1. Where to begin?

A recent visitor exclaimed, “Zoe, you’re good with words, you should start a blog about the whole twin business.”

I don’t know what shocked me more, the fact that I may be good with words or the fact that in less than four months time we will, in fact, be the parents of twin girls.

Another dear friend suggested I could start a “Mommy Blog”, after the initial chortle I looked into this ever popular “Mum/Mom Blogs”. I have a few hesitations about starting a blog as I do not enjoy making brownies, categorising toys into colour coordinated plastic tubs and I have not written down any recipes for home made play dough – these all seem to be pre-requisites to being a) a good mother b) a mom blogger.

Basically I’ve failed before I’ve begun. My only hope at the moment seems to be – please god don’t let me drop them.


Whether or not I find the time of willpower to continue this written journey remains to be seen, I am notoriously bad at seeing through projects. Just ask the half painted wall in our basement. I like to call it the Libran creativity streak that cannot be tamed, Susan calls it laziness – we argue this point often.

For those of you who don’t know this journey. There’s me, there’s Susan and there’s the ever growing stomach of hers that houses two little humans. Throughout this blog I’ll try and answer all the questions we tend to get, and perhaps use this as my way to vent how absolutely terrified I am (in a good way, in the way you are when you strap yourself into a rollercoaster).

The fear of twins

So twins. I did some research, did you know that?

  • 22 % percent of twins are left handed, compared to 10% in singletons.
  • Nigeria has the highest rate of multiple births and more identical twins.
  • Twins bond in the womb. By examining 3D ultrasound images, a study in Padova, Italy found that fetuses start deliberately interacting at 14 weeks.
  • 40% of twins invent their own language.

I’m hoping that doesn’t mean we will have loud mouthed, copy cat, left-handers who have a penchant for African tribal music – not that that’s a bad thing, but we do have enough to deal with at the moment.

The idea of twins has fascinated us both, for anyone who’s been to Thailand you will all know the saying “Same Same but Different” – Will these girls act the same? Will they fight all the time? Will they reflect both our personalities? Will they hate us?


Being a first time parent is terrifying enough really, we get the same thoughts as all new parents – I hope they behave, I hope they sleep through the night, I hope they are wonderfully smart yet fashionable sporty at the same time, I hope they aren’t ugly.

We have had many a conversation about how we would cope if we ended up with socially inept kids. I’m hoping with the witty, charming and all round fabulous parents they will have, that there may be no chance of this happening?


For those of you who want to know “how” these twins came about, as let’s face it, there is a serious lack of sperm in our relationship, I will get onto that at another date. There’s nothing like the ole “So how did this happen?” story – never gets old.

That’s it for now, be sure to tune in again soon for more ramblings of impending doom motherhood.

P.S What’s with the hipster cat picture? Nothing. Isn’t it fantastic though?

P.P.S Here’s a recipe for home made play dough:

2 cups plain flour
1 cup salt
1 tbs oil
1 cup cold water
2 drops liquid food colouring
STEP 1 Combine plain flour and salt
STEP 2 Add water, food colouring and oil. Mix until ingredients are combined.
STEP 3 Knead well.
STEP 4 If consistency is too wet add a little plain flour.
This is a quick and easy recipe that kids can help make as well as play with. I have changed the ingredients to show ½ to 1 cup of water as manyhave required much more flour to get the right consistency.

13 thoughts on “1. Where to begin?

  1. Your twins won’t be alike to start with! Could fight like cat and dog – same as any other siblings!! Whether bright and beautiful or ugly and stupid you will always love them whatever – ask any parent that question! There will be times when you don’t like them but you will still love them. Spoken like a true Mother, your Mum!xx

  2. Your twins won’t be the least alike! Beautiful and bright or ugly and stupid you will love them. There maybe times when you really don’t like them, but you will still love them. Ask any parent that question. Your Mum!xx

  3. You are amazing with words, both of you are and those girls are two of the luckiest twins alive to have you both.
    Something Nathan’s (Grannie Annie parenting legend – make that holy Saint mother of all thing patient) said to me waaaaay back was ‘when things get chaotic and the kids are crying or fighting and you have no idea what else to do, all you need to give them is love, love is enough’.
    Annnnd if it gets to 2am and your fresh out of love give me a call 😜.
    He he he!

  4. I never made brownies, never categorized toys, nor put them in tubs, never finished decorating kid’s rooms and only used the playdough recipe on the back of the baking soda box and my kids (16 yrs – 23yrs) turned out all right. You and your will be too! Xx

  5. Jeepers guys I’m tearing up. Two of my wonderful grandchildren are boys and are twins……identical in fact, 15 years old this year, voices broken and sprouting hairy legs. My little boys have gone and young men have replaced them already. I still have trouble deciding which is which, much to the mirth of their elder sister and consternation from both parents. So I play dumb, wait patiently for one to be scolded which doesn’t take long and hey presto joggy bottoms is Matthew so jeans is Benjamin…..works every time

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