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…

Helping Hands

The four things that really make a difference to new parents…. We have been overwhelmed by all the kindness and generosity we have received since having the twins. Family and friends have rallied round us with touching regularity and sensitivity, and the difference they have made to our day-to-day existence has been immeasurable. There are…

Judgement Day

“Parenting was so much easier when I raised my non-existent children hypothetically.” Oh how true is this? It’s so easy to sit on the calm, quiet, clean, tidy, well-rested, well-fed side of the fence and pass judgement on all the ways you will and won’t parent your child. It’s so easy to see a screaming…

In defence of Instagram…

Little squares of light in the dark… I am never more glued to my phone than when I have a newborn baby. Breastfeeding constantly means long periods of enforced sitting with only one hand to spare, as well as minimal brain capacity and an inability to concentrate for more than a few moments at a…

The Republic of Motherhood

A dear friend sent me this poem a few days ago, and I wanted to share it with you. Written by poet Liz Berry, The Republic of Motherhood, recently published in Granta, is a beautifully-crafted vision of the realities of motherhood, in all its searing painful, euphoric beauty. With perfect precision she covers the simplicity…

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…

Resetting Longheld Fears…

Hypnobirthing with The Bump to Baby Chapter… My first birth was not something I especially want to repeat.¬†Except for the obvious upside of having Munchkin, it was an event filled with fear, disappointment, anger. Having planned to have a home, or at least midwife-led, birth, I ended up not going spontaneously into labour, and, three…

Double Trouble?

Running the gamut of emotions that is discovering you’re having two or more… In one of the ‘You’re having Twins!! Wow!! OMG!!!‘ books I’ve got, there is an entire section on dealing with the emotions around discovering that yours is a multiple pregnancy. It’s quite an intense and emotive section in the book, especially the…