Jack and Isobel are 6 weeks old today! That has gone very fast already, although the first couple of weeks felt like they went very slowly indeed. I spent a lot of it wondering how on earth I would cope with two newborns on my own! It was just relentless feeding, changing and comforting on very little sleep indeed. Luckily for the first 4 weeks we had family visiting, firstly in the form of Tom’s parents and then my parents – and they were all a great help. I don’t know how I could have done it without them.
Since then I’ve been on my own while Tom is at work, although luckily we have lovely friends here and family in the form of Tom’s sister, who has just moved to Hong Kong. They are all helping to keep me sane and it has meant that there haven’t been many full days where I haven’t seen someone or had something to do or somewhere to be. We are also forced out of the flat on a regular basis to go to medical appointments as Jack has a mild form of torticollis, a condition which has resulted in a fibrous lump on one side of his neck. Luckily it was caught early and regular physiotherapy is helping to soften the fibres and reduce the size of the lump so that it is already barely noticeable. I don’t think Jack enjoys the physio much though!
If that wasn’t enough stress, we also moved flats last weekend. We lived on the 5th floor of a building without a lift, which was fine when there was just the two of us, and may have been workable with one baby, but it did mean I couldn’t really get out of the flat on my own with two of them. Thankfully, the move went really smoothly and we are now in a larger, lighter apartment in a building with a lift! It’s in a nice area too, with play areas and a park nearby. We’re still in the process of unpacking and setting up the new place but we’re getting there.
So, getting back to the twins, looking after them is very hard work and we get very little sleep but it seems to be going ok so far! Once I was on my own I quickly discovered that feeding them both at the same time is a total sanity saver – otherwise you have to sit there while one cries for half an hour while you feed the other one and then you (and they) swap over! They can’t cry whilst feeding so it becomes a very quiet time :)
It’s been wonderful to see how they have developed already. After 2 or 3 weeks, they each started to be able to spend a little time looking around quietly whereas beforehand if they weren’t eating or sleeping, they were crying! That time has gradually increased and in the last week they’ve started making and holding eye contact. And we’ve had hints of smiles from each of them which is very exciting!
Anyway, as requested, here are some photos.
An accurate depiction of the two of them together (i.e. Isobel is asleep and Jack is not):
Tom took this photo, I think it has a lot of character!
Our little family :)
This is my favourite photo of them so far. They were both feeding and fell asleep and their heads gradually slid towards each other until they were touching! Isobel is on the right and Jack is on the left.
Thanks for reading!