I haven’t had much time to update you guys on our new arrivals and new life.
Today our boys Elvar & Viðar are 3weeks old and time is just flying by. Getting twins is more wonderful than I could ever imagine, it is amazing to have two little babies to cuddle and love. It really is double the happiness! So far it hasn’t been hard at all, I am of course super lucky to have Gunnar home full time with me. But I can tell you that I haven’t really slept anything yet and I am sure it will be some more weeks before I feel well rested again. The boys drink every 2,5 to 3rd hour and in between they burp, poop and hopefully sleep some. We have had nights when they are not ‘timed together’ and that can get really tough. One wakes up and when you finally get him down and you start to think about sleep – BAM, next one’s up! This vicious cycle then repeats itself through the night. We had to learn the hard way that they need to be timed, waking up the sleeping baby is essential when the other is wake. Big sister Þóra Lóa is a dream, I am waiting for her to react to the big change and us always having a baby in our arms but so far she is just loving the situation and loving her little brothers.
Viðar & Elvar Gunnarsson arrived 30.01.2017 – The birth only took 1,5h from first contraction until they where born 👌 Baby A (Viðar) was born 15:36, 2732g and 47cm. Baby B (Elvar) was born 15:49, 2968g and 47cm.
Both boys are doing well and are already emptying their mom on milk 🐮
Never during this whole pregnancy did I think we would get this far, tomorrow is our last day.. Now I am so far gone that we have a time to get “started” – Tomorrow morning at 08.00 🙉
I have been 4cm dilated the whole weekend and nothing is happening so tomorrow they are being kicked out – literally. I am mentally preparing myself, trying to stay strong for myself and our boys. This is happening and we are now settled for a natural birth, some way they are coming out and I am going to be the best and strongest me that I can be tomorrow. I have prepared our home, all laundry is done and everything is neat and clean. This is a way for me to mentally prepare myself for tomorrow, I also took a long shower and tried to go over how I see the birth and try to visualize how I want it to go. I know there will be between six to eight people in the birth room when it is a twin birth and I will be highly monitored during the whole delivery, so I know I am in good hands and they will do what is best for me and the boys.
Now I it is time for me to get some rest and try to not think at all – Tomorrow will change our life’s forever 💕
Our little dragon’s are expected any day ✊ This morning we had our last sonar and then meet with the birth doctor, I have started to “open” and we are now 4cm ready… That means tomorrow or this weekend hopefully 🙌 My birth fear is now over and I am so ready to see them 💕
We are more than ready now – 36weeks in is really good with twins and in only one week they are fully ready to meet the world. Baby A was 2475g (10merkur) & Baby B was 2890g (12merkur) at our 35week sonar, so they are big and healthy. Baby B is in position in the pelvis and our birth doctor think that they will come within a week, so our hospital bag needs to be packed and ready.
Here is my check list on what to bring to the hospital.
For the Babies:
2 sets of body suits in NB (newborn size).
2 hats/baby bonnets.
2 sets of Socks
Going home outfit – warmer outfit inc. hat and mittens.
Blanket – Wool or Cotton (not fleece it is not good for newborn babies bc the material does not breath).
Burp rag / Muslin blankets
Diapers / wipes
Pj & Robe
Boxer underwear and socks
Showers gel & Shampoo/Conditioner / Hairbrush / Hair ties
Face wash / Cream / Deodorant
Lotion / Lip balm
Toothbrush / toothpaste
Change of clothes / Cosy set
Nursing bra / Nursing pads
Small nursing lamp that runs on battery
Tummy oil / Lanonlin nipple cream
Snacks / Energy bars
Change of clothes / jogging set
Underwear & Socks
Snacks / Water bottle
Pillow or airplane pillow (if not a extra bed is available and dad needs to sleep in a chair)
Gift from babies to older sibling
Cash for parking and vending machines
Natural rubber pacifiers and the first card from “Heiðdís Helgadóttir – Áfangakort” to capture every little milestone in our boys first year.
Energy bars/snacks and a little nightlight that runs on battery for feeding during the first nights at the hospital.
Hopefully soon you will see a picture of our boys <3
For me Icelandic Christmas starts really late, in Sweden we are up early for breakfast (opening one gift), then Christmas lunch buffet after that coffee and traditional Donald Duck on tv, then comes Santa Claus with all gifts and then dinner. It is a full day of food and gifts. Here our Christmas doesn’t really start until 17.00 when we go to my parent’s in law and eat and then later open gifts. So our little family add some Swedish traditions on top of the Icelandic to fill out our day. We woke up late and had a big brunch with all sorts of good morning food and then we tune in to SVT (Swedish television) and watched “Kalle Anka” (Donald duck) with our coffee. I also made some Swedish chocolate truffles with raspberry taste. After that we went out on the sleigh and then church before dinner at Gunnars parents.
Þóra loves watching Swedish traditional Kalle Anka.
My home made chocolate truffles was a success.
Super pregnant in week 33 now 😅
Our two little boys on the way also got a gift this year. Baby’s first book from DesignLetters.
Giving the birds bread on our balcony.
I hope you all had a beautiful day yesterday and I wish you a happy New Year ✨
About 4months ago my old phone stopped working, when I couldn’t turn my phone on anymore I panicked, all the pictures of Þóra is in the phone and I still haven’t printed them or saved them somewhere else. It was pictures from when she was born, when she started to walk, eat etc. My most valuable memories. Thank goodness the phone store was able to restore all my images and we got them on a usb stick, but after this experience I am very careful to always print all my phone images regular, bc there are so many memories I only have in my phone.
Now I only go to the app and select what images I want to print and in what format and send them. It is super easy and they arrive after a week just in my post. I think the price is good and the quality of the pictures comes out great.
I recommend this 100% !
Now I only need to find a nice album or book to put in all our memories 👌
Trying to be ready for our boy’s arrival at this point they can choose to come any day.. I hope they stay in to next year. It is hard to be “ready” for twins, we have no clue what to expect more than very little sleep 😅
Today we put up the bed, babynest and washed the bedding. Most things we have is from Petit, the simple reason is that we think it is all beautiful and we know the good quality of the products. With these babies we are trying to have them mostly around pure produced products, so far all clothing, the bedding and babynest is made from organic cotton. Not only do I love the feeling and look of pure materials, one reason for organic is also that our babies are very likely to be born premature with a low immune system and to have them around organic products minimizes the risks of skin irritations and allergies. There is so much coloring, glue and chemicals in none organic products and the skin is the body’s biggest organ that absorbs very much into our system.
It is hard to explain with words how happy my friends made me by surprising me with a baby shower.
I never had one before and I have never been to one myself so I did not think I would be surprised with a baby shower. My friend Anna picked me up at home and I thought we where going for brunch, then she turned the car around and said I needed to give her my opinion on a new rug she was buying. I was not at all suspicious, we talk interior all the time and often ask for each others opinion. Then when we got t her home and I walked in my friends where there, I was so surprised and started crying. I have never had anyone to surprise me like this before.
It was all so Perfect!
Thank you to all my beautiful friends that made this day perfect !
I/We got so many nice gifts! Pregnancy massage and a full bag of products just to pamper myself before our babies arrives ;)
Newborn diaper cake for our little boys and two little winter suits from 66North.