There’s a common saying, isn’t there, that as a woman you are either really into shoes or handbags?! But as a mum – it’s all about the changing bag! Now that the twins are toddling, we’re able to leave the house sans tank buggy occasionally. I’ve been on the lookout for a well-designed changing bag that can be worn safely whilst carrying a child (over the shoulder bags often swing round as you bend down sending your little ones into orbit). Add in the requirement to look great and be large enough (but not too large) for twins’ needs and it’s a tough brief. Which is why the new Peanut & Piglet changing bag caught my eye. Read on...
Oh dear, an eventful weekend at Granny’s....
It was a beautiful summer’s weekend and we decided to take a trip to the seaside to see Granny and Grandad. After 2 hours of packing, re-packing, unpacking due to a missing water bottle, repacking again and packing the car we were off! How lovely to get away and see the family.
Upon arrival we had two very smelly babies who were oozing poo. Poor Granny was already in anti bac overdrive…
Next Peanut & Piglet showed much appreciation for Granny’s lasagne by smearing it everywhere. Don’t get me wrong, they loved it, but their wriggles of excitements and yelps of delight sent the tomato sauce heading for the walls. Poor Granny.
Soon it was bedtime. After their beloved “In the Night Garden” and a chorus of songs from all (except Grandad of course) off they went. The usual activities occurred:- throwing all items out of the cot, undressing down to nappies and general peels of laughter. Eventually they settled down. Granny then provided true Granny skills by sewing up x2 grobags hence closing off all routes to nakedness. Genius.
And then the next morning came. A rare morning of silence. Total bliss! We adults had breakfast together without toast and fruit being strewn across the kitchen. By 9am we were thinking this is all very odd, silence is not normal. And so Granny went to check on the little people. Oh. My. Word! Poor Granny and Grandad. As they opened their study door devastation become apparent. Peanut was sitting at Granny’s computer with her pooey nappy half off. Piglet was emptying her drawers! No one knew how or when they had leapt from their cots, but boy had they ransacked the study and fully investigated every corner…
That evening Granny went back to the drawing board and completely baby proofed the grobags. They have not escaped since. Or dared look at Granny.
We love you Granny! X
I was recently interviewed about exclusively breastfeeding twins by Nutrimum, the brand that produces cereal bars fortified with key nurtrients for pregnant and breastfeeding mums. Read on for the full article...
Emma Morrissey, 35, lives with her husband Andrew, 38, and 19-month-old twins Florence and George. She reveals how she got to grips with breastfeeding twins, and where she got the idea to start her own business
'I was the only mum-to-be expecting twins in my NCT (National Childbirth Trust) group. At the breastfeeding session I was given two dolls to practise with, while the other women each had one. We all laughed, but I remember thinking: "Wow I don’t have any hands free, how am I going to cope with this?" I felt daunted but determined because of the advantages of breastfeeding – I wanted to give my babies a good start.
To read the full article click here.
Emma's breastfeeding tips for twins
14 August 2015. Words by Jo Wheatley.
I assume that you are reading this because you are expecting twins or because you have already been blessed with two little bundles of naughtiness and mischief. Whether the former or the latter, take our test to see how ready you are.
Answering YES to all the below indicates that you are in fact ready! It turns out that I am still not ready and don’t think I ever will be... In fact I can truthfully answer NO to questions 1-9.
1. Are you prepared for sleep deprivation akin to being awake for 3 days solid?
2. Have you cancelled ALL dates in the diary for the foreseeable future?
3. When you do at last leave the house, are you ready for it to be a military operation that takes at least 2 hours, an argument and probably tears?
4. Are you ready for well meaning passers by to say “Double trouble” at every corner? Or even worse, “Are they natural?!"
5a. Have you barricaded off the rooms in your home that are precious to you?
b. Oh dear, clearly you haven’t accepted that nothing can be precious ever again!
6. Will using the phrase, “Please can you pass the wipes” in every paragraph be socially acceptable for you? Now in our house shouting, “WIPES” is all that is required.
7. Are endless primary colours and ear shattering musical toys acceptable in your home?
8. Is having food on the walls normal?
9. Are you ready to refer to your husband as Daddy, even when the children are in bed?!
10. Are you ready to love your little terrors so much that you kiss them constantly and want to squidge them so tight that it could actually hurt them?
With love, Peanut & Piglet’s Mummy, who would not change them for the world, but would love a hot cuppa. XXX
A lovely article on us by Nurimum.
Am I mad? Twins, launching a business, holding down a sensible job, trying to be a good wife….
Some people, many people, have said I am mad. In fact, I know that I am a bit mad, but it seems that I just can not sit still.
When I got pregnant with Peanut & Piglet I thought, this is it! This is my time to sit back and relax, discover day time TV and eat cake. Boy was I wrong. I did not quite realise that I was about to have 2 babies and that they would not understand that I may want to sit down, or go to the loo, or have a drink of water (tea not even being an option). They would have no idea that I had once been in control, had a life, travelled the world, dined in nice restaurants without a thought as to the time or how I would get home.
As it turned out, when my babies arrived they thought that I solely existed to feed them, wash them, clothe them and wipe Peanut's ever flowing snot trail. That was all they knew, and I could not let it be all that I knew. And so I madly thought that I would launch a business. I knew there were twin mummies out there who help tandem feeding their twins and I wanted to give it to them.
Launching Peanut & Piglet...
And so whenever my adorable little wriggling, mischievous twins fell asleep I worked. I sought advice, built a website, designed and tested The Piglet Pillow and most importantly begged my husband to support me in my venture. He was on board from the beginning, however his wallet was not! Once his wallet was prized open I was off the starting blocks and the real work began, bringing my brand to life and helping other twin mummies.
The sensible job
Of course, as I mentioned previously, I am a bit mad! Therefore twins and a business are not enough. I wanted a proper job, I wanted to leave the house, have a hot drink, put some nice clothes on. I was not ready to leave the world of fashion behind me and so took on a part time consultancy role. I love the freedom, feeling like I am knowledgable about something and talking to adults about topics other than poo, wee and sleep (come on mummies, admit it, we all do it). The part time bit is the key. All mums will know that the work life balance is basically impossible, but with a part time opportunity being offered to me I could at least have a go at getting the balance. As it happens, my sensible job is the best thing I could have done, I get a few days a week of sanity AND get paid for it!
Trying to be a good wife
And now onto my poor, poor husband. I really do try to keep the house in something that resembles order, ensure he is fed and make sure everyone is happy. This is not easy and I am afraid ironing is just one step too far! I have cried, laughed, shouted and badgered my husband for 5 years now and he continues to put up with me. We all love him more than ever and want to say a massive thank you! XXX
We love this list, fascinating and filled with facts I didn't know.
Having twins is no doubt a big life changer. Here is our journey so far...
Discovering we were pregnant with twins:
My husband and I had been trying for children for a long time and we had been through many hard times. After each set back we moved forward together, knowing that one day we would have a little family. After all this sorrow I can not describe how happy we were to find out that I was pregnant with twins! As we drove home from our 6 week scan I was scared to let myself be truly happy as I knew only too well that this joy could be snatched away from us. From this moment until the 12 week scan I lived in fear of miscarriage or vanishing twin syndrome, which is very common and something I was not aware of until our pregnancy.
12 week scan:
As we sat in the waiting room I was terrified of all the things that I could be told. My husband and I sat in silence holding hands, just waiting. Finally we were called and tensely waited to hear one heartbeat and then the next. Thankfully both heart beats were quickly found and the sonographer turned to me and said; “Your babies are going to be fine, stop worrying!”. That is a moment I will cherish forever. I am crying as I write this, remembering how much I wanted both my babies.
I knew that my twin pregnancy would not be easy, but I was not prepared for the sickness. Never have I been so ill in all my life! From weeks 6 - 18 I had severe nausea and sickness, I was hospitalised after collapsing in the street and didn’t think I would ever be well again. I was very happy to be carrying my twins and didn’t take any medication as I was so protective of them, however it was also the worst time of my life. The sickness was relentless. Thankfully at week 18 the sun came out and the sickness lifted, I could eat again and felt completely normal. I had a little bump which was a joy and for the first time my stomach was hard, also a joy!
At around week 32 my pregnancy started to get tough again. I was getting extremely uncomfortable, my twins were growing nicely and they didn’t seem to fit in my tummy. Everything else inside me was getting smaller to make way for my babies. Breathing was tough and I had a lot of presentations at work to struggle through. Eating was another problem. I love food and could only eat tiny amounts, but unfortunately I used to eat too much and then be fit to burst for an hour after. And then there was excessive visits to the toilet. I could not be more than 20 mins from a loo!
I left work at 36 weeks and waited for our babies to arrive. I drank raspberry leaf tea, bounced endlessly on my ball and I waited, and waited, and waited…..
As it turns out, my babies did not want to leave their mummy's tummy and I had to be induced. Frankly, by this time I had had enough. I wanted them out and now! We were booked for our induction at 7am on 12 November 2015. I think I will spare you the gory details of the long labour as my situation turned out to be very rare. However, in the end, with a little help, I naturally delivered 2 beautiful, healthy, gorgeous babies. Suddenly we were a family; here come the tears again!
Breastfeeding was my next challenge. I was very lucky and a lovely breastfeeding councillor in the hospital spent several hours helping me and after a few days we were feeding well and ready to go home. Once we were home I was determined to tandem feed. I knew that it would mean less stress, a synced routine and more time for me to try and achieve something! Tandem feeding was tough. It turned out that there wasn’t a cushion on the market that was supportive and functional. I therefore mocked one up and it became the most essential item that my babies and I had. In fact it was so vital to us that I have since manufactured it and it is available via Amazon and our website www.peanutandpiglet.co.uk . This is of course a whole other story, however if you are pregnant with twins or breastfeeding twins then please do have a look. I promise you will not regret purchasing this item!
Being a mum of twins:
Being a mum of twins is wonderful - hardwork, but wonderful. I love them to the moon and back. My husband and I often go into their room when they are sleeping just to look at them. These are the little precious moment of parenthood that are indescribable.
With all the different stages that we have navigated through there have been challenges to overcome. Many a time have I wondered how I am going to achieve the next task alone. But each day we all survive, laugh and love each other and I wouldn’t change a moment of it.
Are we going to have any more babies? You'd better ask my husband!!!
Have you every felt like you should have udders?! I know I have. Here is a step by step guide to talk you through tandem breastfeeding. I hope it helps.
The Piglet Feeding pillow is perfect for breastfeeding twins in tandem. It has been designed with the required dimensions for the perfect latch.