Decorating the twins' nursery was by far one of my favorite projects to take on! So at five months pregnant with our little loves, I eagerly took on the task. I am a total planner, and I knew it was something I needed to have completely finished and ready by the time the babies arrived. The only worries I wanted when the babies arrived was taking care of and snuggling them to pieces! That being said, I also know I am a little bit of a perfectionist, and I hate looking at parts of my house feeling I didn't do it exactly the way I wanted. So, I took the time to find the details I wanted, and take on each one little by little. If we could do it ourselves, we did, and when I couldn't find the right piece, I made it myself. This nursery was truly a labor of love, and almost a year from when we began work on it, I am still in love with it.
Boat Cleat Tie-Backs
Grey Buffalo Check Material (curtains were handmade)
Threshold Striped Gold and White Lamp Shade (No Longer Available)
Gray Rocking Chair
If you have questions about any of the other pieces, contact me, or leave a comment below! My husband and I both made a lot of the decor ourselves, and I'd be happy to take custom orders for items at my Etsy shop! Message or comment below for details.
Life with twins… everyone asks what it's like. And honestly, aside from my experience babysitting, it's all I know as a parent. So, when you ask me if it's hard, yes, it's very hard, but isn't all parenting? Life with newborns is never going to be easy, whether you have one, two or five at a time. It's a string of sleepless nights, feeding after feeding, praying that rash is normal, and googling whether or not your baby's poop should be that color...no seriously, we googled those things… I swear we must have googled everything for the first few months. And yes, I know, google isn't infallible or anything, but it helps when you don't want to be living at the doctor's office for every little thing. I found it to be easy enough to deduce what was logical versus what was nonsense from the search results.
But, what's it like having two babies at once? Double everything. For real, there were times I would stop and look around our living room, and laugh at how ridiculous it looked with two of everything piled into it. Our living room looked like a supply room for Jonah's ark. Two carseats on the dining room table, two bassinets, two swings, two bouncy seats, two Johnny jump-ups, two Bumbo seats, two high chairs...you get the idea. Thankfully, we were lucky enough to have been gifted half of most of those things as hand-me-downs from the babies' god parents. But we never expected to need to go out and buy a second of it all!
Honestly, in the beginning, the hardest part was all of the feedings. I thought I was going to lose my mind with what seemed like never-ending feedings. With twins, the only way to let someone else take care of a feeding meant having two people around to bottle feed them. On top of that, if you breast feed both babies, you are there for every feeding no matter what. That's why after a few weeks of breastfeeding, I switched to pumping and bottle feeding. That way I could let someone help me if anyone else was around. Eventually, we figured out what worked and life got much easier. That's something I learned with twins, things get easier as they get older. The beginning is the hardest, when they can't hold their heads up, when both need you at the same time, when they can't walk, or crawl and depend fully on being carried anywhere they go, when both cry at once and it breaks your heart til you finally get the hang of what I call the double snuggle…holding both tightly in my arms singing, and rocking them, usually until they both just fell asleep. But they will grow, and learn to hold their heads up, then learn to sit up, then learn to play together, and eventually will learn to walk on their own, and things will get easier, at least mobility wise. ;)
One of the most surprising things I have found as a twin mom is how many people have told me they wish they had twins!! I love our boys, but I honestly wasn't one of those people who always wanted twins. So when we found out, I was scared. One baby I could handle, but two at once? I wasn't sure if I could do it. I kept thinking there's just no way we are really having twins, but by the third ultrasound, I think it finally sunk in that this was real, and they were both on their way, coming at once, whether I felt ready or not. I had always loved babies, and I have been babysitting since I was 13, so I am no stranger to children, or even babysitting twins, but I never imagined I would be the mother of twins. By nature, I am a planner, so I was terrified because there really isn't a lot that can prepare you for your first baby of your own, let alone for two. But I planned everything possible just to help me cope with the idea. Once I had the boys, there were things that came up that hadn't even crossed my mind prior to having the twins.