Listen: Erin La Macchia chats to Ally Barnes about her first month of motherhood.
A month after bringing her “ridiculously cute” twin girls Frankie and Mia into the world, Erin La Macchia took some time out to chat with Hope 103.2’s breakfast producer Ally Barnes.
Do Frankie And Mia Have A Routine?
Erin’s response when asked if the twins have settled into a routine, was laughter. Apparently there’s been no such thing, since she and her husband Sam brought the gorgeous pair home.
“We spent a bit of time in special care, for three and a bit weeks, and they’re all about routine there,” she said. “Every three hours they would get fed. But when we got them home, things changed!
“There’s this thing called cluster feeding—I didn’t know about that! You can feed one baby and then they are like ‘I’m hungry, I could totally go another snack’, and you’re like, ‘but I just fed you!’ And then the other baby decides to do it too, straight after. And I’m like, ‘I didn’t get any sleep!’ So that’s the routine.”
How Do You Tell Them Apart?
Erin said she’s been surprised at how easy it is to tell Frankie and Mia apart.
“I’m amazed because I was thinking ‘are we going to have to resort a little bit of nail polish to tell them apart?’ But one’s got more hair than the other and so it’s been really easy to tell them apart.”
When asked whether they were showing any unique personality traits yet, Erin was upbeat.
“Is regurgitation a personality trait? Because if it is, then yes!”
Who Is Best At Kung Fu?
Keen to know who is the stronger twin so far, Ally asked which of the pair would win in a fight – and Erin admitted the pair were “pretty good at Kung Fu”.
“If you take their wraps off they do these really cool little Kung Fu moves. They’ve both got nails, and Frankie’s already scratched herself, so I think she’d be better at scratching. We’ll go with Frankie.”
Any Advice For New Mums?
When asked what advice she’d give to new mums, Erin said “just marvel at it”. She says when she has tired or difficult moments, she casts her mind back to how much she and her husband Sam prayed and waited for their babies to come.
“It is a gift, and it’s one that I didn’t know if we were going to have,” she said. “For years we’d tried. And I think that’s probably been the most powerful thing for me, having those moments where I go, ‘Wow, I can’t believe it’.
“I can’t believe they’re twins, that’s really special, but just the fact that I am holding my babies, where even a year ago I didn’t know if that was going to happen—that’s just such an answer from God. So I try to keep that perspective. It helps to remember that when you are waking up like a zombie at 4 or 5 o’clock in the morning.”
A Final Word From Frankie And Mia
As for the twins, they shared the love with Ally too – in the form of a little regurgitation. “It’s a sign of affection,” said Erin reassuringly.