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Double Time: How I Survived - And Mostly Thrived - Through the First Three Years of Mothering Twinsby Jane Roper
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What do you do when you find out youre pregnant - times two?!
When Jane Roper found out she was pregnant with twins, she searched high and low for a memoir of the first years with multiples, but came up empty-handed. Four years later, she wrote the book she wished shed had as a new mother of twins.
Double Time is an entertaining, up-close and very personal look at Jane Roper's first three years raising twin daughters. From trying to get pregnant to processing the idea of twins, from round the clock feedings and diaper changes to the joy of watching “twinteractions” between her girls as their (very different!) personalities emerge, Jane tells all. Meanwhile, she struggles to keep a history of depression under control—and find answers when her symptoms get worse. All this while falling steadily in love with her duo as they grow from sleepy newborns to mischievous toddlers with a penchant for potty talk.
Full of warmth, honesty, occasional advice, and more than a little humor, Double Time is a smart and engaging account of the first three years with multiples, as well as a refreshingly candid and vulnerable look at parenting, clinical depression, and the quest for work-family balance. Its Jane Ropers memoir, but its one that will resonate with countless women—especially those parenting in double time.
"In this addition to the 'momoir' subgenre, Roper recounts the ups and downs of raising twins while coping with depression. In 2011, Roper-author of the Baby Squared blog on the hip parenting website Babble.com-published her debut novel, Eden Lake, whose gestation also features prominently in the memoir. Her honest and funny take on an often frantic life with twins ('Outside the confines of your home, you will almost always need someone else with you, to play man-on-baby defense.') make the slog of raising babies amusing and memorable. Quotidian activities like grocery shopping, nursing, play dates and placating epic tantrums-each obfuscated by a factor of two-become exercises in endurance for Roper and her singer/songwriter husband. Interspersed with the expected trials and triumphs are vivid descriptions of Roper's depression (of which she has a long history), and various attempts at treatment, providing a sobering contrast to her entertaining descriptions of her twin's antics. Though she occasionally lapses into lazy language (e.g., 'And sure, a baby clips everyone's wings. But mine felt clipped-er.'), Roper ultimately succeeds in making the story of a new mom feel fresh and engaging. "
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Becoming a mother is rarely what you expect.
Jane Roper never expected shed have twins—or that theyd be such a spirited twosome. She didnt expect that finding the right balance of work and home would be so tricky. And she certainly didnt expect shed grapple with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder during her daughters toddler years. But she also didnt anticipate just how much joy, laughter and self-discovery motherhood would bring.
Full of warmth, honesty, occasional advice, and a generous helping of humor, Double Time is a smart and engaging account of the first three years with multiples and a refreshingly candid and vulnerable look at clinical depression. Its a memoir that will resonate countless women—especially those parenting in double time.
About the Author
JANE ROPER writes the popular Baby Squared blog on Babble.com and is the author of Eden Lake, a novel. Her writing has appeared in Poets & Writers, Salon, Slate, and The Rumpus, among other publications, and she holds an MFA from the Iowa Writer's Workshop. Jane lives in the Boston area with her husband, singer-songwriter Alastair Moock, and their twin daughters.
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