You pick up both car seats, one in each aching arm for the thousandth time. This time your exhaustion causes a slight misjudgement as one of the seats unexpectedly crashes into the door frame. You set them down even though you’re in a hurry and take a peek to make sure they are both ok. Deep breath…
Twin Life Milestones
- Holding their head up
Carrying two babies at one time is an art, especially when they can’t control their bobble heads. When they can hold their own head up, it’s easier to scoop them into your arms.
- 4 hrs of straight sleep
Getting no sleep makes it super hard to function and look forward to your day. Just one REM cycle… just one can do wonders for emotions, strength, and overall function.
- Full body healing for mom
Every twin mom has a unique birth story, mine involved both deliveries: Twin 1 vaginal, Twin 2 cesarean. I couldn’t do anything by myself. Literally. So when I could heal enough to shuffle my way to the bathroom it was a little easier on everyone.
- Sitting up
Just like picking up two babies is an art, so is laying them down. Their soft little heads need some cushion. But when they can sit up? You just plop them down! Ok, maybe less plopping and more setting 🙂 .
- Breastfeed in less than 10 minutes
Breastfeeding can be agonizing trying to set up and get latched, get through the cracked nipple healing, and spending 45 minutes or longer to feed. When you are healed, latched and ready, and they eat in less than 10 minutes, it’s like the break (or nap :-)) you’ve long desired.
A schedule comes and goes. One day they eat every 2 hours, the next it’s hourly, or a mix. Appreciate the days that a schedule works, like when they’re not in a growth spurt or teething phase.
- Holding their own bottle
Similar to breastfeeding, it can get annoying to set up your double feeding hands. And then just sit there. And feed them. Looking back and forth with mama loving eyes. Meanwhile you have a 10 mile long list in your head of other tasks that need to be done. When they hold their own bottle, you’ll probably take a deep breath, let it out, and enjoy that little slice of a break.
- Becoming the master
All in all, life with twins gets easier when you do it, fail it, test it, redo it, and succeed. Over and over. It’s not always that it is easier, it’s that you know how it works the best way. Before, you stared at your babies trying to figure out how to pick them up without dropping them. Now, you know how to scoop and tuck them close. And before you know it people will say how easy you make it all look.
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