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Lachlan ‘Wiggle’ Gillespie announced to his Instagram followers on September 11, 2020 that he and his fiancée, Dana Stephensen had welcomed twin girls into the world.
“Oh Lulu and Lottie, your mummy and daddy love you with all we have,” Lachy, 36 wrote in the caption.
“You are both so beautiful – and I would love to sing to you both forever.”
Although Dana and Lachy shared the news of their engagement in April 2020, the couple never publicly announced their pregnancy.
Dana also has a six-year-old son, Jasper, from a previous relationship so the new parents of twins are now a happy family of five.
Lachy and Dana first laid eyes on each other on the set of The Wiggles in December 2018 when Dana was a guest ballet dancer for The Wiggles Big Ballet Day DVD special.
“Lachy and I just had a really beautiful connection straight away. It was between us, but after the fact quite a few people noticed,” she told The Daily Telegraph in February 2020.
“He’s just amazing and I just love him so much.”
There was instant chemistry between Lachy and Dana when the pair met on the set of The Wiggles at the end of 2018.
Lachy was previously married to ‘Yellow Wiggle’ Emma Watkins, however the pair split in August 2018, after two years of marriage. The two remain friends.
On New Year’s Day this year, Lachy shared with his Instagram followers that he’d met Dana’s son Jasper, who she shares with her photographer ex-husband, Michael Kai, with an adorable snap of the threesome with the caption:
‘2020,’ alongside several purple love heart emojis.
Now a family of five, the past couple of years have been a wild ride for the new parents.
Here’s a look at all their sweetest family photos…
Dad of three
Lachy enjoys a coffee break with his step-son, Jasper and his girls.
Double the cuteness!
Lulu and Lottie are growing up so fast.
Dana captioned this happy snap: “Two little love bugs 💕”
Lachy’s sweet tribute to Dana on Mother’s Day
As a mum of twin girls and a 6yo son, Jasper, Dana has her hands full.
Taking to Instagram for Mother’s Day, Lachy shared a super sweet tribute to his fiancée.
“You are the best mummy in the world and when Lulu and Lottie can talk they’ll tell you as much as we do Mummy 💜Jasper and Lachy”
Making memories 💕
Dana picnics at the park with her two littlest loves.
Lulu and Lottie’s backstage pass to The Wiggles
Dana shared a selection of adorable happy snaps of Lulu and Lottie attending a Wiggles show.
Captioning the pics on Instagram, Dana wrote:
“This way to the Stage Daddy… always such a special day watching our beautiful girls light up at The Wiggles concert. Not even a mostly sleepless night could stop us 😴 “
“There was certainly more running amok this year and there was a gallant effort to make it up the stairs and on to the stage. Next year I’m not sure I will be able to stop them!”
Dana ended the post saying how special it was for the girls to watch their dad and the rest of The Wiggles perform:
“Such a treasured time watching @lachy_wiggle perform and being a part of a whole stadium of people, some older and some younger, totally engaged and swept up in such positive energy in the room. And we all need more of that. Thank you Wiggles!
A very Wiggly breakfast
Mornings with Daddy a.k.a Lachy Wiggle!
Swinging into 2022
Lachy embraces park life on an outing with his adorable girls.
First stop the swings, next stop…
You’re never too young to start learning how to play cricket, right!?
Lachy gives his darling daughter some handy tips.
A love like no other!
Dana shared the most adorable snap of Lachy looking at one of his girls.
Stop it! So cute.
The look of love. Dana captioned this shot alongside the previous one, with the caption, “We love you daddy… so so so much”.
The family of five grace the cover of Sunday Life magazine
Last Christmas, Dana thought she had hung up her pointe shoes for good. But 12 months later she is out of the newborn bubble and returning to the stage as part of the Australian Ballet’s (@ausballet) Celebration Gala.
“Dana’s mum and I watched Dana dance with the girls in her tummy in her last performance before going on leave,” says Lachy. “To even think about sitting in the audience when the curtain opens to see Dana dance again, I’m just so happy for her.”
For Christmas Lachy, Dana and their three children plan on being back home with their families, “to switch off and just relax, especially after the anxieties of the last two years.”
Lachy and Jasper celebrate Dana’s return to the stage
Lachy with six-year-old, Jasper (Dana’s son from a previous relationship), wear matching shirts as they support Dana dancing in her first show back from maternity leave, with the Australian Ballet.
Dana’s return to stage with her family’s support
While Lachy shared some behind-the-scenes snaps to Instagram, Dana wrote a heartfelt messgae to Instagram about her return to ballet:
“Thank you to all the people and there were many in all parts of my world, who deeply believed how much I needed to dance again, well before I had that understanding and realisation myself. You gave me fresh air to breathe, time to heal and gave my children a mother who was alive again by doing so. A gift I will always be so grateful for. Today was for all of you ❤️”
In an emotional post Dana opens up about experiencing postnatal depression and anxiety
Alongside a sweet photo of Lola and Lottie, Dana shares an insight into her difficult past year.
“I can think of quite a few times when I’ve felt under pressure – Opening nights, World premieres, going on last minute or for a different spot you learned during interval all to the other side,” she begins.
“Giving birth the first time, a twin pregnancy, giving birth to twins, most of the past year really.”
She continues: “If this past year hasn’t taught me what nerves of steel are, I don’t know what could. But the other truth is, I feel so humbled to be able to say now, that I wouldn’t change it for the world. Chaos and all. The wisdom of time and hindsight.
“The reality is for much of this first year, I was not able to cope with managing the girls alone. People close to me will say I coped extremely well under unprecedented circumstances, but my internal experience felt like one of failure. The unique challenges of twins were so overwhelming, the sleep deprivation so intense, the physical and emotional toll of tandem breastfeeding was beyond exhausting.
“Very early on I was diagnosed with severe postnatal depression and anxiety. Naturally, this altered the lens through which I was seeing the world and my capabilities, not to mention the guilt and shame that comes with feeling these truly awful feelings when it “should” be the happiest time of your life.
“I look back and remember happier moments amongst the struggles. I’m grateful for the photos Lachy took of me with the girls to remind me that I was there every moment with them, doing my best and loving them and caring for them through it all and on half an hour’s sleep.
“My mum flew into multiple lockdowns to help us and truly saved me. She stayed up for all the night feeds, she was a 2nd mum to them. The constant choosing between twins as a mother is so counter-intuitive it breaks your heart every single time, it still does.”
Dana ends the post, writing:
“But tonight at bedtime when all they want is Mummy and it’s only me, I could actually trust that I could handle it. There are still more tears than I would like, my heart still races. My nerves on edge. But I manage. It’s taken time and tears to get here, I want other mums who are struggling to know that. Time and the right support are everything in helping you be the mother you know you can be.”
The twins celebrate an important milestone
And just like that (well, for us anyway!), Lola and Lottie are six months old.
Dana Stephensen marked the milestone event with a sweet post to Instagram which gives an insight into what life has been like for this mama of twins.
“6 months 💕 6 months of snuggles and kisses, hair pulling, so many sleepless nights and weary eyes, so much learning and growing, so many feeds in the pillow throne, constant change and learning to surrender each day to the chaos that is raising two very different little humans at the same time,” she writes.
“These little girls are teaching me so much – to accept that each day is different, to accept imperfection (it’s really ok!), to enjoy the small wins (hooray a real nap!), to accept help and support and boy I’ve needed it, to slow down and be in the moment, and to be patient when everything feels like it’s falling apart,” she continues.
“Raising twins is a rollercoaster ride!
“By far being a twin mum is the hardest thing I’ve done, without a doubt. But as I settle them yet again for sleep wondering what I could be doing better or obsessing over the minor details, I hold their little hands, I know I’m their home and I remember the privilege it is to be their mummy. And one day we will all sleep again… hopefully!”
Lachy sends his love from hotel quarantine
While Lachy couldn’t be there with Dana and the girls to mark their half lap around the sun, the Purple Wiggle, who is currently in hotel quarantine in New Zealand with the rest of his Wiggles family as they prepare to go on tour, the proud, loved-up dad was quick to comment on his fiancée’s post, writing:
“The girls and I will never stop falling in love with you 💜 you have given us all everything.”
Sitting pretty with mama
Dana caption this image on Instagram Stories: “Hands full of cutie pie.”
Meanwhile, is that Lachy’s legs we can spot in the background.
Just lie back and relax, daddio!
Just look at those smiles
Lulu and Lottie are certainly growing up quick.
To ring in the New Year, Dana posted this very happy snap with the caption:
“Counting our 2020 blessings twice ❤️❤️”
Dana’s has her hands full with these two
With one of her babes in a carrier and the other on her hip, Dana looks like she has this mama-of-twins business totally under control – but don’t be fooled.
“A rare moment of calm amogst the constant chaos of twins,” she captioned this snapshot.
Lulu and Lottie are no longer newborns
In three months, look how much Dana and Lachy’s girls have grown.
“Day by day, we are growing and learning together,” Dana captioned this shot to her Instagram Stories.
Lulu and Lottie are three-months -old
Lachy and Dana’s twin girls are three-months-old.
Dana maked the milestone by sharing this beautiful breastfeeding image from the newborn shoot.
New dad, Lachy with one of his girls
When it comes to settling into fatherhood, Dana thinks Lachy is doing a fine job.
“Every step of the way… my hero,” she captions this image from their newborn photoshoot.
Winning at twin mum life
Getting out the door with one baby can be tough, let alone two!
“Celebrating the small wins in twin mum life,” Dana captioned this sweet pic.
“We made it out of the house and there were pancakes 😊”
Well done, mama!
Daddy duty calls
With two parents and two bubs, it means Lachy can look after one of the twins while Dana wrangles the other little one.
Setting off for a walk with one of his daughters, Lachy captions this pic, “If you can’t join them… Join them”.
Could Lulu and Lottie be set to following in their mama’s footsteps and become a ballerina.
At only a couple of months old, the little ones are already practicing their dance moves.
The look of love between a grandmother and her granddaughter
Smile for miles as Dana’s mum, Glenva looks adoringly at one of her beautiful granddaughters and she smiles right back.
There’s not one baby, theres two!
A flashback photo of when Lachy found out he and Dana would soon be welcoming twins.
A lot of men would be feeling completely overwhelmed with this news but Lachy looks thrilled.
A throwback to Dana’s tiny bump
“Teeny tiny Lulu and Lottie in there,” Dana captioned this flashback snap of her.
Preparing to go on stage, Dana is dancing at the opening night of Volt Melbourne.
Pretty as a picture
The only thing more adorable than one baby bundled up in a floral wrap is two babies.
Dana captioned this image, “Pretty little girls in the prettiest wraps”.
The gorgeous wraps are from @piperbugshop
The girls are in their pram and look set for an outing.
The look of love
Dana recently shared this gorgeous image to her Instagram stories.
Snapped during their newborn photoshoot with photographer, Bridget Wood, Lachy is playing guitar while Dana beams at him while breastfeeding one of their baby girls and holding the other one’s little hand.
This newborn shoot is STUNNING!
Lachy and Dana have shared one of the precious images from a professional newborn shoot which was held when Lulu and Lottie were only weeks old.
Dana shared the imaged to Instagram and in the caption wrote:
“Life with newborn twins is brimming full but we already can’t imagine life without them in our arms. This is just one of so many beautiful images captured by @bridgetwoodphotography when Lulu and Lottie were barely weeks old and already we have all grown and learned so much together in that time. It was so precious to stop and breathe in these moments and to now have such special photographs before life with twins really took off.”
Dana went on to thank everyone for all their love, support and well wishes.
“I also wanted to take a moment to say thank you to the people who have held us in their love and care, supported us near and far, our families and loved ones, and for every twin mama who has so generously shared pieces of advice and words of encouragement as we navigate this whole new world with our girls. I am grateful to every single one of you.”
Speaking of life with multiples, Dana says it is hectic.
“It’s certainly very full, busy, relentless and overwhelming at times and I have utmost respect to any multiple parents out there!”
Dana also gives a shout-out to her fiancé, Lachy.
“So, so grateful for the beautiful man by my side each and every step of the way, @lachy_wiggle our children are so very lucky to have you as their Daddy 💕”
She finishes by thanking the photographer.
“And thank you Bridget for capturing this magic in the special way that you do ✨”
The twin girls have done their first photoshoot
Dana shared to Instagram stories a thank you note from photographer, Bridget Wood.
It looks like Lulu and Lottie have starred in a newborn shoot with their doting parents.
Fingers crossed we get to see more of the no doubt adorable photos.
Those new dad feels
Sharing this snapshot to his Instagram stories, with a cute filter, Lachy jokes that a burp cloth is a must-have accessory with twins – even when he’s not holding them!
Pretty in purple
Dana shared this shot of herself snuggled up to her two little ones.
“Two purple sweet peas in a pod,” she captioned.
We’re sure dad and ‘Purple Wiggle’, Lachy would be chuffed with this pic.
Parenting lessons, the first of many
One days after the arrival of Lulul and Lottie, papa Wiggle shared this hilarious pic of himself covered in baby vomit.
Welcome to fatherhood, Lachy!
With his twin girls, Lachy’s hands and heart are full.
A sweet moment captured between Dana and her newborn girls, shortly after their arrival Earthside.
Surprise! We have twins
Lachy and Dana surprise fans when they annouced they are now the proud parents of twin girls!
“Oh Lulu and Lottie, your mummy and daddy love you with all we have,” Lachy, 34 wrote in the caption.
“You are both so beautiful – and I would love to sing to you both forever.”
Lachy rocks out with his stepson
In May, Lachy shares a sweet tribue to Dana to Instagram, writing: “Happy Mother’s Day @dana_stephensen from your two little rockers 🎸🎸 we love you soooooo much.”
These two clearly have a close bond
It looks like Lachy and Jasper get on like a house on fire. Sharing this pic to Instagram, Dana wrote: “Two cheeky monkeys ❤️❤️”
Lachy and Dana announce their engagement
In April, Lachy shares this happy news:
“On Thursday night, Dana asked me to marry her at home under a fairy light sky and a very excited little boy in a beautiful bow tie ✨”
A family of three… but not for long
To mark the exciting year ahead, Lachy shared this image of himself with Dana and Jasper, with the caption: