Photo Credit: Christopher Polk/Staff/Getty Images
Tia Mowry knows a thing or two about twins -- which is exactly why she's glad she's got just one bun in the oven. As one half of the duo who rivaled the Olsens for scrumptious twin cuteness in the 1990s, the erstwhile Sister Sister star -- along with twin sister Tamera -- knows the bond is unbreakable, the love is unstoppable, and the work for mom is, well, never-ending. That's why Mowry recently admitted she breathed a sigh of relief when she discovered she's carrying just one baby, a boy due next month.
"I am so relieved I am not having twins," The Game star, 32, wrote in a guest blog for Parenting.com. "I am extremely hormonal now with one baby, so could you imagine double the hormones? That spells double trouble already. To add to the pot of extra hormones, instead of breastfeeding one, you are breastfeeding for two, bathing two, hearing two babies cry at the same time, you get the picture."
I certainly do. Like many women, the idea of raising twins pretty much petrifies me. It's not that I wouldn't love them, it's just that it sounds so exhausting. I have just one child, my 14-month-old son Jack, who is an absolute joy but also on the extreme end of active. It's a full-time job making sure he doesn't run into traffic and ingest something deadly. Managing two Jacks at the same time? Umm, pass the Valium, please!
My friend Liz admits she had a fear of twins. That is, until she became pregnant with twins herself. Now entering her third trimester, the babies will join big brother Luke, 2, which means mom and dad will have three kids under 3. To me, that sounds terrifying, and it was to her, too -- until reality kicked in to calm her fears.
As she put it, "While I was totally freaked out when we first found out we were expecting twins, as the weeks go by, I get less so. I think at the beginning I was mostly freaked and only a little excited, and as time passes, I have become mostly excited, and only a little freaked."
I have a funny feeling Mowry would have felt the same way if she ended up becoming pregnant with twins. When it comes to our kids, we ladies have an amazing capacity to tap into reserves of energy we didn't even know we had. But still, it's hard to blame this famous twin for being happy she's got just one baby on the way. It certainly seems less daunting to ease into motherhood, one child at a time.