J.O. asks from Franklin Lakes, NJ on January 15, 2009
Resources And/or Books
I have a 10.5mo old daughter and my husband and I recently found out we are going to have twins. I wanted to find out if anyone can suggest any good books or resources that I can refer to. Thank you!
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Thank you so much for the suggestions/resources/advice! I am looking forward to this exciting journey. To be very honest I am a bit scared but I know everything will be just fine! :)
H.W. answers from Boston on January 16, 2009
I found Ready or Not Here We Come... by Elizabeth Lyons and Twinspiration by Cheryl Lage to be very helpful and loaded with good advice.
I had other books as well (Having Twins and More was one), but those two were the most useful.
Good luck to you!
M.D. answers from Boston on January 16, 2009
Congratulations! Quite a surprise, huh? My son was 18 months when we found out we were having twins. I have identical 1 year old girls now. I would recommend "Mothering Multiples" by Karen Kerkhoff Gromada. Helpful advice on everything from nursing (you CAN do it! I nursed mine exclusively on BM for the first 6 months and we are still nursing) to things you will need and cooking, managing time, etc. I also read through Elizabeth Noble's book on twins - very dense. Helpful, but like most books on twins I looked at (from the library), a lot more about the pregnancy. I found it was hard for me to read these as I tended to focus on the scary stuff like preterm labor (I worried the whole time and went to 39 LOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG weeks!). My biggest piece of (unsolicited) advice: eat protein. Tons of it. My sister is a midwife and she advised me it was the most important thing especially for a multiples pregnancy. When I say a lot I mean 120 grams a day. I got really good at knowing what was high in protein! I swear it had a lot to do with how long I went and how healthy they were (6lbs and 6lbs1oz, perfect APGARS, nursing within 30 minutes of birth) Good luck and get ready!!!
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S.M. answers from Boston on January 22, 2009
First off......CONGRATS to you and your husband!!!! I am a mother of 1 year old twins girl/boy and what a J. they are!!! I would look into getting into a local mother of twins group. I belong to one on the southcoast of MA. You can look them up online for one closest to you. They are a great form of support, advice and encouragement!!! Good luck to you!!
M.F. answers from Boston on January 16, 2009
I don't have anything to add except congratulations to you!
E.D. answers from Boston on January 16, 2009
Congratulations J.! I also have twins and a singleton. It's a lot of work but a lot of fun too! I don't know where you live but there is a national mother of twins club as well as local clubs. I belong to the WSCMMOTA, the acronym stands for west suburban club Massachusetts Mother Of Twins Association. You can do some web hunting to find one in your area. It's a tremendous resource for everything you will need or worry about. Good luck!
S.F. answers from Boston on January 20, 2009
Congratulations on your twins. My twins daughters are almost 8 months now. I was given the books "Twins! Pregnancy, Birth and the First Year of Life" but don't recommend it. I wish I had "Mothering Multiples".
J.L. answers from Boston on January 16, 2009
There's a Dora video about having twin siblings that might help with sibling rivalry. It's short and cute.
Congrats!! My also, unsolicited advice, is that if anyone offers to help you in any way - take it and say thank you with a smile!!! And - if they say your house is dusty - hand them a broom!
D.D. answers from Bangor on January 15, 2009
I have been a member on there since I found I was gunna have twins. My ID boys are now almost 1 and the site has been very helpful.
Also, Borders has a good selection of books on twin pregnancy, childbirth and the first few years.
J.F. answers from Boston on January 16, 2009
Congratulations on your wonderful family!! Twins are exciting and challenging all at once. I have 19 month old twins myself. The one book I wish I had had before they came is "Mothering Multiples" by Karen Kerkhoff Gromada. So many of the books I found discussed pregnancy with twins but not life once they are born. There are also mutliples support/play groups in many areas. I know there is one in Framingham Ma. I never made it to any but I would recommend it as it is good to be able to talk about things unique to your situation with people who understand. Best wishes for a wonderful and healthy pregnancy and birth of your twins!