My Life With Twins: Challenges of Raising Twins
Welcome to My Life With Twins, a weekly blog round up of the ups and downs of raising twins and more! I try to get the post up on Mondays (but I am a twin mommy, and life comes first). Please link up a post! I keep the link active for a week. . . I know you are all just as busy as I am!
I’ve written before about the blessings of raising twins. I have even written about surviving and even thriving during your twins’ first year. Overall, I have tried to be very positive about the twin mothering experience. My reason for this is twofold. 1.) Not many of us enter into twin parenthood asking for more than one baby at a time. That is most often a very special gift from God. Some days it may not feel like much of a gift, but the double cuddles usually win out. 2.) Remember when you were pregnant the first time? And that crazy old lady at the grocery store tells you about her 48 hour drug free labor that ended in a blood transfusion and zebra stripe stretch marks? No one appreciates those stories. So I try to keep them off of my blog.
However, I would be doing you all a disservice if I went all Pollyanna on you about twin parenthood! Because, like most other aspects of mothering, raising twins is not all unicorns and rainbows. There are definite challenges of raising twins
Sometimes there is poop all over the nursery
You heard me. Last week I woke up to a twin covered in poop. And since we had transitioned them out of the crib, the poop was not contained. Oh no. . .I got to wash a sheet, the area rug (thank you Target for a machine washable rug!) and I tossed out several board books. Plus I got to give two girls morning baths. . .all before my coffee had time to finish brewing.
Now, maybe I got lucky, but my singleton boys NEVER took off their diapers. Ever.
And the biggest problem is, with twins it is “monkey see monkey do”.
What one doesn’t think of, the other one will.
One of the upsides of raising twins is that they entertain each other. The downside is that you can become so complacent with them playing with each other that you don’t realize that they are sifting through the kitchen garbage until it is too late.
Or you learn that they know how to open your exterior doors when you hear them ring the doorbell.
Twins are like cats, they should probably be required to wear little bells around their necks.
Silence is golden, unless you have twins.
If twins are quiet, it means that you are now out of toilet paper.
Or, your carpet is now coffee colored.
Or, your kitchen floor is being mopped with baby wipes. (ok, that one is kind of nice!)
Twin jealousy is real.
It makes perfect sense that two individuals who have shared everything since conception get a little miffed if they see their twin getting to eat 3.5 seconds before them.
And yet, while it makes sense. . .it is still loud, and a little ridiculous.
In the end, I would not trade my twin tornadoes for anything in the world. I’m pretty sure that when God created coffee, he had me and my sweet, energetic, opinionated girlies in mind!
Chime in! (Without scaring the other mommies) What has been your biggest challenge in raising twins? You Know I’d love to hear from you! (and link up!)
Do you have twins, are expecting twins or know someone who is? Make sure you click on over to my “Got Twins?” page and learn more about the wonders of twindom! Lots of advice and experience from pregnancy, breast feeding and beyond!