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Raising Twins: Say Hello to Cuteness and Goodbye to a Whole Lot of Other Stuff

The twin experience is unlike any other. Being a mom to twins I can tell you first hand that there is nothing cuter, more rewarding and interesting than watching your little genetic mutations evolve into people.

Yep. Nothing better.

And nothing harder.

I’m probably not supposed to say that or admit that, but it really is bloody hard. I am sure there will be readers judging, considering me ungrateful to even think of complaining about my darling blessings. If that is you, please know that I am rolling my eyes right now. Of course, I am thankful for my healthy girls.  I’m not stupid and I know that things could have taken a million different turns for the worse carrying and birthing identical twins. I pride myself on revealing the ugly truths in life, though, so I must tell you that aside from being two of life’s greatest treasures, the twins are also twenty-pound pains in the ass.

And that is the honest truth.

When you give birth to twin you simultaneously give birth to a long ass list of things that suck like they have never sucked before. This is going to sound as if I am complaining, and that is because I am. I have been carting these kids around like their personal sherpa for three years, my arms hurt and my back is royally messed up, so just let me rant.

Here are some of the things that you can no longer easily do once you have twins:

Run into the store

No more throwing a baby on your hip and running in the Rite Aid to grab Tampons. Every trip out the door is equal to a mission to Mars. For years you will have to drag your four hundred pound stroller out of the trunk as well as your squirming bundles of angry just to purchase sanitary products. The way I deal with this is Target. If I have to torture myself like this, I might as well get some cute shoes and an armful of clearance items out of it. Will I forget the tampons? Probably.

Getting into the car

You now run an assembly line of humans. I wonder if my neighbors sit at their window every morning around 8:30 and just laugh at me making forty trips back and forth to the car, sweat dripping down my face, toddlers wiggling and screaming, backpacks dragging on the ground, crazed mom screeching, “GET IN THE CAR!” All of this just to drop the big kids off at school thirty seconds away. At least you get your exercise, right?  Yes, I am grabbing at straws on this one. This part of the day blows. Period.


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24 thoughts on “Raising Twins: Say Hello to Cuteness and Goodbye to a Whole Lot of Other Stuff

  1. The day will come with no car seats,only not soon enough. I so get it. Can’t believe you do it every day . Mom of the century.

  2. Oh man, I can totally relate! I have a toddler son and cute twin girls & it’s really crazy Managing every passing day & finding time to write. All I can say is…Kudos!

  3. First of all, I do NOT think you are complaining! You speak the truth, girl! I am so glad that my kids can finally walk around a store. I had a list of stores that I couldn’t go to when they were smaller because there were no double shopping carts. And I knew that mine would decide in advance who was going to be a bigger pain in the ass. They would take turns. (At 4, I think they sometimes STILL do this.)

  4. My brother has twins and my wife’s brother has two sets of twins. It’s caused me to look very fondly on my single zygote. it also always amazes me that she has never wondered where the other one of her was…

  5. Ha! Loved this! I am also a twin mom, and feel your pain. Trips anywhere suck. Mine are already 4, but still can’t buckle themselves in, and can’t be trusted to just walk next to me in the store. I also choose Target…can’t go wrong with the giant carts!

  6. Keep up the great work mama! I always try to remember the days are long but years are short. It usually gets me through the day — I am also very thankful to Amazon so I don’t have to worry about running to the store as often. Thank you technology! 🙂

  7. I have a few mates with twins, and all I can do is salute you, and congratulate you on being alive…
    Thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub

  8. There are days when after loading the stroller, diaper bag, wrestling Peachy into the car, getting her strapped in, and getting behind the wheel I feel like I don’t have enough energy left to do the shopping, then come home and do it again in reverse but with bags of purchases. And I just have the one. I don’t know how you do it. #ablogginggoodtime

  9. Mums are twins are amazing! Twins run in my family so to say i was a little relieved when we went for our first scan and there was only one heartbeat is an understatement.

  10. Now I didn’t have twins but I did have two in 11 months so at times I feels a little as though I did. Things like getting in the damn car or running into a shop with a baby on your hip. Neeeever going to happen not with two! In fact there is no nipping anywhere. Ever. Thanks for sharing at #familyfun

  11. I bow down to you. I currently walk the big one to school with the two year old who has decided he is far too cool to be seen in a pushchair. Some days we run to school. Some days I drag him to school. Some days he likes to play know on run on all the houses in the street. Hell, everyday, twice a day. If I had two toddlers I would seriously consider paying someone else to do the school run. Who Am I kidding? I have one toddler and I already am considering paying someone else to do it! Thanks for linking up to #FridayFrolics

  12. You are a legend. I don’t know you do it. Three hours sleep! I would be broken and rocking in the corner. Mr C is a twin and I am in complete awe of the Mother-In-Law that she managed to raise him and his twin and also older brother without having a nervous breakdown! #FridayFrolics

  13. I seriously take my hat off to anyone who has twins. I have always said that I could never cope with twins, as adorable as they are, I think they would literally break me! At some point though, I bet being their snack b•••h will pay off 😉 Emily #BestandWorst

  14. Managing two who are different ages is challenging enough – to cope with two toddlers at once is a whole new level of challenging. I can well imagine that going anywhere must be a massive effort to get two children into the car and then into a stroller – and out again! Hopefully it will get a lot easier as they get older! #coolmumclub

  15. Loving the term, ‘bundles of angry’, haha! I can only imagine how hard it is to do it all with twins, it takes me all of my time to get my shit together and there’s four years between my two 🙂 x

    Thanks so much for sharing with #MMBC. Hope you had a great weekend? x

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