My Twin Pregnancy Story

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My Pregnancy Story

Imagine: it is a Friday evening in London, you have your friend’s 30th birthday party tomorrow in Exeter, you need to pack your costume for the 80s theme and you have this little niggle in the corner of your head that your period STILL hasn’t come along. Ummm. I’m just being paranoid. It’ll be here. It’s just taking its merry time this month. As I had a sip of my Pinot I looked at the golden liquid and thought…maybe I should take one little test just to be sure…?? Oh. My. God. I am actually going to take a test. I took a deep breath and said to Pete: love, I think I should take a pregnancy test, I wont be pregnant, but just to be sure as we’re partying tomorrow night. As the panic started to set across his face I slowly opened the little white stick and went to the loo.

Pregnant with twins. Twin bump.

My Pregnancy Story: Isn’t the human body incredible? I cant believe how much my body changed throughout the 8 months.

I thought I would be in and out in under a minute. However, once I unravelled the epic manual aka the instructions (HOW can there be so many instructions to basically pee on a stick?) I sat and waited for the results to show. Hurry up I thought, so I can get back to my wine.

10 seconds…nothing. 15 seconds…nothing. 20 seconds…nothing. My breathing started to become shallow as I waited for what felt like forever for the results to appear.

‘Pregnant. 2-3 weeks’.

I rubbed my eyes and looked at the test again. Pregnant. Pregnant, pregnant, pregnant. WHAT???? I opened the bathroom door and shouted for Pete. He could hear the panic in my voice and looked at me. ‘You’re joking?’. The test does not lie. Trembling, I searched through the instructions to see how accurate these tests actually were. If you have a ‘pregnant’ reading, it’s basically over 99% certain. Oh. My. Goodness.

Pete actually jumped with joy, he was so excited by the news. If I’m honest I did not. I slid down the bathroom door, looking longingly at my cold, crisp glass of wine and begrudgingly passed it over to Pete to drink (he drank it in one…) I sat there for a few minutes in silence. ‘Aren’t you excited?’ Pete asked. I didn’t know. All I could think about was that there was a living thing inside of me and my body was about to change. I was now home to a little tiny human. Am I healthy enough? Was that sip of wine I had only a few moments ago going to do any harm? Have I eaten enough vegetables? I haven’t taken any folic acid, is that going to matter? My mind went out of control.

Then came the realisation that we were travelling over one hundred miles to Devon in the morning for my friend’s 30th. Oh no…what am I going to do? The reading on the test said 2-3 weeks, so I was far too early to tell anyone about the pregnancy. Also, there was going to be Prosecco. Lots of procecco ahhhhhhh! Boo to missing out on that and now panic over how I was going to get away with not drinking…

As I was staying at my friend’s house over that weekend, I called her (three pregnancy tests later…I just wanted to be extra sure…) to tell her the news. I had to tell someone else I was definitely not going to survive over the next couple of days. Again, like Pete, she was much more excited than I was at that moment in time. ‘Don’t worry, you can drink tonic water without the gin’ she reassured me. Sounds great. Tonic without gin. Whoop. Ummm…I guess it was something I was going to have to get used to.

Twin bump during the decond trimester

Twin bump during my second trimester

I felt like Miss Marple, slyly going to the bar to order a soft drink without anyone noticing (I had never experienced an alcohol-free trip to the pub before. I could now see why). All I could think about was the fact that there was a little fairy growing inside me. It made me permanently distracted. I couldn’t quite focus on anything. EEEEK we’re having a baby..?!

Now, I don’t know about you, but the first trimester feels like FOREVER… Waiting for week 12 to have your scan to confirm that you actually do have a little person inside of you is almost too much to bare! Also you have to hide the fact that you are feeling hideously nauseous and hungry all of the time. I was already starting to show too which made things even harder. Thank goodness for long scarfs and floaty tops.

Fast forward to week 8, we decided to pay for an early scan as I was meant to be travelling to France to help on a school residential, so I just wanted to make sure that everything was ok. Personally, it was the best £90 we have ever spent. The place was quiet, calm, the staff were lovely and it was extremely spacious. I felt at ease. ‘Mrs F, you can come through now’. Gulp. Here we go.

As I laid down on the bed and the sonographer covered my bloated belly with gel my heart started to beat out of my chest. This was it. This was the moment where we were going to find out if we had a little baby growing inside of me. She started moving the ‘thing’ (I’m no medic, I have no idea what that ‘thing’ is called) across my tummy and I think I stopped breathing. I couldn’t take the suspense. The room was silent in anticipation. Our eyes scanned across the screen to see if we could work out if anything was there. Just looked like shadows to me. Finally the sonographer spoke…

‘It’s very good news. There are two heartbeats…’

…huh? Our baby has two hearts?? I don’t u’nderstand.

‘You’re having TWINS!’

Twin bump during the second trimester

Twin bump growing fast

TWINS????????? Sorry, could you repeat that please? Do you mean two babies? As in one, two? TWO BABIES???! Pete went brighter than a tomato and almost fainted from the shock. I burst into fits of laughter and then could not stop giggling for the rest of the scan. There were two little heartbeats. Two little sacs. Two individual babies growing inside me. I cannot even begin to describe what a feeling that was.

But finally, I felt joy. I think it was because it was finally real. It was really happening. Pete and I were going to be parents. But not to one baby, to TWO. Wow. Mother nature, you really had us. I still felt like a teenager and now I was going to be responsible for two tiny humans in a few months time. Wow. Just wow.

What’s Your Pregnancy Story?

How does this compare to your pregnancy story? I’d love to hear how you found out you were expecting your bundle (or bundles!) of joy.

 

 

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Parents Hacks: How To Survive Life With a Newborn Baby (Part 2)

How To Survive Life With A Newborn Baby (Part 2)

As you are thrown into the whirlwind of keeping a newborn baby alive, you will desperately start searching for tips and advice on how to make life that little bit easier. Here is part 2 of my little tips that helped me to get through the first few months of motherhood:

  • Always think ahead of items that you will need in the future and buy them during the sales. I bought our two high chairs and stair gates when the babies were 2 months old, ha! I know it may sound ridiculous, but I know they are items we will definitely need so I wanted to make sure we got them at the best price possible.

  • When feeding twins, once they have strong neck control, you can use one hand to lift one baby up after feeding to allow to burp, whilst the other baby finishes their feed. This is what we like to call the ‘lift and burp!’

Baby twins bottle feeding, the lift and burp

Parent Hacks: The ‘Lift and Burp’. When feeding twins, once they have strong neck control you can lift one baby to burp whilst the other one finishes their feed.

  • CAYG (Clean As You Go). This has literally saved me from living in an environment similar to Jumanji. For example, as I finish changing a baby’s nappy I make sure I have wiped down the changing mat, restocked the nappy bag tin and packed away any stray clothes before I leave the room. This means I don’t have to go back in later to tidy before the next nappy change.

  • No matter how tired I may feel in the morning, I always wash my face and put a little bit of make up on. I found this helped to lift my mood and feel more human. And coffee. Lots of coffee. Ooooh AND dry shampoo. Dry shampoo will be your best friend.

  • Prop baby books across the sofa and put your babies underneath it to keep them entertained

Baby twins underneath baby book. Baby entertainment

Parent Hacks: Prop a book over the sofa and put your babies underneath to keep them entertained.

  • Distraction, distraction, distraction! If I have been holding one baby for a while and I know they’ll probably be grizzly when put back down, I try and distract them, such as making them laugh / singing to them as I put them down into their chair/floor. More often than not, because I’m acting like such a buffoon the baby doesn’t notice that they have been put down. #winning

  • But following on from that last point, please remember that babies will cry! It is how they communicate. So long as they are not hungry, have a wet nappy, cold/hot, unwell or need comfort, they are probably just expressing themselves (in the noisiest way possible…!) Don’t be alarmed. I try and keep myself sane in these situations by singing along with their cries. If you are finding the crying too much, take a couple of minutes and then go back to them. So long as they are safe where they are they will not come to any harm. Then once you feel ready you can go back and continue to distract / comfort / dance / sing through the cries. Good luck!

  • If you need to entertain your babies whilst you have 5 minutes to get dressed / brush your teeth / have a wee… use the washing machine as the ultimate #freebabyentertainment. Works every time for us!

Babies entertained by washing machine

Parent Hacks: Use the washing machine as entertainment for your babies!

 

  • Do not spend more money than you need to on baby vests. Buy the basic ones. No one will see them and I can guarantee that they will be stained with yellow poo. Don’t waste your money on expensive poo catchers. That’s just silly.

    To keep tummy time interesting, use patterned bibs to encourage your baby to keep their head up for as long as possible.

Baby tummy time

Parent Hacks: Use a patterned bib to keep your baby entertained during tummy time.

 

Any Other Tips?

Do you have any other tips or advice for surviving life with a newborn baby? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

 

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Parents Hacks: How To Survive Life With a Newborn Baby (Part 1)

How To Survive Life With A Newborn Baby

As you are thrown into the whirlwind of keeping a newborn baby alive, you will desperately start searching for tips and advice on how to make life that little bit easier. Here are some of my little tips that helped me to get through the first few months of motherhood:

  • As a new parent you need to invest in a coat with big pockets. I mean, BIG pockets. Like, if Narnia did pockets. The amount of stuff you need to have to hand or stash away is unbelievable. My coat pockets currently contain: two baby hats, one oyster card, a pair of gloves, one silencer (aka a dummy), chewing gum, a baby rattle, a credit card and a collection of house and car keys.

  • If you are using formula, pot up your powder into portions for the night feeds. Then at 2.34am you can just tip the powder into the bottles, rather than deliriously counting and then miscounting the scoops. As we have twins and they are on different amounts of formula, I also label them to make sure I know which pots are for which baby.

formula-pots

Parent Hacks: How to survive life with a newborn baby. If you are using formula, pot up the correct amount of scoops for the night feeds so that you are ready to feed throughout the night.

  • White noise will rescue you from any screaming baby. As soon as I put it on we go from ear-shattering wails to silent, sleeping babies. It’s truly magic and works every time. Download an app now!

  • Use the line at the front of the baby’s nappy to see if it’s wet or not. A dry nappy will have a yellow line and a wet one will be blue.

  • If a baby’s nappy has leaked everywhere (and if you’re one of our babies, this will happen often…), pull their vest down over their shoulders rather than over their head to avoid your baby being a poo head. Ha.

  • To stop losing baby socks in the wash, use a mesh laundry bag to wash your socks in. This will stop them from disappearing into the wash cycle, never to be seen again.

  • To stop your baby from being distracted whilst feeding, put a colourful sock / puppet on the end of your finger and hold it up for the baby to look at whilst they drink their milk.

Baby twins bottle feeding

Parent Hacks: How to stop a baby being distracted during feeding time. Put a sock or puppet on your finger to keep them focused on feeding, rather than looking around.

  • To make sure your baby swallows their medicine (this works really well if you have a baby that spits out calpol / teething powder etc) is to give them a little bit, then quickly give them something to suck on (I use my knuckle but you could use a dummy or a bottle) to encourage your baby to swallow. This makes sure that they take their medicine rather than automatically spitting it back out. This works for us every time!

  • To make sure your baby changing bag is always ready for the next outing, replenish it as soon as you come in from your day trip. Almost as soon as I walk in the door, I empty the things that I have used (baby bottles, formula pots, bibs and nappies) and restock immediately. That way, when I need to use it for the next time, I know that the only thing I need to put in it will be sterilised bottles and hot water. Easy!

  • Swaddle babies to help them drift off to sleep. This mimics being in the womb and helps them to feel safe and secure (and they look adorable too!)

Baby twins swaddled to sleep

Swaddle babies to help them feel safe and secure. This mimics being in the womb and helps them to sleep.

 

  • Use your time effectively to complete jobs around the house. Even when I’m waiting for the Prep Machine to fill a baby’s bottle, I quickly put a few items away from the draining board or put the laundry on to wash. This helps to keep the chores to a minimum.

  • Put a small tin on your nappy changing table and use as a miniature bin to hold your nappy bags in place. This way you can hold your baby whilst putting the dirty nappy straight into this tin, rather than trying to shake the nappy bag open then try and wrestle the soiled nappy into it.

Nappy bag bin for a baby changing station

Parent Hack: use a small tin as a nappy bag bin to keep your nappy bags in place whilst you are changing your little one’s nappy.

Any Other Tips?

Do you have any other tips or advice for surviving life with a newborn baby? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

 

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Tips For Mums-To-Be (Part 3: Postpartum)

Tips For Mums-To-Be (Postpartum)

You’ve been growing your little bundle of joy for 9 months, you have been Googling every article to do with pregnancy and birth, but what about when you actually have your baby in your arms and the midwife says: ‘You’re being discharged today, it’s time for you to go home’. What then? I was guilty of spending hours preparing for the pregnancy and birth that I didn’t think much about how I was going to cope with newborn babies. I felt like I should have been vetted or something…’What, so I’m actually allowed to go home…with two babies…do you not want to check that I’m actually capable??’ I felt like I should have had some sort of degree certificate in order to be gifted with such a responsibility. But alas, no. So what tips and advice would I give to someone who has just entered into postpartum?

Newborn baby twins in hospital. One day old babies.

Looking after newborn babies. During postpartum it is really important to take it easy and look after yourselves so that you are able to look after your babies.

  • You must, must must say yes to help. Even if it is to have someone come over for a couple of hours and cook you lunch, bring you milk, do your laundry or let you nap. You are going to be exhausted, overwhelmed and beyond elated. All of your energy will be used up on feeding, changing and just gazing at your brand new baby. Let someone look after all of the other stuff.

  • I wish I had bought some ready made formula as a back up. As I was getting to grips with expressing, I felt massive pressure to pump enough milk for our babies. Having some formula to fall back on would have elevated some stress.

  • It’s normal to check your baby’s breathing. Like, all the time. You are not crazy. Just a new mumma. No apologies needed.

  • Prepare many changing stations or at least have changing supplies around your home. That way you don’t need to keep walking up to the nursery room to change nappies. I did this after day 1. Walking up and down stairs to change nappies every 2-3 hours after a C-section wasn’t going to happen.

  • It is absolutely acceptable to not have guests for the first few weeks if you don’t feel up to it. You have just given birth, you’re trying to fumble your way around learning how to look after a new baby (or more…) and the sleep deprivation will take its toll. Be easy on yourself and see people when you are ready. People are very understanding.

 

Newborn baby twin with sleeping Daddy

Make sure you look after each other so that you are able to look after your babies. Take it in turns to nap when you can.

  • If you brush your teeth once a day and change your underwear, you are winning at life. I applaud you. I remember the first few days I was home, I had stayed in the same pyjamas for 3 days and didn’t brush my hair (poor Pete). Once I had got into the swing of things I began putting on a little bit of make up and stopped relying on dry shampoo to freshen up. This helped me to realise when it was night and day (as you’re awake all of the time you lose track) and to overall feel more human.

  • One tip that literally saved Pete and I from malfunction was taking it in turns or ‘shifts’ to look after the babies. As I was expressing and topping up with formula Pete was able to bottle feed the babies whilst I had a good 3 hours of sleep (you will not believe how grateful you will be for that much uninterrupted sleep…!) and then I would take over. We didn’t see the point in both of us being painfully exhausted.

  • It’s ok to need a break. I think trying to recover from the birth is demanding enough, let alone then being needed by your baby day and night, every hour of every day. If you need a breather, get someone to watch your baby, even if it’s just for a couple of hours whilst you have a little bit of precious time to yourself. A happy mumma means a happy baby.

Do You Have Any Tips To Share?

Do you have any tips or advice about postpartum that you would like to share? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

 

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Tips For Mums-To-Be (Part 2: Hospital Bag)

Tips For Mums-To-Be

In our previous post we discussed  our Tips For Mums-To-Be (Part 1: Pregnancy). Now, approaching the third trimester, every Mum-to-be will be told to pack a hospital bag ready for the birth. Cue the Google search. There are endless lists online advising which items you should pack…but what do you actually need to take with you (apart from the obvious toothbrush and change of clothes)? Below is a list of essential items to pack for your stay in hospital.

 

What To Pack In Your Hospital Bag

  • You will need lots of big knickers. And I mean, REALLY big. After birth, not only does your tummy resemble something similar to a deflated bouncy castle, it will be tender from giving birth, whether that be natural or by caesarean. My high-waisted, three sizes bigger than normal, Primark granny pants were perfect post C-section attire. They sat comfortably over my scar and were big enough to hold in place the pads that I had to wear afterwards (I didn’t realise how much you would bleed post-birth). The great thing with having cheap knickers is that if they do get stained you can just chuck them away.

  • Which brings me onto my second point: you will need to wear thick pads after birth. Yes, the hospital will provide you with some (but they are similar to 3 stacked Ryvitas all bundled into one…) so I preferred using my own ones that had wings to make sure they stayed in place.

Polka dot weekend bag

What to pack in your hospital bag

  • Large, or better still, maternity clothes to wear home. I am sorry to break the news but your amazing body has grown two babies for many months, it’s going to take a while to shrink back down. The reality is you will leave with your bundles of joy…still looking like you’re 6 months pregnant. Be easy on yourself, you have just created a miracle (or two!).

  • Wet wipes / face wipes, lip balm and moisturiser to freshen up throughout the day. Helps you to feel more human.

  • A sleep mask. Hospitals are always brightly lit so if you can block it out so that you can rest for a few precious moments in between the 2 hourly feeds then do it.

  • Take a pair of slippers to use around the ward. It’s common to have to wear extremely tight socks after surgery to avoid blood clots. These are so long, it’s good to have something on your feet to avoid slipping around.

  • Music and magazines in abundance to break up the day.

  • A purse with lots of change for the car park and vending machine.

  • Lots of dried snacks such as breakfast bars, raisins and oat cakes and drinks such as cartons of orange juice to help keep your strength up.

Oliver Bonas multicoloured bird make-up bag

Remember to pack your hospital bag in advance so that you are ready if your little bundle of joy decides to make an early arrival!

  •  Hospitals do have breast pumps that you can borrow but I wish I had taken my own in so that I didn’t stress about getting one when I needed it.

  • Pack LOTS of breast pads! I bought disposable ones at first, then moved onto reusable bamboo ones…so…soft…

  • You must must must use nibble balm after every feed. Let’s just say, if you don’t…you wont make that mistake again.

  • Write a list of people you would like to contact after you have given birth. It might sound a bit like crazy organisation but it is so helpful when you are so distracted by the new babies, hormones, sleep deprivation and adrenaline.

  • Baby sleep suits, baby vests, mittens to stop your babies from scratching themselves (if not already attached to the sleep suits), baby hats, tiny nappies, nappy bags, wet wipes, nappy cream, baby blankets and coats to wear home.

  • Some people like to also take a ‘going home outfit’ for the babies to wear. Cute for the photos.

 

What Were Your Essential Hospital Items?

Are there any items that you could not have done without during your hospital stay? Which were your hospital must-haves? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Tips For Mums-To-Be (Part 1: Pregnancy)

Tips During Pregnancy

If I could go back and give myself some advice about what pregnancy would be like for me, these are the things I would say:

  • Make sure you spend time preparing lots of different things to eat as snacking will become your favourite hobby. I used to watch the clock to see when I could have my next nut bar or cheese sandwich. You are keeping two babies alive, you need to eat.

  • And linking to the first bit of advice, you will experience thirst like you can’t imagine. You’ll go from being happily hydrated to desperately hunting down the nearest tap as your mouth turns dryer than the Sahara. Carry a large water bottle with you.

  • Which leads into point number 3…you will need the loo. All. The. Time. It makes you question whether you could get away with wearing an adult nappy as you stumble towards the bathroom for the 23rd time during the night. Afraid I have no solution to this one.

  • The once heavily relied upon little black dress will become redundant to the garment god that is the stretchy black leggings. I may have worn mine every single day throughout my pregnancy. So comfy to wear over your growing bump (confession time…I may still wear my maternity ones now…no judgement…)

Pregnancy bump in the second trimester with twins.

Second trimester twin bump. This was the stage of pregnancy where I had energy to prepare for the twins’ arrival.

  • Google will be judging you. Random questions will pop into your head at 2.43am, such as ‘will my twins grow a third head if I eat a slither of soft cheese / unwashed lettuce leaf / caffeinated drink’ and you will have no choice but to google it to check. Don’t worry, everyone does it.

  • Pack your hospital bag ahead of time. No one wants their partner to be fumbling around trying to pack baby sleep suits and your granny knickers whilst you’re leaking everywhere and contracting hysterically.

  • Read blogs and review sites to see what baby essentials are ACTUALLY essentials and then start buying. Don’t make the same mistake as us and end up with 40 muslin cloths (I still don’t know how that happened…)

  • Make sure you are aware of all birthing options. The name birth ‘plan’ is a bit misleading. More like a birth ‘maybe you could give birth this way if nothing else happens, but even if it seems all is going to plan it will probably still change…so probably best to expect anything…’ Of course it is important to write down your wishes on how you would like it to go, but don’t expect it to go that way just because it says so on a piece of paper. I didn’t quite appreciate what a major operation a C-section was, especially an emergency one, let alone the actual recovery time. Research, research, research so you are prepared. Knowledge is power.

TfL baby on board badge

TfL Twins on Board! badge. Research is vital when preparing for a new baby, let alone two!

  • Research all feeding options. Even if you are certain you will breastfeed, learn about formula, how to prepare it and how to sterilise bottles. Our babies had to have formula at first as I was in theatre for so long, so not only did Pete not have a clue what he was doing with two brand new babies, he also had to try and feed them this alien milk powder.

  • Also learn how to use the breast pump BEFORE the babies arrive. Because guess what? Once they’re here it’s a little late. Your babies are not going to curb their hunger and patiently wait for you to sit down and casually read the instruction manual on how to make your sucking contraption thing work. They. Will. Scream. And. Scream. And. Scream. AND Scream. Read and learn beforehand. (More information on how I went about Feeding Twins in these previous posts).

  •  Learn how to use your baby monitor before they arrive. You will not have the ability to work out how to make the over-priced walkie talkie work once your babies are here and have kept you up for the past 72 hours…

  • Stock up your freezer by batch cooking meals during your third trimester. This will avoid you suffering from starvation (or at least malnutrition) during the newborn phase. Pete and I couldn’t string a coherent sentence together, let alone make a decision on what to eat. This literally saved us in those first few weeks. And it gives you more precious time to spend with your new bundles of joy. Everybody wins!

Any Other Advice?

What tips would you give to someone who is expecting a little one? If you could go back what advice would you give yourself? Let us know in the comments section below, we would love to hear your thoughts.

 

 

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Guest Post: 21 Things I Wish I Knew Before Having Twins

Guest Post: 21 Things I Wish I Knew Before Having Twins

Any new parent-to-be will want to know everything there is to know about looking after a new baby. And if you’re expecting more than one baby…then there’s even more reason to search for baby tips and advice.

As a new parent stumbling through the darkness of learning how to look after a newborn (or two!), we all would like to push that magical button and travel back to give ourselves a heads up of what we were signing ourselves up for.

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Twinkins have done just that. They have put together a list of:

21 Things I Wish I Knew Before Having Twins.

Go and check out what tips and advice they would give themselves before having twins. How does it compare to what advice you would give yourself as an expectant mother?

 

What Tips Do You Have For A New Parent?

What things do you wish you had known about before having babies? Do you have any advice that would you give to someone who is expecting a baby? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

 

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What To Pack In A Baby Changing Bag

What To Pack In A Baby Changing Bag

Are you a new parent feeling overwhelmed about how to get out of the house with your new bundle of joy? Do you want to know what baby paraphernalia you will need to take with you? Or perhaps you’re parents-to-be and are trying to get your heads around how you would organise yourselves when adventuring out for the day. Well, not to fear as in this post I’m going to share with you my tips on how to pack a baby’s changing bag.

Whilst we were in our new born haze and cabin fever reached a peak we finally decided to brave the outdoors (when I say outdoors, I mean go for a 10 minute hobble and then straight back again…the joys of having a C-section). However once I’d built up my strength we decided to actually go out for longer…which would mean feeding the babies too….gulp!

Now, any new parent will understand the anxiety that goes with preparing to take a baby out and have to feed and change it. What do I need to pack? Apart from everything?? You have no idea where to start because you don’t actually know what you’ll need. At first I would look like I was preparing for a long haul flight with how much I’d take out with me. Now, after many attempts, I think we’ve finally got our heads around it and can now get our bag ready in under 10 minutes.

As we have twins I have to pack double of some items, however the list below can also work for one baby, just take off some of the extras.

 

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How to pack a baby changing bag. Do you wonder what items you need to pack into your baby’s changing bag? Follow this list to find out all of the essential items you will need.

 

 

Items To Pack Into A Baby’s Changing Bag

Here are my tried and tested tips on how to successfully pack a baby’s changing bag:

  • One flask of boiling water and one flask of cooled boiled water for the formula feed (it was so much easier when I was expressing breast milk as I could just quickly heat it and serve, whereas formula needs a little more preparation…so I was very grateful for this tip from a friend). This way I can make sure the formula powder is mixed with the boiling water first to kill any bacteria, then top up with the cooled water so that it is at drinking temperature (no one wants to wait for a baby’s bottle to cool down whilst they’re decibels perforate one’s eardrums…) so this works well.

  • 4 pots of formula powder. I always take enough for two feeds for the babies, you never know how long you may be out for! I always like to be extra prepared.

  • 4 sterilised bottles. I use the MAM self-sterilising bottles which are fab (I have written more about our experiences of using self-sterilising bottles in our Formula Feeding post)

  • A couple of emergency ready made milks

  • Bibs and muslin cloths

  • Two spare sleep suits and two vests (for those delightful poo explosions that only make an appearance when we’re out and about…)

  • Nappies, wet wipes, hand sanitiser and nappy bags. These are all stored in my travel nappy changing mat. This is very useful when you cannot find anywhere to place your baby down to change them

You may have noticed that each item is packed into a zipper bag and then kept in my rucksack. Having the items in separate bags help to keep things organised and nothing gets lost. I also prefer to carry everything in a rucksack as it leaves me hands-free (an essential when looking after two babies!)

I am sure that this list will adapt as the babies grow (I am already considering adding calpol and teething gel to this list with all of the tears we have recently had, bless them).

 

What Are Your Essential Baby Changing Bag Items?

What do you pack in your baby’s changing bag? Are there some items that I haven’t mentioned that you just could not do without? Let us know in the comments section below!

 

 

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Baby Haemangioma: As Cute As A Strawberry

Baby Haemangioma

The NHS website explains: ‘About one in every ten babies has a haemangioma. They are more common in girls, in premature babies, low birth weight babies and multiple births, such as twins.’

Beatrice is a girl, tick. Beatrice was premature, tick. Beatrice had a slightly low birth weight, tick. AND, guess what, she is a twin…tick. Bingo. Full house. So, I guess it was no surprise that she started developing a haemangioma.

When Beatrice was born all I can remember thinking was that she had the cutest little face and the biggest blue eyes. Yes, she was a little crumpled and covered in a strange substance, but she had been sharing a watery home with her twin brother for 8 months…so no surprise really. To us, her and her brother Francis were perfect.

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Baby haemangioma. ‘A haemangioma is a collection of small blood vessels that form a lump under the skin. They are sometimes called ‘strawberry marks’ because the surface of a haemangioma may look a bit like the surface of a strawberry’ (NHS Website). You can see the beginning of the strawberry mark here on Beatrice’s right nostril. It starts as a tiny red mark, but will then grow rapidly over the next few months.

 

What is a Haemangioma?

A haemangioma is a collection of small blood vessels that form a lump under the skin. As it creates a red, bumpy effect they are more commonly referred to as ‘strawberry marks’. Although not obvious at first, once they appear, a haemangioma will grow rapidly for the first three months. It is uncommon for a haemangioma to grow after 6-10 months of age, when it will have a ‘rest period’ before starting to shrink. They can grow anywhere on the body, but are very common on the face and neck.

We noticed straight away that Beatrice had a tiny pinkish mark along her right nostril, but we just assumed it was a small birth mark. It looked quite cute actually. It made her unique.

However, as the first few weeks went by, we noticed that this tiny pink mark began to grow and change in colour. At her 6 week check up our doctor noticed it straight away and remarked: ‘Oh, she has a strawberry’.

A strawberry? A what?

We were completely unaware of what this was and what it would mean for Beatrice. The doctor, who happened to be specialised in dermatology, explained that we should be prepared for it to grow quite rapidly in size over the next few weeks, with the reassurance that it will eventually disappear in time.

 

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Baby haemangiomas will grow rapidly in the first few months. Around 6-10 months it will have a ‘rest period’ and then will begin to shrink. It is important to keep finger nails short and smooth to avoid damaging the skin of the haemangioma.

 

 

How Do You Treat a Haemangioma?

As haemangiomas eventually disappear in time, treatment is not usually needed. The skin is extremely delicate from the protruding blood vessels so it just needs looking after. It’s important to make sure that finger nails are kept short and smooth to avoid any potential damage to the skin. (I think it is necessary to note that if a haemangioma is knocked and begins to bleed, medical assistance should be sought after as it will most likely bleed profusely).

However, in cases like Beatrice’s, extra intervention was required.

As the weeks went by, we noticed that not only was the mark growing outwards, but actually inside her nostril too. This concerned us greatly as it seemed to be closing it over. This threw us newbie parents into a state of panic as young babies are only able to breathe through their noses…and one of Beatrice’s was closing over…! Scary.

Fortunately, our doctor assisted us in getting treatment quite quickly. Although we have been referred to the hospital (and am awaiting for the appointment), we have been able to start treatment now. We have been prescribed a beta-blocker (which have shown to shrink haemangiomas) to apply to the strawberry twice a day. We began her treatment at the beginning of this year. Although it will be many months before real improvements will be obvious, we feel really reassured that Beatrice has started her treatment.

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Haemangiomas normally disappear by the age of 7 years of age and therefore do not require treatment. There are some cases however where treatment is needed due to the placement of the mark.

 

Living With A Haemangioma

Having a child with a haemangioma has been an interesting experience to say the least. Beatrice has the most fabulously fierce personality. She completely knows her own mind and will be sure to let you know what she wants! (which is so interesting as her brother is the complete opposite: placid and calm).

I have never wanted her strawberry to define her. Yet when people meet her for the first time, it is an elephant in the room. You feel obliged to explain what it is as you see people’s eyes curiously scan over her bumpy, red mark. I don’t know if this sounds weird but I feel more awkward not mentioning it and then people feeling a little unsure whether to mention it themselves. So I find it easier to say what it is so it’s out there. It’s a strange feeling of making others feel at ease. Once it’s mentioned people are obviously very understanding and I think appreciate you doing so.

The oddest experience I have had with Beatrice’s mark is having strangers approach me in the street to ask what it is. Yes. You read that right. Odd, isn’t it? I think so anyway. I used to be really sensitive about it but have learnt to let it go over my head. I think people are just genuinely intrigued by it. I guess this also highlights although haemangiomas are quite common, not many people are aware of them. If we can use this as an opportunity to help educate people about them then I guess we will have done a good job.

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We do not notice the strawberry mark anymore. We only see her beautiful, cute little face with her gorgeous blue eyes. Although I guess her haemangioma makes her fabulously unique.

 

What Are Your Experiences Of Haemangiomas?

Do you have a child with a haemangioma? Are your experiences similar to ours, or do they differ? We would love to hear from you. Get in touch using the comments box below.

 

 

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Life With Twins

Life With 4 Month Old Twins

Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of having twins is like? Would you like answers to questions such as: ‘How do you manage with twins?’ ‘What time do you feed them?’ ‘How often do twins sleep?’ ‘What activities do you do with two babies?’ Well lucky for you, in this post I shall be giving you all a wonderful insight into what life is like with twins.

As the twins are now 4 months old, things are starting to get a little bit more exciting for us. Now, I don’t mean to sound like the last 3 months haven’t been the most whimsical (N.B. They haven’t. I’m tired (understatement), I haven’t washed properly since I entered into my third trimester (have you SEEN how big I was??) and no amount of caffeine or Benefit can cover these bad boy eye bags. I am in a constant state of delirious deja vu: feed feed, nappy nappy, change change, sleep sleep…) Fabulous.

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A day in the life of having twins. Do you wonder how to cope with having twins? The most important thing to do is to keep them on the same schedule. That way you can do the same job at the same time.

 

However now that the twins are a little bit older, they are able to stay awake for more than 20 minutes at a time. This means we can fill up our time with things other than the obvious (that’s if I have the energy…our babies are still feeding all through the night…zzz).

Entering into month 4 was exciting because I could see we were starting to get into a somewhat daily routine. Now, if you haven’t already detected from my last posts, I am a stickler for organisation. Give me a Paperchase planner and a bunch of post-it notes and I’m happier than a postpartum mumma devouring her first glass of chilled Prosecco (well, maybe not quite as excited as that, but you get the picture). I felt like I had some control over what we were doing in this existence of new born delirium. So, here is an overview of a typical day living with twins:

Our Daily Routine

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How to cope with twins. I make sure I feed them at the same time so that they are on the same schedule. Sometimes I even have to burp them at the same time too!

 

Morning

  • 5/6am: First feed of the day. This is delightful because even though I want to stick pins into my eyes as I’m SO TIRED from feeding throughout the night, I am always greeted with slobbery, gummy smiles. All the feels.

  • Nappy change and then back to sleep (not always, if they wish to prolong my sleep deprivation)

  • 9am: Feed, followed by tummy time. They hate this. Literally hate it. They used to just lie there like dead fish. Now their movements resemble something similar to a drunken seal… This drama is then followed with another nap. Twin tip! Always put your babies down to sleep together so that they get used to each other’s noises. That way, they are not disturbed if one becomes grizzly, the other will sleep through it

  • 10.30am: Wake up and time to play with the play gym. It’s wonderful to watch them using this. I have really seen the difference from month 3 to month 4, where before they didn’t have the coordination to do anything with it, now they are able to understand cause and effect: I kick, the monkey wobbles, I smile.

  • *At this point of the day I would start packing the baby changing bag, ready for our afternoon walk. This means boiling water for the formula feeds, decanting formula into pots, sterilising bottles, checking there are enough nappies etc. This helps to make the afternoon run a lot smoother.

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How to go out for a walk with twins. I wear one twin using a baby carrier and then push the other twin in the pram. This makes getting around much easier.

 

Afternoon

  • 12pm: Feed and then out for a walk for the afternoon. YOU NEED TO DO THIS otherwise you will go mad with cabin fever. Yes, this is definitely the hardest part of the day in terms of organisation. Having babies means you are constantly on a time limit, planning in when their next feed is going to be. This means as soon as they have finished their 12pm feed it’s go go GO out of the door as quick as we can as to cram as much in as possible before their next feed strikes.

  • 3pm: (Another!) feed, more tummy time, before they gang up and torture me with the dreaded witching hour. Which, by the way, is a big fat LIE because some days we have witching afternoons. (Do not fret…I have another post about how to survive witching hour coming up in the future!)

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    How to feed twins at night. Have you wondered how to bottle feed your twins during the night? Use curved cushions to keep the babies safely in place so that you can feed both of them at the same time.

Evening

  • 6pm: This is the part of the day where I really do feel like a human conveyor belt. Once I have fed them, I bath one baby whilst the other one sits in the bathroom with us waiting for their turn. I quickly moisturise the first baby, pretend I know how to do baby massage (you just rub the cream in, right?), put them into bed…then it’s onto the next baby. Once both babies are in bed I read them a story, say good night and leave them to settle down to sleep.

    *Don’t be fooled. The twins settling themselves down to sleep at bedtime has been achieved through endless nights of repeating this routine until they learnt that it meant bed time. It doesn’t happen over night so don’t be disheartened if your little one isn’t quite there yet. Routine, routine routine!

  • 10/11pm: Night feed in their cot (using curved cushions, see my earlier posts about feeding twins) and then straight back to sleep.

  • 2/3am: The painful night feed (I CANNOT wait for the twins to drop this feed. I have been reading up on how to help babies sleep for longer. Not. Working. Yet. I still have faith that we will get there in the end (but for now, I live with a large black coffee permanently in my hand…)

  • 5/6am: Aaaaand we do it all over again!

Of course this overview doesn’t take into account the surprise poo explosions or projectile vomit parties. But what it does give you is a little taster into how we fill up our time with our two bundles of joy. I will be interested to see how this differs in a couple more months time.

 

What’s Your Routine?

Are you a new parent? How does your daily routine compare? Let us know in the comments section below!

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