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Raff🌈  C a 🌴 i f ☀️r n i a 🌱// plant based 👦🏻👧🏼🧒🏼// Mateo + Luca & Lola <twins> • 9 months apart 🏥// Peds Cardiac ICU RN 👰🏻♥️👰🏻// wifed for life

Once we move out of our tiny apartment and into house, one of the first things I plan on doing is starting a garden!🥕🍅 It’s always been a dream of mine to grow the fruits, vegetables and herbs that we eat everyday👩🏼‍🌾 I know nothing about gardening, but I think it will be so fun to learn. Ok. So it may just end up being a potato garden🥔 but, the process will be fun! Anyways, I think it’s clear from this picture who my helper will be!🐞🐛 #futuregardener #twinsofinstagram

Soaking in that C☀️L☀️R A D☀️ golden hour with my baby girl #momentslikethese 💓

Vegan meals with a view!🌱 I always use to worry about what traveling would be like as a vegan. Especially with kids! But maybe it’s just me, but I feel SO many restaurants now offer some sort of vegan option, if not more than one! Most places are happy to make adjustments as needed so that everyone is happy and fed! 🍉🌽 Long story short, we never go hungry! What’s been your experience with traveling vegan?!🥒🥑 #vegankids #travelingwithtoddlers

Don’t let their faces fool you, these kids had one of the best days of their lives!🐠#coloradoliving ☀️
📸: @adi.barnes

Micaela’s the real MVP🏆

We may be traveling in a zone defense, but thankfully the airplane✈️ fascination is OH SO REAL! #momhacks #travelingwithtoddlers

Alright. I was going to wait until it was complete to announce it, but... 🚨spoiler alert🚨.....I’m going to start a BLOG! Yep. Im going full force social media maven. It will be a lot of what you see here plus vegan recipes, baby making stuff, life stuff, kid stuff and some 🎥videos mixed in for fun. I’m super exited to start this venture but I NEED YOUR HELP with what to call my blog! I’m having trouble coming up with something creative so I’m turning to my peeps for help. You guys always have so many good ideas so if you have any suggestions I’d ♥️ to hear them👇🏼 below! Thank you guys so much!!
🌟Shirt @boldlookapparel🧘🏼‍♀️ Mat @yogadesignlab

How in the world did I get so lucky?!💓Thank you for continually elevating me to be the best version of myself✨

Right before all our children climbed into the⛲️ fountain #busy 🤷🏻‍♀️

Since having children, I have definitely come to appreciate the beauty of staycaytions! Last weekend we escaped to Carmel for a super quick getaway by the sea 🌊 Traveling with the trio is still a lot of work, but last weekend gave me hope! We definitely aren’t in the clear, but things are getting easier😎 I think the fact that they are all used to sleeping in the same room REALLY helps! Getting on a plane✈️ for a vacation is a whole different story!🤦🏻‍♀️ As we prepare for our trip to Colorado🏔, I would definitely love to hear any tips on flying outnumbered with children, because this will be the first flight we won’t have help and I’m a *little* nervous! Zone defense on the plane might be a little touch and go!🤷🏻‍♀️

In honor of National Twin Day, I wanted to share one of my favorite twin moments with you guys. My water broke at 33 weeks and 3 days🤰🏻I was admitted to the hospital while they monitored us and kept the twins in for another six days for lung development. After they were born, they went to the Intermediate Care Nursery for further monitoring, feeding tubes and were placed in separate isolettes. After being squished together in the same womb for months, the duo was officially separated. When they were two days old, Micaela advocated that I do “skin to skin” with them together-at the same time👶🏻👶🏻It took a handful of people to orchestrate because of all their tubes and equipment, but our team made it happen. Lola on my chest first. Then Luca. Within seconds of them both being placed on my chest, the most ✨beautiful✨ thing happened...They reached out for one another’s hand. It was instinctual. It was their comfort and it was their first time being together since arriving earth side. For the first time, they could touch one another without the thin barriers that surrounded them individually in the womb and they held hands. Everyone started bawling as we watched on with awe and experienced the true miracle of twins. From that day forward, no matter how complicated it was, we always made sure that they had time to be together. To feel one another’s warmth and presence✨I truly believe that these moments of togetherness, no matter how short they were, provided them with a comfort and security no one else could have offered. It was apparent in those first moments of familiar comfort just how strong the twin bond is, and I will always feel so thankful that we were all there, surrounding them to witness it♥️
📸: @gabyclarkphotography

The day I found out I was pregnant, I KNEW it was twins. Although we didn’t do IVF, where twins are more likely, I always just had this ✨feeling✨ I was going to carry twins. What is even more bizarre, once twins were confirmed, I was knew it was girl/ boy twins👶🏻👶🏻 It’s easy to say things things after the fact, but I promise you, these sentiments were not only expressed to Micaela, but also written down in my pregnancy journal as proof! I like to think it was twin Mom intuition, but maybe I’m just a good guesser😜 Carrying twins was definitely not easy. I ended up getting pre-eclampsia which then progressed into HELP syndrome, broke out in a FULL body rash postpartum, and experienced a solid 17 weeks of unwavering nausea and vomiting BUT it was the greatest honor of my life to be able to grow two tiny humans to 34 weeks and 2 days! So Happy National Twin Day 👧🏼🧒🏼 to all the other twin parents and of course, all the TWINS!!👯‍♀️ #nationaltwinday
📸: @malloryullman

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