I registered for my twins 3 1/2 years ago. When registering for twins I picked two of so many things. Two cribs, two high chairs, two boppys, etc… We needed double the clothes with twins as well. Especially in those first few months. When having twins, there is so much stuff that is useful.
Something that I learned from the girls was that we needed a crib rail protector. Bailey loved chewing on the bed rail once she was able to stand. Her bed now has scraps all in the top rail because of her teething and chewing.
Now that we have another baby on the way, I wanted to prevent this from happening and make teething crib rails. I found these instructions here at August Joy Studios.
To prepare for the bumpers I purchased the following items:
- 3 yards of gray and white chevron material
- 2 rolls of navy blue ribbon
- 2 packages navy blue binding strips
I measured the three sides of the cribs that would need the teething rails. The two side rails are measuring 29 inches each and the long side is 55 inches. I added an inch to each side for folding and sewing a seam.
I cut the fabric in the following sizes:
– 30 inches by 7 inches (4 pieces)
– 56 inches by 7 inches (2 pieces)
I pinned the fabric pieces with a 1/2 inch seam. Then stitched the seam with my sewing machine. The original directions skipped this step but I believe it helps reinforce the material by completing this step.
I cut the binding material and stitched it to my border of the previously sewn fabric, only on one side of the measured material. (There are two pieces per measured side of the crib. An under and top side).
Then I cut the ribbon into 6 inch strips. I then pinned each ribbon to the fabric that I previously had sewn 6 inches apart. I stitched the ribbon to the fabric. Make sure that the ribbon pieces match the same spot on each side of the material.
This is where I sewed the two teething rail pieces together. The batting is placed on the inside of the material. The pieces need to be with the print out to stitch them together. Once it is already, I sew the material pieces together.
The teething crib rail is now complete and is on the baby bed.
September Marks The Start of A New Year
The girls started back at Mother’s Day Out last Tuesday. After four long months of being home, they were back in their normal routine. I am honeslty not sure who was happier, them or me. This year’s first day was not like last year. Last year I felt sad because this was the first time they had been away from me. This year I was excited and so relieved to have them back in their program. It truly is good for both them and I. As we pulled up to their school Brooke shouted, “Mommy you found my school, you found it!” I guess she thought the school was lost since they had not been in so long.
This year they start pre-k 3. It’s the first official year of pre-k where they have a weekly curriculum. They go through the alphabet and have activities each week that correspond with each letter. For example, this week they started with the letter N. Their snack, activities, science class, songs, etc… are all about the letter N. As I picked them up this afternoon, they were singing abou tthe letter N. I love that they are learning so much. It is absolutely a wonderful program!
What Mommy Did While The Girls Were Away
My first day away from them was spent running much needed errands and working on organizing their clothes. I am about to sell their fall/winter clothes that they have outgrown at a local consignment show. They come out twice a year to allow consigners to sell clothes and for people to be able to shop for good clothes as well. They only accept good clothes, no stained or worn clothing. It also allows parents to sell their children’s clothing at a fair price instead of selling at a garage sale for low prices. So the past week I have been working on pricing the items and preparing them for the sale. I will drop them off next Thursday so I want to get them all together this weekend and ready to drop off. I officially finished pricing and organizing them today. YAY!
On top of sorting through clothing, and running errands, Joel and I had our first lunch date in four months. We used to go to lunch every two weeks to once a month while they were in Mother’s Day Out. It is something that we both missed. So Tuesday we had our first one of the school year. I guess we need to enjoy that time now while we can because our baby boy will be here in four months.
The rest of this week has been getting things situated around the house. I started putting away baby boy’s clothing that we have already received. Once all of their old clothes are out of his room we can start setting up his room for him.
After 3 years of blogging about my twin girls, I have a few favorite mommy blogs that are just about multiples. These are people just like you and me, who are raising multiples. They could have twins, triplets, or more.
1. Coco’s Daughter – This blog is about a mom raising her twins. She shares stories of her twins, recipes that she makes for her family, diy projects she has completed, and more. Reading her blog is often comical as we all experience those twin moments.
2. The Kenny Family – This blog is about a family with twin boys. This blog is fun for me to read as it’s the opposite of what I have. I think it’s interesting to read what life is like with twin boys opposed to my twin girls. This blog is worth reading as you raise your twins.
3. Four to Adore – Four to Adore is about a family with quads. That’s right, four babies! I find her blog interesting because it tells what life is like raising higher up multiples. This is something that I do not think I personally could do and find it amazing each person that can. She talks about how they raise their quads and all the little other things that life throws at you.
4. Life and Love, Multiplied – This blog talks about her experience going from newlyweds to instant parents. Not only instant parents but of twins. She writes about her journey through pregnancy and now raising her twin girls.
5. Life with Quads – This is a blog about raising quads. This blog is a little ahead of where I am with my girls. Her quads are teenagers now. She shares the experiences that are to come in the future for all new multiples moms.
6. How Do You Do It? – This is a blog with a group of moms with multiples who have come together to share their stories. This blog has so many different types of moms but they all have wonderful stories and experiences to share. This is a great blog for moms looking for advice or reassurance.
7. Twiniversity – This blog is a group of parent twin bloggers that share their stories of raising twins. Like How Do You Do It, this blog is a wonderful resource for moms of multiples looking for other stories and advice.
8. Multiples and More – This is a blog that I have found recently for moms of multiples. I have not read too many blog posts on here but the ones I have read are really wonderful.
9. The Twin Coach – This blog is about raising twins. Her blog has a lot of resources for twin moms. She offers advice and tips on raising twins.
10. Mandy with Multiples – This blog is about a mother with boy/girl fraternal twins. This is also different from what I have but seems to be a more common pairing. I like reading her blog because of the stories and experiences that she has raising her boy/girl twins.
This is just a little sneak peek about these blogs that I have found wonderful resources. These are not parenting expertise bloggers, they are moms just like you and me that share their life stories. I like to read blogs like these because they are real, they share their ups and downs. When I need that extra boost on the long days, these are the types of blogs I like to read that help give me the inspiration to keep going. These are wonderful mothers of multiples, living life the best way they can. 🙂
**These are my favorite blogs to go to. This was not taken from another list on the internet. Most of the blogs can be found on Top Mommy Blogs.
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Sleep: It varies. Some nights I sleep well and others I can’t hardly sleep.
The girls and I went to a regular OB appointment on August 12th. Baby’s heartbeat is nice and strong. The girls went with me because Joel had to work and wasn’t able to watch them. This was the first time they heard his heartbeat. The next day I saw my Nephrologist for the first time while pregnant. It looks like I will be seeing him montly until this little guy is here for precautionary reasons. You can read more about my kidney disease in my post Pregnancy and A Kidney Disease. At this point in my pregnancy, my kidneys are still functioning as normal but my doctor will be watching very closely to make sure that I stay in remission and do not have any complications.
On August 27th we went for the sonogram as a whole family. It was good to go and see him again. This was a first for the girls, getting to see their brother on the “tv” screen in the sonogram room. We figured they would be in awe about the baby on the screen but things went quite different. As we walked into the room, Brooke immediately asked where the baby was. They were looking all over the room. They were confused and thought that the baby was already there at the doctor’s office waiting on us. Once we explained that the baby was still in my tummy and that we were going to see pictures of him on the screen, they settled down and waited to see what was going to happen. I had tried to explain the next process to them earlier in the day but they still did not understand. I laid on the table as the lady checked the baby. She confirmed that the baby is in fact a boy and that he is healthy, growing as he should. When we finished the full sonogram, I sat up and went to get up off the table and both girls came over to make sure I was okay. They both said, “Mommy you are okay? Were you sick?” It made me realize then that they were scared from mommy laying on the table. Although I was talking to them and helping explain what was going on, they were still scared that something was wrong with Mommy. It was cute and sweet, and definitely confusing for them. After I was sitting up and waiting on the doctor, they couldn’t stop talking about baby brother. So I could tell they were excited.
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Yesterday was the girls’ 3rd birthday! I hurried in the morning to get ready and set up the living room for their birthday surprise. We agreed to allow them to open one gift each for their birthday, the rest would wait until their party this weekend.
After getting ready and setting up the living room, Joel and I hurried into their room to wish them happy birthday. They were both sound asleep but really excited when we came in and woke them. Bailey took a little longer to come around as she usually does. Brooke was up immediately and very excited. We got them dressed and sent them into the living room where they had their birthday roses, gifts, and birthday cinnamon rolls waiting for them. They were so excited about the cinnamon rolls they didn’t even notice the presents. We had to redirect them to the coffee table so that Joel could see them open the gifts before leaving for work.
The girls opened their backpacks for school. We had backpacks monogramed for them as this is their first year of Pre-K. So I wanted them to have their own backpack instead of sharing a bag like we did in the past year. The girls were so excited to find that they had their own backpacks. Both of them put them on immediately with big smiles. It truly is the little things that please them these days.
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We also had them open cards from their grandparents. They absolutely loved the cards. Cards have been something that the girls have enjoyed receiving over the past year. Each time they receive a card they will hug it and tell me about the card and who it was from. It’s so cute!
The rest of the day they talked about their birthday party. They would tell me who was coming to their party. They don’t realize that it’s still a few days away. They are still excited!
Now mommy, on the other hand, is ready for it to be over. Planning a party amongst the million other things I have on my plate while being pregnant is exhausting. I will write about the birthday party after it happens this weekend.