The Twinterview | Emily from Twin Mummy and Daddy

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My fourth Twinterview guest post is with Emily who blogs over at  ‘Twin Mummy & Daddy‘. She’s stepped forward and has some great advice for new mums and dad’s of twins.

twin_mum_and_dad_squareHow did you feel when you first found out you were having twins?

My husband and I pretty much knew before we had any scans that we’d be expecting twins because we’d had IVF.

We decided to have two embryos put back to increase our chances of being pregnant.

It was still a bit of a shock, but we were just so excited that we were pregnant!

Did you have a straightforward pregnancy?

Thankfully yes! I had no morning sickness, nothing!

Toward the end of my pregnancy I had trouble sleeping — and the top of my legs were quite achy — but that was it!

How was your twin birth experience?

I had a planned c-section at 32 weeks because one of our girls stopped growing.

I was terrified, as I’ve never had an operation before, but it went well and I didn’t feel in too much pain.

How did you cope with having twins in the early days?

Our girls spent the first 27 days of their lives in a neo-natal ward, so it was pretty stressful.

When we got them home it was a bit surreal. We didn’t have the support of the nurses or doctors anymore. It was quite scary but wonderful to have them home!

Did/do you have an essential ‘must-have’ item and what is it?

We bought two Angelcare movement monitors and we still use them today. Our girls are almost three years old now! They offer great peace of mind and reassurance.

What is the best thing about being a parent of multiples?

Watching them play together and have little conversations with each other.

And the worst?

Watching them fight and when they both want you to play different games with them!

And finally, what would your top tip be for any new — or soon to be —parent of twins?

Trust your instincts and don’t listen to anyone else! You know your kids better than anyone.

Accept help!

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To see more of Emily’s lovely family, pop over to her blog or follow her on Twitter.

If you’re a parent of multiples— twins, triplets or more  — and would like to share your experiences, in a ‘Twinterview’, please get in touch I’d love to hear from you!

Caro Davies
Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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23 Comments

  1. 23rd February 2015 / 10:15 am

    I can imagine that it is still a shock even with IVF as you still have to prepare yourself for two babies! It must have been so nice to have them home after that time in hospital. Totally agree with accept help, it is the only things that got us tough! Lovely interview xx

    • 23rd February 2015 / 10:40 am

      Thanks so much for commenting Hayley :) Taking help is not something I like doing — I’m not very good at delegating — but when we had our babies, it was the only time I’ve been so grateful of everyone’s help!! :)

  2. 23rd February 2015 / 9:58 pm

    Lovely interview. We LOVE our Angelcare monitor, still use it now at nearly 2 years old x

    • 24th February 2015 / 10:34 am

      Thanks Aby — it’s so interesting to get another mum’s perspective on things! I was totally set on getting a sensor monitor before the twins arrived but when they were born we never got around to it! In fact, we’ve never had any kind of monitor at all!! x

  3. 23rd February 2015 / 10:09 pm

    What great advice. I’d say accept help no matter how many babies are involved but I find it hard too. Thanks for linking up to #MaternityMondays

    • 24th February 2015 / 10:38 am

      Thanks so much for your comment — I totally agree! And thanks too for hosting xx

  4. 24th February 2015 / 12:40 am

    I bow down to parents of multiples. 1 baby is tough work already, any more and yeah I can’t imagine it. By the way, LOVE the look and feel of your blog, I’m about to have a nosey around and see what else I can find :)

    • 24th February 2015 / 10:40 am

      Aaah — what a lovely comment — thanks so much Sarah! X

  5. 24th February 2015 / 3:30 pm

    Lovely interview! I was still shocked too even though there was a chance we could be expecting twins. You just cannot believe it!! Sorry to hear they were away from you for so long at the beginning, that must have been hard. Great reading all these thanks for sharing! Jess #multiplemadness

    • 24th February 2015 / 5:30 pm

      Thanks lovely! ME TOO! Actually, I wasn’t so much shocked as, we just couldn’t believe our luck!! Having had a couple of fails it was a MIRACLE that it had even worked — let alone that TWO had taken!!! Still pinching myself even now!! :) X

  6. Tracey Egan
    24th February 2015 / 7:46 pm

    Hi! Love this interview and I can totally relate. I also have twins and love how they have each other to play with. We also bought the same Angel care monitors. they were worth every single penny for complete peace of mind.
    x x
    #multiplemadness

    • 26th February 2015 / 4:07 pm

      Thanks so much for your comment Tracey! As you’re also a mama of twins, maybe you’d like to feature in the Twinterviews yourself? ;) X

  7. 25th February 2015 / 9:36 am

    Arrr what a lovely interview. I remember the day our twins left nicu and came home it was so daunting x #multiplemadness

    • 26th February 2015 / 9:45 pm

      I feel so grateful that I missed out on that experience. We only narrowly avoided it — Bertie was jaundiced and there was talk of him having to go into special care. So happy that all our babies are safe and sound! X

  8. 25th February 2015 / 8:14 pm

    Even though I don’t have twins I can definitely relate to the issues and joys of having two children! It must be so stressful to have preemie babies though – such a relief to get them home! Thanks for linking up with #thetruthabout again hon Xx

    • 26th February 2015 / 9:43 pm

      Thanks so much for your comment Sam — and for hosting such a great linky! :) X

  9. 26th February 2015 / 10:23 pm

    Another great interview – I love reading them because I just think wow to anyone who has twins (or more!). My other half is always panicked that if we go in for another baby we’ll end up with twins even though there are none in either family! I’d secretly be chuffed hehe!! Can’t imagine the shock though! So lovely to read :) thanks for linking up with #twinklytuesday :)

    • 27th February 2015 / 9:48 am

      Thanks Lisa! It’s so lovely to be blessed with two but really daunting at the start! You never know — you may be lucky! ;) Thanks so much for hosting x

  10. Tracey Egan
    27th February 2015 / 2:38 pm

    Hi! I tried to reply by email but no success – sorry for the delay! Yes I’d be chuffed to do a “twinterview”! I think it’s a genius idea and a great resource for new parents of twins. It really helps when you know other people are going through the same things. So yes I’d be delighted x

    • 27th February 2015 / 7:22 pm

      I’ve emailed you Tracey! :) Thanks so much for volunteering!! X

  11. 2nd March 2015 / 6:03 pm

    Fantastic interview lovely! So interesting to hear everyone’s experience! Love the advice and it’s what I always say too apart from actually practical advice that is! xxx

  12. 4th March 2015 / 9:30 am

    Great interview, I can imagine it’s always a bit of a suprise to hear your having two babies even if you’ve gone through IVF!
    This just reminded me I haven’t emailed you back mine yet!!!
    Thanks for linking up with #MultipleMadness

    • 4th March 2015 / 10:13 am

      Thanks Katie!! Don’t worry by the way — there’s no rush! :) It’s so lovely reading everyone’s experiences — they’re all so different! :) Thanks for hosting! X

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