Twins bring chaos and plenty of love
IT'S double the love, double the noise and double the trouble in the Kummerfeld household.
The Calliope family has its work cut out raising two-and-a-half year old twins Harry and Sami.
Mother Angela and father Henry say that although their family home is often chaos, they wouldn't have it any other way.
March 8 was the beginning of the annual celebration for Multiple Birth Awareness Week.
It's a well-deserved week of recognition for a job that is equally demanding and rewarding.
"My advice to other families who have just realised they are having twins is to have a lot of patience," Mrs Kummerfeld laughed.
"Accept help whenever you can. My mother and husband have been amazing, especially now that I have a newborn too."
Mrs Kummerfeld admits being a parent to twins is worlds apart from raising a single-birth child.
"It's an amazing source of support being able to connect with other families with twins or triplets," she said.
"No one else can really understand what it's like."
Among the unique challenges of raising children from a multiple birth is the journey of pregnancy.
Mrs Kummerfeld said she was pleasantly shocked to hear there were two heartbeats growing inside of her, following difficulties falling pregnant at all.
Additionally, like many parents of multiple births, Harry and Sami were born prematurely at 31 weeks.
"They have grown up a lot but they are still developing their own personalities," she said.
"Harry and Sami swap personalities every week. One week Sami will be the loud and boisterous one, the next week it will be Harry.
"They are both very messy and very boyish."
Multiple Birth Awareness Week will finish on Sunday with an open invitation for all families who have experienced the joy of twins, triplets or more at East Shores on Saturday.
Families are invited to gather at the precinct at 10:30am for a barbecue picnic.