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Twinning For Two Blog x Preparing For Twins

 

Amanda and Brittany from Twinning For Two Blog share their stories about prepping for their twins' arrivals and the journey to twin motherhood knowing they're not walking alone. 

 

Tell our readers a little bit about yourselves.

Amanda: 

 

Hi everyone! My name is Amanda and I am a 27 year old wife to my husband Chris and mama to our daughter, Adeline. Chris and I met in middle school, dated in high school and we have been inseparable ever since! We actually all grew up in the same city, Britt and Jack included, went to the same high school and have a number of mutual friends but didn't officially meet and become friends until college! Chris and I were married in October of 2014 and shortly after that started thinking and planning our future for a family! We live in Reno, NV where we enjoy a number of outdoor activities and love that everything is so accessible to us for all four seasons! We now raise our sweet daughter here and look forward to adding and raising two more little BOY/GIRL twins  to the mix! 

 

Brittany: 

 

My name is Brittany, I'm a 28 year old wife to Jack and mama to Charlotte! My husband and I have been married for almost 4 years and welcomed our first baby girl in November 2016! Jack and I went to high school together (we actually went to HS with Amanda and her husband as well) and had a whole group of mutual friends but didn't officially meet until college and we've been together ever since! We currently live in Reno, NV but spent the last two years living in San Diego where our daughter was born! Reno is our home but San Diego will always hold the most special place in our hearts! We are thrilled to be expecting TWIN BOYS this September and can't wait to navigate our new world with three under three!

 

 

How did your blog "Twinning For Two" come about?

 

Amanda: 

 

Twinning for two was really just a spur of the moment idea! We have both known that our situation was beyond crazy after both of us finding out we were having twins! After the announcement of both of our pregnancies, our situation and story seemed to get a lot of attention and the questions become a daily thing! We initially wanted to do a lot of twin posts together anyways to share and document our pregnancies  with our instagram followers but we knew that our journey needed its own page and blog so that is how twinning for two came to life! Our ideas quickly started becoming reality and Britt and I (even before this twin journey) have always had the same mindset, thoughts, and taste for almost everything so it has been so fun to have someone to relate with and create this fun space with! We really love trendy motherhood, and instagram has been such an inspiration and fun place to explore all of the modern day baby shops and stores out there that initially we had no idea about before our first girls were born! I really couldn't have dreamed of a better mama to go through this crazy twin journey with than Britt!

 

Brittany: 

 

To be honest this whole thing just kind of happened so quickly after we both announced to the world that we were having twins. It started to gain some attention and curiosity so we decided to give it a dedicated page on Instagram to share our story and fun twinning pictures but then the questions started rolling in and we just decided why not add a blog! We really just wanted a space where we could share this unique journey with people but Amanda and I also have such a fun time embracing trendy motherhood and finding the most fun baby and motherhood products so we also want to share that passion with our readers as well! Not everything baby related needs to have Chevron print! 

 

 

Amanda with husband Chris and sweet daughter Adeline

 

 

How did you break the news to your hubbies that you were expecting twins?

 

Amanda: 

 

My husband was at our initial ultrasound when both of our eyes shot over to the screen when we both saw TWO! We looked at each other in shock only to hear our doctor say, "well, you're probably not ready for this news but your TWO babies look healthy and strong". We both cried and laughed and cried and laughed and didn't really know how to feel! My face was numb and my husband and I started tearing up! He said " I just want to scream to the world we are having twins!" A response I would have definitely not come up with in this moment!

 

Brittany:

 

My husband was there in the ultrasound room when that picture first showed up on the screen! There was no denying it, it was twins! His response: "I couldn't feel my feet" 

 

 

How do you plan to juggle family (and toddlers) and work once the babies are born?

 

Amanda: 

 

I work full time utilizing my degree in the medical field and work for an orthopedic surgery office. I also own and run a little Etsy Small shop that I absolutely love because that is my place to express and share my creativity! I do a lot of my small shop work during nap times, after bed times into late nights, and early mornings. After finding out about our twins, my husband and I have decided that it was in our best interest as a family for me to stay at home, so come mid June, I have been afforded the opportunity to stay home to focus on being a stay at home mommy raising our babies, and running my little small shop from home! I am so excited for this next chapter and we are so thankful to have such wonderful help from both sides of our family. 

 

Brittany: 

 

I decided to stay at home after having my first, mainly because childcare in San Diego is almost completely unaffordable and I felt so blessed to have the opportunity to spend all my days with my daughter! Being a SAHM is not the walk in the park that it looks like from the outside but I will be surrounded by family to help when the twins are here and I am so thankful for that!

 

 

Brittany with husband Jack and little Charlotte

 

 

What are a few things you are doing now to prep for the new babies?

 

Amanda: 

 

I have reached nesting mode over here! Currently we are prepping their nursery, getting some honey do projects done around the house, and have been doing some major and much needed purging of unnecessary stuff to prepare for the addition of our twins! I find myself planning, wanting to have a minimal safe space for all three kiddos, and are collecting all of our must have baby items. I am trying to figure out what is absolutely necessary and what we can go without this time around!

 

Brittany: 

 

Right now I am slowly collecting the must have items for babies and beginning to work on their nursery. But mostly I am just trying to take care of my body and keep them as healthy as they can possibly be!

 

 

Do you have any advice for other moms that are expecting twins?

 

Amanda: 

 

I'm so new to this twin game but just from what I have experienced and learned so far is that it is most certainly okay to be scared. Just know that there is a huge support group of women and families going through your same situation and that you are not alone! Embrace the change, listen to your body, and know that there are more people out there willing to surround and support you with positivity because in a situation like this, you can't get enough of it! I know that this journey is going to be the biggest adjustment of our lives, heck even just one little babe was but you learn to live and adjust according to what you and your family need. Don't compare your journey to anyone else's but your own and be confident in yourself and your ability to grow two perfect little lives! 

 

Brittany:

 

I am sure there are a million mama's out there who could probably give better advice than me but all I can say is embrace this journey! Is it scary? Absolutely, but we are only a small percentage of women who get to be on this incredibly unique journey and that is something to celebrate. Surround yourself with people who will lift you up and support the journey you are on and leave behind the negativity. People will always have comments and opinions but stay in the positive and embrace this blessing!

 

 

How is this pregnancy different than your first pregnancies?

 

Amanda: 

 

This pregnancy, every single pregnancy symptom was more enhanced. I definitely could tell earlier on that we were expecting. I was twice the normal tired as I was with Adeline in the first trimester and I kind of thought it may be just a second pregnancy thing but surprise, TWINS! I was bloated earlier on, and most of my symptoms have been a lot more enhanced. Some things that I felt with my first at the very end of my pregnancy I am already starting to feel now! Talk about crazy! I would explain this as my second pregnancy but almost feel like it is my first all over again because there are so many differences! There are also a lot more risks, worries, and appointments than I had with my first! We get to see these little babies making their scree debuts on their ultrasounds a lot more often!

 

Brittany:

 

This pregnancy has been 100% different than my first! I found out I was pregnant earlier, I felt every pregnancy symptom earlier and more intense and had morning sickness like you wouldn't believe! It's also so different because it's a high risk pregnancy so I see an OB as well as a specialist and there is an ultrasound at every single visit which is so amazing! At 18 weeks I have had almost twice the amount of ultrasounds than I did with my whole first pregnancy.

 

 

Amanda's gender reveal - it's a boy and a girl!

 

 

Does it make a difference knowing that you are going through this experience with each other?

 

Amanda: 

 

To be honest, I was pretty scared in the beginning. I don't know many people with twins nor did I have a lot of people to talk to about this situation other than forums or mom groups. Of course you get distant advice but it really was not the same. Having Britt to go through this journey with has absolutely made all the difference. It has been so nice to have someone to talk and give updates to because she understands everything that I am going through! It also helps us both stay more positive because we have each other to remind one another to keep that positivity up! Regardless Britt is just a fun person to go through this journey with and I feel like motherhood has brought us close together for a reason!

 

Brittany:

 

I couldn't be more grateful to have Amanda to go through this journey with. It makes all the difference to have someone go through the very same thing. We are able to keep each other positive and help to ease each others fears. Carrying two babies is scary there is so much more to think and worry about but it is everything to have that person there for you! We also just have fun with it and I think that really comes through on our Instagram page!

 

Want to see more of Amanda & Brittany's journey? Follow along on their blog at Twinning For Two as they share their stories and dish on their fave cozy maternity (and non-maternity) cardigans and kimonos!

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