If one baby is enough to cause complete chaos, spare a thought for the parents of twins .
The logistics, the energy and extra pair of arms needed – it’s all the joy and struggle of having a baby, but doubled.
Mum Jess Nall knows all about the challenges and the rewards.
Not only is Jess mum to four-month-old twins Gracie and Harry, but there are older siblings, Spencer, 3, and Evie, 5, in the mix too.
Jess tells Mamamia : “The effort of getting myself and four kids to-and-from a 30-minute doctor’s appointment at 10am can take me all morning.
There are nappies to change, toilet visits to deal with, I then load us and everything we need into the car before driving there to grab a close enough parking spot before unloading everything and everyone, all in the heat of summer!”
However, it’s other people who often prove to be the biggest obstacle.
She explains: “[…]I just want to get from A to B as quickly as possible but when random strangers see the twins they want to stop and chat, touch them or offer ‘advice’!
Mostly it is just friendly, but I’ve had it all from the ‘double-trouble’ comments to personal questions about how I breastfeed.
“I get asked which twin is ‘the good one’ and I am constantly asked if they are identical, even when I have told them one is a girl and one is a boy!”
So Jess has developed a little strategy to help ward off the comments, questions and delays during outings.
To try and lessen the interruptions to my grocery shopping I layer the capsules in the pram so that one is under the other and if babies are sleeping, I cover the pram with a muslin that creates a little breathable roof.
“This way one of the babies is hidden from view and I can essentially get what I need to get done before one wakes up for a feed!”
Of course people often mean well, but when you’ve got two babies to handle (plus any other kids), time really is of the essence.