36 weeks exactly | Fate and consequences

I shouldn’t have spoken too soon yesterday. What was it I said?; ‘what other things could possibly happen to me?’. Oh dearie me… Never, ever, ever tempt fate. Because bad things befall anyone that dares to; as I learnt to my peril yesterday evening. So the Twinkles and I muddled on through the rest of… Read More

33 weeks and 2 days | Twitter, Twins & Teething

A whole week has managed to lapse and I haven’t managed to write anything. So much stuff has been going on and as per usual, I tend to live the moment, rather than to stop and record what’s happening.

I used to think that Twitter was a waste of time for that very reason. A nonentity that I shouldn’t bother myself with as, in the main,  I couldn’t understand how people could keep typing a running commentary on their lives, rather than just living it. Plus 140 characters doesn’t seem a lot if you’ve got something of any interest to say!

Still. Having been sold the virtues of Twitter, by a good friend, I now have a Twitter account and am enjoying meeting total strangers in a virtual world — other mothers, mainly — whose trials and tribulations match my own.

So instead of feeling pressurised into posting witty anecdotes every 10 minutes (Stephen Fry springs to mind), I now realise that Twitter doesn’t need to be used in that way. I can post the odd comment or question and there may — or may not — be someone at the other end to answer back. I can have a real-time conversation with another twin mum who hasn’t slept because her babies are teething (OK — so that may be me talking out-loud to myself!) or have a dialogue with a company about their products or services. NOW I get it :)

Which brings me on to something else I just got…

lovely goodies from Weleda :)

I hadn’t heard of this brand before having the Twinkles, but when my babies arrived their auntie recommended Weleda’s Calendula Nappy Change Cream. She had been given a tube by my niece’s godmother and had only good things to say about it.  I went and had a look for them online and was delighted to see that they have a lovely, easy-to-navigate, website — chock-full of fantastic, holistic and natural skincare and pharmaceutical products — and have won many awards for their green and eco-friendly credentials.

Needless to say, we are now on our third tube of the nappy cream and I can safely say that it’s my very favourite product for using on the babies, bar none.

Bertie had quite bad nappy rash in the first week he arrived home and the magic nappy cream sorted it within a couple of days. I’ve found that a lot of the mainstream nappy creams don’t seem to work as well. One — mentioning no names — just coats the skin in a thick, white coating. It doesn’t seem to dissolve in at all and it smells pretty vile too. The Weleda Calendula Nappy Cream, on-the-other-hand, smells divine and has a lovely, creamy — non-greasy — texture, that protects their delicate skin. It seemed to clear up the redness in hours and his skin looked perfect just days after using it.

Weleda have just launched a hair-care range so, earlier in the week, I Tweeted them to ask whether any of them were suitable for me and the babies to use. They Tweeted me back and said that the Calendula Shampoo and Bodywash was the best thing to use on the babies and I could use it too, combined with the matching conditioner. Happy days :)

I placed an order, online, and my box of treats arrived this morning. Along with yet another tube of the magic nappy cream! I’m looking forward to trying the new shampoo and conditioner and really hope that it works just as well as the nappy cream. Will keep you posted ;)

Finally, can get around to writing about what I came on here to do! My second born — beautiful, long-lashed, dark-eyed Cosmo-Bear — has cut his first tooth!!!! He was building up to it all last week, as his little cheeks were red and he was drooling for Britain then, on the weekend, we had my sister’s family staying and Cosmo had a total meltdown cried every-time my brother-in-law even looked at him! Talk about giving someone a complex!?! The poor bloke only needed to glance in his direction and Cosmo would HOWL. A high pitched wail (he could break glass with, I swear) , followed by tears and chest-heaving sobs. Blimey. So glad I wasn’t on the receiving end of it! But it did make me think that something was amiss… The Cosmonaut is usually such a cheery chappie! Really strange for him to be acting that way — especially with someone he knows and generally has only smiles for. Then as the weekend progressed, his mood got even darker and stroking across his gum, I suddenly felt what can only be described as a shard of glass, poking up through his lower jaw. A tooth. A little tiny tooth!

My poor little boy!! No wonder he was at odds with the world; as I said before in a  previous post, I think teething is barbaric!! Anyway. Cue, not a great deal of sleep on the Sunday night as he yelled out in pain every hour. That, combined with the clocks going back, did not a great weekend make. Still. We only have another 19 teeth to go.

Or 39, if you count Bertie’s as well. Gulp.

It’s a shame Weleda don’t do a ‘magic teething cream’. I might have to Tweet them again and suggest it to them… ;)

32 weeks and 2 days

Well, it’s Friday again. It’s an odd phenomenon but, even though I’m not working at the moment, Friday’s still hold the same excitement as before. That delicious anticipation of a weekend; even though my life, currently, is like one BIG weekend.  I’m not sure why I feel so excited every time we reach the end… Read More

29 weeks and 2 days| 5 good things

Good news all round this week. 1. The chickenpox scare was indeed just that. A scare. The little boy in question did not develop the dreaded pox and all was well in the world :) 2. My stomach muscles are starting to remember what they are for. I have been going back to Pilates —… Read More

28 weeks and 5 days| Fast Day Number 4

It’s Monday again… I was just reminded of last week’s post and thought I’d write an update. Following last Monday’s rant, I decided I wasn’t going to upset myself any further by enforcing another fast day on Thursday — as it suggests in the book — as I figured the reason I wasn’t losing any… Read More

27 weeks and 6 days | The Jumperoo and dieting

Amazing what a bit of decent food can do to improve your mood :)

Whilst I haven’t pigged out today — following yesterday’s starvation fast — I have been able to eat what I want, when I want.

For example.

For breakfast today, I had a bowl of porridge and a slice of granary toast with peanut butter. As opposed to fresh air.

And as I type I am eating an apple and a slice of cheese; yesterday, a ‘treat’ would have consisted of a teaspoon of Bovril in hot water. Do you see where I’m coming from??

Not that I have anything derogatory to say about Bovril. I LOVE the stuff. But I generally prefer it on a slice of hot buttered toast…

So today has been a good day.

Bertie and Cosmo have been amusing themselves between the Fisher Price jungle floor mat and the Jumperoo.

We were given the mat, but the Jumperoo was an Ebay purchase… a bit of a whim initially, as I had never actually seen one in real life, but my friend was always mentioning that her baby fell asleep in his (no bad thing, surely?!). So I looked for one that was for sale really near by — so we could collect — but in fact the woman selling it dropped it off, as she was only in the next village. Result.

It has been the best £45 I’ve spent in years! Who knew that a big lump of bouncing, garish plastic could give so much pleasure and entertainment to a pair of 6 month old babies?

It was hilarious to watch them at first — as they clearly had no idea what they were supposed to be doing — but week by week they suddenly figured out what their legs were for and hey-presto! They started to bounce.

It’s also good for their balance and strength too, so all-in-all,  a brilliant buy. Plus you can leave them for a while and they are completely engrossed in what they’re doing and safe.

Which reminds me… must go and rescue Bertie!

Until next time x

Bert getting to grips with The Jumperoo