My Birth Story (Part 1)

My Birth Story (Part 1)

My birth story. Something that many people have asked about. And the one subject I haven’t really explored on my blog. Not because I don’t want people to know about it. It just wasn’t a straight forward, picture perfect experience, so it seems a bit of an effort to retell really (but then who does have a straight forward birth story anyway? It’s not like the stork delivers a baby like you’ve primed it and requested next day delivery…) So I guess my story will add to all of the other fabulous, strong women who have endured this crazy adventure into motherhood.

I decided to work as far as I could to my due date so that I would spend as much time as possible with my newborn babies. As if I had planned it (you know I like to be organised), I said goodbye to my fabulous work colleagues on the Friday, bought the last minute baby items over that weekend, finally finished the whole of Gossip Girl on the Monday and  had the twins’ surprise arrival on the Tuesday. I’d say that was pretty good planning.

Twin bump during the second trimester

I chose to work as close to my due date as possible so that I could get as much maternity leave as I could with my babies.

I was 35 weeks plus 5 days when the twins were born. Let me take you back to that time. It was a Monday, my first official day of maternity leave. It was a strange feeling not getting up to go to work, although I must admit, by that time my body was so exhausted carrying two little ones that even breathing was strenuous. So I tried to take it easy. Nap when I needed. Ate when I was hungry. It was now a waiting game.

I remember cooking dinner for Pete as soon as he arrived home from work. It was a typical evening. We sat together, ate dinner, chatted about the day, tidied up and went to bed. The third trimester is an extremely frustrating period as you can never get more than 2 hours sleep at a time due to your poor bladder being forever squashed by your growing bump. As I was getting up every couple of hours to use the bathroom, it meant that Pete was also woken up every two hours. So sleep really was a treat for us.

2.45am I woke up for the 4th time that night to use the loo. As I got into the bathroom my tummy didn’t feel right. Maybe it was something I ate at dinner? That’s when it happened. The moment that you’ve been waiting for throughout the whole of your pregnancy. The sign that your babies are on their way. My waters broke.

Oh. My. Goodness.

It was like I went into ultra efficient mode. I called for Pete, who came stumbling across the hallway in a sleepy state, not knowing what to do. I remember distinctively saying as he fumbled around trying to tap the hospital number into his phone: ‘I am going to be really bossy now, ok?’ Of course the poor thing had no other response than ‘Yes ok’. As soon as he got off the phone to the midwife I started giving the first instruction: ‘Right Pete, you need to get dressed’ ‘Next, please can you make sure my hospital notes are in the bag’ ‘Can you top up my water bottle for the journey?’ the instructions went on. As I brushed my hair (I know, I’m vain, even when I’m about to give birth…) and finished dressing I remember looking around our bedroom one last time thinking: This is going to be the last time we step into this home as a family of two. Totally and utterly bonkers.

We stumbled into our uber, sat in the back holding hands and giggled to each other. This was so surreal. I was surprisingly really calm as I wasn’t having any contractions (lucky for Pete I’d say). With it being just after 3am, the streets were very quiet so the drive was very smooth. When we arrived at the hospital we had to wander the hallways trying to find the right ward. We went up to one floor, realised that wasn’t the correct one, so had to hobble my way back down to the floor below (remembering that my waters had actually burst so I really needed to see someone quiet urgently).

top-surface

I wanted to make sure that everything was ready and prepared for the twins’ arrival.

Eventually we found the correct ward, took a seat and waited to go in. There was a young girl and her boyfriend also waiting to be taken in. She was having regular contractions bless her and her poor partner had no idea what to do. He just paced the floor, nervous sweat dripping from his forehead, obviously wishing for a midwife to appear soon to save him (and obviously his girlfriend) from this ordeal. I know it’s us women that go through the labour but I do feel for the partners who have to stand back and be a spare part, not having the slightest idea on how to actually be helpful. I felt for them. Surprisingly we were actually taken through first, it seemed having twins gives you a free pass.

The hours went by and many different midwives, doctors and consultants came to speak to us. After having a scan they explained that although Twin 1 (we didn’t know the gender) was in the head down position, ready to be delivered, Twin 2 had decided to wedge their feet underneath Twin 1’s head, therefore creating a blockage (can you guess which baby was Twin 2?). So delivery by cesarean section it was.

It happened to be an audit day for the hospital which meant there were no scheduled operations in theatre…so we were able to get gowned up and taken straight down.

Oh my. We are actually going to have babies…like RIGHT NOW. So, so surreal. I don’t think I processed it really. Pete and I just went along with what the doctors were telling us to do.

That’s when we started walking down the corridor towards the theatre room.

Here we go.

Find out what happens next in Part 2, coming up next week!

 

What Was Your Birthing Experience?

What was your birthing experience like?

 

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Snapshot Sunday: Daddy Cuddles

Snapshot Sunday: Daddy Cuddles

Welcome to Snapshot Sunday! The blog post where I share a fabulous photo that captures our experiences of raising twins.

Daddy cuddles are the best. Here is Beatrice at only a few weeks old enjoying a snuggle with Pete. Don’t you find it’s watching your partner with your little ones is the best feeling in the world?

Daddy cuddling baby twin

Daddy cuddles are the best.

What Is Your Favourite Photo?

Do you have a favourite photo of your little one with someone else?

 

 

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Quick Fix Friday: How To Stop A Baby Rolling Over At Night

Quick Fix Friday: How To Stop A Baby Rolling Over At Night

Welcome to Quick Fix Friday! The blog post of the week where I share a tiny tip that has helped me survive with my baby twins. Sometimes, in the delirious, sleep-deprived haze, it’s the little things that stop you from snot crying over spilled breast milk (do you REALISE how long it takes to express that stuff?? Anyway…).

Here is my tiny tip of the week:

How To Stop A Baby Rolling Over At Night

As a parent, after a few months you finally start to feel like you kind of know what you’re doing. Routines start emerging and you know your baby’s cues. That is until they grow a little more, change the way they are doing things or learn a new skill. Then it’s back to the drawing board in search for the new solution.

It’s funny how you are pushing for your baby to meet the next pending milestone and then when they actually do it, you instantly regret it. We experienced this feeling last week, where Beatrice had finally learnt how to roll over onto her tummy. The bad news was that 1. She actually hates tummy time, so being on her front was not fun, and 2. She did not know how to roll back over onto her back. Problems.

Although I went from being a mumma who could leave her 5 month old twins on the floor and drink a ‘hot’ cup of coffee (lucky, I know) overnight I became a yoyo…up, down, up, down, turning Beatrice back onto her back as she wailed louder than a banshee as she miserably flapped on her tummy like a poorly seal. Now, I didn’t mind it because it is all a learning experience for her and she needs to struggle a little bit before she can actually turn herself back around. But what troubled me was bedtime. What if she rolls in her sleep? Will she be able to turn her head enough to breathe? What if I don’t hear her on the monitor? Worry, worry, worry.

That was when many lovely followers from our Foxfairy Twins Instagram Page suggested rolling up a towel and positioning it under the sheet like a ‘0’ so that she fitted in the middle. This way it would stop her from being able to roll onto her tummy. And guess what? It worked! So a massive, massive thank you for your help. You guys are the best 🙂

young baby yawning. bedtime routine. a day in the life of twins

How to stop your baby from rolling over at night.

Do You Have Any Tricks?

Do you have any little tricks that have helped you with your little one?

 

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Bedtime Routine For Baby Twins

Bedtime Routine For Baby Twins

If you have a new baby, you’re probably wondering what a typical bedtime routine looks like. If you have twins, I am sure you are even more intrigued by how others are surviving. This is my experience of a bedtime routine with twins.

If you follow my Foxfairy Twins Instagram stories you’ll know that sleep has been a tricky area for us. When you’re surrounded by young babies that sleep from 7pm – 7am (yes, I actually have a friend whose baby actually does sleep that long. Not bitter in the slighted) and endless information and guides which will advise you on how long a baby should sleep for, it’s no wonder this subject can be frustrating for a parent.

However I did understand that establishing a bedtime routine early on was crucial to getting more sleep (for me and the babies). I personally love routine. It makes me feel like I have some idea of what I’m doing. So I was happy to start introducing this into our day.

Our Bedtime Routine

6.00pm:

Our babies have their last bottle of the day (we feed and then bath them so that they do not associate needing to be fed in order to get to sleep). Once the twins have finished having their milk I run the bath (my full post on How to Bathe Twins goes into more detail about how we do this with two babies) and then get out all of the items I will need and set it out ready on the changing top. This includes: two sleep suits, two vests, nappy changing items, coconut oil/lotion and a towel (I use one towel between the two of them…they each only use up half a towel as they’re still quite small).

 

How to bathe twins on your own: Preparation is vital! Before I bathe the babies I always make sure I have laid out all of the things I will need so that I am ready. Two sleep suits, two vests, nappy changing items and a towel.

How to bathe twins on your own: Preparation is vital! Before I bathe the babies I always make sure I have laid out all of the things I will need so that I am ready. Two sleep suits, two vests, nappy changing items and a towel.

6.20pm:

Choose one baby (normally the one who seems to be in the happier mood…although at this time of night that’s pretty tricky…) to strap into a baby seat and put them into the bathroom / just outside of the bathroom. I do this to watch over that baby whilst I’m bathing the other one. (Of course you would never leave a baby on its own in the bath, but having the other one near to you helps to keep them calm whilst they’re waiting to be bathed). I also try and set up something to keep this baby entertained, such as propping up a book for them to look at, or placing them in front of the mirror so that they can look at themselves.

Twin baby entertained by sitting in front of a mirror

Bedtime Routine: how to bathe baby twins on your own. I keep one baby entertained whilst I bathe the other baby. Putting them in front of a mirror works rather well!

I then take the first baby into the bedroom, take their clothes off, wipe around their nappy area, dispose of their nappy and take them into the bathroom, ready for their bath.

I begin by testing the water with my wrist to make sure the water is at the right temperature. I then lower the baby into the baby bath seat (we used a baby bath to begin with as they were so small, but ours have now grown out of it so we use a seat instead) and leave them to settle into the water for about half a minute. At first the babies would just lie there like dead fish, not moving at all. But now they kick their little legs and smile. It’s adorable.

Once they have settled into the water, I wipe the baby’s face with a flannel and then pour water over their body and then use a baby soap/body wash to wash their neck, underarms, fingers, Michelin thigh rolls and in between their toes (You would NOT believe how dusty babies get under their necks and in between their fingers and toes. At one point it looked like I had let them play inside the Dyson hoover…oops). Then rinse off.

I then move onto washing their hair (or heads in our case…still waiting for the hair to sprout) and really scrub behind their ears…it gets really gross behind there. I have also recently discovered the magic of Lucy Bee Coconut Oil for cradle cap. Francis had a bad case of it, but after coating his scalp with the oil after the bath, it has now almost completely cleared up! Amazing!

6.30pm:

I then take the baby out of the bath, wrap them up and take them to the nursery where I’ll quickly cover them in lotion or coconut oil, put their sleep suit on and tuck into bed. Once both babies are in their cot I will read them a quick story, say good night to them and leave them to settle down to sleep.

Mum reading to baby twins. Baby twins bed time routine. reading to babues

It is never too early to start reading to your babies! Such a lovely activity to spend with your little ones as they wind down for bedtime.

I love this routine as it helps the babies to settle for bedtime. They will now fall asleep as soon as they get into their cot. At first I followed this routine every day to teach them how to wind down for the night (I know this goes over the bathing recommendations, but I really wanted to get the babies into a bedtime routine. I just made sure I hardly used any soap or lotion to prevent their skin drying out). Because we have been consistent with this, we now only need to bathe the babies every other day and they still continue to settle well. On their non-bathing nights I will still cover the babies in lotion/oil before putting their sleep suits on. I am sure they now associate this smell with bed time. As I have practised this over the last few months, I can now get them both fed, bathed and into bed in just under an hour!

What Does Your Routine Look Like?

What is your bedtime routine like?

Looking for more twin inspiration? Browse our other twin topic pages from the links below, or come and say hi on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. We would love to hear from you!

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10 Reasons Why I’m #RockingMotherhood

10 Reasons Why I’m #RockingMotherhood

The #RockingMotherhood tag had been doing the rounds for a few months now ever since the lovely Pat at White Camelias published a post listing 10 reasons she was rocking this motherhood gig. It was such a popular post she started the tag so that other mums could celebrate their wins too.

I don’t know about you but as soon as I typed the title of this post I felt a little uncomfortable. Although I’m extremely flattered to be taking part in this link, as a parent I think it’s incredibly hard to acknowledge the things that you’re doing well. Parent anxiety, mum guilt, the constant battle of how to spend your precious time with raising your children, spending time with loved ones, working, keeping up with domestic chores, making sure the bills are paid etc etc all make it extremely hard to feel like you’re actually even capable of doing a half decent job (you can read my Life With 4 Month Old Twins post to get a better insight into my daily antics).

However, as I look at my mutha.hood pin and my Yesmummum affirmation cards I think to myself: Actually, we should celebrate what we ARE doing well. Positive minds make for a positive life. So here I am, giving myself a gold star and a high five to the things that make me go ‘WHOOP! I’m doing a great job’. So thank you Alana from Burnished Chaos and Aleena from Mummy Mama Mum for the tags.

rocking motherhood. why we are rocking motherhood. how to look after twins

Normally with these sorts of things I think it’s best if you ask the people who are ultimately making this judgement of you. From the mouth of babes and all that. Although Beatrice and Francis are not yet able to talk, I think if I asked them what makes mummy good at looking after them, here’s what they would say:

Mumma is #RockingMotherhood Because…

  1. You are always smiling, even though we keep you awake at night and poo on you. We like it when you smile because it makes us smile too.

  2. Although you may be tired you always try to make sure we are entertained.  Even if it is just putting us in front of the washing machine so that you can have 5 minutes to wash our baby bottles. Don’t worry, we’ll get our own back when we don’t find it entertaining anymore and you have to find a different appliance to put us in front of. Ha. (Read our 21 Activities for Babies for more inspiration)

  3. You give us so many kisses and cuddles every day. This is definitely better than any toy or game. Thank you for making us feel like the best babies in the world.

  4. You are very brave. We know we are a handful, especially when you need to feed us both out of the house. But you can now do it on your own. Well done mummy! We hope we are just as brave as you one day.

  5. You make us giggle and laugh with your crazy dancing and singing. Thank you for not worrying about looking like a fool to keep us happy.

  6. You are fabulous at multitasking. If one of us needs cuddles and the other one needs another feed, you are somehow able to do this plus wash up, put the laundry on and start cooking dinner for you and daddy, all at the same time.

  7. You know how important it is to give us time to learn new things. You recognise that we will learn things differently and that is ok. Thank you for spending this special time with us.

  8. You know that if we are grizzly, it won’t last for long and we’ll make you smile again with our antics. We know how much you love it when we make funny noises or pass extremely loud wind whilst we’re out in public.

  9. You make choices based on us as a family of four now, not just you and daddy. Thank you for spending your Prosecco money on teething gel and nappy bags. We know it’s a huge sacrifice for you.

  10. You recognise and treat us like individuals. Even though we are twins you know that we like different things, act in different ways and have different personalities. Thank you for making us feel very special in our own little way.

So there you have the 10 reasons why Beatrice and Francis think I’m rocking motherhood. You know, it’s the hardest job in the world being a parent, but I feel like the luckiest person in the world to be doing it.

To make sure the motherhood love continues to spread, I’m going to invite some other lovely ladies to carry the tag on. I look forward to reading your reasons why you rock. They are:

Ellie at How To Grow A Person

Katy at keepingabreastwiththetwins

dansoutofcontrol at blondehairbrowneyes

Mumvibess at Mum Vibes

fibee2712 at The Morse Code

Happy tagging!

The Rules For The Tag

  • Thank the blogger that tagged you and link to their blog.

  • List 10 things you believe make you a good mother (this is just a guideline. It can be more or less than 10. I really don’t mind).

  • Tag 3 – 5 bloggers to join in the #RockingMotherhood Tag.

  • Grab the #RockingMotherhood badge and add it to your post or sidebar.

I would love to read what you come up with and so would Pat so if you tweet your post to @whitecamelias and @FoxfairyTwins we will be happy to RT them for you. Thank you for reading x

Looking for more twin inspiration? Browse our other twin topic pages from the links below, or come and say hi on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. We would love to hear from you!

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Guest Bloggers Needed

Guest Bloggers Needed!

Hi everyone. Are you a blogger sharing experiences of raising little ones? Well, I am ridiculously excited to announce that we are going to be introducing a new blog post to our week: Takeover Tuesday! This is where you lovely bloggers will get the change to feature one of your posts on our page!

guest bloggers needed. bloggers to feature

If you are a parent blogger (doesn’t have to be twin related, all parents welcome) and are interested to take part in this feature, please do not hesitate to get in touch either by commenting below, DM us on our Foxfairy Twins Instagram Page or email us at: foxfairytwinsblog@hotmail.com.

We look forward to hearing from you! As always, thank you for your fabulous support x

 

Blogging Secret…

SHHHHHHHHH! Want to know my blogging secret of how I stay organised in my blogging life? Check out My Blogging Secret post now!

 

 

 

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My Blogging Secret…!

My Blogging Secret..!

Having baby twins, a house move and redecorating. Of course I needed something else to keep me busy during my maternity leave… Anyone who knows me and is reading this will laugh and probably mutter ‘typical’, but truth be told, I can’t help keeping busy. I think I might actually be a…workaholic…I don’t mean to make myself so busy but I think it’s the thrill of learning new things. My brain loves new challenges and being on mat leave wasn’t going to change that. Of course raising twins is one of the hardest things I have ever done, but I needed something to keep my brain stimulated during this time too.

blogging secrets. blogging tips and advice

That’s when I stumbled across blogging. Honestly, before I took the scary leap and signed up to WordPress, I don’t think I had ever read a blog. I didn’t really understand this unknown community but wanted to learn fast. Having twins, I felt like I had so much experience to share. But where to start??

That’s when I stumbled across Aby Moore’s You Baby Me Mummy Blog (you MUST check her out if you haven’t already!). Her fabulous advice and tips have helped me so much. And how do I stay so organised whilst looking after my 5 month old twins? Here’s my secret….

The Ultimate Blog Biz Spreadsheet

The 16 page value-packed spreadsheets includes:

  • Content calendar

  • Content plan

  • IG schedule

  • Email calendar

  • Action board

  • Daily schedule

  • Invoice record

  • Blog Biz finances

  • Competitor research tracking

  • Social Media Editorial Calendar

  • Project decision maker

  • Monthly stats tracker

  • Repurposing tracker

  • Influencer networking tracker

  • Posts by category

  • Exposure tracking

It helps me to stay organised and on track.

 

Find the link to this fabulous pack here (affiliated link):

The Ultimate Blog Biz Spreadsheet

Good luck and happy blogging!

 

 

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