Twins dou­ble the de­light

Central Leader - - News - By Lisa Sloan

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

its

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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sup- ap­pre­ci­ated port.

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.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

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.

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