Is it possible to raise triplets, run your own business and have a demanding career all at once? The answer is Mabel Bolade!
Also known as Iya Ibeta, Mabel is one amazing woman. In this interview with Sola Abe for woman.ng, she lets us into her world of nurturing three beautiful girls and pursuing her own dreams.
About Mabel Bolade and her adorable ones
My name is Mabel Bolade. I am a triplet mum also known as ‘iya ibeta’. I am a HR Practitioner, I work full time with one of the leading private security companies in Nigeria. I am an entrepreneur, I run one online fashion business and I also co-own an Agric business with my mum. My daughters are 17months old fraternal triplet girls. Their names are Fela, Time and Dara.
on her reaction when they found out they were having triplets
I was shocked and very scared, all I could think about was how my career was over. I think my husband took it better than I did and that kind of annoyed me. Here I am thinking how stressful life was going to get and he was just ecstatic he was having 3 kids all at once.
on What her pregnancy was like
When people ask me, I tell them it was normal and nothing out of the ordinary, but then again, I remind them that I had never been pregnant before so I am not sure what it should be like compared to a singleton pregnancy. I had the usual morning sickness and I couldn’t stand any strong smell. My Dr. kept telling me how strong I was, and how lucky I was so I guess you could say it was a stress-free pregnancy.
her child birth experience
It was an exciting experience. One minute I was pregnant with triplets and the next minute, they were out and it was a new level of excitement meeting 3 little humans I had carried for months.
on How much help she has in taking care of them
I have help from family. My mum and my mother-in-law are almost always available and I also have 2 live-in nannies.
on working and running her own business
I do both, I work from 9am-6pm and I also run an online jewelry and fashion accessory store called ioliteluxury. My parents have an Agric business and I am very involved in it.
on Combining work and motherhood
I honestly can’t explain how, but I am thankful that I get it done some way. My husband is the major driving force I must say. I didn’t think I would be able to go back to work after having triplets but he kept pushing me and telling me I could do it, and I must say he wasn’t wrong.
Family also play a big role in all of this, sometimes I get my brother to babysit and he is more than excited to spend some time with his nieces. So far, I think I am doing very well combining both, I ensure I spend as much time as I can with the girls once I am home from work.
a typical day in the life of iya ibeta!
I wake up at 5:30am, I sort out 3 outfits for the day. What they wear after their bath in the morning, then a change of cloth later in the day and also their PJ’s because I get home just about when they are taking a bath in the evening.
I have a weekly meal plan for them, so, I can remain sane. So I talk to my nannies on what they would have for breakfast, snack time, lunch and dinner. I do this because I want to make sure they eat healthy.
I get ready for work and leave the house at 8am. I work from 9am to 6pm but I make sure to check on the kids at least twice during the period I am at work.
I get home at 7pm on a good day and spend some time together with the girls before they go to bed.