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I really need to figure out a way to nurse two babies and use my laptop. I know some would say I should just gaze lovingly down at my twins while they take part in the beautiful art of breastfeeding but those people don’t have 600 emails in their inbox.

Someone sent me this book on raising twins but of course, I never have time to read it. I hope I’m not missing something huge like the chapter on how to ensure your twins go to Ivy League schools or how to breastfeed and use your laptop at the same time.

We’ve been spending most of these crazy hot days at the pool club. Trying to get to the pool club continues to be a ridiculous effort and everyone has to do their part.

One morning, I think we asked 3 year-old Summer to keep an eye on the twins while we ran upstairs to take care of a few things.  I’m not entirely sure a 3 year-old should be watching 6 week-old babies but heck, she’s the one who offered to help.

Rick did insist on dressing the twins in long sleeve onesies and pants before we headed over to the pool.  I mentioned once or twice (well, four times) that I thought they would be more comfortable in something a bit cooler.

“Honey, it’s 91 degrees outside with like 100 percent humidity. We really should change them.”

But Rick countered.  “This fabric is very light and it will keep their skin covered in the sun.” I think that meant, “I don’t feel like changing them.”

But since my husband was suddenly an expert on breathable fabrics and my knowledge of cotton blends is a bit weak, I finally caved.  Of course, Chase and Harlowe sweated their tushes off and we finally had to strip them down but no one promised them perfect parents.

As for me, it’s not so great being postpartum in the summer because I can’t really cover up the extra weight. I hate choosing between ill fitting maternity clothes and hooker tight regular clothes.  And all my baby weight makes everyone else look insanely model thin.  And the world look so rested. And clean. With shiny perfect hair.

But whenever twins seems overwhelming, I just imagine what it would be like to have quadruplets.

26 Responses to one day at a time with twins

  • Sarah says:

    Aw, look at their round baby tummies! They look happy and well fed (the real ones, not the plastic ones), so you must be doing mostly everything right! And baby weight?…We saw your arms in that other post…puh-leeze, they are like Q-Tips! All the other mummies are probably jealous. Have fun at the pool!

  • Nona says:

    It sounds like you need a special nursing-laptop desk-chair contraption fitted for you… and you’ll need the voice activated typing software, too. So you can hold both babies and still “type”.

    They are too cute!! And I bet you are lovely as always!


  • Just the fact that you are tandem feeding is great – I did it forever, but never could master the laptop trick. A book at most. In general I just slept whenever they fed – I was so tired.

    Your babies are gorgeous, and hang in there – some of it gets way easier. The first 3 months are the worst.

    Drop me a mail if you need some help – I have been where you are – although we had 3 under 3 for a while.

  • misty says:

    first off- that you are blogging at all is impressive. I simply have my mom visiting and am finding a balance difficult.

    but really, thank goodness you don’t have quadruplets because 2 of them wouldn’t be looking very well…

  • Cherie says:

    Now that’s a comforting thought – at least they aren’t quadruplets. But that picture is a classic! You’re sense of humor will get you through anything!

  • Portia says:

    Hi Kelcey, I’m loving that picture! BTW you’re doing fine with the twins…don’t you worry! I’m in Atlanta for the holiday and I met a mama with 9 month old triplets! Mother and babies are doing just fine and so will you!

  • sam says:

    oh my god they are beautiful!! (all four of them!) so so sweet. i watched rick on tv this morning as i ran the treadmill. i feel like we got caught up and i really enjoyed our time together. i was so impressed by the lack of sleep camouflage, he looked great! i feel for you honey but i know things will get easier with time. and you my dear, are always gorgeous, tired or in tighter than you’d like ts! xoxo

  • Meredith says:

    I could use a babysitter this afternoon so I can “take care of a few things” is Summer available and what’s her hourly rate?

  • layla solms says:

    i am really trying to think of something humorous or snarky to say about the 2 perfectly quiet vinyl/plastic babies in your photo, but alas… nothing

    you really should consider hiring out summer, as i have a 12 year old and a 10 year old who are just sick of each other’s company. we could use a fresh face around here 😉

  • Peta says:

    You DO know about Dragon Naturally Speaking software by Nuance? Voice to text software – that really works – and also allows you to preform many functions by voice control. Seriously. About $200. But I think they should give you it for free because using it while nursing to write your blog is surely a novel new use. Think about the market niche that would open…..just sayin’.

  • I still can’t believe you make it to the pool with four kids. AND find time to blog. I have two kids aged 6 and 4 and I can’t find time to shave my legs. You are a very impressive woman.

  • johanna says:

    best picture ever!! you continue to amaze me with venturing to the pool…more than once this summer. you should be proud.

  • Keely says:

    All things in perspective, yes. They could be quadruplets.

    TOTALLY impressed that you’re nursing twins. That’s some kind of super power.

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    Just be thankful you’re not the Octomom…whatever happened to her and those 14 kids? From the looks of Chase’s belly, you’re doing fine…filling them both with mommy’s milk and keeping them happy and healthy. What more could you wish for?

  • sara says:

    K – I’ve seen you at the pool and you look awesome! Your hair is totally shiny and you don’t look at all like a hooker –
    Keep on Keepin on, sister!

  • Ann says:

    Picture? HILARIOUS. I think you blog is getting even funnier (and not just b/c of the picture–I know how postpartum brains can manipulate even an honest compliment)

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