Things we are learning as new (twin) parents

  • It might not be chocolate balls on the floor – don’t pick up it up with bare hands
  • Babies love AC/DC (but who doesn’t?!)
  • Little boys pee a lot when the cool air hits their twinkies
  • Day/night/mealtimes/showers/brushing teeth/conversations with friends/sleep…..all become a big jumbled mess of not enough
  • Coffee, red bull and chocolate become your best friends
  • Another best friend is the baby sounds app….right now the sssshhhh sound is doing wonders (thank you to Vita and Galyna – our phenomenal newborn photographers – you ladies are amazing!!)
  • They also taught us the benefit of swaddling them into a little ball with hands and feet touching p they love it
  • newborn clothes are actually made inside out – we thought it was shoddy workmanship at first until we realized that labels and seams can actually hurt their sensitive skin
  • you can never have too many clothes – sometimes they have 3 outfit changes all within one nappy change – little boys!
  • The best outfits are the ones with the built-in mittens – who would have thought that newborns have such sharp razor blade claws!?! And cutting their miniscule nails is challenging!
  • They really do grow and change so fast!!!! (Is it crazy that I already feel sad that my little newborns are growing into little infants before my eyes at only 10 days old!?)
  • Gripe water is another good friend of parents.
  • What works today to soothe a screaming baby won’t necessarily work tomorrow
  • You can “watch” a TV program 5 times and still only see 5 seconds of it
  • An email can take a week to finish
  • Baby poos are exciting – it means that your newborn will be in less pain from gas
  • Their personalities are already so distinct from birth!! Our Max has so much character in his eyes and a million different facial expressions. Alex is a little stoner – loves his sleep!
  • Life is now divided into nappy (diaper) changes, feeding, soothing, washing clothes, washing and preparing bottles/baby baths and every now and then a stolen few minutes of sleep
  • Newborns hiccup and fart a lot ha ha
  • Everything one reads in preparation for the arrival of newborns is completely forgotten!
  • Google is filled with so much contradicting information!! And everyone has a different opinion.
  • It’s insane how many nappies, wet wipes, tissues and formula two babies go through in just a few days!! (our babies strangely only like the pampers wet wipes – all the others make them cry but not pampers – no idea why)
  • Nappies (at least our brands) have a yellow stripe down the middle that goes blue when wet and need changing!
  • It really was love at first sight and no matter how much they scream and cry for hours, one little look makes your heart melt all over again!
  • Every day is a baby learning day for both baby and parents!
  • Did I mention that little boys pee A LOT!! Could be like 4 times within same nappy change, which becomes one or two outfit changes for both baby and you and plenty of disinfecting everything around you. Oh, and don’t leave an open box of chocolates or an uncovered drink anywhere near the baby changing station!
  • The washing machine is ALWAYS running!!
  • When doing scheduled twin feeding every 3 hours – life is mostly, bottle sterilizing, formula making (unless breast feeding, which we didn’t do of course), diaper changing, facilitating tummy time (especially when they fall asleep instead of exercising), feeding, burping, putting to sleep, consoling cries – repeat with next baby and oh…that leaves about 3 minutes to catch up on emails, messages, eating, drinking, toilet and possibly a shower thrown in!
  • Newborns recognize the smell and sound of their parents long before the sight of them.
  • Babies can cry for absolutely EVERYTHING – too cold, hungry, need a cuddle, need a diaper change, just because they damn well please 🙂
  • Mastering the art of carrying your baby will do wonders for your time – especially when you have twins! And the babies love to be carried out and be so close to mom or dad’s warm and cozy body.
  • A babies smile can melt any heart no matter what your mood at the time!
  • Babies are not as easy as bottle feeding tiny kittens (but just as cute!)
  • For the first 3 weeks at least, babies have no tear ducts – when the tears do come in, it breaks a parent’s heart to see.
  • Also for the first 3 weeks, sometimes even 5 weeks, babies see the world in black and white shapes. So the boys must have recognized our tattoos before our faces! The first colours to come in are blue and yellow, so fill your home and your house with as much blue and yellow as you can at this stage and watch the delight on their little faces when they see them!
  • Whoever said that wet wipe warmers are a waste, obviously had an Eskimo baby that was born in the snow – my two can’t stand the cold of the wet wipes, diaper cream or my fingers! Warm touches all the way for these Floridian (or soon to be) boys!
  • As (new) parents of newborns – sleep really is worth more than gold or silver or food or water….sleeeeeppp!!!
  • Just because they are twins, that doesn’t mean they have that instant loving bond – I know Max wishes he was an only child!
  • Baby Einstein is a saving grace! Thank you to my friend Rebecca who suggested we get this video series. Being stuck in Kiev for months with nowhere to go, nothing much to do and not too much variety, Baby Einstein at least keeps the babies’ minds fresh and exciting! And they love it!
  • There really does seem to be one evil twin and one good twin – Friday the 13th was a nightmare – no kidding!
  • Babies can be unbelievably gobby and spitty between months 2 and 4. Our Alexei drenches a bib within minutes and the poor thing is constantly gagging and choking on his own drool! I also didn’t realise that baby’s breath could smell – but eeuw! Alexei’s does smell of sour milk!
  • No matter how many pacifiers you have collected, they always go missing. My hubby came to the conclusion that they are probably where the one sock always goes when you wash a pair and only one comes back. You can honestly never have enough pacifiers!
  • Once babies are old enough – roughly 2.5 months, you can get those bibs onto which the pacifiers attach so that no matter how many times baby spits the dummy/binky out, it will always be right there – genius! And those bibs also help to mop up all that slobber and the spit up too! Two birds with one stone and all that :). And it is so cute to watch them trying to put the pacifiers into their mouths on their own!
  • Everyone is under the impression that twins were best friends since the womb and therefore love each other immediately when they pop out into the world. Ok, I will give you that there are some sweet little things that are like this, but in reality the majority of them have no idea that the other exists for at least the first 2 or 3 months. Then when they finally notice the other one, they become more possessive of mommy and daddy’s time and laps and they don’t feel at all friendly to this other baby stealing what’s theirs. Finally close to 4 months, my twins are seeing each other. Really seeing each other – as equals. They are smiling at each other and speaking in their own twin code! Oh my goodness, it is the cutest and I am just loving it all! I can’t wait to see more!
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