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    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 40 Ratings

Listen to Mandy and Kate laugh (a lot) and cry as they chat to each other and friends about parenting multiples with disabilities and additional needs.
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    “Delicious, wild, chaotic and gorgeous” - Hannah’s life with her peashoot twins

    “Delicious, wild, chaotic and gorgeous” - Hannah’s life with her peashoot twins

    Kate and Mandy chat to Hannah, a queer Melbourne-based theatre artist Pea with 3-year old identical twin boys Alfie and Otis.
     
    Alfie and Otis were born prematurely at 28 weeks due to twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. Hannah shares their amazing story of survival and the many subsequent months spent in the NICU, through which Hannah and her partner Lani also juggled the care of their two older children, work and that thing called COVID-19. Both boys were eventually discharged home on oxygen by nine months, and bounced back and forth into hospital a couple of times, which was a challenging scenario to say the least during the pandemic.  
     
    Alfie was subsequently diagnosed with left-sided hemiplegia and Otis with hypotonia and dystonia, along with language and mobility challenges. Hannah’s philosophy is to stay in the moment, embrace the chaos, experience the joy and celebrate their achievements! Given Alfie and Otis have lived so much of their short lives in pandemic-affected Melbourne, they’ve at least had the benefit of avoiding comparisons to other kids while in lockdown and are happily living their best lives!
     
    Kate, Mandy and Hannah all laugh their butts off over all the funny details of Hannah’s chaotic holiday trip to NSW when the state borders were slamming shut over Christmas 2020. Hannah also talks about the awareness and change her family have brought to their NICU for the benefit of future LGBTIQ+ parents, thanks to their positive attitude and raucous approach to life.
     
    If Kate and Mandy ever launch Too Peas:The Musical, Hannah has already been cast as the director!   
     
    Find and follow Hannah and her family on Instagram at @twomumsfoursuns
     
    Other Pea Business
     
    Laugh, Cry, Make A Difference things:
     
    ·      Mandy is hooked on The Leftovers
    ·      Kate is loving Shetland
     
    Plus:
    ·     Buy our book The Invisible Life Of Us to keep it on the bookshelves so all the other Peas can find it!
    ·     Get a signed copy and deck yourself out in some excellent Too Peas merch here!
    ·     Listen to our Spotify playlist – Too Peas: Songs Our Guest Peas Love
    ·     Melbourne forecast for Thursday October 28 – Showers increasing, 26 degrees
    ·     Join our Facebook Hangout
    ·     Find us on YouTube
    Thank you for supporting Too Peas In A Podcast! Don’t forget to rate and review.
     
    Contact us here:
    Website: www.toopeasinapodcast.com.au
    Email: toopeaspodcast@gmail.com

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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Snap Pea 40

    Snap Pea 40

    Mandy and Kate listen to your speak pipes, chat about their weeks and introduce their you tube channel
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    • 50 min
    Beans Talk ! Garry and his son Christopher chat.

    Beans Talk ! Garry and his son Christopher chat.

    Our Amazing Garry Bean talks to his son, it's a goodie peas and beans!
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    • 39 min
    Adoptive Pea Mom Chelsea and NICU nurse shares her story

    Adoptive Pea Mom Chelsea and NICU nurse shares her story

    Kate and Mandy speak to Ameripea Chelsea who is an adoptive Pea mother and community nurse from Indiana, USA. Celsea is an experienced neonatal intensive care nurse who now works in community health, supporting vulnerable first-time mothers with children under two.
     
    Chelsea shares her experiences of working as a NICU nurse in a large local hospital, where she loved caring for sick babies and supporting their families. She also tells the story about the unique way she became a mother by adopting her daughter Izzy, who was in NICU herself for several weeks after her birth.
     
    At 12 months of age, Chelsea realised that her daughter was missing some milestones, but was told that she was just ‘lazy’ – a very rectum comment indeed. Izzy was eventually diagnosed with cerebral palsy just after her second birthday and was recently diagnosed with autism. She also experiences sensory and respiratory challenges.  
     
    Chelsea talks about starting the process of all the therapies, the challenges of getting AFO’s for her growing little girl, and juggling telehealth appointments during COVID-19. Izzy has now just received a new wheelchair which is helping her gain confidence and independence.                 
     
    Izzy’s birth mother was also acknowledged and honoured for bringing Izzy into the world. She chose Chelsea for Izzy’s adoptive mother especially because she was a NICU nurse who could take the best care of her.
     
    Chelsea owns up to the fact that Kate and Mandy took her ‘podginity’ and she binged the Too Peas podcast at the end of July 2021, and finished it from start to finish at the beginning of September!  
     
    Chelsea also wants Peas to know that NICU nurses see you, appreciate you and know you’re doing the very best for your baby. A shout out to all the wonderful NICU nurses working through a very tough time in healthcare. 
     
     
    Other Pea Business
     
    Here’s a few things from Laugh, Cry, Make A Difference
     
    ·      Mandy is binging on the Aldi Kringle & Co Iced Christmas Cake
     
    ·       Kate is almost finished reading Heart Sick by Jessie Stephens and is loving it
     
    ·      Mandy is reading Leigh Sales and Annabelle Crabb’s Well Hello and is loving it and is very thankful for the mention of Too Peas as one of Annabelle’s favourite podcasts!  
     
    Plus:
    ·     Buy our book The Invisible Life Of Us to keep it on the bookshelves so all the other Peas can find it!
    ·     Get a signed copy and deck yourself out in some excellent Too Peas merch here!
    ·     Listen to our Spotify playlist – Too Peas: Songs Our Guest Peas Love
    ·     Melbourne forecast for Thursday October 14 – Showers developing, 19 degrees
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    • 1 hr 32 min
    Snap Pea 39

    Snap Pea 39

    Mandy and Kate listen to your beautiful messages! We get more ideas for our learning from home certificates/medals and generally chat
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    • 32 min
    Adult Peashoot Krystal speaks powerful truths

    Adult Peashoot Krystal speaks powerful truths

    Kate and Mandy speak to Krystal, an adult Peashoot mum with a disability raising able-bodied kids. Krystal was born with cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, works as a social worker and is mum to two daughters. Krystal accidentally found Too Peas while seeking a podcast that talked about parenting with a disability, but found she could relate to the Peas, but from her own different perspective!
     
    As the basis for the discussion, Krystal reads through an email that she sent to Kate and Mandy, who both found it incredibly moving and powerful and invited her onto the podcast as a result.
     
    In the email, Krystal shares her experiences growing up with a disability, and in particular the profound realisation she had about her life and the world at only 6 years old. She also shares a very rectum school experience at age 15 that made her feel like her disability would later make her a bad mother.  
     
    Krystal also talks about her own particular experience of mothering and guilt, the understanding she’s since gained about her own parent’s feelings of guilt and pain, and the guilt she can sometimes hear in the Pea’s stories. 
     
    She also talks about her own unique experience of milestones and smilestones as a parent, the times in which she’s had to swallow her pride and ask for help and the one teacher who saw her intelligence despite the challenges.  
     
    Krystal also gives a few bombshell insights that make Kate and Mandy cry, and that every Pea should hear. Thank you Krystal!
     
    Other Pea Business
     
    Here are all the wonderful businesses mentioned in Laugh, Cry, Make A Difference
     
    Amelia’s Cookie Co 
    Cheese Therapy
    Dinner Ladies 
    Plus:
    ·     Buy our book The Invisible Life Of Us to keep it on the bookshelves so all the other Peas can find it!
    ·     Get a signed copy and deck yourself out in some excellent Too Peas merch here!
    ·     Listen to our Spotify playlist – Too Peas: Songs Our Guest Peas Love
    ·     Melbourne forecast for Thursday October 14 – Showers developing, 19 degrees
    ·     Join our Facebook Hangout
    Thank you for supporting Too Peas In A Podcast! Don’t forget to rate and review
     
    Contact us here:
    Website: www.toopeasinapodcast.com.au
    Email: toopeaspodcast@gmail.com
     

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    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

katewestie ,

Honest, real, and funny

Mandy and Kate tell it like it is to be a twin mum and a mama of kids with special needs. It’s like a refreshingly honest, real (and sometimes rambling but in an endearing way) conversation with the friends you wish you had.

Melanie V. Anderson ,

Want to be a better human? Start listening to this podcast!

When I first started listening to your podcast, I shared it with all of the people in my life that had multiples. I then started sharing with others who worked with children of all different types of abilities. Then I realized that if I indeed wanted to change the minds of the outer rectums, I would have to start sharing it with anyone and everyone!
Keep talking ladies! The whole world hasn’t heard you yet.

lccarroll ,

Real

Real, honest, hilarious, heartbreaking, and so educational about the challenges faced by kids with special needs and their families. Kate and Mandy are amazing - thank you!

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