Hey there! Today’s featured twins are Paisley and Adelyn, the daughters of Beth and Nick. Beth writes a great blog called Sawdust and Embryos and I love the combination of home design and baby things she writes about… yeah, that’s my kind of blogger. :) She and Nick are very talented and have a ton of awesome DIY projects on their blog, so make sure to go say hi! I’ll let Beth take it from here:
Are your girls identical or fraternal? Do twins run in your family?
Our girls are fraternal! Everyone always asks “do twins run in your family?” and I say YES! They do now! After a long and emotional struggle with infertility, we successfully conceived via IVF!
When did you find out you were expecting twins and what was your reaction?
We had two embryos implanted, so we were hopeful that we could have twins. We found out at our 6 week ultrasound that both embryos were growing strong! We both cried when we heard their tiny heartbeats.
How did you go about picking names?
We were all over the place with names. We like some old names, and some modern funky names. But we wanted to make sure the two names sounded good together and were the same “type” of name. We didn’t settle on Paisley and Adelyn until about a week before they were born.
What is the hardest part about having twins?
Honestly, having twins has been a breeze so far. I got lucky with two very easy babies that happily play together all day, and have slept through the night since day one. I do remember really struggling with bottle feeding both babies in the early days. They were tiny and floppy, and didn’t latch well. I had to feed them one at a time, and it was hard if the other baby was fussy while I was trying to feed her sister. It made me feel like a terrible mom. But after a couple months, it became easier to feed them both at the same time with a boppy on either side of me.
What is your favorite part about having twins?
I love watching the girls interact with each other. They laugh at each other and love to snuggle together. I think having them in the same crib has really developed a closeness between them.
What advice would you give to other parents of twins?
With my girls being 8 months, I still consider myself a rookie mom, and not very qualified to be handing out advice. But one thing I would say to a mommy that’s pregnant with twins is this: as soon as you come home from the hospital, put your babes down to bed or to nap while they’re awake every single time. Having two babies dependent on you to fall asleep sounds like a pure nightmare to me. When my girls start rubbing their eyes, or getting a little fussy, I lay them down in their crib. They always fall asleep within minutes. And I really feel that it’s because I’ve done this from the very beginning. Don’t do something ONCE that you’re not willing to do hundreds of times!
I love Beth’s advice about not doing something once if you don’t plan to keep doing it. So true! With twins or even just one, this can be easy to forget, but will save you gray hair. I also love this photo because it looks like home to this farm-town midwest girl. So that and the adorableness of little twins in knit booties sleeping on mom and dad is just too much. Thanks again to Beth for taking time out to answer questions and for letting me feature her girls today. Make sure to visit Sawdust and Embryos and keep up with them![hr]
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