For every parent, raising a child is one whole adventure and even with siblings, no experience is quite the same. What about the experience of raising twins? Twice the challenge but definitely twice the fun, too, as we learn from one dad who, along with his wife, is raising not one, but two sets of twins!
Unexpected News “We were very surprised when we found out we were having twins! With Joaquin and Jaime, now ages five, they were the first set of twins in both sides of the family,” says 40-year old On Air Supervisor and DJ for Magic 89.9 DWTM, Dennis Poliquit or “Big Daddy Jake” as he is more popularly known.
Key to Newborn Baby Care for Twins: Planning According to Dr. John Ong, pediatric intensivist, UST Hospital, Espana, Manila, though there is no required “special” care for newborn twins, the most important thing they need when brought home is planning. “Make the best time you have by prioritizing. Have a schedule for babies like a time for feeding, bathing, exposing them to sunlight, but make time for yourselves, too,” he says. And plan they did. Dennis relates how he and his wife, Monica, devised a system in their household. “When the twins were babies, we had a system of listing down the feeding and sleeping times of each baby, so we wouldn’t be over-feeding one, and we’d know if a baby was crying due to hunger, sleep or a full nappy. Trips out were always a full production, just by the mere size of our family!”
More surprises As if the first set of twins was not surprising enough, the Poliquits did not anticipate that it was possible for another twin pregnancy. “When we were pregnant with Jessica and Sophia, everyone we knew couldn’t believe it, even our OB-GYN! Two sets of twins, born consecutively, by no artificial means. The percentage of that happening is slim, especially since both sets turned out to be fraternal pairs,” says Dennis.
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