Firstly, welcome to our page Twingenuity.
My name is Eliza Curby, I am 27 and live on Sydney’s beautiful Northern Beaches.
I am a ‘new to be’ mother of three, psychologist in training, fab food enthusiast, realist & multitasking maniac. Falling pregnant with twins six weeks after the birth of your first child is somewhat of a rarity. Convinced our story was too good not to share I started Twingenuity.
A blog for parents to share in the fine experience of motherhood, madness and all that accompanies. The theory behind twingenuity.co is to provide you with a laugh and offer a platform for support and information surrounding motherhood, multiples and parenting.
So that we might get better acquainted, read on for an introduction to how it all began…
One year, three babies and a whole lot of love later…
Becoming a mother for the first time is a huge event in any woman’s life. The lead up is a time filled with excitement, love, joy, anticipation and the anxiety around the question ‘will I be able to do this’. I remember leading up to the birth of our first baby Charlie, a few sleepless nights (or should I say sleepless intervals between late night trips to the bathroom) where I would just lay there thinking to myself what if I can’t do it, what if I’m not good at being a mum, what if what if what if. I had never held a baby before and I was petrified!
As fate would have it I wouldn’t have much time to think about it. Unbeknown to me then, I was about to become an expert in all things baby whether I liked it or not! Just six weeks after our first, we fell pregnant with our second baby… Or should I say with what I thought was our second baby.
Our obstetrician had recommended different means of contraception after Charlie, however whilst breastfeeding I didn’t like the idea of messing with the natural rhythms of mother nature. I had heard the old wives’ tale that breastfeeding acted as a natural contraceptive and (not overly opposed to the thought of if it backfired) decided that would be enough. In the end mother nature would end up messing with me haha!
After a routine trip to the doctor to confirm the pregnancy we were ushered into an ultrasound clinic to get a better look. You see, this is the part where things got interesting. With a slightly uncomfortable look on his face after being a little too heavy handed for my liking, he looked at us and said… “I think there’s two”. The look on my partner’s face was priceless, so priceless in fact that it made the whole experience ten times more enjoyable for me!
On leaving, we reasoned with each other that he was probably just new to the job and didn’t know what he was doing. A story we went with for a few weeks before it was confirmed. We were having twins!
The emotional journey that rolled on from that, for me anyway, was one of excitement, panic anddddd complete and utter denial. Every time I thought about it I panicked. So I tried not to think about it until I was ready to really think straight. After all I had just had a baby and was still dealing with navigating motherhood!
What would this mean for us? The thought of triplet prams scared me half to death. Logistically speaking we were screwed! And so we slowly but surely began ticking things off the never ever ever (repeated word intended!) ending list. New Volkswagen Multivan to accommodate three baby capsules, pram, stroller and 65kg mastiff, check. Twin pram, check. Maternity gear that could probably fit three pregnant mums inside, check. Cots, check. Hospital grade breast pump, check. The list goes on…
Fast forward 12 months and here we are. Piecing our way through a sleepless existence of all things baby. The first 8 weeks were hard but for other mums reading this there is light at the end of the tunnel. It gets easier and you get better at it. I love my new life as a mum. It’s a challenge, but the reward is worth it and for us… We wouldn’t have it any other way.
(First published at Kidspot)
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