Being a parent of one is tough enough, but having twins can be double trouble. Right off the bat, you're outnumbered and, for the rest of their lives, your dynamic duo will come up with plenty of ways to keep you on your toes. Fortunately, you aren't alone. There are plenty of twin parents out there who are sharing their experience on social media with tweets that sum up parenting twins perfectly.
Lack of sleep, lack of time, and lack of another set of hands to keep their little ones out of danger are just some of the most common concerns of twin parents across the Twitterverse. But even with minimal sleep, there are plenty of parents out there who manage to see the humor in all of the craziness and find a way to laugh at things that might make most people cry.
If you have time between diaper changes and feedings and you're still conscious, check out what some of these moms and dads have to say that parents of twins can totally relate to. With only 160 characters to work with, it shouldn't take much time. And when you're done — and you still have time on your hands — go take a nap for crying out loud!
1. They Have Different Personalities
I have one kid who sprained his ankle skipping and another who is on day 5 of baseball practices this week. Yes, they're related.— The Next Martha (@TheNextMartha) April 14, 2016
They may have been born on the same day, but without a doubt, your twins will each have their own unique talents and interests. Just try to keep up.
2. Sleep Is A Precious Commodity
Did you know that...A new baby typically results in 400-750 hours lost sleep for parents in the first year - Double the fun with twins!!— TwinTimesTwo (@TwinTimesTwo) October 31, 2009
If they're supposed to be so close, why in the world can't they get on the same sleep schedule?
3. You're Gonna Need Coffee
"So what needs to happen so this gets done?" Me: Three cups of coffee.— The Next Martha (@TheNextMartha) March 23, 2016
Most moms rely on coffee to get through their busy days. But moms of twins might need a coffee IV.
4. And Wine
Me: Drive carefully, we have some precious cargo in the back— Robert Knop (@FatherWithTwins) March 28, 2016
Wife: The kids?
Me: No, I meant the wine.
When they're finished with their coffee (eight hours later), most twin parents will inevitably switch to wine.
5. They Are Going To Gang Up On You
L: Daddy, my brother has something for you— Robert Knop (@FatherWithTwins) April 3, 2016
Me: Ok *walks around corner
M: *shoots me with Nerf gun
L: Did you shoot him?
M: Yes! *high fives
They may fight with each other, but there's no doubt about it, twins stick together. When you're outnumbered by your kids, there will be pranks.
6. They Are Expensive
When is Living Social or Groupon going to have pre-school "two for one" deals?— Twin Parents (@TwinParents) July 23, 2011
Raising kids is expensive, and twins automatically double the cost of everything. Sending them to preschool will probably cost more than your car.
7. They Take Up A Lot Of Space
We thought the size of our house was just right, then we had twins.— Twin Parents (@TwinParents) March 19, 2012
With double the baby gear, you're definitely going to have to find creative ways to use every bit of space in your home.
8. They Are Going To Get Into Trouble
You'll either laugh, scream, or cry when you see some of the pranks your twins pull on each other.
9. You're Going to Need A Break
Sometimes you just have to raise the white flag and order a pizza.— Twin Parents (@TwinParents) April 7, 2011
Fresh home-cooked meals every night can be tough. Keep a good pizza delivery place on speed dial.
10. Your Sex Life Will Suffer
Him: Foreplay tonight?— Stella G. Maddox (@StellaGMaddox) May 3, 2016
Me: Hell, yeah.
Him: *hands me the remote control*
When you're trying to keep up with two little ones and survive on a few hours of sleep, sex is usually the first thing to go.
11. Sometimes You Don't Want To Know
My boys are in the other room yelling, "Chicken apocalypse! Chicken apocalypse!"— Rachel (@busymommymedia) April 23, 2016
I think I'm better off not knowing what they are doing.
When your twins get older, sometimes, ignorance is bliss.
12. You Get Double The Love
Let's just say any parents that have caring twin daughters should be thankful & glad af— Brenda (@brendaaclark15) April 24, 2016
With two people who love and look up to you, it's hard not to feel pretty special.
17. And Double The Anger, Too
That feeling you have when you think your kids hate you yeah that's me today.— Bryan Hunter (@TwinsdadsRule) February 12, 2015
When your twins are mad at you, you feel twice as bad.
13. It's Hard To Find Time To Clean
Ok well I have to go clean out a bowl that's been sitting for 2 days with oatmeal in it so I'll see you guys in about a week.— Wendy S. (@maughammom) January 20, 2016
You may have to accept the fact that your house will never be clean again.
14. Birthday Parties Are Fun
Headed to the kids school armed with 48 cupcakes and 48 capri suns. #thejoyofhavingtwins.— Angela Gray Bowlin (@twinsmom22) September 21, 2012
Your twins will never spend their birthday alone, ever!
15. You Can Trade In Your Sports Car
@ActuallyNPH - I have twin girls that are 3 1/2. We broke down too and bought a Honda Odyssey. I love it!!! Good luck!!— Sarah Scaletta (@twinsmom508) January 9, 2012
When the twins arrive, you might as well trade in that two-seater for a mini van.
16. You Will Be Tired
I'm hoping that I have enough hours in a day as usual, and will the energy hold out!— Jill Post (@twinsmom0726) May 1, 2009
Without question, you will be tired for most of their lives.
18. It Takes A Lot of Patience
Twins demand a lot of time, and a lot of patience.
19. You'll Never Be On Time
If you're used to being punctual, you can forget about it!
20. It Will Be Tough To Work When They're Around
Your productivity level automatically decreases when you have twins.
21. But It's A Lot Of Fun
It's double the giggles and double the grins, and double the trouble if you're blessed with twins.— TwinS (@TwinParentsUK) September 8, 2010
Even with all of the chaos, being a parent of twins is twice as fun.