Ooooof! Now that's an autumn bouquet.
I grew them in my tum!
As I finally unpack the last remnants of my hospital bags, I thought I'd share what I DIDN'T end up using. If you saw my hospital bag videos/blog posts you'll know I packed a fair bit (ahem) but it turned out they were packed pretty damn well - if I do say so myself - and near enough everything was used and replenished during our hospital stay. Obviously everyone is different but for me, the above were not used at all... 1) PROPER CAMERA. Lol that I thought I'd be remotely interested in taking proper pics/video. We have some amazing pics from theatre and our stay in general on our phones, we definitely didn't need a real camera too. 2) GOING HOME OUTFITS. By the time we were finally discharged - late at night - the last thing I wanted to do was put the boys through the trauma of getting changed (honestly, they think it's the worst thing that could ever happen to them) just so that they could be in their going home outfits. They weren't going to see anyone and they don't need a special outfit just for a terrifying car journey. I'm not sure why I convinced myself they needed a special going home outfit, I guess I'd just read it too much on blogs and in books. By the time we were going home, we were just desperate to GO HOME. 3) HAND CREAM. A nice idea as I find this one particularly relaxing but when you have a cannula the size of a coke can in your hand you don't really want to be adding wild mint and mandarin into the mix. 4) BIG KNICKERS. I've had to fold these Primark parachute pants as they were too big for the flatlay (loltown) and don't get me wrong I have worn them EVERY SINGLE DAY since being discharged but in hospital I preferred to wear the disposable mesh surgical pants that they give you post-op. I didn't need nine pairs of my own pants in my suitcase! 5) READING MATERIALS. I love Take a Break (espesh the bonkers Fate & Fortune editions) so the fact I didn't get a chance to read this while in hospital is really saying something. I packed books too. What was I thinking?! Again, maybe some people will want that kind of distraction but pre-babies my brain was a mess and post-babies I was pretty busy. I didn't need to pack a mini library. Xxx
Four weeks ago today 🤗 People ask if it has gone quickly but it just feels like they've been here forever really. I can't really imagine life before them. I think having a rough pregnancy helped the transition to newborn parenthood as I was already sleep deprived, used to being indoors, in pain, in hospital etc etc so actually looking after babies has seemed relatively easy in comparison. I haven't wanted to say that as don't want to come across smug but I really am enjoying every second. The babies are here! I can actually hold them! I don't have to spend every second worrying! The end of the pregnancy got so scary (because of issues with me, not them…will perhaps blog at some point) that everything since has seemed like a…oh god…I think I'm going to say blessing?! But that's the only way to describe it really. And this past week we were finally discharged by the midwives and it feels like we can properly get on with our lives now 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼 Some of the questions I've been asked the most... WHAT ARE THEIR NAMES? Ok so I feel like a bit of a dick for not sharing the names but that's what ST and I have decided. We're probably being overly precious and we may change our minds but we want to keep private for now so that's that. WHAT DID THEY WEIGH? T1 was 5lb15, T2 was 6lb8. Long & skinny. Huge feet. The 5lb sleepsuits got packed away this week and they even graduated to size 1 nappies. They will probably go to uni next week 😭😭😭 WHAT GESTATION WAS I? They were emergency section at 38+1, but that was only a teeny bit early as I was scheduled for 38+3. This is really good going for twins and I'm so very grateful I got to the end. WHERE ARE MY INSTA POSTS? I'm mostly sticking to Stories for now, you won't see lots of babies in your main feed but it's a twin spam party up in Stories! HOW AM I? In love. Overly emotional at every Christmas advert. Giddy. WILL I BLOG/VLOG AGAIN? In time, I no doubt will. I want to write about my section, the realities of third trimester with twins and so on and so forth. I'm not really swimming with free time though so for the next few weeks I'm going to stick to lengthy Insta captions I reckon. Like this one 👍 Xxxx
T1 is confused because he's never seen me in anything other than leggings. Never did I know that wearing jeans could feel SO DAMN GOOD. (Ask me again after lunch though, ahem). #wiwt #ootd #OHMYGODREALJEANS
Great grandparents meet some great babies 💙💙
Blimey o'riley. Why did I not go to Baby Gap during my shopping prep?! Thank you @onenewchange for what is quite possibly the cutest package ever. HURRY UP AND GROW BABIES, YOU NEED TO WEAR YOUR BEAR EARS AND PENGUIN BUMS 😍🐻🐧😍
Some fave essentials during our first week home... 1) Cheap nappy sacks. We bought a fancy Sangenic nappy bin and all the cartridges but haven't even got it out of the box yet. Bog standard nappy sacks are more than fine for now. (Caveat: we have daily bin collection so smells are not an issue). 2) MAM anti-colic bottles. I didn't expect to bottlefeed, but had bought two of these just in case. I've since bought another pack. Then another two packs. They are BRILLIANT. The boys are so much less sicky than they were with the hospital bottles. Quite a few parts to clean, but worth the effort for less vom. 3) Milton fluid. Granted we're all a bit delirious with tiredness but we genuinely get very excited about changing over the Milton bucket in the mornings. Again, I wasn't expecting to bottlefeed so hadn't bought a steriliser but the midwives told me to just Prime a big Milton bucket and I have to say, it is SO EASY. Screw the microwave. 4) Properly cheap muslins. My first (insane) baby purchase was a £45 set of Jungle Book aden+anais swaddles. Obviously I was HORRIFIED to find ST mopping up sick with them on the first night back from hospital. THEY ARE FOR BEST! FOR WEDDINGS! FOR PARTIES! FOR HIGHLY STAGED INSTAGRAM PHOTOS! Cheap muslins are very much needed (I bought lots in Primark and they are soft enough and wash well). 5) Fancy soap. I think I've washed my hands more time this week than this year. It's constant. Posh hand soap is a treat you deserve and this Bramley one (lavender, geranium and petitgrain) smells DIVINE. 6) Coconut oil. T1 is sensitive in every way (bless) and I've taken to slathering his dry patches in coconut oil. It's a nice thing to do AND it means I have a baby who smells like biscuits, so it's win win all around. 7) Pacifiers. Don't feel guilty about using a dummy, some babies love them to self soothe and it gives their hands a break from being sucked and chewed to death. With twins especially, using a pacifier to buy five extra minutes is a GOD SEND. I bought these as they seemed to be the best orthodontically. #### (Cont in comments as I seem to be writing a full essay here)
What I wore for my very exciting ten minute adventure OUTSIDE today 👍🏼#wiwt
At 16:15 and 16:18 last Saturday, our little supermen arrived. (Thank you @derry976 for the hats which are obviously AMAZING). I was 38+1 and they weighed 5lb15 and 6lb8. I'm sure I'll blog about the whole birth at some point - I feel like I'm very much still processing it - but I thought I would share a FUN STORY (I'm very tired) about their birth songs 🎶🎶 I didn't want to make a theatre playlist as I liked the idea of having the radio on and letting fate decide what songs they were born to. Rather surreally, T1 was born to Lionel Richie's Hello, is it me you're looking for? (YES T1, you really are what I have been looking for my entire life you ridiculously precious diva kitten baby) and then T2 was born to my all time fave pop song: Aztec Camera's Somewhere in my Heart. I once said to ST that you can judge whether or not someone is worth knowing by whether they know all the words to that song - and he promptly sang it from start to finish word for word. I listened to it a lot while fed up with pregnancy symptoms in the heatwave and it just makes me so HAPPY. I couldn't believe it when T2 came out to it. I'm still quite emosh about everything so forgive me if the above is all a massive ramble. But yes, one week of twin mumhood mastered and I'm very much in love.
Judges Houses. Takeaway spaghetti in bed. Sleeping babies. A husband who doesn't mind taking you to the toilet. The definition of pure happiness? Thanks for all the lovely messages of congratulations. They really mean a lot, especially as the kindness of strangers made the harder parts of this pregnancy so so much more bearable 🙏🏼
Brb just falling in love with my kids 💙💙
Uncanny. #38weeks #twinpregnancy #stillpregnant
It's 6.30am and at this exact time three years ago, on almost zero sleep, I was heading down to breakfast with @taylorfaceace ahead of my wedding. We thought that as long as we went down early enough we could make full use of the hotel buffet options, hot AND cold, without feeling sick and bloated in our dresses. We were correct. I would recommend it. Three years on and I've once again been up all night feeling excited and sick and anxious but this time it's because I'm wondering if my family will grow by two today. I'd rather it *didn't* happen today because I've still got some laundry to do and I'd quite like to keep this date sacred for hot dates at local curry houses in 15 years time rather than worrying about birthday parties, but what will be will be! Big love to ST for being the best husband a girl could ask for, even if he won't ever see this because instagram is weird, why would you want to look at photos of strangers?. (For new followers: my husband HATES the internet and that's why he is not pictured here...or elsewhere for that matter. I haven't just cropped him out of a wedding photo because I'm a maniac who thinks my dress was more important than the man I was marrying. Although tbf it was a pretty snazzy dress 🙌🏼)
THRILLED to report that I am in bed with both a cup of tea *and* a proof copy of @dollyalderton's memoir. I have won the Monday early evening lottery. I really don't think I could love Dolly's writing more if I tried and I just know this debut is going to be such a massive success. It's not out til February but I can confirm it's as gorgeous and hilarious as you'd hope. WELL DONE DOLLY 🙌🏼 #EverythingIKnow #amreading
Waking up to being full term like whaaaaaaaat 🎉🎉🎉 THIRTY SEVEN WEEKS PEOPLE. This is completely bonkers. Friday 13th may be unlucky for some but I honestly feel like the luckiest girl in the world today. I wasn't sure I'd ever get here with one let alone two. Biggest milestone yet. Well done babies. Well done NHS. Well done squash. 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼
I should really bring out my own range of pregnancy and baby milestone cards.
This isn't my breakfast, this was last night's dinner made by my mum. Shakshuka and sourdough with SO MUCH LURPAK (not pictured) as I'm on a fatten up the babies mission. It's a hard mission to undertake when there's no space in your stomach for much more than squash but I am making a valiant effort. Such a trooper and all that 🤗(Side note: new favourite squash is the lemon and lime high juice by Sainsbury's. It is entirely excellent. Trust me). #shakshuka #breakfastfordinner #eatingforthree #thirdtrimester #vegetarianpregnancy #whatveggieseat
Grandparents on batch cooking. Husband building Tripp Trapps. I'm on the sofa barking orders whilst eating my favourite Christmas biscuits. NESTING DONE RIGHT.
12 weeks vs 36 weeks. Yep, they're still just about inside!