Twins of the Month: Charlotte and Jonathan

 

This month we meet twins Charlotte and Jonathan

 

 

 

 

Twins Names: Charlotte and Jonathan

Age: 30 months aka 2.5yrs

Birthday: 29th Jan 2015

Identical or fraternal: Fraternal and if anyone else asks me if a girl and boy are identical…..👊🏻

Favourite activity: Anything really. Charlotte loves trampolining, jumping on her brother 🙈 and helping cook. Jonathan loves gymnastics, trains and sweeping!

A bit about mum: Chartered Accountant, used to work as Global Finance Director for a brand marketing consultancy in Ealing- don’t miss it one bit!

Car: Audi Q5

Help or not? Husband of course but not much although I did have a home start volunteer two hours a week from 3-6 months old and advice from a sleep trainer which was absolutely invaluable.

Quick tip for other twin/triplet mums: We all find different things difficult so always do what works best for you and your family.

What advice would you give to your pre-pregnant self? When you’re in hospital a bit drugged up after your c-section and feeling out of it please realise how important it is to get the feeding sorted or you’ll end up being stuck with pumping milk for what seems like a lifetime.

What advice would you give about sleep training? Do it and get professional advice if you can. Be strict and consistent because it really works and I believe by having twins that slept through earlier (at 10wks mine did 7pm-7am with just one feed at 11pm that my husband did and at 18wks slept 12hrs) it made me a better mum as i was more rested that I otherwise would have been.

What advice would you give about breast/bottle feeding? Get your partner to help if possible by doing a feed late evening so you can get a bit of sleep. Can be formula or expressed milk- formula milk and breastmilk have similar calories so don’t fall for the formula fills them up more story. A feeding pillow such as my brest friend or twin z were fantastic for me and later a Boppy cushion. Again get your partner if you have one to help as much as possible by either sterilising bottles or lining up lots of water and snacks/lunch on a tray where you’ll be breastfeeding.

Do you have any advice on weaning?
Just be organised, have a plan of how you will do it and buy lots of little pots and freeze ahead. Try and do lots of variety and expose them to lots of different tastes especially savoury as milk is so sweet. I did a mix of purée and baby led which seemed to be the best of both worlds. Also don’t rush it and don’t worry they aren’t eating sometimes or have off days- always look at the intake over a week.

Do you have any advice on potty training?
Again be organised and have a plan of how you will do it and get any equipment you need before starting. Don’t attempt it too early and do it when you think they’re ready ie when the language is there as they really need the understanding plus don’t let them feel pressured by you. Also don’t feel pressured by other people that they should be trained already because they’re all individual.

Best bargain?
Hiring a hospital grade medela pump for nine months at around £45 a month which allowed me to express the same milk in half the time.

Best thing about having twins?
Feeling special and lucky, their unique bond, having an instant family on just 1 pregnancy!

Funniest thing the twins have done?
So many things all the time- at the moment if one of them falls over or bangs themself in the house the other one runs off to the kitchen, opens the freezer and brings them a little ice pack for their “ouch”.

I love Twickenham Twins Club because…..I’ve met some lovely like minded people, jigsaw play is a great weekly venue, the group is well run, communication is good and it feels like a proper club/family.