Our IVF (ICSI) Journey From Start to Finish

When I first started blogging it was a way for me to share our IVF journey. You see when you embark upon IVF, the only people you can really talk to about it is your partner, that’s if you have one, or others who are going through IVF. These are the people who truly understand exactly what you’re going through. At the start of our journey, I was lucky to find an online fertility forum called Fertility Friends. This forum is broken down into various threads so that you can find others who are having the same type of IVF… [Read More]

Now We Are Six

Today our twin girls turn six years old. I know it’s something that a lot of parents say on their children’s birthdays, but the last six years really have flown by. R and M have grown into so such wonderful, thoughtful, bright and clever girls. I’m so proud of them both, and so honoured to be their mummy. Rather fittingly a few weeks ago, my husband and I were given a poem during parents evening that the girls teachers want them to learn for the Eisteddfod. Written by Winnie the Pooh Author, A.A. Milne, it sums up the feeling of… [Read More]

Top 10 Things You Must Have When Raising Twins

Most would think that taking care of twins is as simple as taking care of one baby, just double the effort. That is actually untrue: raising twins is an entirely different, unique experience. For instance, when changing their diapers, it’s not a simple as doing one then the other after—you’re going to be simultaneously changing the diaper of one twin while restraining the other one. That’s just one example out of several. This is why there is gear made specifically to make life easier for you as a parent of twins, and trust us, you will need them. Front-pouch baby… [Read More]

It’s relentless, but hang in there!

Becoming a new parent is terrifying. You may have read lots of parenting books, asked your friends for advice and searched the Internet for information, but the first time you’re handed your new bundle of joy, everything you thought you knew about babies, goes straight out of the window. It’s nothing like they say it will be, and whatever approach you take may well work one day, but the next day the chances are it won’t work again. Babies needs are forever changing, from one minute to the next. They’ll go through so many ‘phases’ before they’ve even turned one,… [Read More]

The Reality of Having Premature Twins: My Story for World Prematurity Day

Today is World Prematurity Day. A global movement to raise awareness of premature birth and the devastating impact it can have on families. I previously worked with Pampers when they first launched their nappies for premature babies. Read about this here. I’m pleased to be working with Pampers again to highlight World Prematurity Day. Did you know that approximately 60,000 babies are born prematurely in the UK every year? That’s roughly 1 in 11 of all births. With so many babies being born too soon, it’s reassuring to know that the survival rate of premature babies in the UK is… [Read More]

Should children be allowed to have the day off school on their birthday?

Bikes

When I was a kid I never spent a single birthday in school. That’s not because my parents decided to keep me home, but simply because my birthday is early in January which means schools are closed due to the Christmas and New Year period. Being in school for my birthday wasn’t something that I’d ever thought of because I was just used to the fact that this never happened. It’s not something I ever really thought about again, that was until recently. Our twin girls birthday is February, and unless it falls on a weekend, it means they’ll always… [Read More]

The impact of having premature twins and how pampers are helping #ad

Pampers Preemie Nappy

I’ve always known that I wanted to be a mum. When I was little I used to collect baby dolls and pretend that they were real. I’d put nappies on them, dress them up for the day and then change them into their pyjamas at night time. Most of them would ‘sleep’ at the foot of my bed, but I’d always make sure I cuddled one at night time. When I thought about being a mummy, I imagined pushing them in the swing at the park, giving them lots of cuddles and singing songs to them. As I grew older and… [Read More]

The Pros and Cons of Toddler Groups

Kids playing in woods

Shortly after bringing our girls home from hospital after their extended stay due to being born early, I started to look into local baby and toddler groups. There seemed to be quite a few of them around, but it would be another 7 months before I managed to pluck up the courage to actually go to one. I was nervous about being on my own with our twins in a room surrounded by other mums and their children. I thought up all sorts of things to worry about. What if no-one talks to me? What if no-one likes me? What… [Read More]

Bedroom designs for growing twins

When you’re decorating a room for twins, you need to think in pairs. There are two beds, two dressers, two lamps, two personalities, and two of everything to keep in mind. Needless to say, the whole idea of bedroom design for twins can feel overwhelming, but it can also be so much fun! As you embark on your twin bedroom design endeavour, here are a few guidelines to keep in mind. Keep it simple Before committing to a bedroom design, keep in mind that children’s tastes and interests can change nearly as often as the ocean’s tide. Be sure to… [Read More]

Reunited over Pasta! The Trouble with Twins!

Children helping to make food

What happened to my gentle, happy, kind hearted girls? One day they were four years old. They were nice to one another, had the occasional tantrum and more often than not they would listen to their mummy and daddy without us having to raise our voices. Then, all of a sudden they turned five years old and it’s like something within them has changed. Every day they argue, fight, cry and tell tales on one another. R is definitely more dominant and hates it when she’s proven wrong. She hates it when M tells on her for doing something wrong,… [Read More]