There have been some aspects of raising twins that are par for the course and pretty similar to our experience in raising our singletons. However, there have been some surprising things about twins, as well.
I have been surprised:
- By how many diapers we’d go through. It seems that they get used up as fast as we can buy them.
- That I’d ever be able to tell my identical twin girls apart at a glance
- That my other kids were able to tell the twin girls apart before I could
- That sleep deprivation was worse than with a singleton
- By how many people gawk at our family when we are all out in public
- That the girls do so many things the same and yet are so different
- By just how much we’d need that twin double stroller to control the chaos in public
- By how big and uncomfortable my wife would get during pregnancy
- By how little time or energy I’ve had to do anything but clean up the house after the kids are all in bed
- By the mountains of clean laundry that stack up on laundry day
- By the sheer amount of toys two toddlers can unleash in less than five minutes if given a chance
- That I haven’t been able to figure out a way to have both twins help me cook in the kitchen (i.e., make cookies) at the same time
- By how much time it takes to get shoes on, jackets on, diaper bag packed, and everyone loaded into their car seats before we’re ready to go somewhere
- At the amount of patience having two sick twins at the same time requires
- By how happy I am to be greeted by two happy faces who run to me for hugs and kisses when I get home from work
- By how truly satisfying being a parent is
If you’ve already had your twins, what is something that surprised you?
Picture by Christopher