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Twins! Now What?

by Michele Zipp on May 20, 2009 at 7:00 AM
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What beautiful blessings she has!

I have really exciting news...my husband and I are expecting twins! As some of you know, I have been TTC for a little while now, so this comes as such a joy and blessing. I cannot thank the women in the TTC groups for their support enough -- just reading posts really helped and when someone felt sad and alone, there was another to help her stay positive.

Cafe Suzanne wrote about ways to increase your chances of having twins. I have done three of the five suggestions: I eat yams, love dairy, and am considered older. I'm 36 and don't feel old at all, though. So pssshaw to that!

I'm in good company with other moms of twins. Besides my Aunt Cathy who had twin girls, there's Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez, Rebecca Romijn, Charlie Sheen, Sarah Jessica Parker, and of course all the CafeMoms. Shout out to Moms of Twins group!

There are a lot of changes my husband and I have to make. We live in a third floor walk-up in Brooklyn, NY. We have two bedrooms, but the kitchen is just the appliances -- no room for a proper table. This must change. I called my landlord and he is being great about it, even suggested we move into the first floor duplex that will be opening soon. Three bedrooms, a yard, central air, laundry...but get this. He is asking $5000 a month! Wow. Um. Not going to happen. So now we begin our search for a new place. I'm excited. I just hope to find something sooner rather than closer to my due date at the end of the year. 

My hubs and I are giggling a lot more, too. We were in IKEA the other day and checked out the cribs. He said, "I guess we just need one crib because they are small and there's plenty of room." Ha. We both clearly have a lot of learn! He did just buy a book for first-time dads. It's called Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook for New Dads and I have to admit, I may learn a thing or two from it as well.

Along with the new apartment, two cribs, and plenty of parenting books, we are also going to need a car. So we were telling our brother-in-law (dad of one daughter) and he said. "Car? You need a mini van or SUV with two kids. How are you going to fit the carriage in a regular size trunk?" Hmm. Didn't think of that. Thanks, Phil.

I know we'll get there and figure it all out. It's an exciting journey. I just wish I didn't have such terrible morning sickness...all day long! I'm not complaining though -- I couldn't be happier!

Are you a mom of twins or expecting twins, too? Share some tips!

Filed Under: baby prep, motherhood, pregnant celebrities, the pregnant life, twins & multiples

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  • MamaC...
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    MamaCeleste0722

    May 20, 2009 at 7:43 AM

    Congrats on your twins!! I have 2 1/2 year old twin boys. For pregnancy, I think the best piece of advice I was given was listen to your body. I also have a singleton and my twin pregnancy was different. Since there were two in there, I got bigger faster than I did with my singleton, which meant I got pains and aches earlier. And when I mean bigger, at 5 months pregnant, I was big as someone who was 7-8 months pregnant.A wonderful book that I loved when I was pregnant was Dr. Barbara Luke's Expecting Twins, Triplets or Quads..

    As far as when they get here, all I can say if figure out what works for you. If you plan on breastfeeding, I loved Karen Gromada's Mothering Multiples. I also would recommend educating yourself as much as you can about general breastfeeding..

    Congrats again!! Having twins is a challenging but fun journey!


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    krys1973

    May 20, 2009 at 8:36 AM

    CONGRATS!!!!!! I have 8 yr old twin girls. They are the youngest of 5 children. It is such a blessing having twins. Mine are natural twins. In other words I didnt take drugs or anything to have them. I also have a father that was to be a twin but his twin didnt make it. So the day I learned I was having twins I told Dad... it is all your fault!!! LOL He asked me what I was talking about. I said It is your fault what I am having.... I think he was going to tell me NO that is your husbands!... Anyway he figured it out. As MamaCeleste says... Listen to your body. Good luck and WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF Being a fellow Mommy of Twins!!!!


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    Peajewel

    May 20, 2009 at 9:07 AM

    No twins but sooooooo excited for you!  This is just so much fun!  Congrats my friend! 

    congratulations


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    JessecaLynn

    May 20, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    I have 3 year old boy/girl twins.  They are great but that first year is very challenging without support.  It was just my hubby and I and he had to work, so it was just me most of the time.  It took a while to get them on the same schedule so for the first few months I didn't get much sleep.  It was up with one, feed, change, get back to sleep, sleep for maybe 30 minutes, and then do it again with the other one.  There were plenty of times I would sleep when my hubby got home.  After getting through the first year, it is great.  I love watching them interact with each other, although they do fight with each other on occation.  Get rest now, twin pregnancy is hard on your body.


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    Cafe MicheleZ

    May 20, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Ladies, your advice is priceless! I am so happy to be a part of CafeMom and have moms helping other moms out. I'm going to get those books suggested! Thank you!!!


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    Cafe Suzanne

    May 20, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    I am so happy for you! So exciting! Congrats!


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    lovinlife046

    May 21, 2009 at 9:38 AM

    I have 14yr. old quadruplets ( 2 girls and 2 boys) Congrats to you hun:)


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    lilmamaof209

    May 21, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    Congrates on your twins. I am pregnant with twin boys and through the pregnancy has been up and down I love the fact that I will soon have 2 babies in my apartment. I hope the apartment hunting goes good for you.


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    justkima

    May 26, 2009 at 8:15 PM

    Congratulations!  I have six year old identical twin girls.  It took me a long time to become a parent and a lot of heartache and loss, but these two little girls are just a blessing to me every day!  Since they were born at 24 weeks, I'm even more thankful of all the joy they bring me.

    My advice...take whatever help is offered and if it's not offered, ask for it if you need it.  The first year can be tough!  Well, every age has it's challenges, but nothing that you can't overcome.

    Congrats again!


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    TWOMUCHFUN09

    June 13, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    I am a first time mommy to be pregnant ith twin boys!!  My pregnancy has been wonderful and scary all rolled into one.  The first 15 weeks flew by with no complications at all.  Around 18 weeks I started to get sharp pains in my cervix.  Insistng something wasn't right I went to my OB who said if I feel that srongly he will send me to a specialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine.  I got an appt 2 days later and to my surprise was admitted to the hospital with suspicion of labor!!  After an 11 day stay, and all being convinced I was not in labor, but my cervix was shortening, the doctors performed  a cerclage to prevent me from dialating and sent me home on bedrest.  I am now 25 weeks and both me and the babies are doing geat!!  I can't believe thatin just 10weeks I will be holding my two little boys!!


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