Siblings Project Jan 16 and a Happy Announcement

When Kirsty was small she had an imaginary twin called Katie. Katie came to school with Kirsty every day and they played together in the playground. She has always felt linked to twins in some way and when she imagined her future as a little girl, saw herself as a mother to twins – although the twins in her imagination were often a boy and a girl. When I was reeling at the image of two tiny, flickering heartbeats on the ultrasound screen, Kirsty wasn’t surprised at all. She just thought ‘Of course’.

If I’m honest, it’s always seemed a little like it was meant to be. Oh, a twin pregnancy is more stressful and a twin birth is more fraught with the potential for complications and let’s not even dwell on the logistics of caring for two newborns. It’s exhausting. But it felt right.

I don’t know for sure that the twins love each other yet. For a long time they didn’t acknowledge each other. They never slept better for being laid down together and their first smiles were certainly not at each other. For a while Balthazar’s favourite game was to chase Lysander around the house, patting his head, and I’ve never heard howls quite like it. Often, one of them will be sporting a bite mark from the other. They’re in a nippy phase right now.

But I know this: most mornings, we wake to the sound of them peering at each other over the bars of their cots, playing and laughing. When I think of their future, it doesn’t feel like a lonely one. They will always have a brother to fight their corner, a sibling who remembers their childhood from the beginning. A playmate at school, somebody to walk home with.

We’ve loved having twins. The good, the bad. None of the tricky moments have ever been awful enough to make us regret the moment that we looked at the photo of our two embryos and thought, “It’s worth a chance.”

Twins are what we know. And we’re not bad at them. And let me tell you that the last year and a half has been a blast.

And that is just one of the reasons that we are mostly all so excited to share with you that…

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We’ve only flipping well gone and done it again.

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Twins-take-two, the summer twins, will be joining this family in July 16.

Four under two, we can’t wait to share this crazy ride with you.

This is my first entry for The Siblings Project, which I co-host every month with Lucy from Dear Beautiful, Katie from Mummy Daddy Me, Keri-Anne from Gingerlilly Tea, Carie from Space for the Butterflies and Annie from Fable & Folk.  We’d love to have you link up below with your own monthly sibling update and also do check out the new instagram page.

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  1. Carie @ Space for the Butterflies
    January 15, 2016 / 7:16 am

    Wooohooo!! Congratulations all round that’s wonderful news!!

  2. Heather littletinbird
    January 15, 2016 / 7:18 am

    Oh my goodness! That is wonderfully exciting news! Congratulations! Xxx

  3. Alison Perry
    January 15, 2016 / 7:24 am

    brilliant news!! I did think you’d been a bit quiet of late…. 😉 congrats to you all xx

  4. Claire
    January 15, 2016 / 7:24 am

    Congratulations ladies! Gosh what lucky children to have mummies like you. Wishing you all the best and I’m so excited to read along again!

  5. Cerys
    January 15, 2016 / 7:26 am

    CONGRATULATIONS – 2 under 2 was manic, mysterious, marvallous and MAGICAL. You will never be so tired but so wide awake at the same time.

  6. Hayley @hayleyfromhome
    January 15, 2016 / 7:31 am

    Ooh such massive congratulations!! Such lovely, lovely news and you are going to have so much fun with two sets of twins. I had an imaginary twin friend when I was young too, she was called Hazel 🙂 sometimes I think these things are meant to be. You two seem to be the most natural twin parents, I’m so pleased you are growing your family xx

  7. Lucy
    January 15, 2016 / 7:35 am

    Awwwww, this is so amazing. Does that make them double trouble squared? Or something like that? Hehehe. How exciting and amazing and crazy all at once. I have quite a few friends with twins and they all say that they wouldn’t mind another set because they know how to “do” twins and that a second set would be easier for them than for parents who had had singletons before. Can’t wait to watch your sibling journey this year. x

  8. Colette B
    January 15, 2016 / 7:37 am

    Oh my days off just gasped with excitement when I realised what your pictures were showing. I’m SO thrilled for you both! Huge congratulations!

  9. Amy
    January 15, 2016 / 7:40 am

    such wonderful news! I did wonder if you’d get twinnies again! This is perfect. Much love xxx

  10. Lauren | Belle Du Brighton Blog
    January 15, 2016 / 7:58 am

    My word! You crazy, beautiful people! I can’t wait to see how your siblings double in quantity and cuddles! Congratulations!

  11. Sarah
    January 15, 2016 / 8:02 am

    Wow! Massive congratulations, that’s fabulous news xx

  12. LauraCYMFT
    January 15, 2016 / 8:14 am

    Oh wow that is so exciting! Congratulations! I think the boys will make excellent big brothers.

  13. emilyandindiana
    January 15, 2016 / 8:15 am

    Eeeek!! What amazing news, especially twins again! HUGE congratulations xx

  14. Carley
    January 15, 2016 / 8:18 am

    Oh my! A hundred times congratulations you guys! This is amazing news. Can’t wait to follow as your family grows again!

  15. Wave to Mummy
    January 15, 2016 / 8:18 am

    Wow, what wonderful news! Huge congratulations, what exciting time lie ahead of you 🙂 mama to four, can’t believe it 🙂

  16. Hannah Budding Smiles
    January 15, 2016 / 8:22 am

    WOOOOOO!!! I knew you’d gone quiet! Absolutely bloody wonderful news, thrilled for you all! Toby’s a July baby, they rock! Huge hugs and congratulations lovely xxx

  17. Clare @ Emmys Mummy
    January 15, 2016 / 8:22 am

    OMG that’s both crazy and awesome at the same time.

    Huge congratulations. What a fantastic adventure

  18. Alexandra | I'm Every Mum
    January 15, 2016 / 9:02 am

    Oh my goodness!!! Congratulations!!! I am so excited for you both. No wonder you’ve had such a crazy time, new job and being pregnant. Super excited. Cannot believe it. You’re going to have your hands full when they’re all toddlers…. it’s a good job between you you’ve got it covered. So happy for you, so so excited eek!! Can you tell? I’m flippin’ ecstatic xx

  19. Em @ snowingindoors
    January 15, 2016 / 9:31 am

    Congratulations!! You guys will do an epic job of parenting 4 under 2, I can just feel it.

  20. Capture by Lucy
    January 15, 2016 / 9:37 am

    Wow! Absolutely wonderful news – what an amazing start to the new year! You must be over the moon xxxx

  21. Laura
    January 15, 2016 / 9:48 am

    Wow congratulations. You sure are going to have your hands and hearts full this year X

  22. Charlotte - Write Like No One's Watching
    January 15, 2016 / 9:54 am

    Oh. My. Goodness. I am in shock but so happy and pleased! FOUR BABIES! FOUR! I am only on number two and I had my first in 2012. You rock!

    Which of you is carrying this time around? Can I ask that? I hope that’s okay! I’m really excited to be pregnant at the same time of you. It’s lovely when others join you on the journey.

    You have all my love and congratulations! xxx

  23. Jess @ Catch A Single Thought
    January 15, 2016 / 10:04 am

    Wow, what amazing news! Massive congratulations 🙂

  24. Michelle twin mum
    January 15, 2016 / 10:05 am

    Massive congratulations. I’m so pleased for you, what an adventure it will be at your house. My girls are now 8 and they grow to love each other more each day. There is nothing like the twin relationship. Mich x

  25. My Two Mums - Kirsty
    January 15, 2016 / 10:11 am

    Huge congrats. This is such lovely news to hear on a Friday. What a fun adventure.

  26. Jodie
    January 15, 2016 / 10:15 am

    I am so thrilled for you. What an exciting start to the year!!

  27. Sian - The Mama Story
    January 15, 2016 / 10:18 am

    Wow congratulations that’s awesome news! Double, double trouble! Beautiful photos too as ever.

  28. Hayley - Downs Side Up
    January 15, 2016 / 10:38 am

    Oh my goodness! SQUEAL! Sending love and hugs and congratulations to you all xxxxxx

  29. Jess
    January 15, 2016 / 10:49 am

    Oh my gosh, hugest congratulations! I’ve been a reader for so long and never comment – just had to send you some happy vibes! What lucky little twin wishes, to have you guys as parents and the two boys for older brothers. Hope everything goes swimmingly, from start to finish xx

  30. Fritha Strickland
    January 15, 2016 / 10:53 am

    I wanted to say congrats on here too! SO excited for you both!!

  31. Nell@PigeonPairandMe.com
    January 15, 2016 / 11:02 am

    Wow – congratulations! That’s absolutely fantastic news. I’m sure mealtimes will be a riot in your house (but only in the best possible way!) xxx

  32. Kara
    January 15, 2016 / 11:14 am

    So so amazing, I know how much you wanted another set of Twins, eek you are crazy though.
    There are going to be some seriously adorable photos.
    Boys are looking so grown xxx

  33. Deborah
    January 15, 2016 / 11:23 am

    Can’t wait ……….. If only I had eight arms xxx

  34. Emma
    January 15, 2016 / 11:36 am

    Oh how lovely! Congratulations!! What an exiting year you’re all going to have. And what gorgeous photos as well 🙂 xx

  35. Vickie
    January 15, 2016 / 11:47 am

    Oh my goodness! Congratulations!!!! I am so thrilled for you all! What wonderful news. 😀

  36. Claire
    January 15, 2016 / 11:54 am

    Oh my goodness. What wonderful news! Gorgeous photos! Congratulations xxx

  37. Chloe (Sorry About The Mess)
    January 15, 2016 / 12:04 pm

    This is such a sweet announcement! I love it! The boys are going to be such great big brothers. Roll on summer 16 : )

  38. Jenny
    January 15, 2016 / 12:35 pm

    Congratulations! That will be so lovely to have two sets of twins, such a special bond for each of them! It will be crazy with 4 under 2, but so worth it! 🙂 xx

  39. katie @mummydaddyme
    January 15, 2016 / 2:06 pm

    This is the most lovely of lovely news. I cannot wait to watch your little family grow into a big family! Just amazing. CONGRATULATIONS lovely. x

  40. Katy (What Katy Said)
    January 15, 2016 / 3:29 pm

    Oh you got your wish!! I am so so happy for you. Eeeeeeeee how exciting!! x

  41. Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too
    January 15, 2016 / 3:35 pm

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to see your journey with your second blessing of twins

  42. lacey
    January 15, 2016 / 7:24 pm

    oh my god another set of twins!!! what astounding news! i’m so excited for you both and wish you the best of luck and all my love <3 congratulations girls!

  43. Lindsay At Newcastle Family Life
    January 15, 2016 / 8:40 pm

    Congratulations to you both , what wonderful news and how magical two lots of twins. What a lovely way to share your happy news xx

  44. Caro | The Twinkle Diaries
    January 15, 2016 / 9:21 pm

    Aaah Amber — I’m SO JEALOUS!!!! As I said to you before, if I’d have found out we were expecting another set of twins — even when the boys were just 6 weeks old — I’d have been thrilled!! I totally and utterly get what you mean — we ‘know’ twins and my boy and I are bloody good at it too. The last (nearly) 3 years have been so much fun! I would LOVE another set. How awesome — SO chuffed for you both. What lovely news!! Congratulations!! 🙂

  45. Natalie @ Little Jam Pot Life Blog
    January 15, 2016 / 10:03 pm

    AMBER! I cried reading this earlier lol and just look at those faces! priceless! CONGRATULATIONS! X

  46. Emma Day
    January 15, 2016 / 11:51 pm

    WOW congratulations!

    I am also due in July, but this time I’m only having one! 🙂 xx

  47. Laurence Allen
    January 16, 2016 / 12:34 am

    Congratulations to you and Kirsty. Brilliant news! I am a very, very proud and happy Grandfather. Love you all xxx

  48. Ninjacat
    January 16, 2016 / 8:28 am

    Congratulations xx this is the best news

  49. Not A Frumpy Mum
    January 16, 2016 / 8:36 am

    Huge congratulations, how exciting. I love the pictures!
    After spending thousands on IVF for it not to work I know what a terrifying gamble it can be but when it works, such a miracle. Luckily we did manage to conceive a natural little miracle and are delighted to be expecting our second in June. It’s going to be a busy summer for lots of us I think! xx

  50. Di Coke
    January 16, 2016 / 9:04 am

    WOW!!! That’s such lovely news, congratulations!

  51. Domestic Goddesque
    January 16, 2016 / 9:19 am

    Oh my golly goodness! I am so unbelievably excited for you both; for you all! What a wild crazy beautiful ride. Congratulations!!

  52. Corinne
    January 16, 2016 / 9:30 am

    It’s going to be an exhausting, wonderful adventure. I’m thrilled for you all. I may also be crying like a big sap. Big love x

  53. Honest Mum
    January 16, 2016 / 9:38 am

    Incredible news darling, I remember you saying when we had that day in the park, your dream would be another set of twins. Gorgeous, gorgeous news, much love and hope to see you again soon x

  54. Jess @ Along Came Cherry
    January 16, 2016 / 3:33 pm

    Oh wow!! What amazing news, a huge congratulations to you both! I would love to have twins, especially for my last as I want 4 babies but don’t want to go through pregnancy and birth two more times! xx

  55. Heledd -Running in Lavender
    January 16, 2016 / 10:44 pm

    Ah congratulations!!! I’m so thrilled for you all. I wonder if you knew you were pregnant that day we met at Mothercare?! You did drop some hints now that I think about it. I wish you a happy and healthy pregnancy and can’t wait to follow your journey xxx

  56. Donna
    January 16, 2016 / 11:00 pm

    Oh wow! I was playing catch up on Bloglovin and this really wasn’t what I was expecting to see! Huge congrats lovely! Excited to hear more about the pregnancy and to see your gorgeous family grow x

  57. Jade
    January 17, 2016 / 9:13 pm

    This is such exciting news for you all! I’d be excited but flippin’ terrified if it were me. But like you say, twins is what you know and you’ve done a wonderful job so far! I can’t wait to follow your pregnancy, how amazing. Congratulations xx

  58. Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper
    January 18, 2016 / 4:48 pm

    I know I said it on your Facebook page before, but this is such brilliant news! A fantastic start to 2016, and I can’t wait to see your siblings photos at the end of the year! x #siblings

  59. Helen at Casa Costello
    January 20, 2016 / 1:03 pm

    Oh wow, how fantastic. Super news and really exciting. I would have loved twins but will have to live vicariously through your blog! Beautiful children x

  60. Bea
    January 20, 2016 / 6:17 pm

    Your boys are adorable! Congratulations on the news! X

  61. Mrs TeePot
    January 20, 2016 / 8:30 pm

    Oh how wonderful! Huge congratulations!

  62. Harriet @lifewithmrslee
    January 21, 2016 / 1:42 pm

    This is amazing!! Wonderful news, congratulations xxx

  63. Clare @ Maybush Studio
    January 24, 2016 / 10:53 pm

    Frickin Nora! I knew, but you still managed to surprise me when I read that post! 4 under 2?! Oh sweet Lord. Mad but wonderful, congratulations!

  64. Lucy
    February 3, 2016 / 12:40 pm

    That’s such amazing news congratulations to you all!!

  65. Bread
    February 14, 2016 / 8:16 pm

    Congratulations! We’re expecting our first in August! Just the one though.

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