Mom to Mom
"I'd always thought I'd go into labor naturally, be given all the drugs I wanted, and out would pop this wrinkly baby. My 34-hour ordeal was definitely a surprise... I finally asked for an epidural 32 hours into the labor, but the baby came so quickly after that that I felt everything."--Lisa Ernst, Limerick, PA
Pick out a special outfit to dress your baby for her homecoming. Be sure to choose a top that will give her umbilical cord, part of which will still be attached, extra room.
If you're feeling antsy and cooped-up at home, take a slow stroll around your neighborhood to clear your head and keep your body moving. Some women claim walking brings on contractions; no one knows for certain if it works, but it can't hurt to go outdoors.
Give far-flung friends and relatives a way to help by asking them to be on call when you're under stress and need a lift. You won't have much time for long phone conversations, but you'll feel less isolated and alone if you know a supportive listener is just a lift of the handset away.
Be sure to explain to your firstborn where exactly you will be and how long you'll be away once it comes time to deliver. He may worry about when he'll see you again and if you'll be okay, so shower him with lots of reassurances, and let him know that he'll hear from you as soon as the baby arrives.
Get support from other moms of twins through the National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs. Check to see if there's a local chapter and when their next brunch for new parents is scheduled.