It’s all about survival!

When I’d first had the twins, I remember someone saying to me that she could always spot parents with three or more kids as they were more laid back than those who had one or two children. I didn’t really get it at the time, but it’s something that has always stuck with me and I think she might be right (she was a mum of three, so she had a good insight). Not because we are naturally laid back, but because we simply have to be in order to survive being outnumbered!! I’m actually a natural worrier and perfectionist,…

My Captured Moment

It’s been a while since I’ve linked up to this link-up, but It’s one of my favourite ones, so I’m really going to try and link up more often. The link-up is ran by the lovely Heledd over at Running in Lavender  and it’s a great way to capture a moment every week. My Captured Moment is from last week. Henry had started potty training (finally!) and his reward for doing so well was a sleepover in Oscar’s room. Obviously Heidi being Heidi, there is no way she wasn’t joining the fun, so they all slept in Oscar’s bed together. Thankfully…

My captured moment – Oscar turns 6!

My captured moment is from a couple of weeks back when Oscar turned 6. He had his birthday party at Pizza Express, which was brilliant. What struck me with these photos is how grown up he looks. It made me realise that he’s no longer a little baby boy anymore. He’s starting to grow up! Now I know he’s only 6, but I think all parents experience this realisation at various points along the parenting journey. Those moments when you realise that your children are getting older and are growing up. The photo, and him turning 6, made me realise…

The demise of the daytime nap

When the twins were still tiny, we worked hard to ensure that they were in a good, predictable routine (I think it’s the only way to survive twins!). As a result they’ve always been good sleepers. They go to bed at 7pm and sleep until about 6/6.30am. They’ve also always had a couple of hours in the day, generally around lunchtime, even if we were out and about they would have a decent nap in their buggy. As most parents of toddlers will know, this daytime nap is essential for keeping everyone sane! It gives exhausted parents a bit of…

Potty training begins

On Friday Heidi began her potty training journey. A week ago I bought a pack of Huggies Pull Ups as they were on offer. Heidi really took to them and has been showing a real interest in the potty, so on Friday I decided to take the plunge and let her wear big girl pants.Armed with two pairs of spare pants, a change of leggings and a potty we headed out to pick up Oscar’s school uniform and for a spot of lunch with my Mum.I’m delighted to report that there were no accidents! We went to toilet and few…

Losing Bunny

Earlier this month we went to stay with our friends over the bank holiday weekend. We had a lovely time and the kids were all really well behaved, which is always a bonus! On the journey home, we realised that Oscar didn’t have his beloved Bunny. Bunny is a Jellycat toy, which was actually bought for Heidi about a year ago. Oscar, despite having Baby – a teddy who at the time went everywhere with him – took a real shine to Bunny and ever since has been his comforter. He sleeps with him every night and if he’s every…

Finding a balance as a working mum

  Those of you who are a regular visitor here (thank you by the way), will know that I work part time in marketing. I currently work 28 hours a week. I work 9.30am – 3pm, from home, on a Monday and then usual hours in the office on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. For us it’s the perfect balance. It ensures we have the money for ‘nice things’, such as holidays; satisfies my own need to maintain my career (and have some adult conversation!); and allows me to make precious memories with my little ones. I don’t job share, so…

Oscar's parents' evening

One night last week, Simon and I went to Oscar’s parents’ evening at school. We’d been to one just after he started, but it mainly focused on how well he was settling in, so I was looking forward to hearing how he was getting on. As soon as we sat down, both his teachers (they job share) started talking about how wonderful Oscar is. They said that he is such a lovely, well behaved little boy and how they love having him in their class. I was so proud.  At the age Oscar is (5) it is so important to…

The twins’ two year review

Last week the twins had their two year development review. The twins played with various toys whilst I chatted to the health visitor and answered various questions about each of them. I was a little worried about Henry’s speech. I know I shouldn’t compare them, but when you have twins it’s hard not to. Heidi’s speech is coming on really well, in fact you can virtually have a conversation with her, where as Henry tends to use single words with the odd one or two together “More milk” is a usual phrase! After chatting with the health visitor it was clear…

A magical Mother’s Day weekend

I’ve had the most lovely weekend and the fact that it was Mother’s Day yesterday was like the cherry on top. All of the kids have been lovely this weekend and we’ve had a great time together, just doing simple things. I don’t work on a Friday, so it always feels like the start of the weekend for me. Me and the twins normal go shopping or out for lunch with my mum. This Friday we did a bit of holiday shopping in prep for our Portugal trip, which is less than 3 weeks away and we also had a…

The first time I called 999 (and hopefully …

Tonight I experienced the scariest couple of minutes of my life. Henry choked, not just your usual gaging, before it appears again, but properly choked to the point of almost turning blue. It was absolutely horrendous and something I hopefully never have to experience again. I’d returned home from work to find both twins had a small bowl of sweets. Simon’s mum picks Oscar up from school every Thursday and, as grandparents do, had got Oscar some pick n mix. Oscar had come home to where the twins were with my mum and of course they wanted in on the…