Here’s the thing about caring for infant twins:
It’s really not that much harder than taking care of singletons.
It’s just not. All babies have shitty sleep patterns, and need to be fed and changed and carried around enough to make you want to shoot someone (generally the person who doesn’t do as much feeding, changing, and carrying as you do).
All babies, at some point, make their parents think, “Man, it is a seriously wonderful feat of evolution that infants are so fucking adorable, because if you weren’t the cutest thing I’d ever seen, I’d probably have EATEN YOU JUST TO MAKE YOU SHUT UP by now.”
Twins just make you think that TWICE as much, because you’re doing all that stuff you have to do all day long TWICE AS MANY TIMES.
Unless you find a few ways to … umm … NOT.
So here’s what I do, to save time — and my sanity — while managing the day-to-day care of my twins (and their sisters).
Not too long ago, I experienced a serious wake-up call.
No, I’m not talking about the mistaken 5 am wake-up Mr. Big(Ideas) and I were graced by last fall, the one weekend we managed to get away without our kids, you know, in hopes of maybe just once in the entire calendar year sleeping a few minutes past 8 am. (Dear Reception Lady: I apologize if we were a little gruff.)
I’m talking about a slightly more metaphorical wake-up — though now that I think of it, it’s kind of literal, too, as I was still in bed when this happened, snuggling Diddy before school, and these WERE basically the words that … umm … woke me up.
The reasons you might have for wanting to nurse twins are all the same reasons you might have for wanting to nurse your singleton — supposedly increased Mama/baby-bonding when compared to bottle-fed babies (though seriously, I do not for a moment believe THAT); some storied improvement in IQ points; and massive savings when compared to buying formula (and seriously, with twins, this is MASSIVE SAVINGS).
Please join me in welcoming ChecklistMommy’s FIRST EVER guest-blogger, Alexandra Damsker! I found Alexandra on a local Mommy-board, where she was offering wardrobe advice to a self-confessed clueless SAHM. I hope you think she’s as funny — and KNOWLEDGEABLE — about this subject as I did!
Audrey Hepburn said a girl can get anywhere in life with a black dress and a good scarf. In her whole life, she never had more than 20 pieces of clothing at a time. But damn, were they GREAT pieces.