OPINION: Twice the work when twins arrive?

SIFTING through the pictures of the six sets of twins that arrived via Ipswich Hospital recently (see today's p9 story), you can't help but wonder at the challenges their proud mums and dads will face over the coming months.

While it is an overwhelmingly rewarding and happy experience, welcoming a new-comer into the world isn't without its pitfalls - so imagine what it's like when there's two of them.

Imagine is all I can do, because I was lucky enough to just have the one little person come along so far.

While it has been a big change from the norm, the wife and I have been able to handle things alright between the two of us - and that's with her picking up most of the workload.

There are certain things you can still do with a baby tucked under one arm, but when worse comes to worse, you can hopefully offload to your partner and wilfully disappear for a while.

What in the world do people with twins do when they've each got a screaming baby and stuff needs to get done around the house?

What happens if both twins don't sleep at the same time?

There are many terrifying scenarios you could go through.

For the sake of these proud new parents, I can only hope that with double the responsibility also comes double the reward.

Best of luck to all of you in the months ahead.



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