Twins double the delight
When Nikki Searle ventures out shopping with her children she usually gets a few stares.
Heads are turned by her four children under five, including twin daughters Madison and Mackenzie.
They’re not identical, but it’s almost impossible to spot the difference.
Add three-year-old Harry and 12-week-old Cooper to the mix, and you have a very busy family.
But Mrs wouldn’t have other way.
“People always come up to me and say double trouble, but I come back with double delight,” she says.
“It’s chaotic but great fun.”
Mrs Searle is a member of the Auckland Central Multiple Birth Club, who will be helping to mark Multiple Birth Awareness week, which starts next Tuesday and runs until October 5. Searle it any
Throughout the week, multiple birth clubs will be holding fundraisers and a national conference to raise support and awareness.
Mrs Searle, who had her first child Harry and the twins through IVF and new baby Cooper naturally, says raising twins has been a fun experience.
“It came as a bit of a shock. My husband nearly crashed the car on the way home when we found out, but we were really excited,” she says.
“There’s double the love and enjoyment and we really enjoy it.”
She says keeping to a good routine, good time management and recognising the girls as individuals has been very important.
“They are so close, they have very different personalities but they absolutely adore each other,” she says.
Mrs Searle has been attending the multiple birth club since she found out she was pregnant with twins and has
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She takes the girls and her other children to the group’s Onehunga playgroup each week.
“It has been such a great support because we all know what it’s like to have two screaming kids running about,” she says.
“Sometimes when you are out with twins people stare at you so it’s nice to be normal within a group.”
Auckland Central Multiple Birth Club president Christine Charleston says the awareness week is important for families.
“It’s a celebration and it’s about bringing all the people who have experienced a multiple birth together,” she says.
Club members are taking part in a fun walk from Okahu Bay to Mission Bay from 10.30am on Sunday.
For more information, call Christine on 624-2203 or visit www. nzmba.info.
Double trouble: Nikki Searle with her two-year-old twins Mackenzie, left, and Madison. The family are members of the Auckland Central Multiple Birth Club.