Sarah Jessica Parker on the 'Privilege' of Raising Twins

12/21/2009 at 06:00 PM ET
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When Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick — already parents to 7-year-old James Wilkie — set out to expand their family, they got their wish and then some!

“We didn’t want twins but we wanted a bigger family and this is what we got,” says the mom to twins Marion Loretta Elwell and Tabitha Hodge, 6 months. “It’s a blessing, it’s a thrill, it’s a privilege but it couldn’t be more different.”

Noting that just one baby “is daunting in the beginning, with all the paraphernalia,” Sarah Jessica adds,

“It’s shocking. The diapers, the ointment, the bottle, the pacifier, the baby blanket, plastic bags so you’re not leaving a dirty diaper at someone’s house or a restaurant, God forbid, wipes, baby Tylenol. The list goes on and you need it all, it’s not a joke. Times two.”

The addition of the twins has made the couple — married since 1997 — more efficient parents, however, approaching outings “like a military operation” and keeping the girls on a strict schedule.

“Otherwise you’d be either feeding or changing 24 hours,” Sarah Jessica, 44, points out.

“Honestly it’s funny. It’s comedic. There is so much organization and advance planning that happens…Plus we have a seven-year-old and he has needs too though they’re different. The bag is lighter.”

Citing H1N1 fears — “[the twins] are too young to get the shots,” Sarah Jessica says — the family of five has been sticking close to home, but it’s only temporary. “We travel a lot as a family,” says the Sex and the City star. “I relish the idea of being in a different place.”

Source: PopEater

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Betsy on

Not sure when this interview was, but they can indeed get the flu shots because they are over 6 months old!

Jess on

I don’t care if it’s legal, there’s no way I’d let my infants get a flu shot. She’s right, they’re still too young.

urbanadventurertales on

Mine are 20 months and didn’t get the flu shot!
And she’s very right about keeping them on a schedule. That’s the key to staying sane with twins…keep them on the same schedule!

ritter on

she sounds sweet. I agree, stay away from the flu shot, especially h1ni vaccine. I feel this way based on studies of the vaccines, plus the results of people tested for the flu when they had flu-like symptoms.

CelebBabyLover on

Jess- I think the reason babies can’t get a flu shot before they’re six months is because the shot has not been proven to be safe for babies that young (and possibly there hasn’t been any testing at all on babies that young), not for legal reasons. 🙂

Sarah M. on

I nanny for a 14 month old who has Hepatitis A. That puts her in the high risk category for H1N1 being worse for her than for the ‘normal’ 14 month old. She got one, I got one (due to the fact that I’m with her full time), her parents, brother and grandma all got one. I think it depends on the circumstances on whether a younger child should get it or not. And I definitely agree with waiting at least 6 months before a child is able to receive it.

Heather on

I find it funny to read this one, as we have the same situation. I have a 9-year-old daughter and twin 6-month-old boys. Their needs are both so different, but you need to make sure you’re taking care of the older’s needs as well as the babies. And keeping the babies on the same schedule is so important! And you need a really really big diaper bag to go anywhere! You get to be a pro at making sure it’s packed properly.

Mama Llama on

One thing that I really like about SJP is that she always speaks so positively about her children. I think it’s very “trendy” to complain about parenthood and all that it entails, but she is usually the opposite, and I really appreciate it. (Not that I think she is deluded or trying to paint an unrealistic picture, but that she is mindful of not verbally trashing her family.)

CelebBabyLover on

I also meant to say in my previous comment that I am in one of the higher-risk categories for H1N1 (I’m under 24), and I didn’t hesitate to get my shot when my town held an H1N1 vaccination clinic about a month ago. I’d much rather get a shot that you barely even feel (and that carries mostly very minor risks) than get H1N1! 🙂