Life before twins has lots of activities and responsibilities.
Hobbies. Free time. Social time with friends.
With newborn twins, those don’t really matter any more.
What’s the secret to keeping your sanity with twins?
Don’t be afraid to let things go. Your top priorities are your twins. Period.
This means that work, hobbies, household chores, and entertainment will all suffer.
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Remember the words of poet Robert Burns as you are caring for your newborn twins:
“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
often go awry”
Make your best plans and do what you can. However, keep in mind that newborn twins disrupt schedules and expectations.
We had great intentions of doing many things a certain way with our twins. However, when we got into the middle of caring for them, those great intentions had to change.
We wanted to breastfeed our twins and couldn’t get that to work. So we switched to bottle feeding.
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We thought we would bathe our girls every night like clockwork, but that didn’t happen.
Be flexible in your parenting.
Be ready to abandon even your best plans if they just don’t seem to work with your twins or family.
Keeping your sanity with twins is possible. You can do this!
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What have you had to let go that perhaps you weren’t expecting? Let us know in the comments.
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