Snapshot Sunday: One Month Old Twins

Snapshot Sunday: One Month Old Twins

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

Here are our baby twins when they were one month old. I can’t believe how squishy they were! Francis didn’t open his eyes for ages and Beatrice wanted to know what was going on from day 1. That is still very true for today!

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Our one month old baby twins. I love how squishy newborn babies are.

Your One Month Old Babies

What were your one month old babies like?

 

 

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Snapshot Sunday: One Day Old Twins

Snapshot Sunday: One Day Old Twins

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

Seeing our babies for the first time will be something that I never forget. It actually took us a while to start taking photographs as we just wanted to look at them (read our Twins Hold Hands For The First Time to see one of our first photographs of our babies).

Here are the babies, one day old, sharing their hospital cot. Absolutely delightful.

Baby twins one day old sleeping in their hospital cot.

Our beautiful baby twins one day old, sleeping in their hospital cot.

Your Special Photos?

What photos do you treasure the most?

 

 

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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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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

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Snapshot Sunday: We Love Reading

Snapshot Sunday: We Love Reading

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

If you follow us on Instagram at Foxfairy Twins you will know that one of our favourite baby activities is to read (more activity ideas in our 21 Activities for Babies post). From a very early age we started introducing books our twins. It’s never too early to start reading! Just hearing your voice aids language development, as well as promoting the pleasure of reading.

One afternoon I left a book propped up next to Francis to have a look at. He was so interested in the book that he ended up sliding it onto his head! I hope this love for books and reading continues.

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Our babies love to look at books! We try and read to our babies every day so that they develop a love of reading. What activities do your babies enjoy?

What Is Your Favourite Activity?

What is your little one’s favourite activity?

 

 

 

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Parent Anxiety: Going To The Baby Clinic

Parent Anxiety: Going To The Baby Clinic

Nobody tells you before you have your little bundle of joy that once they are here you have to make frequent trips to the baby clinic to have your baby weighed. I was very fortunate that as we had two babies to contend with, the midwife would come and visit me at home for the first couple of weeks. However, once the twins were a little older and they could see we were managing well, it was time to make the trips down to the clinic.

This should have been straight forward. Turn up at the Children’s Centre, put babies on the scales, get their weights recorded and off we go on our merry way.

How wrong I was.

You may have gathered from my other posts that I like to be fairly organised. Ok…really organised. Like, OCD organised. I can’t help it. It’s the way I have to function else I feel completely out of control and will probably cry. So you can imagine my thought process as the baby clinic day was fast approaching. What time do I give the babies their feed before we leave? Is the baby bag packed and ready to go? Do I have enough bottles and milk? Are the nappies and wet wipes in the bag? How long will it take me to get to the clinic? Will I have enough time to get back home to feed the babies or will I need to feed them there? Shall I shower the night before so that I don’t have to worry about drying my hair before we leave? What if one baby cries whilst I’m out and I can’t sooth them? YES all of this went on in my tiny little head. Stupid anxiety.

Just reading that ridiculous list of unnecessary worries makes me feel exhausted. But as a new mum, with brand new babies, these situations can be very stressful for us. Anyone else agree? Or is it just me who is completely bonkers? Probably the latter…

 

Planning For The Trip

So, knowing the time that I needed to leave the house, I worked backwards to schedule when I needed to do everything else: pack the bag first thing, get myself ready for the day (I was lucky to have 7 minutes for this), give the babies their feed at 9.30am, change nappies, set up the pram, put the coats on the babies, strap them into the pram, put my coat on then time to leave.

However, I made the fatal error of not scheduling in some ‘danger time’. This would be for unplanned events, such as projectile vomit / a poo explosion / one baby refusing to take their feed etc etc… ummm. So, of course, the babies tried to test me and hit me with these impromptu events (did they not get the memo that we were on a tight schedule?!) But, I kept my cool, cleared up the vomit, washed away the horrendous poo fest, eventually got my fussy baby to take her feed (bet you can guess which baby that was?), put them in the pram and we were finally out of the door, ready to walk to the clinic.

Now, you would think that was the stressful bit over. All I needed to do now was to get to the clinic, which was only a 15 minute walk away. I can do this. I can do this.

Twin mum and baby twins. Baby twins out for a walk in tandem pram

Taking your babies to an appointment. This can be a very anxious time for a new parent. A new setting, staff and not to mention trying to get your new babies there successfully! Here I share my worries about attending new appointments with my babies.

Arriving At The Clinic

I made it to the clinic and the first thing the lady said to me was: ‘You have to leave your pram outside.’ Ummm ok…but how would I manage carrying two babies, plus my rucksack, into the centre? But the lady kindly helped to carry one carrycot whilst I carried the other. Of course this was really kind of her to help, but I hated being a bother. And then everyone turned to look at us as we adventured into the room as it was like I had an entourage accompanying me *inset blushing emjoi here… But the worst thing I found being in this tiny room, although it was full of parents and little babies, it was weirdly quiet. All of the babies seemed to be sleeping. Apart from mine. I cannot tell you the amount of anxiety this brings to a new mum (well, me, anyway). Oh god. They’re going to start crying. Everyone’s going to look at me. And I won’t know what to do and I’ll just flap and look completely incapable and they’ll question if I’m cut out to be a twin mum…

The worries went on. I picked up Beatrice whilst trying to pacify Francis in his carrycot. I’ve got this. I can do this. I’ll only have to wait for a few minutes, we’ll be seen and then we can escape and run back home.

That was when I realised how long each baby’s weighing time was taking. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s wonderful that the lovely ladies spent quality time talking to each parent as they weighed their babies, but when you’ve got to be home in 50 minutes for the next feed, you want this to be quick. Come on ladies, could we not make this into a bit of a conveyor belt?? On, weigh, off, next baby, on, weigh, off, next baby…???? So now, not only was I trying to pacify two month old twins, I was also stressing about the time limit too. Breathe. Just breathe. Nobody wants a passed out mum to deal with too.

Our Appointment

FINALLY (HURRRAH!!) it was our turn. Now to strip down each baby. Of course, as soon as the nappy came off I was greeted by the biggest wee I have ever had to deal with. I mean…it was like a tsunami. As I attempted to salvage what was left of the sleep suit, I fumbled around trying to get the new nappy on (why is it that I change 200 of these blimmin’ nappies a day with my eyes closed, but as soon as I’m in front of anyone I cannot work out which way is the front or back??) get the sleep suit back on and repeat with the next twin. Deja vu much?

After the second baby had finished, I then needed assistance to help me get back to the pram (this is the logistical problem with twins, you can’t leave one baby whilst you deal with the other). They kindly helped and I was finally on my way home. I had 7 minutes before the next feed so I sprinted as fast as  I could before the babies started wailing uncontrollably.

So there you have it, a ridiculous account of a new twin mum taking her two month old twins to the clinic. Of course, all of these worries and anxieties are in my head. The staff were extremely lovely and welcoming and I don’t think they could have done any more to help me. I can tell, with practise and time, my confidence will grow and soon I’ll be able to do these things  without really worrying at all.

Twin mum and twin babies. Twin mum feeding twin babies. Twin life. Twin babies being fed

Experiences from a twin mumma. Do you get anxious or nervous about attending new appointments with your little ones? How do you overcome these worries?

Do You Get Anxious?

Do you get ridiculously worried about the jobs you have to do as a new mum? Have you had an experience similar to mine? I’d love to hear your experiences.

 

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Snapshot Sunday: ‘2-3 Weeks Pregnant’

Snapshot Sunday: ‘2-3 Weeks Pregnant’

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

Finding out I was pregnant was a little bit of a shock to say the least… (if you haven’t already have a look at My Twin Pregnancy Story for the full details). One of the main things that really made me worry was the fact that we had my friend’s 30th birthday party all the way in Devon. I had just found out I was pregnant…and now we have to pack for the 5 hour car journey in the morning for a party…AND I have to get away with not drinking…eeek.

 

Pregnant with twins. 80s party dress up. 2 weeks pregnant with twins

Finding out you are 2-3 weeks pregnant the day before your friend’s 30th 80s fancy dress party!

I love this photo for many reasons…

Number 1: I was secretly 2-3 weeks pregnant (OH MY GOOOOOOOOOOD!!!)

Number 2: We were in 80s fancy dress

Number 3: I successfully deceived everyone by making it look like I was drinking gin and tonic all night (drinking just tonic water…now I know why you add gin to it)

Number 4: Pete and I had a great night out and enjoyed sharing a little secret

When Did You Find Out?

When did you first find our you were expecting? Did you have any particular occasions booked that you couldn’t avoid? How did you keep your news a secret?

 

 

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Twin Night Time Feeding

Night Feeding Twins

If you have a new baby, you’re probably wondering what a typical night time feeding 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 night time feeding 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.

Someone once said to me ‘you don’t know what the word tired means until you have a baby’ and gosh were they right. Before babies I was a serious napper and could fall asleep in 10 seconds for little bit of shut eye. I also needed my 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep at night else I would go from being Miss Honey to Miss Trunchball. Not pretty.

Night feeding with twins. Once the babies have been put to bed, do not take them out of their room to feed at night. This helps them to stay a little sleepy. I use the curved cushions to prop the babies up, feed them and then put them straight back down to sleep.

Night feeding with twins. Once the babies have been put to bed, do not take them out of their room to feed at night. This helps them to stay a little sleepy. I use the curved cushions to prop the babies up, feed them and then put them straight back down to sleep.

Thrown into the new whirlwind of having two newborn babies and well, you can imagine the shock. Feeding every 2 hours to begin with (am I the only one who didn’t realise that it means every 2 hours after you BEGAN the previous feed, not from when they finish? This means you could start feeding at 2.45am, the babies take almost an hour to feed, then include the nappy changes and settle back down to sleep, that takes you up to 4am, only to be awoken 45 minutes later for the next feed. It. Is. Horrendous. Now I understand why sleep deprivation is used as a form of torture).

The only reason Pete and I survived this newborn demand was because we took it in shifts to look after the babies. As I was expressing and topping up with formula it allowed Pete to help me feed them (see my previous posts about Feeding Twins for more information about how we did this). We would each watch the babies for 6 hours so the other one could sleep for more than 45 minutes at a time. You would not believe how incredible you feel if you have been surviving on 3 disrupted hours of sleep to having a chunk of 3-5 hours of solid, precious sleep. It literally saved us from going insane. It also emphasised the importance of team work between Pete and I, especially in the early days.

Fast forward to month 3, we began our bedtime routine (see my post about Bathing Twins) in order to establish good bed time habits. Once they were in their cot for bed time we would only feed them in their bedroom, using the curved cushions to prop them up. Once finished, I would gently pat them on the back and put them straight back down to sleep. I would also only change their nappies if they were soiled. Apparently, at this stage it is common for babies to start needing less feeds throughout the night so therefore shouldn’t wake up as often for feeding. HA! Sorry, was that a funny joke? Our babies were certainly not ready to give up their night feeds at this time. And the fact that I knew some babies could, made me feel frustrated. All I wanted was to sleep for more than 3 hours at a time (Pete was back to work so it was harder to work in shifts now).

Swaddling can help a newborn baby to sleep. It mimics them being in the womb and helps them to feel safe and secure. It also stops them jolting and waking themselves up.

Swaddling can help a newborn baby to sleep. It mimics them being in the womb and helps them to feel safe and secure. It also stops them jolting and waking themselves up.

That’s when I started reading lots of different sleep guides on how to help your baby to sleep longer at night. Some suggested giving more milk throughout the day (our babies refused, or would just projectile vomit it back up, probably as a protest to stop making me overfeed them),  give a ‘top up dream feed’ where you feed the babies in their sleep at around 10 or 11 pm in order to help carry them through until the early hours (I tried this several times and I think I was actually disrupting their natural sleep cycle as they would then wake up after 2 or 3 hours for another feed. Greedy monsters) or when they do wake up for their 2am feed, try to pacify them for 10/15 minutes to get them used to having this feed later and in the end not need it until the early hours of the morning (HAVE YOU TRIED THIS WITH TWINS?? To pacify one baby when they’re screaming for a feed at 2am and you’re exhausted would be hard enough, but with TWO BABIES?! Not going to happen).

So guess what we did? Nothing. We just let them wake up for their night feeds. And guess what? It has gradually started to stretch out. At the moment, being 4 months old, they now have their 6pm bottle, go to bed, wake up at around 10.30-11pm, then wake up around 3-4am. It’s not perfect, but we are definitely going in the right direction. I am now feeling calmer about it (if still a little sleepy-eyed) but progress is being made. I am hoping that when we begin weaning and they put on more weight perhaps they will surprise me by sleeping through until 6am (am I asking too much? Maybe. But I can wish).

What Is Your Night Time Routine?

How does this compare with your little one’s night time feeding habits?

 

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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Snapshot Sunday: Twins Hold Hands For The First Time

Snapshot Sunday: Twins Hold Hands For The First Time

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

As soon as the twins were born Pete went to look after them whilst I continued to remain in theatre for some time. Once finally out of there, I was desperate to properly see their little faces and learn what each baby looked like. I wanted to see the colour of their eyes and shade of their hair, the shape of their little button noses and to see if they looked more like me or Pete.

Luckily the babies could stay with us on the ward as they were healthy and strong (how amazing is that? Especially for twins). It’s funny how the world revolves around capturing precious moments through the lens of your phone, yet Pete and I did not take pictures for a while. We wanted to actually live in this moment. The moment where we were with our brand new babies. No distractions please. This was our precious time.

After being mesmerised by our tiny twins, we tried to have a quick nap (we had been awake for over 24 hours…). Suddenly the midwife called: ‘Quick! Get your phone! Your babies are holding hands!’ As Pete rushed for his phone I glanced over at the babies. It was the cutest thing I had ever seen. Our baby twins, who were one day old, were holding hands. Oh. My. Cue happy tears.

New baby twins holding hands.

New baby twins holding hands.

I know it’s so important not to focus too much on getting the perfect snap and miss out on the fabulous moments your little ones bring, but I am so so grateful the midwife helped us to capture this incredible memory.

What Was Your First Photograph?

What was your first snap that you got of your little bundles of joy?

 

 

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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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