Friday, 8 July 2011

Counting my blessings

It’s been a good week all in all.  Itchy no longer has to attend any out patients appointments, the girls are now giggling with each other and I’m currently making my way through a large bar of chocolate.  And it’s Friday night, which means no night feeds as husband steps in at the weekend.  I can go crazy and have a few glasses of wine...but I won’t as my bed is looking seductively at me (For sleep people!  I’m in serious energy replenishing mode and THAT is that last thing on my mind).
Saw my friend who has twins the same age as mine this week.  I do love meeting up with her as any little worries are usually dissolved after an hour or two of comparing our mini circus shows.  Do yours have green poo?  Yeap.  Have yours developed the crazy lizard tongue look?  Yeap.  Do you want to run away a lot?  Yeap?  Oh thank God I’m normal.  I remember when mine started teething at 3 months and I’d seen my friend after “the month when they just cried” (which it is now officially called) and was so relieved that her twins had started teething too.  Not that I’d wish crying babies on anyone, but it’s nice to know you’re not alone.  We had a lovely lunch (minus the demanding babies), a leisurely mooch round the shops (minus the demanding babies) and a relaxing ice-cream where my entrepreneurial friend tried to persuade Mr Ice-Cream Vendor Man to turn his skills to baby sitting while he had no customers.  You gotta love a twin mums ability to see babysitters all possible situations...and willingness to look past any lack of child care credentials.  I was almost parking up the tank (buggy) when his reply “Er no, you’re all right” killed the moment.
It’s such a relief that Itchy doesn’t have to be checked over by a paediatrician anymore.  Not just because it means she’s doing well but because I don’t have to remember to de-smeg her.  There I was frantically cutting her nails, clearing out her ears and wiping down her sticky hands 30 mins beforehand.  She needed a bath to be honest but I figured the doctor wasn’t going to sniff her.  And isn’t it annoying when doctors take off the nappy and then mention that “there’s a little bit of wee in there” so you feel as though you’ve got to change it even though it’s only been on 1 hour and nappies don’t grow on trees.  Almost as annoying when someone (usually a healthcare person) points out that your child’s clothes are a little bit wet where they’ve slobbered, and perhaps they should be changed.  It makes me want to say “Nah, it’s fine...the socks are still dry”.
My girls are 6 months next week and they’re definitely going into a much more active stage now.  Trying to roll over, giggling and babbling loads.  I having to separate them a little bit as they’re pulling each others hair and there’s been a few occasions where I’ve found Scratchy exploring Itchy's nostrils...or Itchy's foot in Scratchy's mouth.  Very funny for me, but not so for them.  Today they were looking at each other and just laughing for no reason.  It was my first glimpse into how lovely it’s going to be and how close they’ll become.  I remember when they smiled at each other for the first time and it was like I was witnessing something really special and I felt privileged just to be there.  I know twins is hard work (or hardcore as my friend rightly says) but I am really lucky.   Yes I spend most of my day either feeding/changing/playing/soothing/sterilising/yawning etc but there are just those little moments – like when I pick them up out of their car seats when they’re asleep and their legs stay in the foetal position for ages  - that I want to freeze and never forget.  Itchy is still not sleeping well and likes to have a very loud chat at 3am, and I just can’t be annoyed because it sounds so cute...and thankfully didn’t wake Scratchy.  Must keep reminding myself of these lovely moments because it’s too easy to slip into “poor me” or “why me” frame of mind.  All that said I’m still going to put them into nursery for a much needed day a week to myself.  Seeing a few places next week, not sure what I’m looking for but will report back!

1 comment:

  1. Absolutely loved reading this. Please keep posting, I love your blog!