Let it Aeroflow

When I found out I was having twins I wasn’t at all surprised. My doctor had told me I had an 80% change of twins before I was even pregnant. I was shocked; however, to find how difficult it is to get everything needed to care for two babies. What do I need? What do I need two of? What can I skimp on? What should I never skimp on? What might I get at my shower? What should I get now so I can have it ready? The nesting and prep for babies is endless of although much if it is fun, much of it is also tedious. One thing I did NOT like dealing with was securing a BREASTPUMP.

First, I crowdsourced a few times on facebook and noone tells you which one is really best, they just recommend the one they used and for all you know it could be super shitty.

Then, I decided dealing with an insurance company is about as much fun as pluking your eyelashes out with dull tweezers so I tried to sidestep that landmine and just buy one off craigslist. It sucked!

Finally, my mother told me I should qualify for one that I could pick up on Target and this is the route I ultimately went although the experience was not as easy as it sounds. Emails, phone calls, forms, standing in line, rejection, and doctor’s Rx needed. No thank you!

I’m kicking myself for not doing more research and finding Aeroflow! Let it go, let Aeroflow!

The Aeroflow Breastpumps Process:

Aeroflow Breastpump makes the process of getting a breast pump covered through your insurance as easy as possible. Our dedicated and informed Breastpump Specialists are here to help you navigate insurance by taking care of all the paperwork, phone calls and prescription requests so you can take it easy. Our team is available by phone, text, or email to answer any questions you have during this exciting time in your life.

To get started, Aeroflow’s qualify through insurance form asks for a few bits of information such as address, due date and insurance provider. Once you submit the form, a dedicated Breastpump Specialist will process your information and give you a call to discuss your options. Aeroflow offers a huge selection of breast pumps for you to choose from, and our Specialists are trained on each and every pump to help you choose the best option for your lifestyle.

We take care of everything, including:

  • Contacting your physician for a prescription
  • Recommending breast pump options based on your lifestyle and breastfeeding goals
  • Informing you if certain resupply options are available under your insurance plan
  • Billing and processing insurance claims for a breast pump
  • Shipping your breast pump to your door, free of charge!

Once you choose your breast pump, we process your order AND ship it to your door. The entire process is totally free! Some insurance plans require that a mom is at a certain point in her pregnancy before she gets her pump, but your Breastpump Specialist will let you know exactly when you can get order placed and will even remind you about your eligibility and benefits when your due date is near if you end up having to wait a bit before ordering your breast pump.

Currently, the Affordable Care Act requires that insurance providers provide breastfeeding support and supplies for lactating mothers. This includes a breast pump! Aeroflow makes it easy to get your pump covered for free under your specific insurance plan, and we also ensure that you get the most out of your benefits. This often includes extra accessories like milk storage bottles.

Here are just a few of the breast pumps offered by Aeroflow:

  • Spectra S2
  • Lansinoh Smartpump
  • Medela Starter Set (That Girl strongly recomends this!)
  • Evenflo Advanced Double Electric

Good news! Aeroflow is currently the exclusive provider of the Motif Duo — a lightweight, super quiet, double electric breast pump that is now available through insurance and cash-pay!

Breast is best, but having a human or two hanging from your boobs ALL day long just ain’t happenin’! Mama needs a break. Pump it, girl! Reach out to Aeroflow now!

Stay gold, 

That Girl

Baby on a Budget

It’s true I’m a wee bit obsessed with baby gear, and have been since WAY before my boys were born; however, most of this gear is not considered a necessity. I even had some mom-troll comment on one of my posts one day, “Seems like you have to be a millionaire to have a baby these days”. I chose not to respond at the time, but here’s what I would’ve liked to say, “Actually, all it takes to have a baby is an egg, sperm, and a vagina”. But, tthat may have been considered rude, even though it’s true, lol. 

You don’t have to be a millionaire to have a baby. Here’s how to avoid breaking the bank when you’re preggo.

Breastfeed.

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Formula is not only lacking in nourishment and high in unnecessary toxins, but in pales significantly in comparison to breastmilk and it’s expensive! The sticky, stinky powder will empty your pockets so fast it’ll make your head spin, plus you’ll need bottles, nipples, warmers, bottle cleaner, etc. Something like 97% of the female population can breastfeed successfully so only 3% of you may have trouble. No need for fancy nursing covers either. If you’re shy, say goodbye…and walk away to somewhere peaceful and private. Otherwise, sun’s out? Boobs out!

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A babywearing wrap can be as cheap as $40! Know what’s even cheaper? Fabric. It cracks me up when I’m out in public tying on my ACK Wrap or Happy Wrap and someone comments, “Wow, they didn’t have things like that when I had my babies.” Yes, they did! All over the world people have worn their babies using not much more than a bed sheet or cut of fabric. Tie your baby on and there’s no need for a fancy schmancy stroller.

Cloth Diaper

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Yes, there’s some money up front and it’s suggested to have about 24 diapers to start with, but you could get by with less than that at first and build your way up to more. You’ll just have to do laundry a bit more until baby is using less diapers per day, but the upfront costs of cloth will save you thousands down the road. Get a starter kit of 24 diapers plus diaper pail liners and wet bags from ShopWholeHeart.com

Feed the Baby What You Eat

Jarred baby food costs about $.50 for one little jar, but you may go through 3-5 per day, which adds up to $1.50-2.50 a day, or averaging about $40-60 a month. Yikes! Make your own for a third of that price or, even better, just feed baby from your plate. Around six months baby can start eating soft foods and doesn’t need purees. Mash up that banana, potatoes, avocado, egg yolk, or bone marrow delicacy you’re spreading onto your toast points! Studies show babies who ate what the family ate before two years of age are far less likely to be picky eaters.

Clothes

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Hand me downs from…somewhere

Facebook is your friend! Join local garage sale pages, or swap sites, and post every few months asking for hand me downs. Trust me-people don’t want to go through that big box marked for Goodwill and price everything out to sell you individually. They just want it out of their house. I’ve gotten stuff from Baby Gap, Janie and Jack, even Feather4Arrow for FREE!!!

Bathtime 

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You do NOT need expensive organic soaps and lotions. Babies aren’t dirty and their skin produces natural oils to moisturize and protect. For bath, fold up a towel in the kitchen sink, fill it a little ways with warm water and wash baby off with a washcloth and natural oil (such as coconut oil or almond oil) every few days.

Toys

The best toys for babies and toddlers are “real world” items found around the house. Commercial toys are often overstimulating, which can actually stunt imagination and development rather than enhance it.

  • Create a sensory board using plywood and attach things such as sandpaper, buttons, locks, zippers, old calculators, ribbons, cotton, or various fabrics with different colors and textures.
  • Create a “sandbox” with a large rubbermaid container and cornmeal (safe to injest).
  • Use kitchen utensils like spatulas, ladles, measuring cups, or measuring spoons to play in sand or water.
  • Make shakers with old pill bottles and fill with beans, rice, coins, or beads.
  • Save toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, ribbon, bubble wrap, yarn, egg cartons, and milk jugs. All of these things allow for open ended, creative play.

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I won’t lie to you and say I didn’t splurge on the top of the line baby gear for my babies. I did. My stroller cost more than most people’s first cars (I’m embarassed to admit that); however, at the end of the day it’s not about the stroller, the diaper bag, or the clothes a baby had. It’s all about the love they received!

Stay Gold, 

That Girl

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My Birth Story: How my Boys Saved My Life

In the words of the red hair, punkrocker nurse a few days after the birth of my boys, “So…what the fuck happened, man? You were just normal pregnant and then shit just hit the fan?”

Ummm, yeah, that’s pretty much how it went down.

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My pregancy with my twins was above average. WAY above average. No blood pressure issues, minimal weight gain for me, maximum weight gain for the babies, no diabetes, no hypertension, no headaches, minimal nausea. In fact, for the first 30 weeks I barely felt pregnant, let alone with twins. However, towards the end I felt really really heavy. I had lots of pressure, trouble sleeping, I broke out in a terrible chicken pox-esque rash called PUPPS…my body started to feel like it was giving out. I kept trying to be strong, chalking it up to third trimester suckage. Had I only known…

At 38 weeks with my twins (equivalent to 42 weeks with a single), my doctors advised me to be induced for fear of stillbirth or infant distress. I waited 4 years for these boys, I’m not risking anything..let’s do this.

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Monday Feb 15

6:00 pm Cloudy & I head to Chuy’s for dinner together. I’m excited!

7:00 pm We check into the Labor & Delivery Unit at Seton Main. I’m terrified! Suddenly, upon checking in I start to freak out. I don’t want to be in a hospital. I don’t want to be a patient. This is not how this was supposed to happen. I wanted to labor at home and arrive only in time to bring them into the world. No no no! Cloudy, no photos. Don’t post that we’re here. I don’t want anyone to know. I’m so scared I’m trembling and crying.

I refused to wear the paper hospital gown for fear of really giving up my comfort and identity and becoming just another room number. I change into my birthing gown and try to relax as I’m immediately stuck for the IV, surrounded by staff, monitors placed, medical history given.

10:00 pm “Ok, so we’re going to place the cervidil on your cervix to encourage it to soften. You may have some mild cramping overnight so we’ll bring you an ambien to sleep it off. See you in the morning”.

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11:30 pm OooooUCH! I start feeling some intense cramping, which I think must be labor starting. I try to relax through it. It gets more intense. I change positions. I go to the bathroom. I ask Cloudy to rub my back. There’s no relief. The pain gets stronger

Tuesday, Feb 16

1:30 am I’m pulling on the sides of the bed screaming in pain, dizzy from the ambien, begging Cloudy to put all his 240 lbs of strength into my back. I wanted to crawl out of my own skin.

The nurse comes in and looks at the monitor, “Oh my God! How are you doing this? Your contractions are the strength of active labor, but they’re 1.5 minutes long and there’s literally no rest between. Do you want relief?”

“Yes!” I’m crying, screaming, arching my back, begging for help. They offered me morphine, but I knew that wasn’t gonna cut it. I didn’t think anything humane would cut this pain. The anesthesiologist comes in to place the epidural (way sooner than I’d planned) and an angel nurse helps me round my back and stay steady for him to administer it. Its all still a blur.

3:30 am I remember looking at the clock then. I must have fallen asleep.

9:00 am I wake up and hear my mom’s voice talking to Cloudy trying to get a sense for what happened overnight and where I am in the process. Unfortunately I was still ground zero.

3:00 pm Cervical exam reveals I’m only 3cm dilated and WHOOSH…I feel amniotic fluid gush. DAMMIT! Baby A’s water broke. If I were more dilated, this would’ve been a positive sign, but I know with so much work still ahead of me that now he’s at risk for infection.

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Wednesday, Feb 17 (20hrs later!) 

8:00 am I’m only 4cm dilated, slight temperature, contractions are minimal

10:00 am Still 4 cm, now 101.4 temp…The delivery doctor comes in and tells me flat out, “Something is wrong, but we don’t know what. We need to get these boys out now.”

This was NOT my plan! I labored for 36 hours and still wind up having major surgery?! Am I part of the 35% unneccessary c-section? Have I given up? Am I allowing myself to be influenced? How the hell am I supposed to care for twin newborns while recovering from major abdominal surgery. No, I can’t do it! Please don’t make me go.

My mom rubs my forehead, Cloudy is at my side, staff surrounds the bed. Everyone’s face says, “If this girl doesn’t consent, she’s risking the lives of the babies and herself”. Cloudy leans in and says, “Babe, I know it’s not what you wanted, but I’m calling it. You’re going for surgery now. This is what needs to happen.”

Staff starts to prep Cloudy for the OR and anesthesia comes to see me (ironically a former employer of mine whose twins I’d cared for overnight for 6 months). I’m calmer knowing I have a friend on the other side. When they wheel me into the OR I notice the doctor’s face when she sees my foley catheter bag. She can’t hide her fear. She looks at the nurse and demands, “How long as that been like that?” I didn’t know my urine had turned black. Not dark yellow, not brown, but black. This creates an urgency in the room even the most dense person could have sensed.

When they made the first incision I expected to hear my first baby’s cry right away. Instead I feel my body lifted off the table, all my weight being pushed towards my head. There’s no pain, just pressure, fear, and voices. They announce baby A (Cash) but we don’t get to see him longer than a split second. He’s blue. I see the staff smacking him, pulling him, giving him air. Panic hits me. Then, baby B is born (Cannon) and they bring him to us. He’s so big, healthy, beautiful, but the distraction of my perfect baby boy only lasts so long. My attention diverts right back to Cash. I know he’s not okay. No one’s telling me anything.

I feel myself slip into a state of shock. I start vomiting to the left and right over and over and over again. My head gets foggy, my blood pressure drops, the mood in the room shifts. I tell Cloudy I’m not okay begging him to alert the staff I’m not okay. “Cloudy do they know I’m not okay? I’m not okay…tell them I’m not okay. Do they see me? Do they know? Cloudy I’m scared. I’m not okay.”

In my head, I’m dying, but I can’t tell my husband that. I need him to stay strong. With slurred speech and all the energy I can muster I tell him I love him and instruct him to stay with the boys no matter what. He’s gone. My babies are gone. I black out.

The Truth

When I wake up in recovery, hours have passed. I have no idea what happened, where my babies are, where my family is, but I’m glad to be alive. The nurse moves a blanket off my legs and asks me if I had any swelling during my pregnancy. I look at my legs and am not sure whether to laugh or scream. My legs swole 5x their normal size! There was no space between my toes and my legs looked like tree trunks. This is super scary for everyone. It’s not your usual post-op swelling. This was most definitely not okay.

Over the next 24 hours I would hear doctors say things like, “You’re the sickest patient on this floor”, “You’re an extremely complicated case,” “No need to worry, we’ve got a team of specialists following you right now,” and my personal favorite, “Had you delivered vaginally you would have died”.

My kidneys and liver began to fail during delivery. My spleen was enlarged. Protein, nitrates, red blood cells, and bacteria were found in my urine. An ovarian blood clot was discovered that would have ruptured during birth. My final diagnosis: Atypical HELLP syndrome, a freak show version of HELLP affecting less that 1% of the population.

Somehow, some way, my boys knew it was unsafe for them to be born vaginally. Cash had lodged himself in my pelvis, hence the pressure at the start of the surgery. The doctors had to literally dig him out, which caused distress and he was holding his breath. A week in the NICU and antiobiotics to fight off possible infections from whatever caused me to spike a fever kept him safe.

Cannon had braced himself against my back, refusing to engage as well. This was the reason for the unbearable pain at the start of my labor. My uterus was contracting from my back to the front fighting the boy’s resistance to move. The word you’re searching for is “ouch”.

These are the facts. I didn’t get to hold my babies at birth. I didn’t get to nurse them while gazing lovingly at my husband at the bedside. I didn’t get first photos of their chubby pink arms because my babies were covered in stickers and IV tubes. My pain was so great physically, but the pain of this birth has been tremendously difficult emotionally as well.

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A friend who visited me at the hospital said, “Maybe this was your body’s way of saying you weren’t meant to have twins”, but I believe it’s the exact opposite. God knew the desires of my heart. He knew my body couldn’t handle more than one pregnancy so he gave me two beautiful, strong, healthy babies at once. He placed them where he knew theyd be safe and he whispered in their sweet ears, “Boys, stay right where you are. Don’t come out because your mommy’s not safe yet. I’ll send angels in to get you when it’s time.”

Thank you Jesus for my life and thank you for giving me the boys who saved it. 

That Girl

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A Breastfeeding Mama Needs…

Sure, breastfeeding is natural, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy, or instinctive to know what you need to be successful (especially in American culture). Unlike other cultures, American women aren’t always surrounded by their mothers, mother-in-law, mom friends, or the “village” of helpers. We’re often visited by an LC in the hospital and then sent on our merry way with a breastfeeding pamphlet and a list of recommended reading. So…what does a breastfeeding mama need to be successful?

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  1. Friends/family who’ve been successful at breastfeeding

A woman who wants to breastfeed her baby and has goals for how long she plans to nurse does not need to be surrounded by naysayers or women who will discourage her from her goals. Every mother is different. Breastfeeding may not have worked for you and your family, but that doesn’t mean you should share your trials and tribulations with this new mother, nor should you tell her how great formula was…HER goal is nursing and she needs encouragement. Invite friends over to encourage, praise, and assist.

2. Calories! Fat! Protein! Vitamins!

Every woman wants to reclaim her body after pregnancy, but the weight will fall off very quivkly for a nursing mother WITHOUT dieting. This is not the time to cut calories. A nursing mother needs 300-500 extra calories per day (1000 more if she’s nursing twins), and she should stick to a healthy fat and high protein diet. Healthy fats would include nuts, seeds, avocado, olive oil, or fatty fish. And don’t forget to keep taking your prenatal vitamins!

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3. A gallon of water a day

I drank a gallon of water a day during my pregnancy and found that the more I drank, the more I wanted and the better I felt. A nursing mom is producing milk (a fluid) therefore she needs fluids. Duh!

4. Her placenta

Okay, stop gagging and get over yourself. It’s actually becoming a mainstream, modern practice to have your placenta encapsulated after birth. It’s in capsule form just like vitamins and comes with dosage instructions. Your placenta has a heap of health benefits postpartum, but also increases your milk supply. You can book my encapsulator here. Get ‘er done!

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5. Gear

Invest in a nursing pillow such as the MyBrest Friend Nursing Pillow, Boppy, or Twin Z if you’re having multiples. These help you get a much better position for nursing while supporting back and arm muscles. Get you a good nursing cover too so you can nurse in public no matter where you are or who you’re with. A nursing stool or ottoman to prop your feet up on can be nice, too, and you’ll want underwire free nursing bras or tanks.

6. Nipple Balms or Coconut Oil

Nursing can sometimes lead to sore, dry, or cracked nipples. Get into a habit of using an organic nipple balm like Earth Mama Angel Baby or even organic coconut oil to soothe.

7. Legit Nursing Pump

All insurance companies cover breastpumps now, but not all of them are high quality. Make sure you can get an electrical, hospital grade pump. My insurance didn’t cover the hospital grade pumps so I bought one off a resell site that was unopened, in the box for $40. Pumping can help you build stock for outings, babysitters, or bottle feeding when your spouse wants in on the feeding time. Plus, breastfeeding is all about supply and demand so pumping can help you drain your breasts after feedings to keep your supply high.

8. Station(s)

It makes life easier for a nursing mom to have everything she needs within reach. Stock a basket(s) with nipple balm, burp cloth, nursing pads, nipple shield (if needed), snacks, and water bottles. I have one in my bedroom AND in the nursery- the two places I know I’m likely to nurse my babies.

9. A supportive spouse

Nursing can start out as a full time job. It takes hard work, dedication, and patience to build supply, find comfortable positions, and get baby to latch right. Moms can often feel overwhelmed, helpless exhausted, and discouraged. They need a spouse that will rub their shoulders or feet, keep them company while they nurse, bring them funny things to read or watch while they’re in their nursing spot, and one who praises their efforts and encourages them to keep going.

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10. Realistic goals

Colostrum is the first little bit of breastmilk baby will get. It’s loaded with health beenefits, antibodies, wgite blood cells, healthy fats, etc etc etc. Every mother should have a goal of at least feeding her baby that. Then, set a goal to nurse for 1 full month. See if you can make it 3 months. Then aim for 6 and hopefully you’ll make it a year or more. Many moms say if you can get past the first few months it’s a cakewalk after that.

If you find yourself struggling, hire a trained Lactation Consultant. They can be real lifesavers and the best money you’ve ever spent for your baby’s health! Also, lager beer, fenugreek, brewer’s yeast, flaxseed, and oats have all been said to increase supply. Give it a fair shot!

Happy milking, 

That Girl

 

Twin Nursery

The French believe in welcoming a newborn to their home by walking through the house and introducing them to each room. They believe that it helps them get better acquainted with their new world, which, in turn, makes for secure, happy babies. Personally I think this is a fabulous custom! I was worried that if my nursery wasn’t ready, and appropriate baby stations organized, that I’d be doing my babies a disservice by bringing them home to chaos, hence creating chaotic babies.

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How their nursery was designed was also of crucial importance, not because I’m spoiled and wanted to be on trend, but because it’s their first room. I wanted it to represent my hopes for them and my vision for their lives. So, I opted for a modern, rustic theme with a hint of glam. We live in Dripping Springs, a small town 20 minutes west of Austin and I want these boys to grow up with a mix of urban and country living. Perhaps they’ll ride 4 wheelers on the ranch all day, but have sushi with me downtown at night. The glam aspects of the nursery represent the charm, sparkle, and charisma that so few boys have today.

I lined the modern cribs parallel to the back wall (Babyletto Scoot 3-in-1) in an effort to save space. The white cribs are trimmed with walnut; a perfect blend of modern and rustic. Between the cribs I placed a side table I found at Target with a geometric cut wooden top and metallic gold base. This is where I’ll place their white noise machine and the essential oil diffuser from Stadler Form that pumps lavendar into the air overnight for healthy sleep. Above the cribs is wall art created by my husband using reclaimed barn wood and galvanized metal letters. The boys have the same intials as their dad, which meant alot to him and is a monogramming dream for me!

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My father always quotes Thomas Jefferson saying, “A room without books is like a body without a soul” and I definitely grew up in a family of readers. I hope to raise these boys to not only be readers, but to live lives seeking adventure! Currently the wood pallet bookshelves (made by my brother-in-law) are filled with board books and sensory books, but will one day soon be filled with books about treasure islands, camping, pirates, mysteries, imagination, cowboys, indians, and knights. I can hardly wait to pull them onto my lap and read stories together.

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I’ll likely read to them in this gorgeous Eddie Bauer chair-and-a-half, but I also purchased this wide, deep seated chair for nursing purposes. I can fit one baby on either side, nurse individually, or nurse together. My twin nursing pillows both fit perfectly in this chair! The “2” pillow from Land of Nod has become one of my favorite accent pieces because I’m overjoyed to be a twin mom and I think it represents a life of doubles! Double the fun, double the fear, double the trouble and double the love.

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With twins, organization is key to survival so I fell in love with the Hemnes dresser from Ikea. I loved the 4 half drawers across the top because they fit my diapers and changing supplies perfectly. If there’s one thing I cant stand, it’s clutter! I didn’t want a dresser covered with rash creams, nail clippers, rags, wipes, etc. like I find in so many homes of new parents. My changing pad on top is a nonslip pad from Restoration Hardware covered with an organic cover by Burt’s Bees. Each drawer houses swaddle blankets, slobber bibs, sleepers, socks, leggings, and onesies organized in drawer dividers also found at Ikea. Beside the dresser I’ve discretely placed my steel trap diaper pail by Ubbi, that’s lined with a cloth diaper liner by Kangacare.

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At 36 weeks pregnant with these two boys I’m beyond ready to meet them. I can hardly wait to introduce them to their room, read them stories there, sing together, and hold them close in the middle of the night.

Stay gold, 

That Girl

Postpartum Plan for Twins

If you’re having twins and you opt for just “winging it”, you should know that your world will get turned upside down. With a singleton you can guess and check, accept your mistakes, and learn as you go, but with twins? That just won’t do. Twins require mucho prep-o! As a self-proclaimed “twin pert”, I’ll share my postpartum plan for surviving the early days with twins.

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Labor/Delivery

You may be thinking, “How foes this affect postpartum? Well, if you’re not educated and prepped for childbirth you may find yourself undergoing an unnecessary c-section, which can drastically affect your postpartum days.

  • Keep your weight down
  • Find an ObGyn willing to flip babies or pull breach babies out feet first if needed
  • Trust your body to deliver when its ready and REFUSE induction or unnecessary medical interventions
  • Hire a doula and/or midwife to help you navigate labor/delivery

Baby Blues

A mom of multiples is 40% more likely to experience postpartum depression! Yikes! This is attributed to being overwhelmed sure, but mostly it’s due to the fact that you had double the hormones during pregnancy, which means double the drop after delivery. Can you say withdrawals? Get your placenta encapsulated! It’s super easy and the capsules are taken just like vitamins. Research shows taking your placenta can help regulate your hormones again and decrease likelihood of PPD. #winning!

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Sleep

Sleep is crucial to everyone, especially the new mom. Ideally I’d have my newborns in their cribs from night 1, but since my master is downstairs and the nursery is upstairs, this isn’t really efficient. So, I have two snuggle nests for the babies for the first 4-6 weeks. I’m placing them side by side on TOP of the covers on the other side of the bed next to a changing pad and diaper station basket. I’ve encouraged my husband to sleep upstairs in the guest room. Not only will this allow space in the bed with me for babies, but it will help him get more sleep. Afterall, he has to work and there’s no sense in both of us being zombies. The snugglenests allow me to sit up in bed, change, feed, reswaddle, and lay babies down without having to trek across the house in the dark, which inevitably will help me get more sleep.

Multiple “Stations”

I’m just as OCD as the next mom and like everything to have it’s place, but with twins, you’ll need multiple places for everything. I have  diaper changing station in my bedroom on the bed, but I’ll also have one in the living room or the media room  and I have one upstairs in their nursery. Believe me, you do NOT want to have to go back and forth with both babies or one and then the other just to change a diaper 12-16 times a day per baby! I also have set up “nursing stations” both upstairs and downstairs with a feeding pillow (I have the Twin Z downstairs and My Brestfriend upstairs), breastpump, nipple balm, waters, snacks, and burp cloths. Lastly, have several safe places to set/lay the babies. Downstairs I’ll have my snugglenests in our room, Twin Z, activity gym, and several blanket pallets downstairs, their 4Moms mamaroos, and a blanket pallet upstairs.

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Cloth Diaper

You think I’m nuts, but I’ve read hundreds of blogs, forums, articles on cloth diapering multiples and so far NOONE has regretted it! Rushing to the store in the middle of the night for diapers, twins being in two different sizes, and the astronimcal expense of disposables sounds like a nightmare. Cloth:

  • saves $6,000-8,000 in diapers from birth to potty training
  • One Size diapers can be sized to custom fit each baby perfectly
  • Machine wash and tumble dry make it a breeze when you’re running low on diapers
  • Significantly less leaks and blow outs means less clothing changes too

I’m using the Rumparooz by Kangacare and the Lil Joeys as newborns until 12lbs. I alo have a few TotsBots and Bamboozies for nighttime.

Other tips:

  • Join a facebook page for multiples or other mommy groups
  • Keep a journal daily on feedings, diaper changes, etc
  • Create a “to-do” chalkboard or whiteboard for friends/family to help with
  • Stash extras of EVERYTHING in your car, grandma’s car, daddy’s car, in the stroller, and diaper bag if possible (clothes, blankets, pacis, diapers, wipes, wet bags)
  • Create an accordian file folder for each baby with tabs for vaccines, allergies, photos, medical records, birth certificate. This will grow as they grow, but it’s best to be organized from day 1

Stay gold, 

That Girl