Why I don’t make eye contact when out in public!

18 Jan

I decided that I would go to Walmart this afternoon to pick up a few things. I had some time between Bible study and picking up the big twins, so I figured I would kill two birds with one stone; get what I needed with the few minutes I have to spare.

I parked the car, got out the double stroller, put both babies in and bravely walked into Walmart. From the moment I walked in, I was on a mission. I needed to get wine (several bottles, because every sleep deprived mom HAS to have a lot of wine at home) some healthy snacks, coffee and a baby brush. I thought this would take 10 minutes top! That’s what I get for thinking! I was in the baby section looking for a brush when I heard them. “Oh my goodness, would you look at the twins.” When I looked up, there they were! Two women in their 60’s (actually they were 59) standing by my stroller! “We are twins just like they are,” one said. I knew what was about to happen so with a very “fake” grin, I braced myself for their life story.

They were born 2 months early. Their mom did not know she was having twins.They almost died. They were in the hospital for a month. Both of them now have eye problems. One was married and had two sons while the other twin never married. They now live together since the one who was once married divorced and they are both retired.  This went on for 20 minutes. And of course after they told me everything about themselves, they wanted to know about me. They actually asked me how old I was, of which I lied. I said 22, but they didn’t believe me, so I had to tell my real age (ugh). Then came the fun question, “Did you have assistance ?” Hmmm… this one made me think for a second; Assistance??? Then I got it.”Yes, I did. MY HUSBAND!” They both looked at me very puzzled by my answer. Well, he did assist me but that is not what they meant. Did I have IVF…(InVitro Fertilization) I told them that no I didn’t, and in fact I have a set of twin girls who are 12, and they were conceived naturally as well. WHY did I say that? Two sets of twins…. They were beside themselves. They had never met a woman who had two sets. For a moment I felt like a celebrity. I was hoping they would ask for my autograph, instead they asked… Do twins run in your family? What are the names of the older twins? Do the older twins love the new ones? How do you do it with two sets? Were the babies early? (both sets) Are you having anymore? Are the older twins identical? How long were they in the hospital? The questions went on and on. I did my best to be nice and answer the questions, but this had come to an end. I was now running late to get Ashlyn and Bre and my intention from the beginning was to get what I needed and get out.

Please don’t get me wrong, I love having two sets of twins and I know with that comes a lot of attention, but there are times I just want to run into a store, grab a box of tampons, wine and get out. So, I make a conscious decision not to make eye contact with people when I am on a time limit. I am not a prude, I promise, it takes me more time to get the babies ready and into the store than it does to be in the store itself.

So the lesson in this blog posting… Be nice to moms with twins. Compliment them about how AMAZING they look for having two babies at once. Tell them their babies are beautiful and look just like their mom 😉 and move on. They will remember you and maybe even write a wonderful blog posting about how YOU made their day!!!!


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