“In those early days, it felt like the pregnancy simply continued without me.”
“Yes, exactly!” I replied to these poignant words from Erika Sigurdson describing her experience with twins in the NICU.
As a mother of triplets, it’s sometimes hard to find other parents with whom I can relate. It’s so refreshing to hear my thoughts echoed by someone who truly understands. Especially when they can articulate what I’m feeling so perfectly.
What you should know is that I’ve never actually met Erika. Her words came into my life as I was curled up in the recliner reading on a quiet Sunday morning. Without thinking, I responded aloud. It was if she was sitting in the room sharing a cup of coffee with me.
You know that cozy feeling you get when you’re talking to someone who really gets you? That’s how I felt the entire time I was reading Multiples Illuminated.
Erika’s sentiments, as well as the words of many other parents of multiples were compiled flawlessly into this anthology edited by Megan Woolsey and Alison Lee.
As I was reading, I had moments that caused me to laugh aloud, and some that brought a mist to my eyes and a lump to my throat. I found myself on many occasions setting the book aside to reflect on my own experiences as a mother of triplets.
As a person who often turns to the written word for solace, I found Multiples Illuminated to be a soul-feeding book that left me both comforted and validated. It fills a gaping void in the literature available for parents of multiples.
If you have multiples, are expecting multiples, or have ever been curious about what life with multiples is like, it’s worth your time. The pages are filled with honesty about life with multiples unlike you’ll find anywhere else.
I’m going to leave you with these words from a gorgeous poem by New York Times bestselling author and twin mom MeiMei Fox. This is one of the moments that made me ugly cry while I was reading this book:
It’s okay because,
whether we talk about it or not,
we all struggle,
we all doubt,
we all drown. Especially when
there is not one baby but
two. Or . . .
three. Or . . .
no one who has had just one baby
at a time
will ever fully comprehend
You can read more from MeiMei Fox at her own blog, Adventures with Twins.
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