Yes, sir, that’s my baby: my new memoir, Double Time: How I Survived — and Mostly Thrived — Through my First Three Years Mothering Twins. It’s about my pregnancy, my twin parenting adventures, my struggles with severe clinical depression, and my quest for work/life balance (as if there’s such a thing.) I’ve included some quick excerpts from the book below, along with some photos from way back in the early days. (And there’s also a chance to win a free copy.)
But before all of that, there’s something important I want to say.
And that’s a great, big, perhaps-awkward-but-nonethless-sincere bear hug of a thank you. Yes, thank YOU. My readers. (As well as the good folks of Babble.) Because if it weren’t for this blog, and the wonderful sense of community and support (through good times and bad) and virtual friendship it has brought me since Elsa and Clio were mere months old, I never would have written Double Time.
I wouldn’t have had the courage to share my story, particularly my depression story, so publicly. And I never would have understood just how important it is for us — all of us, no matter how many kids we have or even if we have none at all — to share our stories with and listen to each other. Honestly, thoughtfully and with empathy. With the occasional LOL-worthy joke thrown in. It’s what you give me in your comments here and over on Facebook, and what I always try (sometimes more successfully than others) to do in my writing.
Because having that sense of connection with each other makes us all stronger, better and happier.
And, you know, on a more practical level, if it weren’t for this blog (which, again, wouldn’t be here if you didn’t actually read it!) I wouldn’t have had dozens of blog posts to go back and look at to jog my memory: when the hell did we start giving them solid food? When did they drop their second nap? What was going on in my head when they were one, two, three…? (I promise, though, that the book is NOT my blog in book form. There are, however, a few anecdotes that I also wrote about here.)
Anyway, thanks. Truly. Especially to my long-time readers. (You’ll find another shout-out in the book’s acknowledgment page). And thanks in advance to those of you who buy the book or get it from your library or tell your friends or family about it. I hope you like it, and would love to hear what you think.
AND, if you leave a comment below now through Monday (May 14), you’ll automatically be entered to win a free copy of the book! When leaving your comment, please use the email you want me to contact you at in the comment form. (And, good news for all my readers in Bangladesh, Madagascar and North Korea: your copy can be shipped anywhere in the world!)
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Check out DOUBLE TIME, my memoir of parenting twins, battling depression and chasing that ever-elusive work/home balance.
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