Kristen Henderson and Sarah Ellis are the authors of Times Two: Two Women in Love and the Happy Family They Made. They recently spoke with Feminists for Choice about their book, their family, and same-sex marriage.
What inspired you to write Times Two?
We thought it was a great opportunity to show that our family isn’t so different from any other family. I think the more stories out there like ours will help shift public perception and hopefully break down barriers for everyone.
You were both pregnant at the same time, and describe the experience as “producing double the hormones, double the morning sickness, double the cravings, and have double the ups and downs.” Can you talk a little bit more about what it was like to go through pregnancy together?
The one thing that you can count on with Kristen and me is that we are so different. Kristen is rock n’ roll and I’m your good corporate citizen. That same opposition riddled our pregnancy. We collectively had pretty much all the side effects listed in the pregnancy books: heartburn, carpel tunnel, hemorrhoids, migraines, etc., but we didn’t share any of them. If I had heartburn, Kristen had carpel tunnel. We also had different opinions on epidurals, finding out the babies’ genders, and how to decorate the nursery. Some days our dual pregnancies felt like an episode of The Odd Couple. It made for some hilarious moments in our pregnancies. [Read more...]