ok, sorry it has taken me so long...crazy week!
Was it a huge shock when you found out you were having twins? Actually, no. I sensed it all along and had discussed it with several people. I had also had dreams about it. When the sono chick actually told us, I guess I was pretty shocked that I was right, if that makes sense.
Do they run in your family? not really...maybe one set somewhere. Tons on DH's side, but they are fraternal, so his side doesn't play into it.
How did you break the news to DH or was he with you when you found out? He was right next to me. We both laughed out loud and then snickered during the rest of the sono. We couldn't wait to tell everyone.
How will you handle 4 children under the age of 3? Good question????? With alot of love and patience (and maybe a little prayer
). Fortunately, I have an awesome hands on daddy for a husband and he works from home.
Do you have lots of family & friends around ready to help out? YEah, my mom and his parents live intown. I have awesome neighbors and good friends.
My last question since I have never experienced twins: how does the kicking feel? Can you distiguish between the two? Do they both get you at the same time in different places? I know feeling one baby kick is such an awesome, miraculous feeling, I ofen wonder how two would feel. It is definitely different. When one was high and one was low, it was easy to tell which was which. I think they have changed positions alittle, so not as sure now. It seems like someone is kicking all of the time. It is pretty cool, except the other night when they were both active ALL NIGHT LONG
What is your favorite quote? There are soooo many, but this is a BF one off the top of my head...
"A newborn baby has only three demands. They are warmth in the arms of its mother, food from her breasts, and security in the knowledge of her presence. Breastfeeding satisfies all three." -Dr. Grantly Dick-Read
What is your favorite thing about yourself? My patience, I think.
What is your favorite beauty secret? haha...never really thought I had any beauty secrets...drink lots of water, probably.
What are your hobbies? reading, hiking, camping, playing with my kids, hanging out laughing with the people I love (not in that order
What is your favorite form of exercise? running
What would a wonderful summer day look like for you? in a nutshell...mid 70's, not a cloud in the sky, at the park with my family or hanging out in my backyard playing sounds pretty delightful.
What did you take away from the Amazon river experience? Specific memory or thing you felt you learned? I learned so much. I really felt like I came home a different woman, in a way. A better woman. One specific thing is that I spent an afternoon with a midwife in a local village. She taught us alot. She showed us the different herbs she grew that did so many things from pain control to helping with complications etc...it was very enlightening. She shared many stories with us. It gave me a better understanding of how natural and beautiful childbirth really is. I hadn't had kids at this point.
What's your favorite color? Favorite color to wear? I love red and purple-not necessarily together. I like to wear black, but I do wear most colors too.
What's your favorite season? late spring/early summer
What do you see yourself doing with your family in five years? lots of travel, camping etc...just living happily and peacefully.
And if you could change one thing in our society, what would you change? oh, where do I start?? I think one that jumps out at me is how egotistical we are as a society. We could learn so much from other cultures and their experience, if we took the time to listen.
If you had $1000 to spend strictly on yourself, what might you do? ok, I REALLY want a vitamix! I would consider some spa time too, though, or a physical trainer post delivery to get me motivated. Oh, or even better, some in home gym equipment besides my treadmill.
If you had to live in another country than the U.S. where might you choose? Italy and Greece (or maybe France) have always sparked my interest. I have not been there, so I am just speculating.
Finally, has anybody given you any silly "twins advice" or comments yet? OMG, yes. This isn't really advice, but one comment that I hear on a daily basis that gets on my nerves, is 'you sure are gonna have your hands full'. I could go on and on though. Mostly, the comments make me laugh unless I am particularly hormonal that day. Also, people seem to think that BF twins is some impossible feat (sp?). Totally annoying. When people ask if I am going to BF, I say-yeah, why wouldn't I (very sarcastically, sometimes).
That was alot of fun! Thanks for all of the good questions