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post #1 of 24
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Hi everyone! We just found out this morning at our 18 week ultrasound that we're expecting twins! It runs in the family on both sides, but we're very shocked to say the least.

We're really excited, but have NO idea what to expect. I really wonder how my almost 2yr old and almost 4yr old are going to handle getting two babies instead of one.

I have so many questions and look forward to getting to know you all!
post #2 of 24
Congrats!

I'd get a copy of... what's it called? Parenting Multiples? or Mothering Multiples?

Also Dr. Barbara Luke's book has good info -- on NUTRITION. The rest is kind of worthless.
post #3 of 24
Congrats!!! It is an exciting road having 2 instead of 1. My twins are my only children so I know nothing else. It has its ups and downs and the first year is the hardest. In the end it is worth it!
post #4 of 24
Congratulations! Eat well, rest well and be good to yourself. Twins can be full-term, healthy and robust and you don't have to suffer to get there. Check out the blueribbonbabies.com for the Brewer diet and adjust for twins. It made all the difference for us. Good luck and welcome!
xo
post #5 of 24
Just make sure you feed those babies now! I second Dr. Lukes book, but only the nutrition section. I credit that book with giving me healthy full term babies!

Good LUck, and be prepared, the first 3mos when they are babies are the hardest, but it all starts getting better from there. Twins truely are a joy.
post #6 of 24
Congrats and welcome to the multiples area!
post #7 of 24
Congrats! I also found out at my 18 week sono and had 2 toddlers at home already too! My twins are gonna be 1 next week and although it has been a tough year, it has been so worth it!
post #8 of 24
Oh my gosh, I just had to post. I also have a Gabriel and Sophia and we are expecting twins. Mine are different ages though.

I read Having Twins by Elizabeth Noble and thought it was great.

Good luck!
post #9 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thanks, everyone!

midwestmom--How old were your toddlers when your twins were born?

S&G24me--Whoa! Parallel universes or what?!
post #10 of 24
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Originally Posted by *Lindsey* View Post
I really wonder how my almost 2yr old and almost 4yr old are going to handle getting two babies instead of one.
Congratulations x2! My older two (boys) were 5 & almost 3 when my girls were born (last July). I tried to work with my boys while I was pregnant to help them do more simple tasks by themselves. It's really crazy at first, but it gets better.

Michelle
post #11 of 24
Congratulations!!!

Having Twins is the best book out there

My children will be almost 4 and almost 2 when my twins are born... so I'll let you know how it goes
post #12 of 24
Welcome and congrats!
post #13 of 24
Thread Starter 
mamaRabbit--I will anxiously await your update!
post #14 of 24
Congratulations!

Don't make yourself TOO nuts trying to follow the Dr. Luke book - I was never able to eat as much as she recommended (though what I was able to put away still astounds me) and I had 6+ pounders.
post #15 of 24
Congratulations!!! Although it might not feel like it right now, somehow, you will be able to grow, birth and nurse these babes while taking care of your older children!! Just keep telling yourself that -- be positive -- and one day you will be amazed that you are, in fact, doing it all!!

Like Zadee said, don't stress too much about Dr. Luke's book. I had terrible morning sickness (threw up every day for about 24 weeks) and so hadn't come close to gaining the 24 pounds by 24 weeks she recommends. But I just ate as much, and as well, as I could, and had beautiful MZ girls at 37 weeks, 5.7 and 6.2. They took to nursing immediately and just weaned in the last two weeks (a bit shy of their 2nd birthday).

Our DS was 3 when they were born, and he has handled it all beautifully. A lot of the offers for help (both those volunteered and those we requested) were for people to come and dote on HIM (take him fishing, to the park, to the coffee shop for a cookie, etc.) since in the early days, people can't help a ton with the babes anyway as they just want to nurse all the time. I wonder if your older one might have more trouble than your younger one, since the 4yo has been through this before but only saw one baby come home. I think it was just immediately reality for my son -- he didn't know that it was unusual to have two at once -- and so it just was not an issue. In fact, we have had to explain to him that first year that it IS unusual to have twins since so many people would stop us when we were out and about (and usually ignore him... but that's another post).

At any rate -- congratulations and keep us posted on your pregnancy and birth. Ask any questions that cross your mind, too!!
post #16 of 24
I'm also expecting twins. It's a bit of a shock at first, but the shock does wear off and you're left with excitement instead. I agree, eat as much as possible and make sure you get LOTS of protein. The biggest challenge for me has been hitting 30 weeks. I've had to slow down alot simply because I just don't have then energy to chase my toddler anymore (he's 18 months). Make sure you're ready for their arrival by like 28 weeks or so because you'll be tired. I'm still trying to get ready and it's killing my ligaments LOL! Congratz on your double blessing!
post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by fyrebloom View Post
I'm also expecting twins. It's a bit of a shock at first, but the shock does wear off and you're left with excitement instead. I agree, eat as much as possible and make sure you get LOTS of protein. The biggest challenge for me has been hitting 30 weeks. I've had to slow down alot simply because I just don't have then energy to chase my toddler anymore (he's 18 months). Make sure you're ready for their arrival by like 28 weeks or so because you'll be tired. I'm still trying to get ready and it's killing my ligaments LOL! Congratz on your double blessing!
Yes, I agree with this. I am just over 31 weeks now and all I want to do is sleep and eat. I don't have the energy to do much at all. My youngest just turned 2 today and I have a 3, 5,7,8,10 and 12 year old. Even though I have a lot of kids I am so glad to have the older one's to take and watch after the younger kids so I can take a nap.
Get all you can do done now but don't over do your self. I now have trouble just going to the store because I just can't walk that much and if I ride one of the scotters I just get so tierd after a half an hour and want to just get home.
Good luck and Congrats.
Shawnii
post #18 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice and tips.

DS was 21 months old when DD was born, so I'm not sure how much he remembers. I think we're going to keep talking with him about how there are going to be two babies coming home. I think maybe I'll try to find some books to read to him and DD, too. Anyone know of any good ones?

I definitely appreciate the advice about getting as much done as I can now. We have a huge garden and we can/freeze a lot, so I hope that's not too challenging at the end of the summer. I plan (hope!) to get my Christmas shopping done by the middle of September.
post #19 of 24
I spent my whole pregnancy preparing my son for the birth of the twins. I kept talking to him about it, I took him to a big brother class at the local hospital which he LOVED. We went to build a bear and he made each of his sisters a bear. I also went and bought him two dvd's and a small stuffed animal and wrapped it and told him it was from his sisters. I gave it to him shortly after they were born. This helped ease the transition for him and I did not have a jealous 4yr old on my hands.

Also like the others said, get as much done now as possible. I didnt get everything I needed for the nursery until I was about 33wks and I was too big and too tired to be bothered and it literally took me another 4wks to finish it. I was exhausted after every little thing. I couldnt even climb the steps.

anyway good luck!
post #20 of 24
Congrats and

Don't feel too overwhelmed, take it one day at a time.
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