AND THE WINNER IS: 1. "You've got your hands full"
I can't tell you just how many times I've had this said to me now. Truly, enough already. I can't take it anymore.
However, yesterday a lovely friend of mine in a very similar situation to myself taught me the best response I could give; "yes, they are full, full of love".
The truth is, my hands are full. In fact, they are overflowing. I have 3 small children, and only 2 hands (although I've also found that feet are more helpful than I first thought). Having twins is a handful. Definitely. No denying it.
But the thing I forgot when I was expecting the boys was that they come with a lot of love. And let's face it, if you're going to have your hands full, what better to have them full of than 3 amazing children, who you have the honour of parenting.
But next time, rather than rather obviously pointing out to a no doubt tired parent that she/he has their hands full.... how about you open the door for them, or pick up the sippy cup their child has just dropped, or offer to push one child on the swing while they push the other. It is still the simple things that make a big difference, even to those of us with our hands full.