Twenty already? Surely not!

So, long time readers of mine will know I have twin girls who I affectionately refer to as Baby Bear and Little Chick.

Twenty years ago today I gave birth to them after a long hard  natural labour. Over 18 hours in agony, to get two of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.

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Disney Princesses (with their cousin Victoria)

They have blessed my life with joy and laughter. There has also been tears and frustration. Two times the terrible twos, and the even worse threes. Crying as they went off to their first day at school. Worrying about them when they went off on their first school trip away. Ferrying them and their friends around. Arguments and the stroppiness that comes with teenage years.

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One of my Favourite ever pictures

Through it all they have been a total blessing. Yes, we have had our ups and downs like all close families do. We have screamed and shouted at each other. And we have hugged and made up.

We have been on adventures to theme parks, zoos, festivals. We have done the planes, boats and trains. We went camping, special birthday trips to Centerparcs and Florida. Last year we were lucky enough to do a huge family trip to St Lucia.

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Twins DO have secrets

We love fiercely and are immensely loyal. We might not always like each other, but we also have each others backs. We never let anyone go through something on their own.

We sit at the table for family dinners, talk about our day, and even argue sometimes. Usually it’s something on the news that sets us off, and we certainly are not shy in giving our opinions.

For the past twenty years, they have been my little stars. And I couldn’t be more proud of the young women they are becoming.

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Pretty in Purple

Whilst Little Chick is spreading her wings in her second year of University and doing very well at being an adult, I might add (she was even descaling the kettle last week!) Baby Bear is excelling in her job, is probably more of an adult that I will ever be, and has bought her first brand new car.

When Little Chick first left for University, Baby Bear was happy she was going. As with most siblings, twins bicker A LOT. Put them in an empty room together for 5 minutes and they would find something about the empty room to argue about. This is very natural in siblings of course, but it drove us mad.

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A bit different to the Disney Princess…. But still Princesses

After she left it all changed. Baby Bear and Little Chick grew up. Whilst they will still argue, they are closer now than ever. They talk more now than they ever did. They are secret keepers and they share everything. They miss each other like they never thought they would. They have turned back into the twins they were before teenage years.

When I look at them, I realise that whilst I have never been a perfect parent, and have made some massive awful mistakes along the way, we obviously did something right, as they are wonderful, caring, generous, warm, loving people.

And they still melt my heart now, as they did when I first held them in my arms.

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Beautiful Babies!!

Happy Birthday Baby Bear and Little Chick xxxx

Oh and it’s also Grandma’s birthday today too! Happy Birthday to a wonderful lady xxx

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Happy Birthday Grandyma

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  • I rarely say this but this post made me tear up! I have 5 year old twin girls and this post was like a little glimpse into the future. Happy Birthday to your beautiful Little Chick and Baby Bear … and also to grandma! xx

    • Tanya Brannan

      Awww bless you! Sending big hugs. Wish mine were 5 again xxx

  • LaaLaa

    Such a beautiful and touching post. Happy birthday to your beautiful young ladies and of course fabulous grandma. X

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you so much LaaLaa xxx

  • Jo Wiggins

    Ah how lovely. I always wished I was a twin growing up, such an amazing bond to have. Happy birthday girls x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you Jo xx

  • Happy Birthday. Such a nice post to read and really enjoyed the pictures hope they have a great day xx

    • Tanya Brannan

      I am glad you enjoyed it Jade, they had a great day too xx

  • Such gorgeous ladies all around; happy birthday to all!

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you sweetheart xx

  • Shannon Bryson

    They grow up so fast don’t they? I don’t have kids myself yet but I’ve watched my kid brother grow up and boy does he make me feel old!

    • Tanya Brannan

      Isn’t that the truth!!! xx

  • With Love, Lottie

    What a lovely post! Lovely to read about so much love in a family

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you Lottie! We have our ups and downs, but love wholeheartedly xx

  • Leah Shafik

    Oh my god! They’re 20???!!!??? Happy birthday to them both – if they are half as awesome as you are they will be wonderful adults x

    • Tanya Brannan

      I know!! Where did the time go?? And thank you honey, it means a lot xx

  • Laura

    Aw wow it must be so amazing to be able to look back on all of the years 😀 xxx

    • Tanya Brannan

      It is! I just don’t know where the years disappeared to! xxx

  • Oh how wonderful! Happy birthday to your daughters! Where does the time go, eh? My eldest will be 17 on his next birthday!

    • Tanya Brannan

      Isn’t it scary how quickly the time flies?? xx

  • You do not look old enough to have 20 year old daughters! Happy birthday to them x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Awww shush now! Much too kind of you Rhian xx

  • What beautiful girls you have Tanya! Happy birthday! My youngest step son just turned 11 and I couldn’t believe it. They really do grow up so fast.

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you Kitty, I am very proud of them, as I am sure you are of your stepson xxx

  • Feels like I was 20 ages ago, the only way is up 🙂

    • Tanya Brannan

      Oh it is indeed!!! xx

  • Nayna Kanabar

    A very happy birthday to your twins and grandma too.

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you so much Nayna xx

  • Anthea

    oh my goodness they are adorable and it’s so lovely seeing the pictures. I’ve got id girls who have just turned 10 and it really scares me how quickly time goes by

    • Tanya Brannan

      Make the most of it as it really does go in the blink of an eye! xx

  • aw happy birthday to all three of them! the twins look like you. beautiful family and with a mother like you, they’re going to be wonderful adults 🙂

    • Tanya Brannan

      Awww thank you so much Nicol! That really is very kind of you xx

  • Happy Birthday to the Twins and Grandma too, what a lovely family you have! x

    • Tanya Brannan

      I am very blessed Stephanie xx

  • Harriet @ Toby&Roo

    Aw I hope all three of them had fabulous birthdays! Hoe lovely 🙂

    • Tanya Brannan

      They certainly did Harriet xxx

  • Teresa Bowen

    Happy Birthday to the twins and grandma. it sounds as though you did a marvelous job as mum as they seem to have turned into well balanced, thoughtful young women.

    • Tanya Brannan

      I have tried my best! I really am so very proud of the young women they have become too xx

  • Melanie Edjourian

    AAhhh what a lovely post, Happy Birthday to your babies – they are always our babies no matter their age and to gran x

    • Tanya Brannan

      That will never change…even when I am old and grey xx

  • Aww what a lovely post to look back on! I hope everyone had a lovely bitthday.

    • Tanya Brannan

      They all did, thank you so much Daniella xx

  • Paula

    So much love on this post! Happy birthday to your beautiful daughters 🙂

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you Paula xx

  • Sarahjane

    What beautiful and successful girls!! Happy birthday to them both!

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you so much SarahJane xx

  • fashion-mommy

    Happy Birthday to your gorgeous girls, a special milestone.

    • Tanya Brannan

      It is… next year is the big one! 21!! xxx

  • Beautyqueenuk

    Aw what a really lovely post and I hope they had an amazing birthday x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you honey, they all did xxx

  • Amy

    This is such a lovely post!!! Hope they had a wonderful birthday x

    • Tanya Brannan

      I am glad you like it Amy, thank you xxx

  • They are both doing so incredibly well, and I love how they’ve taken different paths post school but both excelling. Happy birthday to your girls and grandma too of course!

    • Tanya Brannan

      They could not be more opposite if they tried! Thank you for your wishes xx

  • Hope they had a wonderful day. Lovely post

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you Beth, glad you enjoyed it. xx

  • Nikee Rayner

    How gorgeous are your children?!!?! I’m so glad they got your perfect wide smile, such a beaming family! x

    • Aww thank you sweetheart! I am obviously biased but they are my little stunners xx