Big sister of twins

“This is the way we went to visit you in hospital when the babies were born, mummy,” my four year old said last week. We were on a route we hadn’t been down for a while. She was right it was the same way we would go to the hospital. I was surprised she remembered because the twins are over a year old. Recently we have gone to a friends house she hasn’t visited for about six months but which we went to a lot and she had absolutely no memory of it. So the fact she remembered showed what an impact the arrival of her sisters had in her young life. I spent a lot of time feeling anxious during the pregnancy that we would be ruining her life. We had debated for a long time whether to have another child, let alone two. In the end the argument that she was always inconsolable when we left her friends won. She has always wanted someone to play with and doesn’t seem content on her own. Still I knew having two babies would mean having far less time to spend with her, less attention, less money, less patience. She was so used to being the centre of attention I thought it was going to be hard for her to adjust. I had to tell my daughter we were having twins...

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