There are many beautiful anthologies available today; some about death and loss, others about postpartum depression. Many of today’s anthologies tell stories of parenthood while others explore love and romance.
As mothers of multiples – Megan with seven-year-old triplets and an 11-year old big sister, and Alison with fraternal twins and two older boys, our worlds revolve around raising children; in particular, multiples. When we were pregnant with multiples, we were terrified: how would we raise more than one baby at once? We scoured bookstores and Amazon looking for any resource we could about twins and triplets, but found few books that were helpful.
We always wondered why there wasn’t an anthology that spoke to moms and dads about raising multiples: a collection of shared stories that could make us laugh or cry, and most importantly, stories we could relate to in our unique new world of twins, triplets and more. A book that could cover us like a warm comforting blanket when days got dark, or could make us laugh hysterically as only a mom of multiples could relate to. A book that offered a wealth of advice for new moms trying to make their way in the demanding world of raising multiples. We then set forth to create one.
Fellow writers and bloggers, we met though writers’ communities on Facebook. Even though we live nearly 13,000 miles and many time zones apart, we are coming together to build a community for parents of multiples with our website, Multiples Illuminated as we continue to collect wonderful essays from moms and dads of multiples to fill our book and the site.
What can you expect from this unique anthology Multiples Illuminated: A Collection of Stories and Advice from Parents of Twins, Triplets and More? Our on-of-a-kind book will dive deep into the world of raising multiples with beautiful, (sometimes humorous) stories and helpful advice. You can expect tales of how the general public views multiples, a mom’s reaction to finding out she’s pregnant with twins, how moms of multiples divide their time, and many more.
With this book, we hope to give parents of multiples what we couldn’t find – a book and a community where you can feel less alone, get practical advice, and truly enjoy and bask in being a parent of multiples.
Megan Woolsey is a writer and mother of triplets plus a big sister. She lives in Northern California with her large brood and her amazingly supportive husband. She authors the blog, The Hip Mothership, which she began while eating copious amounts of Jello on hospital bed rest pregnant with triplets. Her writing appears in Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Mamalode, BLUNTmoms, Bonbon Break, Role Reboot, Great Moments In Parenting and Erma Bombeck’s Writer’s Workshop. She has an essay published in the hilarious anthology, It’s Really 10 Months Special Delivery.
Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison is a former blogger (Writing, Wishing), and her writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and DrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).