The birth story of the current cutest Insta-twins on the planet (@leialauren) is nothing short of a miracle. Amber Yong’s 1-year-old twins, Leia and Lauren, aka the “Momo Twins”, beat the odds and survived an incredible rare condition. Leia and Lauren are monoamniotic twins, meaning they shared the same water bag and space, drastically multiplying the risks of being entangled by two umbilical cords in utero.
“We had to prepare ourselves for the worst,” recalls Amber, who works full-time as a marcom specialist in a multi-national company. The twins were born via C-section at 32 weeks, weighing just 1.5 kg and 1.6 kg. “They’re God’s best gifts to me,” Amber says.
On losing her former self
“I’ve stopped fretting over little things. Ask my husband and he’ll tell you that he hasn’t heard me ask ‘What heel should go with this dress?’ in a long while. These days it’s mostly about ‘Where are we bringing the kids today?’.”
On shifting priorities
“My work used to take centrestage, but now it’s all about finding work-life balance. I’ve also learned to tolerate imperfection. When you’re a parent, especially of two babies at a go, you learn to deal with some kind of mess and chaos in the household. It drives me nuts sometimes, but I’m coping.”
On being judged
“My parenting style is always being scrutinised. I’d get criticisms like, ‘You’re overfeeding your child’, or unfounded accusations that I had to learn to deal with in the past months.”
I think I’m the “where’s daddy” type of mummy
“I’m a firm believer that both parents are responsible in raising their kids. I enjoy learning new things and sharing them with my husband Peter. I’m glad that Peter and I have an open communication that
helps us iron out any differences and develop a synergised style in the way we parent our kids.”
Text: Sylvia Ong
Photos: Joel Lim @ Calibre Pictures