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Sarah Kate Ellis, a high-powered magazine executive, and Kristen Henderson, a laid-back rock star, decide it's time to start their family. After determining that Sarah should get pregnant first while Kristen works on her band's new CD, they head to a fertility doctor to start the process. But after months of drug treatments, miscarriages, and heartbreak, Kristen decides to start trying, too. That's when the utterly improbable happens: Sarah and Kristen find out that they are both pregnant--and are due three days apart.
Overjoyed by the news that they are both expecting, Sarah and Kristen are also overwhelmed by all that lies ahead. Both have successful, demanding careers. Both have large, close-knit families nearby, including two strongly opinionated mothers who immediately want to be involved with "everything." And both are completely clueless about the challenges they're about to face. They soon realize that none of their previous accomplishments has prepared them for the highs and lows of impending motherhood: not Kristen's stint touring with The Rolling Stones, nor Sarah's march up the corporate ladder in the world of women's magazines.
They go through everything first-time parents-to-be experience--but twice over. They're producing double the hormones, double the morning sickness, double the cravings, and have double the ups and downs. From the start, Sarah and Kristen think of their babies as twins, each woman carrying half of a set. But for two women who've always finished each other's sentences, they suddenly find themselves on opposite ends of the mothers-to-be spectrum, with different opinions on almost everything. One wants a drug-free birth, while the other wants an epidural at the first sign of a contraction. One is dying to know the baby's gender, but the other refuses to find out until she hears the baby's first cry in the delivery room. The difficulties of having two pregnant women under the same roof are multiplied by the legal and social obstacles of being a gay couple. Told from Kristen and Sarah's insightful and hilarious she said/she said perspective, this touching, modern family adventure will entertain, enlighten, and resonate with readers of all stripes.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2011-04-25
- Reviewer: Staff
Ellis and Henderson, respectively the VP of Marketing for Real Simple and a founding member of the female rock band Antigone Rising, detail how they met, fell in love, and felt, for the most part, content with life, but for one thing: they wanted children. While the experiences of their peers leads them to think that it will be easy, they discover that the process is actually much more difficult than they would have thought. When they try to double their odds by both attempting to get pregnant, the unthinkable happens—they do, within days of each other. Despite the ensuing chaos of simultaneous pregnancies, the end result is extremely rewarding. Henderson and Ellis play off of each other well in the book; their differing perspectives makes for an enjoyable read. While their focus is clearly on the pregnancies—and that narrative is solid—they could have spent more time establishing themselves and their relationship outside of their desire to have babies. But readers who share their enthusiasm for building a family will find a lot to like. (Apr.)