The Siblings Project {December 18}

And then they were seven! Seven seems so much more grown up than six, don't you think? They are getting so big! They had a normal school day and swimming lesson on their birthday. They opened their presents in the morning with Daddy and then Nana came round in the evening to have tea with us and a brownie. We had a party at a local leisure centre a few days after.  It was chaos but they had a brilliant time!

The Siblings Project {November 18}

The last four weeks of these two being six.  The last couple of months they've suddenly seemed much taller.  Half term went by in a flash, with our trip to Wollaton Hall to see the Jurassic Kingdom exhibition, a family brunch at The Pudding Pantry and Halloween. I love the autumn feel and the colours in this month's photos from a park trip on the 11th. The boys wanted to go on their skateboards but ended up moaning and bickering the whole time so we just gave up and went to the playground!

Getting Twins Ready to Start School

Your children starting school is one of the biggest milestones you'll face. For me it was certainly the most emotive, my babies were really growing up. It was the start of a new chapter, the boys being more independent from us, off to make new friends and learn so many new things.  For families with twins, starting school means there may be some extra things to consider.

The Siblings Project {July 18}

 One minute they're best friends, the next they're arguing, pushing and shoving or throwing the other's toys and telling tales on each other. I guess that's just normal for all close siblings that are in each other's pockets almost 24 hours a day. Sometimes it's still difficult for them to share not only things like toys or clothes but also us and our attention. They shout about who was talking first, telling me a story or asking a question, mostly while I'm trying my best to concentrate on driving!

The Guilt of a Preemie Twin Mum

Yesterday I missed something, an event in Ethan's school life that I should have been there for.  He received two certificates at premier assembly and I wasn't there to see him standing up in front of everyone.  I didn't see his face, searching for me in the crowd and smiling and me smiling back so proud.  I know there'll be others and he'll soon forget it but it really upset me. I was over emotional after a long week where I hadn't felt well and was ready for a break, but there was something else behind that guilt. It was a guilt that has been there for six and a half years.

The Siblings Project {May 18}

Whilst totally loving the brighter evenings, it's really giving me a headache at the moment because the boys just won't settle down in the evening until the sun starts to go down. They are driving us crazy and it's exhausting trying to get them to go to sleep before nine o'clock. Going to bed later means that they're tired in the morning, grumpy, have difficulty concentrating and listening when asked to do something, like get ready for school, eat breakfast etc!  It also means that Matteo and I hardly get any time to wind down after all the jobs are done in the house before it's time for bed for us.