Nat chats with Kate Fraser, an identical twin who had identical twin girls ON HER BIRTHDAY (crazy, but true!) Kate’s twins are 6 months old and she shares her birth story with Nat (which includes a vaginal delivery at 36+5 weeks before her scheduled c-section), how it’s going with her girls, and what it’s like to be an identical twin raising identical twins.
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6-Month-Old Identical Twins | Identical Twin Mom Kate Fraser
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Kate Fraser is a new mom to identical twin girls and is also an identical twin (as the twin community knows, identical twins are not hereditary). What’s even more special, Kate’s twins, Estelle & Eloise, were born on Kate & her twin, Erin’s, birthday! This is so special for Kate’s family, but given that Estelle & Eloise were born in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, none of her family has met them because they live partway across the country from her and her own twin lives in another country. Postpartum, Kate had several health issues and she is opening up about those struggles with the hope of starting the conversation about how resilient mothers are. Follow Kate on Instagram and Twitter.
Top 3 pieces of advice for other parents of twins
1. Work as a team, you really need to work as a unit together when caring for two or more. Teamwork makes the dream work!
2. Do what works best for you and your family. Multiples are very different from singletons and so things typically work a little differently and that’s okay! Embrace that you are in a unique situation.
3. Keep your twinnies on the same schedule and keep their routine/ schedule consistent.
Top 3 things you wish you had done differently
1. Get help earlier for breastfeeding. There was so much I didn’t know about and maybe if I had the guidance either in the hospital or shortly thereafter, perhaps my breastfeeding journey would have been much less painful for me and more of what I had planned.
2. One up, both up One down, both down. This also applies to night wakings. You may end up having to wake one baby up within half an hour or so from the first one waking from a nap, but this will help to keep them on the same schedule. We made the mistake of not feeding them both at the same time at night for the first 4-5 months with our girls. It made a big difference in keeping them in sync by feeding them at the same time at night even though that meant waking one up.
3. Find out infant medical history from mom and dad’s families. This can prepare you to look out for hereditary issues like lactose intolerance, lip/tongue tie, eczema, etc. We have had issues with all three of these examples.
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