Time is flying and the girls are getting so big so quickly – at their last weigh in the other day they’d both made 5lbs. They’re still so teeny but it’s miles away from what they were in hospital. Their legs are no longer skinny and they have little rolls and double chins (sorry girls you got that from me).
I’ve been snapping and filming away with my new Olympus PEN E-PL8 so I can remember everything. It doesn’t matter how hard the nights have been, I’ve tried my best to soak up all the little things and remember it all while they are still so young and small.
Life is so different to how it was before but I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m so lucky because we have a lot of help and now I’m feeling a bit better, I’m enjoying it more. It’s easy to see how if a twin parent didn’t have plenty of support, they could fall into postnatal depression.
Edie, our little twin one who was always the more active on our scans lives up to just that. She has a smaller head than Mabel but is chunkier and she feeds amazingly well – the girl loves her milk, clearly she takes after her Dad. She’s more curious than Mabel at the moment and has these big beautiful eyes… most of the time. Edie also inherited my frown and glare and she lets us know when she’s not happy about something. I shared the funniest video on Instagram Stories when we switched from pre-made milk to powdered during the day and her reaction caused so many laughs.
She hates been swaddled and likes to be free to move when she goes to sleep however we’ve realised she keeps startling and waking herself up. So this week we purchased what we keep joking is a straight jacket for her, a Woombie.We’ve only given it a try the once but she seemed to like it and it even seemed to improve her reflux. Edie also has the cutest hungry cry ever which Jay makes back at her.
Mabel, our tiny twin two is so laid back and lovely. She had a hospital appointment this week which took two hours and with a long car journey there and back, I had been expecting her to cry and twist but she sat calm and quiet the whole time. Jay used to play Ed Sheeran all the time in the car when I was pregnant and Mabel loves nothing better than listening to him.
She loves Edie and stares at her intently when we put them next to each other and she’s just this week started to react more to us. Unlike Edie, she loves to be swaddled and sleeps really well when she’s wrapped up. She also loves the rain and will lie on the changing mat listening to it on the conservatory roof all night if we let her. She makes the most adorable noise when she swallows her food but then sounds like a little old man when she’s been winded.
Things I want to remember about both of them:
- Our walks on the farm. We have bought a Bugaboo Donkey. This lives in the car but we also have a single Silver Cross Pram At the moment, while the girls are still small enough, we put them in together to take for walks in the fields. I’m wanting to get a sling for when they get too big, so I can carry one and push the other, any recommendations?
- How cute and soft their hair is and especially how long at the back it’s getting – it’s dark and thick just like mine and Jay’s.
- This week they’ve both finally been able to sit in their Baby Bjorn Bouncers (they were too small before), which is making life a little bit easier with their reflux as they’re more upright.
- Speaking of reflux both of them pull the funniest faces when faced with Infacol drops
- They sleep really well and go for 3.5 hours most of the time, however because of this reflux issue, it means we’re not getting much rest.
- How small they still are in their tiny baby outfits – Jay tried putting Edie in a newborn vest and we joked ‘she couldn’t go out like that’ because she was flashing. Newborn clothes are way too big still.
- Accept all the help you can get, my mum, mother in law and sisters in law, even my brother have all been amazing help. From teaching me new tricks to staying over on a night for a couple of hours to cleaning my kitchen – it’s made my life so much easier and I’ve been able to enjoy the girls more. I honestly do not know how some twin mum’s manage, you all deserve medals and spa days!
- If you don’t laugh, you will cry. It’s hard work, I’m not going to lie and dress it up but when it’s all going tits up, I’ve found the best thing to do is laugh. Sometimes it even confuses the twins why I’m doing it and they stop twisting!
- There is a whole host of tutorials on Youtube… if you need more confidence tandem feeding or new tricks for getting wind up, youtube it!
- Learn when to say no. I never wanted to be a ‘clingy mum’ and I want my girls to be used to being picked up and soothed by different people so they don’t rely purely on me and Jay but we’ve fast learnt that if an influx of visitors turn up and it’s bath and bedtime, for now it just needs to be family or they will refuse to settle.
- An endless supply of chocolate, biscuits, snacks, pop etc to hand is an absolute must. I wish I was as organised as to freeze meals while pregnant to defrost now but I’m not and also who wants to eat frozen lasagna at 3am – pass me the Dairy Milk!
- Buy more than 8 bottles – you will feel like you spend your life sterilising and may break down crying into your fairy liquid filled sink with only a bottle brush for company.