Mothers of multiples gather at Katy event


by Leigh Frillici/ KHOU 11 News

Posted on April 29, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 30 at 11:45 AM

HOUSTON—If you walked into the Katy Embassy Suites, you might have thought you had double or even triple vision on Sunday during the National Multiple Birth Awareness Festival.

Multiples and their parents came for a family event filled with games for kids and lots of information for parents.

The event happened just a week after Laurie Perkins, a Houston mother, gave birth to sextuplets.

While no one at the event had sextuplets, they had all heard about Perkins and her now famous 6 newborns.

"I thought, oh my goodness, I have my hands full with two and I just can’t imagine with six," said Claire Hill. She is a mother of five with her youngest children being twin boys.

Laurie Fitt is another mom who attended the conference. Fitt has seven children. Her youngest are 14-year-old quads. She knows what it’s like to have an instant big family. Her advice to the Perkins: "Be as organized as possible, keep the children on a schedule and be willing to let people come in and help you."

This conference was filled with tips, stuff for kids and classes for parents. Most of the people who attended are part of the local clubs for multiples.

"The support ranges from emotional, just getting together," said Kim Ozark, the National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs Executive Vice President. "Education, getting information out to them and talking to them about different types of events they can go to."

Pam Krell, the President of the National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs, met with the Perkins and let them know help isn’t far away.

"Watching dad and mom both relax and think that they are not the only ones going through it…they realized they can get through that day," said Krell.

And plenty of people were willing to offer a little motherly advice.

"You don’t sweat the small stuff," said Krell, a mother of twins.

"They may have their hands full, but they’ll have their hearts full as well," said Hill.