A Twinnie Birth Story

A Twinnie Birth Story

It had been a very stressful few weeks with my body beginning to fail. I’ve had gestational diabetes, obstetric cholostasis, massive fluid retention and suspected pre-eclampsia but I am very proud to announce that my 2 beautiful baby girls arrived safely via a planned sunroof exit at 38 weeks and 4 days.

I have felt no end of guilt for the final few weeks as I’ve barely been able to move from the sofa. My two lovely boys have watched ridiculous amounts of television and entertained themselves beautifully and for that I am forever grateful. They have meant these last few stressful weeks passed as easily as possible. I’ve promised the boys that once Mummy was better she would try and be a proper Mummy again.

My plan was never to have a c-section but nature has a strange way of telling you to do something for the best. I was absolutely heartbroken when we went for our final scan and twin 1 was still flexed breech. I remember the snotty, sobbing mess I became in my consultants office. Not a good look! All along we had planned a breech delivery of both twins but now number 1 had her knees out, our plan went out the window. She was not budging!

I came home and got straight on Facebook to my Mummy friends looking for words of reassurance. They all spoke really positively about c-section and how I didn’t need to feel like a failure. It can still be special.

After my initial heartbreak at needing a c-section, I am pleased to report that I really enjoyed the experience. That sounds really strange as it’s such a major operation but, it’s true. My consultant could see how upset I was and planned to give me as natural section as possible. I had my husband with me the whole time which is a good job as I’m terrified of needles and was not looking forward to the spinal. He held my hand and tried his best to distract me while the job was done.

Twin 1 (also known as the problem child for being the cause of my c-section) arrived straight onto my chest where I got my first cuddle of her while they cut her cord. The plan had been to give me a few minutes with twin 1 before her sister made her big arrival but my placenta had other ideas. It started to come away so twin 1 was quickly passed to Dad before a second slimey baby was placed on my chest. At just 2 minutes apart and weighing 7lb 5oz and 7lb, my beautiful twins I and L had entered the world.
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My twins never left my side and I’m over the moon about that. Since discovering we were expecting twins, my biggest fears had been premature arrival and stays on special care. I gave birth to 2 average size singleton babies, not the scrappy and fragile little twins I imagined. I am so grateful that my body did it’s job and cooked these twins for long enough.

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Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate Brownies

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Ta-dah! The boys successfully made a huge chocolate brownies cake for themselves to celebrate their sisters half birthday!

Recipe (serves 12)
4 large eggs
300g Nutella

Method
Whisk eggs until they treble in size. Melt Nutella until runny then mix into eggs.
Bake at 180 for approximately 30 minutes.

Simple chocolate baking for kids and it tastes amazing. Plus, it’s only around 150 calories a piece!

Happy Half Birthday

Happy Half Birthday

Today the girls are 6 months old. How on earth did that happen so quickly? It only seems like yesterday that these 2 slimey and wrinkly babies were deposited on me and now they are twice the size and starting to get on the move.
These are definitely my last babies and I don’t want any more but, I still feel sad that I’ll never have those first magic cuddles and smell that newborn smell again. Let’s hope I get some nieces and nephews soon!!
So, to celebrate the girls half birthday, the boys have decided they want to do some baking. I have found a lovely 2 ingredient recipe for chocolate brownies that even the boys can’t mess up. I shall be back with the results later!

The Weaning Adventures

The Weaning Adventures

The girls have reached the ripe old age of 6 months so the job that I have been putting off for so long, must now be done!

Weaning 1 child was a doddle. A stressful, messy doddle at times but nothing that couldn’t be coped with! Two children at the same time just fills me with horror. Trails of food going in opposite directions, creating a larger area of destruction plus 2 bodies to get from kitchen to bathroom without dripping on the carpet. I’m hyperventilating just thinking about it.

Every Mums Favourite job – Buying A New Pushchair

Every Mums Favourite job – Buying A New Pushchair

With 3 children under 2, the job of finding a pushchair was always going to be a toughie. Do we try find a triple buggy that’s suitable from birth? Do we go for a double buggy for a twin and the 2 year old plus a sling? Do we go for a double buggy and a buggy board?

Living near the home of Kiddicare meant we could go and test drive pretty much every buggy under the sun. The triple buggy was ruled out straight away. It was far too wide and like driving an oil tanker! Who designs these things??

We looked at several double buggies from Britax, ICandy, Obaby, BabyStyle, Out and About, Phil and Teds etc. The one that we came back to again and again was the Britax B Dual. Not the top rated buggy by twin parents but a winner for us.

It was important for me to have a buggy that you could attach 2 car seats to. This was the only way I could see me getting out the house on my own without spending 3 hours building a pushchair and loading it with babies. I also liked the variety of ways it could be used. I can have both twins on it or my 2 year old with one of the twins.

I’m not one of these parents who thinks one of their children will get a complex if they get the bottom seat on a double buggy. Baby stacking is the way forward!

Britax also did Isofix bases and car seats which when you’re trying to load 4 small people into a car is a massive time saver. I really don’t know how I survived having other babies without Isofix seats! I must have wasted hours of my life belting car seats in!

So, now this enormous hulk of black pushchair resides in my garage along with the ton of accessories that come with it. I cannot wait to try it out!

The First Big Purchase

The First Big Purchase

It’s been 3 days since we found out we were expecting twins but the day has come to look at making the first purchase for them and it’s a big one! It’s something we have been speaking about for nearly a year but with buying our new house, we never had the money. We can put it off no more, it’s time to buy a bigger car!

We have always had fairly small cars and G is a big Ford fan so there was probably only 1 car we were ever going to look at – a Ford S-max. It has 7 full size seats, including the middle one which meant we could get 3 car seats across. This was a massive plus point for us as it meant we only needed to have 1 child in the boot seats leaving us with decent luggage space. When you have a massive pushchair to squeeze in, as well as shopping or bags for a weekend away, you need all the space you can get.

The Golden Beast, which we are now the proud owner of, also has child friendly wipe clean seats which I’m sure will save us in the future! But the biggest selling point – the heated front window! Because who wants to stand it the cold and scrape ice off their window!!!