Dou­ble the love

Myrtleford Times - - REGIONAL EXTRA - By KYLIE WIL­SON

Twins Ri­ley and Kae­den (cen­tre) spend time with their dad Ryan, big sis­ter Char­lotte and mum Erin. SHOCK, ad­just­ment, and then joy. That’s the gamut of emo­tions par­ents of­ten have when told they’re ex­pect­ing mul­ti­ple births, such as twins.

For two Wan­garatta fam­i­lies, the hard work in­volved in rais­ing their twins has been more than out­weighed by the joy they’ve ex­pe­ri­enced.

Wan­garatta mum Erin Bur­rows didn’t dis­cover she was preg­nant with her now eight year old twins, Kae­den and Ri­ley, un­til 20 weeks into her preg­nancy.

She ad­mits “there was shock” as there are no sets of twins on ei­ther side of her fam­ily, but then came the rush to find a twin pram and enough baby items for two.

Once the twins were born – much to the de­light of el­der sis­ter Char­lotte – Erin was es­sen­tially house­bound for a long while be­cause of the ex­tra time it took to pre­pare to go out.

She and hus­band Ryan got through it all with the sup­port of each other and their fam­i­lies, and by not plac­ing un­due pres­sure on them­selves.

And Erin said while it can be tempt­ing to treat twins the same, “we were adamant to have them as in­di­vid­u­als”.

Now in grade three, Ri­ley is laid­back and imag­i­na­tive while Kae­den is com­pet­i­tive and en­thu­si­as­tic about sports, and “they’re good com­pany for each other, and un­der­stand each other well”.

The Bur­rows’ ad­vice for any­one ex­pect­ing a mul­ti­ple birth is to take things as they come and not have too many ex­pec­ta­tions, as well as tak­ing ad­van­tage of any in­for­ma­tion and sup­port of­fered.

While the early years with twins can be daunting, Erin said things get eas­ier as they get older.

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