Big Sister

Top Tips for Welcoming Baby Number 2 (or 3!) If you are lucky enough to have more than one child, one of the things you get in return is the wonderment that is siblings together. Sure we no doubt have lots of fighting and snatching and wrestling and broken bones and emotional turmoil in our…

Breastfeeding Twins: What I’ve Learnt…

I’ve been feeding the twins for over five months on breastmilk alone now. In the early days, as you’ll recall, there were challenges, but it felt manageable. Five months in, I can honestly say that overall it has still been great, but there have been some hard, dark days and some really difficult times too….

The Trials of Two

Five things that are just harder with twins…. Comparisons: All the time, ALL the time. And it’s not just strangers, it’s us too. It’s easy with twins to focus on both babies all the time, rather than connecting with who each one is as a separate entity. The temptation to compare and contrast, to measure and…

Team Twin

An ode to daddies everywhere… A little while ago, on the breastfeeding forum I am a part of, someone asked about how best to support their wife when she gives birth to twins in a few months.  Lots of responses followed, not least those that simply acknowledged the poster for even bothering to ask this…

Second Chance Saloon

Getting it right, second time around… Having your second (or in our case second and third) baby is, in many ways, a chance to get it right the second time around. A chance to have another go, armed with the benefit of hindsight, forethought, confidence and a sense of being slightly more qualified for the…

Feeding Two

Breastfeeding twins, the story so far… When we started telling people that we were not only pregnant again, but pregnant with twins, one of the first, and most common things, that came up, was how I was going to feed them. It seems in many ways an odd question to ask a mother-to-be – I…

Birth Without Fear

Birthing the boys, and being in control… As readers of the blog will know, I spent a lot of time when I was pregnant working on resetting the fears that remained after my first birth – an experience that felt out of control from the moment it started, and that felt as if decisions were…

Here come the boys…

And so, our little twins arrived last week. Welcome to the family, Felix and Monty… What a week or so it has been. Our boys arrived on 19 August, after a great labour and birth where we felt in control, calm and happy throughout. Felix – 6lbs – was born first, a good strong cry,…

Mothers on Mothering

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…