I Survived the First Year with Twins

Raising twins is rough. It's non-stop hard work complete with hormones, sleep deprivation, crying, giggles, and love. I survived the first year with twins.

Raising twins is rough. It's non-stop hard work complete with hormones, sleep deprivation, crying, giggles, and love. I survived the first year with twins.

I feel like I’ve been running a marathon. I’m exhausted, my body’s tired and achy. But I’m also proud of my accomplishment. I can see myself running, legs pounding the ground, chest puffing for air. I can see the finish line. It’s a beautiful sight. I crash through it, breaking the ribbon strung across. There’s an explosion of pinks, purples, and sparkles. My twins just turned one.

I’m not going to lie. The first year with twins is rough, like bang-your-head-against-a-cement-wall rough. But we all made it through alive! 

The first few months were a blur. When I try to think back on things from this time last year, I really cannot remember much. I remember sheer exhaustion and severe sleep deprivation. I remember the stress of adding not one, but two new little additions to our family. Worrying if my son wouldn’t feel loved anymore. How would I have enough time for everyone? 

Then there was the actual part of taking care of two newborns. All the bottles, the guilt over not being able to breastfeed, the midnight wakings, their crying, my crying, hormones trying to balance themselves.

There were times when I felt like I was drowning. I was drowning in babies, and I knew I’d never sleep again. Showering time was limited, so Hubs just had to get used to this new aroma. More than once I found myself thinking, “Twins?! What have we gotten ourselves into?”

Did I just make it sound awful? It’s really not. Because whatever difficulties we faced paled in comparison to the joys of this last year. This has been both the hardest, yet happiest year of my life.

I was lucky enough to have a healthy twin pregnancy. I felt two little babies moving around and kicking each other inside me. I had a relatively drama-free delivery (if you don’t count my water breaking at 2am and some complications from the epidural). 

I was lucky enough to bring home two brand new babies only days after their birth to the world’s best big brother. All my worries about him not getting enough love and attention were out the window the minute I saw him with his sisters. (And trust me, if he feels like he’s not getting enough attention, he lets me know.)

I was lucky enough to have two babies fall asleep on me at the same time. I cuddled them both, and held them so close to me. I had never held babies so tiny. I breathed in that wonderful smell of new baby.

I have been lucky enough to watch them grow. The girls have quadrupled in size. I’ve watched them learn to roll over, and to crawl. I’ve watched them try to take their first steps (not quite successful on that, but very, very soon). 

I have been lucky enough to hear their first giggles. I died of cuteness overload the first time I heard them each say “momma.” And again and again when they learned “dada” and “bubba.” 

I have been lucky enough to watch them learn to pick up toys, and steal them from each other. I’ve also watched them share with each other. I’ve watched them climb over each other and wrestle. I’ve heard them having so much fun together that they can’t help but give out that wonderful belly laugh. 

They say the first year of a child’s life is the toughest. I believe it. Throughout the year it has been so difficult balancing everything: taking care of the twins, their older brother, and Hubs (I’m avoiding mentioning the forgotten housework and the never-ending laundry). Getting through this first year feels like the greatest accomplishment. I want to shout from the rooftops “I survived the first year with twins! I SURVIVED! We made it!” Everyone’s alive, everyone’s healthy. Everyone is happy. That’s success, right?

So yes, this year has been rough. But every second of it has been worth it. Every minute of sleep I lost is forgotten when I look into their beautiful eyes. All my stresses vanish when I see them smile and laugh. I melt every time they give me big, slobbery baby kisses.

I’ve just crashed through the finish line. I jump up and pump my fists in the air like a true victor. The glitter confetti is floating in the air and sprinkling down around me. I know it’s not the end of the race, though. We’re just getting started. The best is yet to come, and I couldn’t be more excited.

Raising twins is rough. It's non-stop hard work complete with hormones, sleep deprivation, crying, giggles, and love. I survived the first year with twins.

Happy birthday, baby girls! Momma loves you!

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  1. Congratulations, you truly have done an exceptional job!! Your girls are so precious! I really admire you for all you have done with so much love. God bless your beautiful family and may the coming year be even more amazing!!

  2. Oh my goodness – your kids are seriously cute! I think about what it would be like to have twins – crazy busy – but it sounds like they have an amazing bond. That is so special.

  3. Wow! Twins with a toddler! I can’t even imagine! I’ve got a toddler now with just ONE on the way & I feel like it’ll be difficult! You are amazing!

    • When I was pregnant with the twins, I was terrified about how I would handle everything. It was rough at first, but everything worked itself out. Don’t worry, you’ll do great!

  4. Your kids are absolutely adorable! I agree on the first year being rough but I think the 3rd year is worse for me. First year is rough for me because of waking up at night, feedings, diapering etc.. ( I can not imagine it with twins). However, the 3rd year, oh my gosh I do not know if it rolls over from the terrible twos or what but my 3 year old exhausts me. My first kid who is now 9 did so too. They are so curious and they want to be so independent, like climb on the counter while mom is in another room to reach the tooth brush, or climb on a chair then on the kitchen counter top to find his favorite cereal bowl. or wake in the middle of night and stand by my bed and stare at me creepy. Anyway you get the point lol. At the end of the day it is all forgotten and worth it, they take it all away with a “I wuv you Mommy” and a kiss good night,

    Happy Birthday to the girls, wish them nothing but happiness. Many blessings to you and the family.


    • Ah yes, the three-year-old! Mine has so much energy! I don’t know where he gets it all, but I want some of it. So far we’ve been lucky and haven’t woken up to the creepy staring yet, but I’m sure it’ll happen one day. And you’re right about the “I wuv you Mommy.” I think my son has figured out how to tell when he’s pushing it, because he starts doing cute things.

  5. Awwww this is so sweet, I cannot image having twins (and I am a twin). They are so cute Happy Birthday to them.

  6. Happy Birthday sweet girls! I am also a twin mom, but I have identical boys. The first year was definitely really rough. We had a long NICU stay, which made it rougher. Now, my boys are 3 and into everything. In some ways it’s easier, in some ways harder, but it’s all wonderful. Great job making it through the first year!!!

  7. I’ve often wondered about the first year with twins. Thank you for sharing such a lovely insight – your family is so adorable!!

  8. Awe congrats & happy birthday. Ahh twins so fun Right! I don’t have twins but have nannied 2 different sets. One set was identical oh boy lol.

    • Identical? Oh my goodness! When we found out we were having twin girls my #1 fear was that I would mix them up and never know who was who!

  9. Lovely post! Looks like an exceptional year made possible by an exceptional momma!

  10. I don’t know how you do it! Amazing! They are adorable! I love the pic of them staring at each other out of their cribs. I felt like I was drowning with 1 newborn so I can’t even imagine! Great post! Honest and sweet 🙂

    • Thanks! That’s one of my favorite pics, too! I love when they wake up in the mornings and look for each other. It’s too cute!

  11. Wow! Good job! Twins are such a blessing! I’m sure they are exhausting too though, but they are for sure double the cuteness! I love the picture of them holding hands! 🙂

    • They are definitely exhausting! The first few months I think I averaged maybe three or four hours of sleep a night. Total zombie mode. But it’s totally worth it to see their happy smiles!

  12. Oh my goodness! Congrats on making it a whole year. I can’t imagine your level of stamina. I love the color you chose for their room, also!

  13. Aww..they are adorable..congratulations!

  14. I seriously love this. There was a time during my pregnancy when I thought I was having twins (it runs in my son’s father’s side of the family.) I have no idea what I would have done with twins! I feel like I’m drowning with just one lol. But the beauty of having two babies, is double the snuggles and double the smiles and double the kisses. I could totally go for that!

  15. Your kids are adorable! I’m always impressed by moms with twins… mine runs circles around me, I can’t imagine if I had two of him.

  16. What an accomplishment! It gives me hope and encouragement as I’m just starting the first year with a newborn and a 3 year-old. I worry all the time about how to provide him enough attention and quality time. How have you balanced that? What have you done to give your son that time he needs?

    Thanks for your honest heartfelt post.


    • I take full advantage of the babies’ nap times. They still take two naps a day, and my son takes (maybe) one. So while the girls are napping it has become our routine to make smoothies and cuddle on the couch. And if I go to the grocery store while Hubs is home, I’ll leave the babies at home with daddy so he and I can go together. It got a lot easier once they started crawling and could entertain themselves. Then he could play with them as well. And we’ve always tried to make him feel included in caring for the girls. You’ll do great! I worried about the same thing, too!

  17. Your babies are so adorable 😉 One of my friends’ had twins a couple of years back. I have seen how much fun that could be 🙂

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