Sharing your childhood as a twin


Last night I bathed the twins, dressed them and put them to bed after they’d had a busy day playing and being coated in various materials such as mud, soil, water, yoghurt and pasta sauce. Bath time for the twins, right before bed, is something that Hubby and I try to do every night. In fact right now it’s probably one of the twins favourite times of the day; they love bath time, jumping about excitedly as the bath fills up with warm, soapy water.

They are quite amused playing with just cups; filling and emptying them over and over. They make each other laugh by throwing and flicking water everywhere and giggle to each other (as we repeatedly tell them to sit down!).

I suppose that’s one of the main advantages of being a twin. Having a best friend, always with you, always by your side. Someone to play and laugh with and someone to share the journey of your childhood. Someone to hatch devious plans with and then someone to point at when asked whose naughty idea it was. OK, yes at times they argue, yes they squabble over the same toys, yes there’s ‘timeout’ for the one that bites the other…but mostly it’s great fun having a full-time playmate!

At 19 months old now they have real personalities. Harry, is funny and silly and laid back, but is extremely stubborn. Lottie, kind, affectionate and sweet – but a total diva and incredibly high maintenance! But they compliment each other well. He makes daft faces and initiates play such as hide and seek, and she is the boss – very much in charge! She also hugs him often and kisses him and passes him things that he’s dropped. They are very good together and extremely lucky to have each other.

And there’s been major advantages of having twins for me too. Being pregnant and carrying two babies at once was torture on my body but at least I only gave birth once and got two newborns in one go! The sleepless nights were tough but at least we don’t have to endure that time again. And the help and attention we get is very welcome too. And as we reach and pass each milestone such as crawling, weaning, walking, talking – there’s a sigh of relief…and real sense of achievement.

And despite at times me being driven to hiding in the under-the-stairs cupboard, or opening a bottle of wine on a Tuesday night, or eating a whole box of chocolates in bed, or leaving the room that they’re in and saying rude words before re-entering it again calmly – I know that I am very lucky and very blessed with my precious twins.

And I look forward to watching them grow and make their childhood memories together.



  1. May 23, 2014 / 10:21 pm

    I’m at identical twin and after 22 and a half years I still feel like this! she really is my best friend and it was amazing growing up with someone always there (and annoying sometimes) I hope your twins grow up just as close as we were!
    We’re also a god mum each to non-identical twin girls who turn 2 in June 🙂

    • Jess
      November 4, 2014 / 8:44 am

      How nice is that?! Thanks for the comment x

  2. Karen Bell
    November 5, 2014 / 12:03 pm

    Lovely post. You are right, twins have a playmate and soulmate for life. There are times when it is easier having twins than a singleton. It is amazing watching twins grow up together, such a privilege.

    • Jess
      November 5, 2014 / 4:22 pm

      Thanks for the lovely comment. It can be tough having twins but the best thing is seeing them together and watching them grow and develop an amazing friendship. Jess xx

  3. November 10, 2014 / 11:39 pm

    It really is lovely to see the bond they have with each other. Even as teenagers who often ‘hate’ each other they are still often found giggling over some silly ‘inside joke’ that no one else has any idea what they are talking about!
    Thanks for linking up again #MultipleMadness

    • Jess
      November 11, 2014 / 7:33 am

      Thanks for the comment lovely, I’ll be back again this week 🙂 Jess xx

  4. January 15, 2015 / 9:50 pm

    Aww, what a lovely post and so true :). My two love and hate each other in equal measure at times but now they are at school it seems like their bond is even stronger. It is a lovely thing to watch. I’m so glad I’m not the only one that has opened wine on a Tuesday night too 😉
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    • January 16, 2015 / 8:14 am

      I bet. How nice that they have such a strong bond. And yes, wine always helps! Jess x

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