At Home With Lorraine Kelly 2017 - 125
REAL LIFE ▲
AS SHE IS
SHARON, CENTRE, WITH
DAUGHTERS JADE, LEFT,
JADE, LEFT, AND
TARRYNE, AGE FIVE
nervous and totally
overwhelmed; so many
emotions ran through
me when I found out I
was pregnant with twins. I was also
very surprised, even though I had
older twin brothers.
My boyfriend, Paul, and I had been
together for a few years and having a
baby was not yet on our radar. Even
when a pregnancy test was positive,
I decided to wait until my 12-week
scan to get it con r ed.
Finding out on my 18th birthday
that I was expecting two babies was
one of the most special presents ever.
Even now that the girls, Jade and
Tarryne, are 29 years old, I can look
back and say every day has been
a blessing. The only negative has been
the cost, needing two of everything.
What really helped me throughout
my pregnancy was that there was
no stigma attached to being a young
mum. I had the full support of my
parents - I was living at home
- and my mother, Sheila, was like
my rock. I was working as an
insurance broker and was fortunate
to have an uncomplicated pregnancy
so threw myself into my work.
Unusually for twins, the girls
were born at full term and were
delivered naturally. My heart melted
seeing their beautiful, identical faces
or the rst ti e and that dee
maternal love has never gone away.
Paul wasn't around much in the
early weeks and I found it exhausting,
but my mother was a great help.
Although bottle feeding almost
hourly meant I hardly had any time
to myself, I just got on with it, taking
each day at a time. I was lucky not to
suffer ro any baby b ues.
The only thing that made me feel
a little low was not being able to
socialise as much with my friends, who
were out shopping and partying like I
used to. However, I refused to stop my
social life and instead took the babies
in a huge double buggy and met them
at the local shopping centre. Nothing
was going to stop me having a normal
life, even with two little ones in tow.
When the girls were around 10
months old I moved in with Paul and
we ended up getting married. I was
able to return to work part-time so
with the kids in daycare, it felt good
regaining some of my independence.
complications with Conner right from
the start so the girls had to get used to
having less of my attention.
With Conner in the family, the girls
had a new play toy and even now he is
aged 25, they still make a huge fuss of
him when they come over to our house.
Despite my marriage breaking down
soon a er onner was born the gir s
have a good relationship with their
father. And I feel proud to call them
my daughters but also my best friends.
They have both gone their separate
ways but we see each other o en and
'MY HEART MELTED SEEING
THEIR BEAUTIFUL, IDENTICAL
FACES FOR THE FIRST TIME'
As they grew up, I always felt very
fortunate Jade and Tarryne had each
other. saw other chi dren suffering
from separation anxiety starting
school and so on, but my girls never
had to feel alone. In those days they
were completely compatible but that
has changed somewhat; they still
remain best friends but now have a
more normal 'love-hate' relationship.
Having my son when the girls were
aged four made them grow up quickly.
Unlike my twin pregnancy, I had
know it is through their own choice
rather than a sense of duty.
The best thing about being a young
mum is I have been mistaken for their
sister. Now Tarryne has a baby of her
own, I love being a young grandma as
have so uch energy to ook a er
her ve-year-o d son eorge.
Life is so good and I am very lucky
that having twins at such a young age
only changed my life for the better. My
18th was a celebration not just of my
own life, but those of two others.
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