Mothers on Multiples

Motherhood, with twins or triplets…. “Being a twin mama is… next level mothering.” This month: Dr Rachel Eyre Rachel is a breast cancer research scientist and mum to twins, plus one. She lives in Manchester with fellow scientist James, and their children Sam, Jack and Meg. She writes about life with twins, plus one, her…

Mothers on Multiples

This is the start of a new series on the blog, speaking to mothers (and fathers) of multiples, finding out what things they have learnt along the way and how this unique experience has shaped them. This month: me… My twins are… Two boys, Felix and Monty (13 months old) – and they have a…

The Sleep Diaries

Our journey through no sleep, bad sleep, terrible sleep, desperate sleep and beyond… Anyone that follows me on Instagram knows the trials we’ve been having with sleep, certainly since well before Christmas, but really since the twins were born. That’s almost seven months of no sleep. Before the twins were born I was reassured by…

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…

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,…

Finding Inner Calm

I’ve been working really hard this pregnancy on finding the inner peace and calm that is so important to help you relax into birth as much as possible. I didn’t realise it was important to practise meditation and breathing, or even to practise finding a calm space – I thought it just happened when it…

My Twin Essentials

Pregnancy must-haves for mummies of multiples, from soothing aches and pains to being in-the-know…. Read Up I read a lot of books when I was pregnant with one baby. But I’ve read a lot less now I’m pregnant with two babies….. However, the ones I have read, I’ve  found to be really invaluable. Second time around you…