Twins. They run in the family, but I’m not one and I don’t have them. Yet. I only have one blood sibling, but what’s REALLY funny is that I was once shopping with my little sister, and someone thought we were not only sisters, but twins. She shouted across the parking lot to us, “Are you twins?? You have to be!” Nope, we’re not, but I’ll take that compliment and run with it for another decade or so. Even my sister-in-law looks like us! Can you pick us all out? I won’t tell you if you can’t tell..
So yeah, twins. Multiples. I was a bit surprised it didn’t happen to me, but I seem to have the same fascination my mom does, with the idea of it. It’s a different world for sure. I have an older sister, younger sister, older brother, and younger brother. There are so many secret languages and complex relationships. There are nuances and subtleties. There are different tones of voices, reserved for different siblings. And the memories! Oh, the memories. Siblings in general are fascinating, with how they interact with each other, the rest of the family, and the world. Enter twins, triplets, quadruplets.. I can’t imagine.
The stories in Multiples Illuminated: A Collection of Stories and Advice From Parents of Twins, Triplets and More will shed some light on these sometimes scary, sometimes hilarious, and always enlightening stories. Multiples. How they begin.
I actually sat down on the couch to read the book cover to cover last weekend, because I was hooked! As a non-multiples-parent, I still think this is a book I’d buy. It’s not just rich stories, but it’s advice too. It dives deep into the world of raising multiples, in a way that I don’t think has ever been done before. Not that I’ve ever seen in a bookstore, and I have looked.
I love how it’s not just heart-tugging, and very beautifully written stories, but it’s advice too. I was particularly interested in the NICU chapter because Des spent a week there, even though he wasn’t premature or a multiple. As you may know, my new nephew Parker was born eight weeks early and spent almost a month there before he could finally come home. There are also detailed essays and advice about infertility, breastfeeding, and surviving the infant and toddler stages. It’s a book I would look for, if I were expecting multiples or already had them, and I would dive into the pages with laughter and tears.