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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Sunday Night Thoughts

It's Sunday night and I'm lying in bed, nursing one baby, and rocking the other. My husband is readying himself for another week of work, and Sunday night football is rumbling in the background.

We went to the pumpkin patch on Saturday night and spent Sunday morning in bed snuggling two sweet newborns. A dream weekend, if you ask me. So I find myself thinking, "I don't want this weekend to end." But such is life, isn't it? Wishing the wonderful weekends could last forever and waiting impatiently for the hard days to end. 

I gaze at my sweet 5 week old twins and can hardly remember what it was like without them here. That thought reminds me - I don't want these moments to end. Their littleness. Their neediness. Their innocence. I want it forever, yet some nights, when it's just me to take care of two little babies' sadness on an empty tank of sleep, I wish for them to be older. For it to get easier. 

I am in the trenches of life. Just as I can not make this weekend last forever, I can not make hard times move any faster - nor should I. The blissful and the ugly are equal in this life. Both so important in making this experience so damn beautiful. 

I have to remember that life is now. It will get better and it will get worse, but I cannot focus on that. I have to focus on whatever is happening right now. These babies of mine are changing and growing every single day and I know these sweet newborn fases will only last so long. 

So, my mantra every single day is, "All I have to do today is be my babies' mom," and my anxieties wash away. This is the life I've always dreamed of, I must remember that. 

Take good care, lovelies.