image

Family heirlooms

The twins have been lucky enough to inherit two family heirlooms that have been in my side of the family for 40 years. Two beautiful wooden rocking chairs that are a perfect size for them.

They belonged to my Uncle Wayne and Aunty Louise and they both kindly passed them down to the twins. I was so happy when they decided to give them Phoebe and Tamsin, they love sitting on them. It also means they can keep them until they want to pass the rocking chairs down to their children.

My mum recovered the cushions with toadstool material from John Lewis. She knows I have an obsession with toadstools so when she found the material I was so excited. More so than the twins!

Phoebe likes to sit on her rocking chair whilst watching her new favourite programme, Peppa Pig. Tamsin on the other hand preferred sitting in the moses basket with her bunny this week.

She looks huge in the moses basket compared to when she was a baby. Both the girls could fit in one basket when they arrived home from hospital as they were only 5lbs each. In fact Phoebe was slightly less, so tiny!

See how small they look below.

Phoebe watching Peppa Pig

Phoebe watching Peppa Pig

Tamsin's preferred seat this week

Tamsin’s preferred seat

This is how tiny they were after being in the neonatal unit at Stepping Hill Hospital for two months

This is how tiny they were after being in the neonatal unit at Stepping Hill Hospital for two months

I could fit them both in one Moses basket very easily!

I could fit them both in one moses basket very easily!

image

Potty training twins

I thought to myself recently why not have a go at potty training the twins before baby number three arrives. They are certainly showing signs they are ready such as saying ‘Mummy poo’ or hiding in a corner to do one.

So far I have tried twice and both times have been interesting! A couple of weeks ago I stayed in the house on the advice from the new book I bought recently ‘Confident Toddler Care by Jo Frost’.

I think this woman is amazing. I have watched many of her programmes and her advice totally makes sense. The book has a section on potty training multiples and the advice is brilliant. She says you can teach twins by concentrating on one twin the first week and the second the week after.

So I started the week by staying in all day with the twins. I bought some knickers and vests from Marks & Spencer’s, which they loved wearing and seemed to enjoy the freedom of not wearing a nappy. However, they were absolutely feral! Poo and wee everywhere and they didn’t care. No interest in the potty whatsoever.

I have to bear in mind the twins corrected age isn’t until November 12th so I thought it was too early for them and decided to leave it for another couple of weeks.

Moving forwards, I tried again last week and Phoebe was a lot more interested in the potty this time and was really pleased with herself when I congratulated her after she did a wee for the first time in her potty. Minus a few accidents she did a few potty trips on her own without me even asking her to, which was great.

Tamsin on the other hand showed no interest. She watched Phoebe towards the end of the day but still carried on weeing all over the floor.

So I have come to the conclusion that when baby number three arrives I will try again. Yes I am mad.

It makes sense to me though as I will spend the first few weeks mainly at home getting into a routine with the three of them so it is a good opportunity.

The downside is I will have three kids in nappies, super expensive. But I am not going to rush the girls otherwise they will grow a fear of the potty.

Interestingly, Jo Frost’s book also has a chapter on introducing a new baby. That is my reading for this week. It has tips on regression, how to keep your baby safe and how to teach your toddler (or toddlers in my case!) to treat your baby.

So after reading this book I am clearly going to be a supermum who is amazing at tackling all of these toddler issues (yeah right!).

Wish me luck.

So many good tips in this book

Bedtime reading. So many good tips in this book

image

Happy Halloween!

The twins chose their outfits themselves this year, Sully from Monsters Inc! They had a little tea party with their cousins Gia and Ariana who came dressed as pumpkins.

The table was decked out in Halloween treats and my mum bought something I have never seen before – a dark green, almost black pumpkin.

My brother Danny being the amazing artist he is, carved out two pumpkins in the space of 30 minutes. Now I know for a fact that would have taken me all day!

I’m definitely going to get a dark green pumpkin next year, it looked fab in the dark. My mum also attempted to make a frozen ice hand from a rubber glove to float in Ribena. It ended up being totally inappropriate for two year olds as only the middle finger came out properly!

Gia and Ariana’s mum Nadia is amazing at baking cupcakes and she came round with eyeball ginger cupcakes, which are to die for.

She also bought some pumpkin flavoured pretzels and the lethal peanut butter reese’s, so addictive! I’m going to use the excuse that I’m pregnant and eat the lot.

The twins loved the tea party and were totally high on sugar. They didn’t go to sleep till 9pm!

The dark green pumpkin - impressive!

The dark green pumpkin – impressive!

Getting creative with pumpkins

Getting creative with pumpkins

Halloween treats

Halloween treats

Eyeball cupcakes

Eyeball cupcakes

Not appropriate for two year olds! It didn't make the table...

Not appropriate for two year olds! It didn’t make the table…

Halloween tea

Halloween tea

image

The twins get stopped for their #streetstyle

My mum and dad recently took the twins to Altrincham market that takes place on a Saturday. I love going there as you can come across some great handmade treats.

This time however I decided not to go as I am becoming increasingly tired now I am heavily pregnant (two weeks to go!). Walking around is also proving to be difficult, something I didn’t experience with the twins as they were born at 29 weeks so my bump was still fairly small.

Whilst strolling around the market my mum has a stall she likes to visit called SoSatsuma. It has gorgeous woollen accessories knitted by the owner Clementine Sharrock and the twins insisted on wearing these amazing hats.

The girls picked the colour themselves and loved the hats so much my mum and dad bought them. Clementine took a picture of them for her Instagram page, their first #streetstyle photo!

image

Our first visit to Poynton Pool

It turns out Poynton Pool is a few minutes drive from our house and I only visited the park with the twins this week for the first time.

I could kick myself, it is perfect for them. Lots of space for them to run around and climb trees, their new favourite thing. There are plenty of ducks to feed and they are quite lively, which fascinates the girls.

The ancient trees at Poynton Pool are stunning. They have ladybirds all over the bark, which the twins love although Phoebe keeps calling them bees!

It is a great place to let the twins run around and burn off some energy. Plus you can have a picnic like we did on one of the benches.

It is a nice afternoon out that is free and is good for the girls to learn about wildlife. Tamsin was excited about seeing the sheep or ‘baa baa’ as she calls them. I thought they might both run after them but they were a little hestitant, which saved me running after them at 37 weeks pregnant!

I am going to visit Poynton Pool reguarly when the next baby is born (three weeks to go – oh god). It will be an easy one to do with all three on my own (she says with a slight nervousness in her voice!).

Looking for ladybirds

Looking for ladybirds

Poynton Pool has amazing ancient trees

Poynton Pool has amazing ancient trees

Splashing in puddles - Peppa Pig has rubbed off on them

Splashing in puddles – Peppa Pig has rubbed off on them

Feeding the ducks

Feeding the ducks

The twins loved the (rather large) swan

The twins loved the (rather large) swan

image

Painting with two year old twins

Yes you guessed it. Chaos. Paint on the floor, walls and chairs. That’s not mentioning their hands, feet, tummies, hair and Phoebe even had a go at eating it.

The paint sponges were flung across the room as they got bored with them. They did however love the paint brushes and glittery pink paint.

We were making thank you cards for the presents the twins received for their second birthday. They loved it and I have done it a couple of times with them since – brave I know!

I used potato shapes and cotton wool buds to make it different for the girls. They particularly liked the cotton buds as they were easy for them to hold. Phoebe just tried to eat the potato.

Doing it at the table rather than on the floor was much easier. It meant they were not tempted to stand in the paint and run around the kitchen!

If you aren’t keen on the idea of using paint with your little one in the house just yet, why not use the water colour books that bring out different coloured inks when you put water on the pictures. Much less mess.

I would say embrace the mess but I have wooden floors so it is easier to clean up afterwards!

Before the chaos. No pictures during painting as the paint was being flung all over my white walls!

Before the chaos. No pictures during painting as the paint was being flung all over my white walls!

Much easier at the table

Much easier at the table. Tamsin painting her hand

Phoebe eating the paint, like you do!

Phoebe eating the paint, like you do!

Water colour painting. All you need is water and a brush!

Water colour painting. Check out the owl chairs, a bargain from TK Maxx. My poppa made the table to match

Phoebe loved her pig water pot

Phoebe loved her pig water pot

Tamsin also liked her lion pot, much less mess!

Tamsin also liked her lion pot, much less mess!

image

A cheeky trip to London

Me and my partner Sam decided to have a weekend away alone before baby number three arrives (six weeks to go – gulp). We chose London as I love walking round the markets picking up what Sam calls ‘tat’.

London is great for vintage finds and Sam always jokes I end up coming home with a weird looking door knob or something Alice in Wonderland related.

We stayed at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Islington and what a lovely hotel it was. The hotel manager Tom looked after us so well. He knew I was pregnant so kept sending up fruit and chocolate to our room for me. Such a lovely touch and kept me going whilst walking around London.

We saw the play The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre and I can honestly say I have never heard a crowd laugh as much as I did that night. Great show!

We also visited Borough Market and the Tower of London where there is currently an art installation by Paul Cummins called ‘Blood Swept Lands and Sea of Red’. Each day volunteers are placing ceramic poppies in the ground to represent all the British soldiers that died in World War One 100 years ago.

“How many ceramic poppies is that?” I asked Sam. “888,246” Sam replied. I was shocked at that figure. A very moving piece of artwork.

We also went for some lovely food at the Hoxley and Porter restaurant in lslington. The restaurant theme was a 1920s train and the food was nothing short of amazing. I should have taken a picture of my food like all the Instagram lovers do, but I was so hungry it didn’t touch the sides! I would definitely recommend it if you are in the area.

What were the twins doing I hear you ask? They were at my parents having a whale of a time, as you can see from the picture!

Ted's Veg at Borough Market

Ted’s Veg at Borough Market

Borough Market: We bought some of these mushroom goodies for a family member

Borough Market: We bought some of these mushroom goodies for a family member

Smoking area at Borough Market - great idea!

Smoking area at Borough Market – great idea!

Poor photo skills from myself - the redness of the ceramic poppies is so bright it is breathtaking

Poor photo skills from myself – the redness of the ceramic poppies is so bright it is breathtaking

Alice in Wonderland brooch I picked up at Exmouth Market. Sam was right!

Alice in Wonderland brooch I picked up at Exmouth Market. Sam was right!