Bottles and Boobs: My experience with feeding twins

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Author: Melissa Lourey 

This is part two of Melissa’s story. You can read all about her twins birth HERE.

While pregnant with twins, I would try and imagine what life would be like once they were born. I imagined having them with me in the hospital room, cuddling, feeding and sleeping just as I had two years before when I gave birth to my daughter Amelie. I bought nice new pyjamas thinking I would be lying around the house breastfeeding in those early weeks at home and using any spare energy I had to play with Amelie. The reality of having twins hasn’t quite matched the idealistic scenarios I had imagined and feeding them has been an interesting, and somewhat chaotic journey.

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Coping with an active toddler while pregnant with twins and multiples

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There is a pretty funny meme about pregnancy that shows a woman pregnant with her first child lamenting to a woman with baby and toddler about how tired she is – while the woman with the children knows her tiredness may have only just begun.

There is a particular tiredness we feel during our first pregnancy that we look back on almost fondly with later pregnancies – because once you add one or more other children to the mix, your level of exhaustion takes on a whole new level. To help with this we have put together some tips, tricks and general good advice for dealing with your active toddler while pregnant with twins.

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Finding out we were pregnant with twins while travelling Australia in a bus

living in a bus while pregnant

Author: Tracy Benge 

Feeling queasy and nauseous, I took that test and waited for the two lines to appear on the stick, ok that’s a lie it was my 5th test after 4 negatives but I just couldn’t shake the feeling I was pregnant.

We had finally started out on our actual “trip” we had been waiting forever for, well the last 3 years anyways. You see we live in a 40ft converted bus roughly 11 x 2.3 metres of living space. Two adults, a 13-year-old boy, 4-year-old girl and now expecting twin girls. After a few months on the road our 16-year-old son returned to our hometown to live with family.

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Dummies for twins or more. Find out why they can do more harm than good.

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Catherine from Dream Winks is a holistic sleep consultant. She shares with us her opinions on dummies for twins and more. You can find out more about Catherine and Dream Winks HERE.

Lots of parents ask me what my opinion on dummies is, especially with twins or multiples. Some parents see them as a godsend when juggling two or more grumpy babies so they want to know what I think. While my answer is fairly simple the reasons behind it are not. 

So, what is my take on dummies for twins and more?

Please take the time to read the whole article all as the information is very important to make an informed decision.

Do I recommend dummies – NO

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Bringing Home Triplets or Twins When You Have a Toddler

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Bringing home twins when you have a toddler waiting to welcome them to the family can be a juggling act. Here are some tips to make the whole process a bit smoother.

Bringing Home Triplets or Twins When You Have a Toddler

Try as we might to not disrupt an older child’s life when several siblings come home from the hospital, it is likely to happen anyway. Bringing home triplets or twins when you have a toddler waiting to welcome them to the family can be a juggling act.

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Twins in the Special Care Nursery. My experience.

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My twins turned 8 last week, and coincidently I found this interview I had done for our student midwife about our twins in the special care nursery. It is very raw and unpolished, but I wanted to share it with you as it is.

I wrote this on the 17th October 2011. So the twins were 4 months old at the time.

Eight years on, it has made the memories come flooding back.

How long were your twins in the special care nursery?

31 days.  Oliver was in the Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery (NICU) for a few days and Alexis went straight to the Special Care Nursery (SCN).

What was your experience of having twins in the special care nursery?

We were very very lucky.  Our twins were mainly in there for fattening up and to learn to feed.  While they certainly had their share of hiccups along the way, they didn’t have any really realy serious issues.  At the time though, it was all very scary.

While Oliver was the bigger twin, he had more health issues.  He was born apnoeic, but was soon revived.  He was in NICU for the first few days then was transferred to special care.  Oliver was in an isolette for a week with oxygen being pumped into the isolette.  He was never ventilated or on CPAP though thankfully.  We were told every day when we left to expect that we would find him back in NICU the next morning on CPAP, but this never eventuated. 

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Being a mum to adult identical triplet girls

being a mum to identical triplet girls

Author: Lindy Fien

Well, here we are. My identical triplet girls (Shannen, Kaitlin and Courtney) are finally adults, and I am so proud. Life in our family has been a roller coaster from the day we found out we were expecting triplets.

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Finding out we were pregnant with triplets

There were big changes in the year 2000. A bigger car, my boys 10 and 12 yrs had to learn to share a room and my attention. Endless bottles, nappies, clothing, bathing, feeding….it all seemed so overwhelming. So, we formed a production line, an organised routine that got our girls to adulthood with my sanity still intact. Not to say there weren’t times when I questioned my ability to parent, but I realised I’d been given this amazing task and damn it, I was going to get it right.

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Night Nannies for twins and triplets. What do they actually do?

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Night Nannies for twins and triplets sound like an amazing idea!!! And I wish I had known about them when my babies were little.

But what do they actually do? And how can they help your family? Twinfo recently interviewed AnnMarie, the Founder of Night Nannies. AnneMarie is also a twin mum herself!

What is the difference between a Night Nanny and an overnight babysitter? 

Great question! An overnight Nanny is someone who holds qualifications in early childhood development or nursing and provides a tailored service specifically for infants. This service provides all aspects of respite, routine guidance, settling techniques and feeding assistance. Postnatal Education and Care sums up our Overnight Nanny service.

Babysitting to us is a basic evening service after 6pm where we come in and the parents go out for a nice relaxing dinner knowing that their older (sleeping children) are being cared for and supervised.

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What multiple mums want for Mother’s Day | 10 things we really want.

what twin mums want for mothers day

You can’t miss it.  The marketing for Mother’s Day began a month ago – you know, all the “beautiful” flannel pyjamas and fluffy slippers are piled high as you enter the shop.  However, if your household is anything like mine, my partner will turn to me a few days before Mother’s Day, with a panicked look in his eye and ask me what I want for Mother’s Day!

And here, Mums, is where we get it wrong.  If you say “Oh nothing, let’s just spend the day as a family’, then that’s what is going to happen!  Before you know it, you will be left looking after the kids while your partner is out mowing the lawn and doing all the general jobs that need doing on the weekend.  And you will go to bed feeling disappointed.  So don’t feel bad about being brutally honest.  If you want to have a hot bath ON YOUR OWN (with no bath toys in sight!) then tell your family that their job is to clean the bathroom, and remove the bath toys.  Your partner can then take the kids out to the park for an hour to let you soak in peace!

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