Former TOWIE star Frankie Essex gave birth to her twins, whom she shares with boyfriend Luke Love, in May and has since revealed to the world that they’ve named their little bundles of joy Logan and Luella.
In her exclusive column for OK!, Frankie’s discussed a range of topics in regards to motherhood – from her first social outing with the twins and a blackout at her home when they were just a few days old, to “feeling more human again” as the babies drop their dreaded 2am feed.
This week, Frankie opens up about Logan's first tooth coming through, as well as her money having hacks for the twins' clothes amid the cost of living crisis…
Money saving tips and best buys
Cutting the toes out of babygrows is 100 per cent a brilliant idea because they just grow so fast and you can just put socks on them. They sleep in sleeping bags anyway! They still fit them, but it's just that their feet don’t – especially with Logan.
You know what, I think Matalan is really, really good. Sainsbury’s is good as well! I went to Primark for some stuff for the twins, but it’s all Disney stuff and I like plain, classic things. Things like that the babies can pick for themselves when they’re older. So Matalan and Sainsbury’s are good for that, and Marks & Spencers do the best babygrows. They wash lovely and don’t shrink.
Logan’s first tooth has come through
Logan’s first tooth is coming through – we’re so proud of him! He’s dealing with it really well. Obviously he has a bit of whinge and has been blowing raspberries, but in general he’s been fine.
The twins enjoy things so much more now
It’s so much easier going out with the babies now as they’re more into stuff and they seem to get involved a bit more. We went out recently and Luella was smiling and dancing about, and they were just loving life. There was no crying or tantrums and it was really nice.
Everyone was saying they couldn’t believe how good Luella was in particular, and I was like ‘I know! She’s an absolute dream.’ Logan just wanted to be out the pram looking everywhere.
Logan's trying to start crawling…
When we do tummy time, Logan is moving his legs so much as to show he’s wanting to start to crawl, but I don’t want him to yet as he has nowhere to go. There’s nowhere to crawl in this house! It’s an absolute building site, so I was telling Luke to hold Logan off when he looked to try.
I want him to… but I don’t. There’s boxes in the living room and there’s concrete outside, but we’ll get it sorted. The kitchen will be in by Christmas, but the flooring won’t be in until January.
The twins met Santa for the first time
The twins look so cute in their little outfits that I bought for them to see Santa in. I got them from this website called Rachel Riley and they have little snowmen on. Their outfits are matching: Logan has a pair of dungarees while Luella has this little dress.
Luella loved her dress. She was so interested in it and touching the material. It’s a nice red velvet – she was so intrigued by it. It was really making me laugh.
I forgot how small newborn babies are!
My best friend Alex recently gave birth, and her little girl is tiny. I forgot how small they actually are! She's a lovely baby and Alex has done so well. I'm so proud of her, and we got to meet baby Milania earlier this week. I kind of took over when we went round and let Alex have a little break.
She asked me when the baby will start playing with toys and I was like, 'Babe… she's three weeks old. Give her some time!'.
Logan's not been discharged yet
We didn't make it to Logan's hospital appointment. I was running so late, so we're going next Friday instead. I hate being late and I rung them up to tell them about the bad traffic, so we just rescheduled it. I get into a right flap when I'm late. I hate it and I hate letting people down.
Logan's absolutely fine, but I wanted to get him properly discharged just so I've got the letter than everything.
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