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Parents of twins, triplets or more are sure to enjoy this touching, humorous first-hand account of pregnancy and the first year when the stork brings three. Easy to read and sure to bring a smile, this inspiring tale emphasizes the two essential ingredients for raising multiples--patience and a sense of humor. You'll also learn from the practical steps this mom took to make life manageable.
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Not long after I was diagnosed with lupus, I started encountering some of the barriers that exist in our society for people with disabilities, and I became interested in working to abolish them. So, although my degrees are in geology, I started working for the local independent living center (ILC) as a grant writer and reporter. ILC's are non-profit agencies that provide services to people with disabilities and that advocate for changes to their communities to make them more accessible to people with disabilities. ILC's are mandated to have people with disabilities representing at least 50% of their staff, so I felt very much at home in my work place. Since the center was accustomed to providing accommodations for its employees, it was not a big adjustment for my employer when I became pregnant and had to go on bedrest and work from home. Unfortunately, not everyone will have employers who are as willing to work with them as mine was. Some people asked me why I didn't write more about having lupus in this book. I guess I wanted all mothers of multiples to be able to identify with my experience, not just those with a chronic illness. How I have survived the experience has not been all that different from how anyone would survive it except, perhaps, that I am a little more aware of my limits. There are days when I can't play as much physically with the kids as I would like, but I can always sit down and read books with them, or serve as a toy for them to climb on! Also, their smiles are the best possible medicine for me on the days when I'm not feeling good.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
INTRODUCTION I Carried Three A close friend of mine became pregnant about a month before I did, giving me the wonderful opportunity to "share" my pregnancy with her. For the first few months, we commiserated with each other about morning sickness, hormone-induced mood swings, and food cravings. Then, all similarities came to an end. While she continued working right up until the day before her delivery, I was on bed rest at sixteen weeks. While she grew larger, I turned into a blimp, gaining more than twice as much weight and outgrowing even my largest maternity clothes. Her delivery was attended by her husband, her doctor, and a nurse, in a private room; my delivery was attended by my husband, my doctor, a nurse, and thirteen additional medical professionals in a very large operating room. My friend's baby went home with her the next day; my babies stayed in intensive care for twenty-nine days.
Three Times a Baby After the babies were home, she complained about lack of sleep and leaking breasts. I was having these problems, too, but to a much greater degree. When she went back to work, finding day care was relatively easy for her, while for me it was a terrible ordeal. When she wanted to go out, it was not very difficult to bring her baby along. When I wanted to go out with the babies, plans had to be made days in advance and help had to be enlisted (at least until the babies were big enough to ride in their stroller).
Three to Cheer For Needless to say, I started finding it harder and harder to relate to her situation, or to that of most mothers of singletons. That was part of the reason I wrote this book about the first year with our triplets, Christopher, Katie and Jimmy Hall. Having multiples is a wonderful experience, but it can leave you feeling isolated and overwhelmed. I wanted to let people know that finding out you're pregnant with twins, triplets or more is not the end of the world.
More and more people are surviving and enjoying this miracle every day. A few tips from parents who have been there can help make the journey much easier.
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Book Description Twins Magazine, 1997. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0965544222