The way Hayley Arsenault connected with these three local women almost sounds like a fairy tale. The moral of the story: It really does take a village to raise kiddos!
Four days after giving birth to her triplet sons Hogan, Rylan, and Finn, and a month after she first got to the hospital, Hayley Arsenault, 25, headed home to start this new chapter. As a single mom, she was grateful that her mom was able to take a few weeks off of work to help in the beginning. But when it was time for her to head back to her job, Arsenault realized she could use "a few extra hands," as she told Babble.
That's when she decided to take to Facebook to ask for help. Even in her "small, everyone knows everyone community" of Canada's Prince Edward Island (where Anne of Green Gables takes place!), Arsenault thought social media would be the best way to get her message out. "I expected some response, but the feedback I received is mind-blowing," she explained to Babble. "I started a week-by-week schedule and when volunteers are leaving, they will mark themselves in for the following week as well."
Three of the volunteers were Jenny MacDougall, Alice Mokler, and Anita Arsenault (yep, same last name, but not related to Haley). Anita Arsenault also happens to be a retired licensed practical nurse (LPN). They're sisters and loving grandmothers who eagerly jumped in to help, arriving every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.
Speaking to Canadian news outlet CBC back in February, Mokler explained, "Anita started feeding Rylan at 10 a.m. and he just did his final burp at 11. So it does take a full hour to feed them. We can give them that time."
And MacDougall said, "I don't see this as a chore in any way. For me, it's a gift to come here. We chat, we compare the babies. Love every minute of it."
A couple months on, the "fairy grandmothers" are still very much a part of Arsenault's life. "The grandmas still come each Wednesday morning," Arsenault tells Parents.com. "It gives me the chance to get to appointments, catch up with friends, or sleep."
Sharing her story publicly has inspired her to encourage other moms to seek support, as well. "I have spoken to other mothers who have told me they needed the extra bit of encouragement to reach other for some help, and I’ve had a lot of people wanting to follow my adventure in raising triplets," she shares. "I think it is important to not be afraid of feel guilty to ask/accept the help from others, because as moms, we need to take care of ourselves in order to be able to take care of our little ones."
Preach, mama! So much to love about this sweet story. Congrats to Arsenault—and her three, devoted "fairy grandmothers." Way to show that there's absolutely no shame in embracing the fact that it really does take a village.