I'll triple the YEAH RIGHT - NOT! sentiment regarding hearing from moms that they know what it's like to have twins when they have "two under two" or something. Um, no you don't. You really, really don't. At all. I think there is no other comment that gets my blood boiling like that.
So... on a brighter note...
I love this thread!!! I've been compiling my list of these things over the months - not sure why, just think of things and write them down for fun - and am sooo excited to finally get to share them with someone... especially you all! FWIW, here's my list:Pregnancy
1. Everyone started asking "Any day now?" when you were 5 months pregnant.
2. When you bought maternity clothes, you bought 2 sizes up.
3. Even so, your maternity clothes were too tight by the end of your 7th month.
4. If you made it to your 9th month, you were wearing bedsheets and shower curtains.
5. You drank Ensures or Slim Fast shakes to GAIN weight.
6. You somehow went from being Ms. Nutrition in your first trimester (all organic, 8 fruits and veggies a day, etc etc) to PB&J's and milkshakes by the end of your second trimester reasoning, "Hey, I need the calories."
7. You had your baby shower in your second trimester "just in case". (Well you *looked* full term anyway!)
8. You know the meaning of these acronyms: HCG, CVS, TTTS, IUGR, RSV, and GERD.
9. People asked if you were going to keep working up until the day you delievered and you secretly laughed that they'd be lucky if you hung on past your first trimester!!
10. And besides, you considered "full term" with twins to be anywhere after 34 weeks.
11. People asked when your babies were due, and you took a month off your due date, and said, "sometime in ___[that month]".The First Few Months...
1. People ask if the babies are sleeping through the night and you say "Yes" since they are both generally asleep from 11pm to 1am.
2. If you pump, you feel like you have triplets... Baby A, Baby B, and your breast pump.
3. You can answer the phone, read a book, knit a scarf AND feed a baby - all while pumping.
4. Most of your babies' 0-3M baby clothes have matching hats and booties, and are cute as pie. At this stage, almost all of their outfits match or are brother/sister outfits if B/G twins. Your babies' 3-6M clothes are mostly regular playclothes (e.g., Carters), with the occasional nice outift for when Grandma visits. You have lost the caps and booties, and are rarely doing matching "twin outfits" anymore. Your babies' 6-9M clothes mostly come from outlets, discount stores, or are hand-me downs. The babies are lucky if anything matches, even on one baby. From 9-12M and on, you are just grateful that they have clothes, and wish you lived in southern California so you could dress them in a diaper and undershirt year-round.The Pre-Toddler Stage...
1. Now that you're daring to venture out of the house, you are being faced with a new challenge: strangers' *innocent* comments, listed below with our favorite sarcastic replies, such as:
* "Wow you must really have your hands full."
Yes, full of hugs.
* "Gee, I can't even imagine having twins!"
I can't imagne YOU having twins either!
* "They're twins? But s/he is so much bigger than the other one!"
That's because we love him/her more.
* "Are they nursing?"
No, right now they're sleeping.
* "Twins! Are they natural?"
No, they're made of plastic.
* "Twins! Do they run in your family?"
Well, they crawl mostly.
* "Twins! Did you take drugs?"
Not since college.
* "Do they play together?"
No, we like to keep them separated at all times.
* "Oh look s/he's ____ [crawling, cruising, walking...] ! Can the other one do that too?"
No, thank G*d!!
* Do you have a favorite?"
Of course not... do YOU??!
2. Getting out of the house takes 24 hours notice (to mentally prepare, among other things), 2 hours of actually getting ready to leave the house, and at least 4 trips back/forth to the car before leaving.
3. Your once large diaper bag has grown to resemble a medium-sized suitcase.
4. With the impending onset of two very mobile babies, you are starting to wonder if maybe those harnesses aren't so bad after all.
5. Your commitment to all-organic food for your almost-toddlers is being tested... big time. You are getting sick and tired of making separate trips to Whole Foods just to buy Earth's Best baby food and organic cheerios, juices, etc etc. In fact, yesterday at the regular grocery store, the Ritz crackers and Rumbly Grahams in Aisle 10 caught your eye, and you thought, Hey, they can't be THAT bad!!The Toddler Years...
1. You no longer carry a diaper bag. You have a bin in your car filled with diapers, wipes, juice, bibs, snacks, toys, portable booster seats... Everything you'd ever need to survive in the wild for one month straight (or the mall for 2
hours). When you go on quick trips, you give over your entire pocketbook to diapers, wipes, and snacks just so you don't have to schlep your diaper bag too.
2. You have a "bottle graveyard" in your basement from the days of first establishing breastfeeding or pumping - every possible kind of bottle and nipple, bottle caps, bottle sterilizing equipment, warmers, drying racks, dishwasher baskets, pumping bottles and equipment... You look at the bags and
bags and bags of this stuff and wonder if you have enough to stock a small baby store.
3. Likewise, you have a "clothing graveyard" in your attic with enough clothes in it to outfit an army of babies. You want to be good and give it away, but "you never know"!
4. Finally! BOTH twins are walking. Now you get a short break from the incessant twin comaparison questioning by well-meaning relatives, because no one will ask "And is ___ pulling up / cruising / walking too?" You will enjoy this respite for only a couple of months, until potty training, and then heaven help you if they both don't potty train within the same nanosecond, because otherwise your mother will think the lagging twin is spoiled, or worse, a future criminal.
5. You are thinking of breaking down and buying those dreaded toddler harnesses. Four of them - one set for each car. :LOL You want to take them everywhere you go!
6. You are starting to question, if you haven't already, whether your car is large enough. After several seasons of family car trips, you wish they made a minivan with a 4th row seat that doubled as an automatic snack disepenser and cooler.
7. Best of all, after the looong months of infancy, you are finally realizing the sweet rewards of twins. Your children play happily together (for the most part) while you cook dinner, clean up, do chores. The "built-in
playmate" myth is actually becoming a reality. Sometimes you think life now may actually be EASIER with twins than with just one toddler. HA!
8. And finally, call it crazy, but you are actually starting to daydream about having more babies. You find yourself rationalizing that even another set of twins would be much easier now that you "know the ropes". Note: You are also officially delusional!
That was fun!