{Twins are twice as nice} but.. how about a little support – did you know that Multiple Birth Awareness Week is from 9-16 March?

So you fall pregnant and think how wonderful life will be with your new little mini-me.. then you go for a scan and discover not one but two heartbeats.. or even three!

Having multiples is not only a lesson in patience but tough, rewarding, difficult, funny and sometimes isolating – especially if you live in the country.

Enter the Bathurst Multiple Birth Association (BXMBA). They are a lifeline. They are new friends. They are support.

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The BXMBA is a not for profit organisation which was originally set up to help multiple birth families to network, find support and friendship while parenting twins, triplets or more!

It is a volunteer run club that is part of a greater support network of 65+ clubs nationally.

When you join the BXMBA you get: fun, support, connection with other parents/carers of multiples, playgroup, outings, information nights, parent nights out, morning teas, Christmas party, monthly meetings, newsletters and magazines.

The Facebook access (to members only) is where you can get support, ideas or just have a chat without leaving your home. Other bonuses are the fact that you have access to resources such as information on multiples from pregnancy to beyond the start of school including but not limited to books and DVD’s.

The group also runs the Bathurst Multiple Birth Association Playgroup. This playgroup is held at Bathurst Baptist Church, 188 Eglinton Road, Bathurst. They are there for a friendly chat (and to tire the kids out!) every 2nd Monday of the month during the school terms. All you need to bring is yourself, your babies and a gold coin donation ($2.00 for members and $4.00 for non-members). They will even feed you morning tea!MiniTrains Poster

If you or someone you know would like to join the BXMBA you can find them at bxmultiples@gmail.com

To celebrate Multiple Birth Awareness Week which runs from 9th – 16th March the BXBMA is hosting a free event for all families of multiples. There will be some laughs at the mini-train day which includes face painting as well! It really is a great chance to get out and meet other families of multiples around your area. Microsoft Word - multiple birth awareness week poster 3.docx

 
 

{Review} Valco Zee Spark Duo

There is absolutely nothing better than local knowledge. Someone who has actually tried something before you want to buy it. Knowing the good, the bad and the downright annoying features of a pram prior to buying one can save many tears and hormonal tantrums.

Now add in the fact that you are buying for twins and everything gets just a little bit tougher.

Our pram reviews are one of the most popular sections of the blog and today Joanna tells us about the Valco Zee Spark Duo. valco dup

Family:

I have twins who are 11 months old.

The Pram:

I have a Valco Zee Spark Duo.

Why the Zee Duo?

I have had this pram for about 12 months now. I chose it because I wanted a twin pram that enabled me to have parent facing options. It was also the slimmest side by side that allowed this.

Also, I wanted a pram I would have from birth until I didn’t need it anymore.

I particularly liked that it came with bassinets that then turn into seats, so I didn’t need extra parts. Some other brands I would have to buy the bassinet attachment as an extra – costing quite a lot with twins. This pram was well priced as well, under $650.00

Additional attachments:

It has a drink holder section included on the back of the seats and a basket underneath.

It also comes with two boot covers, which was fantastic for my little ones in winter.

Favourite feature:

To me it looks to have all the features of a Bugaboo Donkey side by side, without the price tag!

It has fantastic canopy cover over the pram as well, which is great for keeping the sun of newborns and kids, but they can still see out!

Plus, it was handy to be able to remove the bassinet style seat easily to put a baby down to sleep if I was not at home.

Least favourite feature:

There are a couple of old buildings in this town where we don’t fit through the doorways – but generally I can go everywhere in town. It is large though, but I don’t know many twins prams that aren’t!

Is it easy to fold?valco_baby_pram_stroller_zee_spark_duo_raisin_waffle_02_1

Yes, a quick lift of the tabs and it collapses down. You can collapse it with the seats on also, making it super easy to set up again later.

Would you recommend this pram?

I definitely would, it’s been fantastic for me and I’d buy it again in a second. I know at least 5 other twins Mums that have it also!

It’s relatively new, only came out in August 2012 I think, but I’ve also found Valco to be amazing for customer service.

Pricing:

I paid $639.00 for it.

You can find more information about the Duo at http://www.valcobaby.com.au/product/spark_duo

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Thanks to the wonderful Joanna for taking the time to help review her pram – We appreciate your ongoing support of the Central Nest.

Twins are just twice as nice!

Having a newborn is tough. No one can argue with that. However, what if you had two? Twice the feeds. Twice the tears. Twice the work. Twice the love!

I was lucky enough recently to speak with local superstar mum, Peta Sykes. She has a beautiful three year old daughter Deearna (Dee) as well as the most gorgeous seven-month-old twins, Lochlon and Chloe.

I asked Peta (aged 32) to tell us a little bit about her life with twins.

The lovely Peta Sykes

The lovely Peta Sykes

Congratulations on your beautiful babies. Please tell us a little about your pregnancy?

Two months into my pregnancy I suffered extreme morning sickness that lasted all day (and for months!). I had to stop working as I couldn’t physically deal with feeling so ill all day. The middle of the pregnancy was fine until the end. It was summer and I was very heavy and extremely uncomfortable.

Were you expecting to have multiples? Were your babies conceived naturally or through IVF?

I conceived my twins naturally. I had a family history of twins including my paternal grandmother who had boy-girl twins as well as my paternal aunt who also had boy-girl twins.

Did you have your babies at full term or did they arrive early?:

At 38 weeks, my doctor recommended that I should be induced around 21 December 2012. A few hours into my initial visit I was advised that as it was nearly Christmas there weren’t enough staff rostered on and there were no beds available. So I was sent me home.

On the second day they sent me home again.

On 23 December 2012 I was told to come back on Christmas Eve to be induced as there would be enough staff and beds available for my delivery. The induction was unsuccessful and as it was Christmas Day the next day and  very limited staff I decided to go ahead with a caesarean. My babies were born 7 and 6 pounds each.

How was the delivery? Were you able to have your babies in the Central West?

I had my caesarean at Bathurst Base Hospital which was lovely. Even though I was unable to spend Christmas at home, my family were able to come and visit us at hospital.

What would you say is the best thing about having twins?:

I don’t think I could pick one thing. They are just so interesting. They do so many funny twin things and just watching them interact with one another is divine.

They are so similar in features and things that they do but I have already started to notice that they are developing their own little personalities. That really is lovely to watch. Dee also gets the best of both worlds, a little brother and a little sister.

What is the hardest thing about having twins?:

I find the hardest thing is trying to get them to do the same thing at the same time. For example, getting them to go to sleep at the same time. Having two babies you want them to be able to do everything together so that you can focus on other things that need to be done, and also so I am able to spend time with Dee.

I remind myself that they are two separate little beings and that this is not always going to work. It is a lot of work but it is definitely worth it.

Do you notice any special/remarkable bonds between them?:

They are always looking for the other especially at bed time. Lochlon always checks that Chloe is in her cot and vice versa. I think they just need that reassurance that the other is okay. If one is upset the other one tends to get upset too and it works both ways if one starts laughing the other one likes to join in. They are very aware of what the other is doing and if they aren’t involved, they want to be.

What support do you have/use? Do you believe the Central West has enough support for parents of multiples?:

I have amazing family support and some beautiful friends who are always visiting and checking in with us. I have the most supportive mother. I don’t know how I would have survived this long without her.

There is a lot of support in the Central West. The Community Health Service at the hospital is the one that I personally use. The midwives are beautiful people and so willing to help.

When I discovered that that I was having twins, I did try to source out help specifically dealing with multiples and while I was pregnant there was nothing locally. Since having my twins I have met some twin mums and a few of us have started a Multiple Birth Group. It’s still in its early stages but the parents and carers I have met have been a great help to me. I believe that it will be a fabulous community support group for future parents and carers of multiples. You can find us on Facebook simply by typing in Bathurst Multiple Birth Association (BXMBA) (or click on this link -> BXMBA Facebook).

We plan to have lots of social get-togethers as well as a monthly play group that will be held at the Baptist Church. We have appointed committee members of the association which will be responsible for different support resources including support for school aged multiples, special needs help with breast-feeding and also support for fathers just to name a few. It will be a great community support for Bathurst families and I’ve been blessed to be a part of it so far.

Contact the Bathurst Multiples

The Bathurst Multiple Birth Association

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The Central Nest thanks Peta for taking the time to provide this wonderful insight into her life and that of her gorgeous little babies.

If you are able to help the Bathurst Multiple Birth Association with donations of any resources please contact them through their Facebook page. Or alternatively contact the Central Nest and we can pass your details forward.