Join Date: Mar 2004
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Hi there, mamas,
I'm a longtime lurker at MDC and have posted just a few times, but turn to the wise mamas here for advice, humor and wisdom almost every day.
And I am looking to a new forum, because my husband and I just found out yesterday that we're expecting TWINS! I went in for our 18 weeks ultrasound and the tech looked, paused, looked, paused, looked, took a breath and said "Well, how do you feel about two?" We were FLOORED! I had had a feeling that DH and I would "need" to go out to lunch after the ultrasound, and would need our friend to watch DS (2.5) for more than just the appt., but I thought that was because we'd learn something was wrong with the baby, which I was actually better prepared to deal with than the fact that there are two bambinos in my belly...
I have SO many questions. How do you raise two newborns? How do you not collapse breastfeeding two?? (My son nursed through the night, every two hours, for about the first 4-5 MONTHS! Can you do that with two and not fade away to nothing?) How do you stay healthy enough to keep them in there long enough to cook and be big enough to take on the world when they're born? How do you send two kids to college at the same time???
I know -- not all of these questions need to be answered this morning. I guess the shock still is there -- we really had no idea except that I had been SO sick this pregnancy (threw up every night for six weeks straight and off and on for another four) and hadn't been at all with our son. But everyone said "oh every pregnancy is different" and "maybe it's a girl" and so I blew the idea off. But otherwise, not much has changed. I have gained the same amount of weight that I had with my son at this point (which I now know I need to work on and start eating even more -- it was so hard there when I was throwing up so much, though) and just this week my belly really popped, which didn't happen this soon with DS, but I figured that was related to being a second pregnancy and having loose muscles.
Holy cow. Twins.
I wish I had more to say at this point, but we both kind of keep getting stuck at the twins part.
Thanks for letting me share the shock, panic, terror and excitement with you. Any advice, words of wisdom, etc. would be GREATLY appreciated. I went to our book store yesterday and found one not-bad looking book called "Having Twins...and more" (seemed the most AP-friendly of the bunch there) and have been reading that, but I guess I want real life experience. What did you eat? How do you stay sane? And even if takes a while, please tell me it's worth it. We're both pretty scared.
Thanks for listening and any advice you have. Look forward to becoming a part of this community.
Mama to DS (June 02), wife to DH (married 95), walker to neurotic dog (arrived 3/00) and PT writing instructor to 28 needy university students
(also, someone who still has to learn to do her signature!!)