Multiples Illuminated: A Collection of Stories And Advice From Parents of Twins, Triplets and More 1st Edition
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From the Author
Being pregnant with multiples is a challenging experience. It's beautiful and exciting. It's also terrifying and a test of physical endurance. All the concerns, pains and aches of pregnancy are multiplied. The huge belly. The pressure on the chest when lying down. The kicks and jabs on all parts of your belly, chest and pelvis. The enormous appetite, yet the lack of space in the stomach. The very real fear of preterm labor and the possibility of a NICU stay for the babies.
The questions also multiply: How will I deliver two/ three/ four babies? What will the NICU experience be like? How will I breastfeed more than one baby? Will I ever sleep again? How will I care for the twins/ triplets/ quads? Will I have help?
Newly pregnant women have many questions, and they can usually find them in books. Newly pregnant women with twins/ triplets/ quads have even more questions and find themselves floundering for information, support and help. We want to be excited, but the unknown creeps up like a cold breeze on a hot summer day. People usually do not know what to say to us.
With a lack of knowledge about carrying and raising multiples, we began searching for answers. We scoured the Internet looking for books to teach us about raising multiples. Megan taped every show she could find on the Discovery Channel about multiples. Eight years ago there was not enough good information, but she bought everything she could find (five books in total).
Alison Lee, mom of twins, and Megan Woolsey conceived Multiples Illuminated to shed light (see what we did there?) on the world of raising multiples. How we would have appreciated a book like Multiples Illuminated when we were pregnant with our multiples, wondering what life would be like for us.
We wanted to write this book to offer the parents of multiples around the world something delicious to indulge in. There are words of wisdom and personal stories that we hope will inspire you and make you proud to be a part of the world of multiples.
If you read Multiples Illuminated and feel optimistic, inspired, informed, and connected about raising multiples, we have done our job. We are a community of parents who need to think outside the box to successfully raise two or more children simultaneously.
In this book are stories that will make you laugh, and stories that will make you cry, sprinkled with helpful advice and journal prompts for you to tell your own hearts' story.
Thank you for trusting us to join your multiples adventure; we hope they illuminate you.
---- Megan and Alison, Editors
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I think I liked it because the writing was all stellar, the editing was flawless, and the content flowed smoothly from one section to another. There were some entries that had me giggling the entire way through, and there were a few jaw-dropping stories. I think it's not just the parents of multiples - or who are expecting multiples - who will enjoy this book (which I'm positive they will!), and not just young couples hoping for multiples (which can happen until you have had only one and realise how much work it is) - I think any parent will like reading this book. It's a definite recommend!
We are grandparent to multiples. We were un-officially referred to as the visiting B-Team and proudly served in the trenches both day and night to help lighten the burden for Mom and Dad. Yes, that included getting up throughout the night to feed, burp, rock and change the triplets, two girls and a boy, so their parents could catch up on much needed sleep. “Multiples Illuminated” opens the doors to the world of having multiple babies and provides readers with a special appreciation of their journey, from conception to birth and beyond. Multiples Illuminated is a must read not only for Mom’s and Dad’s planning a family but for grandparents and family members and friends who will find their first hand stories and insights both heartwarming and invaluable as you prepare for this blessed event. My mother would proudly say that it takes a special woman to raise four boys. Well, to that, I say “Ditto” to mothers of multiples, too. Pull up a chair and enjoy this unique, front row seat to one of life’s most remarkable experiences. Eight years ago our lives were changed forever, as you will soon discover. Enjoy the book and journey
Having given birth to twins over 35 years ago this book brought back so many of those memories. I wish I had this book to read at that time.
Regardless of whether you are giving birth to one or multiples this is an entertaining book and I would highly recommend it.
Top international reviews
Multiples Illuminated lives up to its title and certainly shines the spotlight on what it's like to find out you're carrying more than one baby, but also the challenges that come with high-risk pregnancies.
The analogies really resonate on a deep level and make you feel like you're not alone.
My twins are not babies anymore and I wish this book was available when I was faced with serious complications during pregnancy, delivering my babies severely prematurely, and the traumatic time spent in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
A valuable resource that I will be recommending to women expecting multiples.