Random acts of wildness

This month we have pledged to commit 30 random acts of wildness, one for each day.  We signed up with the Wildlife Trusts and we are ready, armed with our activity pack, to go wilder.  I say wilder because those … Continue reading

The power of two

Today was one of those days, you know the ones where you are so embarrassed you wish the ground would swallow you up? IT WAS MY FAULT. What person in their right mind takes toddler twins to the garden centre … Continue reading

Feeling chuffed! (Pun intended)

I am often told that it must be great having twins (it is) as they have a constant playmate but in reality, although they adore each other, I think my toddlers would like a little space sometimes.  E and M … Continue reading

Welcoming Spring

Sorry it has been so long since I last wrote.  I have written to you so many times in my head but, for one reason or another, the words never made it any further. We have been having a jolly … Continue reading

Feeling disappointed…

Our family is attempting to be healthier these days and consequently freer of temptation and guilt. Armed with a number of alternative free from recipe books, an array of weird and wonderful ingredients and a spiraliser, things were set to … Continue reading

A little gift for me

doublethecuddle.wordpress.comI needed a bit of a pick-me-up this morning so we left the house later than usual, scraped the ice off the car to the sound of the building site next door and drove past it so the only two people in our village excited to see yet another development could get a good glimpse of the digger! I decided some new daffodils for my lovely new jug (which I realise you haven’t seen yet!) were in order so we took a short visit to the market in our local town.  Just what I needed, so pretty…doublethecuddles.wordpress.com

The elves are working hard again…

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So this is the time of year when Father Christmas’ elves return from their fortnight in the Maldives (if only!) and start work again.  Post Christmas is always a big deal for me because while everyone is thinking New Year’s … Continue reading

It must be love

doublethecuddles.wordpress.comI have just returned from a lovely fortnight in Cornwall (yes I know, how lucky am I!?!), visiting the beach most days, sometimes in wellies and waterproofs but mainly sun cream and shorts (I know! How lucky am I!?!).  Today I downloaded the 1064 photos we took, I think editing may take a while but at first glance I have noticed something, I can count the number of times myself or A appear in a photo on my hands however E and M feature in almost all (bar a few of the sea or rock pool finds) something tells me it must be love that drives us to take approximately 1000 photos of our gorgeous twins in only a fortnight.  How lucky am I!?!doublethecuddles.wordpress.comdoublethecuddles.wordpress.comdoublethecuddles.wordpress.comdoublethecuddles.wordpress.com

Dear Neighbour

I am sorry that my children disturbed you last night.  I can appreciate that being tired makes you act irrationally, believe me I have a lot of experience with this.  I’m sure you realise that banging on the wall neither stops them from crying or helps to get them back to sleep.  Previously you have commented that you don’t like being woken in the night, neither do I and if there was a solution I would have done it.

I know that living next door to a young child often involves experiencing some of the worst parts of parenthood without experiencing any of the joys.  When we moved into this house the boy next door was a baby, every night for many years I was woken over and over by a crying child and fighting parents (about who would deal with him).  I wore earplugs for 5 years, can I suggest (if you don’t already) that you wear some too; I can recommend a good make.  If this does not work how about moving into your empty bedroom?

I have done my fair share of wall banging over the years; through the all night parties, rhythmically squeaking mattresses and a neighbour and the bloke she picked up that night singing Peter Andre and Katie Price’s version of ‘a whole new world’ at 3am and the moaning that followed but a crying child for three years did not warrant a bang on the wall.  However your cockerel that wakes everyone in the early hours…

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Watching more tolerant neighbours

So that you do not think we have not considered you I would like to just make you aware of the measures we have taken to try and limit disturbance.  When I found out I was having twins we looked for a new house that had the twin’s bedroom on an outside wall, unfortunately we did not find the right house before I was too heavily pregnant, I am sorry for that.  When they have been ill or gone through long periods of night waking one has slept in the lounge or our bedroom for weeks on end to prevent disturbance to the other and our neighbours.  When the twins wake in the night we deal with one each so no one is left crying but sometimes even when we are there it takes some time to find a solution.  We have spent many hours rocking and cuddling, have co-slept with white noise, wave noise, whale noise, nursery rhymes, star projections, stories, milk, medicine…TV (cringe!).    When the twins had tonsillitis one night I rocked M from 7pm-4am (without dinner) while she cried, believe me if there was a solution…

Having twins is a wonderful experience but brings daily challenges and toddler twins while different to babies are no easier.  We do our best.  If after all this you still believe we are at fault, that we could change something, that you could do better, please do, I dare you!

Yours sincerely,

Frustrated and exhausted twin parents