This week…Haley, blogger at The Fox Fairies and mother to boy/girl twins, Francis and Beatrice.
Originally from Devon, Haley and her husband Pete relocated to London four years ago. Having worked in education for over ten years, a stickler for organisation and now a twin mama, Haley blogs to capture their Fox Fairy adventures.
My little Munchkins are… full of personality! Beatrice is fierce and already knows her own mind and Francis is chilled and calm. They are the most precious people in the world to me.
Birth was… honestly….horrendous. You can find My Birth Story on my blog, but to give you a snippet, I ended up with an emergency c-section and then had to have a blood transfusion after losing 3.5 litres of blood. Pete was a superstar looking after our newborn twins whilst I slowly healed.
No-one ever tells you that…how hard it REALLY is.
I couldn’t have survived the first three months without… Coffee! The thought of rubbing it into my gums did cross my mind quite a few times. The sleep deprivation was so much harder than I expected.
I wish I’d known before that… it wouldn’t necessarily get easier after a few months, you just learn how to cope better.
It used to drive me mad when people said… that it would get easier after three months. It’s so important to manage your expectations and always ask for help when needed.
The best present anyone ever gave me was….an M&S meal for two (with a bottle of wine of course!) and a ‘breast feeding snack bag’. In that newborn haze, you do not have time to think about yourself, so receiving food was the best gift we could have wished for.
The most important that I’ve learnt is…being a parent is THE most challenging thing you could ever do, but THE most rewarding too.
I worry about…never being organised enough, even though I know we’re doing ok.
I wish…I could rewind back to my babies being newborns and enjoy those moments again without the feeling of recovery or sleepy haze.
Work is…a break from twin life! It has been a good opportunity to remind myself of who I was before I gained the ‘mama’ label. Work also has more meaning now as it provides for my little babies.
I want my children to know that… life is for living. Make the most of all opportunities and never stop reaching for the stars.