I’m so excited to have Beth from Twinderelmo with us today to join in with the ‘This Parenting Lark’ series. Beth’s blog was one of the first parenting blogs I ever read and I love it – super inspiring!
Tell me a little bit about yourself and your family
My name is Beth and I am in my 30s. I am a married Mother of three – my son Charlie has just turned 8 and I have identical twin daughters who are 3.5. We live in Shropshire and I am a full time stay at home parent after taking voluntary redundancy from my local authority job when on maternity leave.
Tell me a little bit about your blog
I started Twinderelmo in October 2013 as a positive take on twin pregnancy. When I found out I was having the girls, google led me to believe I would definitely have them incredibly prematurely and they would be in special care for weeks weighing a few pounds. My pregnancy was the complete opposite so I wanted to try to promote that not all twin pregnancies are high risk.
What does a typical day in your life look like?
As a stay at home parent, school and nursery runs dominate my day. We drop Charlie off in the morning and then the girls go at 12.30pm. I collect them all at 3.15/3.30pm from the same site. My afternoons are usually spent doing housework, going to the gym or running errands. My husband works away during the week so my evenings when the kids are in bed are usually spent blogging.
What were your pregnancies and labours like?
With Charlie I ended up having an emergency c-section after he was back to back and basically got stuck in the birth canal. They tried a ventouse delivery which failed so it was to section. I was up and about the next day and was grateful he was all OK. With my twin pregnancy, I decided to opt for an elective section as P2 was transverse the whole pregnancy and I worried that I could end up having a vaginal delivery and then a section which would mean I wouldn’t be able to do anything!
How did you choose your kids names?
We found out all of the genders with the pregnancy. Charlie was going to be Ruby if he was a girl which I was convinced he was. I said he could only be a Charlie if he was cheeky and he weed all over the midwife as he was born so it suited him. We agonised over the girls names and I did the one thing I said I wouldn’t – named them both with the same letter – P!
What is your favourite film?
I am addicted to the Harry Potter films. After reading the books, I’ve become engrossed so it’s been nice to watch them all after the books as the books give so much more detail.
What is the best thing about being a parent?
Seeing your kids so happy. We went to Disneyland Paris in December and during the parade my husband and I glanced down at the three of them and their grins were ear to ear. It genuinely was the best feeling in the world seeing them bursting with happiness and excitement.
And what is the toughest?
The monotony and loneliness. Somedays, if we don’t go on the school run I don’t see another human and that is hard. We thrive on routine, but sometimes it feels like all I do is trudge to the playground and back to cook tea and tidy up!
How do you relax?
Ironically, I find blogging quite relaxing as it’s nice to offload onto the computer. I also am partial to real trashy TV shows – Teen Mom 2 anyone?! The shame.
Where is your favourite place – both as an individual and as a family?
Our trip to Disneyland Paris is one I won’t forget for a while as it was so magical. I also really loved our day out at the Harry Potter studios last summer. It was such a brilliant day out and I want to go back on my own to take it all in.
What are your favourite and least favourite household chores?
I weirdly love vacuuming. It’s so satisfying hoovering all the dirt up and would happily vacuum all day. I absolutely detest putting away clean clothes. I don’t mind washing, drying or even ironing but the putting away I can’t stand.
If you were Queen for the day what would you do?
Have a right old nose round the palace. I reckon I’d also be up for a drinking session with Prince Harry as I think he’d be a right laugh. I’d also print loads of money with my face on to take home with me.
What is the best parenting advice you’ve ever been given?
Trust your gut. It really is the best thing that you can do. Books, strangers, midwives – they don’t spend 24/7 with your child you do, you know best and if it feels right then it probably is.
What makes you happy?
I love going away on holiday with my family. I absolutely love travelling and wish we did it more often.
What is your favourite quote or mantra for life?
Live for today. It’s so true. After losing my Mom it’s made me realise life is for living. She was only 59 when she passed away and it made me wake up to the fact you never know what’s around the corner.
And finally – finish this sentence ‘I am doing a great job at this parenting lark because…’
I’ve never left one behind…yet!
Fab responses Beth! We are massive Harry Potter fans here too – and funny enough every single one of the bloggers so far interviewed for This Parenting Lark have quite liked hoovering!
You can find more about Beth and her family at the below links: