Getting Close

We have a little over two weeks to go, and somehow, it still feels so far away. Can any first time mommas relate? Somehow, it feels like these babies are going to stay in there forever… haha! My mom keeps reminding me that they WILL eventually come out. I think it is just so hard to believe that I’m about to become a mom to two little girls that it just doesn’t seem possible. But it is. Because God works miracles… miracles like our daughters. And I am so immensely grateful for that.

At a little over 35 weeks pregnant with twins, I am feeling great! Most people don’t believe me when I say that, but I promise I’m telling the truth!:)I have to tell you something, though… my high risk doctor recommended that I stop working at 30 weeks, and I am going a little crazy without a camera in my hands. Although I miss my clients very much right now, I’m doing my best to prepare our lives for these girls. It is a good feeling to have the nursery ready, all of their clothes washed, the carseat bases installed, and the swings & bassinets put together. My husband and I are currently enjoying these last weeks as newlyweds who sleep peacefully through the night. 😉

We know that these babies could decide to make their appearance any day now – did you know that 60% of twins are born before 37 weeks? We are aiming for 38, but I know the decision is not mine, and I trust God’s plan.

Do you have any last minute advice for this first time momma-to-be? Anything specific I should do before the babies arrive? I would love to hear it!


These self portraits were taken at 34 weeks. My sweet, darling daughters…


5 Perks of Expecting Twins

Hello, third trimester! Aside from the hip/back pain, the 7 million trips to the bathroom during the day and night (Baby A is always snuggled right up against my bladder), and the dull ache in my ribs that comes and goes through the day (Baby B occasionally likes to use my ribs as monkey-bars… no big deal), I still think that being pregnant with twins is actually pretty cool. Here are 5 reasons why:

  1. Three cookies in one sitting – That’s right, folks. I now have the perfect excuse for indulging in three cookies at a time: one for Baby A, one for Baby B, and one for myself, of course.
  2. Frequent ultrasounds – being considered “high risk” is certainly scary, but it also means that I get to see my babies quite often. I now have an ultrasound every two weeks, which will soon become once a week up until delivery.
  3. Double the cute – What is cuter than one adorable baby outfit? TWO adorable baby outfits! I have also used this as an excuse to allow myself to splurge on headbands. Oh… the headbands. I’m on my phone scrolling through Etsy pretty much every evening. My husband always asks, “headbands again?”
  4. The sibling bond – Even before I’ve even officially met them, their bond already warms my heart. When I see them snuggled together during an ultrasound (and occasionally kicking each other) it absolutely melts me.
  5. Life’s greatest surprise – I NEVER thought I would have twins on the way. It still totally blows my mind when I think about it. When I see TWO babies on the ultrasound screen… twenty little toes and twenty little fingers… my breath is taken away every time. I’m sure my life will be full of surprises, but this one is the greatest by far.



28 weeks with my sweet, darling girls.


October 30, 2017 - 7:25 pm

Michelle. ( Mimi). Elchert Battin - I can hardly wait to meet you all


For some reason, this time of the year always brings some sort of nostalgia for me. Maybe it has something to do with the cooler air reminding me of going back to school and all of the excitement in the upcoming months between Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. I have always adored holidays.
This year is a little different, though. It still holds that special nostalgia, but it also holds this unfamiliar period of waiting. It truly is a strange – and totally amazing – season of life to be in, waiting for my two little girls to arrive. I already have so much love for these two tiny people that I’ve never even met, and that is such a strange and wonderful feeling. I spend so much of each day just dreaming about what they’ll look like and who they’ll become. It feels like so much of my life revolves around them, and yet, they are not even here… it’s very odd. Nesting has also already hit in FULL FORCE, and I’ve been finding myself shifting into a much more organized person… not that I’m usually unorganized (although, my husband might tell you differently. 😉 ).


This photo was taken at 20 weeks. I am now approaching 27.