One small step for the ba­bies will be one

DOU­BLE TROU­BLE FOR A FIRST-TIME DAD OF TWINS

Ashbourne News Telegraph - - FAMILY MATTERS - Richard IRVINE

DE­SPITE a lot of sup­port, per­sua­sion and plead­ing, the twins are still not walk­ing.

If I were to be more en­cour­ag­ing, I’d say they’re nearly mo­bile be­cause they can hang onto things and shuf­fle.

I did see Thomas stand­ing the other day – he saw me, got ex­cited, jumped and fell over.

The prob­lem is, ‘nearly’ walk­ing is not ac­tu­ally walk­ing in the same way ‘nearly’ swim­ming is drown­ing.

They’ve got a de­cent ex­cuse as they were born five weeks pre­ma­turely but even talking that into ac­count, they’ve

passed the magic mile­stone of one year and that’s ex­actly when all the peo­ple pre­tend­ing to be experts on the in­ter­net tell me they should walk.

There were also two of them hang­ing around in the womb, which means they were born a lit­tle smaller. Thomas was a tiny 3lb 7oz so maybe that af­fects the speed with which they gain mo­bil­ity.

Friends and rel­a­tives are united in say­ing, ‘trea­sure the days when they’re not walk­ing, it’s a night­mare, they get ev­ery­where, noth­ing is sa­cred, we nailed cup­board doors shut’.

That’s true, but oc­ca­sion­ally I’ll ask, ‘when did your off­spring start walk­ing?’

“Nine months, lit­tle Balt­hazar was in­cred­i­bly ad­vanced for his age and by the time he was the same age as your two, he could dance the fox­trot”, they re­ply.

Baby steps: learn­ing to walk

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