Annie & Sybelle: 11 Months!

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We are one month away from their first birthday and it feels so strange! I can't believe that this time last year I was sitting around all alone at home impatiently waiting for them to come! I was off work, super uncomfortable, and imagining what their little faces would look like. Now here we are, a family of 4, with these two sweet little bestie crawling all over the place. They truly are the sweetest little pair and I don't know how we got so lucky!

This month has been so incredibly busy, super super fun, and a little different! I had my first weekend away for a bachelorette weekend, the girls stayed with Kyle and did absolutely amazing! I definitely missed them, but enjoyed my time away so much. It's so sweet to see them with Kyle, and just enjoying their time together. He's been working a lot of long hours this month, so when they get to spend time with him alone, it just makes my heart so happy. 

We spent time at the lake a lot this month, and the girls got braver and braver in the water. At one point, Annie actually started crawling into the lake until she couldn't touch anymore, and wanted to keep going! She's such a little fishy girl. Belle was a little more nervous, but with time she started kicking her little feet more and more. 

Sybelle has been my more clingy baby this month, typically Annie is more of a momma's girl, while Belle usually will sit and play by herself for forever. This month Belle has been really attached, while Annie has been off exploring by herself. They tend to flip flop every couple months, so I guess Belle decided it was her turn for some extra momma love. 

They love to try to climb absolutely everything, love pulling themselves up on the furniture, and are starting to walk along the sides of things. They love their little push walker thing, but they haven't quite got the hang of it yet. They love to eat dog food and get into trouble together, like playing with a tub of vaseline or lotion. It truly is never a dull moment around here!

We were pretty late on their 9 month check up because by the time I booked their appointment, the pediatritian was on vacation for a month. Annie weighed in at 16.5lbs and Sybelle was 16lbs (always .5 pounds apart!) so they've really slimmed out since they started crawling. They're not on the growth chart for weight, but are in the 40th percentile for height, so our doctor isn't concerned about their weight, which was reassuring. They just moved up to size 4 diapers, still fit 6 month sleepers, and can wear anything from 6 month clothes to 12-18 month clothes. They feel so big to me, but whenever we see other kids the same age I realize how tiny they are. They feel super heavy when I'm carrying around both of them! 

They love to wave "hi", clap, tackle each other, laugh at dad, snuggle with mom play with the dogs,  watch the cats, and eat. They eat pretty much everything, their favourite food right now is blueberries, each have 4 top teeth, Annie has 2 bottom, and Belle has 3 bottom. They say "mama," (usually only when they're upset, or need more food...) "dada," and "da" for dog! They babble "babababa" all day long, and we're working on "nana" next. 

This has been such a rambly update but that' just how my brain works now after 11 months of this twin journey! I can't wait to celebrate their first birthday! Always feeling so grateful to have these baby girls in our lives. 

Thanks for reading, lovelies! 

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Annie & Sybelle: 10 Months!

Rompers: Wildforest Handmade // Bows: Little Luba

Baby Bear Shirt: The InkPAD // Blanket: Growing A Little Love

These girls are 2 months away from their first birthday! This last month has been a big one, and we've been very busy in this house - hence the update being 2 weeks late... better late than never I suppose! They are busy little bees, and the only way I was getting pictures this month was to hand them a handful of veggie straws... Ah life with twins.

These sweet girlies are 100% on the move, and speedy, too. They crawl everywhere they want to go, and are pulling themselves up onto about everything they can get their little hands on. Baby proofing the house started this month, and now I have to find new homes for all of my plants, since we've already had a few dirty incidents and plant murders, RIP little aloe vera. 

The girls are starting to really interact with each other, and it is my most favourite thing of motherhood yet. They crawl towards each other and laugh as they get closer and closer to each other, they share food, they giggle with each other, it's just the sweetest little relationship I've ever seen. They absolutely love to "dance" (wiggle their middle) to pop songs such as Despacito. I miss country music, but the girls just want to groove, so pop music it is!

Annie has 6 teeth now, and Belle has 5. They are still teeny tiny, and have really slimmed out and lost some of their baby chub now that they're on the move, so a lot of their smaller clothes still fit really well. They can still fit 6 month sleepers, and anything from 3-6 month up, which is awesome to get so much use out of our really cute items. 

These little babes have had a lot of fun firsts this month, and are having such a blast. It's getting easier and easier to get out and about with them, and they're having more fun than ever. This month has been an absolute blast! This is a pretty short update, but we've just been really enjoying life together and spending as much time outside and unplugged as we can. It's also been crazy busy over at the shop, so life has been very full! 

Thanks so much for reading, I hope you're having a beautiful day!

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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