After Sarah, a veteran wheelchair-user from New Zealand, delivered her twins, reality started to set in. “It’s only been in the last few weeks when I’ve had to say ‘my daughter’ or ‘my son’…that reality kinda really sinks in. It’s really crazy!”
You can watch their whole story here.
Becoming a paraplegic mother of twins
Sarah has been figuring out their routine. She got a hand-me-down changing table and cot from another friend in a wheelchair. “It was absolutely perfect,” Sarah says. “without these, I’m not sure what I would’ve done. We would’ve come up with some other solution, but this has just been so easy.”
“I’ve gotten way more confident,” Sarah says about moving the babies in carriers and on the couch, ” the more confident I can get and feel safe, the more that we can do together.” Sarah has had to accept having less independence than she hoped. Sarah and Evan are lucky to have a lot of help from parents and in-laws, helping them manage all the chores and giving the new grandparents a chance to build relationships with their grandchildren.
At 13:45, get a glimpse of her first trip out of the house independently with the babies since they were born. She attends a lunch with other mothers of twins for a lunch. Although Sarah’s the only wheelchair-user, they share a lot of the same challenges managing two babies.
Jump to 19:40 for how she figured out to feed both babies at the same time. It took her hours to figure out on her own, so perhaps it can help others learn faster.
“When I broke my back and was in my wheelchair and I thought that was going to be a huge challenge, and now being in a wheelchair is just normal. And so this is what’s happened with the twins. Something that I thought would be a huge, crazy challenge, is now just everyday life.”
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