Growing teeth has been the hardest thing for my girlies, Elephant Shoe Teething Co.'s products have been a total godsend.Read More
My friend Heather and I used to walk a couple times a week at Birds Hill Park with our pups pre babies. We used to talk about when we would have babies and how amazing it would be to bring them here. Finally, the day came when we could bring the twins and it was the first of many beautiful walks all together.Read More
We spent last Sunday out in the boonies with our family enjoying the great outdoors! I've been looking forward to bringing our babies to one of my favourite places on Earth, and now, with winter behind us, the time has finally come.Read More
No matter how you became one, all mothers are the same. We are the same, but also so extraordinarily different. We conquer the day with grace, sometimes the opposite of grace but still, we conquer every single day.Read More
It has taken me a while to come to terms with how our babies were delivered. It wasn't a horrific birth, or even very traumatizing, but there wasn't much that went to plan (is there ever?) and I felt a little ashamed of how my babies had to be welcomed into the world.Read More
I feel like I just wrote their 3 month update yesterday!
At 4 months they're more fun than ever, and more attached to mama than ever. They coo like crazy, especially Annie. Sybelle talks when she has to say and Annie babbles all the live long day.
I finally put away their 0-3 month clothing, they still fit 3 month sleepers and diaper shirts, but are mostly wearing 3-6 month pants, some 3 month pants still fit, but not for much longer! I just started putting them in 3-6 month shirts but they're swimming in them! Still in size 1 diapers but I think they'll be growing out of those within the next week or two. They are both getting pretty chunky, we will find out their weight this week at their doctor appointment! Annie has so many wonderful rolls it is the best thing ever, and Sybelle is slowly starting to gain some weight in those sweet cheeks of hers. I'm finding as Sybelle chunks up a little, she's starting to look more and more like Annie. I love that they're starting to look more like twins!
Sybelle has her hands in her mouth all of the time, Annie likes her hands but not nearly as much as Sybelle does. They love laying on their play mat and grabbing their toys, or each other's faces and hands. They're starting to get bored a little bit quicker than they have been, so we're going to need to find more play stations to rotate through soon.
We have our routine down pat, but I think they're starting to grow out of their frequent naps. Morning time is their favourite. I'm woken up every morning to chatting from the nursery. I'll go in and turn on the lights and then let them chat and play with each other while I let the dogs out and get breakfast started. It's one of my favourite moments of the day, just letting them enjoy each other's company. The past three nights they only woke up to eat once!!!! Fingers crossed it continues this way!!!
If you follow me on Snapchat (@sarahemahon) you will have seen Annie rolled from her tummy to her back a few weeks ago! It was so exciting we couldn't believe it. Sybelle is so close to rolling from her back to her tummy, so I figured I'd put them both on their tummies to see if that was easier, expecting Sybelle to roll and Annie to just hang out. But it was the opposite! They're so fun in how they surprise us every day with their little personalities. Sybelle is definitely more of a thinker, Annie is more of a doer.
Sybelle's core strength is incredible! She'll be sitting up by herself any day now. She even tries to lift herself up if you're holding her so she can be in the sitting position. Annie is getting there too, they both get so excited when they're sitting upright with a little help. It's going to be so fun when they can sit and chat with each other, or sit in the tub to play. I just can't wait!
We've had a few giggles lately, but nothing super consistent. Kyle has taken it up as his personal responsibility to make them laugh as much as possible, which is just the sweetest thing. We can't wait until giggling fills this house.
That's all for now, I hope you're all well! Take good care, lovelies!
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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
I really just don't know where time is going. This month we celebrated Christmas and all of the fun things that lead up to that special day, we started sleeping 4 hour streches through the night - consistently (hallelujah), and fell more and more in love with eachother ever single day.
So, bare with me while I blabber on about all the amazing things these little girls do.
It is so amazing to find Kyle chatting away with our babies. He lights up their sweet little eyes. There is no one that can make them smile quite like he does. We hung out a lot with family this month, and it is just the sweetest season of life to be surrounded by so much love. Not to mention Christmas. Holy moly were we all so spoiled. They have both grown more and more into two little individuals, they are so incredibly beautiful and perfectly unique. I am so proud of both of them.
We have come to realize the babies really like their little routine - I might do a post on it soon because I have searched the internet high and low to find something that works, especially for twins. They tend to get quite overwhelmed if we spend the whole day travelling, in and out of loud places, and if they don't get many naps in their own crib.
My most favourite thing this month has been the way they calm down when I hold them. Throughout this holiday season they've been held by many many people, and sometimes they get overwhelmed. The second they're in my arms, though, they're happy little beans. They've really started to wrap their little arms around me when I hold them and it's simply the sweetest feeling.
They love their changing table, even in a fit of screaming rage, plop them on the change table, take off their pants, and boom - happy baby. It's quite mystical. They're still fitting size 0-3, 3 month, and are growing into some 3-6 month pants. Still size 1 diapers, and we even had to get a special slightly smaller size 1 to fit Sybelle's teeny tiny bum. Annie has the chunkiest cheeks and thighs, I could squish them all day. Sybelle is slowly starting to grow her little rolls, but is still a bit of a string bean.
We call Sybelle by a million different nicknames: Sibby, Belly, Belsie, Little Belle... The list goes on, every day we find some new way to play with her name. Annie just gets little things tacked on to the end of her name, Annie bean, Annie fanny (she'll hate that one when she's older), Annie girl, sweet Annie (thank you, Zac Brown).
They still love to play with each other, which warms my heart. These days Sybelle has been trapping Annie's hands to chew on, because why chew on your own when you can chew on your sisters??? I could just go on and on.
I'll leave it at that for now, I could talk about these babies all day long. I think I'll be posting a post-partum update soon, because when I was pregnant I spent pretty much all day every day researching what birth and recovery might look like. Stay tuned :)
Take good care, lovelies!
Mothers, I finally understand you.
I know they always say this, but you'll never truly understand ones feelings until you've walked a mile in their shoes. Well, this mile of motherhood is almost 3 months long, and holy cow my heart could burst right out of my chest (they always say that too).
Motherhood is my dream come true. My daughters, my husband, my fur babies, it's all just such a dream to me. It's all I've ever wanted. I can hardly wrap my mind around the love that pours out of me every day. The first giggles and constant smiles, the way they look up at me while I nurse them, the way their little boddies tangle up together while they nurse, sleep, play... They are little best friends. Their twin bond is unlike anything I've ever seen. It makes me so proud to see them calm eachother just by being placed near one another. The way they coo at eachother, the start of their own secret language that I will never know. They way they squiggle toward eachother when they're swaddled and ready for bed. They just have to be touching to go to sleep.
I could go on and on. Today I was just really hit with the joy and excitement of this life that I'm living. I don't want to forget a single thing. I don't want to forget their tiny toes, their sweet gummy smiles. I want this stage to last forever, but at the same time I am simply aching to watch them grow up. I can't wait to play with them. To create with them. To learn with them. I can't wait to see who they will be, what they will do, how they will change this world. I am so proud of them already.
So mothers, I finally understand what you mean when you say your babies are like your heart walking around on the outside. And to my mother, thank you for loving me the way I love my babies. The way you poured your whole self into me, the little things you did every day, you were always there. Thank you.
I hope you are all well, lovelies. I hope you're enjoying your holiday season with whoever you call family.
We were so lucky and had another baby shower this weekend! The girls got to meet their boyfriends who are identical twins, Josiah and Isaiah, the cutest little beans ever, and we got so many more cute things! We are so lucky to have so many loving people in our life.
As a mom, I love having opportunities to dress up because they don't come around very often. As I was getting ready, I couldn't help but throw on a dress! Especially because in Winnipeg, by November it's usually -20... and it was 5 degrees this weekend! I got this dress ages ago from Garage and absolutely love it for the falltime. It is perfect to transition florals from summer to fall and it is just the comfiest thing - and I could nurse in it! I paired it with some cozy socks and tights, and this cardigan from Old Navy. I was comfy all day long, and felt like I was put together so it was just such a win!
Hope you're having a wonderful weekend! Take good care, lovelies!
Two months. It truly is hard to believe. I am so unbelievably in love with these babies and all the adventures that they have brought to my life. This last month has been hard, maybe even the hardest yet. But it has been so worth it. After every hard night, or long day of tears, I fall more and more in love with these girls. I still really can't believe that I made them, both of them, in my tummy for 9 months. And then all of the sudden, they are here.
Though this month has been full of really hard days where both babies have cried and cried and cried endlessly for what seemed like no reason at all, it has been the best month of my life. I am so torn between wanting the girls to stay teeny tiny forever, and being so amazed and excited about how they grow and grow every day. Their personality comes through more and more every hour it seems, and it is just so amazing to see how beautifully unique they both are. They are so fun right now! They have been so so smiley and love to play on their play mat, they will only sleep if they are in the same crib, snuggled up nice and close to eachother, and they NEED naptime or they are miserable little monsters. They really love when their daddy comes home, as soon as he talk to them they are all smiles. I just can't wait until they start to giggle and laugh at all his silliness.
My mom and sister still come over almost every day and I am so thankful for them. Kyle is growing into his roll as their daddy and it is so incredible to watch him love them. Our doggie Jack is their most fierce protector, when we return home after being away with the babies he always runs back and forth between their carseats to make sure they're still as happy and healthy as he left them. He always gets so overwhelmed when they're crying, it's like he's pacing and looking at me like "uhm, mom, are you going to do something about that?!" Yes Jack, working on it.
I just feel so whole. No matter how tired I may be or how overwhelming our days can get, I feel like I've never been more myself. I truly was born to be their momma and feel so lucky to spend my days with them.
I hope you're doing well, take good care lovelies!
We recently got our newborn photos back and I love them so much! Thank you so much to the photographer, my sister in law Meagan Gerylo Photography for capturing these sweet moments of my babies first few days. I cherish these pictures so much and I just cannot believe how fast time has gone.
Little Annie is in the light pink and Sybelle is in the stripes! I cant get over how stinking cute they are it just blows my mind that I made these tiny humans and I get to be their momma! They're 8 weeks old now and we're learning more and more every day what these babies love and what they don't love ;) They're so different from each other and it's so fun getting to know each one as their own little person. I'll be posting a 2 month update on them soon!
Take good care, lovelies!