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Ready or Not Here We Come!: The Real Experts' Guide to the First Year With Twins Paperback – April 27, 2007

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Elizabeth Lyons lives in Arizona because it's sunny even on the days when it looks like an F5 tornado hit her home. Even then, she continually coordinates--while consuming vast amounts of chocolate--a busy household that includes a heroic husband, a dramatic daughter, and an indescribable set of twin boys (who now have an energetic younger brother).

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''The advice you need in the short, funny format your sleep-deprived mind can absorb.''- Lisa Earle McLeod --Forget Perfect

''Real-world advice with a healthy dose of humor from a mom of twins who's been there!'' - Nancy Bowers, RN --The Multiples Pregnancy Sourcebook

''Real-world advice with a healthy dose of humor from a mom of twins who s been there!'' --- Nancy Bowers, RN, The Multiples Pregnancy Sourcebook

"Real-world advice with a healthy dose of humor from a mom of twins who s been there!" - Nancy Bowers, RN --The Multiples Pregnancy Sourcebook
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 261 pages
  • Publisher: Finn-Phyllis Press, Inc.; 2nd edition (April 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974699020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974699028
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. Blackwell on August 8, 2007
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When I found out I was pregnant with twins, a twin-mom friend told me that this was the only twins book I'd ever need. I found it immensely helpful before and after I had my boys. It takes you through strategies that never come up with one child: how to feed two screaming babies simultaneously, how to get them on the same schedule, how to handle all those bottles, etc. Best of all is the book's tone: funny and encouraging (similar to Vicky Iovine's "The Girlfriends' Guide" books). The book never tells you what you MUST do, but it offers real-life examples from real moms of twins, so you can try out what works for you. We mothers of twins need all the help we can get, and I really felt like this book was there for me during some very tough times.
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This book has been a refreshing break from all of the boring factual pregnancy books I've been reading. Elizabeth Lyons has a way with her words that convey honesty, bluntness, sincerity, and her love for her children all at the same time. I have not put this book down since I received it as a gift 2 days ago and will probably finish it today. I love the author's sarcasm and her "don't sweat the small stuff" approach to raising her children. The author also recommended several helpful websites to visit and items to purchase. I know this book has helped me and will continue to help me throughout the first year of my boys lives. Thank you Elizabeth!
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Upon learning that my wife and I were going to be parents of twins, the first thing we did was buy a few books so we could prepare ourselves for what to expect. What we discovered is that there are as many ways of handling twin-related stuff (feeding, sleeping, traveling) as there are authors who write about how to deal with those things. Know this: you'll figure all of it out on your own. You'll pick up bits and pieces of good information from various sources, but ultimately you are the best guide for what works best for your twins.

That said, when you're a blank slate and need some help, the various books on the subject can be a great help. I'd suggest picking up more than one to get each author's personal opinions, which many times come from their personal experience. Such is the case with "Ready or Not..." The author is herself a Mom of twins and doles out plenty of good tips and tricks. No doubt she used many of them in raising her twins. We even used a few with great success. There are some funny stories, and some touching ones. There's a great insert about a Mom who suffered from postpartum depression. It's one of the most helpful parts of the book, and a great addition that many other books lack. My wife really appreciated reading it.

The problem we had with the rest of the content was the overall negative tone. Horror stories. Tales of idiot husbands. And sometimes the negativity wasn't even that overt. There's a quiet, persistent sense of impending doom throughout the entire book. She suggests (strongly, like a warning) that new mothers of twins should take a multivitamin because there's not going to be any time in the day for the mom to eat well. We thought that particular tip was well-intentioned, but more than a bit over dramatic.
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This book had bits and pieces of good information. Did not appreciate the numerous "horror" stories of premature labor, jokes about husbands being inept, and it downplayed the importance of breastfeeding. However, I have read six books dedicated to twins & multiples so far - this is one if easy to read, funny, and had many helpful hints on setting up for babies and schedules.
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This book was so helpful in the arrival of our twins. There are many stories of different families and the different ways of doing things that is so helpful. The author also provides excellents tips on what to buy and what probably won't work. The book is broken up into 3 sections; 0-3 months, 3-6, and 6-9 which is very helpful. Great advice for someone who has no idea what to do with two babies.
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The best thing I like about this book is that it maintains an enthusiastic energy throughout. It approaches having twins like an adventure rather than an insurmountable task. I am a physician so I really appreciate the common sense practical advice. For instance, the fact that there is a waiting period for getting into the best daycare centers and it is okay to put ear plugs in, if both babies start screaming together to dull the noise! I liked it so much that I ordered the sequel "ready or not here we go". It also provides advice about what to buy and breastfeeding twins.
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There is a little bit of actual information in this book, but it's mostly these three things:
1) The author believes that mothers of twins were "chosen" for this, and that this makes them fit to parent twins. I didn't find this helpful or reassuring, but if you do, then you'll like the tone of the book.
2) The author does a lot of bragging, for lack of a better word, about other MoM's she met through a twins/multiples group. They are all fine, so you, the reader, should be fine, too. (Ok, but how?!)
3) The advice that is included is mostly about short-cuts that are typically not advised (microwaving formula, for instance).

I read this when my twins were 4-5 months, and the only helpful thing I found was that you can use a blender to mix big batches of formula. Not a bad idea!
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