When you have twins you become a celebrity overnight. I once got stopped 8 times in an hour in M&S when my babies were weeks old, no one asks for an autograph but they do ask a lot of questions. They ask “are they twins?”, “boys?” even when one is wearing a pink dress, “identical?” even when you have told them you have one girl and one boy, “natural?”, “twins run in the family?”, “planned?” didn’t know what to say to that one! Then there are the passing remarks to which I rarely respond, “double the trouble”, “was it two for one?”, “you have your hands full”, “I don’t know how you do it? I find it hard with one”, “you’re a busy lady”…
The one I hate the most and always respond to is “double the trouble”. I would never refer to my twins as double the trouble, they are double the cuddles, double the giggles and double the love. Granted there are double the nappies, dirty washing, crying, the list goes on but my babies are not a trouble, they are an absolute blessing!
However sometimes it is doubly hard particularly when they get ill. I know to most I seem a little over the top about protecting my babies from other’s viruses, well this is why….
E and M have been gradually getting more difficult for just over a week. Nights are fun, getting up about 8 times, each time involves getting out of bed 3ish times to chase a dummy and sooth before they go to sleep. Most nights we have an hour of trying everything; rocking, co-sleeping, dummy, singing, lullaby on monitor, painkillers and finally giving up and feeding them just to settle them (routine will be interesting when we come out of this). Then there is the crying in unison…. Last night was the worst, they felt so rotten they were disturbed so easily by the other and were beside themselves for 2 hours at a time resulting in a 4am puppet show (which helped calm them). Every time my twins are in the same house as someone with a virus you can guarantee they will get it and so we have it. We thought it was teething at first as it started with a runny nose and sad babies but turns out that was just the beginning of a rotten cold… and teething! M has a tummy bug too, last night we were woken to M being sick in her cot and over everything around her. During the day daddy goes to work leaving a very tired mummy on her own with lots of washing to do and two sad babies who quite rightly both want a cuddle and extra attention because they feel poorly and mummy can’t always sooth both at the same time. We are all very tired. Night shift anyone?