Pushchair c/o Mountain Buggy - all opinions are very much my own
It's hard to believe that a whole year has gone by since I was waiting for our second baby to arrive. Trying to imagine what life would be like with two little boys. It seemed incomprehensible to be able to split my love or attention any further.
More than just the emotional adjustments (and my goodness have they been a little crazy!), my head was full of practicalities. Sammy had just turned two and a half, not yet potty trained and had long dropped his naps. How was I meant to keep him fed and happy whilst caring for a newborn?
One of things we discussed a lot, going backwards and forwards with was the buggy thing. For the walks to preschool, those sanity saving dashes to the park pre-teatime, combined with a less than cooperative toddler; I was worried that a buggy board just wouldn't cut it (this kid liked to unexpectedly leg it down the road, and it turns out that chasing them's not so easy post c-section). I wanted to have as much freedom and fresh air with a winter baby as possible.
It was a wish come true when Mountain Buggy kindly offered for us to try their Duet. I'd researched this topic A LOT and the Duet had consistently come out on top for a side by side. I was adamant that if we were going double, I wanted them next to each other and not stacked (personal preference) and this buggy is narrow. Our access is pretty tight, with a step and it was no problem getting these wheels through our door, where standard single buggies have struggled.
I was honestly, so grateful for this chariot, as I liked to call it.
As I mentioned, my labour's finale was an emergency c-section, so pushing the boys to go and get yet more milk and bananas (let's not forget the Custard Creams for my feeding frenzies) wasn't so easy right away. Luckily the Duet is pretty light and easy to manoeuvre, even one handed for texting papa Jon pictures of said boys at the same time.
Over the year it's given us freedom that we wouldn't have managed with just a buggy board. Zero naps make for a two year old volcano, so the pushchair gave us the options of full days out without a worry of little legs collapsing. One particular trip to the Southbank even saw them both snoozing simultaneously whilst we scoffed down street food in complete disbelief at the miracle before us.
At this point we both felt forever indebted to our Duet.
A proud big brother, Sammy loved peeping over to 'his baby' in the cosy bassinet and making him laugh when Alfie was old enough to be in the parent facing seat (and subsequently the big-boy one too). Seeing my boys side by side, sharing secret looks and jokes already is a pretty special feeling. Whilst it's been a rollercoaster to say the least, the ride so far has been pretty sweet.
The Mountain Buggy Duet with Carrycot Plus is available here.