I am mom to two sets of twins. My fraternal boys were 26 months old when my identical girls were born. They are now in elementary school (whew!). Life is hectic, but I love it!
Many people ask me, “What are the odds of having two sets of twins?” Ann Barrows, author of “The Magic Half“ – a children’s book featuring two sets of twins, has compiled some interesting twin statistics, including the odds of having two sets of twins — which she puts at 1 in 50,000.
Yes, we had fertility help with the boys (the first set)… but the girls were just a total surprise. Yes, we were happy to be pregnant again… Yes, we were very surprised to learn they were twins again. My husband used to joke that when he was a kid, if he did something wrong, he’d have to do it over again — so that must be God’s way of saying “Try Again”.
Our lives are complex and difficult on many levels — like yours, I’m sure. My motto in raising twins has always been, “You do what you have to do.” And another favorite of mine, “It’s all relative.”
Everyone’s lives are complex and difficult. Parents of singletons have sleepless nights, aging parents / grandparents, difficulties at work, job changes or job loss, moves to new homes, children with special needs… stress. We have experienced these things and more, and hope our experiences can help you with your experiences.
I don’t know what it means to sit back and relax… I lost that ability with the arrival of my first set of twins. Many people over the years have told me that I should write a book — so now that all 4 kids are in school all day, I’m making a go of it. It’s not that I feel I am an “expert” — but rather that I’ve learned so much from my fellow mommies over the years, and I’d love to share it.