wrapping my babies

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I’m going to write more about this in the future but I have been learning to babywear my twins….

I have bought several wraps and am learning how to break them in, learning about threads and thicknesses, rails, ties and passes, didymos, artipoppe, joyandjoe and girasol …

More to come but just a few pictures

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More to come … This is definitely my new favourite thing 🙂

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18 weeks in

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Here are my girls, Ellie (left) & Annabel!

We are coming out of the 4 month sleep regression – i have been up almost every hour all night every night for the past few weeks!

My little darlings don’t want to nap in the day, they feed constantly (hooray for chubby thighs) & won’t sleep for longer than 2 hours at night so here is my go to list for those lack of sleep days/nights

1.  Coffee – and lots of it!

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2. Plan ahead and make dinners easy

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3. Have a shower, even if it’s so you can have a minute alone 🙂

4. GET OUTSIDE!!!!!

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5. Get an activity mat so you can put your little ones down and put your feet up …

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6.

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ENJOY THEM!!!
It’ll pass and you will sleep again soon 🙂

18 weeks in

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Here are my girls, Ellie (left) & Annabel!

We are coming out of the 4 month sleep regression – i have been up almost every hour all night every night for the past few weeks!

My little darlings don’t want to nap in the day, they feed constantly (hooray for chubby thighs) & won’t sleep for longer than 2 hours at night so here is my go to list for those lack of sleep days/nights

1.  Coffee – and lots of it!

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2. Plan ahead and make dinners easy

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3. Have a shower, even if it’s so you can have a minute alone 🙂

4. GET OUTSIDE!!!!!

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5. Get an activity mat so you can put your little ones down and put your feet up …

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6.

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ENJOY THEM!!!
It’ll pass and you will sleep again soon 🙂

our own sleep training routine

I’m sat waiting for the girls to settle…

and I thought i’d share how we have got our girls to both sleep from 6 weeks for about 4-5 hours at a time over night  … (we still have the odd bad night)

we try and keep them both awake and play with them in the evening this is easier once Chris is home and we’re all fed! 

At about 9pm we start by putting on the side lights in the bedroom, and turning on our calpol ‘camomile and lavender’ soothing plug in, we turn this off once we go to bed as the nightlight is annoying

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By 9:15pm we will be running a nice warm bath for them.

by about 9:30pm we have 2 of each on the sofa (we warm up the living room and do bathing and dressing in there then take them to the bedroom when we are going to put them down)

Towels with a clean nappy, vest and suit on the side within arms reach

I love burt’s bees products ( I am currently using everything lavender so am using the Calming lotion) but i use the wash, powder and oil 

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after giving them a nice warm bath, we dry and dress them as quickly and thoroughly as possible as it usually sounds like chaos – they hate being in the buff haha 

we then swaddle them up either in Mega Muslins or a lovely swaddle I bought from a website that I often look through and admire products etc

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www.mumaroo.co.uk

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we then give them a good long feed in the bedroom, which by now is warm and smelling wonderful … it is also dimly lit meaning that even I am feeling sleepy 

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we do use pacifiers but we found some natural ones that stay in longer than the others ( we tried almost every brand) 

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once they are in bed (they share a cot bed) they are covered in blankets that I washed in Bold 2 in 1 Lavender scent … they are still lying side by side horizontally 🙂 

to begin with it took us time to settle them but now it’s getting easier as they learn the drill…

we use a motorola sound only monitor to check on them as our bedroom is quite far away from the living room where we sit and try to watch a tv show before bed 

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I hope this helps…. 

 

filling in the gaps

mission accomplished! we did it!

Two beautiful girls arrived safely into our lives Monday 23rd June 2014, with Annabel Alison at 10:16am weighing 5lb 7oz  followed at 10:19 by Elena Grace weighing 5lb 8oz.

As i sit here almost 8 weeks after they were born, contemplating the birth, recovery and weeks after i’m in awe by how quickly i forget those trying moments of sleepless nights, pain in standing and sitting, the swollen legs and elephant sized feet…but we did it, and came out the other side with my husband best friend beaming and our hearts overflowing with love for our new girls 

God has been good to us. Let me explain.

I had a lot of fears regarding having a C section but came into peace as I realised that the love God had for me would ensure that everything would go well. Like in the same way I prepare for my children, that their days would go smoothly so God prepares things for us. 

Lying there gripping Chris’ hand I was thankful when I was weak, he was strong for us, taking control and praying in a time of need. 

I lost over 1500ml of blood and even have on camera the Consultant Surgeon saying “Well, that was hairy” I am SO thankful that God went ahead of me. I didn’t want a section, I felt pressured into it but afterwards I realised that a section was the best thing for me and the safety of my girls. 

In the hours after in recovery I had tremendous abdominal pain, crying into Chris’ shoulder I’ve never been so vulnerable. He called (he had to chase) for a nurse and ensured I was topped up with painkillers.

I’d have sat there hiding the pain trying to be strong.

He even let me sleep through the night, taking a hard floor and some formula to feed our girls. 

I was up and walking around within 24 hours …

and home in 2 days 🙂

a quick breather…

 

It’s only the best thing about being pregnant besides when the twins arrive….MATERNITY LEAVE!!!

  • I have completed those never-ending-every-one-is-leaving-except-me shifts 
  • I am not crammed into a train with no hope of a seat for me or for CC 
  • I am not coming home to start all the home duties      

So yes, I am:

  • Sitting in the sunshine, having pretend picnics with CC 
  • potty training CC 
  • washing the real nappies, doing my 6 washes to prep them and set them up ready for use!
  • planning meals so that Chris comes home to food 
  • taking baths to soothe my aching body
  • meeting friends for lunch
  • planning our church wedding and buying a few extra things
  • packing the hospital bag for me, Chris and the twins

 

Yes i am really enjoying this time… 

 

 

Then came twins…

I’m starting this blog in May but really this began a little bit further back… let me fill you in…

for over 2 years I was a single working parent to a delightful little girl CC, she’s a handful and totally worth all the sweat and tears that come with raising a kid.

I worked as a night nurse on an acute medical ward to pay bills, I volunteered at a coffee shop for the less fortunate and attended church every almost every sunday.

Then I met Chris…

Within a few months (ok, 1&1/2)  I was pregnant (OMG my fertility is craziness) and had a 12 week scan in January, a confident ‘I’ve-done-this-before’ me strode into the room and lay on the bed ready to see the baby…eyes on the screen now…

well, there were two…I can’t remember the sonographers words, or what the student midwife said apart from them saying they’d never seen any couple be so shocked…. it’s officially called TWINSHOCK because that is what it is, utter shock that there sitting inside my belly were TWO BABIES!!!!!! How? Why? What? Two little babies lying curled up, all perfectly, sharing a placenta yet sitting in their own sacs.

monochorionic, diamniotic (‘mono/di‘) twins 

I wasn’t 12 weeks, I was nearly 14 weeks and twins come early by approximately 4 weeks … and I would need to be seen for a scan every 2 weeks due to the high risks of twins sharing a placenta…..no wonder they call in twinshock.

I’ve never been so thankful that someone was with me, to stare blankly back into my eyes as we both uttered the words…”TWINS”