This post is probably going to be a bit of a ramble… I’ve been trying to write it for a couple of weeks now (as the girls are actually closer to seven months) but something always happens that stops me. Whether that’s one of the girls wakes from a nap early, or work calls or getting to the bottom of the washing pile seems somewhat possible so I decide to do that instead. Something always seems to happen or need doing more than writing this post.
The past six months have gone by in a complete utter whirlwind, yet the days seem to pass by so slowly. I can’t say I’ve enjoyed every second but I can say I wouldn’t change it for the world. Being a twin mum is really hard work but it’s not as bad as people made out to me that it was going to be prior to the girls arriving.
Edie and Mabel turned six months old on the 22nd of December and between now and the last update I wrote things have changed so much. I’m almost scared to write things down or say them out loud sometimes for the fear that I’ll jinx it but we are in a really good routine, one where I feel confident that the girls are happy and they sleep really well. Since my last update post, we survived the four month sleep regression, started weaning (using our new Oribel highchairs which we were kindly gifted – another post on these soon), both girls started sleeping from 7pm – 7 am and I threw their dummies out the window!
In terms of physical appearances, they haven’t changed much! They’ve put on weight of course and their hair has finally started to grow but their eyes are still blue. Edie has started to roll onto her side and they both can now sit up with support.
Things I want to remember:
- How they hold hands all the time! No matter how far apart they’re put, they seem to find a way of wiggling back together again and holding hands. If one of them is a bit twisty, the other will often stroke the side of their head. I thought at first this was a bit of a fluke but when you see how flighty they are with their hands normally and then they turn very gentle – I don’t think it can be.
- In December, Edie began sticking her tongue out all the time. She would do it non-stop and ruined any photos of her smiling. Thankfully she got over this within a couple of weeks but Mabel has now also just started doing it. Perhaps this is one of those odd developmental milestones that no one ever talks about or it might just be my two?
- I mean this in the nicest possible way but it does make me smile when one sneezes or pumps and scares the other. They do a starfish style jump and the best shocked expression I’ve ever seen!
- The look on their faces when we went into Toys R Us for the first time. We had a last minute Christmas shopping trip and I’d been wanting to go have a look at light weight strollers / pushchairs to take on holiday with us this month… both girls were really twisty but the second we walked in, it was like they knew where they were and their faces lit up! If you follow my stories on Instagram then you’ll have seen a hilarious picture of Mabel in a mini.
- The faces they pull when eating new foods… so far we’ve only tried broccoli, carrot, turnip, parsnip, sweet potato and peas – the best reaction going to broccoli (as pictured)!
- There’s swings and roundabouts to babies sleeping through 7pm – 7am. Short naps. As they develop, I know their sleeping habits will change but it’s really hard to get anything done when they don’t have decent naps. Beggars can’t be choosers though!
- Not something I’ve necessarily learnt but I wish we’d done more tummy time in the early days. They are really strong and developing well but they dislike been on their stomachs still and I think this is purely down to the fact I didn’t do enough.
- Everyone’s an expert! From the lady on the tills in the supermarket to the random person in the street, no one seems afraid to stop a twin mum and offer their advice. I smile politely, thank them and move on because I don’t feel the need to have my babies on three solid meals a day with puddings, nor do I feel the need to dream feed them when they don’t want or need it… etc etc the list goes on. Instinct is best.