When I heard that my friend Cheryl was publishing a new edition of her book Twinspiration, I was giddy at the opportunity to review it. See, Cheryl is not (yet!) my friend in real life, but she’s become an amazing virtual friend since my twin girls were born almost eight years ago.
She’s Been an Inspiration for Years
I started following Cheryl’s blog when my girls were infants. At the time, Cheryl’s boy/girl twins were in early elementary school, and I looked up to Cheryl as a twin mama blogger. The mix of advice and antics she wrote about gave me hope that I, too, would get through the dual dirty diapers and not-enough-hands angst that was my life at that time.
My twin girls are long past the diaper phase, and I have come to reckon with not having enough hands. Still, I so enjoyed reading Twinspiration. Years past the infant and toddler stages, I found myself nodding my head in agreement with Cheryl, alternately chuckling, “Ain’t that the truth!” and “I sure wish I’d known this ahead of time!” and finding myself misty-eyed, remembering some of the trying times and the fleeting stages.
What’s in the Book
I thought so many, many times, “Where was this book when I was expecting my girls???” I had several books on pregnancy, and one specifically on multiples, but nothing quite seemed to hit the spot that this book does.
Twinspiration provides a wealth of knowledge on what to expect, specific to a twin pregnancy and twin infant- and toddler-hood. It’s written from the perspective of a MoM who’s been there, of course, but it’s not just an account of Cheryl’s personal experiences.
Certainly Cheryl writes about her dynamic duo, which grounds the book in real-life experience and practical advice. But it’s more than that. Cheryl shares different perspectives, too, informing the reader that things don’t always play out by the book.
There are also tidbits interspersed throughout the book from a pediatrician’s perspective. What I love is that the book doesn’t attempt to present The Singular Answer, but rather it offers a range of possible scenarios. As a prospective/new parent, I feel like this book would have equipped me with the knowledge to ask the right questions specific to my particular situation. And what a treasure that would have been!
Dad’s Eye View
And as an added bonus, there are snippets of insight from Cheryl’s husband, affectionately dubbed “The Double Daddy Perspective”. I know my husband would have appreciated hearing the spouse’s take on some of the twinfant stages. Even now, eight years later, I had to share some of Double Daddy’s accounts with my hubby…it made for a fun conversation for us both, remembering things from Hubby’s point of view.
In Short, I Loved It
Twinspiration. It’s engaging…it’s captivating…it’s a plethora of knowledge and experience. And best? It’s such a warm read, like sitting down for a cup of coffee and hearing the tales from someone who has been there…really been there…and can smile a big, warm, welcoming smile as she tells her tale.
Get Your Signed Copy
At How Do You Do It, we rarely do giveaways. But Cheryl is one of our own. She’s such an ardent supporter of the twin community, and she’s generously offered to give away THREE SIGNED COPIES of her new book to How Do You Do It readers!!!
Are you expecting twins (or more)? Have a friend who would appreciate the support? Want to add a copy to your MoMs’ group library? Or just want to reminisce about those mommy milestones? Enter to win a copy!
To enter, simply leave a comment or a question on this blog post. (Cheryl would love to hear from you!) For extra entries, visit Cheryl’s Facebook page, Twinfatuation, or visit How Do You Do It’s Facebook page! If you like what you see, follow us.
This giveaway will run through November 16, 2016. Please help us spread the word!
MandyE here. Cheryl provided a copy of Twinspiration for me to read. And I loved it. The views I expressed here are my own. I joyfully recommend Twinspiration to any of my MoM and soon-to-be MoM friends!