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    Thanks for all the advice on top ups - Mrs A2B, your story sounds like mine including the many meltdowns!

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    Thanks for all of the helpful insights and tips from the ladies with twins already. So helpful. I am a little fearful of breastfeeding sagas.... another older mum here and I had cracked nipples and mastitis 3 times in the same breast with DD, so ended up feeding from the just the one for a few months, which just took away the stress levels and I made it to six months which was better than nothing.... and no lopsided boobs which was a bonus. Don't think I'll be feeding two off the one boob though, that might be pushing my luck...lopsided boobs for sure. Hoping, but trying not to fret that I might not have the same issues this time around.... and certainly nothing wrong with mixed or formula feeding if I do. I thinke there is A little too much pressure sometimes on new mums to breastfeed. I do remember feeling glad I had persevered as it took at least 2 months for it to be comfortable and easy, but I was very glad to have formula feeds as back up.

    Welcome Lolly, we are only a few days apart I am now 16 weeks 4 days. Re prams, I know you weren't keen on th Baby Jogger due to size, but I have a City Select from when DD was born and have nothing but good experiences with it over the last 4 years. They may have changed, but I have used it now for my Family Day Care business for 3 years and have carried 3 children in it at around 40 kg at a time and a I was amazed at how manoeuvrable and how well it handled regardless. It looks big, but is surprisingly lighter than you would expect...lighter than the more expensive Bugaboo, and can fold with with two seats attached.....and the huge basket underneath was a god send when I had to go shopping. Often didn't need a shopping trolly, could just use the pram. It would fit a box of nappies underneath which you can't do with many prams. One thing I would say re prams is to just make sure you are happy with baby facing away from you, as they don't all offer the option of baby facing you. I ended up selling the Valco pram I had bought as I got sick of having to stop and go around the front of the pram to check or settle bubs. It can be alot easier if they are facing you, particularly when they are little.... and if you have two. There are loads of configurations with the City Select too, so they can both face you, both face away or both face each other. Something nice about having a single width pram, it can be alot easier to get in and around things. Having said that, now that I have twins on the way, I am still undecided as to whether I will stick with it or try and get a nice skinny side by side pram. They wont have the option of seeing each other as in face to face, but it may be a little easier access and easier to get them in and out if next to each other. So hard to decide unless you can have the pram to trial it.

    Julie, wow 2 weeks ahead is great for twins, normally they fall behind a tad. Understand the weight fear. I am gobsmacked at how much weight ai have put on and how big my bump is. I had all these wonderful plans of not letting myself put on as much weight as I did with DD due to my age and fearing I would not lose it again once babies were born. Boy did that go out the window! I know it's partly the steroids as I have been on high dose due to immune issues, but I put on 20kg with DD, so am terrified as to where this pregnancy is going. I start off small, 54kg before DD but went to 74kg before she was born .

    just wondering if anyone has had protein levels checked? Mine were low - apparently twins can do that to you, so am on protein shakes now.

    Hope everyone else is doing well.
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    Default Twins due in 2016

    Hi
    Sorry for crashing have 3 month twins and my two cents/ experiences so far...

    Pram - we could only have steel craft capsules in car (with a toddler seat also as they were narrowest and only ones that fitted across back of our car) rented the capsules then found that only pram that took two capsules was the steel craft compact... Got that off gum tree second hand with two as new seats as person before had only used it with capsules and also was planning when babies are out of capsules to move to a side by side pram but the compact is great ..., so will see!

    Some one much younger and fitter than me who had twins warned me that you never lose the slight belly over hang... I did wear a binder for a while but too hot and uncomfortable TBH exercise is not happening very frequently yet ....so now trying to feel proud of the jelly belly and tiger stripes - my 5 year old thinks it's great to blow raspberries on..

    Feeding: expressed for 1 month and now they are thriving on bottles - turning into chunky monkey's ....

    Best Buy for us was fisher price rock n play sleepers and love to dream swaddles!

    Got loads of clothes as gifts and shame as they wont wear half of them as been such a hot summer and they are growing fast... Maybe cause second time around (and the last!) we are trying to enjoy each day a little (as is monotonous ..) but we do find our selves counting down the hours till bedtime!

    Ps have a book/white board - we don't have any support but even with just two of us need to pass on info - which baby ate when and when did they last poo/pee, had paracetamol etc and if you don't write it down 5 mins later you don't remember it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lolly99 View Post
    Blinky thanks for the advice. Hope it's getting a little easier for you and hope you recover quickly after your surgery!
    Thanks Lolly - it is definitely easier now and much easier to find joyful moments rather than dwelling in the monotony of sheer hard work.
    They are now of an age where they smile and laugh and the new trick is purposefully snuggling in - it's delicious!

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    I'd second the support for the city select - we have it and it is great. Folds down well and is easy to manoeuvre in tight spaces.

    Other sanity saver purchases are love to dream swaddles and battery operated baby swings - we would have been lost without them.

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    Thanks so much for the tips ladies, it is really helpful! It's all so daunting, but hearing how others have survived and what has helped is awesome

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    35 weeks along and it's very difficult to get out of bed, along with walking, dressing and sometimes breathing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsChino View Post
    Thanks so much for the tips ladies, it is really helpful! It's all so daunting, but hearing how others have survived and what has helped is awesome
    Oh you'll do more than survive, you'll enjoy it! Being a twin mum is hard but it is also so much fun and so special ... Just wait until they are trying to chew on each other's toes and cracking up laughing (which is what my boys have been doing this morning!), or having a conversation that consists entirely of them blowing raspberries at each other (complete with different inflections!).

    They already look at each other with such love, it makes me teary to see it every time and makes all the harder bits worth it.

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    What a great bump RAH ! You've done well getting to 35 weeks. 32w here and everyday tasks are getting harder. Trying to do the everyday stuff for ds is extremely tiring.

    Thanks for all the tips from the twin mummies. I've purchased a twinz pillow and a 2nd hand twin my brest friend.

    Got my 2nd hand swings (saviour with ds1) and got the baby jogger city mini GT double. I absolutely loved my GT single and read how many twin mummas loved the double so didn't think twice. I heard the select was a bit like a truck? The side by side fits thru my skinny front door. Steer with 1 hand.
    Also got a moby carrier for when they are little. Just need to learn how to do it!

    Kinda keen just to get in with it now!
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    Second bj city select, electronic swing and twin pillow - I've got my money's worth already out of all of them.

    I've really liked the target long sleeved all in one thing - so soft but also stretchy enough to make changing easy. Lots of cheap muslin cloths to mop up have been good and liked Swaddle me swaddles

    Got swings, cots and changing table second hand.

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