When we found out we were pregnant with TWINS, you couldn't shove enough information in front of me! (Read my WHOLE STORY HERE!)
I scouredPinterest and Googled EVERYTHING twin!
At first, I felt like I was in my own universe, having to navigate a world I knew NOTHING about, and even though I had a 4 and a 2 year old already, I felt like I was pregnant for the FIRST TIME again!
It wasn't until we made the announcement to friends and family that we were expecting twins that OTHER TWIN MOMS started coming out of the woodwork! Especially within our home church.
Within several months after learning the news of our twins, I felt as though I had a pretty decent network of moms who I could draw from for support and ask all my crazy questions to!
When I was carrying my twins, I just couldn't fathom what life was going to look like those first few months AFTER delivery (let alone what delivery would be like...but that's a post for another day!).
How was I going to nurse twins?
How was I going to get ANY SLEEP?
How would I have time for my older boys?
How would I be able to keep up with housework?
How was I going to grocery shop let alone cook?
If you are finding yourself with the head spinning news that you are expecting twins, I hope these tips that I pulled from my twin mommy friends, along with a few I threw in, is as helpful for you as it was for me in mentally & physically preparing for life with your new bundles of joy!!
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I will never forget the scene.
I walked into another twin momma's home...desperate for tips...but also desperate for a good deal on a twin nursing pillow.
Our 5 littles played while we managed to try and have an adult conversation.
As much as I wanted to listen to her advice, I was SO DISTRACTED....
Lining every wall of their playroom was TWO OF EVERYTHING, and along one wall were plastic tubs stacked to the ceiling!
I couldn't believe my eyes. SO. MUCH. STUFF.
I decided in that exact moment that I would do everything in my power to NOT aquire TWO OF EVERYTHING just because I was having twins.
I'm no minimilist by any means, but I also can't handle chaos and disorder, and I could only imagine adding two more of everything to the everything else that we already had from our older two would be the end of my sanity.
PLUS, NOT buying TWO MORE OF EVERYTHING would help cut down the costs heading into this new life with 4 kids.
As we journey this life of DOUBLE JOYS, DOUBLE TROUBLE, and DOUBLE LOVE, I am striving to keep the STUFF (and the chaos) at a minimum...
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I'll never forget the sight I saw at 20 weeks into my first pregnancy.
As we settled into our "anatomy scan" appointment, laying there draped with paper and anticipation of what our future would behold, I couldn't help but WANT A BOY first.
Being the oldest of 4, and the ONLY GIRL in our family, I had always dreamed of what it would be like to have an OLDER brother.
I even went as far as to wish I had a twin brother!
Something about having a protector. Someone who would always be looking out for me.
My husband shared my desire for a BOY FIRST.
Being the youngest of 3 and ONLY BOY, he was fully hoping for a boy to start off the lineup in our home.
So, as we sat there awaiting that magic wand to wave over that perfect "spot"...BOY was on our mind!
Without hesitation, question, or pause....our hopes were revealed with a VERY OBVIOUS view of our son in all his "glory"!!
Little did we know that we would sit in that exact same place FOUR MORE TIMES and see that "glory shot" EACH AND EVERY TIME!!!
FIVE BOYS is sometimes hard to swallow as we look ahead at the road the Lord has prepared for us, but we know that he has placed each one of these boys into our care for a reason.
HOWEVER, it is NOT EASY.
IN FACT, it can make you feel a little CRAZY (let's be honest...A LOT CRAZY most days)
As a "boy mom", I have had to come to the conclusion that..
And so, I began to equip myself with wisdom from others who have been there and survived!
And it didn't hurt to realize I wasn't along in this Boy Mom journey...
These 4 Books helped me see my world as a little less crazy...and a little more normal.
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"Is this a good cry or a bad cry?" my ultrasound tech carefully asked me, moments after delivering the news that she was seeing TWO babies on the screen.
"A good cry," I responded, totally in awe that I was carrying TWINS.
This was my 3rd time around going in for the initial 8 week ultrasound. I had a 4 and a 1.5 year old at home, and my husband decided to just stay behind and watch them, so going to my appointment alone was a welcomed little get away.
Weeks before, we had met with our midwives, but unsure of exactly how far along in my pregnancy I was, they suggested having an ultrasound done just to be sure.
So, here I was 11ish weeks pregnant, excitedly waiting to see that little peanut on the screen.
Seconds after placing that wand on my belly, I was kinda shocked at how much bigger that little peanut was that I had seen in my other 2 pregnancy's.
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