Amazon.com #1 Best-Seller in Twins & Multiples!
“This book is very much like The Girlfriend’s Guide, but for mothers of twins.”
–Dr. Jenn Berman, renowned marriage and family therapist, author of Superbaby and The A to Z Guide to Raising Happy and Confident Kids (and mom of twins)
You’ve expanded (to the point where you’ve traded high-fashion maternity wear for your husband’s XXL T-shirts), answered way too many questions about your babies’ conception, and felt your belly bounce like jelly as your dynamic duo engaged in a boxing match. And the adventure has only begun!
In her first humor-packed guide to raising twins, Elizabeth Lyons and her “multiples sorority” offer the wisdom of their combined experience in the form of practical shortcuts, real-world strategies, and sage advice.
- Preparing the Lair: Mandatory Gear for Babies and Mom
- Twinproofing Your Marriage
- Breastfeeding Strategies (and Why It’s Okay if You Don’t)
- Unsolicited Advice: Stories from the Trenches
- Getting Twins on a Schedule–Preferably the Same One!
Lyons balances the day-to-day challenges of raising twins–from double feedings to sleep deprivation to getting out while pretending everything’s under control–with a sanity-saving dose of camaraderie. By the end, you’ll be smiling and shouting, “Thank heaven, I’m not alone!”
TABLE OF CONTENTS
THE BOTTOM LINE
TOP 10 SECRETS TO SURVIVING THE FIRST YEAR WITH TWINS
BEFORE THE ARRIVALS: PREPARING THE LAIR
The Logistics of the Lair
Preparing Your Marriage
Preparing Yourself Mentally
The Reality of Sleep Deprivation
Anticipating the Storks: The Father’s Side
0-3 MONTHS: THE BABIES ARE HERE!
Most Frequent Thoughts During This Phase
Will We Be Alive in Three Months?
Mantras for Keeping Your Sanity
Breastfeeding Twins: Can It Be Done?
Worrying About a Schedule
The Doorbell that Keeps Ringing
Unsolicited Advice: Stories from the Trenches
The Effect of Your Life at the Sink
Laundry, Laundry, and More Laundry
Common Everyday Problems
Pressure to “Educate” Your Babies
3-6 MONTHS: THE SCHEDULE BEGINS
Top 10 Thoughts During This Phase
A Schedule Emerges
What’s Going On Now?
Get Me Out of This House
A Waist is a Terrible Thing to Mind
6-12 MONTHS: YOU’RE HALFWAY THERE!
Top 10 Prayers for this Phase
What Part of “No” is Unclear?
Modifying the Menu
New Car Seats (Again)
The Lucrative Garage Sale
Playing Together (Or Not)
Getting Away: The Family Road Trip
The Miracle of Self-Sufficiency
Gift Clothes: Outgrown
The Desire to Return to Work
APPENDIX: MAKING YOUR OWN BABY FOOD