"Twice as tough" follow up
In the Oct/Nov issue we have a story on page 54 called "Twice as tough". This is the follow up to the article.

Five months after giving birth to her beautiful boys, Jordan and Caleb, we decided to check in with Natasha Knipe to see how all was going. Was she able to breastfeed? Are her babies sleeping? And did she ever get her pram into the boot!

“It’s been busy busy busy, I’m not going to lie,” says Natasha as she gushes about her twin boys. “It’s definitely getting easier though, and we went to Mike’s Kitchen for the first time this weekend. We left Zach behind though, so it was just the four of us.”

Because realistically, leaving the house with 3 boys under 2.5 is no walk in the park, and after trying to do a shop once with all of them Natasha decided never again. Now, she leaves 2.5 year-old Zach with granny as, “The twins are easy,” she says.

After a successful birth – Natasha’s waters actually broke on the morning she was scheduled for her elective caesar – and her babies were born at a healthy 2.4 and 2.2kg, Natasha went home after 4 days. Neither of the boys needed to be in ICU at all as they were full term, but they did however go under the lights for 24 hours as they both had jaundice.

Once home, she basically just sat on her bum and fed her babies all day and most of the night. On top of that, she also had a toddler who exclaimed, “No brothers!” – but he’s come around since and loves to kiss and hug the twins, even sharing his toys with them on occasion.

“They would feed for 3 hours (one on each boob), and then sleep for two. Caleb was greedy and Jordan was much slower. I managed to feed them for 3 weeks and they latched well but after that, I couldn’t do it anymore. It was too hectic and there was no ways I could carry on. I also felt like my milk was drying up. I didn’t feel bad at all, and their paediatrician fully supported me.”

As far as solids go, which they’ve been on since 4.5 months, Jordan is lapping his up (porridge in the morning and veg in the evening) but Caleb doesn’t want to know anything about them and spits everything out. Natasha’s also started giving them Infasoy formula at bedtime as she says it fill them up for longer and they sleep longer.

“They go to sleep between 6 and 7pm and that bottle will keep them asleep until 12. After that Jordan will wake every 3 to 4 hours and Caleb will wake every hour and sip on his bottle. If he does it noisily (he can be niggly and full of nonsense), he wakes Jordan up! He was the one who used to dance in utero when I played music, remember ...

“As you can see they definitely aren’t sleeping though yet, but they’re sleeping better,” she says adding that they will probably share a cot for another month or so. “Sometimes I see them holding hands in the cot (and the pram, which by the way fitted in the boot) too and it’s just so sweet.

Natasha has also been back at work for 2 months, she’s starting a great new job in October at a new firm, and she’s loving it.

“The boys are with their day mother still, but we will be getting a fulltime nanny at home when I start my new job. They have been sick quite a bit (and were in hospital for a week at 6 weeks with bronchiolitis) and I think it will be good to have them at home as they,” she says.

Lastly, we had to find out of Natasha will be having any more.


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