I am an Indian mother of two cute little identical twin girls who are now more than a year old. As with every parents of twins, we too were in a surprise when we found out we were having twin babies. Since this was my first pregnancy, I had no clue as to what was in store for me…..
Twin parents are doubly blessed, but face quadruple the stress, especially during the first two years. While the rewards of raising twins far outweigh the challenges, it’s still a really tough job, one that requires quick thinking, deep breathing, and just your typical everyday superpowers.
We live in the city of Pune, India and my experience of raising my babies in India has made me realise that we Indian mothers are not quite lucky enough to have access to good baby products or baby gear here and if we do then they are way too costly & do not fit the budget. So we have to modify or plan according to the things available here in India. Though I must say we have a very supportive family system here and I have made the most out of it.
As I am from the medical field, I have taken utmost care of the twins, in a more scientific and practical way possible. I have referred many medical books, searched for information online, discussed with my paediatrician, spoken to experienced aunts, mothers…..etc. And it’s not that I have not been bombarded by suggestions and lectures which range from relevant information to superstition on baby care from friends and family, but I chose to find out some logic in it, before trying them out.
Budget is also tighter in raising twins…. It’s always “multiply by 2” before buying anything new. It may be simple thing like a diaper bag to buying a stroller, the cost is always doubled. Hence I have tried to find a balance somewhere by spending more on the most important and necessary things and cutting down on unnecessary stuff.
The most commonly asked question to me, when people see me with my twins is “”Wow, I don’t know how you do it.”…. But the real trick lies in simplifying things, maintaining a schedule, avoiding unnecessary tasks and taking ‘extra’ care to avoid injuries and sickness. At the end of the day when I see my two beautiful healthy kids…I know it was all worth it. As exhausting as it may be to raise twins, the relationship between them is truly amazing to see. They shared a womb and now they share a life, experiencing every new discovery and adventure together.
Here in my blog I have jolted down my experience of the first two years of baby rearing and hope that at least some of it is helpful to mothers-to-be (of multiples or single baby) in taking care of their babies in the crucial first year. Trust me it gets easier every day…..
Happy reading & rearing!!!
*Please note that these are the my experiences and reader’s discretion is advised