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On Saturday, the girls will be 9 months old! I cannot even believe it!
Everyone always told me to enjoy every moment because it will go by so fast. I remember thinking 6 months ago, I cannot wait for them to get bigger, and be more active, so we can enjoy more activities together, because the first couple months were extremely hard.
Now, everything is happening so fast, I am in shock! Literally, they are doing something new every single day. I am so lucky that I get to be with them each day to watch them grow, but seriously, they need to stop growing for a just little bit!
In the past month alone…
They have each cut three teeth! Two on the bottom and one on the top!
They learned to crawl. Not quite in opposite directions, more like on top of each other.
They learned to stand up by themselves!
They started to attempt solid food (non-puree). We are taking this slow because any texture makes them throw up. . . but they do have a love for Gerber Puffs!
They have graduated from the infant seat in the kitchen sink to the bath seats in the big girl bath tub!
They started interacting with each other! They wake up in the morning and talk to each other instead of scream. This is nice!
They truly are best friends and they always have each other’s back!
These past nine months have certainly flown by and it’s hard to believe I was holding two five pound babies in my arms last June. I love watching them grow, explore and interact. Being a stay-at-mom and owning my own business, may be hard at times, but the amount of satisfaction and joy they bring me every day is indescribable.
As a mother of multiples, it is expected to get a lot of extra attention when I am out in public.
While it is expected, it is also redundant and gets annoying. People flock to me left and right. I feel like I’m walking around with a six-foot monkey on my head.
The comments really began when I was pregnant. At 6-7 months pregnant, many people began to comment that I must be due any day now. Well, thank you for reminding me how gigantic I am, I almost forgot that I was pregnant. When I told people that I was having twins, some people followed up with, “I’m sorry.” Really?
It is a fact that I cannot go anywhere with the girls without people stopping me to ask the same questions or make the same comments. I understand that people are fascinated by twins, but sometimes people have no filter, and sometimes the comments and questions can get annoying and frustrating because I hear them so many times.
Here are the Top 10 remarks that I receive at almost every public appearance.
- “Are they twins?”
- Really? What tipped you off? They are usually wearing the same outfit, sitting in identical car seats in a double stroller. Yes, they are twins. Ok, a better response, OMG? What? NO, they are actually triplets. I may have lost one! Then, run in the other direction.
- “You’ve got your hands full.”
- They usually look at me like they are sorry for me. Don’t be sorry, I would not want it any other way. However, If you could open the door for me, that’d be great.
- “Do twins run in your family?” or “Are they natural?”
- Since we are getting personal, Hi, my name is Hollie, nice to meet you. I guess this is a sneaky way to ask, did you have IVF? Not that it is any of your business, but no.
- “Double Trouble.”
- This comment just offends me. Thank you for your opinion, but I feel very lucky to have twins and NO, my girls are not trouble.
- “Better you then me.”
- Absolutely, I could not agree with you more.
- “How do you tell them apart?”
- Okay, they are fraternal twins. They are sisters who happened to be born at the same time. They are two completely different people. How do you tell your children apart?
- “Do they have different personalities?”
- No, they even blink at the same time. Of course they have two different personalities, they are two different people.
- “Who is older?” or “I can tell which one is older.”
- Really, they are four minutes apart and you can tell me with certainty which baby is older? (Usually, they are wrong anyway) Plus, at 240 seconds, does it really matter who is older?
- “Did you know you were having twins?”
- This is the 21st century, and we do have ultrasound machines. I was not on the TLC show, “I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant.” I was fully aware that there were two babies growing inside of me.
- “Guess you are done having kids!”
- Thank you for offering to plan ahead for my future. I am glad that you think that families should have no more than 2 children, but I think I’ll keep that decision between my husband and I.
Okay, I am feeling a lot better after getting the “Twin Mommy Vent” out of the way and that was only the Top 10! Maybe I can do a follow up with the Top 20 later.
If you see a Mommy of Multiples the next time you are out, just take a minute to think about this post. I’m sure she will appreciate it.