Having, parenting and raising twins is an amazing experience. Yes – for all those who ask – we do have our hands full !
Especially in the first few years. Raising two children who are at the same developmental stage is different than having two young children.
There’s nothing like it and if you ask twin mommies – we wouldn’t change it for anything!
The ABC’s of Raising Twins
As a mother of two sets of fraternal boy/girl twins, I am often asked, “How do you do it?” I do not have an answer. I am just a regular 27 year old who has never known it any other way. Most people come home from the hospital with one baby. I, however, always seem to come out with a pair. Through my experiences, I feel that there is no such answer. Each child is a unique gift with their own personality, likes, dislikes, and own sense of self. I have no master plan. I deal with each moment as it comes and try to remember that these are the best days of my life. There are moments, I must admit, that I feel like my day will never end and my own personal identity is withering away. A smile or hug from my children washes this feeling away. I am a mother chosen for this great adventure and I press on.
For your reading pleasure, I have listed my ABC’s of Raising Twins. Enjoy!
A – Advice. Upon egg fertilization, you have become a target of every woman who has given birth. Remember that all these bits of information come with good intentions. You may be surprised at what you’ll learn.
B – Bottles. Give your baby a bottle, and in minutes, you will find a baby and no bottle. Bottles have an invisibility power that only weakens as milk starts to clabber.
C – Carpet. Remember it like it was. Tell all of your friends that having a recliner in the middle of your living room floor is “in” this season.
D – Diapers. This one’s a no-brainer. Clip those coupons and buy in bulk.
E – Energy. Your little bundles of joy come heavily equipped. You, on the other hand, will question your ability to breathe.
F – Fingerprints. You will have twenty on every wall, window and mirror around. Good news! They’re a fast and easy cleanup.
G – Grandma. She’s the ultimate spoiler. Did she really raise you?
H – Housecleaning. Accept that while raising twins, your house cannot stay clean for intervals exceeding ten minutes.
I – Ice packs. Paired up with a kiss, it’s just what the mommy ordered.
J – Jumbo. If it comes in jumbo size, that’s the way we mothers of twins buy it.
K – Kisses. There’s nothing better than kisses from your little ones. They even come in a variety of flavors. Chocolate and dirt are two of the most common.
L – Laughter. Try to laugh at your daily mishaps. Will your children really remember the time you tried to feed them cheerios in a bottle?
M – Mother. You are no longer your mother’s daughter. You are now her clone.
N – Nights. You will experience many sleepless nights the first few months of your twins’ arrival. Weren’t sleepless nights much more fun in college?
O – Offerings. Offer your significant other the opportunity to spend quality time with the little darlings. Run to the nearest spa! (Keep cell phone handy)
P – Potty Training. Good Luck!
Q – Quiet. In the rare instance that children are simultaneously sleeping, savor the quiet.
R – Remember. Remember these days. You will one day wonder how it happened so fast.
S – Sacrifice. Who wanted to go out for a night on the town anyway?
T – Terrible Two’s. Be brave and remember these are your children and you love them. Their behavior is a force of nature and uncontrollable.
U – Utility Room. Now you know why they make Super Capacity Plus machines.
V – Voices. No, you’re not crazy. There really are little people saying your name over and over again.
W – Whisper. Teach everyone in the house this technique for keeping babies asleep.
X – Xtras. Two extra people to love and love you back.
Y – Young. Keep smiling. Your babies are keeping you young at heart.
Z – Zzz’s – Try to catch some. Tomorrow starts early.