19 weeks and 6 days | Dear Zoo

The Twinkles are growing SO quickly — my baby boys are absolutely blooming!

Looking at them now, you’d never know how little they were when they were born.

At one point, Bertie went down to 4lb 9oz. We so nearly had to back to the hospital for him to be tube fed; we were literally one feed away from it.

As a new parent, you know that you need to feed your baby regularly and everyone tells you this, but what people don’t tell you is just how hard it can be to feed a new baby. Especially one that it underweight… Bertie’s blood sugar levels would drop and he’d be so lethargic, it would be almost impossible to wake him up to feed. Catch 22, because the less he ate, the lower his blood sugar dropped and the more sleepy be became. So awful to see our little newborn all limp and floppy. A tiny little human without enough energy to eat. We tried all the tricks in the book… tapping on their feet, tickling their cheeks, even resorted to taking their clothes off and standing in the cold conservatory. Amazing to remember this after I’ve just fed him and watched him gobble down the last bottle!

At the last weigh-in — 3 weeks ago — Cosmo weighed 12lb 7.5oz and Bert was 12lb 2.5oz. That 5oz gap still between them, even though Bertie often eats more than his brother. They are so beautiful, I still can’t quite believe they’re here.

This week, Cosmo’s new thing is his tongue.

Since Saturday he has realised that his tongue is attached to him and at every opportune moment, pops it out to show you! So sweet. Very charming to see these tiny milestones as they happen. Such an inconsequential thing — being able to stick your tongue out — but for a baby this is a new and exciting development! It’s hilarious to watch him!!

Bertie’s favourite thing is his books. We have one called ‘Dear Zoo’ by Rod Campbell; such a simple story but he LOVES it. This is, by far, the favourite of the moment… not just this week, but for the last 5 at least! I’ve been looking online and you can get Dear Zoo toys, Dear Zoo printables, Dear Zoo activities. Look’s like this is a favourite book for lots of little children, not just my two!

I have been reading to them since they were 12 weeks old. I sit them together on my lap and have the book in front, so they can see the words and the pictures on the pages, then tell them the stories… this is something that I have looked forward to for such a long time!

Reading stories to my own children is priceless.

Dear Zoo…

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10 weeks and 6 days | A routine for newborn twins

Time has absolutely flown… tomorrow my boys will be 11 weeks old! I can’t believe how much they’ve grown and how things are changing, literally, day by day. I’m so grateful to the midwife who stressed the importance of a routine for newborn twins.

I don’t know where I’d have been without it, if I’m honest.

My current routine for newborn twins

3 weeks ago, they were waking once in the night to feed — for the last week and a half, they have slept through the night, from 11.45pm to 7am!! Amazing how fast they develop.

I have tweaked the timings a little since.

We were initially feeding every 3 hours; I was doing 6, 9, 12, 3 etc etc, until they were in a good routine and their weight was going up.

Then we altered it about 4/5 weeks ago to 7am, 10, 1, 4, 7 with the last feed at 11pm, a 3am (ish) feed, then up at 7 to start all over again.

We missed the 3am alarm a few times a couple of weeks ago and they slept through until 5, but that’s a godawful time to get up in the morning (at least you can catch some zzz if you’re up at 3am!).

Once you’ve finished a 5am feed there’s almost no point going back to bed!!

So I adjusted it slightly and we’re now doing an extra half feed at 10pm, letting them stay awake afterwards — instead of putting them in their moses baskets — and doing their usual big feed at 11pm.

By the time they’ve finished the last feed they’re full and tired and are managing to go through til 7am. And most days, I am having to actually wake them! Clever babies :)

…for now anyway!

I’m under no illusions that this new routine may not last. When they start teething — or if they are poorly — I’m sure we’ll be woken again during the night but, for now, we are really enjoying the extra sleep and are making the most of it while it lasts.

They’re really settled most of the time – amazingly contented – I feel so lucky.

Having said that, I think that the routine they’re in has contributed to that; they get lots of regular food and sleep and are pretty happy as a result!

Got to go… feeding time x

A routine for newborn twins

A routine for newborn twins

A routine for newborn twins

A routine for newborn twins

a routine for newborn twins
A routine for newborn twins