In honor of Jessica...
...and all the other Moms of Multiples...
Top 15 things said to a Mom of Multiples...& responses!
15. "I could never do it."
Oh really. What would you do? Would you put them on the curb with signs around their necks that say, "Free to a good home. My mom can't do it."?
14. "Do they have different personalities?"
No. They are the same human being divided into several parts.
13. Said by a stranger, "They're identical, right?" Mom answers, "No. They're fraternal." Stranger response, "They are NOT!"
OK. You're right. I have no idea what I'm talking about. These are not my children. I thought it would be fun to borrow them from a mom down at Baby Gap. It's been more than an hour. I guess I should return them.
12. "Are they 'paternal' twins?"
Yes. They have a father. There was only one virgin birth.
11. "Just wait till they're older. It only gets harder."
Thank you. I woke up this morning hoping I'd receive a word of discouragement while pushing a cart of preschoolers down the cereal aisle.
10. "When one cries, does he wake the others?"
No. Multiples cannot hear each other's cries because they all communicate with their special telepathic language only.
9. From a perfect stranger: "Were they in the same sac?"
Hello. Nice to meet you, too. Will you be sharing your gynecological history with me as well?
8. "Are they developmentally behind?"
Well, let's see. They're 3 years old and thus far, all their graduate school applications have been denied. We'll get back with you on that.
7. "How do you do it?"
Haven't you seen the Nike commercials?
6. "Are they natural?"
Nope, their arms and legs are made of silicone.
5. "You must be SO busy."
Are you volunteering to clean my house?
4. "Did you take drugs?"
Well, there was this one time in college....
3. "What do you do when they all cry at the same time?"
Sometimes I cry. Sometimes I go to Starbucks.
2. Said to a mom of boy/girl twins: "Are they identical?"
Uh. Not exactly.
1. Only one comment could be voted No. 1. Drum roll, please. After a stranger had been informed that the toddler boys were twins, she asked a simple question: "Are they brothers?"