5 Tips for Motherhood with Newborn Twins

When I first found out I was expecting twins I could not stay off the internet. My search history consisted only of how to "survive" having newborn twins. But I really didn't want to survive the first few months of motherhood with twins, I wanted to really enjoy my time with them. I didn't want my newborn time to be a complete blur just because there was two of them. It seemed, though, that I could only find advice for survival. 

Well, I'm almost 4 months into this motherhood thing, and 4 months into this twin motherhood thing, and I really feel like these 5 tips have helped me truly embrace and enjoy my time with my sweet babies. I hope you find hope and encouragement if you are knee deep in doubt of your ability to parent two newborns. You CAN do this, you are superwoman. Or superman. Seriously. 

  1. Do what makes you feel good while your babies sleep. For me, this is a 4 minute makeup routine - seriously, I have it down to a science. Slowly, as our routine fell into place, it became yoga, then makeup. For you, this might be a 10 minute power clean of your living space, reading the newspaper or one page of a novel, have a cat nap... whatever makes you feel more like yourself, because friends, that is seriously the key to enjoying this time with your babes. You have to feel like you first. 
  2. Get dressed every morning. This might not mean putting jeans on, cause Lord knows I rarely find myself squeezing myself into a pair of those (do I even own a pair that fits?). Leggings and a t-shirt, that's all it takes! This will help you feel like you've started your day, no matter how tired you are, you'll feel a little bit more put together than if you spend all day, every day in your pjs (I just realized my shirt is on inside out, but hey, I tried and that feels pretty good). 
  3. Schedule. Okay, I know you've read this one everywhere. But seriously, try your best to make this work. I will be posting our schedule soon, it is probably the number one thing that helps keep the babies happy, which keeps mama happy. 
  4. Order your groceries. Click and Collect and Superstore has literally changed my life. This way, I order the food and Kyle swings by the store on his way home from work to pick it up. If this didn't come into my life, I would be eating delivery for every single meal, which sounds good at first but not after the first few weeks. Just trust me on this. 
  5. Be confident. Do things on your own, even when you have the help. This way, when you really are on your own, you know you can handle it - because trust me, you can. 

Alright mamas. I am rooting for you, you are strong, and you can do this. Most importantly, these babies will bring you so much joy, so much wonder, and so much love. If you're expecting twins and you're doubting any of these things, please scroll through my posts about our life with our twin girls. I hope they bring you hope and excitement, this will be your most amazing adventure yet.

Take good care, lovelies. 

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My Top 5 Tips to Relieve Stress

My 5 Tips to Relieve Stress: In this day and age (I sound so old like I've been on the planet more than 20 years... I haven't) it feels like everyone is on the run. I was listening to Allyssa and Jeff Bethke's podcast (http://jeffbethke.com/podcast) this morning on my way to work and they were talking about being present. This seems to be such a foreign concept, because everybody has so much on their plate and can hardly find a moment of silence. Our world is spinning so fast and it's a beautiful mess, but there are moments that it's just too much. I've struggled with being present and coming back to the moment lately because the stress of a busy life has taken over. I felt like I needed to take the tiniest step back to cool down. So I have compiled 5 things that help me destress that are all simple, logical, and bring you right back down to earth. I hope these help!

  • Be outside. I live in Canada, in the coldest city on Earth, seriously, it's proven. So in the wintertime it starts to feel like you're cooped up with nowhere to go. But do whatever you can to be outside for at least 15 minutes a day. For me, it's bundling up and taking my doggies for a really quick stroll. Humans really need to remember that outside and being in nature is so freeing, and that being inside 24/7 is not natural. Getting outside once a day is going to relieve you and freshen you up for the rest of the day. DSCN0180
  • Stretch. Friends, I used to think I was not the yoga type. Whenever I tried yoga-ing I would rush through it and I never really appreciated how freeing it is to take some silent time to yourself and to your body. I have never slept better, and felt more energized (even on 6 hours of sleep) than when I take anywhere from 3 or 20 minutes to stretch or do a quick yoga workout. For your viewing and educational purposes, view my awkward yoga self with my awkward yoga dog. DSCN0273

I know the quality is quite unblogworthy but Jack was so intent on joining my practice on this particular day, and I couldn't not share!

  • Pray. I am recently trying to find God in my life as I wasn't brought up in a Christian home. It can be nerve racking to begin to pray if you've never learned how but having a few silent minutes with yourself, or with God, will put you back in the right mindset  to get on with your day. Even if you're not a religious person, taking 2 minutes to have a moment with yourself in this crazy world of constant running, will bring you right back down to Earth.
  • Physical activity. You guys I know when you're tired and stressed the last thing you want to do is get to the gym or get your blood pumping, hell you probably just want to take a cat nap (or a hibernation) but SERIOUSLY get your blood pumping for 5 minutes and I promise you it will perk you right up!! I used to try to get to the gym at least 5 days a week, which worked really well for me but I have found that yoga is just much more my thing. Find what feels good, and do that! Yoga is nowhere near as intense as my workouts used to be, but my muscles are just as strong, and I actually crave it instead of forcing myself. Just taking a few minutes to do something really good for your body and soul will energize you much more than a nap, promise. I'll link a couple videos below for you to try, (uh Cassey Ho from Blogilaties****, THANK YOU).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SN-TQDqWXU (Blogilates 17 Minute Full Body Workout)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBu-pQG6sTY (Yoga With Adriene's Day 1 of the 30 Day Yoga Challenge "Ease Into It")

  • Be selfish. Most of us are stuck inside doing the things on our to do list every day, but our to do list rarely includes something that is solely selfish. Let me tell you, one small selfish act a day is how you keep yourself healthy, so you can continue to do everything on your never ending list. Read a few pages of your new or favourite book, listen to a quick podcast, bake yourself cookies (and eat them too, no ragrets), put things in your online shopping cart even if you don't buy (or do buy!), pay $5.00 for that overpriced cup of coffee, just take a few minuets to sooth your soul.

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I hope you can take some of these tips with you today, lovelies!

Take good care,

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