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  • Welcome to GOBLIN CHILD

    Hi! I'm Amber and this is my blog. I live in London with my partner, Kirsty, a little dog called Posy and Balthazar and Lysander, two extraordinarily well-dressed babies.

    This little space on the internet is dedicated to documenting our parenting adventures. Common themes on my blog are baby fashion, LGBT parenting and life with twins.

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Ava & Luc

I’m their mother and even I can’t decide which is more adorable: my laughing children OR these horse playsuits from Ava & Luc.  To be honest, I’m kind of veering toward the latter.

We don’t tend to dress the little chaps identically but we do like for them to coordinate and when I saw that this print was available in two colours, I knew that I would have to buy both.  The blue really brings out Lysander’s blue eyes, and Balthazar looks regal in the violet.  I’m in love with them.

These would be the ultimate baby gift for a horse-mad mum.  Not only are the horses themselves quite beautiful but the colours even more vibrant in ‘real life’ and the material wonderfully silky.  The other, non-horsey, prints in the range are equally lovely.  I can see myself buying the pyjamas for an older child to wear for a sleepover with a friend or overnight stay with the grandparents – somewhere that requires comfort but also a little bit of fancy.

If only they came in my size!

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February 25, 2015 - 9:50 pm

allthetime - As cute as the outfits are, the boys are even cuter.

February 26, 2015 - 9:54 pm

Emma T - Love the colours, so nice to see some brights without them being garish, and the print is fabulous. #TT_thursday

February 27, 2015 - 1:30 pm

Jules - Oh my I want some for G. They are amazing! I love things thats look so unique. It would definately be a talking point. Your twins are adorable #TT_Thursday

February 27, 2015 - 9:21 pm

Confessions of a New Mummy - Gorgeous boys! They seem to have suddenly filled out. The babygrows are fab, loving the purple.

Living Arrows – 8/52

Every night before bed we list the people who love you.  It is a long list and you are usually asleep before the end.

You have us, your mummies who fought for you.  Your sister who happens to be a dog.  Grandy Mogs and Nanny Jacky.  Grandad.  Your aunties and your second-cousin.  Great aunts and uncles, three great-grandparents.  Your Greek family who haven’t met you yet but ask for news of you whenever we speak.

We added three more people to the list this week.  An uncle and aunt and a pony-mad cousin to influence you in the right direction.  Your mummy met them for the first time this week.

Imagine that – to have a brother and know nothing of him.

You’re lucky to have each other, aren’t you?  Somebody with whom to share your childhood, somebody who will understand all of your games.

You’re lucky to have so much family.  Somebody always has you in their thoughts.

Three more people to love you (and a little fourth, whom you haven’t yet met).

We like to add people to your list.

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February 27, 2015 - 12:50 pm

FromMummytoMum - What a lovely way to send your children to sleep. It sounds like they will never be short of love!

Living Arrows – 7/52

A note from your mother (the other one): ‘You are such happy babies.

You smile and laugh at us, at each other, at Josephine, at toys, at your surroundings, at strangers. Everything delights you, even simple things, like what your brother is wearing, or watching us eat. Each morning, you both wake me up by babbling loudly and grinning from ear to ear and I don’t even care how early it is.

You are safe, you are happy, you are confident.

My happiness will never be your responsibility; I will never lean on you to keep me afloat, but you should know that since I held you both for the first time, I have not known true unhappiness. I look at you every day and see that though there are fleeting moments of hunger, of disruption, of pain and of impatience, you do not know it either.

We must be doing something right.’

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February 16, 2015 - 3:36 pm

Katie @mummydaddyme - Utter perfection in one photo! xx

February 16, 2015 - 4:09 pm

Natalie - You write so beautifully, they’re adorable xx

February 16, 2015 - 5:26 pm

Merlinda Little ( @pixiedusk) - Lovely words. Lovely lovely words. #livingarrows

February 16, 2015 - 10:41 pm

Carie - Oh they are just so gorgeously smiley – and I love the outfits :)

February 17, 2015 - 11:37 am

Lina - What a lovely post and gorgeous babies! I’ve just found your blog through #livingarrows :-)

February 17, 2015 - 8:47 pm

Hayley (@hayleyfromhome) - Oh that photo, just utter perfection! Such a beautiful moment captured #livingarrows

February 18, 2015 - 8:20 pm

My Two Mums - I love seeing little babies faces light up with joy. You’ve really captured their joyful moment well.

Twins in February – the Siblings Project

This has been the month in which the twins have begun to take notice of each other.

Sometimes we catch them holding hands.  Lysander likes to ‘chat’ to Balthazar, and to sleep with a hand across his face.  Balthazar plays with his brother’s sleeves (but cries when laid down next to him in the pram…).

They often ‘eat’ each other but that isn’t quite so cute…

Having twins can be so much fun, and I’m so excited for the boys to have a ready-made best friend in each other.

That said, it’s certainly also twice the work.  We have reached a point now where one arm really doesn’t suffice for holding a baby now, except for very short periods of time – you definitely need two.  My partner Kirsty (pictured above) takes it all in her stride but I find that it can be difficult to enjoy the babies as individuals when one is constantly distracted by wondering when the other baby will wake up and demand attention.  And when they are BOTH crying at the same time… argh!  Kirsty just laughs and gets on with it but I find myself terribly flustered.

I’m definitely not a ‘natural’ twin mama like she is.  It’s funny how people automatically decide that she is ‘the mum’ and I’m just a friend, or if they are told that we are both their mothers, assume that Kirsty gave birth to them.  Nope.  Quite good at gestating multiples, thanks, just not so hot at raising them.

Still, I wouldn’t change having them for anything, even if it’s impossible to feed TWO babies whilst surfing Twitter.

This month I have the most tremendous pleasure of sending you over to Carie at Space for the Butterflies.  Carie documents the developing relationships between her two little girls and baby Pip so beautifully, and makes me terribly broody for a third child!

Have you joined in?  Link up your blog post with the linky below, or pop over to the Siblings Facebook Page and share your pictures with us.



 

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February 15, 2015 - 8:30 am

Carie - Oh they’re getting so big!! Or not big exactly but they’re loosing the scrumpled newborn look and getting that solid feeling – which might be why you’re developing biceps of steel! They are absolutely gorgeous and it’s so lovely to watch them growing up a bit each month!

February 15, 2015 - 8:56 am

Caro | The Twinkles Momma - These are lovely pics — as ever!! Amazing how they’re really starting to engage this month!! You can really see how much they’re taking an interest in the camera!!

Try not to stress when they’re both crying pet!! Just remember that it’s good to learn ‘patience’ — no matter how young you are!! You’ll get to each one in good time. Once they learn that it will be their turn when you’re ready — and you realise that nothing bad will happen, by one of them waiting a little longer than the other — things will become a little easier, I promise!

It was a revelation when I realised this and I just shut my ears to the wailing and focussed on what I was doing!! Amazing how much quicker you can do things then!! Both you and Kirsty are brilliant mums — in your own way xx #siblings

Caro | http://www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk

February 15, 2015 - 9:07 am

Jess @ Catch A Single Thought - Such gorgeous photos! I salute twin mummies, I have my moments when I find my two are hard work and they are two years apart! #siblings

February 15, 2015 - 9:43 am

Emma Kershaw - They’re so adorable but I can imagine very hard work, my brother has twin boys and they are a handful but so much fun, lovely photos :) xx #siblings

February 15, 2015 - 9:53 am

Polka Dot Family - So lovely to see that they changing and starting to engage with each other this month.

February 15, 2015 - 1:36 pm

Natalie @ Little Jam Pot Life Blog - Lovely photos, It all takes time, just take one day at a time and remember to be kind to yourself mama xx

February 15, 2015 - 3:38 pm

LauraCYMFT - Awww they are super cute but I can imagine how hard having two must be…one was hard enough! I’m sure you do an amazing job at being a mum to them.

February 15, 2015 - 7:06 pm

The Reading Residence - They are so cute! It is lovely to think that they have a constant companion and friend, too.

February 15, 2015 - 7:33 pm

Katy {What Katy Said} - Love how even with twins you are open to having a third! I am exhausted with two and they are not the same age!
Lovely photos and I love the fact they are noticing each other more, or at least showing that they are noticing as I am sure they knew they were both there before, twins are so so magical! #Siblings

February 15, 2015 - 7:37 pm

Alexandra @dontcallmestepmummy - They are so adorable, I love them so much. Kirsty sounds like super mum, it’s so perfect how you both have different strengths. It does get easier the two crying at once. That was the point when Eden came along that I would think I was losing my mind. Now it’s not as often and I seem to be able to ignore it (given they don’t need anything of course) this usually occurs when I’m driving. How are you finding being back at work?

February 15, 2015 - 8:26 pm

Jane - Our Little Escapades - Two really are double the trouble! My friend had twins and she just took to it, I took ages to get used to just having one! As they get older I’m sure it will get easier x

February 15, 2015 - 8:43 pm

A Little Lyrical - Oh my, what beautiful twins. First time on your blog and can’t wait to read back in the archives all about them. Such gorgeous babies!

February 15, 2015 - 10:16 pm

Louise - Oh what gorgeous photos. Your twins are just adorable! :-)

February 16, 2015 - 12:38 am

Bex @ The Mummy Adventure - I am in awe at the pair of you! Two is hard enough without them both being babies! I think we all have different strengths with parenting, and whilst Kirsty may have this baby bit down, maybe when they are toddlers or preschoolers you will realise it is your time? My oh is definitely a toddler guy rather than baby one, he was/is pretty clueless with babies and much prefers them when they can walk, talk and play more

February 16, 2015 - 7:46 pm

Kelly Taylor - Such happy photos. Your boys have changed so much from last month – it’s fascinating to see. You can see their personalities now in these shots. Hats off to you being a mummy to twins. It must be absolutely exhausting. I’m sure you are doing a fantastic job. I’m the same with wailing making me flustered, but in my calmer moments I just tell myself that it’s because I am utterly bonded to my baby that his cries touch me so much. xx

February 18, 2015 - 8:41 pm

Colette B - It looks quite the juggling act to have those two little boys in your arms at once :) My friend has visited with her twin girls this afternoon and I was so glad to be able to offer her an extra pair of hands for a few hours!

Living Arrows 6/52

Lysander.  Sasha.

Plumpkin.

My big-small baby. You were my second twin, my ‘naughty’ twin.  You spent the pregnancy sat on your brother’s head, defiantly measuring above the average whenever we were scanned.  A five-ounce difference in weight between you and your brother at birth has meant that I have always worried less about you, as though a more robust frame offers protection against all of life’s ills. 

You have made time stand still this past week.  You have reminded me, brutally, of your own mortality.  Of how easily life can be snatched away.  Of how small you still are.

There is nothing in the world so forlorn as a baby in a hospital gown.

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February 11, 2015 - 9:31 pm

Vickie - Oh these photos made me cry! I am so glad that all was well in the end. Vx

February 13, 2015 - 8:42 pm

Baby Isabella - Love the ‘real-ness’ of these images, so powerful. Weak and strong at the same time. A beautiful capture. #livingarrows – this is what it’s all about xx