I have been shopping up a storm for the Twinsicles. Buying baby clothes, shoes, gadgets and gear is more fun than buying anything for myself. There are so many cute and unique options out there and Etsy makes me go bananas for the stuff you can find on there.
We still have lots to buy, particularly important necessities like a baby bathtub and a diaper pail. But, I have stocked up on lots of cute stuff. I can’t wait to share more with you. For now, here are 6 of the best baby finds that I love x two!
- Estella Taxi Rattle who wants a basic rattle? Estella makes an entire collection of organic rattles with cute themes like this NYC taxi cab, a plus since I want our Twinsicles to always know they are NYC’ers at heart.
- Candy Kirby Designs Baby Blanket these baby blankets are pretty enough to frame. I love their chic, sophisticated design and the fact that they are made of organic cotton. Picked one up in blue and pink, of course!
- Milk Snob Covers these soft, lightweight covers come in a variety of fun, modern designs to put over your infant car seats or double as a nursing cover.
- Urban Baby Co Onesie this brand makes the best organic onesies with fun sayings, prints, and themes. I had to get the Made in Denver one since our Twinsicles were literally made in the beautiful mountains there. Thanks, CCRM x a million.
- Stuart Weitzman Baby Dancer Shoes I don’t – and won’t – play favorites. But our daughter’s shoe collection is definitely growing faster than our son’s. I couldn’t resist these Stuart Weitzman sparkly flats for baby girl.
- Noxx Handmade Headware these handcrafted beanies and headbands are hipster cool for kiddos and keep them warm. I love their casual vibe and how they come in so many different styles.
The Twinsicles nursery is coming along. The room has been painted, furniture has been ordered, some has even been delivered, and the accessories are coming along. Next on my list is their library. My heart goes pitter patter just thinking about reading them bedtime stories while snuggling together in their rocker. I want their library to be fun, and of course, educational. Since I didn’t know where to start, I called my good friend Lori, who is a teacher and literature expert (check out her site, readingwithbean.) She’s also a fellow mama-to-be (we are due about 2 weeks apart) and has a sweet, adorable toddler she affectionately calls Bean (seriously, how cute is she!!).
So why read to your baby from birth? Lori says it’s essential. “It may seem fruitless at first, but early exposure to books helps determine a child’s literacy success later,” she says.
When choosing books for your baby ages 0 – 1, keep these tips in mind:
-Look for books with vivid pictures
-No more than 1-3 lines on a page
-Rhyme, rhythm and repetition are important
-Animals in books are a favorite
-Pick books that you will enjoy reading
Here are her top favorites for your baby’s first library:
- Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
- Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
- Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
- Click, Clack, Moo by Doreen Cronin
- Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andrae
- Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
- The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
- First 100 Words by Roger Priddy
- Dig! by Andrea Zimmerman
- Are you My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
- Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
The past few weeks I have ran to the mailbox each day to check for any holiday cards from our friends and family. Seeing my friends babies has brought me so much joy. My heart literally swells seeing my friends from Colorado send holiday cards with their miracle babies and miracle bumps! This year I knew I wanted to share our pregnancy announcement that we are expecting twins in our card. Well, December came and Brian and I still didn’t get around to taking a cute family photo (not to mention Lulu is impossible to get to sit still for a photo.) My fellow twin mama-to-be suggested doing an illustration like she did from Carolyn Kao Designs (she works at Pinterest and is filled with great ideas!). I got hers in the mail and it was so adorable. So Brian and I did the same (imitation is the best form of flattery, right?). So instead of the traditional photos, here are a few ideas for customized illustrations for your holiday cards next year.
1. Rifle Paper Company Create fun and unique holiday themed photos with custom illustrations of your family.
2. Bis For Brown When in doubt, turn to Etsy. The site features tons of custom card makers, including Bis For Brown, which makes fun, whimsical cards.
4. Scout Mob For anyone out there who is camera shy, a great idea is a general illustration with a holiday theme.
No matter what you choose, these cards will definitely spread some holiday cheer! Happy Holidays and like we said inside our card, hope 2016 brings you double the blessings!
In the season of miracles, Brian & I are overjoyed and blessed to share we are expecting TWINS this spring! Miracles, indeed. Like so many women, my road to motherhood was not easy. Two years – filled with frustration, pain, heartache, months of failed IUI’s, multiple rounds of IVF, and, for the first time in my life feeling all hope was lost. I was no longer the happy girl everyone knows. I pushed away friends, family, stopped working, stopped living. My path crossed with two angels on earth who convinced to go to Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine, the best fertility clinic in the world. It would be a long journey, several trips to Colorado, more money, injections, heartache, all for our “Hail Mary” shot at what matters most in life. Somehow my heart healed and hope was restored during the time I was in Colorado. I knew in my heart it would work. After many more months, our prayers were finally answered.
In the era of Pinterest perfect pregnancy announcements, I want to be honest. Far too many women walk this painful journey. I would never want anyone out there suffering like I did to think our babies came easily. Do not give up hope. The heart of a woman on this road is brave and courageous. Miracles happen – and sometimes they come in pairs!