though oil has yet to wash up here and the beaches are full, you can feel the change. People who were looking to book their vacations in advance don't know when the oil will wash up, so they aren't booking their trips. Everyone's really depressed about it -- the fishermen, the hotels and restaurants. It's so sad.
ml: I'm sure all the moms want to know -- do you get any sleep?
JM: I really don't need much! I've worked as an ER nurse and am used to a weird schedule. Ever since before I had kids, I've liked to stay up real late and have some "me time." When Bryan and the kids are asleep, the house is real quiet and I can just get things done.
ml: How do you get things done during the day?
JM: When we first moved here, Bryan hadn't started school yet and the kids weren't napping real well, so we'd pile them all into the car and ride around for two hours running errands, like going to the bank or to the store. Eventually, the kids would fall asleep and it would be like a date! Now we just trade off and go ourselves when the other is home.
ml: Do you guys have date nights?
JM: Yes! We try to have two a month. We joined our church just as soon as we moved here, and met so many nice people -- including some teenagers who are great babysitters! I work some nights, so I like to put the kids down when I am home. Once they're asleep we let the sitter take over, [and we] sneak off and go on a date.
ml: How about girls' nights out?
JM: I can't live without them! I'm just getting a new business off the ground with some of my girlfriends, so we get to meet and have lunch. Or we'll go see a movie at 9:45 at night. Just being around other women and having adult conversation once in a while is so important to me.
ml: What advice would you give a mom expecting multiples?
JM: Hmm ... there are a few important things. First, try your best to make time some for yourself. I try to take 20 minutes to a half hour to myself every day, just to go for a walk or think. It rejuvenates me and makes me feel so much better. Second, enjoy every phase! When the babies came, I vowed to do that. Most people have one kid, then a few years later have another and get to go through all the phases all over again. We aren't having any more kids, so when a phase is over, it's gone -- that's it. So I try to embrace every single phase by being in the moment, because once it's gone, it's gone.
ml: How do you handle stress?
JM: I think my faith has helped a lot. When one kid has diarrhea and the other is peeing on the floor, sometimes I just go into my room and lay on my bed for five minutes and talk to God. Eventually, I'll think: You've blessed me with six kids because you think I can handle it. So I go handle it. It's my form of meditation, or my "time-out." Hey, moms need a "time-out" too sometimes!
Spend your "time-out" watching Jenny on the season premiere of "Raising Sextuplets" on WE tonight at 10e/9c!