A fellow mom of multiples and I were chatting the other day about how people still think we have our hands full because we have twins; but in our minds, once your kids get a little older, it’s no different from any family having two children close together.
And I would even argue that sometimes having two is even easier than having one. Constant playmates, more offers of help, and constant playmates (did I say that twice?) are just some of the bonuses of having your children in pairs (or triplets) as opposed to one.
Yes, in the beginning it’s brutal. More diapers, more feedings, more chasing around, but it does get easier.
Until it isn’t.
Double the blessings, double the fun is definitely true — except during certain milestone events that every family goes through. It’s can be a wee bit harder when you have more than one kid going through these things at the same time.
Here’s my: Top Five Worst Times to be a Mom of Multiples.
Number 5: Santa pictures/family photos. It’s like they feed off of each other.
Number 4: Learning to drive. Have you ever seen this Subaru commercial where a dad has to teach his sons to drive a stick shift? Hilarious. My favorite line from an identical twin: “Dad, you didn’t show me, you showed him!”
Number 3: Terrible twos and threes. The frustration, tantrums and stubbornness does not seem to be doubly worse, but instead ten times as worse. And they are crafty. They don’t do it at the same time. They spread out the joy so one is always whining or crying or fussing. They say that the newborn stage is the hardest. Well, I think “they” were smoking crack. Anyone who has survived the terrible toddler stage with multiples knows that dealing with feisty twins for 24 hours a day/ seven days a week is enough to make anyone drink.
Number 2: Puberty. They say that the terrible toddler stage is the hardest? Well “they” were wrong. When it comes to puberty, it doesn’t seems to be double the hormones when you have twins. It seems to increase exponentially. You will never know how many times a door can slam until you are in a house with twins going through puberty.
And the number 1 worst reason to be a mom of multiples: When they hand out recorders!
Seriously, twin moms should be exempt. One of these painful instruments is almost too much for a parent to bear, but give a home two (or even three) of these things playing different songs at the same time. Yes your ears actually can bleed from bad music.
What do you think is the worst time to be a mom of multiples?