Sugar and spice and everything nice… they’re both girls! At our last doctors appointment on Friday, the nurse finally got a good look at the babies and determined there are two little ladies in there. We are so thrilled. Most importantly, they are still looking healthy and right on track with their growth. I’m officially 19 weeks today.
My mom was not surprised by two girls at all. In fact, her reaction was almost matter of fact! She proceeded to hand me two matching girl outfits she bought AT CHRISTMAS (ahem, two months ago) because she was so certain we’d be having two girls. None other than baby jeggings, of course.
We celebrated with a sugary cake and started the registry process on Saturday. I say “started” because we’re taking things one decision at a time. We only focused on a couple of things during our first visit and no doubt we’ll be back a few more times to figure out everything else. For once, I actually felt prepared for the bombardment of products! It was a miracle my hormones didn’t get the best of me. We’ll see how things go next time…
The biggest decision this round was on car seats. I decided on the Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat. I’ve heard from several other moms and reviews online that this is a great option and has awesome safety ratings (including the likes of one of my favorite registry resources so far for new moms, Lucies’ List).
Although we’re having two girls, I don’t think I’ll be buying all things pink. A little here and there will be just enough for me. However, I did find it adorable when Mike commented, “I think we need a little more pink in the nursery – how about these polka-dot sheets?” I would’ve never guessed! Definitely a very sweet moment of this pregnancy that I’ll remember.
Today marks week 18 of my pregnancy. My doctor said twin pregnancies average at 36-38 weeks for delivery (some of my books have said even sooner – eek!), so I’m halfway to meeting my two little ones. I’ve even started to feel movement – which is really exciting but MAN those babies have been keeping me up at night! Four legs + four arms moving around = not very comfortable. And of course they seem to wake up right when I’m laying down for bed… The next half of this should definitely be interesting.
I’m sad to say that I’ve been terrible at taking weekly bump photos – it’s simply crazy to think how fast it’s going by. My original goal was to take a weekly photo so I could create a little keepsake/memory of my pregnancy. Hopefully I’ll get back on track! (Hint: Scroll down for my bump photos so far.)
I’ve seen so many different and creative ways to document a pregnancy. One of them caught my eye and I decided to use a fun countdown shirt to take weekly photos. In true lazy DIY-er fashion though, I decided to take my own “cut out 10 steps” approach. I bought a HUGE stretchy maternity shirt from Hobby Lobby thinking I’d fill it out by the end, but I may have gone a little overboard. I guess only time will tell!
Here is a brief how-to for creating your own DIY pregnancy countdown shirt. I promise, it’s easy and cheap. In total, I spent $15 on this project!
2 Fabric Markers – one black, one red (I used FabricMate Chisel Tip pens, both $2.99)
1 Lettering Stencil (I used a 3/4″ TechTools Stencil; This is a link to the full set, but I only bought a single stencil available in-store for $2.99)
Last week I purchased my first baby-related item. Okay, make that four. Cribs that is.
Let me start from the beginning.
Two weeks ago, I found a great coupon and promotion on a white, modern crib from Buy Buy Baby. Perfect, I thought. It has the modern look I want at the price point I need. Because let’s be real – while I absolutely love the high-end modern cribs, like the Babyletto Modo 3-in-1 (shown above) and the DwellStudio Mid-Century Crib, buying two $400+ cribs isn’t within our budget right now.
Except when I went to see the crib from Buy Buy Baby in person, it was lackluster. The wood looked flimsy, the screws looked within reaching distance of a baby… it was bad. I may have had an irrational pregnancy moment in the store after looking at the crib and double strollers (don’t even get me started on that). Needless to say, I left in disappointment.
I guess it wasn’t until that moment that I realized I’m going to be making a lot of tough choices about what I really want and what we really need. Two kids are a lot to handle, but two price tags is even more! After my mini-meltdown, I re-grouped back into a rational mindset and decided that even though I may have to cut some corners, I will find a way to not sacrifice style.
After another week of research, I discovered this article from Lilsugar.
Simple: Baby Mod Modena 3-in-1 grey crib
Swank: Oeuf Sparrow Crib
Love at first sight. My two favorite things from my nursery inspiration board combined: grey + modern. Of course, I had seen (and drooled over) the Oeuf Sparrow Crib before (listed at a whopping $760), but this other hidden gem? I had to have it – well two of them! I found this Baby Mod Modena 3-in-1 grey crib from none other than Walmart.com. Simple clean lines, same parent company as Babyletto, a perfect price tag, plus a toddler conversion kit included! Sold.
A few days of figuring out the final dimensions of the nursery in our new house (and whether or not two of these things were going to fit), I was ready to take the plunge. I went to order – and surprise: OUT OF STOCK!
Cut to devastation number two. How could it be? Only 5 days after my discovery and out of stock?? I (once again) had to calm my irrational pregnant self down. I decided I better order the white ones before devastation #3 occurred. I liked them (almost) as much and the price was right. Add to cart. Ship to store.
Only I still had hope my elusive grey crib would suddenly come back in stock, so I checked back every day like a stalker … until it did – and only 5 days later! Add to cart. Ship to store.
And that my friends, is how I ended up with four cribs: two white and two grey. Poor Mike. Of course, when they arrived last week I was dead sick. So being the awesome guy he is, he hauled all four of the cribs back to the house so we could look at the colors together and decide which ones we like best. Instinct confirmed – grey cribs win! The same day, Mike hauled the white ones back to the store.
The funniest part? This is only the beginning …