Emma and Sam

Twins of the Month

Emma and Sam

This month we meet ex-committee member Tracey’s twins Emma and Sam.

Twins Names? Emma and Sam.
Age? 5
Birthday? 7th February 2009.
Identical or fraternal? Fraternal (although the number of people who ask!!! – despite them clearly being a boy and a girl).
Favourite activity? Swimming – which is a lot easier now that they can go in the pool without an adult.
A bit about Mum & Dad… We are both from NZ which meant not having family close by to help out in the early days. Gavin works in the city but makes a big effort to be as supportive as possible, including taking the kids to school once every 2 weeks, and on alternate weeks being home for at least one full bedtime routine. I have been a stay at home mum since the children were born and I am now getting used to having my own time again since the children have started school, including doing some paid work from home.
Buggy? None now- hooray! After swearing I would not be someone who bought loads of buggies we did end up with a few. We had EasyWalker Sky duo side by side at the beginning, plus 2 single cheap buggies (useful for when just taking one out) – then around the time they were 2 we got a Phil and Ted’s front and back.
Car?  Mitsubishi Outlander. It’s been great, especially the fold down tail gate, meaning I never had to lift the heavy buggy up and over to get it into and out of the boot. Now we are down to booster seats I can fit in the back between the kids if we need another adult in the car.
Help or not? For the first 4 months my lovely mother-in-law came over from NZ, then we had a nanny for 20 hours per week, cutting down to 10 hours after the children turned two and she finished when they were three and a half. We still see her. Having her around meant Gavin and I were able to have a couple of weekends away too during the first couple of years.
Quick tip for other twin mums? Trying to allocate time for each twin to be alone with a parent. They really appreciate it. Even if it’s just going to the supermarket.
Best thing about having twins? Lots of things now…we are done on teething, sleepless nights, potty training. We can drop them at holiday clubs or ski school and as they have each other they don’t ever look back. It’s wonderful seeing them have a best best friend to go through life with, and also how good they have become at sharing, and reading each other and therefore other people’s feelings and moulding their behaviour appropriately.
Best bargain? Well I always pick my product and then research it to find the very best price, but I think my best bargain was lovely Singing Hands. One of the only activities that charged one fee per family, making it actually affordable. And then they were extra lovely to me with the twins, and helped out whenever I needed it.
Funniest thing the twins have done?  They were only about 10 months old and one day they just started laughing at each other, and laughed and laughed and laughed. I had no idea of what the joke was, but made me laugh too. It went on for around 5 mins, and I managed to get a bit of it on video.
I love Twickenham Twins’ Club because… I’ve made some great friends who just get it. I have found that there is an almost immediate bond with other twin mothers and twins club gives you access to met these other mums. It was great to go to playgroup and feel like everyone understands if you’re having a bad day and they know what to say. It was great to talk to mums who had older twins to find out when it was all going to get easier, and to talk through any specific problems. It’s nice for me to go now as I’m the experienced mum and I can see how far I’ve come and offer advice to others.