OMG, twins! What should I do now?
As a mother of four yr old twins, I still can not believe I was pregnant with twins. My morning sickness lasted all day, and I was convinced something was wrong, being that I had kids already. I found out I was carrying twins at 11 weeks. The doctor said I was measuring at an estimate of 16 weeks, so he did a sonogram and Surprise!! There were two! I swear I had the same facial expression for about two hours, lol!!! If you are pregnant with twins, get all the sleep you can while you're pregnant!!! I had my precious darlings at 35 weeks. They weighed in at 5lbs 4oz and 6lbs 1oz. Boy/girl. I had to leave one behind in the NICU, that was so hard. I was so ready to start my life with my babies. Well, I needed that 3 weeks of sleep at night, because when my little girl came home, I didn't get any sleep at all. My twins were on opposite schedules for about the first six months. One day I just broke down and cried. I loved my babies, but I was living off of about three hours asleep each night. It is very important to have a support system. It is fun and hectic at the same time!
One thing I have learned is always buy two of every single thing you buy for the next four years at least! My twins always want the same toys, but that is expected at their age. When they are first born, take naps whenever you can, regardless of the time of day. Make bottles ahead of time, that way you won't feel pressured if your twins happen to cry at the same time. Breastfeeding twins didn't last long for me, it was to demanding on my body, and they needed additional vitamins, so I just gave up on that. I always bathed my twins at the same time, it saves on the water bill, and it was more convenient for me. When they were old enough to sit up, I bathed them right in the kitchen sink!! One on each side, and so much easier than bending down to the tub!
I also let my twins sleep together until they were about 6 months, around this time you have to keep a close eye on them when they are awake in the crib. They are now old enough to hurt each other! They can now hit each other in the head with their bottle or toys, and they are now old enough to crawl right over the other twin!! My twins would coo and giggle to each other, I use to think that was so beautiful! Please buy yourself a camcorder, if you do not have one. This is one of the greatest adventures you will ever experience.
This is my first hub, so it is a little brief, however I would be happy to answer any questions, regarding twins up to the age of four. I am so looking forward to them starting school next year, although I know I will cry like a little baby!! I am terrified of the teenage years, but who wouldn't be?