Being mum to twins is so hard – even driving with them is scary, says Frankie Essex
Like many new mums, the prospect of taking your baby home for the first time is extremely daunting – from the car ride home, to establishing a routine with your little one (or two in Frankie Essex’s case!).
Former TOWIE star Frankie gave birth to her twins, whom she shares with boyfriend Luke Love, in June, and has since revealed to the world that they’ve named their little bundles of joy Logan and Luella.
Now, in an exclusive column for OK!, Frankie, 34, will be detailing her life as a new mum-of-two, with her first column opening up on her "scary" first week at home with her babies.
From power cuts and her "golden milk" coming through, Frankie reveals all…
The drive home
The drive home was really, really scary. Obviously, as we've got twins, there's two car seats in the back on either side of the doors. I couldn't see in the middle of them, so I had to sit in the front.
Luke was driving and, because I’d had a C-section as well, I couldn't even climb over to the back or anything. So that was a bit horrible to just leave them in the back of the car as it was a good half an hour, 45 minutes away from our house. He was driving really slow and it felt so long.
When you leave the hospital with a new baby, they should give you a special badge to let people know that you've got two new babies in the car — like an L plate for learner drivers, because people drive like nutters.
I haven’t thought about it until now but, when you have kids in the car it’s well scary.
The whole first week was really hard. Luke said it was harder to look after me than it was the twins! The hardest things were getting in and out of bed, and getting off the sofa. Your stomach burns and it feels like it's ripping, and when you hear a baby cry, your first reaction is to jump up and check on them.
It was hard and, you know what, the babies were fine – it was [me and Luke] that was finding it difficult. We were absolute write-offs.
And then we had a powercut…
Four days after we went home, the worst thing ever happened. We had the side of our house knocked down because we're building it at the minute – a major renovation.
The digger that was digging the fittings through our house cut through the main cable in the street that was giving electricity to our house. So at 7pm, we had no electricity – none. I did not know what to do. Eventually I made some calls to the main electricity line who sent a team to check it. Then, at 10pm, they called me again to say they were sending out a specialist team because it was really serious.
An hour later, they sent a digger to dig up the road. It was so bad. I cried. We were using the Tommy Tippy machine, which is obviously electric, and I only had 15% battery left on my phone, and it was cold. It was just the worst.
Luckily, our neighbours at the best neighbours in the world, and Luke went round and Tom thought on his feet, asked us what we needed and he passed us an extension lead from his house through the window so we could use their power.
I’ve had a breast uplift and, at the time, the doctor told me I wouldn’t be able to breastfeed so I said that’s fine. But, then my milk came on day four, and it’s called the golden milk. I sent a video to my friends and I was like, ‘Oh my god look at my boobs, they’re dripping golden milk’. Literally, it’s crazy.
You’re not meant to touch your boobs if you don’t want to breastfeed, and I’d gone for a shower to get out and I thought, ‘My nipples are dripping golden milk. Sh*t!’
I called my midwife and she told me to not touch them and to put two sports bras on. So I did that, and I think I left them on for about a week with breast pads.
My milk ended up coming in about a week and half after, and then my boobs went soft again. You’ve got to be really careful because you can get mastitis which can be really painful. I didn’t get it, thank God.
Come back next week to see how Frankie and her darling babies have got on since!
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