Twins

2014

Hello World,

It’s Franny writing today. So… Mommy and Daddy have almost “survived” the first year: it’s our birthday tomorrow!!! One year old, wow! Mommy and Daddy have been reading that “the first year is the hardest” and that “the second year will be so much easier”. They’ve been looking forward to this day and are still hoping that things will suddenly be different from midnight. Ha!

Not to worry though. Lucas and I have already given them some ideas of how the second year will be different: with both Lucas and me now walking, Mommy went to the park the other day for a little lunch in the sun. While I ran off to the left, Lucas went off to the right. There were dogs too, and they wanted to eat our lunch. Fair enough, because we didn’t! We wanted to eat an hour later, when Mommy was in the shopping centre with us. Mommy says, it was like herding cats and I think we’ve made sure she won’t be doing that again!

All in all, we are a great team though. Lucas loves to unroll the toilet roll, I love to tear it into pieces and Mommy… well, she loves to tidy it all up. Mommy says she has been blessed with two little balls of fire.

We’re like very very hungry caterpillars and still wake up at least 5 times a night. That milk is just too good, oh yeah. Therefore, Mommy is really happy that Pauline, our nanny, is still coming for a few hours 4 mornings a week. Also, Mommy has been working one day a week since March and is enjoying it. On those days, we’re with Pauline. We love Pauline!!!

Anyway, here are some pictures of our first year… and if you scroll to the bottom, there are also some links to some YouTube videos of us.

Christmas 2013

Christmas 2013

February 2014

February 2014

March 2014

March 2014

May 2014

May 2014

Here is a video of how much fun we already had together in December: http://youtu.be/iMMpbTq8HP8

And a video of us eating apples (we LOVE apples!!!): http://youtu.be/emzW4N-0pKE

And finally, a video of how well we were crawling three months ago: http://youtu.be/zqAdnIlMVl0

By the way, you might be asking what we’ll be getting for our birthday… that’s going to be a great surprise, because Granny sent some big parcels. Mommy made a donation to TAMBA (the Twins and Multiples Birth Association) instead of buying us toys. She was really touched by this story about a struggling family of quadruplets (!) and another 2-year-old. People in this country surely do not receive a lot of financial support when they have multiples, which is actually a big problem.

http://www.justgiving.com/quadsappeal

By the way, Mommy says if you feel like you should have bought us a card (which you don’t have to anyway), please donate a few bucks to them instead.

Love,

Franny

October 2013

At the end of May, a dream came true for me: I had twins. Since then, I’ve received emails asking: “How is it being a twin mom?”. And comments on Facebook saying: “When are you going to publish some pictures of your twins?”.

If you asked this question, the following page is for you.

So, how is it being a twin mom? Well, the first couple of months have been quite an experience. Like so many other first-time parents, Alan and I never really understood what the new-baby fuss was about. How could a baby be “so much work”? We were therefore pretty surprised by the 2-hourly feeds and nappy changes… times two. 24/7. Wow. I had had times of little sleep before, but if you are working, you usually get the weekends off. Unfortunately, our twins showed no appreciation for weekends or time off.

They say that new mothers must “learn” to sleep, when their baby sleeps. I didn’t have to learn that. Whenever Alan’s “shift” started or in the rare occasion that both our babies did sleep at the same time, my face hit the pillows and I went into a coma-like sleep. The cumulative effects of sleep-deprivation are amazing.

That’s only one side though… the side that everybody talks about. There’s another one. My friend Ana told me before I gave birth: “Be prepared to feel a love you have never felt before!”. I could not imagine feeling that. How could you feel something you had never felt before at 34? But it was true. Giving birth to two little new lives was amazing, being a mom is wonderful and both Alan and I fell in love with our little babies in no time. And I now have my own little family! I wish I were a writer, so I could express how much that all means to me.

The early days

The early days

After 5 months, having twins probably still feels like learning to surf: sometimes, you are on top of the wave and it feels like you rock the world, at other times, you are tumbled up by the waves and swallow large gulps of water. In the beginning, it certainly all felt like constant fire-fighting.

But we have learnt a lot. Not having family here in London, we realised pretty soon, that nobody gives you a medal of honour for constantly being exhausted and toiling away by yourself. We therefore decided to get some help. Our friend Natelie recommended her own mother, Pauline, and we are now paying Pauline to help look after us and the children a couple of hours a week. That means, I can go back to sleep and feel up for the challenges again afterwards.

Pauline brought up four children and helped raise her grandson. She has lots of experience… one thing that is still a miracle for me is how she can completely anticipate our babies’ needs. There’s no crying when the babies are hungry… because Pauline already knows that the babies are going to be hungry and has already prepared food. We have been learning a lot from Pauline.

Here are a few picture of our first trip to Somerset (where Granny and Granddad live):

Early family pictures

Early family pictures

The babies are thriving and a joy to be with. Have a look how much they have grown:

Franziska

Franziska

Lucas

Lucas

Ah, and if you are interested in seeing Franziska and Lucas in action, we made a little somewhat tacky little video for my cousin Irene’s birthday. Excuse my singing (honestly):

http://youtu.be/BFOG4P84OBs

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