Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Hey, all you avid readers out there...Book Giveaway by Double Up Books

As a mother of multiples, friends who are expecting twins often ask me for advice on what life will be like with multiples (as if they actually expect that I know what I'm doing??) My answer is always, "Your life will be more manageable if you keep the twins on a strict schedule....oh, and a wonderful sense of humor will go a long way as well....you must NEVER EVER lose your ability to laugh at the little things".

I'm nice enough to leave out the part about how you'll need your sense of humor when you're cleaning puke off the carpet for the 4th time in 1 hour (and just as you're done cleaning, the other twin will start puking) or when you've been awake for 24 hours straight with a baby who has colic (and then as soon as you finally get that baby calmed down enough to sleep, the other colicky baby starts screaming, waking up the calm baby....and now you have TWO unhappy, colicky babies).

After Cole and Bella were born, one of my favorite books was "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" written by Dr Marc Weissbluth. Everything I needed to know about sleep issues was in that book. I only felt brave enough to try the CIO (cry-it-out) method with Cole and Bella after reading his book, which convinced me that rocking them to sleep every single night was only doing them a disservice in the long run (and that they wouldn't turn into raging psychopaths 20 years from now because I let them CIO for a few nights).

This week, Dr Weissbluth's book "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Twins: A Step-by-Step Program for Sleep-training Your Multiples" is coming out!! While I loved the first series of this book, I did find myself wishing that he would have written a book completely dedicated to dealing with sleep issues pertaining to twins. Who would've known 4 years later, I'd still be dealing with sleep issues....Garrett and Landon are still transitioning from cribs to toddler beds and now Cole and Bella have been joining us in bed. Needless to say, I'm thrilled that Dr Weissbluth has written this new book!!

Dr Weissbluth's book is the ONLY book completely dedicated to the unique sleep challenges that twins (and high order multiples) may experience. In this book, parents will learn how to implement Dr Weissbluth's step-by-step sleep training program, including how to synchronize your twins' sleep schedule and how to know when it's best for your twins to sleep together or apart.

Another one of my all-time favorite series of books is "Chicken Soup for the Soul". I cannot get enough of these feel-good stories, which often move me to tears and make me that much more grateful for the blessings I have in my life.

For a long time, I had wished that Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, the authors of the series, would dedicate a Chicken Soup book solely about multiples. So imagine how excited I was when I was in the bookstore one day just recently, perusing through the Chicken Soup for the Soul books when I came across "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More" (co-authored by Susan Heim, a mother of twins herself). I must have read the book in merely a couple hours...I laughed, I cried, then I laughed some more, because I could relate to so many of the stories in the book. What I love is that the book focuses mostly on the positive aspects of having multiples....the stories are filled with joy, excitement and inspiration. I felt empowered after reading it.

If you're a mom of multiples (or even if you know someone who has multiples), both of these books are MUST-READS, in my opinion. They are both filled with a wealth of information and encouragement that all moms need.

Shelby Tutty, founder of Double Up Books and a mom of twins herself, has generously offered one of these books for a giveaway (winner has the choice of which of the 2 books he/she'd like to receive). Shelby, a professional book seller, is proud to have the ONLY bookstore specializing in books for and about multiples. Double Up Books will be celebrating their 2nd year anniversary in September 2009 and they pride themselves on their fast shipping and excellent customer service. The best thing about Double Up Books is that they have every book on multiples available that you can imagine....no need to go searching high and low for the perfect book on twins anymore! It's all right there in one place!

So do you want a chance to win one of these books??!! Here's how to enter the giveaway:

Visit Double Up Books and then come back here and leave me a comment on which book (or books) would be on your "must read" list.

For extra entries:
** You must complete the first entry above for other entries to count. Please leave a separate comment for each additional entry.

-- Leave a comment sharing any parenting tip(s) you have regarding children's sleep issues
-- Post about this giveaway on your blog and link back to my blog
-- Add yourself to my follower list (or let me know you are already following)
-- Follow me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway (leave the URL of your tweet)
-- Add my blog to your blogroll (or if it's already on your blogroll, let me know)

This contest ends on Tuesday, June 16 at 12:00 am PST. One winner will be chosen via Random.org and he/she will have a choice between "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More" or "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Twins" (to be sent by Double Up Books). Please leave your e-mail in your comment if it is not listed on your profile.

Oh and today, I'm the featured blogger at the Multiples and More Network Blog! How awesome is the timing, right?! I got a whole twin theme going on here today. I'd love it if you'd stop by and read my interview over there!

33 comments:

Tami said...

All I have to say is, your still #1 in my mommy book LOL.

I remember those sleepless nights, (I still have some even with my 18 year old) You though..WOW.. heh heh. YOU ROCK IT GIRL!
I couldn't do it!

Jenjen @GottaLoveMom said...

I agree - Never lose the ability to laugh at the little things!
In your next visit, I have 2 gifts waiting for you.
Have a great week!

Danielle Atkinson said...

The new HSHHT would definitely be my must read. My girls are coming up on 6 months and we're struggling with sleep around here! My litte IUGR baby is still trailing her sister by 4 lbs and now my bigger twin is teething, so we have multiple sleep issues! I think I'd also like to read "I Sleep at Red Lights" so I wouldn't feel so bad about my crazy life wit twins...hey, it could be triplets!

ps...I've got you on my blog roll, linked to this post from my blog, I'm a follower and my parenting advice is that you have to laugh a little with your kids every day. Even if you feel like crying! Can you tell I REALLY want this book? LOL

Heather Happymaker said...

Those books look spanktabulous! Makes me wish I had twins!

Musings of the Mrs. said...

I'm not here to enter the contest (because I think it should go to someone with actual twins rather than no kids) BUT I LOVED your guest post and wanted to let you know!

newlyweds said...

Congrats on being featured today on MoM. Those books so great and god knows every women expecting twins needs them.

Jen said...

I have read that sleep book too! It is fabulous and how fabulous to have a sleep multiples book.

Kathy B! said...

Fabulous advice! I think sleep issues are some of the biggest problem areas for MoMs. I know it certainly gave me fits!!

I can't wait to check out your interview!

Laura said...

Awesome! I have two sets of twins too. We should make up a secret handshake!

Jenny said...

I don't need any twins books, but I loved "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child". I bet the new one will be a great resource!

monica said...

Cute kids! Thanks for recommending the great resources of books!

Stopping in from MoM's blog

Tabbatha Rose said...

Wow both books are a fabulous addition to our family. So since we already have one set down with the sleeping the other almost there so I think the Chicken soup for the soul would be an excellent read!!

Double the trouble isnt in my vocabulary, more like double the love lol.

Tabbatha Rose said...

I already have you on my blog roll ;)

Tabbatha Rose said...

Ohhh yeah and I follow (stalk) you lol

Sleeping advice, I used CIO with all my kids. It doesnt take long for them to figure out that its bedtime. Some can be more stubborn than others but never give up. When they are screaming you just check on them to make sure all is well, without taking them out. Its more of a judgement thing because if they are really upset I would take them out calm them down and then start over. Two steps forward one step back.

With twins, sometimes its necessary to have 2 cribs. They wont always co-sleep.

Mother of Multiples said...

Another good sleep idea ..that I just did yesterday was to put garbage bags on the windows of the triplets room...makes it really dark...Got another hour sleep this morning....Love your site Helene. I am a follower of yours and you are on my blogroll. The books sound fantastic

Debbie said...

My twins are now adults so I guess I don't need these books anymore! But I did want to say hi and thank you for always supporting those mommies that need it.

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

Cool giveaway. While i don't have twins, my mom has a friend who is having them soon.I am going to recommend these to her!

ToddlerCraft Onna said...

I have a friend who has 3 month old twin girls-I am definitely going to tell her to come check this out!! I think she would love the sleep book!! so if I win, I'll give it to her! The Double up book site is great!! What a great idea and wonderful resource!! I will be sharing all of this with my friend today!!

Oh-and the sense of humor-which clearly you have, absolutely essential part of parenting!

2SetsOfTwins4Me said...

Those books seem interesting.

One of the books on my must read list is

Double Duty: The Parent's Guide to Raising Twins, from Pregnancy through the School Years, 2nd Edition (Autographed Copy) 2nd Edition

Missy said...

I had no idea that there was a Chicken Soup for Soul - Twins & More. I would love to read that and Entwined Lives: Twins and What they tell us about Human Behavior

What a great giveaway!

Missy said...

Hmm, sleeping advice. Well, my girls have always been on a pretty strict sleeping schedule which I believe has helped tremendously. My girls also sleep with a white noise machine - that helps drown out any other noises. My girls go to bed at 7pm and wake at 6am. They also share a room.

Missy said...

I am a blog follower now (Oops, I thought I always have been - Sorry!)

Missy said...

Following you on Twitter too!

Missy said...

And your blog is on my blogroll.

Angela said...

I need to read more psych books for multiples since one of our trips thinks she's a singleton! I'd love to read Twins: and what they tell us about themselves.
Also, desperately need the sleep book since we're 2 vs 1 at night!

Angela said...

I'm a follower! Love ya!

Angela said...

You're on my blogroll!

Angela said...

Ok, Could've combined those, sorry! Reluctantly, I had to let "K" CIO! I still get so nervous when she wakes up that the other's will wake up too. 9 times out of 10 tho they don't even care! And as soon as I separated the babies into their own cribs (which I didn't think I was going to do) then they started sleeping alot longer. We have a "thumper" too and now they all can sleep w/o being kicked!

twinmama said...

I am a follower! :)

twinmama said...

After visiting Double Up Books site, I think that the Healthy Sleep Habits book would be helpful for us. We haven't started transitioning to toddler beds yet, but since it is on the horizon, it would be best to be prepared.

twinmama said...

My number one sleep advice? Fix naptime and bedtime will fix itself. I don't know why it happened this way, but I read another book about sleep habits and the doctor urged parents to establish a dedicated nap time and stick to it. Once our girls started sleeping everyday at the same time through naps (we had to do the cry it out method but it is less painful during the day since you aren't trying to sleep yourself), they just seemed to start sleeping through the night. It doesn't happen quickly - it could take a couple weeks to resolve naptime, but I swear that bedtime became a non-issue after this. Peanut was sleeping in bed with us for a couple months and finally she started sleeping at night and we haven't had a problem since. They were 10 months old when we finally figured this out and now at 28 months bedtime goes well.

Amy said...

Definitely "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Twins" from the Double Up Books. One of my my twin boys is not - and has never been - a good sleeper.I think he may be trying to transition to one nap, but his brother definitely isn't ready.

I also think "I Sleep at Red Lights: A True Story of Life After Triplets" would be great. Because oh, am I ever tired.

Amy said...

Sleep advice: We use white noise (a sound machine plus a fan in the summer). The white noise helps drown out our barking dog - bad pug - and all those other sounds (like a hailstorm this week that hit right after they went down for a nap).

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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