Monday, 24 December 2012

The night before Christmas...

OK so its actually 9am in the morning but its still Christmas Eve. Poor Mini is suffering with conjunctivitis and Stu had to take her to the walk in centre yesterday at 8am for some drops. She isn't letting it get her down though and she is very chatty and playful still.

Noel and April are pleased to have broken up from school, they are shattered and both a bit under the weather as well. I am looking forward to having them home for two weeks and being able to spend some time with them.  We have lots of things planned.

Sam and Isaac are really coming on now, they are cooing and giggling and we get more smiles from Sam now than before.  He seems to have settled down and is a much calmer baby than he was.

My face is much better now that I have managed to persuade the doctor that I have eczema and not an allergy. He prescribed antihistamines last time which didn't do anything to help but I went back last week and I now have some steroid cream which sorted the problem out in a matter of days. My eyes were so puffy and sore people kept asking if I had been crying but all is much better now.

Stu is off from work, he finished two days early following the sad loss of his uncle Dave. Dave was a real character and very funny, and it was complete shock to us all. He will be missed by a lot of people, not least Stu's dad as they were best friends as well as brothers. Its so sad.

And now we are off to the dentist, not the most fun way to spend Christmas Eve but its got to be done ...

April making some paper chains this morning, look at that concentration!

A poorly Mini, she is much better than she was yesterday but we are having to bathe her eyes regularly and put her drops in every few hours. She is very brave.

Noel was sat curled up with a book but then decided to pose for his photo..

Samuel can barely contain his excitement!

Isaac is all smiles, as usual

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas from Jem, Stu, Noel, April, Hermione, Samuel and Isaac xxxxxxx

Monday, 26 November 2012

Happy Birthday April!

A little bit later than I would have liked but here is a photo of our little April Elizabeth Hazel - now 7 years old! It seems only yesterday that I held all 9lb 11oz of her in my arms and it felt like she had been with us for always. Happy Belated Birthday April, I'm glad you had a lovely day xxxx

Friday, 16 November 2012

Happy 10th Anniversary to us!

A new watch for us each and a bouquet for me which turned up at just the right moment.
 Dinner courtesy of Waitrose (and my parents who treated us) 
5 wonderful children
Here's to the next 10 fabulous years Mr Wills


Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Bathtime Fun

Bathtime is much easier now that the boys share a bath - these chairs that I read about in a twins book are really handy. I usually get one of the babies out and Hermione will get in for her bath. Sometimes Noel and April get in with her when the other baby gets out - we do like value for money in our house you know!

And now that we are not really using the baby bath, it has come in handy as a washing basket and the children have had lots of fun with it using it as a boat, a pie (they played "little girl pie" the other day for ages) and a racing car.

In the background you can see my new pushchair, its a bit of a monster! I am a bit cross though as one week the pushchair came, the following week the seats (which I need to use for the twins) and then yesterday the bases for the seats came. One thing that hasn't come though is the raincover, which I think you will agree is a bit of a necessity in Britain! I keep chasing it up and I keep being told it will be here soon, then another part will arrive but no raincover with it.  Its lovely and light to push though and I am sure once I get the hang of it, I will find it much easier to get in and out of the car/attach the seats. I'm not very technical and I often have to get Noel to help me!!

Sunday, 14 October 2012

7 Weeks already!

They look like they're having a chat!

The special suits I bought when pregnant

Its amazing how quickly we have adapted to carrying two around without a second thought.

The girls sharing a story - Mini just loves sharing books

My three boys together - Noel is a great big brother

I can't believe our precious little bundles are 7 weeks old already. In some ways it feels like an age (endless sleepless nights, countless nappies, constant feeds) but in other ways I feel a bit sad that its all passed in a bit of a blur. We won't be extending the Wills Empire any further, I don't want to push my luck, and I want to enjoy the boys but its very hard when I feel so terminally tired and its 4am with them both screaming their heads off!

Stu went back to work at 3 1/2 weeks, its the longest we have ever spent together (which is saying something as we have been married 10 years next month) and I absolutely loved having him around. He was brilliant with the older children, making packed lunches and amusing Mini so I could catch those rare moments when both the twins were asleep so I could get some rest. He also looked after me, fetching me tissues and reminding me when I burst into tears for the 50th time that day that it was just sleep deprivation//hormones. I am very lucky to have such a fabulous husband.

Things are settling down now though, although for some reason Sam and Isaac have taken a dislike to 4am in the morning and both scream, sometimes waking up Hermione, who wakes up April ... I suspect its a build up wind, and I can often be found chanting "its just a phase, it will pass" as I rub little backs up and down, rub little tummies and try not to cry as I'm so tired and just want to collapse into bed after getting up for the millionth time that night.

Both boys have got very different personalities, Samuel is quite noisy and perhaps could be described as "high maintenance" where as Isaac is very placid and happy to watch the world go by. As I type this (at 5.30am) Isaac is sat in his bouncy chair watching and Sam is lying across my knee on his tummy, which is where he loves to be.

Well I can't believe I have found the time to type all of that, I think its time for a celebratory cup of tea and hopefully I will manage another blog post in a month or so again ...

Lots of love from 
The Wills Family xxxxxxx

Monday, 10 September 2012

Time flies by

Its 2 1/2 weeks since our gorgeous twins joined our family. The time is so precious, yet goes so fast.  Here are a few photos from the past few weeks ...

Samuel on the left (top) and Isaac on the right (bottom) at 3 days old

First day back at school

Exactly one week old

Samuel (baby Annabel) and Isaac - because we might not always remember how small they were!

Taken this morning before school - 
Samuel, Noel, Hermione, April and Isaac

Lots of love from the Wills Family xx

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Meet Samuel and Isaac

Little tiny bundles of joy, as you can probably tell I had only just delivered them!

Taken today, 3 days old. Samuel is on the left, Isaac on the right

Very proud Noel and April. April is holding Samuel, Noel is holding Isaac

I won't be posting my birth story, I don't think anyone needs to know all the gory details. I will say though that I finally got home yesterday at 8pm, and I have never been so glad to be home in all my life. Stuart had changed the bed and tidied up everywhere, there was a beautiful big bouquet of flowers on the table which made me cry (well the words in the card did) and I had the most wonderful cup of tea and shower in the whole world. 3 full days away from the family was a long, long time, and while it was lovely to have some time alone with the twins, it was great to see Noel, April and Hermione again.

And so the fun and games of family life with 5 children, begins!!

Friday, 24 August 2012

Double the joy

Unfortunately I can't show you a photo as I am in hospital but I am delighted to tell you that the twins arrived safe and well today. Samuel David Peter was born at midnight exactly, weighing 6.4 pounds, closely followed by his breech brother Isaac Gabriel John at 12.22 am weighing 5.5 pounds. It was very different to my nice, quiet home births of previous, but they are here safe and well so that's all that matters. I will post photos when I come home over the weekend xx

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Happy UnBirthday Hermione!

Hermione isn't two until Tuesday but I was worried that she would miss out if the twins came early, so last Sunday we celebrated her birthday and she opened her presents. We had a lovely day at home, playing with her new sandpit and eating birthday cake. The following day I took Noel, April and Hermione to the play farm where we had a lovely day out with our friends Hayley and Eliza. I don't feel so bad now if they come early as she has had her "day" although they are not showing any signs of making an early appearance!

Noel and April helped to put her presents together.

Blowing out her candles - I can take no credit for the cake - it was a Marks & Spencer special!

Yummy, I like being two!

Enjoying the sunshine with some bubbles.

You're never too old to enjoy some bubbles.

A special t-shirt from Daddy.

As you can see - they still haven't made an appearance!

Thats all from the Wills family for now xxxxx

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Maternity photos

I think I mentioned I had some maternity photographs taken last week. I wasn't going to share them as on most of them I am wearing very few clothes but as these ones have made it on to the photographers facebook page I thought I would let you have a look.

The photographer, Marie-Louise Hall, was lovely and I will definitely be having her back to photograph the twins when they reach their first birthday (the only time I ever pay for photographs as a rule!). 

Monday, 6 August 2012

Still here!

Mini loves drawing and has shown a preference for being left handed for quite a long time now

There isn't really much to report from Chez Wills, I am now 34 weeks pregnant, 35 weeks on Wednesday. I am beginning to feel more than a little uncomfortable with a set of feet under my ribs, and what I can only presume is a set of hands at the other side as twin two is breech (or it was at my last scan a week or so ago).  I think I am pretty much organised now, cot is made up, pram all washed (yes both of these are singular, they might as well get used to sharing now!!), freezer stocked up... you get the idea. I don't think anything can really prepare you for the arrival of a baby, even though I have done it before, and as for two babies - well I think I will have to take it a day at a time and try and catch a little bit of sleep here and there where I can.

Mini will be two very soon, yet it seems like minutes since I held her in my arms. We are going to the Farm on Sunday to celebrate, as we decided to bring her birthday forward a little bit in case she has to share it with her new siblings (not that I think for one minute they will come early but I can live in hope!) 

We are enjoying the school holidays, although in all honesty we haven't done a great deal. I struggle to walk too far now so it has mainly been spent playing in the garden, doing craft activities, having movie afternoons and in my case, visiting the hospital with my dad while my mum entertains the children.  

Scarlett has also joined us, she will be my "helper" two evenings a week when the twins come, but I wanted her to get to know the children, and for them to know her, before the babies come. I want to try and keep to a regular routine as best I can - more so during term time - and I really appreciate the extra pair of hands while Stu is away.  It takes a fair while getting 3 ready for bed so I can only imagine that when I have 5 I will have to start about lunch time!! My mum is also going to help out with the other two bedtimes as April has Rainbows on a Tuesday, and it will take longer to get everyone ready and out of the house than the time she is actually there! 

Other than that, not really much to report, we are just muddling through as best we can (or hobbling in my case!) and looking forward to meeting our new family members xx

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Happy 18th Birthday Laura!

We really hope you have had a lovely day! xx

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Enjoying the sunshine

Time seems to be moving very, very quickly towards the twins arrival, it is really only a matter of a few weeks now before they will be here, unless of course they decide to come early and surprise us all. I have booked in for some maternity photographs which I am looking forward to, its a nice way to mark a special pregnancy and to give me something to look back on. 

Stu and I went to Stratford-upon-Avon on Friday and we left my parents in charge of the Wills household for the night. As far as I know everyone behaved and I know for definite that the children particularly enjoyed having their Grandparents round for a 'sleepover'. 

On Sunday we all went to Rosliston Forestry Centre. We took a picnic and the children had a play. Its so nice having some sunshine after all the flipping rain we have had, I wonder when the hosepipe bans will come back into force?!

Hermione is walking really well now and seems to be learning lots of new things every day. Her favourite thing at the moment is drinking through a straw and gets most upset if we give her a drink without one! She wants to do everything that Noel and April do, and loves playing with them. They are very patient with her and play nicely (shame they can't do that with each other all the time!!) and she often climbs on Noel's back for a pony ride or makes cups of tea in the toy kitchen with April.  We also get the odd tantrum too but that is to be expected given that she is 2 next month. 

 Yes, my water does taste nicer because its in a cup with a straw...

Stu, April and Hermione at the top of the "bird" at Rosliston. It was pointed out to me afterwards that I should have put the zoom lense on. Fair point ...

Noelie having fun climbing

Hermione enjoying the swings

We are enjoying the school holidays and have pretty much done something every day, although I am not able to walk very far now.  We are hoping to fit in a trip to the farm and the swimming pool at some point, and probably another trip to Snibston Discovery Museum as we have a family pass. But at this stage I dont want to make too many plans in case we have a couple of unexpected arrivals!!

Monday, 25 June 2012

Mini's new shoes!

Now that Mini is doing a lot more walking, we thought we ought to take her to have her feet properly measured and to get her a pair of proper little girl shoes. So off we all went to Clarks on Saturday morning to have her feet measured and to get her very first pair of shoes. She was really well behaved and seemed to enjoy all the attention - and she was very proud to show them off to the camera when we got home ..

Look Daddy! New shoes!

Monday, 18 June 2012

Having my hands full!

Stu has been very busy the last two weekends fitting us the new kitchen. There is still work left to be done but its useable now, and I have worktops, a sink and an oven - so no more soup for tea for the children! 

I now have 10 weeks to go before the babies are due, although they are likely to come earlier from what I read. I am now fining people £1 every time they tell me I am going to have my hands full (really, 5 children, under 8, husband working away, you don't say!!) so that I can finance the aforementioned kitchen. I feel quite big, and some of my maternity clothes don't fit already and have been passed on to another friend who is expecting. I am also living in fit flops (not that I have seen much benefit!) as I can't bend down to fasten up my shoes! Still, on the good side, the longer they stay in, the better for them and hopefully summer will turn up in time for the school holidays and I can spend all my time in the paddling pool, which saves me worrying about finding clothes to fit!!

Hermione is walking really well now, I think we will be taking a trip to buy her first pair of shoes soon. She mainly walks holding on to my hand but she can also walk independently, so that has made things much easier. She loves to walk Noel and April into school in the morning, she adores her big brother and sister and wants to do whatever they are doing. Sometimes this is a good thing, sometimes not!

And on that note, this very tired, pregnant lady is going to a quick nap while Mini is asleep and all is quiet!

Lots of love from the Wills Family x x x x x

Monday, 28 May 2012

Fun and Games!

Stu has now taken out all the kitchen ready for the plasterer to come tomorrow at 8am. I have had the back door open as its been so warm and I am pretending I am camping and it is an adventure, rather than allowing myself to get stressed at the lack of sink/cupboards/being able to find anything. We have moved the fridge out of the under stairs cupboard for now and that is being used for storage so its not too bad. Stu did just break the news to me that the plumber will have to disconnect the washing machine and dishwasher tomorrow to plaster the back wall so it looks like I will have to take the camping experience one step further and have to wash up outside in a bowl! Still, it will be so worth it and I have plenty of other things to think about to take my mind off the lack of kitchen!

I am using the picnic table at the minute to give me some extra worktop space

Thankfully the bathroom is next to the kitchen so not too far to go when we need some water

Noel and April went to school today wearing Red, White and Blue and they had a picnic on the school field to celebrate the jubilee. They are having a "street party" on Friday too. There were children today draped in flags and wearing really elaborate costumes, but we were a bit boring and just went for things that we already had in the cupboard. Even Mini got in on the act, and wanted to be included in the photo I took..

Not sure if you can tell but she is screwing up her face, saying "cheese!"

Its so lovely having some sunshine isn't it! It makes a really welcome change after all the rain we have had and its helped me get all those little baby clothes dry that I have been washing. I can't believe I am nearly 25 weeks already. I have bought some storage boxes to keep the babies clothes in but at the moment they are being utilised for the kitchen contents so that is another job for when the kitchen is done. I have plenty of white and a few little bits of pink and blue in there so I will keep the neighbours guessing as to what we are having when they see them blowing on the line! We don't know ourselves what we are expecting but we are agreed on two sets of boys names now (at last) so thats one less thing to worry about. We still have one set of girls names to decide on, but thankfully we have a more weeks to make up our minds and of course, we might not need two sets of girls names anyway ....

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

We don't like to do things by halves in our house ...

Not content with expecting twins in a little over 3 months, we decided to replace our kitchen a month or so ago. It really does need some TLC, so on Sunday Stu took out the sink and started taking the tiles off the walls. The plasterer is coming on Tuesday to skim the walls and ceiling, and the following weekend the new kitchen is coming which poor Stu will have to fit in his precious weekends away from work. Our current kitchen is going to a good home, someone in Kegworth is having it for their flat, so I am glad it isn't going off to the tip. I really don't want the mess, or the hassle (and I only have to empty the cupboards, poor Stu has the hard work!!) but better now than when the babies have arrived. It currently looks like this ...

Still, it will be worth it ...

Monday, 14 May 2012

Hermiones First Steps - Sort of!

I feel like things are coming together nicely for us all, and I am pretty much organised now ready for the twins. Well, when I say organised, I mean I have all the things I need, rather than being prepared! I picked up a cot bed on Friday for them to share and I won a nursing cushion on ebay for £10! I am collecting that on Thursday. I am thrilled as most of the ones I have seen have been going for at least £30. I went shopping with my friend today to get the rest of the "little things" we need - extra muslins, cotton wool, that sort of thing. While I was out shopping, I saw these, and couldn't resist ...

I went for a scan 2 weeks ago, and the scan showed one baby is smaller than the other, so I am going back again tomorrow for another scan, and to see the consultant. Then in 2 weeks I have another scan, and an appointment with the consultant but that was already booked in. I can see I will be able to find my way around the hospital with my eyes shut by the time they arrive! 

Stu went to Bedford a week ago to pick up our new Willsmobile. We now have a 7 seater Grand Picasso and the Discovery has gone to a new home. While he was gone, Hermione took her first steps by herself. I got so excited, couldn't wait to tell Stu and then ... she has never done it again since! She cruises with the furniture, and happily tootles round the house with her pram, but can I get her to take another step by herself ... no!!  She will do it when she is ready - maybe I need to get Aprils "magic sandals" out of the loft!

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Mini on the move . . .

Mini is finally getting the hang of standing up and on Thursday she decided that she would have a go at walking whilst pushing her wheelie bug. I gave her the pram to try this morning as its a bit higher up and she has been toddling around pushing it, albeit a few steps at a time. She also rolled over for the first time on Tuesday, better late than never!

She looks very pleased with herself as you can see!

Yesterday was my 37th birthday, I had a lovely day, I went to Woodlands garden centre with my friend Kate, and Mini, and we had scones and tea, and a walk around. It rained heavily all day, for a change, but we still had a nice time. Then Stu came home in the afternoon and we all had tea together and I opened my present. I got a lovely box full of Burts Bees treats, which I shall enjoy pampering myself with, over the coming months.

I have got another scan on Tuesday, this is my detailed scan. It will be lovely to see the twins again, I am feeling lots of movement, and I already feel like a hippopotamus! 

Fingers crossed for a bit of dry weather this weekend!! xx

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Halfway already...

I asked my two budding photographers to take my photo this morning for the blog to mark the "halfway" point for the twins arrival...

Well I suppose it was my bump I wanted to show off ...

Ahh, managed to get some of my head in this one as well!

I am feeling more organised now than before, my mothercare order came today and I am adding bits and pieces to my collection for my hospital bag every week.  The two main things left to get now are a V shaped cushion - which is said to be invaluable when breastfeeding two babies at the same time, and a cot bed mattress - as I plan to put them both in together. 

I have joined TAMBA and I have also found a local-ish twins group which we will go to next week. I am hoping that the twin mummies there will be able to impart some of their twin mummy wisdom - or at least prove to me that it is possible to get out of the house!!  I have also contacted Home Start (where I used to volunteer!), and I have help arranged for the weekday bedtime routines (mum and dad twice a week, a paid helper twice a week and hopefully Mr Wills will be home to share the workload on Fridays!) So I feel pretty confident that I am on the right track to being organised and having things in place. Needless to say, once the twins will arrive this will all crumble and I will be a hormonal, sleep deprived wreck, but we'll brush over that for now - I am determined to be positive and enjoy my last ever pregnancy - and enjoy the excitement of waiting for our two bundles of love. After all, we are doubly blessed!

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Getting organised

Things are starting to settle down now in the Wills household and we are pretty much used to the idea now that we are expecting twins. I have now started to get organised and have a few bits on order from Mothercare (namely some replacement pads for my TENS machine and other exciting things like that). I have a nice long list of things that I will need and thankfully I only have one or two things left to tick off as kind friends have passed on "extras" (clearly 2 for the price of 1 doesn't apply when it comes to the things you apparently need for twins!) and I have started to sort out baby clothes etc. My lovely friend Pippa passed on a big bag of baby clothes last week when we met up and Mum and Dad got me some yellow baby grows as the only newborn ones I have are pink so I am hoping now that I will be sorted on that front. Its hard to believe that tomorrow I am exactly halfway through my pregnancy - 19 weeks (I think I mentioned I will be delivering at 38 weeks or before) - I must ask Noel or April to take a "bump" photo as I don't actually have any yet!

What have we been up to? Well, lots and nothing really! Stuart has now finished the bathroom, it looks fabulous and he has worked really hard on it. Its utter bliss being able to jump into the shower in the mornings instead of having to wash my hair with the mixer tap in the bath - its getting harder and harder to bend over - and it means the children are a lot more independent too.

We went out for a meal at the end of March to celebrate my Grandma's 90th birthday. It was also Mums birthday the next day so it was a double celebration. James was able to come down from York too, so it was a family affair, although it was a little too far for Phil to fly in from America, sadly.

Noel and April went back to school yesterday, April was very excited, she loves school, Noel not so although he did go off without a fuss. They both came home full of their day and over dinner I was advised how I shouldn't keep the lights on when not in the room (hello, aren't I always saying this?!), not to waste water (from the children who can take 10 minutes to rinse out conditioner from their hair) and one I remember from my own childhood - when cold put on a jumper instead of the heating. It tickled me really as they were only telling me things that we have been trying to do as a family for years, but at least I know they were listening and they will enjoy the topic they are covering this term.

Mini is now standing up, we have been trying to encourage her for a while, but all of a sudden she wants to, I don't think it will be too long before she makes her first tentative steps. Although I don't have a problem with the fact she can't walk yet (April was 23 months and Noel 16 months) it would make life easier when playing outside as at the minute she "bottom shuffles" and gets very wet and muddy!

Enough of the chat, a few photos from the past month..

Noel making a "lemon clock" with the science kit mum and dad bought for his birthday

The lovely card and cake April made me at Rainbows for Mothers Day

Our family lunch at the Ferrers Arms

One I took of Hermione at lunchtime today, she is wearing my new Kermit backpack which arrived in the post yesterday and looks like this ...

I'm afraid I didn't realise until just now that I don't have any of April on her own, oops! I think thats all the "news" I have for now, lots of love from the Wills family x x x x x