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Day: September 6, 2017

Life as a First Time Parent with Twins

Life as a First Time Parent with Twins

It’s hard enough taking care of one infant, let alone two. But we were up to the challenge and were so excited when we found out that we would be having twins. Whether it was the right way or the wrong way, I did not read any parenting books prior to their arrival. Maybe I should have, but I really felt that my instincts would kick in and the advice from my big sister who had three children of her own would be free flowing. I was told however, that unless one is reading things specifically geared toward twins many of the things do not apply.

Truth be told it was a bit maddening to sleep train them in the beginning as soon as one went down the other would wake up. We chose the method of going in every few minutes at increasing intervals to let them know we were there and they were safe. I will admit, I did go against my sister’s advice and I did pick them when they cried. The quick pat or rub on the back only inflamed them when they just wanted to be cuddled. When they are both screaming at the top of their lungs the only thing I could think about was getting them to stop. We did swaddle them in the early months and this certainly helped them to feel secure. They have been sleeping from 7 to about 7 since they were 5 months old…..which I feel so grateful for. They sleep in the same room and have gotten used to the other one’s noises. Now they are a source of comfort for one another and play and "talk" until they fall asleep.

I was definitely a fan of the dummy……anything that could give me a five minute reprieve from the noise. As they reached around 10 months I limited the dummy use to their cots only and over the next two months reduced the number of dummies in their cot to one which they began to throw on the floor.

When they were 13 months, I decided it was time to pull the dummies out completely. We spent several days telling them the dummy fairy was coming and they would give it to her. In return they would get a present. We went to the supermarket and bought balloons and tied their dummiesto them and sent them up in the sky. It was heartbreaking and beautiful all at the same time. It took a few days of adjustment but both are sleeping fine.

I also believe in routine and structure….whatever you want to call it. I have two babies with distinct personalities and they are both happy and easy going. I believe their routine has helped them to feel safe. They have predictability in each and every day which I think has helped them be free from worry. They go down easy and wake up easy with very little crying.

I am no expert on any of this….it really has been more a function of doing whatever needs to be done to reduce the amount of noise that twins can bring. In the end if any of these things have worked to keep them feeling safe and loved then I am thrilled. Trust your gut and figure out the routine that works best for you, your babies and family and stick with it.

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