My Birth Story

November 2015, St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester

 

I’ve been meaning to write this for a while, almost 3 years to be exact but for some reason or another I keep stopping and starting and I have had it in draft form for a few months, but after listening to Chris Evans’ show on Radio 2 recently I heard that due to women reading some birth stories online; the fear of giving birth and pregnancy is on the rise. Also; I would love to read back on this in years to come and also I feel it may be of interest to other mums, twins mums in particular as my birthing story, for the most part is a positive one and despite initial scares and possible complications I actually enjoyed it. Probably because I was off my tits for the majority of it…

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Finding out I was pregnant in itself was a bit of a surprise, so finding out there were two of the buggers in there was an even bigger one!! I went to my 12 week scan by myself as Steven was working away and I was like ‘it’ll be fine’. When I saw there were 2 it was mixed emotions, part of me wasn’t surprised because if this was going to happen to anyone, it was going to happen to me. The other part was petrified, mainly because I was worried one of them wouldn’t be ok in there.

I was pretty sick during my pregnancy and was having regular scans; it wasn’t until maybe around 28 weeks that they said Luke was measuring small. They said it shouldn’t be anything to worry about, but I was to have weekly scans to make sure everything was ok. Monday of week 34 I took Mum along (sounds like S was never with me, he was but after numerous weekly scans which mainly involved sitting around the waiting room of St Mary’s I didn’t think he needed to take time off work each week) For one reason or another Mum decided to come with me this time and I’m glad she did! I went for the scan, and they measured them both and the sonographer looked a bit concerned and went to get someone else to have a look. Obviously I started bricking it…they have a look and I am told to get dressed and speak with the consultant who very nonchalantly says that they will keep me in to be induced!! I cannot fault most of the staff there, as I will mention later in this rambling story, but this particular lady wasn’t great! She initially looked at the paperwork and shook her head! They said lill need to be induced and kept in. Luckily I had my bag in the car. Just in case.

 

What happened next was all a bit of a blur. There was a call to Steven who came straight away, I was taken up to what I now refer to as the ‘Purgatory ward’ which is where I waited. Eventually Steven went home to pick up some more stuff and have something to eat and I was left in a ward of about 6 women all who were waiting to be taken up to the birthing suite. It was pretty awful; I didn’t get a wink of sleep.. My brain was on override and the poor woman next to me was suffering from severe Hyperemesis Gravidarum (morning sickness to me and you!) I thought mine was bad but this lady was puking every 10 minutes and really really loudly. I hate sick, I mean I doubt anyone loves it, but I’d take shit and blood over puke any day of the week.

 

The nurse came in to give me my first steroid injection, when she said it might hurt a little she wasn’t kidding. It really blooming hurt!!! The steroids are given to give premature babies a better chance of survival as it can speed up the development of the baby’s lungs.

Throughout the night and the next day I kept wandering if I should have a C section, or try for a vaginal birth. I tried asking the doctors but they have to be impartial, though they hinted towards a section due to it being twins, and the majority of multiple births end in a section. I remember calling mum at god knows what time in the morning asking her advice. She suggested I speak with one of the nurses and see what they thought. Next morning I did just that and she too thought a section might be the way to go. So in my mind that was what was going to happen.  I was still waiting to be induced, on top of the lack of sleep, and unknown birth I was worried about Luke, and it was obviously bad enough for them to have to induce me 6 weeks early so why was I left waiting? I was still in the ward the following night, Steven came back and his parents and mine came for a visit. Another steroid injection was had and another sleepless night beckoned. I told Steven to go home again and get some sleep, I would call if there was any update. I was so bloody knackered; little did I know this was going to be the norm for the next 2 years!! I started to cry, I mean really sob.  I felt like Rachel from friends, minus the silky hair and perky boobs. Everyone but me was being taken up from the purgatory ward..I was ready to ask to go home. I realise that the other women in their may have had bigger problems than mine, but it was the not knowing and the waiting that was driving me mad. Plus the lack of sleeps. Oh and the hormones. And the tears!! It was round then that a lovely nurse came in to take my blood pressure, and saw me sobbing. I told her what was wrong, and lo and behold I was soon taken up to be induced!! I can’t help but wonder if I hadn’t cried how long would I have been waiting? I might have made it to full term…

 

 

Another call to Steven and I was taken into a birthing suite. It was amazing…I thought I would be on a ward with lots of other women again, which would have been fine, but I had a lovely room all to myself. They even wheeled in a sofa so Steven could have somewhere to sleep too. Our first midwife came in to check on me and the babies, she was fab and turned out to be an old work colleague of Steven’s mum. A doctor came in to insert my first induction pessary. I was told to relax, which is extremely difficult to do! It really hurt I’m not going to lie she was really abrupt and was getting really impatient with me, she rammed it up me really hard it was agony honestly I was squirming up the bed but it was soon over and this was the start of the waiting game. By this point I was exhausted and asked the midwife for anything that would help me sleep. She gave me something which instead of making me sleepy made me go a bit doolalley.. apparently I got up and started skipping round the room, and went up to Steven who was trying to sleep on his sofa singing that I loved him. After which I think I did sleep.. for a wee bit anyway. I remember having a bad tum a bit too..though this could have been a combination of nerves and the rank hospital food I had been eating. I checked the date on one of the meals and the vegetables use by date was 2 years’ time. God knows what they put in that stuff. Cheese and crackers. Always a safe option 🙂

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The doctor came back to check on my progress and said she thought it would be a good idea to book me in for a C section in the morning. So once again I geared myself up for that.

Meanwhile Steven and I played games, watched TV, texted my friends. Then a new midwife took over and another pessary was inserted. This time by a nice man who was very gentle and it didn’t hurt half as much which was good. The new midwife was lovely too, but she said this was her first twin experience and she kept struggling to find both heart beats which didn’t fill me with much confidence! She left us to rest and said to give her a call if anything happened. I got up to the toilet and a few drops of water/pee/god knows what came out, we called her but she said it was nothing.

She must have come back an hour or so later and was checking my blood pressure and the twin’s heart beats when I felt a massive gush of water. There was one of those lovely paper sheets covering my modesty (haha I mean I was beyond being modest by that point!!) I told her that I thought my water had broken; she didn’t believe me and thought I had just pissed myself!! When she checked she realised that my waters had indeed broken.

In comes the next midwife, Nicky, I remember her name a) because she was bloody lovely and b) because she was with us until the end. At this stage, I was still under the impression I was to have a C section but she didn’t see why I couldn’t have a vaginal birth all being well, and to be honest assumed that was what was going to happen. I just went with the flow! I started to have mild contractions and was given gas and air which I loved. Mainly because it gave me control of something, and made me a tad light headed. We were left alone again and carried on waiting and sucking on the gas and air…

 

Gas and Air

 

Not too long later, my contractions started getting stronger and they put me on a stretcher and wheeled me into a new birthing room, this one was a lot bigger and had two little incubators at the bottom of the room, they said they had moved me here because I was having twins vaginally and as it was a teaching hospital the room would be full at the time of the birth!! Lovely stuff, a load of students staring at my bits!! To be fair, by this point the entire population of Manchester could have come and watched and I wouldn’t have given a shit. Seriously, the hours of worrying about the state of my mary were a complete waste of time.

I was advised on having an epidural for a few reasons, obviously to help with the pain but also with it being twins it was quite likely that I may have needed a section at some point and this would help with that. Fine by me. I remember going for a wee and having a massive contraction which was agony, Steven had to come and get me off the toilet and take me back to the bed so that they could do the epidural. After that kicked in it was wonderful. I had a little button I could press if it started to wear off and Nicky told us to try and get some sleep as we could have been there for a long time.

I was dozing, I could feel the odd twinge but nothing major I felt really floaty and comfy. The doctor kept coming in every now and then to check me and the monitor. He said that Thomas’s heart beat was a bit lower than they would have liked, so he was going to keep checking on me to make sure nothing went wrong. Next time he came in and checked me he called Nicky over and they said I was 10cm dilated I mean I didn’t feel a bloody thing..the joys of an epidural. Suddenly the room was full of people and Martin the doctor told me to push on my next contraction, only problem was I couldn’t feel when I was having contractions.. so Nicky had to press on my stomach and tell me to push. He was a stubborn little bugger and didn’t want to come out, so they used a vontuse to help and soon afterwards Thomas was born, he was rushed off to get checked over. His heart beat had been low because the cord was wrapped around his neck. This was sorted and he was brought over to us, the said he looked like a little pixie as the bought him over. Steven held him up to me but he was taken away again to make sure he was all ok. 8 minutes later Luke was born, I was panicking about Luke, thinking he would be so small he may not make it so told them to make him better straight away so we didn’t get a chance to see him properly, but thankfully they were both all right. Thomas weighing in at 4lb 1oz and Luke 3lb 11oz. Not too bad considering. I remember asking if I had pooped, the answer was no, and if I needed stitches, again the answer was no. I was lucky there, but the twins were small so this may have had something to do with it.

It’s all very hazy, the twins were taken away to be looked after. I remember looking down at the floor and seeing my placenta which was huge by the way and then I was whisked away to a recovery room to recuperate.

The post birth experience in hospital is a whole different story, one I will write soon but for now I think I have waffled long enough. I’m pretty sure parts have been muddled up and timelines squiffy but it’s felt nice writing this down.

There were things that weren’t brilliant about my experience but all in all it was a positive one. The midwives and the doctors were amazing. Steven and I had a giggle and me and the boys, despite worries were all fine. Nothing a 2 week stay in NICU couldn’t fix anyway.

 

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The Garden House, Marple

The Garden House, Lakes Road, Marple, SK6 7DH

A few Sundays ago me and the twins went with Becky and their cousins to The Garden House.

Steven had been on my brother’s stag do in Vegas for the past few days, so I had been trying to keep myself very busy. This place had been on my list for a while so seemed like the perfect time to give it a go. Not quite Vegas but much cheaper  with fewer gamblers and slightly less lunatics.

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It’s free, but run on donations and there are lots of boxes dotted about for you to make a donation, they also have a café which sells tea, cakes and snacks.

My first tip would be to wear wellies, and puddlesuits and that’s just the adults! Also take your pushchair, we walked from the car park down to the farm which meant walking down a very muddy sloped pathway. Walking down was fine, but trying to get two toddlers to walk up hill and not jump in every single muddy puddle proved a little more difficult! When will I learn..

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The farm itself is great, they have a large play area with a slide and swings and a load of free standing plastic stuff, and some bikes. There are a fair few picnic tables dotted about which is good if you bring your own food.

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We spent most of the time in the playarea, licking muddy rain water and jumping in puddles! Of course there are farm animals too, which I are very smelly. I know farms are smelly but this one particularly so, maybe because the pigs are right next to the play stuff.

They have a small enclosed area near the café which has bunny rabbits and you can have a pony ride for a few pounds.

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One ‘highlight’ was a guy dressed up as Peppa pig who came out to say hello and walk around the farm with a helper, sounds ideal, but unfortunately for us this was where it all went wrong. My almost three year old niece and Luke were both petrified, Luke just got hysterical whenever he/she walked by. Martha was devastated and kept shouting that it wasn’t Peppa, why is Peppa so long!! I mean it was hilarious but the worry was they would be put off Peppa for life, which is not good! Luckily this is not the case, but the scary man dressed as Peppa was definitely an imposter we named Ben. Obvs.

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Unfortunately, we had to leave shortly after as the prospect of long imposter Peppa walking passed us again was too much to deal with..this meant we didn’t manage to look at all of the animals and take the woodland walk which is supposed to be worth a butchers.

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All in all, the place is a winner complete with animals, large play area and a café. Peppa wasn’t a hit with us but I am sure there were lots of kids that weren’t so scared. It’s muddy and dirty and very, very smelly but if that dosen’t put you off make the trip. It wasn’t too busy and kept us all entertained.

Play Factore

Trafford Way, Trafford Quays Leisure Village, Manchester, M41 7JA

 

Yep, a soft play review. I think there may be a fair few of these up my sleeve to write about. My best friend, I seriously wouldn’t have survived the past 15 months or so without the help of soft play centres. Play Factore is one we have always meant to visit, but for whatever reason never got around to. We took the plunge last week, Steven joined us which makes life so much easier!!

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Nestled underneath the Chill Factore, (are we supposed to pronounce it ‘Factory’ or ‘Factorr’?!) this place is bloody huge. And expensive. Especially with two 1 year olds and 2 adults, anyway, it really is impressive when you first walk in. Funnily enough it is based on a factory, who would’ve thought it? So it’s all grey and mechanical themed. Reminded me of that zone in Sonic The Hedgehog. You know, the grey, mechanical themed one. Oh and it was really cold in there, I know it is underneath a ski slope, but it’s not a real Alp, though have just been told it is real snow. Not that it matterered really, with all the running after two toddlers we soon warmed up.

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The baby bit was pretty empty and the area was a decent size. It boasted slides and spinny things, and lots of bricks. There was also an area with tricycles which would be good when they are a little older. It had a sensory tent, which wasn’t working when we visited, however, the twins seemed to enjoy running around inside the tent. Some little girls joined in and it was quite the party!! I sat down while Steven ran about with them 🙂

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The older kids bit did look amazing to be fair, it has a huge red slide, there was a zip wire and go carts. We went up to the football pitch which the twins loved. I was a tad nervous as it was so high up but no, they can’t fall down.

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The cafe had a large selection, again, not cheap. Steven had a pizza which he said was really good and I opted for the soup (am trying to lose weight, the soup was nice but the pizza look way better, obviously!) we ordered the boys a baby pizza but it didn’t arrive, which is fine as they shared our meals which saved money.

There are plenty of tables and chairs, and there was a dance floor next to the cafe which I think is a good idea and makes for something a bit different.

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All in all, we had a lovely time, but if i’m honest wouldn’t rush back in a hurry. The cost puts me off and with so many soft play centres around now, there are many who I feel are better value for money. Saying that, it does look fab for older kids. If you can afford it.

PEAK TIMES INCLUDE

Weekends, Bank Holidays and all School Holidays.

Facilities available: State of The Art Giant Play Frame, Interactive Toddler Play Area, Laser Tag Arena and Electric Go Karts. Zip Wire £3.95 per go (subject to availability)

PEAK PRICES

* Under 6 months  FREE
* 6 – 11 months  £1.95
* 1 – 4 years old  £7.95
5 – 16 years old  £11.95
Adults  £3.95
OAPS  £1.95

OFF PEAK TIMES INCLUDE

Term time Monday to Friday.
Facilities available: State of The Art Giant Play Frame, Interactive Toddler Play Area, Electric Go Karts.

OFF PEAK PRICES

* Under 6 months  FREE
* 6 – 11 months  £1.95
* 1– 4 years old  £5.95
5 – 16 years old  £8.95
Adults  £2.95
OAPS  £1.95

 

 

Our Kids Social 1st Birthday bash

Having read about http://ourkids.social/on social media, I have been tempted to go to a few of their events, and when this one came up on my facebook feed, I bit the bullet and got us some tickets. Their events are held at various different venues, this particular one was at Sale Masonic Hall.

The twins are at that slightly annoying inbetweeny stage, not quite toddling but definitely not babies anymore. We used to take them for walks of a weekend, but they get bored in the buggy and WHINGE!!! Soft play is a nightmare on Saturdays and Sundays and swimming, well, id need to shave my legs etc for that and I can’t be arsed. They aren’t walking just yet, though Luke has taken a few steps, so until then I feel a little stuck. Also, it’s winter and freezing cold so we cant roll about on the grass quite yet.

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This was a life saver, and just what we all needed. It kicked off at 2pm and there was a disco in the main room, complete with blow up instruments, bubbles and DJ’s playing pretty decent music to be fair. There were lots of disco lights and the boys were mesmerised and quickly crawled about full pelt. Trying to keep up with them is proving tricky, so apologies if you tripped over two little boys in puffin leggings!

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There was also a bar, yep a licensed one. I only had one beer, but the idea of getting a little tipsy and dancing like a loony with your little ones actually sounds quite fun. In the bar area was facepainting, dress up and cupcakes for sale. (am guessing for the kids, but putting it in the bar area might be more for the grown ups!)

Upstairs was probably best for the boys, there was a sensory room and Jo Jingles sessions all afternoon. If you haven’t been to a Jo Jingles before, expect over the top singing, instruments and clapping. Thomas got a bit scared of the parachute bit so I had to take him for some quiet time, daft bugger, but Luke was in his element.

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For the older kids, https://twobytwohurrah.co.uk/ were getting messy and making hats. It looked a lot of fun. Nice to see my old next door neighbour Zoe manning the stall. It’s her company and having had a mooch on the website will definitely be checking out their other events.

The whole event was brill for kids, and we had fun too. The venue was reminiscent of those days in dirty nightclubs, waiting to climb stairs to other rooms. Though with children in tow, and maybe not quite so much booze.

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We had a fab time (especially Luke!!) and will 100% be back.

Dovestone Reservoir

Dovestone Reservoir, Greenfield,Saddleworth, Oldham OL3 7NE

I’m writing this hiding in my bedroom tucked up under my duvet with the boiler man doing his thing downstairs! We have had a bit of a crazy Christmas with a broken boiler so have spent our time between both of our parents. It’s actually been quite nice being looked after and having help with the twins (who are currently with my mum and dad while the new boiler gets put in)

Coldness in mind, I have decided to write about Dovestone Reservoir in Saddleworth. We visited in the summer on a gorgeous warm sunny day and I have to say it was just stunning. I had never heard of it, but again, was recommended to me by a friend and makes for a brilliant walk.

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We took what looked like the most straight forward route around the reservoir and it was fairly easy, there were a few little inclines but nothing we couldn’t manage with the buggy. There were also a few stones and lumps and bumps but again, the buggy was fine. I wasn’t, as I had stupidly worn flimsy flip flops..flip flops, I can’t remember a time when it didn’t feel like I had icicles on my toes! Thick socks and boots, nevermind flip flops! Anyway, yep wear sensible shoes.

I would also advise taking a picnic, there was a pretty spot with rocks and streams which would have been perfect for a spot of lunch. (or a flask of hot tea, if you were to go at this time of year!)

Worth noting, there isn’t a café and the parking was pay and display so make sure you have change.

We had a lovely time, Steven enjoyed skimming stones while I spent time shaking stones out of my stupid flip flops. The scenery was stunning, all trees and hills and shimmering water.  I really felt like I was in France, not Oldham. Oh and we lost our gorgeous Lala & Bea picnic blanket while walking around. I have a tendency to load the buggy up with stuff and most of it falls off. If you found it, enjoy it’s lovely.

(Apologies for crap pictures, this was all before i decided to start this blog. Any recent ones the pictures will be amazing, naturally 😉

We didn’t take a picnic with us, instead we went to nearby Uppermill where there are a handful of really nice pubs and a quaint little park where we had ice creams and rolled about on the grass. Definitely worth visiting too.

We are looking forward to visiting again, cannot recommend highly enough. In fact I think I might go over the weekend and see what it looks like all frosty and pretty. I will 100% wear boots.

Jellybugs & Cafe Nest @ Mothercare

Mothercare, Manchester Fort Shopping Park, Cheetham Hill Road, M8 8EP

I have to admit I am pretty sad and love Manchester Fort. Having recently moved to Salford from South Manchester I stumbled across this gem of a shopping park. It is fab for babies, as in shopping for babies, especially the Mothercare there. It’s all shiny and new and I like things that are shiny and new, probably because at the moment I feel the complete opposite of these things. I feel dull and old.

Cafe Nest is situated upstairs next to the Early Learning Centre, as is Jellybugs, but I will come on to that later. The cafe is bright and airy and the high chairs are something else. It is quite pathetic how excited I now get over bloody high chairs, but really these are something else, apparantly they are made by Stokke, nice if you can afford it. We’ll stick to our standard white Ikea ones thanks.

The Menu is small but decent, note that the tea is shit. Coffee is good though. I like taking the boys to lunch there, a) because its bright and there are lots of lights and a few toys to play with, and b) you can be as messy and loud as you want and no one bats an eye lid. Same goes for the twins too.

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They have kids meal deals, the usual sandwich, juice, pomme bears etc. The far end has a blackboard and chalk and some craft tables for older kids. They also provide microwave, bottle warmer etc. (Picture above was taken in Summer, note the bare legs. I am not a mean mum who freezes her babies during winter months. Also note the ever present breadstick. I would say breadsticks but as usual the majority ended up on the floor waiting for me to stand on)

Next to the cafe, is Jellybugs soft play. It’s small but perfectly formed. We have been twice, we went today. The baby bit is tiny, the sign says it fits a maximum of 13 children. I’m not entirely sure what size of childthey are referring to. Maybe a few Borrowers chucked in for good measure. Today, at one time there were 5 kids including my two and that was more than enough. There is a small ball pool, which my two hogged. Sorry everyone else, can’t be helped. They are obsessed with ball pools, they find them hilarious, as in piss funny. Each to their own I suppose. There are a few toys and some soft play favourites but that is that.

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It’s not cheap, time is limited to an hour and costs £3 per child. There is a sibling discount of £1. So it cost me £5 for an hours play. Not great value considering there isn’t enough room to swing a cat. However, the twins enjoyed it and the ambiance is fab there. The equipment is new and clean and the lady who worked there was lovely. The space for older children looked better and you can get a decent cup of coffee and watch them play.

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Also worth noting there is one toilet with baby change upstairs. If you go back down stairs there are a few toilets at the back of the store near the shoes.

In a nutshell, I have this strange love for Mothercare in Manchester Fort. Please tell me it’s not just me?!

 

 

 

Head over Heels, Chorlton

Head Over Heels, Unit 1A, Albany Trading Estate, Albany Road, M21 0AZ

We probably head to Head over Heels,Chorlton more than any other soft play centre, and that’s saying alot. Mainly due to it’s location and being the only one in that immediate area. It’s located just next to Chorlton tram stop. The car park can get full but there is always Morrison’s next door.

It’s a decent enough soft play centre, again verging on the more expensive due to having to pay for adults and the food is on the pricey side too. It can be a tight squeeze and I tend to leave the buggy in the cafe bit outside for fear of blocking the aisles. It’s also not the easiest in the way of carrying both babies into the toddler area. It’s become alot better now the boys can sit up. I just plonk one down while i open the gate, failing that there is always someone on hand to help out. Biggest downside for me is the sensory room. I have seen pictures and heard that it’s great but to get there you have to climb up the soft play equipment to get into the room which is impossible, and a tad dangerous with two babies/rugby balls under your armpits so we haven’t actually made the ascent.

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I sound really negative don’t I? It does have many positives too. The toddler section is big but not too big where i can’t keep an eye on the boys. They have some really good equipment and a ball pool and the staff are really nice too. The twins seem to like it there too, which I suppose is the main thing 😉

As mentioned before, the food is pricey but tasty and the menu is extensive. Lots to choose from for adults and children. Be warned though the inside cafe can be tight for double buggys during busy periods.

We went, totally by accident, one morning to the Kwirky Club toddler morning which is on weekdays between 9.30 and 11.30am. There were crafts laid out and we had a dance and a sing song with Big Blue Buddy. He was kind of scary, but the children bloody loved him. It was busy during this time but soon quietened down afterwards.

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Price per 90 min session
0-5 Months FREE
6 – 11 Months £2.55
1 – 2 Years £4.65
3+ (must be under 4ft 9 (1.45m) £5.60
Non Players £1.60
Discounted Extra Time £0.50 per complete 15 minutes
Discounts and Deals
Monday to Friday on School Days only
3 amazing offers in 1
1. No Time Limit
2. Discounted entry for childminders, twin groups, NHS workers, seniors, mums, dads, relatives….everyone, just £4.40 for children ages one and over. Non players only £1.50
3. Complimentary Kwirky Club toddler morning from 9.30 until 11.30 including crafts, toys and sing along with our big, blue buddy Hairy at 11.00

Chorlton Head over Heels isn’t the most twin friendly soft play centre, but don’t be put off. We do fit, but maybe avoid at weekends. The staff are more than happy to help. As are the other parents.

Cholmondeley Castle

Cholmondeley Castle, Malpas, Cheshire, SY14 8AH

Ahhh Cholmondeley Castle I bloody love you. This place was my favourite day out when I was a little girl so it was beyond lovely to take the twins there on Father’s Day this year (with their Dad of course!)

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The gardens are so magical and pretty and you really feel as though you can go off the beaten track a little and explore to your hearts content. This was quite a selfish visit really, was all for nostalgia purposes but it really is a super day out. The twins will probably appreciate it a bit more when they are older.

Aswell as numerous gardens, my personal favourite being the Temple Garden, there is a playground, little chapel and a farm you can visit.

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They also have a little cafe which has the most amazing home made cakes, but remember to take cash as they don’t accept card payments.

It is quite a drive from Manchester, but well worth the journey. In my opinion it is a hidden gem, but that may be because not many people I know have been. More fool them.

Definitely twin friendly, wide path ways and a changing room big enough for the buggy. We didn’t use high chairs when we went because the boys were too little.

The Gardens are now closed until April 2017 but please visit when they are. You won’t regret it. (I hope!) but note it only opens on Thursdays and Sundays.

Adults £7.00
Children £4.00 (under 5’s free)
Reduction for groups of 25 people or over to £6.00 per person.

Oh and they hold Tough Mudder there, if you’re tough and you like mud.

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A little introduction…

Please bear with me, I am new to blogging as I am sure you will be able to tell. I did purchase “blogging for dummies” so you can see how serious I am about all this. Shame I have lost said blogging guide in my shit heap of a house. Oh well, I shall learn as I go along.

Anyway, I am a mum to twin boys who have just turned one. I am due to return to work next week and after an eventful 13 months off work I have decided it’s time to actually start what I have been meaning to write.

Having twins was a complete surprise (as was the pregnancy to be fair!) along with all the usual fears of pregnancy and the reality of bringing up not one but two little people, I was really worried about what I was going to do with my days. Maybe I made a rod for my own back but we started venturing out straight away. As a result the little buggers expected this daily, and I had to rack my brains and come up with places to take them. I was really concerned about the buggy not fitting in doorways, that I would drop one of them opening doors or that everywhere would be mega expensive.

I made the decision to start this blog/review site to help out other twin mums who are in the same predicament as me. It will also help mums with one baby too, because if my buggy fits through doors, yours will too and i’m sure we have all dropped our babies once haven’t we?!

I will give my opinions for what they are worth, and will be as open and honest as possible. All views are my own. Please feel free to comment, or contact me if there is anywhere you would like me to try out for you. If you have a business you would like us to visit, please get in touch also.

I really do hope you find this helpful, apologies for my lack of blogging skills (and my many grammatical errors) I hope this will improve with time.

Jenny xxcover