Beyoncé reportedly gave birth to her twins earlier this month, and even Queen Bey could probably use a little advice on raising two newborns at once. So we asked one of the most fabulous mothers of twins we know what she would tell Beyoncé as she begins her journey with her newborns: The Real Housewives of Potomac's Gizelle Bryant, who is mom to 11-year-old twin daughters Angel and Adore, as well as 12-year-old daughter Grace.
Gizelle recently told The Daily Dish that Beyoncé may have experienced a bit of a shock when she reportedly brought her twins home, even though she already welcomed her first child, Blue Ivy Carter, five years ago. "Beyoncé would be used to just bringing one home, and that’s a whole other thing. Bringing twins home is a disaster. And it’s a beautiful disaster, but you don’t see the beauty until, like, two years down the road," she said. "So I would recommend that they keep them on a schedule. Like, when one wakes up, you have to wake the other one up. When one eats, the other one has to eat. Like, that’s the only way I survived. You have to force them to be on the same schedule."
Gizelle said that the experience can be "overwhelming," especially when you have another little one at home to take care of. "I’m sure Beyoncé’s still trying to give Blue Ivy some love, but she’s gotta give these two new babies love. She’s one person, she doesn’t have 18 hands; she just has two. And she’s trying to manage three little people that all require all of her. It’s a lot," she said. "So you’re not necessarily sleeping. Even though I know Beyoncé has help, I’m sure she wants to be highly involved, like I did. I had a bunch of nannies, but it all really relies on the mom. At the end of the day, these are your kids. They’re not the nanny’s kids. So, when they’re up at night, you kinda wanna check on 'em. So you don’t have any sleep. You haven’t probably eaten. You’re just mad, and you just start crying for no reason. I get it, been there."
When Gizelle's twins were just babies, her eldest daughter was only 2 years old. Gizelle would also go on to divorce her then-husband, megachurch pastor and activist Jamal Bryant. "So it was like I had three kids under the age of 2 in my house, crying and needing diapers and milk. And love. Yeah, I was done. It was a wrap for me," Gizelle shared. "That was actually the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through."
And when you're only one person, it can be difficult to make sure that you're giving both twins individualized attention as they get older, according to Gizelle. "Yes, I was always nervous that I wasn’t gonna be able to give them all the love that they require, just because I’m one person," she explained. "But God has a way of making sure that you are able to give all the love that your child requires, even if you have 14 kids at one time. So just enjoy it."
But raising twins is far from always being double trouble. "Like right now with my girls, we’re having so much fun, and it’s so great," Gizelle gushed. "And they have each other, like when they go off to school, I am comforted by the fact that they have each other, and they’re looking out for each other. So I always have, like, another set of eyes out there even though I’m not with them."
Even though Gizelle's dating life is in full swing these days, and she hasn't ruled out getting married again, she made it pretty clear how she feels about the possibility of more children in the future. "Are you crazy? No. Gizelle’s never having another child, ever again. No, never," she said. "I’m past that stage. I’m enjoying my kids. I could never see me going back to, like, milk and not sleeping. Yeah, no, uh-uh, not doing it."
Go inside the Bryant family home, below.
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