So, over the past year, I’ve been accused of being a bit of a snob. People come up to us all the time when we’re out and make all sorts of comments. Some are friendly, “Aren’t they cute?” “Isn’t she the prettiest baby?” (why, yes, yes she is!) Some are a bit more annoying, “Double trouble” “I bet they keep you busy!” “Where did she get that red hair?” (Seriously, what is the correct answer to that? I’m assuming “the mailman” is not what people are looking for). And some comments just send me over the edge “Are they identical?” “‘Do twins run in your family?”.
But, the one person whom I rarely find annoying….the fellow mom of twins. They come up to us everywhere and I love talking to them. The older moms, with twins in their 50’s or 60’s, the fellow moms of babies, out on walks or in baby class…they’re all fun to chat with.
A couple of weeks ago, we went to the pediatrician (ear infections for each…fun times!). As we were waiting for the pediatrican to call in the prescription for antibiotics, we killed time wandering into the local bagel place for a smoothie (for me) and a bagel (also for me–yum). The woman behind me held the door open for the double stroller and then began to tell me about her twins (now age 19). We chatted about how much they’d weighed at birth (four pounds each), the double strollers that were available 19 years ago (not as good) and sleep. Ah, sleep. The favorite topic of twin moms. We said goodbye to the nice twin mom and ventured on to CVS, fortified by a strawberry smoothie. At CVS, we had to wait for the pharmacist to mix the medication. The woman behind me started chatting with me, and told me that her twins were 22. She then mentioned that she had a son a year later (big surprise to her!), and was pretty busy for a while (you think!?). We bonded about the fabulousness of babysitters and how great it was to be able to run errands without two (or in her case, three) babies with you. We chatted about sleep (I said it was a popular topic), babies and how fun twins are (when they’re sleeping well). We finally got our prescription (how long does it take to “mix medications” anyway?) and waved goodbye to twin mom #2.
So, I’ve realized there was this whole world out there all this time, all these moms with twins, who don’t mention them to strangers in line at the bagel shop or CVS (or Target or BJ’s or wherever we are) until they see a double set of small babies and stop to chat. How funny that I didn’t even know all these moms were out there, until this year, when everytime I go out I have my own double set with me.