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Juggling Twins

ISBN: 9781402214059

By: Meghan Regan-Loomis

Published: 10/01/2008

From pregnancy to health issues, to eating, sleeping, bathing, and leaving the house, Juggling Twins is packed with the detailed, authoritative information that parents of multiples crave.

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"Practical advice and a healthy dose of humor—this book has exactly what parents need to help them survive and thrive with multiples. Recommended reading for all mothers of twins." Deborah Platek, MD, Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates The best twin-tested tips used by real moms The stresses that come with raising two babies are numerous - but they are predictable and manageable. From a mom who's been there, Juggling Twins is a funny, realistic, and reassuring guide for every new mom of twins who may be asking herself, "Can I really pull this off?" From pregnancy to health issues, to eating, sleeping, bathing, and leaving the house, Juggling Twins is packed with the detailed, authoritative information that parents of multiples crave. Author and mother of twin boys Meghan Regan-Loomis offers an indispensable toolkit of solutions and techniques, designed to create order out of the chaos and help you catch your breath during this daunting and exhilarating time. You'll learn how to: Nurse two babies at the same time, comfortably and efficiently Get exactly the help you need from family and friends in those first few weeks Safely transport two babies at once when it's just you and them Survive the nights by breaking them into shifts (that include you sleeping) Stockpile the right food and supplies in advance of their arrival Maintain your identity and your marriage through the madness Get prepared, stay calm, and count your blessings (two!)—raising twins can be a wonderful, intense challenge that draws on the best in you.

About the Author

Meghan Regan-Loomis

When Meghan Regan-Loomis discovered that she was pregnant with twins, she searched fruitlessly for the book that would explain how to manage the logistics and challenges of caring for two babies at once. Discovering that it didn't yet exist, she vowed that she would figure out the answers and one day write the book herself. A veteran high school English teacher, she specializes in American literature, Shakespeare, Milton, and, more recently, How to Burp Two Babies at Once. A competitive tennis player who received her undergraduate degree from Kenyon College, she lives near Boston with her family.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface: Everywhere You Look

Part I: Pregnancy: On Your Mark, Get Set
Chapter 1: Getting Them Close to Term
Chapter 2: The Diaper Party
Chapter 3: Begging, Borrowing, and Stealing
Chapter 4: Gathering the Troops (Your Helpers)
Chapter 5: Organizing the Household
Chapter 6: The Stuff: What You'll Really Need
Chapter 7: To Minivan or Not to Minivan?
Chapter 8: Naming Two
Chapter 9: Thinking Ahead to Day Care and Work Issues

Part II: The First Month
Chapter 10: Life with Two Newborns
Chapter 11: The Daily Chart
Chapter 12: Feeding Two Newborns
Chapter 13: On Schedule or On Demand?
Chapter 14: Coping with the Nights (To Sleep, Perchance to Scream)
Chapter 15: Managing the Serfs
Chapter 16: Preemie Primer
Chapter 17: Keeping Mom Healthy (and Sane)
Chapter 18: How to Get In and Out of Your Car and Other Things You Thought You Already Knew How to Do

Part III: Weeks Four to Twelve
Chapter 19: Sleeping and Eating: Holdin' It Together Still Ain't Easy
Chapter 20: Time to Get Out of the House
Chapter 21: Life in the Fat Lane
Chapter 22: "Hey! I Was Here First!"—Sibling Rivalry
Chapter 23: Double the Guilt

Part IV: Months Four to Six: Okay, They Can Stay
Chapter 24: Table for Two
Chapter 25: Sleep Training Two…Or Not
Chapter 26: One Sick, Two Sick (Three Sick, Four)
Chapter 27: Twinproofing the House
Chapter 28: Traveling with Twins

Part V: Months Seven to Twelve: Breathing Again
Chapter 29: Dining at Animal House
Chapter 30: Napping Nightmares (Yours, Not Theirs)
Chapter 31: Talk, Talk, Talk: Language Acquisition and Twins
Chapter 32: Life in the Fat Lane Redux: Time to Get Off the Couch
Chapter 33: Raising Two Individuals

Part VI: Toddlers and Beyond: Herd Mentality
Chapter 34: Getting Out as a Herd
Chapter 35: Potty Training Two
Chapter 36: Twins and the Single Mother
Chapter 37: Having More (No, Seriously!)
Conclusion: Pressing the Pause Button

Resources
Index
About the Author

Excerpt

Excerpt from Chapter 1: Getting Them Close to Term

In my twin travels since having our boys, I have met so many families with multiples who have moving, sometime

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Specs

Format: Paperback

Dimensions
Length: 9 in
Width: 6 in
Weight: 18.72 oz
Page Count: 336 pages

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