The 4.37am feed and the Dawn Chorus.


Well, the birds are awake (just) so why not us too?

Now, I know that with a newborn feeding takes over your life be that feeding by bottle or breastfeeding. Feeding on demand can be …well..demanding (obvs!)

Currently we are experiencing the 2 hourly night feed situation and I must admit that this time round, with one little mouth to feed, so far, this seems to be a doddle! Having had twins to feed when we first became parents was, without a shadow of a doubt, a MASSIVE shock to the system! One of my best friends ‘Bean’ and her fella found out they were expecting twins, 2 years after we had ours and on a Twin Group night out, her Fella and my Hubs had a chat..

Bean’s Fella “Go on, tell me the truth; what’s it really like? Having twins?”

Well, ask a stupid question….Hubs is not one to mince his words and his response totally hit the mark.

Hubs “Carnage mate. Carnage!!”

Talk about a conversation killer! Bean snorted the lemonade out her nose! Fella looked ready to cry. The rest of the table fell silent. A tumble weed drifted past.

So, like I say this time around, with one Bub, we are coping insanely well! Taking the Night Shifts in turn seems to be a stroke of genius! One night I do my shift of nappies and feeds; the next Hubs does his shift. One of us gets a night’s sleep! Huzzar!!

I’ve always said that all I ever wanted to be was a Mum. Now I am a Mum to 3! Bit of an age gap but it is actually very beneficial. The Twins adore their baby sister and are so actively involved in her needs that it’s like having live-in entertainers!! (So far this week I’ve managed to wash my hair twice! Woo hoo!!)

For the time being, and it will be short-lived as time passes so cruelly quickly, our new Bubs needs us. We are her world and her world runs on a  24 hour clock.  So at 4.37 am with the birds in full song, whilst giving Bubs a bottle it occurs to me that all those Mum & Dad birds out there have their own little baby birds to feed too; with their wide gaping mouths eagerly awaiting a juicy caterpillar or crunchy moth.

We are all busy parents, whether we be feathered or freckled but this is the joy of my life. And, to be perfectly honest, sitting up in bed at 4.37am cradling my beautiful Bubs whilst she drinks contentedly, and listening to the magic of the Dawn Chorus right outside my window, is blissful.  It is good for the soul, a moment of meditation of sorts; knowing that all my neighbours, Hubs and Twins slumber on but I get to share this wondrous moment with my baby and Mother Nature.

From experience I know that this stage, although all-consuming at the moment, will only last a relatively short time. Twin 1 and Twin 2 are 10 – where the heck-a-roonies did that time go?! (Pretty sure that I’ve accidentally missed out a school year or two and that no one has picked me up on it!) We have to consider Secondary Schools now!! Again…What the heck?!!

I guess what I am trying to say is, embrace this time. Take those precious moments into your heart. Smell your baby’s hair (Sorry…sniffing things again! See Debut Blog Post ‘How many things have I sniffed today!) stroke your baby’s cheek, snuggle into your baby’s cosy neck and gaze in wonder at your baby’s tiny hands and wide glistening eyes and think to yourself how you, you clever Mum, made such a gorgeous little human. Well done!!! These moments and thoughts are what will get you through those times when your baby is crying. Loudly. Inconsolably. Like a banshee!  Remember the magic you have given to the world. I salute you, you fellow baby vomit covered Mumma!!

The Aloha Mummy 🌸

Diary of an imperfect mum
Petite Pudding
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35 thoughts on “The 4.37am feed and the Dawn Chorus.

  1. turningupindevon says:

    Ahh, what a lovely post! I’m sure my 2 babies introduced me to the phenomenon that is the ‘sunrise’ – actually a few hundred of them! I looked at some photos the other day (in my never ending quest to try and make some photo books) and those early times came flooding back! xx

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  2. The Mum Project says:

    I love how authentic you come across in your writing – it feels like you are talking to me. : ) Anyway, I know EXACTLY what you are talking about. Actually that is false. I struggled really hard for the first couple months as that is the only thing I knew. I think if I had twins first, maybe it would have felt easier? ; ) I’m not saying it’s easy, but as you said, you’re better able to share the responsibility with your husband. I do need to remember that he will be 10 years old one day and I will be wishing that he was 5 months old again. This is a really good reminder, thank you so much for sharing with #StayClassy! Side note: I love your blog name. : )

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  3. An imperfect Mum (@animperfectmum) says:

    I think we share the feeling of the passage of time running away with us. I wrote a piece called growing pains a while ago about just that. I love how mindful you are when you talk about enjoying that early morning moment with your baby, just beautiful. My eldest will be ten next month too maybe we become more reflective as our children get older.
    Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

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    • thealohamummy says:

      Thank you for your very kind comment, Mindfulness is something that I’m becoming more at one with, I really think its of benefit!

      Happy birthday to your 10yr old! Extra hugs and snuggles all round! x


  4. Sarah@teammomlife says:

    I know what you mean. I miss it now that mine is a toddler. All the cuddles you get at the age and how sweetly the look up at you when feeding. Not sure if I always appreciated it. I think the next time I will more. Thank you for sharing. #stayclassy #PuddingLove

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    • thealohamummy says:

      Thanks for reading & commenting, they do grow up so fast don’t they? It’s a fast paced world but the memories and bonds we make in the early days stay with us a lifetime. Thanks fellow Mummy!x


  5. maryfoster11 says:

    I read this at just the fight time!! My little one gets up at 5am every morning and to start with I cried (inside) but this morning I embraced it! And thought, well, he’s up so let’s just enjoy it! Now we open the curtains together and say MORNING WORLD! Sometimes it’s about perspective!

    A lovely article!!! ….

    P.s the idea of twins terrify me

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  6. Petite Pudding (@petite_pudding) says:

    Ha ha carnage total carnage – well least he was honest! I can’t imagine having twins, what a wonderful yet terrifying experience. Least this time you may have a bit more time to sniff hair and saviour those little moments – enjoy it, like you say they grow so fast! #PuddingLove

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  7. acornishmum says:

    I so know what you mean, my boys are 10 and almost 12 now and I have no idea where that time has gone. As easy as they are now, I so miss the newborn days right now eek. Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

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  8. Mummy and Monkeys says:

    I miss the sleepy milky cuddles in the middle of the night. It seems so long at the time but really goes so quick. Although Ava still wakes in the night now at 20 months it’s not so cute anymore haha. Thanks for linking to #PicknMix

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  9. motherhoodtherealdeal says:

    This is such a lovely positive post – the early morning feeds can be tough but I remember also loving them too (maybe not the 2am ones so much) but the dawn ones had a little magic about them. Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely! x

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  10. Angela Watling says:

    Ah, I love this post. I only had one baby to care for but I found that incredibly demanding. But as we settled into a routine and got past those first few early weeks where everything is completely unpredictable, I found some joy and comfort in those night feeds. At times it felt like it would never end but, as you say, the time is fleeting because suddenly she had just one feed and then none. Now I try to relish the night time cuddles when I still need to go in and comfort her now and again.

    Oh and I love smelling her hair, especially when it’s freshly washed and smells of baby still even though she’s 18 months now.


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  11. Savannah (@HowHesRaised) says:

    Oh what a sweet post. I honestly could not imagine twins. I’m still up throughout the night with my 15 month old, so I really couldn’t even begin to fathom the sleeplessness with twins! The early mornings can surely be rough, but the tweeting outside my window is always welcomed. Thanks for sharing ❤ #MarvMondays

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    • thealohamummy says:

      The Twins didn’t sleep through the night until they were 4!!!!!!

      Our new Bubs is so different in her routine compared to them!
      Thanks for reading and your lovely comment! x



  12. Kaye says:

    My next door neighbours have just had twins and I think they’re finding out how difficult it is (not that one baby is a cinch) – but I suppose having twins first is your best bet because then it can only seem easier the second time round! Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

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    • thealohamummy says:

      It’s certainly an eye opener! Hopefully they can find a Twin Group to attend. I ended up running ours for a couple if years and it was so helpful to connect with other parents experiencing exactly the same! Also TAMBA is a great help (twins and multiple birth association) they have informed on groups and also discounts for members.
      Thanks for commenting! #marvmondays.


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