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  1. Yes the last two years have definitely flown by! Two year olds have their own challenges but they're definitely so much easier than those first few months! Once they start sleeping properly it makes a big difference! I guess you've been able to get plenty of help from friends/family now that restrictions are lifting? I can't imagine how hard it must have been for people with newborn twins during the first few months of lockdown when you weren't allowed to see anyone. It was bad enough for us and ours were 1 at that time.
  2. Hi Holley and welcome to Twin Club! 😀 Firstly congratulations on the birth of your boys and amazing news that they are back home and healthy! You are right - twin life is super hard. My twins are a bit older now (2 years) but I remember how hard the early days were. The first 3 months were honestly such a blur. How are you finding the nights so far?
  3. Ah ok all making sense now!! 😃 So we initially fitted it to our 2017 NX (but it was the 2017 on model). However, I think the model change was only really a facelift e.g. different lights/bumpers, different screen inside. The car is essentially the same for the most part. When I first spoke to multi mac I believe they said it was a standard fitting kit, but once the multi mac arrived and I tried to fit the thing, it quickly became apparent that I couldn't easily access the rear seat belt buckles/mounting points as they were so far recessed within the seat bench. Speaking again to multi mac they said they had only fitted them into a couple of NX models that they were aware of (at that point in early 2019) and that those ones were fitted at their fitting partners where as I was having a go myself. They also suggested it might need drilling (worst case scenario) which I wasn't too keen on as the car was still under warranty at that point. However, I then ended up getting put through to Kevin who is the founder/owner and he was really helpful at getting it sorted for me. I sent him some pictures of the car and located a potential mount point (in this case the rear seat mounting brackets that I could access from under the boot floor) and Kevin said it would be OK but that I'd need some longer tether straps and slightly different bolts if I recall correctly. He sent those out very quickly and free of charge, even offering worst case scenario that he'd drive down to me (about 3 hours from their HQ) and sort it for me if I couldn't myself - excellent service! Fortunately for him, I was easily able to sort it with the replacement bits - we also needed some of their firm foam pads to sit under the multi mac too by the way (to stop the multi mac pushing down/damaging the seat belt buckles). You can see these in the photo below. We have since moved the multi mac into another newer Lexus NX with no problems (2020 model). Where are you located by the way? If you're not far away I could always show your husband how it's fitted, or give some pointers over the phone if you like? Also, random other question - you're not looking for some roof bars for your car are you? I have some to sell...
  4. Hi @Nikki and welcome to Twin Club! Congratulations on your upcoming new arrivals - when are they due? The additional kit was just some slightly different sized bolts and longer tether straps. Normally you should get everything you need with the seat when it arrives, it's just there was some confusion as to the fitting for my particular car, and so they sent me some additional fittings in order to get it to fit. They were very helpful at getting the problem sorted. On many cars you may be able to attach not to the belts themselves but to the seat belt mounting point. Essentially the tether straps have to be bolted to something solid. What car do you have?
  5. Hi @NickyT and welcome to Twin Club! 🙂 Sorry to hear you're finding it hard at the moment and I can only imagine how frustrating the new rules must be again - no more household visits is that right? Basically that translates to a lack of grandparents/friends helping out I guess? It must have been really tough with newborns, ours were just under 1 when lockdown kicked in initially and we definitely found it really tough when we were used to having a reasonable amount of help - it just felt like never having a break. 😞 Just remember it will start to get a bit easier as they get older - I know lockdown doesn't exactly help matters but they will get easier on their own in other ways - at least a bit!!
  6. Glad to hear it's at least a little better now! How is she with other people? I guess it's probably not helpful at the moment that you can't see too many 😔
  7. @Breffni hope you're ok, just thought I'd stop by and see how you were doing? Any progress with the sleep?
  8. Hi @Lynsey nice to hear from you! Agreed it has been full on! Have you/partner been furloughed or have you been working through it? I had a few weeks where @Issy was still working but we had no childcare so I had to try and watch all three girls whilst working from home for a couple of days a week.... Nightmare!
  9. Hi everyone, @Issy and I just wanted to say hello to some of the new members we've had sign up recently! @ALVAREZ @Lynsey @Jodie @Jen @Louise Noble @Larkisia Welcome to all of you! 😀 Please don't be shy - stick a post up to say hello and introduce yourselves, we'd love to hear about your twins/expectant twins and hear about how you're all doing with the current situation. We've been stuck inside with our twins for nearly 6 weeks now (I think??) and even celebrated their first birthday under lockdown... 😢🎉 How has it been for all of you?
  10. Hi @MumOf4 sorry to hear you're finding it hard but yes as @Issy says sometimes you have to let them cry. It will be hard but I like to think of it as "short term pain for long term gain" - at least that's what I tell myself! 😂
  11. Hi @Stephanie and welcome to twin club! Congratulations on the birth of your boys!! I'm assuming they're your first children? That's a shame that your partner has to go back to work soon but that's just the way it goes usually isn't it!? I had the same thing and only had about 2 weeks off - sadly paternity pay is not very good at all unless your partner works for a company that tops it up. Have you got plenty of friends/family around to help you when he goes back?
  12. Hi @Breffni if you want something fairly well priced, I actually wrote a little review of the TP link smart camera that we use here: TP Link Kasa Cam KC100 Review They're not sold specifically as a baby monitor but they're basically cheap smart cameras that connect to your wifi - you can pick them up for circa. £30 on Amazon 😀 Once you have the camera you just use the app on your phone to view it and it will send you alerts etc. if you want. As a bonus you can still view it if you're out and have a babysitter or whatever. Take a look at the review I did and let me know what you think. A couple of friends/family members have also since bought them on my recommendation and like them.
  13. Hi @Esther we had a similar but different situation in our house - we already had a 5 year old and then the twins came along. My wife had a C-section with the twins too. How long were you in hospital after the birth? I found the first 2-3 months really difficult. probably the most difficult thing I've ever done, but then of course the fact that it was twins was definitely a part of that. It did also make us feel a bit guilty not spending so much time with our 5 year old, but we just tried to keep her busy with "helping" etc and making her feel involved. Obviously a bit easier in that she's 5 years old rather than 2 but the same principle I guess. Have you much help from family at the moment? Don't forget you will start feeling better soon and will gradually be able to do more. Then you will just have to make sure you work really well as a team. Is there anything really specific you're struggling with?
  14. Hi @Pammy sorry to hear this. I can definitely relate with how he is feeling - I'm sure I ended up with a sort of male form of post natal depression in the first few weeks even, but it does get better! Is it purely not coping with the twins that has caused this or anything more to it? If he wants to speak to another man that has been through it I'm more than happy!
  15. You're right actually re. bringing all the stuff with you on the train - should have thought of that I think personally you would be OK with a couple of stops if they're holding their heads up fine now - when are you thinking of going?
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