Category: Pregnancy & Baby
Back when I found out I was pregnant with twin girls, I read twin parenting books, asked adult twins what life was like for them (did they hate matchy matchy outfits?), went to an Expecting Twins prenatal and spent weeks trying to find the perfect baby names for twins. But nothing really prepared me for the reality of babies times two. While my husband was stoked to someday dress our girls as The Shining twins for Halloween, we were blissfully unaware of how much our lives were going to radically and wonderfully change 180 degrees.
To answer the questions that many people ask me ALWAYS: 1) Twins don’t run in our family; 2) My pregnancy was “all-natural,” as if IVF treatments aren’t also a natural way to conceive a baby; 3) They are fraternal; 4) Yes, it’s hard work, but as first-time parents, my husband and I don’t know anything different.
For any expectant parents who are having multiples, here are seven things I wish I knew beforehand.
When you find out that you’re pregnant, you immediately go into super prep mode — from loading up on maternity wear to researching baby name ideas. For me, I ate an organic diet and even patted myself on the back for waiting until the right time in life to have the smartest baby. And of course, you start figuring how who you’re going to tell first. But what I wasn’t expecting was how hard it would be to tell my boss that a big, life-changing event was coming my way.
By Abby Sandel
Reality star Maci Bookout isn’t due for a few more weeks, but she’s already shared her son’s name with the world. John Legend and Chrissy Teigen dropped hints, but didn’t reveal their pick until the day their daughter arrived. And Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden stuck to tradition, waiting for King Carl to announce the name during an official government cabinet meeting a few days after the little prince’s birth.
There’s no rule about when to announce your baby name, but there are plenty of opinions. Do you announce early, to ensure that your pregnant sister-in-law doesn’t choose the same name? Or do you keep it top secret, to prevent unwanted feedback?
Whether you’re a reality star, a royal, or just a parent after a great name for the next generation, there are nine possible moments to share your child’s name.
By Sophie Khim
Celebrity baby naming is unpredictable, but that doesn’t stop us from trying! Just as we’re shocked when famous parents chooses something way out of left field for their child (a la Jamie Oliver‘s Petal Blossom Rainbow or Gwyneth Paltrow’s Apple), it’s just as surprising to hear them pick a common name (like Michael Buble’s Noah or Matt Damon‘s Isabella). That being said, there are some tricks to celebrity baby name predictions, so let’s look into the crystal ball.
We all want our little ones to grow up and do big things. There isn’t a recipe or a handbook for how to raise them, but research points to reading and talking to children as the one of the most important things you can do to develop a successful kiddo. Whether you’re looking to stock your tiny tot’s library with essential kids’ books or you’re on the hunt for the perfect creative baby shower gift, these books might just inspire really, really early career goals.