My sister-in-law asked if she could guest post on my blog and I am more than happy to oblige! It's always nice to hear how others are feeling towards special events in your life. Thanks for sharing Heather!
OMG – It’s Twins!!! YEAH!!! That would be the thought that ran through my head for at least the first 24 hours after talking to Cheryl and getting the news. I think twins are pretty much the coolest thing ever…and before you judge just remember…I don’t have any kids. I haven’t had the experience of being up all night with a baby, going weeks without sleep (unless it for some really good parties) changing poopy diapers, dealing with crying for hours…not to mention where they come out of….ouch! I’ve never done any of that with one baby, let alone two.
To me, twins mean twice as cute, twice as cuddly, and twice as many fun presents that you can buy. Yes, that’s right – I am an Auntie…not a Mommy – twins mean so many different things.
So I immediately switched into shopping mode and headed down to Crocodile on West 4th in Van couver . A very trendy little baby store where onesies costs as much as a manicure/pedicure at the nail salon across the street. The kind of place where you go when you are either really loaded (which I’m not) or are shopping for gifts. The beauty of not having to budget on a lifetime of clothes, food, and education means that you are free to spend more on a single purchase! Don’t get me wrong, I love a good deal and mostly buy things on sale…I am from Winnipeg after all and we are all bargain hunters….but you can get some great ideas at Crocodile and then go look for them on Craigslist.
So Crocodile has the cutest double stroller with these adorable bassinets! You can’t walk by without looking at it, even if you aren’t expecting twins or don’t know anyone who is expecting twins. So upon learning that twins are the on way, I decided that the Double Mountain Buggy with the 50’s Style Bassinets was PERFECT!
Then I started reading up on twin strollers and thinking about how Cheryl would actually use the stroller. So it’s Winnipeg and you won’t be going outside for a stroll with these cute little bassinets in the middle of the winter. And by the time summer comes around, you won’t really need these absolutely adorable bassinets.
Ok, so the bassinets are out….the double mountain buggy is still a useful stroller. I see people using them all the time in Van couver . Oh wait, they are all out walking, they didn’t have to get in their car, transfer two babies into car seats – potentially waking them up – and then transfer them back into the buggy at the walking destination. And you can’t attach two car seat holders to the mountain buggy….DAMN! All of a sudden this is much more challenging than I thought.
Yes, twins are going to be cute and fun and cuddly, but I bet they are also going to be a lot of work. The best idea might be to get something that will make Tim & Cheryl’s life as easy as possible….and maybe I should consult my sister-in-law, who is very knowledgeable, about the kind of stroller that she would like, rather than the kind that I think is cutest.
Lesson learned….maybe the parents will know best what they need for their new lives with the twins. Best to get a list from Cheryl….but then again you can’t really go wrong with clothes and toys, can you? Crocodile…here I come!