||The Pack N' Play is a highly recommended
item in all of our raising twins books. The Pack N' Play,
which has a play pen, bassinette and changing table, will
live on the main floor of our house and will provide a
second "nursery/holding station."
|When the twins are older, they will be
separated into their own rooms, but for now, all the worldly
advice on twins recommends keeping them together for the
first several months. So we have created a nursery
(dedicated to sleeping and quiet time) and a playroom (for
||We have decorated the playroom with a
jungle theme. Amazingly, we had already painted the playroom
lime green and applied jungle wall paper cut outs along the
ceiling, when Nina's friend Emily gave us a box full of
jungle themed decor as well as several boxes of her girls'
hand me down clothes. We made out like bandits!
|In the two months between the creation of
our baby registry and our baby shower, both the natural
stained furniture line and the sweet pea themed decor line
(which we painstakingly picked out) went on clearance. We
had to scramble to pull together some semblance of matching
furniture and decor. We had no choice but to blend together
natural and white stained furniture. We think it turned out
pretty well in the end.
||Nina and her friend Lena had a great time
thrift shopping for toys and books during Nina's second
trimester. Nina filled up the bathtub with bleach and spent
an entire afternoon sterilizing toys and soft books. Notice
the giant diaper bag (the number one rated diaper bag of
|The twins have been blessed with several
home made, heartwarming quilts. This is one of the two ABC
quilts created by a local artist in Maryland and given to us
by Chris' sister Jennafer.
||In October, we found out the sex of the
twins early so that we could take full advantage of the
giant Boulder County Parents of Twins and Multiples garage
sale. Thanks to the donation of girl clothes from Nina's
friend Emily, we were able to focus on clothes for the boy,
more toys and this awesome entertainment mat.
|According to our stack of twins parenting
books, parents of twins can never have too many bouncy
chairs (affectionately known as the ultimate twins holding
stations). These books recommend having at least one bouncy
chair on every floor and every room of the house!
||As a former preschool and elementary
school teacher, Nina has amassed quiet the collection of
children's books. Chris' sister Jennafer also supplied us
with a huge variety of Dr. Seuss and Disney books. Our kids
are going to love books!
|Little did Chris know that Nina started
hording irresistible baby stuff from the Target dollar bin
several years ago and hid them in the guest bedroom closet,
including this jungle themed hanger and the jungle themed
dresser knobs. There's also a giant stockpile of kids
plastic plate ware from the dollar bin in the basement.
||Long before we managed to get pregnant or
learned that we would be having boy and girl twins, we
decided to paint the nursery a neutral pale yellow.
|We received the cribs in our desired
natural wood finish but by the time we got around to
ordering the changing table, it was discontinued in natural.
We had to get the white, which worked out okay since it goes
with the daybed and rocking chair. Being a new mommy, Nina
covered the nursery closet door with CPR and first aid
flyers, sleeping and calming tips, breastfeeding
instructions and developmental charts.
||Nina spent quite a while working on these
hand painted letters spelling out the twins' names.
Each letter has a lot going on...several different types of
plants and animals are represented and fun stripes and polka
||For the first several months, the twins
will sleep side by side in the same crib. Once they begin to
raise their heads and pull up, they will be separated into
two cribs. Then, once they start to wake each other up, they
will be moved into their own rooms.
|The flowered quilt on the wall is Nina's
baby quilt, made for her by her grandmother Mary Beth.
||Nina fell completely in love with a sweet
pea themed decor line, but managed only to get this window
valance before the entire line disappeared. She managed to
find a similar style bunny lamp and mobile on ebay and had
fun decorating the walls with her own watercolor paintings.
According to the twins books, a swing is another must have
|This day bed is sure to come in handy for
late night nursing. Plus, the day bed allows Nina to display
her beloved Great Aunt Doris' quilt. On the pillow, is a
birth announcement that Nina cross stitched while she was
pregnant. There are also two pigs which Nina and her friend
Lena painted for the babies.
||Nina's mother Mary Gray assembled this
quilt from many fabric pieces donated by our friends and
family. Nina really, really likes hand made quilts!