Surviving your first year with twins!

The key word here is survive. The first year isn’t going to be easy. There’ll be bucketloads of lovely moments with your babies but there will also be a heck of a lot of sleepless nights, tears and enough dirty washing to cover a small country. You don’t have to be super-mum, you just need to make it through!  

1. Organise as much extra help as possible for the early days. My mum, sisters, best friends, aunties and cousins were life-savers in those first few months.

2. If someone offers to bring you food, do the washing or clean your bathroom, accept with pleasure.

3. The first day that you have two babies to look after on your own will be terrifying. It will be. But you will get through it and you might even enjoy some of it!

4. Make sure you have adequate supplies of tea, coffee and chocolate. If you manage to get the twins to nap together, you absolutely must take a break. This is mandatory. Especially when you spend half the night pacing the floorboards with a baby on your shoulder.

5. You only have two arms. Sometimes you just can’t keep both babies happy at once. A few tears are inevitable and you absolutely can’t feel guilty about that. Although you probably will.

6. The guilt that comes with being a twin mum sucks. Get over it as soon as you possibly can. I’m still working on this one. And failing miserably. Every time I pick one of them up, the other one looks up at me with gorgeous big puppy dog eyes that say “remember me? I want a cuddle too..” It’s a minefield.

7. The only sort of visitors that are welcome for the first 6 months, are the sort that bring the dinner with them and offer to do a few loads of washing! Don’t feel like you need to be the hostess. You have two babies to look after. That’s enough.

8. Invest in a baby-gym. Preferably one with music and lights. You need something to occupy one baby whilst you feed/change/calm the other one! We have the Fisher Price Jungle play mat and at 13 months, the twins are still loving it.

9. Invest in a good twin pram that you are comfortable pushing. Sometimes the best way to deal with two upset babies on your own is to pop them in the pram and go for a walk. You can read my review of the Uppababy Vista 2015 here.

10. Invest in a changing table for the room you spend most of your time in. I have a changing station in our kitchen/living area with everything I need to hand – nappies, wipes, clothes, bibs, muslins etc. This is a life-saver in vomit/poo crisis times!

11. Organisation is essential. Spend a few minutes every day organising yourself – restock the changing table, put away freshly washed baby clothes and make sure all your feeding equipment is ready to go.

12. Work out a routine that works for you and the babies and stick to it. You can read my post on establishing a routine with twins here. This is a game changer. Having an hour in the morning whilst they nap is bliss!

13. Fill your freezer with home-made tasty food that you just have to heat up. Otherwise you will resort to toast and takeaways for sustenance.

14. If you are bottle-feeding or combi- feeding, buy a Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep machine. This is one of the best baby purchases we have made. It’s so easy to use and removes all the faff of boiling water and waiting for 30 mins for it to cool. You can read my review here if you are thinking about buying one.

15. Start doing your grocery shopping online! Bulk ordering all the nappies, milk etc and having them delivered to your door saves so much time.

16. Know your limits. I find that it takes pretty much all my energy to simply look after the babies and do all the basic jobs to keep the house ticking over. This probably isn’t the best time to stick into redecorating or landscaping your garden.

17. Once you have built up a bit of confidence looking after the babies on your own, consider joining a mums and tots group. This feels like a serious undertaking with two babies but it’s great to get out of the house and get some adult conversation!

18. If at all possible, get yourself a tumble-drier. Especially, if you have vomity babies, like we do!

19. Get to know some other twin mums. It’s great to chat with someone else who properly understands what it’s like to have two babies at once. Someone who understands double night feeds, weaning in stereo and having to work out how to carry two babies at once. Sometimes you just need a good moan and its better with someone who gets it.

20. Enjoy as much of it as you possibly can! Our boys are almost 13 months now and looking after their every need is blooming hard work. But it’s so much fun.

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Happy Birthday my beautiful little miracles

I can’t believe that we’ve had our babies for one whole year. I’ve been looking back at the thousands of photos that we’ve accumulated this year and I’ve been choking back the tears. They have come so far.

Benjamin was 3lbs 5oz when he was born. From day 1 he thrived, we watched him gradually put on ounce after ounce in the neonatal unit and 5 weeks after he was born, we got to bring him home. We were such proud parents. I was standing at the front of the hospital, waiting for Mr C to bring the car around beaming with pride. But one half of my heart was breaking, weeping for his little brother that we had to leave behind. One year on and Benjamin is such a little joy. He’s making lovely little sounds, learning to clap his hands and zipping around the kitchen in his car. Happy Birthday my beautiful Benjamin, I love you more than you’ll ever know.


Harry was a teeny 1lb and 12oz when we was born. He was a little fighter from the outset. His tiny, wrinkled little body, kicking away in the incubator. We were willing him to lie and sleep. To conserve his energy and to put on some weight. He had a long and fraught stay in hospital with two very serious bouts of infection and then open heart surgery. But he was our wonderful little fighter. With the help and care of so many fabulous doctors and nurses, he managed to make it home at 13 weeks, weighing only 4lbs. One year on and Harry is a live wire – he’s always ready for a giggle and loves nothing more than a house full of people. We were so proud when Harry managed to sit up on his own two weeks ago. He’s come so far and brought us so much joy. Happy Birthday my lovely Harry, I love you more than you’ll ever know.


I don’t think I could ever have anticipated the extent of love that I feel for these two little boys. From the second I heard their two beautiful little cries in the operating theatre, I was besotted. I love our little family. We’ve had so many simple moments of joy as we watch our babies grow and discover new things every  

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Position Vacant: Night Nanny Required

My little twin boys are so happy, content and full of fun. I love spending my days playing with them, pulling silly faces, reading endless books and getting covered in baby mush at every feed. That is, up until it hits 7pm.   

From about 6 -10 months the boys slept so well. We’d pop them up to bed at 7pm and with a few shushes and strokes to their head they were off to sleep. Then we’d settle down to some dinner, clear up and get things ready for the next morning. Flopping unto the sofa around 9pm to relax for an hour before bed. I felt a teeny bit guilty for loving having our evenings back. But I did love it. I needed it. 

Now I am mourning their loss. They’ve now been gone for two whole months. Hopefully not forever. 

When the clock strikes seven, the twins morph into little sleep stealing gremlins. Gone are my super cute, happy boys. Hello crazy babies.  

They seem sleepy right up until they hit the cot mattress. Then all of a sudden they wake up and the baby gymnastics start in their cots. So it’s time. We need a night nanny.  

Position Vacant: Night Nanny*

Essential Criteria:

• You’ll have elastic arms and a stretchy back to stand in between two cots and stroke two heads at once

• An appreciation for the French Grey paint on the back wall of the nursery is a must. You’re going to be looking at it a lot

• You’ll need to understand this equation and ensure your response times are quick enough to avoid its development: A crying baby = a coughing baby = a vomiting baby = a baby that wakes his brother = two crying, babies, covered in vomit = two more baths = two more bottle feeds = two babies that need settled to sleep again in two clean cots

• You’ll have arms that can carry at least one baby for hours at at time while you pace up and down the room in the hope that sleep will eventually come 

• The ability to survive on less than 3 hours of undisturbed sleep per night

Desirable Criteria: 

• The magical ability to teach our babies how to sleep

That is it, if you can do that, you’re hired 

*Unfortunately this advert and the funds to support it, exist purely in my imagination. So if you do happen to have any ideas of how we can get our twins to sleep, please join the conversation below. All weird and wonderful suggestions welcome! Please.

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Weaning twins – How to spoon feed on your own!

We have regular follow up appointments at the paediatric hospital to monitor the twins’ growth and development because they were so premature. When they were 4 months old (1 month corrected) the paediatrician asked if I’d thought about starting to wean them. I nearly choked. They were tiny – I think at the time they weighed about 6 and 9lbs respectively. They could have been new-born babies… 

I had a good chat with the consultant and she explained that they like to take quite an aggressive approach to feeding with low birthweight babies. I smiled and nodded and went home and did some research of my own. I decided to wait a while before I started the boys on solid food. And I’m very very glad I did! I waited until they were 24 weeks and even that felt very early as technically they were only 14 weeks. 

As a first time mum I was quite daunted by the whole weaning thing. I felt like I had just about nailed the process for managing to bottle feed the twins on my own and now I had to re-think their whole routine and work out how to fit in (very-slow) spoon feeds. To top it all off, the twins had quite bad reflux and were horrendous projectile vomiters! The number of times I spent ages feeding the boys my lovely home-made baby purees only to have it puked all over me and everything nearby, 20 minutes later. 

I hated that there was no clear ‘how to’ manual. I wanted to know what to feed, how often, how much, if I should reduce their their milk intake etc etc. But every book I read only gave rough guidelines… In the end, I relied pretty heavily on a mixture of weaning methods and recipes from Annabel Karmel and Gina Forde until I found what worked best for us. 

We started weaning over the summer months when my husband was off work for the school holidays. I was terrified of having two babies choking at the same time and wanted a bit of help to get started. When he went back to work, I was quite nervous about doing all the feeds myself. But I got there!  


Here’s my top tips on feeding two babies yourself: 

• Try and find a comfortable way to sit for the feeding sessions. This is so important.Each feed could take you up to an hour for the first few weeks. And that’s a lot of time spent in the same position every day. For about the first 3 months of weaning, I had to feed the twins in their bouncer seats as they were just too small to sit up in a high chair. It wrecked my back and I wish that we’d invested in high chairs suitable from birth (they tilt back) from the start. Once we moved them into proper high chairs, it was so much easier.

  • If at all possible, feed them both at the same time. This means that you can prepare the food and have it heated up at the same time and you don’t have to go through that ritual twice. For the first few months I had to feed the boys one at a time as they got very distracted unless you gave them your full attention, and stopped eating. Once they got a bit bigger and they were used to spoon feeds, I started to feed them together. I just alternated mouthfuls. This works quite well as they have time to chew up their food as you feed their twin. 

• Leave yourself plenty of time. Trying to spoon feed two babies when you’re under pressure for time is a bad idea! I think they can sense that you are in a rush (!) and so everything that possibly could go wrong, does. If you are relaxed, hopefully that will make for calmer babies that want to eat their meal. 

• Invest in a split bowl. This is the best £5 I have ever spent on a baby product. It’s so much easier and quicker than having to switch between bowls for each spoonful. Get a nice deep bowl, so the spoons don’t fall out when you switch.

  • Two coverall feeding bibs are a must. Unless you want to have the washing machine on four times a day, instead of two! 

  • Two babies.Two spoons. I always try and make sure they have their own soon – they pick up enough coughs and colds and any effort I can make to limit that is definitively worth it. 

• Before you start, make sure you have all the essentials within arms reach. For me, that’s baby coverall bibs, kitchen roll, baby wipes and sippy cups. 

  • The freezer is your best friend. I rarely make their meals up just before they eat them. I make big batches of chicken, beef or fish based baby food and freeze them in individual portions. I also make a batch of vegetable mashes and every night, I lift out a protein portion and a vegetable portion to defrost overnight in the fridge. That means you can spend a few hours a week cooking and have tasty, home made food everyday.

  • Don’t feel bad about feeding pouches of bought baby food when you need to! I recently started using a lot of pre made fruit purees and the boys love them. I couldn’t keep up to the number of apples and pears that needed peeled on a weekly basis!

  • There will be days when one or both of them will just decide that they don’t want to eat. Don’t stress and just give them a bit of whatever it is they want –when our two are being fussy, the only thing they won’t refuse is fruit purée and yoghurt! Teething babies do not make good eaters. As long as they are getting plenty of milk, don’t worry about the odd ‘off’ day. 

I really didn’t enjoy the early stages of weaning – it’s depressing when you feel like you throw out more food than gets fed! But now I love mealtimes with the boys. They love their food and generally we have lots of fun in the highchairs. It’s a lot of mess. And I get really sick of cleaning the floor. But the giggles make their food smeared faces look very very cute! Have you enjoyed the weaning process or are you fed up with the mess?!

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Twins By Numbers

We’re going to be celebrating the boy’s 1st Birthday next week.That means we’ve had two babies for 12 whole months. I can’t quite believe it. Here’s our year in numbers: 

1 blue line

150+ dry crackers consumed

13 suspicious co-workers

1 very large bump

21 weeks until we knew we were having twins

2 petrified parents to be

1 deadly disease

1 emergency in-utero laser surgery in London

2.5 litres of amniotic fluid drained from my womb

2 little miracles

19 agonising antenatal appointments

775 approximate number of times I googled TTTS

8 trips to the toilet every night

72 episodes of Grey’s Anatomy watched post surgery

55 pear picking porky ice-lollies licked

2 steroid injections to help mature two tiny sets of lungs

22 hospital staff present in the delivery suite

2 beautiful baby boys born

10 weeks too early

1 besotted new mum

1 very proud new dad

2 little cosy incubators

0 cuddles with my babies on the day they were born

10 beeping monitors in NICU

2 beautiful faces

4 little hands for mummy to hold through the portholes

5 long weeks of going home every night without my beautiful babies

14 hours a day spent in an armchair in the neonatal unit

1 bittersweet night of bringing my eldest twin home

8 more heart-breaking weeks of leaving my little twin on his own in a hospital ward

4 return trips to ICU for Harry when he picked up infections and struggled to breathe

1 awful moment when the cardiologist told me that Harry needed open heart surgery

4 the number of lbs Harry needed to weigh before they would operate

2 air ambulance journeys for our little family

10 days spent in Westminster at Evelina Children’s Hospital

1 celebrity paediatrician – CBEEBIES Dr Ranj!

4 painful hours waiting whilst Harry was in surgery

48hrs post op spent sucking Daddy’s finger before Harry was allowed food

1 amazing day when we reunited our little family at home

2 happy little brothers

16 bottles a day for the first 4 months

4 nightly feeding sessions

2200+ bottles made in the first year

200+ projectile vomits over a 3 month period

1 very exasperated mum, dripping with puke

60 loads of washing each month

6400+ smiles from 2 very happy babies

5,824 nappy changes in the first year

32 baby books that elicit squeals of delight everyday

1,134 messy spoon feeds

4 little teeth that have made it through

Endless cuddles

2 bundles of joy

2 permanently shattered but very happy parents

12 months that have totally changed our lives forever

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Our Routine with Baby Twins

Warning: Please stop reading now if you don’t have one or more babies. This post will bore you to tears. We, parents of young babies, are obsessed with getting a baby routine that works for us and we will talk about it a lot. That’s just the way it is.   

Throughout my pregnancy, I did lots reading to prepare as much as I could for the twins’ arrival. One day I was persuaded by the no routine, baby-led approach to sleeping and feeding. The next, I was won over to the idea of implementing a fairly strict routine.

I was pretty terrified by the whole prospect of managing two babies on my own!

When the boys arrived and we finally brought them home, I soon realised that you can do all the reading in the world but when you have twin babies both screaming for food, cuddles or their nappy to be changed, I reckon most people (like me) just wing it in the early days.

That worked well enough when they were very young but as the boys got bigger, they weren’t as happy to wait to be fed when they got hungry and one would be getting upset as I fed his brother. So I tried to move to more of a structured routine in an attempt to pre-empt what they needed before they got upset.

Most parents find that they work out their own little routine but I found it really useful to read up on how what worked well for other people. So that’s why I’m sharing what’s worked well for us.  These are the routines that we fell into:

Newborn to 4 months routine

At this stage we only focused on a feeding routine. The babies slept when and if they wanted around the feeds. I kept the double pram with carrycots in our kitchen/living-room and they napped in the pram throughout the day. I woke them up if they were sleeping at a daytime or evening feed time. This is a bit controversial. For some, the idea of waking a sleeping baby is unthinkable. But with twins, you have to find what works for you and stick with it.

Our feed-times were

• Day-time: 7am, 10am, 1pm and 4pm during the day

• Evening: We cluster fed every two hours at 6pm, 8pm and the last feed at 10pm

• Night-time: I fed on demand at night-time.

Up until 12 weeks, this usually meant a feed at 1am and 4am. By about 12 weeks, they were managing to sleep through the night with only one night-time feed. My larger twin slept through the night from about 16 weeks and his brother slept through from about 20 weeks.

It’s always hard to know how much milk to offer and there’s not a stack of guidance available. I didn’t find the guides on the milk cartons terribly helpful. I generally worked to 2.5fl oz per lb. So when my babies weighed 5 lbs, I would aim to feed them a minimum of 12.5 oz over the course of the day.

Best case scenario is that you have two adults for each feed-time! In the first few weeks, I had a lot of help and often had a spare pair of hands to help with a feed. However, fairly quickly I had to get used to managing on my own during the day. I never really attempted to tandem feed because I wanted to get that 1:1 bonding time with each of my babies throughout the day. I would just place one baby on the play gym, positioned so they could see me whilst I fed and burped his brother.

If the baby on the play gym wasn’t happy and I couldn’t calm them with my singing (poor baby!) or a dummy, then I sometimes split the feeds. I would feed half a bottle to baby 1 then I’d swap babies and do the same for baby 2. Then repeat to finish off both feeds. One of my twins (I’ll not say who!) generally always needed to be fed first – he just wasn’t happy to lie and kick once he saw a bottle! Don’t feel bad if this is same with you – they will both get fed and it just makes it easier if you feed the fussier baby first!

 I should also mention that my boys were bottle fed (breast milk + formula) from the outset. The combination of a 10 week early delivery, weeks of tube-feeding, long stays in neonatal and heart-surgery meant that my plans to breastfeed were thwarted from the outset. I’ll keep the breast/bottle trauma for another post!

Thankfully I did have quite a lot of help in those first few months – mainly from my mum but also from an army of sisters, friends, aunties and cousins! The more help you can line up, the better!

4 months to 6 months routine

At around 4 months, the boys had stopped napping so easily in the pram and had started to fall asleep only when we went out for a walk. This wasn’t great for me as I needed some time in the house, when the twins were sleeping so that I could wash bottles, clothes and most importantly grab a cup of tea! So I introduced a morning sleep time, when I purposefully put them down for a nap. It took quite a few attempts to get it working and sometimes they’d be asleep in their bouncer seats before I managed to get them into their cots!


• Morning: 8:30am to 9:30am – I put them into their cots for a nap

• Afternoon: I just let them have a nap in the pram when we went for a walk

At 4 months, I started to stretch out their feed-times, so they were taking bigger but less frequent feeds.

Our feed times were:

• Day-time: 7am, 10:30am, 1:30pm and 4:30pm

• Evening: 6:30pm

• Night-time: I fed on demand at night-time. My larger twin slept through the night from about 16 weeks and his brother slept through from about 20 weeks.

Knowing when to stop night-tIme feeds can be difficult. We stopped when we realised that it was simply a ‘comfort-suck.’ They’d have a few mouthfuls and then they were happy to settle back to sleep. When this happened, we simply gave them a dummy and they settled back to sleep. And that was the end of night feeding!

6 months to 10 months routine

With twins, you will spend a lot of your day feeding. But when you introduce weaning into the routine, you’ll start to wonder when you managed to fit anything else into your day! On top of what already seems like a mountain of jobs, you now need to make baby purees, clean up the mess and still feed the babies 4 bottles a day, each! Madness.

We’ve now managed to get into a routine that works for us all (well, most days anyway!). The boys are eating well and getting a good amount of sleep. We’ve had a few ‘bad’ weeks of sleep recently but that’s mostly been down to chest infections and teeth pushing through..

This is how are day looks with bottles, spoon feeds and naps

Bottle Feeds: 7am, 11am, 3pm, 6:30pm

Spoon Feeds: 8am, 12pm, 4:30/5pm

Nap-times: 9:15am – 10:15am, 12:45pm – 2:00pm

Bed-time at 7:15pm

There’s not a heck of a lot of time for much else!

The nap times are a bit erratic sometimes. Occasionally, they’ll sleep a bit longer in the morning and then not want an afternoon nap. I keep to the routines as much as possible and flex them a bit when we have outings and appointments etc.

11 months onwards

The boys are now 11 months and over the last few weeks, our routine has evolved again as they have become more interested in their solid meals and less interested in their bottles. I’ve dropped one of their morning feeds and adjusted their nap times to suit.

This is how are day now looks with bottles, spoon feeds and naps

Spoon Feeds: 7am, 12pm, 4:30/5pm

Bottle Feeds: 9am, 2pm, 6:30pm

Nap-times: 9:30am – 11:00am, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Bed-time at 7:15pm

The twins are currently 11 months old so I’ll update this post as our routines evolve. I think the next change will probably be to drop the morning sleep and increase the afternoon sleep. Although this may not happen for another few months!

Our twins were 10 weeks premature so you may find that your babies move though these routines a little quicker.

Do you prefer to have a routine or go with a baby-led approach? Any tips much appreciated, go on, leave a comment!

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World Prematurity Day – Meet Our Little Rays of Hope

Meet my beautiful little Harry. He was born at 30 weeks, weighing in at 1lb and 14oz after a struggle with Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS). He spent a long 13 weeks in neonatal; it was a difficult journey and he battled various serious infections. Little Harry also underwent open heart surgery at 11 weeks for a coarctation of the aorta and a further surgery for a hernia at 20 weeks. He’s our little warrior hero and he’s such a contented, happy little chap. He brings a ray of light to everyone that meets him.  

This is Harry’s identical twin brother, Benjamin. My beautiful little Benjamin was also born at 30 weeks. He was a lot bigger than his brother but still a teeny little tot, weighing 3lbs and 6oz. Benjamin is also a champion survivor of TTTS and he spent the first 5 weeks of his life in neonatal. Benjamin had a much easier NICU journey – he sailed through from the beginning and once he reached 4.5lbs we were allowed to bring him home. Separating the two brothers was so hard but their reunion was a very very happy day! Benjamin is full of fun, always ready to have a giggle and loves nothing more than a good snuggle.

After a very difficult pregnancy and introduction to parenthood, our boys have brought so much joy to Mr C and I in the last 10 months. They are our little rays of light. On World Prematurity Day, we want to share some hope with other parents with babies that have been born very early. 

*I hear them rousing from their morning nap, so the wonderful chaos and craziness that is life with twins will resume presently!

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Vomit in stereo – How to cope with the boke

My boys are generally very contented little men. They smile and gurgle and giggle as they roll around on the play mat. But they are vomiters. Both of them. I’m not talking a little mouthful of milk here and there. Proper projectile vomit – the stuff that redecorates a room in 5 seconds. Everyone and everything in the wrong place is soaked in smelly sour milk and the contents of the last meal. It’s really quite horrible.
I can’t deal with any more of the stuff. Months and months of daily vomit disasters. Looking after twins on your own is hard work but the addition of projectile vomit grows the workload exponentially. I feel like I’m constantly changing the babies clothes, changing my clothes, repeating ‘lost’ feeds, bathing pukey babies, scrubbing carpets etc. etc. It’s a soul sapping cycle.

Then you have to deal with all the well-meaning advice that anyone with an iota of common sense (I’m counting myself in this number!) would have obviously already tried. Comments like ‘maybe you are over feeding them’ are just not helpful.

Apparently it will stop eventually, or so everyone says, but until then, these are the ways that I’m trying to keep my sanity through the vomit cloud:

Laugh. Getting annoyed and upset about it will just make you feel worse. Have a giggle as the vomit soaks through your T-shirt and down your bra. Then just get on with cleaning up!
Thankfully the puking doesn’t upset the boys to much – once they’ve shot the arc of vomit as far as possible, they usually have a big grin on their vomit covered face. It’s super cute. After the sixth vomit of the day, the ‘just laugh’ thing gets harder!

Have a dressing gown handy. I leave a dressing gown nearby so I can strip off all the vomity clothes there and then and pop on my dressing gown so I can sort out the baby as quickly as possible.

Invest in a tumble-dryer. This is hands down the best decision we’ve made in months. The volume of washing and clothes airing out over radiators after a day on the washing line was really getting to me. This just makes life so much easier. I still dry as much as I can on the washing line but for rainy, cold days the tumble dryer is a life saver.

Give visitors an apron. If you want your lovely friends and family to come back and keep helping you out, give them an apron!!! No-one wants to drive home in stinky vomit soaked clothes.

Do not, under any circumstance, play ‘aeroplanes’ with your baby up to an hour post feed. I still require counselling after H vomited into my mouth and over my face whilst I held him up in the air playing aeroplanes over my face! Totally vile. Eurghhhh.

Here’s hoping that the vomiting is going to stop very very very soon. If you have a cure (!) or just some more survival tips, let me know!

* If you are worried about your child’s vomiting, please speak to a doctor. The tips above will not address any medical issues – they will simply help save your sanity!

***Edit – The boys are now 9 months and the huge volume of projectile vomiting seems to have stopped. We didn’t want to celebrate too soon but we have now had almost two weeks free of projectile vomit. Take hope if you are in the midst of vomit hell!***