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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Online Friend...

Our family and friends have been
wonderful with helping us getting
ready for our little Lambs and this
past week a wonderful and special
lady I know only through online
scrapbooking has blessed us again.

Cindy and her fraternal Twin own
and operate a gift basket website
with fabulous gifts for new babies.
She generously sent a box of goodies
for the babies and their daddy.
When she said she'd send us a box
I never expected a big box,
extra loaded with goodies.

Inside were 2 gift baskets with
blankets, burp cloths, bibs,
hats, and Bunny, along with 2
adorable Elmo mini blankets,
2 pairs of cute pink shoes, and
to top it of a Daddy Diaper Bag.

Thank you Cindy we appreciate
the wonderful gifts and can't
wait to see the babies model
the shoes and Justin use the
Daddy Diaper Bag.

Please check out their websites
Baby Basket Co and
Brown Eyed Baby Boutique.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Making Room pt 3

After sorting and folding and
removing all the hangers from
the clothing, mom began the
process of re-organizing the boxes
at the top of the nursery closet.
5 boxes in total going across with
sizes 6 months-12 months ALL filled
and one larger box for other sizes
that needs a home in the garage.

I helped but she did most of the
work, as I rested or did other
little things around the house.
I Love my MOM!

Making sure that the nursery is
as organized as I can get it to
start has been a priority, I'd
like for it to stay that way
though it's going to need a lot
of TLC once the babies get here.
Target & Ikea have been the best
with furniture coming from
both and helping to make the room
as efficient as possible.

We also were very blessed with gifts
for the babies that have helped us
succeed in what's been done so far,
like the beautiful rocking chair and
ottoman from the neighbors across the
street and the bassinet from a friend
that will eventually find it's way to
our master bedroom.

Babies need quite a bit and these
two babies need double and have
been blessed with at least triple
of a normal single baby's items.
I want to make sure it's
documented that the room started
off mostly organized :0).
Much more has been added to the
room since the last photos so
don't be afraid.
The changing table is loaded with
preemie and newborn diapers and on the
bottom drawer all the onsies and pants.

Our rocking chair is made for
short people like me! I love it.

I hadn't made anything for the room yet
and new that a tissue box was very
important since I have major allergies.
So this past week I decorated a wooden
$1 tissue box to be kept in the nursery.

OMG the clothes!
So many and times two in many cases.
I had Justin add an extra bar in the
center so that all the clothes could
stay on one side of the closet.

The other side of the closet is
all storage, for diapers and in
the cabinet their blankets.
Yes it looks messy but it works.

The corner shelves old all the
twins bibs, burp cloths, receiving
blankets, teethers and more.

These collapsible boxes from Ikea
are amazing and have helped making
organizing easy peezy!
Justin even found these awesome
plastic labels at Ikea, just
write or make up your labels
on the computer and tada!
We need more of those.

I LOVE to read and want the babies
to have the same passion for books
that I do so I've gone crazy with
buying books, and Grandma Lamb
has helped too!

With this shelf we wanted the bottom
to be more storage for swaddles and
blankets and our mommy and daddy items.
The top has all their pretty items like
a wooden dish & perfume bottles from
Iraq where Papa Joe is.

The view from the door.
The Diaper Bag is sitting on a
three bag laundry basket from Target.
You simply unhook the bag and can
take your items to the laundry room.
Oh how i hope this makes it easier for us.

The view from the Rocker.
Justin would like to eventually put
shelves all the way around the room
at the same height as the top of
the book cases.

So that's where we are at so far
in making room for the babies.
The last of it is in our own room
to make room for two bassinets.
I'm slowly working on that.

Making Room pt 2

Though our main goal last
week was to finish the
bathroom we became side tracked.
Simple for us.

Our second goal was to finish
shopping for what we needed,
like supplies for the breast
pump, a second bassinet &
sheets, more diapers and baby
grooming & medications.

We planned a trip to Babies R Us
and took with us Honorary Grandma Kay.
The plan was finish up or
list and go out to lunch.
We were doing well, I started off the
adventure in a wheel chair, I knew our
day was going to be long and I wanted
desperately to to last all day.
We focused and finished up the list
within in hour and at that point I got
out of the wheel chair and figured I
would walk it was just browsing now.

That was until we got to the clothing.
Then both Nana and HG were lost to me.
Both looking for bargains and matching
clothes on the clearance racks.
I found a few items like 2 half off itsy
bitsy teenie weenie yellow polka dot bikinis,
that Justin had been hoping to find.
There's a photo of me in a blue bikini
when I was about 1 year old so he figures
the babies need the same type of photo.
I'm all for it!

Once I was done looking I was ready
to get back into the wheel chair.
My mom saw that and helped me in,
then helped me to move off to the side.
I only saw mom and Kay if they
wanted to show me something or
put something in the cart.
It was starting to pile up higher
and higher with beautiful clothes.

Mom and I are bargain hunters,
we try to never pay full price.
The twins clothes so far have
been sale, clearance or Ross
& Marshall's finds.
Alot of what you see at Babies R Us,
even on clearance, at times, are even
less at Marshall's and Ross, name brands
like Carters and Puma outfits normally
$20-$25 each only $7-$12.
Big Savings!

After a long scavenger hunt both
ladies came back to where they left
we to say they looked through
everything and found what they could.
All of us were more than ready
for lunch and after a couple
seconds realized why.
We began our shopping adventure about
11:30AM and it was already 3:00PM.
Time went by fast.

We checked out leaving with major
saving and tons of clothes for the
twins, larger sizes of course!
We then enjoyed a nice big lunch at BJ's.
Mom who was driving was getting very
tired and how do you perk her up?
Easy ask if she'd like to stop at
the Casino before heading home.

Oh she was definitely perked up!
30 minutes at the casino does
wonders for mom and she even
wanted to stop at the truck
stop for dessert.
That was a MASSIVE dessert.
Kay and I each got a deep dish
cheery pie with soft serve ice cream.
Momma got the Brownie Bomber!
Those desserts were
Delicious, but HUGE.

I know this post is called Making Room
pt 2, and doesn't mention organizing,
but it is part of the process :)!
Because of all the new clothes we need
to re-organize the boxes on the top of
the nursery closet to make room.
The babies are set for clothes until 12months.
Yes there with be outfits bought here
and there for special occasions but for
the most part these baby girls will be
styling no matter what the day is.

I'm happy & appreciate that my mom
has spoiled the twins and us so much.
It'll make life alittle easier
knowing we're starting off so well.

Making Room pt 1

I knew making room for a baby
was hard work, but making room
for two has been nuts.
Thankfully with help from my
amazing Mom and loving Husband
it has been made it easier!

Last week when my mom asked
what I needed to do or would
like to do, I don't think she
expected such a huge task.
My goal was to find a way to put
all the babies' bath items in
the bathroom where they belong.
As we put everything into
the bathroom on the counter
we both became over whelmed.
How in the world are all those
baby towels, emergency kits,
grooming kits, lotion and body
wash bottles going to fit, in this
tiny room with what was already there.

My mom is amazing, her suggestion
an over the toilet cabinet.
Yes not rocket science, but I never
look that way so I'd never thought of
that, so to me it's a genius idea.
And it worked!
We began our journey of this master
plan early last week, but last night
it was all (sort of) put together.
The twins bath items are now put
away, though I need to re-organize
the linen closet to make room for
a few rarely used towels.

Our lovely New Cabinet filled with
lotions, powders, body washes and more.

I honestly didn't think the
normal bath towels and the babies'
towels would fit but they do!
Thank goodness!
Larger towels in the bottom cabinet.
Small wash cloths in a drawer.
Pencil boxes will with their tooth
brushes, travel bottles, medical
pacifiers and more also in a drawer.

Though the space is small we're
making it work and I'm so excited
that it's all coming together.

Extra special thank you to my mom &
nana-to-be, for purchasing, assembling
and installing this beautiful new cabinet.

Monday, August 8, 2011

The countdown...

We are currently at 34 weeks and 5 days!
The excitement is getting
crazier and so is the stressing!

Stress? Why yes, of course!
Just think 2 little baby girls,
what if they are as active as their
Nana and Daddy, or as stubborn as all
of us, or throw tantrums like Mommy.
How do you keep up?
This honestly doesn't stress
me out as much as D-Day!

Justin is currently in North Dakota
for the next two weeks for training
for a detail position.
This is fantastic, he'll be
working in our little town, so
no more 2 hours of commuting
each day for the next 3 years!
However the timing for the training
is less than ideal being so close to
the babies making their grand entrance.
Justin says if they come out before
he gets home they are grounded for
the 18 years or 21 years in some states.
Hahaha,he's funny.

Today was 2 appointments.
The first with obsetrix and we got
to see the babies on the ultrasound
and were told how their growth was.
Baby A is 4lbs 12oz.
Baby B is 4lbs 10oz.
Both are about a week behind in
growth, though it's not a concern.
Baby A let her face be seen
today so we got photos of her.
Baby B was being Shy, so no photos.

The second appointment with Dr K.
I gained 5 pounds which Dr K
said is due to water retention,
so it's not a big concern.
Everything looks good from his
findings and he says it looks
promising that I'll make it to
38 weeks, which is our goal to make
sure the babies have developed enough.

This is good that means if these little
princesses make it to 38 weeks, they won't
need to be grounded for 18 years ;0).

Every thing is going well,
getting the last minute things
done, though it takes me forever!
Making room very slowly in the
master bedroom for bassinets.
Purchasing when I can the the last
was the items we need right away.
Finishing organizing as much
as I can to make life easier
once they are here.

As for physically, I ok.
I am uncomfortable most of
the time, but it's not too bad.
Laying down to sleep takes
me a while to get comfortable.
Often because of the pelvic
pain I fall asleep crying.
Getting out of the bed or off
the couch is a major chore.
Walking for too long is hard on
my back, but it hasn't made
me stop shopping, haha.
My legs & feet swell horribly now.
And the weather being so humid and
hot sure doesn't help any of it.

BUT all of this is worth it!
I'm getting 2 babies in the
end and that makes me happy!

We took photos on Saturday
and I love how they came out!
As you can see he's WAY taller than me!
I'm 4'10", he's 6'1".
And the belly is HUGE!