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The twins become mermaids!

Firstly, apologies for not posting for so long. I have just about settled into a routine with three under three!

We have taken on a lot – a newborn, a new extension on our house and we are getting married in four weeks. I’m even tired writing that sentence!

I have lots to tell you but I thought I would start with the girls first homemade costumes – mermaids!

The twins have a cousin called Gia and for her third birthday she had a mermaid party. I will be honest, my mum made most of the outfit.

My contribution was the crown, which was made out of tiny sequins and a toilet roll. The glue gun worked a treat and held every sequin in place. As soon as the girls saw the crown they said “like Holly mummy!” from the show Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom. I was happy with that!

The outfit looked fab and as soon as the girls arrived at the party…they wanted to take it all off. All the hours we spent making them and they took them off in seconds!

The girls weren’t the only ones to do this, Gia refused to wear her mermaid costume from the start and her mum never got her mermaid picture.

Luckily I did!

Tamsin loving her mermaid tail

Tamsin loving her mermaid tail

In the party bags - homemade by Aunty Nadia!

In the party bags – homemade by Aunty Nadia!

Spot Jacob in the ball pool

Spot Jacob in the ball pool

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A trip to the allotment

Since I have had Jacob I haven’t had chance to go to the allotment with my poppa. So me and the twins went along with Jacob to pick some leeks and parsnips.

The twins love running around the allotment and followed my poppa and Aunty Louise everywhere. They helped pull up the leeks and parsnips as well as pick some broccoli.

There was a pirate flag on one of the plots which the twins were obsessed with and they also explored the shed.

It was fairly cold so we only stayed for an hour, enough time for them to learn where our veg comes from! That night we made honey roasted parsnips, which the twins loved. The next day we had leek and potato soup. The twins now say ‘yummy in my tummy’ when they eat veg!

Picking the leeks

Picking the leeks

Following Aunty Louise

Following Aunty Louise (it wasn’t actually raining!)

Raincoats are from JoJo Maman Bebe

Raincoats are from JoJo Maman Bebe

Looking for parsnips

Looking for parsnips

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The twins have a go at modelling

I say ‘the twins’ but really it ended up being just Phoebe as Tamsin was teething and literally wouldn’t let go of my legs.

It was for a lovely sheepskin company called Baa Baby, which does a range of gorgeous sheepskins and accessories for babies and toddlers.

I am a huge fan of sheepskin, it really helped the girls sleep at night when they were babies (I put a sheepskin layer in their moses baskets). I also have sheepskin footmuffs for the pram and sheepskin in their car seats. The twins seem to really like it.

One thing I have learnt since being a sheepskin fan is that it also keeps your baby cool in the summer, so it isn’t just a winter accessory. The twins also love their sheepskin slippers, they are not that expensive and keeps their feet snug. They are particularly good if your baby is always pulling their socks off as there is elastic on the inside to keep the slippers on.

Anyway, enough of my obsession with sheepskin! What did shock me with this modelling shoot was how much Phoebe acted up to the camera. Her Aunty Nikki is a professional photographer (Nikki Downes Photography) and Phoebe did exactly what she was told.

She loved the attention and smiled when she was asked to as well as looking at the camera at the right time. A total natural to the point I couldn’t stop laughing and had to hide behind Tamsin. She was tilting her head to pose and that was her own input! Check out the pics below – the last one is an outtake of her funny grin (she gets that from her dad!).

Phoebe loved the sheepskin teddy

Phoebe loved the sheepskin teddy

Phoebe loved this red hat.

Such a poser

A quick inside shot

A quick inside shot

An outtake - that cheeky grin. Her dad had the same smile when he was little!

An outtake – that cheeky grin. Her dad had the same smile when he was little!

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A whirlwind Christmas and New Year

Well that was a blur. I knew Christmas was going to go fast but I blinked and it was over!

We moved into my parents house two weeks before Christmas as we are having an extension done on our house. It has been great for me because everyone has helped out with the twins whilst we have been living there.

What was exciting about this Christmas was that my Uncle was coming over from Australia. He hasn’t been to the UK for three years so last time he saw me I had no children, now I have three! Very strange for him I bet.

It was fab seeing him, Lisa and cousins Abbie and Jess. It made me wish they lived back in the UK, they are such good company.

This was the first Christmas where I could explain who Father Christmas is and how he climbs down the chimney to leave presents if you are good all year. The twins listened carefully and fully understood what I said. They couldn’t say Father Christmas so instead they said ‘Ho Ho!’.

It was also the first time they saw snow this Christmas and they loved it! They said it was raining at first but now they understand what snow is.

Presents that went down well? Wooden fruit and a food mixer, a scooter, Peppa Pig everything, Duplo and a wooden doll you can dress with magnetic clothing.

I bought Jacob a Christmas sack like the twins and some Winnie the Pooh bibs. I don’t see the point in spending money on presents for him yet as he is only small and won’t remember. Might as well save some money whilst I can!

What did we do for New Year? I was in bed by 11.15pm. The life of a mother of three under three!

Explaining Father Christmas comes down the chimney

Explaining Father Christmas comes down the chimney

Phoebe enjoying the tinsel

Phoebe enjoying the tinsel

Tamsin enjoyed being Rudolph

Tamsin enjoyed being Rudolph

Jacob hanging out with the turkey and goose

Jacob hanging out with the turkey and goose. He wasn’t impressed!

Christmas morning. Sacks from notonthehighstreet.com

Christmas morning sacks from notonthehighstreet.com

Opening their scooters

Opening their scooters

Phoebe, Tamsin and Abbie's Doc Martens!

Phoebe, Tamsin and Abbie’s Doc Martens!

Tamsin with Rudolph!

Tamsin with Rudolph!

Father Christmas napkin!

Father Christmas napkin!

Christmas toilet paper!

Christmas toilet paper!

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The twins have a new baby brother!

Baby number three has arrived! Jacob Parker Hadfield. He was born on 6 November at 00.16am weighing a healthy 7lbs 6oz.

He was born in between the girls arrival times, Phoebe was born at 00.10am and Tamsin was born at 00.20am. I might get some sort of picture of all three of them with the times on as they are so close to each other!

The labour was great and my opinion of giving birth has softened a little after giving birth to Jacob. After a scary birth with the twins at 29 weeks, Jacob arrived only a week early at 39 weeks.

My waters broke at 16.20pm on 5 November and eight hours later he had arrived. The midwives at Stepping Hill Hospital were yet again fantastic. What really helped me was the midwife that looked after me, Amanda, who had a baby at 28 weeks herself so she knew how scared I was when I arrived at hospital.

She made my experience with Jacob so calm and relaxing for me and Sam, I will always be so grateful for what she did for us. I also allowed a student nurse called Amy into the delivery suite as I think it is important for them to get as much experience as they can. She was also great and said my labour was a textbook labour!

This time I had an epidural and it was nothing short of amazing! To the point I didn’t believe the midwife when she said I was ten centimetres and I was ready to push! Jacob came out in only four pushes to the amazement of Amanda, Amy and Sam!

After giving birth to Jacob my white blood cell count was high so me and Jacob had to stay in hospital for three days to fight off an infection. Luckily Jacob didn’t have it after his tests came back negative.

After what we went through with the twins I didn’t mind staying in so the nurses could keep an eye on him. He looked so much healthier than the girls did when they were born.

So what do the twins think of him? At first they were not impressed, with me or him. When he cried they screamed and were almost frightened of him. But they are slowly warming to him, although I still haven’t got a picture of the girls holding Jacob. They don’t like touching him!

What is it like having three kids under three I hear you ask? Put it this way the Christmas tree has been up for four days and it still has no decorations on it…

A few hours old

A few hours old

At home after three days

At home after three days

 

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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!

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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