Rookie Misrtakes Large

Rookie Mistakes is a series where guest bloggers divulge their parenting fails, and make us laugh or inspire us in the process.


This weeks guest post comes from Lucinda who blogs at Twintown.  Lucinda claims to be an expert at Rookie Mistakes.  Maybe it’s because she has twins, you know double the trouble, double the fun, and all those other cliches that Lucinda probably hears everyday.  Have a read of her expertise and see what you think…



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Twin Town LucindaHey. I’m Lucinda, a Brightonian Mum to twin girls who have prematurely hit the terrible twos. Ugh. Most parent bloggers say that they started to write to keep a lovely journal to look back on all of those precious moments with their little ones. Not me. Nope. I started blogging as a way to stop me going mental. Every time something goes well, I think ‘Jeez – that’s surprising.’ And every time stuff goes hideously wrong, I think ‘Well, that’s another one for the blog!’ In addition to the twintown blog I have been spending every naptime putting together my website, which is a guide to taking young twins out in Brighton. I figured that I have spent a lot of time and money on going to numerous toddler groups and cafes, someone should at least benefit from my ‘knowledge’. I use that term very, very loosely. When I’m not sussing out new places for the kids to go I can be found guzzling Prosecco and stuffing Toffee Crisps into my mouth.



When the super-lovely Claire from Life, Love and Dirty Dishes asked me to be a guest blogger I was over the flippin’ moon. Of all the bloggers out there I had been one of the chosen ones. What an honour. Immediately I agreed and asked the details of the type of blog post she was looking for. It’s called #RookieMistakes she said. Of course. I hate to brag, but messing up is my specialty. You’ve come to the right place, my pretty. For the past 18 months I have been effortlessly screwing up and it now becomes clear that it wasn’t anything to do with being a bit rubbish at this parenting malarkey. Oh no no no. It was all for the purpose of this moment. Hurrah! My efforts were not in vain.


Family Fortunes



What a show! Families competing for prizes by guessing the answers given by a survey of 100 people.  If you’re correct you get a ‘Ding’, and if you’re wrong you hear an ‘Eh-uhh’. Given the amount of mess-ups I’ve made since becoming a parent I have an internal ‘Eh-uhh’ going all of the time. Attempting to cover all of my mistakes would be time consuming so I’ve instead gone with the highlights of each category. We asked 100 people to name ‘Words you associate with babies.’ I can then provide at least one balls-up relating to each category. And our survey says:



1 – Not tucking the ‘skirt’ in. Results in Poo explosion. Fact.

2 – Swim nappies. They don’t keep the wee inside. Don’t be a victim. Read my full story here: This Little Piggy: Spoiler alert: I got peed on. Twice.

3 – Removing the dirty nappy and dawdling before putting the clean one underneath the bum. This is when the first Poo-cano ™ happened.



I still get a case of ‘the foetal’s’ with this one. (When you’re nodding off to sleep and your brain reminds you of all the stupid things you’ve done, causing you to A) curl up into a foetal position to comfort yourself and B) not fall asleep until you’re exhausted from thinking about it.)

This may be a twin-thing, but I really struggled with putting the buggy together. It’s boring to explain the details. Let’s just say that I wrote an email to iCandy about the poor design….to be told that I was doing it wrong. It was embarrassing. They sent pictures.


No buggy.

Drove to a new baby group. Parked car. Realised that the buggy wasn’t in the car. I had walked past it in the hallway a total of 5 times getting the girlies and my bags into the car. The result was running with one child to the group, asking a staff member to hold that twin as I ran back to the car to get the other one. Same in reverse for leaving. I could feel the judging eyes all around me.



Guess who made up two bottles of milk for the flight back from our first family holiday but left them in the fridge of the villa in Majorca? Me. It was me.



Question number two….. ‘Which Mummy, who left the bottles of milk in another country, also didn’t do the required ‘check everywhere before we leave’ look around and is possibly to blame for leaving favourite toys Sheila the Sheep and Lottie Lambie behind?’ I’m not even going to dignify that with an answer. Could have been anyone.


On a totally separate note, I also lostSOMEONE also lost the camera with all of the photos from our first family holiday. In happier news, that was the only one of the THREE items that I left behind that was actually recovered. Yay! Go me!


Car seats.

Talking to Mummy friend. ‘I think I’m going to have to buy the next size car seats.’ ‘But your girlies aren’t big enough yet.’ ‘Their head is near the top though.’ ‘Erm, sweetie, did you take the baby cushions out?’ ‘The what?’ ‘The extra padding for little babies. And perhaps you haven’t used the adapter to change the height of the head padding?’ ‘The what????’ I swear these companies are conspiring against me to make me feel stupid.


Sleeping bags

Use them for naps. Otherwise this happens:




The super-wriggly twin loves to escape her pyjama bottoms and nappy. She is known as ‘The Great Poo-dini’ in our household. Although I don’t have control over her doing this, it took me a long while to realise that I can minimise the mess. Shorts over her sleepsuit. Woo hoo! Finally seemed to have cracked this parenting lark. (Take small victories where you can.)


Baby groups.

It’s the night before the last twins group before breaking up for the Summer holidays. As I’m heading off to bed I think about the little party that they will have. Oh sh*t – the party. We’re meant to take food for all the little people to share. I look in the kitchen. Frozen fish fingers? No. Little tiny box of raisins? Not big enough for everyone. Box of Cheerios? No – too big. The only thing I can find is Jelly. It’s not sugar free. It’s clearly full of colourings. I stay up to make it. The next day I take it to the party…Then I bring it home from the party. No one wants to fill up their toddlers with sugar and e-numbers at 11 in the morning. I ate it for my lunch.


I really try my best, but more often than not I don’t quite make the grade. Les Dennis would probably say ‘Aww…that was hard luck! We’ll double that and add it to the money that you’ve already won. You have a twintown Family Fortune of £0.00. Thanks for watching. Bye!


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31 Comments on Rookie Mistakes – A Guest Post by Twin Town

  1. haha this post made me laugh so much. I have done so many of these similar things and thought it was just me that was a nightmare, I feel so much better now. Thanks for linking to #PickNMix

  2. Ahh your post really made me giggle as I have done at least 3 things on your list of ‘boo-boos’ but not thought of them for a long while! I’m with you when you say companies are out there to get us with their over complicated buggies and accessories. We put our 3 day old daughter in her buggy for the first time, facing forwards in the toddler part instead of in the baby seat facing us! No wonder we got very strange looks from people passing by on the street, they must have thought we were complete idiots!! 🙂

  3. This is truly brilliant guest post. I love it and so true I have been there so many times whilst I don’t have twins I had two in diapers at the same time and many of these happened to me. I can relate. lol Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me blog hop. I hope to see you again this week for another great round. #sharewithme

  4. Hehehehe I love the poo-dini especially the TM after it. How funny about iCandy too. I bet they had a chuckle about that one, I have followed on Twitter. If this post is anything to go by, I can’t wait to read everything else #MaternityMondays

  5. haha, I’m the same with the car seats – it’s like they’re made to confuse us! Thankfully they’re one of the only pieces of baby equipment my husband seems interested in, so they’re his job now! x

    • Thank gawd that the baby bit is behind us…although mine are two on Sunday. AAAAAGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!! 🙂 x

  6. Haha hilarious! Glad to know half of those things didn’t just happen to me. Especially the swim nappies!! Who knew?! Me when I got peed on waiting for the class to start #picknmix

    • Ha ha! The swim nappies really should have a warning. Failing that, a ‘Do you understand how swim nappies work? Are you REALLY sure? We’ll see.’ sticker to make people think twice. 😀 x

  7. Swim Nappies. Has no-one informed trade descriptions? Its a frankly astonishing piece of untruth. I have been foxed by all of the above things (apart from maybe the jelly. I would unashamedly turn up empty handed) hilarious. Glad to have discovered you – thanks lovely Claire for introducing us across the interweb!

  8. Hehe, love this! I’ve got the most simple pushchair in the world and I still can’t manage to fold it up on my own. I’m sure all the bus drivers love me 😉 #fridayfrolics

    • It’s sooooooo much trickier than it looks! Although I can imagine all the passengers watching you from their seats as you struggle with collapsing the flippin’ bugger. The buggy, not the driver. 😉

  9. Fantastic and made me both giggle and nod in “Yep. Me too” knowing way. Anyway what’s wrong with jelly for lunch I ask you? Party staple if you ask me.


    Dawn x

    • *Bows down to show respect* Triplets! That must be fantastic – always a lovely busy, bustling household. AND you’ll get THREE Mother’s Day presents when they’re older. Result! x

  10. I think I must have some sort of filter on my brain that makes me forget things like this. I remember I have felt very silly at times. Gunna have to wrack my brains to remember why tho cos I’m sure I’ve done a lot of things like this.
    Thanks for the mid morning humour. 🙂

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