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  1. Cori

    I still think Irish Twins would be harder! With twins they’re going thru the same stages together, it may suck at times but they are on the same “schedule”. But with Irish twins you have a newborn AND a toddler who are in two different stages!

  2. Amy

    My older son is was 10 1/2 month when my twins were born. I was on bed rest with the twins at 23 weeks, when my son was just 7 1/2 months old. So I never really got to spend a whole lot of time with just 1 childdoing all the things that you can do much easier with 1. It’s a ton of work, but like the quote above “Being a mother is hard work period!” no matter how many children you haveor how far apart they are it is hard work. I have to say though, I love having my kids so close in age now that they are 2 and 3.

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  4. Great post! My girls are also 14 3/4 months apart and ever since they were toddlers (they’re now 4 and 5) people assumed they were twins. They look a lot alike and were same size for a while to my older one had a huge growth spurt. They are tough but I’m sure real twins would be harder.

    Yeah they were at two different stages and so didn’t always nap at the same time but twins aren’t always at the same stage or on the same schedule. Parents try of course but they are still individual people I know. Plus although my older one wasn’t that much older, she still could do some things for herself (walking, feeding, drinking, playing a bit etc.)

  5. Kat

    As a mom of Irish twins I would have to say real twins are harded. My babies are 11 1/2 months apart. Right now they are 17 and 5 months and I am loving it. I don’t care about diapers and sleep at this point I just love watching them grow up together. To see how fast Gem fell in love with her brother was amazing. It has be those moments where I see all that joy in her that just make this so much fun. Im not sure where your from but in NY I can’t go shopping anywhere without tons of people stopping me to ask about my kids. If they are both mine seems to be a favorite question, not my favorite but hey. Another one I get alot and cant stand is “So where is her Daddy?”, as he is standing there with our son. I mean really people. Sometimes i see why though my Gem looks just like her mama and Ace is a carbon copy of Daddy.

  6. Sam

    Hi
    I have Irish twins 11 months and 1 week apart
    I’m sure twins would be harder as you have a baby that kinda has a routine in place by the time the newborn comes along
    Only thing is the lack of sleep
    And yes how different each child is my first so easy laid back
    My Secound omg omg omg also was and still is my most strong willed and very independent and headstrong as a baby and as a toddler
    And bloody oath it is hard work but hey I wanted to have kids so I guess you take it all the good the bad and the outright want to tear your hair out moments with toddlers

  7. J.J. O'Malley

    Apparently you are a younger and more fragile parent. Practically none of your observation apply to Irish Twins born in the late 50′s early 60′s My brother and I are 10.5 apart. At that time there was no two of anything, older child slept with the parents and dad worked all day and weekends No car seats or basinets. No time for breast feeding you were bathed in the kitchen sink and wore cloth diapers which you were out of at 12-15 months. Do a little research or watch Mad Men before you start postulating!

  8. Twinpossible

    No, I didn’t grow up in your era. I a very sorry that you have different experiences and views. No need to bash the author. Everything stated here is from personal experience and fact..not fiction. Parts of your comment made zero sense. Guess that’s the age thing to. God bless.

  9. Jaye

    I just had a baby in January and I’m expecting another one next January. I’m super nervous and overwhelmed by the thought of having 2. I can barely handle the first one :)

  10. I have the answer

    I will tell you the hardest situation is having a set of actual twins followed by the birth of an “Irish twin” a year or so later! My father turned 50 a few months before my sister and I were born the summer of1965. Not wanting to waste any time, my parents had another child in August of the following year. Having 3 children myself, who were born 2 years apart and who are all now teenagers, I really don’t know how they did it.

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