Angie Charnock, 36, lives in Buckshaw Village, near Chorley, is married to Neil, has a four-year-old son Finley and is expecting twins.
Having children may take away your old social life but they also give you a whole new social circle. You may not be able to go out at the drop of a hat anymore, nor visit pubs, clubs and fine dining restaurants, but children are great little social networkers.
Your social life becomes more family-centred and so many of our current friendships have been made through our child. Nursery friends, extra-curricular sports and activities, soft play centres, parties, social media forums, the list goes on. As soon as you realise that the person you are talking to also has young children you instantly have an easy connection.
We have so far found that expecting identical twins has made us feel like mini celebrities (absolutely Z-List I’m sure!) Everyone around us is so excited about the news and, despite our original panic, we are being swept along with their enthusiasm.
The idea of twins to everyone else does sound amazing, ‘double the fun’ and ‘two for the price of one’. I can tell you from our brief experience though that they are definitely not ‘two for the price one’! I have spent the past week putting everything that doesn’t move in our house on eBay so that we can buy the giant pram, multiple car seats and isofix bases (not to mention a new much bigger car!) that we now need! My husband is worried he may be next!
As the whole ‘twin thing’ is completely new to us, I needed to find out more information about the practicalities of being a twin parent. I discovered an amazing Internet resource called TAMBA (www.tamba.org.uk) that I would recommend to any parent out there who is expecting multiple children. It has definitely helped me to read reputable information, alongside speaking to other twin mummies out there.
I also recently joined a Facebook twin group and have managed to find someone locally in a very similar situation and we have already met up for a play date in a soft play centre. It has been lovely to speak to someone else who shares the same fears and uncertainty as well as the excitement and hopefully we can share our journey together.