‘Double trouble’, ‘you’ve got your hands full’, ‘they’re so cute’, ‘I’d never be able to tell them apart’; these are the things we hear on a daily basis. But that’s only the beginning of the story. During my 15 months of twin parenthood, I’ve come across many unforeseen twin-related problems! Here are just a few:
My hands are always full, but so are my arms, feet and mouth!
I am now very adept at answering the phone with my chin, picking up a book off the floor with my feet, carrying a car seat in either hand and my changing bag plus car keys with my teeth; in fact I look like a Christmas tree with various decorations dangling from various parts of my body most of the time.
Forgetting to put the pram in the car
Driving 10 miles to a baby music group, arriving and realising you forgot to put the pram in the car. Carrying two almost-toddlers from the car park through town to the very badly located play centre is not an option; the only option is a 20 mile round trip to get the pram.
My sleep deprived mind can’t even work out the stats behind this! Somehow we always end up with a massive pile of odd socks, twice as many as we should have!
Sleeping through the night
My baby finally slept through the night! It’s the holy grail for all parents. My baby did sleep through the night once, and so did the other one. Unfortunately it wasn’t the same night.
Choosing which baby to save
The one that’s crawling towards the cream rug you naively bought pre-babies mid nappy-change, or the one heading towards the massive untouched cup of coffee that you’ve already re-warmed 3 times? Oh well, it’s probably gone cold again anyway.
You’ve already fed baby no 1 because they woke up half an hour before their twin. But now baby 2 has woken up and needs feeding and there’s no way baby 1 is going to let baby 2 feed without them having some! Result: twin babies will never wean. Ever.
If you’ve got twins, and assuming you make it through the first year, you have to buy 4 different first birthday cards: one for each of them from Mummy & Daddy, plus one to each from each other. Do you know how hard it is to find 4 different designs of first birthday card in one shop?!