Twice the smiles, love

TWINS might mean double the tears, feeds and nappy changes, but they also deliver twice as many smiles, laughs and love.

With 18-month-old twins Jasmine and Max keeping her on her toes, Griffith mum Carrah Lymer can confirm that.

Mrs Lymer called hearing two heartbeats during her first scan “amazing”.

“I’ve been very lucky because they are good sleepers and eaters,” she said.

“They came six weeks early, which was a surprise. I was still working and hadn’t even had the chance to pack my bags.

“They were airlifted to Canberra Hospital and stayed there for a week before coming back to Griffith. Because they were tube fed initially I couldn’t take the home until they were feeding properly.”

Multiple Birth Awareness Week is held from Sunday, March 9 to Sunday, March 16 and aims to create better understanding of the work done by the Australian Multiple Birth Association (AMBA) and the associated groups.

Mrs Lymer, who is a member of the Griffith branch, said the support was helpful.

“There is a lot of intrigue around twins especially when they are young,” she said.

“People stop you and ask questions, which is nice.

“I have found the group really supportive and friendly. It’s just nice to know that they are there.”

Griffith Parents of Multiples Support Group president Celia Adams said in recent months changes had been made.

Where local mothers of multiples used to meet once a month with children for morning tea, they now get out every three months alone to take in a movie or dinner.

“Everyone is so busy that we decided to make the change,” she said.

“The theme this year for awareness week is ‘You’re not alone’ and that really sums our group up.

 “We want to provide an opportunity where mums can get out without kids so they can talk.

“If you are expecting multiples please don’t wait until they are born to contact us. We can offer support while you are pregnant too.”

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