This past weekend, we took a day away from house renos and baby prepping to just hang out as a family.  Saturday was our five year wedding anniversary, so it seemed like the perfect day for a family day.   I teamed up with AIR MILES to take advantage of the awesome Perks the AIR MILES Reward Program offers all its Collectors and headed to the Vancouver Aquarium.  It was only Madelyn’s second time to the Aquarium, so it was definitely a magical experience for her.  She of course loved the dolphin show, the penguins, and the sea otters.  Watching her excitement is so infectious.  Being the brave girl she is, she was right in on touching a Stingray or two in the very cool Stingray exhibit.  The Aquarium is such a great place for kids to learn and play and get in touch with the amazing creatures on our beautiful West Coast. The best part was that I received 10% off admission, thanks to AIR MILES Perks!  Plus I didn’t have to use the Miles in my Account for this. The discount is available to you just for having an AIR MILES Card.

Being that I am sooooo pregnant right now with our twins, sitting was a big deal for me.  One of my favourite places to sit is down below watching the Beluga Whales swimming.  It is so peaceful and soothing somehow.  Even our active (almost 3 year old) Maddie loved just sitting and watching them.  They are such magnificent animals to see up close.   I noted that they actually have a cozy little corner set up down there for moms to feed their babies.  I can see me and the twins hanging out down there next year.

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Pregnant With Twins Mood Board

When it comes to having any kind of style at this point of my pregnancy with the twins is a challenge.  All I really care about is 1) Does it fit me? and 2) Is it comfortable.  Being pregnant with multiples is definitely a different experience than a singleton pregnancy.  My symptoms are all more intense and just getting around can be a challenge.  This mood board represents what this Momma is wearing and using these days and will be until the end of my pregnancy.  My must have list:

1) Leggings: We all try to fight it, but leggings are seriously the only pants that fit me these days.  I have some cozy maternity sweat pants for around the house that I plan on also wearing postpartum.

2) Sleep bras: When I’m at home (which is most days) why on earth would I wear awful underwire boobie torture devices?  Sleep bras are perfect to lounge in.

3) My Snoogle Pillow: THIS IS MY EVERYTHING!  The only way I can be just kind of comfy for sleeping is using this body pillow.  It supports me and helps me get a somewhat restful sleep.

4) Bio – Oil: Perfect for my stretched out tummy.

5) Cardigans: One of the only non-maternity items I can get away with wearing.

6) Kleenex packs: With my nose being constantly stuffed up ( one of the many pregnancy symptoms I have) I keep tissues on hand with everywhere I go.

7) Loose flowy tops.  I wore things a bit more on the fitted side when I was pregnant with Maddie.  This time around, everything comes out fitted whether it’s meant to be or not.  I have found that flowy tops are a better fit for me with my bigger bump.  I opt for ones with some length too to wear with my leggings.

8 ) A belly brace.  This has become a necessity for me when I’m out for any real period of time where I will be on my feet.  The weight and pressure with multiples  is so much more.  Having a little lift for the belly really helps.

9) Comfy footwear: Whether it’s cosy socks, slippers, or a pair of runners, this Momma has adopted the slip on. Socks can be hard enough put on, so shoes need to be a bend free experience.

 

I totally figured when I asked Madelyn what she wanted to be for Halloween that it would change about 20 times.  I was wrong.  Every time I asked her what she wanted to be she would proudly answer ” a witch”!   It never changed.  When Value Village offered to partner up with me  to create a mommy and me costume , a witch shopping we went.  With both new and used items to shop, the options were endless.  Maddie told me that I too had to dress up with her as a witch.  She even picked out this adorable little hat I’m wearing.  Maddie’s costume is way cute.  Her favourite part is that her skirt lights up.  A huge plus!   They had so many wigs to choose from, we just had to each grab one.  She calls her wig her hairdo.  Everyday she asks us if it’s Halloween yet.  I can’t wait to take this cute little witch out trick-or-treating.  Thank you Value Village!

My cape, wig, and hat are c/o Value Village.  Maddie’s dress, hat, and wig are c/o Value Village.  Other items are our own.   #ThriftorTreat

 

 

Accessory Style

With my wardrobe being quite limited these days, I’ve been playing with my accessories to create different looks with just a few basic pieces.  This inspiration board shows just four ways to group accessories together to create a specific look.  Pretty much all my looks are on the casual side these days.  Fall is my favourite season for casual looks.  A simple jeans and tee outfit can be amped up with the right scarf, hat, and boots.  Casual weekends need only a cute coffee tumbler and cap to cover your messy locks.  My favourite accessory that is popping up this season are the adorable pom pom keychains.  I don’t have one (yet), but I am obsessed!  So if you feel like you have nothing to wear, look no further than your lovely collection of accessories.

 

I am currently 25 weeks and 4 days into my pregnancy with twins.   Things have been going well and my little ones have been growing beautifully.  I have had to treat this pregnancy much different then my pregnancy with my daughter.  I have way more doctor’s appointments and I go to the hospital for an ultrasound every two weeks.  It’s quite amazing to see them grow from appointment to appointment.  It is such a miracle to see.  When you tell people you are expecting twins, inevitably, there are a lot of follow up questions.  I would totally be the same way!  Twins are quite fascinating and we’ve been learning so much as we go through this pregnancy.  Since there are so many questions, I thought I would share the five questions I get asked the most.

1) When are you due?  My 40 week due date is January 9th, however full term with twins is considered 37 weeks.  This would make my twin due date December 19th (ish).  With multiples it’s really not that easy though.  There are so many different variables than can affect when they arrive, so these are more just like markers and goals to work towards.

2) Was it a surprise when you found out?  YES!  I actually went to my first ultrasound on my own as it was right in the middle of the day and I didn’t want my husband to have to take time off work for it.  It’s usually a pretty routine appointment with them confirming your due date, etc.  When the ultrasound technician told me there were TWO BABIES, I was completely shocked, cried some happy tears, and couldn’t wait to tell my husband when he got home from work.  I think it took us about a week to process the fact the fact that we are having twins.  I still have little moment from time to time where it all just feels surreal.

3) Do you know what you are having?  Yes, we do.  We are having identical girls.

4) Do you have a history of twins in your families?  One of my doctors told me that with identical twins, there is not really any bearing on family history like with fraternal twins.  It’s just one of those little miracles that can happen at random.

5) How do you feel about going from one to three kids?   I definitely am feeling all the feelings.  I’m nervous, scared, excited, overjoyed, and a bit fearful of the unknown.  As we were only really planning to have one more child, switching gears to prepping for two more can be a bit overwhelming.  On a very personal note, I actually had one pregnancy before my daughter Madelyn that resulted in a miscarriage.  It was one of the hardest things I have ever gone through and still have a hard time talking about it without tearing up.  That babies’s due date was June 7th.  The day I found out I was having twins was on June 7th.  I was actually feeling a bit nervous going to the ultrasound on that day, but ended up with the most amazing gift.  Friends joke with us that our lives are over and things will  be nuts once they are born…which it probably will be.  However, this feels like how our family was meant to be and we can’t wait for the wild ride ahead.

 

 

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