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Make-It Mondays: Nursery Mood Board and Layout

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When I was starting to plan our nursery, I had an idea of what I wanted the nursery to look like. Then we found out the wonderful news that we were having twins, and I started to worry that we wouldn’t be able to have everything we wanted in our nursery. That’s when my planning came out. I created a mood board and a layout to try to plan my visions:

Mood Board

For our nursery, we’re going nautical!

I am so absolutely 100% excited about this theme. It is cutesy, but we are able to tie in the vintage, old-world looks that we love. We don’t want the room to scream “BEACH!” nor do we want it to be just a boring room. It is hard to picture the idea of a “vintage nautical nursery with whimsical touches” that is appropriate for a boy and a girl twin, especially when I mention that it will have gray walls, with navy blue, pink, and aqua accents.

So what’s a girl to do?

MOOD BOARD!

Nautical Nursery Mood Board Pic

This is my first, by the way. So, what do you think? Can you get a better idea of the look we want?

*If you want to make a mood board yourself, you only need to use your favorite digital writing program, like Word or Pages. I prefer Pages (I’m an Apple girl all the way), because I love how I am able to manipulate the text and pictures. Add in some text boxes and pictures. If you want to add some more color, you can add some rectangles with different borders. Just play a bit and use the pictures you like. You really can’t go wrong!*

Layout

Before I found out I was pregnant, we had reserved our old office as the nursery. There was a lot of back-and-forth between Tim and me, deciding whether we wanted to use the big, old office space as a nursery or one of the two smaller rooms. Tim thought that we really could use our small space (my craft room) as a nursery, but I thought that it would be better to have more space to use the nursery also as a playroom.

Well, then we found out it was twins, and there was no question: the large, old office was now the nursery.

Here is the architectural layout (made via Icovia Room Planner):

Nursery Room Layout

There are 4 windows: 3 smaller windows along the far wall and a larger window in an alcove on the side. There is also a door to the walk-up attic along the right wall. The closet isn’t as large as it appears on the layout, but that was all I could do with the room planner software via Pottery Barn.

So, after lots of thinking and planning and remeasuring and experimenting with tape, we figured out how we wanted the room to be situated.

We will have the two cribs on the far wall between the windows. The changing table will be on the same wall as the door, as will the glider/ottoman. We will put a narrow bookshelf opposite the attic door. If we can fit it, we will put a window seat/bench in the large window alcove. Hopefully everything will fit!

Nursery Layout with Furniture

And now, some actual pictures of the room with tape on the floors:

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Oops! That is NOT how we want the room to look (although I’m pretty sure this is very accurate when we have 2 toddlers wandering around). That was the look of the room pre-cleaning and post-electrical work.

This is much better. This is the view from the door to the cribs:

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Looking at the cribs from the other corner (where the glider will be):

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From the attic walk-up:

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From the window alcove, looking at the cribs (left) and the changing table wall (right):

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We now have a room full of furniture, painted walls, and decoration. Stay tuned to more Make it Mondays for more DIY updates from our nautical nursery!

*Part of the mood board and layout posts originally appeared on Dory’s blog “Doyle Dispatch.” To read more posts about Dory’s pregnancy and nursery decorating on her blog, you can see the list here.*

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Surviving the 1 Hour Gestational Diabetes Test

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About 3 years before I got pregnant, my biggest fear about pregnancy was getting my blood drawn each month when I went in for my appointments. Then I actually had my blood drawn for the first time, second time, third time, and many times after, and I got over that fear.

About 2 years before I got pregnant, my biggest fear about pregnancy was actually going through the pain of labor. Then I realized that I would just get an epidural, and I got over that fear.

About a year before I got pregnant, my biggest fear about pregnancy was the weird feeling of having something live and grow and move inside you. I got over that the first time I felt my babies move.

For the first and second trimester, my biggest fear about pregnancy was the gestational diabetes test. I wasn’t worried about the icky-tasting liquid. I wasn’t worried about getting the blood drawn afterwards. I wasn’t worried about having to alter my diet if I actually had gestational diabetes. I was worried about the hour (or 3 hours) of feeling really nauseous, not having anything to eat or drink to help the nausea, and being stuck at the doctor’s office while feeling so sick.

Well, I finally got over that fear… but only AFTER taking the 1-hour test last week.

Yes, I waited a while to take the test, until I was 30 weeks along. I got the prescription to take the test when I was 28 weeks, but I was not feeling well that week at all, so I decided not to take the test when I was already nauseous. During the 29th week, I was running around like crazy, getting ready for my brother-in-law’s wedding later that week. I wasn’t going to rush to fit this in as well. So, finally, I had time at 30 weeks to take it.

Thankfully, my OB did not require me to fast before this one, although I did get recommendations from other twin moms that it was easier on my body to fast first. I opted, instead, to have a light breakfast of toast and a little bit of spray butter. I usually feel really sick if I don’t eat normally, and I didn’t want to tempt fate.

Before leaving my house, I gave my babies a little pep talk: “Ok, Baby Boy and Baby Girl. We are going to rock this test! We are going to pass with a great score so we don’t have to take the 3-hour test!”

So, I went in at 9:00 to start my test. Instead of going directly to the local lab, I decided to go to my general practitioner’s office (different than my OB), because I knew that if I got really nauseous, they had already told me that I would be able to lie down in one of the rooms.

When I went back to the lab, I checked with the phlebotomist to be sure that it was still okay if I waited in a room during my hour. She looked at me with wide eyes and told me that sadly all of the rooms were busy today, so I would have to wait in the waiting room. I realized that I needed to just get this test out of the way, so I decided to take my chances and go ahead sans room.

She handed me my drink: a cold and flat orange-soda looking substance in a bottle a little larger than a small-size bottle of water. She told me that I had 5 minutes to drink it, but I should try to take the whole 5 minutes. If I gulped it, I would probably get sick.

So, I held my nose with one hand (to help not to taste how sweet it actually was) and drank with the other. When I was about 3/4 of the way done, she told me that I still had 2 minutes to go. Wow! I could slow down. Great news!

I finished the last little bit in about 1.5 minutes, and she told me that I was free to go to the lab waiting room. I would have to stay inside the office the whole time, however, as they needed to keep an eye on me (standard procedure). Thankfully, I had lots of magazines, a book, my iPad, and my phone, so I was ready to go.

Then, I got out to the waiting room, and I realized how warm it was. I actually had noticed this when I first came inside, whether it was pregnancy heat, the warmth of the office itself, my nerves, or a combination. Add the sugary drink that I just inhaled, and I felt really, really hot. I went to the bathroom and grabbed a paper towel, wet it down, and put it on my neck. That helped, but it was still so hot and uncomfortable. Why did I wear my cute sweater, undershirt, and leggings today? I should have worn shorts, despite it being 65 degrees outside today! Arg!

I must have looked very uncomfortable and pitiful, because a nurse came by about 10 minutes into my wait and told me that she had found a room that was being unused and I was welcome to wait there on the bed. It turns out that they had heard about the woman that was pregnant with twins, and they wanted to help me however they could. Aw! Don’t you love nice people?!

Once I got to the room, I felt much better. Maybe it was because I could take my shoes off and lie down on my side. Maybe it was that I didn’t feel like everyone was watching me. Maybe it was that I could close my eyes for a bit. Whatever it was, I was able to get through that hour.

With about 5 minutes to spare, I went to the bathroom and made my way back to the lab. The phlebotomist caught me in the hall and asked if, since she had to get 3 vials, did I want to go to the room again and get them while lying down? Absolutely! Yes!

The three vials actually came very quickly, and she put a bandage on me and sent me on my way with a “Good luck!”

Now I just had to wait.

I only had to wait 2 days until I got the call that I had passed! No need to take the 3-hour test. I was gestational diabetes free! I joked with my nurse that I was actually more afraid of that 3-hour test than labor itself. I will tell you a secret though… that’s no joke. I hate the feeling of being nauseous and on display. That’s probably why my first trimester was so dreadful and uncomfortable- I was still teaching 25 kiddos, facing all their parents, while feeling like I needed to run to the bathroom any minute. Give me the pains of labor any day (she says now, before actually experiencing it).

*This post originally appeared on Dory’s blog “Doyle Dispatch.” To read more posts about Dory’s pregnancy and nursery decorating on her blog, you can see the list here.*

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Make-It Mondays: Halloween Pumpkin Playdoh

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Welcome to the first official post in our new series, Make-It Mondays!

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Last year, in addition to the typical Halloween candy that we gave out, I wanted to do something else for the littlest ones that came to our house.

Yes, I wanted to be that cool house. You know the one. When I was growing up, it was the woman that owned the local Pepsi plant and gave us half-bottles of Pepsi products. She was the best, and we saved our visit to her house until last because we loved her so much!

I wanted to be the house that the kids said, “Remember Mrs. Doyle? She gave us the neatest ______.”

Well, last year, my creation was homemade Pumpkin Playdoh. And it was a hit with the little peanuts.

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I found the recipe on Pinterest here, and I just knew that I had to give this out (as well as candy, of course). It was surprisingly easy to make!

Ingredients for 28 Pumpkin Playdoh Bags

  • 4 Cups water
  • Orange food coloring (or combine yellow and red)
  • 4 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 Cup salt
  • 8 Tbsp. cream of tartar
  • 6 Tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 4 Cups of white flour

Assembly Instructions

In the pot.
Combine the ingredients.
Cooking.
Cook on medium heat for 3-5 minutes.
Clumpy.
It will get clumpy! Keep stirring while it cooks.
It looks much more like playdoh!
It looks much more like playdoh!
Cooling.
Put it in a bowl and let cool. At this point, the directions said to knead it for a few minutes, but it was much too warm.
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After letting it cool, I put it into balls and put in the bags. I let them breathe so there was no condensation inside the bags.
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Still a little condensation, but cool enough to continue on.
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Tie and attach the label. We don’t want them eating this, thinking it is a treat!

Now I have to figure out what I will be creating for this year. I only have a few days left. Eek! I really want to make some cute treat bags or homemade edible goodies like you see on Pinterest, but because of overly-cautious parents (of which I will totally be starting next year), we need for the food to be pre-packaged. Do you have any suggestions?

*Part of this post originally appeared on Dory’s blog “Doyle Dispatch.” To read more posts about Dory’s pregnancy and nursery decorating on her blog, you can see the list here.*

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Braxton Hicks and Baby Kicks

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*All of these thoughts and opinions are from my talking to nurses, doctors, and my personal experience during my pregnancy. They should not replace you discussing your concerns or questions with your doctor.*

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This post will hopefully be informational for those pregnant ladies who, like me, have these weird feelings and immediately go to Dr. Google to figure out what that strange thing is. Thankfully, I haven’t ever been worried about any of these feelings or symptoms, but I am more curious. Unfortunately, I never could find a good article about what a Braxton Hicks feels like, or any more about baby kicks (other than “gas” or “stomach butterflies”). That always irritated me, so here’s what I have experienced on the subject of Braxton Hicks (BH) and Baby Kicks:

What Braxton Hicks Contractions (BH) Feel Like

From the outside, all of a sudden, the lower abdomen (actually your uterus) gets really hard. I mean, rock solid. Talk about abs! Except, it’s all uterus (sorry, no 6-pack here). If you run your hand along your stomach, you can actually feel the shape of your uterus. As I’ve progressed in my pregnancy, some parts of the uterus are much bumpier and lumpier than others, but the hardness is undeniable during a BH. You think your stomach is hard by just being pregnant, but you wait until you have a BH!

From the inside, everything feels very tight all of a sudden. It becomes harder to walk (if you are standing up), stand up (if you are sitting), or move. If you try to walk, you will waddle. While a BH doesn’t hurt, it can be uncomfortable. Think of an intense pressure from the inside. Lately (starting at about 22 weeks), I felt BH and the need to pee at the same time. That was really uncomfortable. Plus, every time I went to the bathroom to pee, it would be accompanied with a BH. How fun! Thankfully, this is totally normal, as the contraction of your bladder is similar to the practice contractions of a BH (thank you to my insurance’s 24/7 nurse line for assuring me of that).

Oh, and these typically last about 30 seconds. Not too long, and it is a relief when they subside.

How Early Can You Feel BH?

The first time I felt a Braxton Hicks contraction (BH), I was probably about 11 or 12 weeks pregnant, but I had no idea that was what it was. I actually thought it was one of the babies just moving around really close to the outside. It was only a couple of weeks later when I was sitting by the pool with my mom and I experienced this sensation and asked her, I realized I had been having BH for weeks.

Should I Worry about a BH?

In a short answer, no. Although, you do hear the word “contraction,” and it is alarming (especially when you are so early in your pregnancy). These contractions are totally normal, for the most part. In most of the baby books, they say that BH contractions will start well into the mid/late 2nd trimester. Mine started much earlier with the twins (end of 1st trimester), and thankfully, this is totally normal (and something that the baby books won’t tell you). If you think about it, the whole purpose of a muscle is to contract. The uterus is a muscle, and it is doing its job. In fact, it has such an important job in a couple of months with those contractions! So, with the BH contractions, it is just practicing and getting ready for its big performance around Month Nine.

You should be concerned when your BH start coming in more regular intervals (4 in 30 minutes or 6-8 in one hour). I have had a couple of evenings on days following lots of activity when I have had a bunch of BH. When I called the after-hours doctor, their big instructions were to drink lots of water in a short amount of time (32 oz), take 2 extra-strength Tylenols, and put my feet up. This should help to alleviate the symptoms and frequency of the contractions. If they don’t go away, this could be a sign of true contractions/labor, so call your doctor!

Baby Girl Kicks

Baby Girl (Baby A) is located lower down towards my pelvis/cervix, and she is also further back. Because of this, we don’t feel her kick from the outside as often as her brother. While she is typically more subdued than her male sibling, she definitely has moments of strong activity. Her kicks are really interesting feeling. You know the moment when you realize you have gas bubbles- like when you know you are going to “fluff” (girls don’t fart, they “fluff”) any moment? It is right before the release of gas. Well, that is what her kicks feel like. No, there isn’t gas associated with her kicks, but that is what it feels like: a very low gurgle of movement in my pelvis area. She typically does this for many minutes on end, and then she settles down. She usually only kicks like this when I am sitting on the couch or in my craft room or laying down right before falling asleep or when I wake up.

When I lay down on my side, I can sometimes feel these types of kicks, but she also can rotate a little closer to the surface, and I feel them more in the front of my body. This is when her kicks feel a little more like her brother (see below).

Baby Boy Kicks

Baby Boy (Baby B) is higher up, above the belly button. We could start to feel him from the outside at 20 weeks immediately after a very long and pressure-filled ultrasound (lots of pushing and prodding from the ultrasound tech). He didn’t like that, and he let us know.

From the inside, his kicks feel like a muscle spasm. It’s something you can’t control, and you never know when it is going to happen. It just… happens.

He usually kicks when I am sitting in a chair or the couch and leaning back. I think this is because it gives him the most room to stretch out, and he likes to stretch out and show us who’s boss.

Yet, he can also be a stinker and, after lunch or dinner (bigger meals), he decides that he doesn’t want to compete for room with my stomach and the digesting food. So, he moves further up into my ribs. It causes a deep, strong, constant pain in my ribs (one side or the other) and an accompanied pain in the middle of my back. I also tend to have a harder time catching my breath at this time. Not pleasant, and NOT comfortable. This pain will typically last about 10-20 minutes until he feels he has more room and moves back down. I have learned that, if I feel this movement coming on, I can push my hands against the area where he is to push him back down, as if to say “I’m the boss here, buddy, so you will just have to stay put.” I do feel bad about this, though, and I usually accompany it with some love-filled words of “I’m sorry, Baby Boy, but you can’t cause Mommy pain right now.”

In addition, if I want to feel him kick from the outside (or inside), all I have to do it put pressure on my stomach when leaning back in a chair/couch. I can cross my arms, rest my elbow on my stomach, or simply put pressure with my hand on my stomach. He fights back! We also discovered that if I go golfing with Tim (I stay in the golf cart while he hits the ball) or watch football, Baby Boy wakes up and gets active. We joke that he is ready to join the DGA (Doyle Golf Association) and jump to Enter Sandman at our Hokie football games.

Feeling the Difference Between Baby Girl and Baby Boy

I have gotten so many questions from others about how I know which baby is which. First off, their locations are totally different (as explained above). Yes, they move around in their given area, but Baby Girl is below my belly button, and Baby Boy is above it. No, they won’t switch positions. Yes, they will flip and turn, but they only have a certain amount of room in there. We have caught Baby Boy kicking Baby Girl on our 24 week ultrasound, but they stay on their designated sides of the womb (get that play on words: room / womb?).

Second, their kicks are totally different, as explained above. Baby Boy’s kicks feel like like muscle spasms. Baby Girl’s are like gas bubbles. Plus, I can definitely feel where the feelings are coming from. It’s so cool, but I have to admit, there are times that I would like to sit on the couch, do nothing, and be able to relax. The babies have other ideas, as that is their time to let me know they love me with their kicks and jabs. Do I really mind? Absolutely not! Oh, the things we endure (and love) for our babies (she says with a huge smile on her face).

*This post originally appeared on Dory’s blog “Doyle Dispatch.” To read more posts about Dory’s pregnancy and nursery decorating on her blog, you can see the list here.*

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Make-It Mondays: Introduction

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Welcome to our first post in our new series “Make-It Mondays!”

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Each Monday, we will have tutorials for craft projects. Some of the projects will be for your peanuts, some will be to do with them, and some will just be other cute tutorials. They will be at varying levels of skills and with different mediums (sewing, glue guns, paper crafts, and many others), so we encourage you to ask questions by writing in the comments.

Have a request for us to feature a specific kind of project? Make sure to let us know as well! In addition, if you have found an online tutorial like one of the ones that we have, make sure to post a link in the comments as well. There are many different ways to do projects and get similar outcomes. I have found that some methods work better than others, so let’s share as much as we can to make it easier on us crafty (or not-so crafty) MOMs!

Today, we aren’t going to actually have a specific tutorial, since there are so many other great posts from today. We just wanted you to know that this is coming up. So leave a comment with your requests for tutorials!

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Information About Twins

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*Note: There will be some tasteful “Birds and the Bees” talk on this blog post. If you are not comfortable with this, please do not read further.*

Twins in a Nutshell

When someone finds out I am pregnant, there are usually lots of congratulations: “Oh, that is wonderful! You are going to love it! You will be such great parents!”

Then they find out that we are going to have twins, and the mood tends to change: “Oh. Get ready to have your hands full!” or “I have a cousin who had twins,” or “Get your rest now,” or “Double trouble.”

When we first found out it was twins, my reaction was very much like those that we face every day. I was terrified. My perfect image of being a mom of my son or daughter and then having another little one a few years down the line… well that was gone. Could I go to the grocery store ever again? Would I need a bigger car? What happens when both of them cry at once? How can I do this?

Then, something happened, and I realized how unbelievably blessed we are to have not just one baby, but two. There is a reason why we were given this gift at this point in our lives, whether we thought we were ready for it or not.  So now, my reply to those Debbie Downers is “We are so excited to have twins! We are ready for this adventure.” Once I passively confront the negativity, it helps them change their mood too… usually.

Then the typical 2nd question comes: “Do twins run in your family?”

As I have answered this question about 100 times (and remember, I am 30 weeks pregnant at this point), I realize that so many people do not understand how twins “happen,” the differences between the different kinds of twins, and how it runs in families. I thought I might take this post to answer some of these questions.

What is an identical twin?

An identical twin is when one egg is released and is fertilized by one sperm. It separates into two different embryos, but they have originally come from the same egg and sperm. That means that they will have the exact same DNA. That also means that they will be boy/boy or girl/girl twins. There cannot be identical boy/girl twins, except in very rare cases of shared chromosomal abnormalities. They will look exactly the same (with minor differences due to “nurture” or development, but the “nature” is identical).

What is a fraternal twin?

A fraternal twin is when there are two eggs that are released during ovulation. They are both fertilized with two separate sperm. Genetically, these twins are no more similar than non-twin siblings. The only thing more than siblings that fraternal twins share are a birthday and a womb at the same time. Fraternal twins can be a boy/boy, girl/girl, or a boy/girl.

Due to the prevalence of fertility drugs and treatments that stimulate the release of eggs, the number of cases of fraternal twins is on the rise. Naturally, usually only one mature egg is released at ovulation. However, with fertility medicine, it causes more than one egg to be released at ovulation. With IVF (in vitro fertilization), more than one fertilized embryo can be transferred into the woman’s uterus. Although the release of multiple eggs can and does happen naturally, and identical twinning can occur with fertility treatments just as in spontaneous conception, twins from fertility treatments are usually fraternal.

Do twins run in your family?

Ah, the question that I know is coming upon the mention of twins. The answer that we give to these people is, “Yes. They run on both sides. We always joked about having twins, but we never thought that it would actually happen.”

But here is the real answer. Yes, they are FOUND in our family. My maternal grandfather was a twin (no surprise to any Doyle Dispatch blog readers as I talk about Papa Alan all the time). They are also found on Tim’s maternal side. However, here’s the thing: both of these cases are identical twins. Are you ready for this bombshell? Identical twins don’t “run in the family.” If you think about how identical twins form, it is the separation of an embryo. It is, in essence, a freak of nature. A really scientifically cool freak of nature, but a freak of nature, nonetheless.

Fraternal twins are actually the ones that can “run in the family,” and only on the mother’s side. For fraternal twins to be formed spontaneously, mom has to simultaneously release two eggs. However, we don’t have any fraternal twins in our recent family history. For us, it was just a fluke. But it was one that we are so excited to have!

What about the other kinds of twins I hear about?

In the twin world, it actually does get a bit more complex. There are different kinds of identical and fraternal twins, and their health and development in utero is tied to these differences. I will do my best to explain the differences here. If you are satisfied with the answers I gave above, please feel free to stop reading this section now.

Monozygotic Twins (MZ)

Also called identical twins. “Mono” = one. “Zygote” = egg. This is the “header” word for many of the following terms.

Monochorionic-Monoamniotic (Mo/Mo)

Identical twins that develop in the same inner and outer sacs.

Monochorionic-Diamniotic (Mo/Di)

Identical twins with one outer sac (chorionic) and two inner sacs (each embryo has its own amniotic fluid and sac). Both mm/mo and mo/di twins frequently share a single placenta. There are rare cases where fraternal twins have a fused placenta, but that is very unusual.

Dichorionic-Diamniotic Twins (Di/Di)

Two external sacs (chorions) and two internal sacs (amnions) to house the amniotic fluid. The Doyle Twins are Di/Di twins.

Twin Sketches

Conjoined Twins

These are identical twins where the division of the embryo starts, but it doesn’t finish. Often, conjoined twins will share organs.

Chimeras

It is possible, but enormously rare, for fraternal twin embryos to fuse early in development, resulting in a single person who has two people’s DNA. Chimeras usually go through life without ever knowing that theirs could have been a twin birth or that they have two sets of cells with different DNA.

So, that is “Twins in a Nutshell.” I hope that it has answered some questions for you. Leave a comment if you have questions or clarifications for me!

*This post originally appeared on Dory’s blog “Doyle Dispatch.” To read more posts about Dory’s pregnancy and nursery decorating on her blog, you can see the list here.*

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New Author Introduction: Dory

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Hello, HDYDI Readers! I’m Dory, one of the newest authors to HDYDI. I am currently 30 weeks pregnant with fraternal twins. I am so thrilled to join this amazing group of MOM authors and hopefully provide some interesting, helpful, and amusing posts. Let me tell you a bit about myself.

Dory Intro Post - hdydi.comI am a first-time mom and MoM, just trying to navigate this new and exciting world of multiples. I’ve wanted to be a mother for a very, very long time, but I have to say that I was still quite a bit shocked and taken aback when I found out I was going to have twins. I quickly got over the fear of having two little ones at once, and I am absolutely thrilled for the adventures that we are going to be able to have with our little family.

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I live in Richmond, Virginia, with my husband Tim, dog Lucy, and cat Toby. Tim is my high school sweetheart, and we got married on our 6th dating anniversary in 2009. As you can see from the picture below, we are Virginia Tech Hokies through and through. Although we got married in UVA country (in a building that was actually designed by Thomas Jefferson), we had the Hokie Bird at our wedding! That was quite the happy surprise for Tim and his family!

Dory Intro Post - hdydi.comToby the Cat was my first baby. I got him in 2006, right before my senior year of college. He’s an adorable cat with a killer personality, but sometimes he can be really grouchy. So far, he has loved the nursery (especially Baby Girl’s bed). I just hope he loves the babies as much as he loves their room.

Dory Intro Post - hdydi.comLucy the Dog is a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (there may be a quiz at the end to see if you remember this name). I am totally biased, but they are the best breed in the world. They are the smallest of the retriever breeds, but they have the longest name in the AKC. Many times, we get asked if she is part spaniel, Irish setter, border collie, or golden retriever. Nope! She is a pure bred! She has quite the personality, but I know she is going to be amazing with the babies, simply because she is so kind and gentle around other children, whether they are trying to ride her, tug on her ears or tail, or give her a kiss. She also loves pillows, and she has adopted my pregnancy pillows as her own as well.

Our fraternal boy/girl twins are due in November/December 2013. Our technical 40-week due date is December 15, but I do not expect to go that long.

I used to be an elementary school teacher, and I have taught kindergarten, 2nd, and 4th grades. Now, I am going to be a stay at home mom for my little peanuts, where I can also focus on my blog Doyle Dispatch and my custom craft business Personally Yours by Dory.

Dory Intro Post - hdydi.comI started blogging in 2009 to document my DIY wedding-on-a-budget, and I have continued blogging past the wedding to document my family life, budgeting and stay-out-of debt adventures, home decorating, and DIY projects and tutorials. In the past months, I have really enjoyed documenting and writing about my twin pregnancy, helping other soon-to-be twin moms though the totally new experience of a multiple pregnancy.

 

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If you like this content, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or suggestion for further topics! Although I am close to the end of my pregnancy, I have a lot of pregnancy-related topics I would love to cover. I love getting input from my readers! Also, if you enjoy this, stop by my blog Doyle Dispatch to see some more posts, whether MOM-related, tutorials, recipes, and family fun!

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Twinfant Tuesday: Baby Carriers for Twins

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Reader Kimberly S. asked our advice on purchasing a twin carrier. The Moms put our heads together and came up with some pointers. We’re a mix of proud baby-wearers, occasional carrier-users, and arms-only mamas.

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Wiley is our resident expert. She regularly wears her 1-year-old twin girls and their 2-year-old brother. Her babywearing even made the paper!

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She recommends wearing your bigger child on your back. When her twins were tiny, Wiley started wearing them both in front in a Moby. She then moved to one in a pocket sling in front and one in a Beco on her back. As the girls got bigger, she alternated between Becos front and back or ring slings right and left.

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Photo: Suji Donnelly

Early on, when she wore her youngest trio–she also has a school-aged son–she put her twinfants in front in a Moby and her son on her back in an Ergo. Next, the two girls were switched to hip carries in ring slings and their brother, 18 months their senior, on Wiley’s back in an Ergo or Beco. These days, she tends to wear her girls front and back in Becos and her older toddler in a ring sling hip carry on top. The benefit of his being on top is that he can get up and down repeatedly with ease.

Wiley’s currently experimenting with the Tula. Perhaps we can convince her to come back and let us know how she likes it!

 has used the Moby, the Björn and the Boba . She still wears her 21-month-olds, who weigh 32 and 27 lb each, although she no longer wears them at the same time, for hikes and city adventures. Her preference is the Boba for its versatility and continues to be her go-to carrier. She notes that the Boba doesn’t require an infant insert to carry small babies, as some other carriers do.

 has used 2 Ergos , both front/back and side/side, but doesn’t do so often. She prefers to wear one child and carry the other. These kids get heavy! She really likes the Kelty backpacks for hiking and long walks. Several of the moms elected to wear one baby in a carrier and carry the other in her arms.  usually uses her Ergo or Björn for one child and carries the other in her arms.

MandyE (in the photo) and Sadia both used the wear one/drive one approach to shopping with twins.
MandyE (in the photo) and Sadia both used the wear one/drive one approach to shopping with twins.

 used to use her Evenflo Snugli for one girl and carry the other in her arms or in a carseat for errands like grocery shopping.

Sadia received a hands free car seat strap from a friend that was just perfect for stroller-free trips to the grocery store. She’d wear one baby in a carrier in front and the other in her carseat across her hips. This left her hands free to load groceries and open doors.

 still, on occasion, carries one almost-4-year-old in the Ergo on her back and the other in her arms. Her adorable boys weigh 30 and 40 lbs.

wpid-Photo-Oct-1-2013-814-AM.jpgKatelyn never wore her twins. They were her first children. She liked having dad hold one, or she’d just carry both, one in each arm. Now that she has a third child, she does wear him.

One of the things we all agreed needs to be considered is the size of your children. If they’re very small, like Sadia’s (1st percentile), you might be able to wear your babies comfortably into the preschool years. If, like RachelG’s twins, yours are 95th percentile, take her advice and encourage walking as soon as they’re ready.

If you’re up for informative laugh, check out DoM Brian Rosenworcel demonstrating (or rather figuring out) how to wear his newborn twins using a Moby wrap.

Please also check out triplet mom ‘ review from 2008. She discusses 3 slings: the HotslingPeanut Shell and an Infantino Sling. She loved her Moby Wrap. She preferred the Beco Butterfly to the Baby Bjorn, but her husband liked the latter. She also discusses the mei tais Baby Hawk and EllaRoo, and notes a couple of places you can find baby carriers.

Did you wear your babies? What worked for you?

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