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Monday, November 28th 2011, 9:00pm

Author: Aiwah

We are expecting Twins!

Congratulations Amber - reading your post brought back a lot of happy memories for me too. Glad you're doing well and hope the next seven months go swimmingly. My advice to you is don't bank on the birth being early or the kids being small... I did that and ended up being induced at 38+, then having an emergency c-sec and having 2x 7lb4 babies, so all the little baby stuff that I'd bought/been given wasn't much use! Just keep an open mind and go with the flow, that way neither you or partner get...

Sunday, July 17th 2011, 9:04pm

Author: Aiwah

Advice on night feeds!!!

Hi! With my guys, we kept the 10pm/11pm feed, giving them as much as they could take and did the 'letting them sleep' after this one, pushing them to drop the 1/2am feed and sleep through until 4/5am. We felt this was better for us, as it was better to feed them and then all bed down together rather than have to wake up again just after midnight. It took a good few weeks, but after stretching that sleep out, they managed at around 4 months old to sleep through from 11pm to 6am without feeds.

Monday, July 4th 2011, 12:43pm

Author: Aiwah

Separate rooms for sleep training?

Hi Geordie! Not sure if it helps you, but here's an update on my situation. My guys are still in their separate rooms and are sleeping pretty well through the night now. We put them down at 7pm and they go down on their own (still with dummies, but we'll tackle that one later). Jas will still wake up and moan for a while after 45 mins sometimes, but generally we just leave them to it and only go in if they're really distressed. I even managed to pluck up the courage to do daytime sleep training ...

Saturday, July 2nd 2011, 9:34pm

Author: Aiwah

Question about the Duo Aquapod .

We've had our duo for a few months now and it's been great. The kids love sitting and playing in the bath and it's helped loads with the transition from the baby bath into the big bath for them. The only downside was that they were a bit too close to each other after a while (my guys are pretty tall for their age) and in the end, the mat started falling apart anyway, so now we just use the seats and move them a bit further apart from each other. I'd say definitely a worthy investment!

Wednesday, May 11th 2011, 12:53pm

Author: Aiwah

Sleeplessness is killing me slowly :-(

BGE - have you read this article/post: Ask Moxie: Q&A: what are sleep regressions anyway? It made me feel much better after reading it during the height of my kids' sleep problems because it confirmed to me it was a phase and not something I was doing wrong.... Hang in there!

Tuesday, May 10th 2011, 2:53pm

Author: Aiwah

Toy recommendations for 7 month old?

I got some 'universal' remote controls cheap on ebay (the ones with the sealed over buttons rather than the ones with gaps) - they are currently the kids' favourite toys. Also, they love the water-filled teethers from Poundland, a bell and rainmaker that I got from Mothercare and the vtech first steps walker panel. They also like sucking on the balls from their ball pool - it's like they're about to bite into an apple when they do it. Jas does this trick where she holds the ball in the palm of h...

Tuesday, May 10th 2011, 2:16pm

Author: Aiwah

Sleeplessness is killing me slowly :-(

Greeny - I do so feel for you because I have had my fair share of sleepless nights over the last 9 months myself. I echo the ladies here in saying that you are not a bad mum at all and sleep deprivation is definitely taking its toll. Anyone who can hold a baby for hours night after night is truly loving and wonderful - don't you forget that!! My two had a period of night wakings for different reasons - Sonny's was due to separation anxiety. He would do a push-up and scream his lungs out and then...

Tuesday, May 10th 2011, 1:22pm

Author: Aiwah

Separate rooms for sleep training?

Thanks for your replies ladies. We decided to separate them in the end because I was starting to go loopy with them disturbing each other and everyone else. It took Sonny 3 nights to get himself sorted and now he just has a couple of little moans before he beds down for the night. Jasmine is still a pain and after 8 days is still crying herself to sleep for over an hour every night, but at least now we can leave her to it and her brother gets less disturbance in the next room. I'm pleased to say...

Saturday, April 30th 2011, 10:33pm

Author: Aiwah

Separate rooms for sleep training?

Hi! Looking for your thoughts on separating twins into different rooms so they don't disturb each other. Sonny and Jas were successfully sleep trained at 6 months, when they were self-settling and staying asleep from 7:30pm until 6:00am, with the odd awakening for dummies/reassurance, but never for more than a few minutes. They got a bad cold around 6 weeks ago and this was followed by Jas sprouting her two bottom teeth, when she was waking up screaming at night with the pain and disturbing her ...

Wednesday, February 23rd 2011, 9:06pm

Author: Aiwah

A poll for mamas of twinnies!

Added my pair of boy-girl - now they are neck and neck with the girlies.... great polls!!

Wednesday, February 23rd 2011, 7:43am

Author: Aiwah

What happens if flexible working is turned down?

I work as a resource analyst, so I used to have to process flexible working applications. Basically, there are 7 criteria that they can turn you down on, but in order to do so, they have to provide tangible evidence that will stand up in a tribunal (if it comes to that). In other words, they need to have a VERY good reason why they can't support it. If it's a small business, then there is more grounds than say a big multi-site multi-shift organisation, but either way, they have to document their...

Monday, February 21st 2011, 9:39pm

Author: Aiwah

Routines. Advice needed please.

We didn't have much of a routine for the first 6-8 weeks while I was still mixed feeding because it was hard to tell how much or how little they had fed, even though they were taking formula as well, so it was pretty much everything on demand, feeding, napping, sleeping and the very short playtime stints. They were really windy, so it was a constant drill of breast-bottle-wind-nap over and over again. I gave up breastfeeding at 8 weeks and that was when we started implementing some form of routi...

Monday, February 21st 2011, 9:14pm

Author: Aiwah

Anyone induced with their twins?

Hi mea I was induced at 38+4 with my twins, but my experience was a long drawn out one... I really hope you don't have to go through what I did! I had the gel and about an hour or so later, my contractions started about an hour apart. Then a few hours later, my waters broke during a toilet trip and they went to about 5 mins apart straight away. Even though I was in agony, I wasn't dilated enough though, so they put the epidural in and I was left to continue labour through the night. When I got t...

Wednesday, October 13th 2010, 4:04pm

Author: Aiwah

Best Formula!?

Agree that it's very much down to your baby's preferences, but we were recommended Aptamil by my SIL who works in a nursery, as that's what they use for their babies. We found that the Aptamil poo is soft and korma-like, similar to breastmilk poo, but there is a tendency for it to get quite runny and squishy, which means it oozes out of the nappy a bit. My kids have been absolutely fine with it, so we've never needed to change. We did try the Aptamil hungry milk once during a growth spurt and th...

Wednesday, October 13th 2010, 3:54pm

Author: Aiwah

Should I continue Breast feeding or give formula ?

Hi Kirstin I've been away from the boards for a while, so firstly, CONGRATULATIONS on the birth of your lovely daughters. Sorry to hear you've had a rough time since, but great that you and the twins are both doing well now. My two were on mixed breast and formula feeding for the first 8 weeks, so I've had experience of both worlds. The midwives in the hospital were quite insistent on introducing formula because my twins were quite hungry from the start and my milk didn't come in until about 7 d...

Saturday, September 11th 2010, 1:11pm

Author: Aiwah

Parenting Chat

Hi Everyone! It's about time I checked in here.... six weeks since my little ones arrived and I'm finally finding my life back a little at the moment. Good to see some familiar faces... I have a few questions for the floor.... - I started bleeding down below again at 5 and a half weeks after the lochia flow went to near zero. Any ideas if this is a period (flow is not as strong as usual period) or an indication that I've overstrained my wound? I had an emergency c-section after 24 hrs labour, s...

Saturday, September 11th 2010, 12:22pm

Author: Aiwah

Settling breastfeeding twins to sleep at bedtime

Hi Roxy Not sure if I can help, but didn't want to read and run and really do admire you for still managing to exclusively BF your twins. I've been mixed feeding since about day 3 because my milk didn't come in for about 10 days and my hefty twins are really greedy. In the beginning, I gave them as much breast as I could (tandem) and then topped up every feed with a bottle of formula. I managed to keep up the BF at night until week 3 when DH went back to work and stopped doing nights with me, so...

Saturday, August 14th 2010, 2:29pm

Author: Aiwah

A poll for mamas of twinnies!

Added my stats to the poll as I found this quite interesting when I was pregnant with my twins. I had an emergency c-section after a failed induction at 38+2.

Friday, August 13th 2010, 10:35pm

Author: Aiwah

THIRD TRIMESTER CHAT - 2010

Hi Ladies! Just a quickie from me to say that I am recovering well and well stuck in with the twinnies feeding and changing regime. Giving up a bit of sleep time to share my birth story with you briefly and show you a piccie of Emerson and Jasmine.... Here you go... Sorry to scare anyone, but my birth was pretty long and drawn out (don't read on if you're a bit squeamish). The induction process lasted about 12 hours, including waiting around for a bed and then my waters breaking really strongly ...

Sunday, August 1st 2010, 10:50pm

Author: Aiwah

THIRD TRIMESTER CHAT - 2010

Hi Ladies, this is Emma's husband Tony, just to let you all know Emma had The Twins Emerson & Jasmine yesterday and both babies weighed 7lbs 4oz. We're both shattered but extremely proud to be their Mummy and Daddy. :-)




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