Yes, they're twins. Both of them!

Everyday experiences with twins. The ups, downs and downright unexpected.

You win some, you lose some.. February 17, 2012

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This week we’ve had a breakthrough, finally, with the potty training. I use the word ‘training’ in its loosest possible sense! I’ve been asking if the twins want to use the potty and they’ve been saying no, and that’s about as far as it’s gone to date!

However, with the 3rd birthday having been and gone last weekend; this week, I’ve used a new tactic with them. Mummy has made it clear that girls of a certain age definitely don’t wear nappies. 3 year olds are like princesses and fairies and they most definitely wear big girl pants. So far, it seems to have worked.

Obviously the transition hasn’t been 1o0% successful, but we’ve had a pretty good week and the ghastly Disney princess knickers have helped encourage the girls to discard the equally loved Dora the Explorer nappies.

I’ve dished out hundreds of thousands of chocolate buttons and smarties as ‘rewards’ and there’s been lots of clapping and cheering from the sidelines.

However, whilst we’ve been celebrating the (fingers crossed), permanent move to knickers, the girls have decided that their new-found grown up status also means they no longer need a post-lunch snooze. As any mummy will agree, the middle of the day sleep is the secret weapon in surviving a day at home with a small child. You just have to get through the morning and the lunchtime feeding session and then you can pack the little sweethearts off to bed for a couple of hours whilst you a) catch up with the household chores  or b) hit the gin.

Without the day time sleep, the day suddenly seems a LOT longer. And because we’re in a transitional phase of doing without the nap, tempers are a little more frayed by the end of the day, tears flow a little more easily, and petty squabbles escalate an awful lot faster (and that’s just twins mummy!).

But I’m not complaining… the thought of the number of landfill sites that my family must be responsible for filling, is really quite disturbing. We will embrace being a nappy-free zone and from next week, we’re going to learn all about the Continental princesses and fairies, who all LOVE to take a siesta….. It’s got to be worth a try.






The cheek of it May 19, 2010

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A little anecdote from my day for you tonight. Something that made me smile..

I put the girls down for their lunchtime nap at the usual time. I was feeling a bit ropey today, so once they were in bed I went downstairs and sat in the lounge with the intention of enjoying a quiet few minutes.

It soon became clear that my daughters were not in the mood for sleeping. They were in the mood for giggling and chatting and squealing.

I listened for almost half an hour and then thought I’d better go and check them in case either of them needed changing. Having a dirty bot is a sure-fire reason not to sleep and I can’t say I blame them!

As I opened the door to their bedroom, two little smiling faces greeted me. They thought I was about to rescue them from their cots and join them in their games, so were fairly disappointed when they realised this wasn’t the case.

I checked twin 2 first – lifted her dress up and with a quick feel of the nappy discovered that yes, she was perfectly clean. On to twin 1. I lifted her dress up and was stunned to see… a completely naked bottom.


I’m sure I didn’t put her to bed without a nappy on. Did I?

It’s at moments like these that I fear the return of ‘baby brain’. Whilst pregnant I did all manner of daft things (totally out of character obviously!), which included setting off for the school run with my phone on the roof of my car. Funnily enough, it wasn’t still on the roof of my car when I arrived at school. There was also the unfortunate incident involving my iPod being stored in the fridge, and the near fatal moment when I tried to reverse over the gardener.

I know my memory isn’t what it used to be, but surely I didn’t forget the nappy?

And then I spotted it. The discarded nappy which had been flung out of the cot and was now lying, redundant on the bedroom floor.

I looked back at twin 1 who was grinning at me. “Look what I did”, she was saying to me. “Aren’t I clever?”.

Amazingly there had been no little accidents in the cot so I firmly reapplied the nappy and popped her back to bed. She lay there quite happily, grinning away, seemingly satisfied that she’d proved her point.

And for reasons that aren’t entirely clear, I grinned too.