I just had to tell someone about something that happened to me over the weekend. I thought some of you might be able to relate. On Saturday dh wasn't feeling well and my twin girls (9 mos.) were getting really fussy. It was quite hot and everybody--including the dog!--in the house was kind of cranky. My girls have always gotten a bit of cabin fever if they're cooped up in the house for too long (they get that from me) and I think they were just tired of being inside. We live across the street from a grocery store, so I decided to take them to the store to buy some dinner and get them out of dh's and the dog's hair for a bit.
My girls are MZ and people tell me they really look alike. They definitely look like identical twins, but to me they look so different because I know them so well. I've stopped dressing them alike when we go out because I get tired of being stopped all the time (and because I want them to develop their own identity). This time, however, I forgot that they were dressed in the same outfits. So we got to the store and I got stopped by people who wanted to look at the babies at LEAST 6 times. That's not including people who didn't stop me but whispered to their partners/friends "look honey, twins!" It was really weird. I'm used to gettting stopped at least once or twice during a grocery store trip, but this time was excessive. Like I said, my girls get cabin fever, so we go out quite a bit. This was the most times I've ever been stopped in such a short period of time. Usually I'm pretty patient with people (dh isn't so patient) because most people mean well and how can I get offended by people complimenting my girls?
But it just made me crankier than I already was!
So I got home, vented to dh and then forgot all about it.
The next day was the 4th of July and we needed a few things for a BBQ we were going to. We were in a hurry that morning and I decided to take one baby to the store while dh took care of the other one at home (it's soooooo much easier to get anything done with just one baby). So I went to a different grocery store and had Ava in the cart. And guess what? NOBODY stopped me!! One person said "oh, what a pretty baby" in passing, but other than that I didn't even get a second glance from people. I've taken one baby to the grocery store a couple of times before, but I'm still not used to not getting a lot of attention, like I do when I've got both girls. But the weird thing is: I really missed it! I got kind of annoyed because I wasn't a celebrity!
The really weird thing is: I'm pretty shy and don't really like talking to strangers. So this whole celebrity status thing that goes with having twins was kind of hard for me to get used to. I'm pretty good at putting up a wall so people don't feel very comfortable talking to me about my babies, but there are still quite a few people who ignore the wall and ask me all the regular questions. I just couldn't believe that I was annoyed that I wasn't getting attention that I didn't even want in the first place.
Sorry for babbling. I just had to share this with SOMEONE who might relate.