When I found out that I was pregnant with twins I ran right out to the book store and bought almost every book I could find in the pregnancy/parenting section on multiples.
I am not exaggerating when I tell you that there were only four of them on the shelf that day.
It was such a mysterious thing to me, this having two babies at one time. None of my friends had twins. I had very few friends who were twins and until I started announcing that I was pregnant with twins I didn’t realize how many people that I knew had siblings that were twins. I needed more information.
There was a book by Jane Seymour about having twins, but I had a strong suspicion that my experience would differ greatly from that of a Bond Girl. I was guessing that Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman would have a nanny or two. I wanted a story about someone who had been where I was. There wasn’t a book like that.
Now there is.
You might know Jane Roper from her blog Baby Squared over on Babble. I have been reading her for years and so when she asked me if I would read her new book about raising twins and write about it I jumped at the chance.
Double Time: How I Survived—and Mostly Thrived—Through the First Three Years of Mothering Twins is that book I wanted when I was pregnant.
Where was this book in 2004? (You don’t have to answer that. I realize Jane’s twins were born in 2007 making that a rhetorical question.) Jane writes beautifully about the first three years of her girls’ lives and the challenges of being a new mom, a parent of multiples, work-life balance and struggling with depression.
This isn’t one of those books that is designed to scare you (you guys know the one I am talking about). This book doesn’t boss you around or shame you about how you are doing it wrong. This is just a sweet and funny memoir that resonated deeply with me as a fellow mother of twins.
And if you are still up all night nursing those twins it comes in a Kindle edition. This is important because if you use the Kindle app on your iPhone you can read with one hand and it is backlit so you won’t wake up the other baby. This totally works. I read Ulysses and Moby Dick on my Palm Pilot (Shut up. It was 2004) while nursing the Goon Squad.