What I didn't expect was just how much attention we would get. I have to be honest, I didn't get the attention and unsolicited belly rubs from strangers that I was told to expect when I was pregnant so I sort of thought maybe the twin attention thing was more talk than reality.
I couldn't have been more wrong!!
Yesterday we ventured out to The Grove/Farmer's Market for lunch and to take my computer to the apple store (to make sure I didn't ruin it by spilling breast milk on it). This is a very popular and touristy place in LA so it's always pretty crowded. We live in walking distance so it's a nice easy way to get out of the house with the babies without the hassle of getting them in and out of the car. As we sat eating at some outdoor tables, I think about 90% of the people who walked by made some sort of comment about twins. "Look twin babies...awwww". Some actually stopped to talk to us (and not just about us) and ask questions. It's really weird to hear everyone who walks by make comments about you. One older woman just stood behind me and stared into the stroller at them. One woman with 6 year old twins told us it really does get easier. SH said he saw a Japanese tourist take a picture of us. (Really? That is just weird).
We have gotten comments and questions before when we have gone out, but yesterday I felt a little bit like a side show. It felt like everyone we passed was whispering about us. I really don't understand what all the fuss is about. I was sort of in shock. SH had to laugh and said "welcome to my world". He has been dealing with this his entire life and I am just now understanding that. His brother lives in another city so I don't witness them being out in public together all that often. I had only seen very little of how fascinated people can be with twins - especially identical twins. I am hoping because Paige and Riley are fraternal, and so far look quite different, that it won't be as bad for them as they are growing up. I want them to feel like individuals and not like some sort of attraction. I guess managing this is just an extra challenge to raising twins. I think it's definitely helpful that their father is a twin and can understand what they will deal with everyday.
This is all very new and weird for me, but it's not really a bad thing. It will be hard for me because I don't really like talking to strangers. I guess I'll have to learn to be better at that. Learning to be a little more open is probably good for me.