After the first few days at home with our twins, we were adapting well to our new lives. We established new routines and everything was falling perfectly into place. And that’s when Megg uttered the words that I wasn’t expecting to hear for another few years, if at all.
“I want another one.”
I got up to refill her glass.
Oh, another baby? Not another glass of water?
I thought she was crazy, pure and simple. We were up to our necks in baby responsibilities and another baby would surely put us in over our heads.
But, as crazy as she sounded, she was making a few valid points. We were doing well with two, so one more wouldn’t be too much, right? People who raise newborn twins can do anything, in my opinion. Anything.
She has two siblings, I have three, and she explained that it was nice to have two siblings, rather than just one. That’s what she wanted for our children too.
I said that it would be nice, but let’s just see how this goes. I secretly hoped she would just forget about it. It’s probably her hormones talking.
I mean, everyone who we spoke to, including strangers, had made it clear that we would not have anymore children.
We heard every line possible:
“One boy and one girl? You’re so lucky!” Yes, we are.
“That’s a ‘rich man’s’ family.” Yeah, but we’re not rich.
“Oh good, they’ll have someone to play with.” Or fight with.
“An instant family. Now you’re done.” Is this China? Have we reached our quota?
And the most common of all…
“You’re done, right?” You tell me, Fertility Fortune Teller.
But once the babies got a little older, and things became easier, I mean, manageable, the idea came up again.
We love every second of our new life and the babies were becoming more fun, engaged, and capable each day. The idea of a third (not third and fourth) was becoming easier to imagine. We’ve talked about the idea more lately and Megg explains that time is flying by and she wants to be able to enjoy this all over again.
Maybe another two months of waking every three hours at night to feed the babies will change that, but I really doubt it.