Mom-of-Four Shares Why She Has to Hide One of Her Twins While in Public to Make Her Life Easier
Mother-of-four Jess Nall revealed that having twins prompts people to make unnecessary remarks out in public.
Jess, mom to nine-week-old twins Gracie and Harry as well as Spencer, 3, and Evie, 5, admitted that she feels the pressure of raising a big family.
"I get asked which twin is ‘the good one’ and I am constantly asked if they are identical, even when I have told them one is a girl, and one is a boy!”
However, in an interview with Mamamia, she revealed that people usually prove the greatest test to her day, particularly with regards to interrogating her about her twins.
“As it does take so long to get things done with twin babies and two other children in tow, I just want to get from A to B as quickly as possible, but when random strangers see the twins they want to stop and chat, touch them or offer ‘advice’!" Jess said.
“Mostly it is just friendly, but I’ve had it all from the ‘double-trouble’ comments to personal questions about how I breastfeed," she added. "I get asked which twin is ‘the good one’ and I am constantly asked if they are identical, even when I have told them one is a girl, and one is a boy!”
To stop any interruptions, Jess will regularly arrange the seats in her stroller so one twin is under the other, and will cover the stroller with a muslin on the off chance that they are sleeping.
“This way one of the babies is hidden from view and I can essentially get what I need to get done before one wakes up for a feed!” she explained.
Other mothers of twins also revealed they have a similar issue when out in public.
“People mostly just want to stop and admire them and tell me how gorgeous they are. Sometimes people want to stop and tell me their own ‘I had twins’ story which slows me down, but worst-case scenario people say silly or rude things like ‘Oh I feel so sorry for you’ or ‘your poor husband’!" said Lisa, who has identical one-year-old twin girls Lara and Ruby and two older daughters Chloe, 4, and Lily, 6.
She added: “Last week a woman stopped to say something negative and while I used to just laugh it off, I decided I had had enough so I gave her a short speech about how happy I am to have four healthy girls and that I did not need her pity! Hopefully, that will stop her saying inappropriate things to other moms.”
Meanwhile, Helen, a mother to one-year-old twin boys Hugh and Thomas, said that the odd remarks don't simply begin when the twins are born. She discovered it when she started telling people she was pregnant with two babies.