Life Updates…

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have saw that we found out yesterday we are having twin GIRLS! Something about knowing what’s inside of you makes you that much more excited and connected. We can’t wait to spoil these little princesses! You would think any father to be would have a mild heart attack learning his first child will be not one, but two girls, but Charlie didn’t skip a beat. He grew up with two amazing little sisters so he’s really looking forward to it. He said God has been preparing him his whole life for this which couldn’t be more perfect!

My mom, of course, knew it was girls all along and was chompin at the bit to buy SOMETHING, but had to hold off until we found out. So she called me immediately after our appointment to meet me to “look at baby stuff”.

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Saying that she was excited is an extreme understatement! Shopping for little girls is so dangerous!

As promised I have a couple bump pictures for you. I feel so silly taking these pictures, but I know I’ll regret it if I don’t and I’m sure the girls will love seeing them some day.

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12 Weeks

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 16 Weeks

I mentioned last week that we’re in the process of renovating our house to make room for the twins. Things are moving right along…

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Window over my soon to be desk, overlooking the back yard.

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Looking into the now closed in sunroom from our living room.

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Where the old laundry closet in the babies room used to be…yuck! Glad we’re getting rid of that! New wood is going into that area to be refinished and stained to match the rest of the wood, which was refinished a few years ago.

I can’t wait to see everything come together. Oh and I’m in full on nursery planning mode now that we know we’re having girls. I’m also pulling a risky move by dragging my husband to Ikea with me to look at furniture. :-) Wish me luck!

Our DIY Upholstered Headboard

Ya’ll, I know I’m so behind on this but I finally have pictures of our headboard. I talked a little about inspiration and plans here and here. We finished it a couple of months ago, and then we found out I was pregnant, and I feel like I was asleep for 3 months straight. Actually having the energy to take pictures of the headboard without me in the bed has been close to impossible. So sorry for the delay but here they are.

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I did two rows of tufts, though you really can only see one row in the last picture. There are a ton of headboard tutorials out there and I certainly didn’t reinvent the wheel, so I won’t go step by step on how I did it, just share a few details on the materials.

I think we spent under $30 making this, using a few items we already had available to us (luaun plywood and carpet pad from my parents flooring store). The only things I actually had to purchase was batting (super cheap at Walmart), button kit for tufts (under $10 at Jo-anns), and the fabric (a $16 curtain panel from Target).

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The whole reason we went down this road of making a new headboard was because we didn’t have the space for our previous headboard, which was a sleigh style. So we wanted something really low profile that didn’t take up room. It doesn’t go all the way to the floor, just below the top of the mattress, and attached to the wall -hotel style. This allowed us to take up zero floor space as well as leave room for a plug below it that we needed access to.

It’s nothing fancy but it works for us and we couldn’t be happier with it (or the price)!

Next up is finally hanging some artwork on the walls and a few bedding updates.

Make Room for Babies!

As I’ve mentioned before, we don’t live in the worlds largest house. It’s perfect for Charlie and I, and we had planned on having our first child in this home. Little did we know we would be having TWINS! Selling this house and buying a new one is too much to handle right now, especially with a high risk pregnancy, so we have to make some adjustments to our house to fit our TWO babies (sorry I’m still pinching myself!).

We have two bedrooms, one is our bedroom, and the other has been a guest room that also houses a makeshift closet with the washer/dryer and hot water heater.

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And when I say makeshift, I mean MAKESHIFT. Not only does it not go all the way to the ceiling, or have a “roof”, it cuts a window right in half.

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Like how I figured out a way to take a picture of this fully mirrored closet without me in it? When there is a will there is a way. I promise I’ll share some bump pictures soon, but today is not that day. 

Having this closet in a baby’s room is not ideal, but we were willing to live with it. When we found out we would need to fit 2 cribs in this room, plans changed.

Switching gears to the other side of the house…

On the far side of our living room is a sunroom that is not functional at all due to the lack of efficient sliding doors/windows. It has heat and air, but with no insulation, and super old doors, it’s either an icebox in the winter or a sauna in the summer. Since we’ve moved in, it’s just been our storage room as well as a place where we’ve kept filing cabinets and office supplies.

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So in order to maximize our square footage and make room for our sweet little ones coming in December, we’re moving some things around. Here is the new layout of our sunroom:

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The sunroom will be closed in and insulated, all sliding doors removed, and a new window added over a built in desk, overlooking the back yard. We’ll also add a closet where we’ll relocate the washer/dryer and water heater. Since the ceilings are high in this room, the closet will be floor to ceiling, with added storage above the washer/dryer closet as well as a linen closet next to it. I can’t even begin to describe the excitement I have over this added storage!

On the other side of the sunroom (what will we call it when it’s no longer a sunroom? Open for suggestions…) we’ll have a built in desk with filing cabinets underneath. I haven’t had a dedicated work space in our house so I’m thrilled to finally have one! I realize that phone conversations may be difficult with the laundry in the same room but it’s better than what I have now so I’m OK with that.

The weird closet in the babies room will be removed. This will give us a lot of extra space and make this room so much more user friendly, not only for our family, but when we go to sell the house down the road.

We are so stinkin excited for everything to be completed. I’ve been bouncing (as much as a pregnant woman can bounce) from room to room just imagining all the changes and how much more room we’ll have!

A contractor/friend is doing this for us and will take about 2 weeks total, so Charlie and I are moving to my parents house for a couple of weeks, to stay away from the dust and chaos. I’ll have plenty of after pictures once we’re back in!

And if you’re wondering about nursery plans, I haven’t gotten there yet. Of course I have a ton of ideas racing through my head, but we don’t know if we’ll be having boys or girls yet so I’m hitting pause until we do. We did have to decide on a paint color for the nursery so I went with trusty white, the same white I painted our master bedroom: BM white dove. I love the affect it has on a room, especially a small room. I feel like I have plenty of years ahead when we will have our kids input on paint colors for their rooms, and it probably won’t be white, so I’m soaking it in while I can. :-)