Monday, December 29, 2008

An afternoon stroll...

December 29, 2008
65 degrees
Definitely requires an afternoon stroll
Both boys loved it. They just looked around with wide bright eyes.



Little Guy the Monkey


Big Guy the Lion


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

6 weeks...

Lion on the left aka Big Guy. Monkey on the right aka Little Guy
I love how they intensely focus in on things.



Last Friday at 5 1/2 weeks they were:
Monkey 6lbs 8oz
Lion 7lbs 9oz
Hence the newest nicknames of Big Guy and Little Guy.

Big Guy has developed chubby little thighs overnight! Both are wearing some preemie pants, but mostly newborn size clothes. Little Guy the monkey loses his diapers right off his bottom, as well as pants. Anyone ever seen adjustable waist newborn pants? :)




Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Confessions of an A_al Retentive Mommy...

I like to be in charge.

I like to have control.

I love being busy.

I thrive on a full calendar.

I need to be involved.


So imagine after the past several months of being checked out, how I must be feeling. Can't picture it? Let me tell ya...

It's like an addict going through intense withdrawl.

Agonizing, painful, withdrawl.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Month ONE...

Is it really possible that one entire full month has passed since the birth of the twins?
It really doesn't seem quite possible.
It has been a wonderful whirlwind of feeding, burping, diapering, rocking, snuggling, bathing, clothing...etc. We have been blessed with amazing meals from friends and family. We have enjoyed lots of company. We have even managed to sleep.
So here are the individual highlights on each twin.
This is Baby A...aka THE MONKEY


Monkey you started out as the least patient one, but now I see you are actually pretty patient and content on your own. However when you are hungry, you want to eat right now! Which is actually just fine because you are the scrawny one. You love to lay in your crib in the afternoon when the sunlight dances through the window. In fact today you layed there so contently until you eventually fell asleep.
You nurse quite frantically, so it takes you a minute to latch on. You have the cutest high pitched cry, like a squawking bird. The way your mouth curls when you cry is incredibly cute! You have beautiful blue eyes that remained closed and sleepy until this past week. This past week you also have such a cute "grin" on your face when you are happy and looking around. Your free time is typically spent in the bouncy seat on vibrate. You also enjoy napping on your own, or laying on the floor. Nighttime is when you snuggle mommy, since you typically nurse longer than your brother. We usually fall asleep together during the middle of the night feeding. When you sleep you always end up rolling onto your side, curled into a tiny ball. Monkey I can't wait to see you grow this next month!
Meet Baby B...aka THE LION
Lion you are the snuggler. You love to lay on anyone's chest. I think you would prefer to sleep on your tummy if we let you. You are a champion nurser, even with your rough start needing supplemented formula. You have now surpassed your older brother to become what we lovingly call you 'the chunk'. Your face has filled out so much in this past month. You have the most amazing BIG blue eyes. You love looking around at your new world, so much so that you have worn a bald spot on the back of you head from moving your head side to side. Opposite your nickname, your cry is not so much a giant roar but rather the most adorable little quiet sound.
You hate to spit up, but do it after every feeding. When you spit up, you make a pout face and whimper. You are strong and have been able to roll to your side for weeks. You love to be stretched out and sprawled out.
You enjoy spending your free time in the swing. You like to be read to by your big sister AJ, while you sit in the boppy. In the afternoons you prefer to take your nap on my chest. It is like you know that is when Monkey is sleeping and that has become your special snuggle time. At night you like to snuggle Daddy after Mommy goes to bed. The two of you stay up and watch car shows together. You are so close to purposely smiling.
Lion I can't wait to see more of your personality this next month.




Monkey on the left and Lion on the right.



Each month we will take your pictures with these stuffed animals, to show your growth.






Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Sweetness...

Baby A on the left and Baby B on the right. Would you believe that B napped peacefully in this snuggly blanky IN the laundry basket for over an hour. A only slept for a bit and then spent the rest of the time wide eyed.


I really need some help with some better blog names!


Friday, November 28, 2008

First Bath...

The first bath. 2 1/2 weeks old. Baby A is on the right and Baby B is on the left. A cried whole time and B whimpered at first and then was loving it.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The twins have arrived...

At 37 weeks, Aaron and I arrived at the hospital at 5am for a scheduled C-Section. The check-in and prep time took longer than the whole procedure. At 7:25am we welcomed Baby A feet first into the world at 18" and 5 pounds 9 ounces. At 7:27 am we welcomed Baby B feet first and peeing all over into the world at 17.75" and 5 pounds 6 ounces. They are beautiful baby boys. The boys appear to be identical as they ended up sharing one placenta.

Both boys are healthy and gaining weight, although they both required some minor supplementing the first few days. Baby B was born with very low blood sugar, so he had a cup feeding of formula just after his bath. He continued to have issues with his blood sugar for the first 24 hours. After 3 bottles and the warming lamps he stabilized his blood sugar and is a nursing champ. Baby A started to lose too much weight in the hospital, so he received a couple of supplements. Once my milk came in both boys have had no problems.

We have been home for one solid week now and have fallen into a good groove. The nights are a bit long, but we are getting used to it. The biggest difference between bringing the boys home and bringing one baby home is the inability to tag team the older kids and baby(ies). When we brought AJ home Aaron was strictly in charge of entertaining and meeting JP's needs. I had thought we would do the same this time, but 2 babies really need 2 adults that first week or so. Especially at night. Just think of a blurred round robin of me feeding, Aaron burping and diapering. Then switch. Non stop all night. The boys do sleep beautifully from about 6:30 am to 9:30 am. Those are good sleeping hours.

At 10 days old here are some differences we see in the boys:

A-loves to stay curled in a ball, keeps his hands in fists up by his face in defense, think he will have an innie, has chubby cheeks, he squeaks more, has a high pitched cry, and more hair on top.

B-loves to stay sprawled out, think he has an outie, has a thin face, long forhead, less hair on top, has more patience than A.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Two...

I am amazed that it is already November 3.


It seems like just yesterday we were surprised with the news of our twins. Now here I sit a mere 2 days aways from seeing the sweet faces of the two little guys who have been kicking me daily.

This afternoon everything became very real when the hospital called to pre-register my c-section. Wow.

5am arrival Wednesday morning with a start time of 7am.

I want to just sit for the next 48 hours and hold AJ because I know the moment the boys are born she will seem just so "big".

Two...

Saturday, November 1, 2008

The week in review...

I have had so many things I have wanted to blog about in this past week, but I could just never find the motivation. This afternoon with an empty house I finally found my bloggy motivation. I am now 36 weeks and STILL pregnant. Crazy. We have officially scheduled the C-section for Wednesday November 5th first thing in the morning. So the countdown begins.
What better way to kick off the countdown than to spend a gorgeous Saturday putting up Christmas trees and decorations throughout the house. It was wonderful!
Here is the week in pictures:
Thursday Night Lights:
JP had an incredible football game. He had an important "tackle" followed by this incredible 80 yard run for a touchdown.
I hate that I didn't have my large flash to compensate for the dark night.
Thumbs up Mom! I scored!


As if scoring and tackling wasn't enough the boy also had an awesome play at quarterback. He threw a perfect TIGHT spiral complete for a Cowboys 1st DOWN. YEA! Final Score 30-12. Cowboys win.


Then we have me at 36 weeks...I am done trying to be pretty. :)



Thursday I thought for sure I would go into labor, just because it was CRAZY HAIR DAY at school and this is how I sent my son!




Shockingly this is what he looked like AFTER a full day of wear on that crazy hair.







Then came Halloween. JP and AJ came up with their costumes on their own. Lilo and Stitch.




This was the first year I did not take the kids trick or treating. It was a sad night. :(





Today we had JP's second to last soccer game. Final score 2-0. Lightning wins. It was a great game to watch. Grey team was all boys and one girl, almost all 2nd graders. Yellow was all girls and two boys, almost all 3rd graders. I think the boys now do realize that the girls do have game. :)







Thursday, October 23, 2008

35 weeks...

Well here I am at 35 weeks!
We have made it. Everyday after yesterday is just a bonus day for the boys.
We saw the doctor today who has decided that next Thursday she will "check" me and if I am dialated to a 3-4 we will go ahead with the c-section then. If I am not then we will have a scheduled c-section on Weds November 5th.
So I am thinking it will be next week because I thought the last time I was checked I was a 3.
So here we are in the home stretch...less than 13 days to our boys!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

To do list...

Today was my last official day of bedrest. I tried so hard to remain laying around today, but I was overcome with the NEED to reorganize AJ's closet.

So I did.

And it looks amazing, along with her newly arranged room. Thank you for that Aaron!

So after that I did take a wonderful nap and then continued to count the lines on the ceiling.
When that wasn't fun anymore I thought of all the things I want to do tomorrow.

So here it is:

1. Take JP to school

2. Swing past the ole Giftshop and make sure she is still standing :)

3. Make a return at Childrens Place

4. Buy AJ some black Mary JAN'S (yes I know they are Mary JANE's, but she calls them Mary JAN's and I LOVE IT!)

5. Eat at Backyard Burger. PLEASE SOMEONE JOIN ME FOR LUNCH!

6. If it is not raining, take AJ to the park.

7. Pick JP up from school.

8. Unpack JP's winter sweaters and put them in his closet.

9. Lay out warmer clothes for JP for the next week.

10. Maybe go out to dinner to celebrate JP's all A's

I am sure I will think of more fun and entertaining things as well.

Oh and an update on the boys...they both grew 2 pounds in the last 4 weeks. They are officially huge! And they are doing an excellent job of practicing breathing. Dr's say they look fabulous. Now we just have to wait and see when they want their birthday to be. I am hoping they would love to be October 23rd babies, but we'll see.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

34 weeks...


6 days and counting....
after 6 days I can get off my bedrest . So Wednesday next week, you can bet on seeing me at Target. Perhaps even playing a little soccer with JP. Oh and if anyone would like to join me for lunch at Backyard Burger, I will be enjoying the German Dog with plenty of sauerkrat. MMMM...good.
If for some reason I have not delivered by next Thursday then Dr. will schedule my C-Section for November 5th. I am REALLY hoping to have delivered before November 5th.
Please pray for healthy babies and a smooth delivery preferably before Halloween. :)

Out of the mouths of babes...

You know your 4 year old has been to too many OB appointments when....


Me: I can't sit, I can't lay, I just can't get comfortable.

AJ: Whell, if you just go to the hospital and take the babies out then you won't have anymore CONTRACTIONS.

Aaron and I nearly dropped our spoons and looked at each other as all three of us started laughing. AJ pays too much attention, I do believe!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Friday, October 3, 2008

Friday Five...

Five wonderful things about my husband....

1. He cleans the kitchen...every night.

2. The way he plays with our kids after a long day of work.

3. His wonderful helpfullness since I have been put on resting duties.

4. He grocery shops...without complaint.

5. He gives me a backrub every night, even when he is down right exhausted.

I am so thankful to have such an amazing husband. Not only is he just a dream husband, but he is the Dad every kid would want to have. He plays, he cleans, he cooks, he shops, he serves, he coaches, he teaches, he works, he learns, he laughs, he loves....he is ours and we are so blessed.

Thank Aaron so much for everything you have taken on as we get closer to the arrival of our two sweet babies. You are truly an amazing Dad and Husband. I love you...

Monday, September 29, 2008

Duct Tape- Aisle 5...

Game 2
2-1
WIN
1 ringer, 1 sub, 8 exhausted kids
JP played entire game without subbing...just check out his face and hair at end of game.







Perhaps the mommies of the Lightning should make a trip to the local hardware store and each purchase a roll of duct tape.






I do believe we all get just a wee bit excited at these games. And the funny thing is that we know the boys can't hear us, so why do we continue to scream?






We are soccer moms. Real true soccer moms.






We are the same moms who really quite calmly cheer our boys through a baseball game. There is the occasional shout at a basketball game. I mean last Thursday I actually sat with crossed lady legs and a soft clap through a flag football game.






I only bring this up because as I thought back to the middle of the game where I looked down and literally all of us mom's were yelling, I had to giggle at how funny we must sound to the other team.






Still I love shouting out to the boys. And really it is not all direction, most of it in fact is encouragement to all the boys not just my own.






Oh how I love a good soccer game. And great mom friends to scream with me!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Two Phrases...

photo of 30 weeks

Modified Bedrest


and


No more shopping


*gasp*


Yesterday I had another doctor appointment. Well actually this week I have had 4. The boys are doing great. A weighs 3lbs 5 ounces and is still breech and B weighs 3lbs 7 ounces and is still transverse. I am now 31 weeks. But my cervix has started to open, soften, and shorten. So in high hopes of keeping these babies in until at least Oct 22 the doctor gave me the orders for those two little phrases.


Just a mere 27 days will allow me to deliver here at home with a doctor I really really like. Prior to that I have to deliver in the big city with the perinatologists that I really don't care for. And the nurses...I have come to know most of the nurses at the hospital from our twice weekly monitoring.


My "fun" outings will be kept for the kids sports events where I do get to just sit and watch. Although Janelle you may have to put duck tape over my mouth so I can refrain from the excited screaming at the soccer games!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Wordless Wednesday...

First Fall Soccer Game.
3-2
WIN

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

AJ's first day of school...

I really don't know where the time has gone. It seems like just yesterday this little lady was sitting in a car seat carrier next to her big brother on his first day of preschool.
It is amazing how fast the time goes.
She picked out this very very special skirt and shirt from The Childrens Place, completely by herself. RIght down to the belt, socks, and hair bows. Notice she is also donning a necklace.

She is so ready. She also thought she was going to be the most beautiul one there. Her confidence was not lacking.


I couldn't resist this shot. She was so ready for school, I had to actually ask for a hug and kiss goodbye!
She enjoyed the first day, but was disappointed that they didn't learn anything about letters.



Monday, September 22, 2008

What is your 2 am comfort food...

Well it is 2 am and I can't sleep.

This seems to be a regular thing these days. I suppose my body is just preparing to be up for feedings in the middle of the night.

So as I wondered the house at 2 am I decided to feed the growl in my tummy. I had high hopes for some Captain Crunch, but was disappointed when I realized Aaron ate it yesterday.

So I settled on a bowl of Kix. Afterall it is Kid tested AND mother approved.

It was delightful.

So what was or is you middle of the night snack when you are hungry and can't sleep?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Ramblings of a 3rd Trimester...

These are the thoughts that have been racing through my brain hour after hour ...

1. I need to post about AJ's 1st day of Preschool.

2. Maybe I am in denial about the whole preschool thing seeing as how when I filled out her book order last night I wrote JP's name on the student line. I mean when did my baby get old enough for preschool anyway?

3. My son is getting ready to deliver his first "political speech" in his effort to persuade his classmates to vote him onto the Student Character Council. He wants to be elected so much, I pray that his efforts are rewarded. He has high hopes of the other kids being turned off by the meetings you must attend if you are on the council. Although I am not sure he knows what bribery is exactly I can see his little politician side coming through...he hopes the kids will vote for him because he is bringing food for the food pantry EVERYDAY, in hopes his class will win the contest.

4. I think I could be in denial about 2nd grade as well. Everytime I think of school I keep saying 1st grade. And wow am I amazed at how vastly different and advanced 2nd grade is compared to when I was in 2nd grade. Unbelievable.

5. The great car seat debacle of 2008 has resolved itself, I am so glad I am a complete weirdo and wanted to install them a month ago when I was 26 weeks. The car is now loaded with 4 appropriately fitting seats and the trunk is loaded with 2 chairs and one double stroller AND I still have room for groceries...I love my car. And no it is not a SUV. Amazing huh?

6. I can't seem to get motivated to put the final wall decor up in the babies room. I think it is the ribbon stressing me. I am unmotivated to attach pretty ribbon to the canvases my husband painted. Of course I can't hang anything else until those canvases are hung so I am stuck.

7. Clothes...I am begining to hate them. How can we possibly have so many? I spent yesterday switching the summer and fall clothes around in BOTH the kids closets...what a feat. And now I will no longer be shopping for a VERY LONG time because they both have more than enough clothes.

8. I can't figure out my bedroom: do I keep it looking nice and just stick the double bassinet next to Aaron where it fits? Or do I move the furniture around making the room look silly and off center to put the bassinet on my side?

9. This morning I decided to finally empty my answering machine of its 43 messages. I apologize if you have tried to call and gotten endless rings.

10. I really am fighting the urge to seriously empty out the attic and go through everything. This is where my husband is probably freaking out and saying WHAT?! I have an intense desire to sort and get rid of stuff up there and shoot while it is all down why not at least set aside the Christmas items I will need in just 6 weeks eh?

11. Did I mention 2 weekends ago I walked out into the garage and saw a vision which I called and asked my husband if he could do it TODAY. He is such a great man because he did. He completely emptied one side of the garage and slatwalled the walls and then hung shelves and moved it all back. We now have soooo much more space and JP has quite the art table. Thank you husband.

12. I wish AJ could survive with less stuff. She has a need to sleep with LOTS of stuffed animals, blankets, and books. You never know when you might want to read in the middle of the night. It does not make it easy however to keep a clean room. Well let me rephrase that...It does not make it easy for a DAD to clean and put away all her things properly. And have I mentioned my lack of motivation in all things that require bending over?

13. My friends rock. They can appreciate the need for all things pretty. Or in this case handsome. Have I mentioned yet how much I love my new twin nursing pillow with its totally cute blue and brown cover! It really gives me the desire to go crazy and cover anything that doesn't move with fun new fabric!

14. My mom. Her excitement and generosity towards these twins is awesome. The woman is a bargain hunter. She literally spends endless time searching for just the right gift for someone. And sneaky. Most of it done right under the person's nose. Once again she nabbed quite the little bargain load of 3-6 month clothes for the boys. She also braved the elements of IKE and sharpened her elbows to attend a mothers of multiples sale with me. She is the coolest.

15. Sunday night dinners. I love eating dinner with my parents on Sunday nights. I love sitting down at the end of the week and eating together all 6 of us. Recently the kids have ended these dinners putting on shows by telling jokes and ghost stories. This past Sunday it was just really special to see my Dad express his gratitude for family as he reminisced at all the dinners eaten at that table....the same table that used to be in his own Mom's house. I look forward to many loud dinners with the twins soon!

Wow if I even have your attention still I think I will just end my thoughts abruptly because I am hungry...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Bring on the cake BABY!

Yeehaw! I passed my 3 hour glucose test!

Who wants to meet me for donuts?

Followed by lunch complete with cupcakes and ice cream!

Yea!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

My first failed test...

Well it has happened.

Today I received a big fat FAIL on a test.

More specifically my glucose test for gestational diabetes.

It is quite possible that the 10 1/2 gallons of yummy delicious ice cream in my freezer, just may have something to do with the results. I'm just guessing.

So it is off to do a 3 HOUR LONG test on Monday.

UGH!

You would think with as many medical advances as we have that they would figure out a more convenient way to make a final diagnosis on gestational diabetes. Like I don't have better things to do than sit in the outpatient area on a Monday for 3 HOURS. I suppose 3 hours would be ok if they had lazy boys and individual tv's, but please I gotta share 1 magazine with 50 other people. And have I mentioned how not fun it is to NOT eat for more than 12 hours!

So on other updates with this pregnancy....

I am now beginning my twice weekly NST testing at the Labor and Delivery Ward of the hospital. That along with biweekly doctor's appointments, plus the kids activities is making it quite necessary to just go ahead and hire a personal secretary to follow me around and remind me where to go when.

I may also need to invest in a plethora of various colors of hi-lighters.

Although I have never forgotten to pick JP up from school, I really feel that this could be the year. Why can't my cell phone have a friday only alarm for early out anyway?

On a side note, if you have never had your blood drawn by an old high school ex-girlfriend of your husbands...let's just say it is gonna hurt and you may have a bruise.

Oh and a big thank you to JANELLE for providing me with the "you look awesome pregnant" super cute red shirt. If only Liz Lange was still making this shirt, I would go buy it in EVERY color.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

28 weeks...

28 weeks
Hopefully just 7 1/2 weeks to go! The discomfort is definitely making me crabby. The boys are very very active throughout the day.
Yesterday my mom treated me to one last 3-D ultrasound. Baby A gave us a great peek at his beautiful face, but Baby B kept his little face hidden behind his brother's back.
Here is Baby B's thigh and arm and if you look close you see Baby A behind him.
I was quite surprised at how 'chubby' these boys look. Remember it was only a week ago that they measured 2pounds 4 ounces and 2 pounds 3 ounces.
Here is the great face shot of Baby A. For those of you who do not remember JP as an infant, Baby A is the spitting image of his big brother.
Isn't it just adorable?

Did you see the little fist up on the forehead?

Monday, September 1, 2008

Happy Labor Day!

This weekend the kids and I stepped out of our comfort zone and sold auto parts.
A sidewalk sale of nothing but high performance auto parts. Of which I know nothing about.
JP was pumped to sell 'man stuff'. AJ just enjoyed copying her brother.


This is the outfit JP chose to wear to sell parts. He likes watching the car shows with his Dad and most of the guys wear dark shades inside and outside.


All in all the weekend was successful. It may have been more successful if we would have had the bikini clad car model, but since I am VERY pregnant and AJ is only 4 we skipped that marketing tool.
It was a fun weekend of selling with my Mom, Dad, husband, and kids. Of course the grilling was good too. Nothing like tailgating in the parking lot surrounded by car parts.
Now we are off to celebrate this very last day of summer with a little swimming.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Boys and Girls...

The Mans man

JP suffered his first playground injury of the school year today as he took an intense tetherball to the eyeball.

In my concern when I picked him up i asked " how is your eye?"

JP: "Do I have a black eye yet, I hope it turns into a black eye. That will make me tougher."


The Girly Girl

AJ on the other hand decided today that , "she is taking a break from MOPS. It is off the list."

However, "The Childrens Place is on the list though. They have cute skirts and shirts."

Apparently who needs socializing at the playground, when you got quality shopping.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Overheard...

You ever have one of those moments when you are 'eavesdropping' on your 7 year olds conversations, and you just hold your breath hoping he answers the question correctly....



cute girl at gym: Does my new hair make me look like a boy?



what seems like eternal pause...



JP: no



shew! The boy knows how to treat a girl.



cute girl at gym: are you sure my hair doesn't make me look like a boy?



JP: yep, it doesn't

when we get the answer we want, why as women do we keep asking?

cute girl at gym: well are you sure i don't look like a boy?

JP: yes

After my initial gasp of relief I had to really hold back to not laugh at this adorable 7 year old boy/girl conversation.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A little twin update...

We had another perinatologist appointment today. The boys scored me another A+. Yea!

Both babies are looking great. They have wonderful fluid amounts. Their growth is exactly where it should be. Everything looked so well, we do not need to go back to the peri for a whole 4 weeks!

Baby A now weighs in at a huge 2 pounds 4 ounces with a heart rate of 150.
Baby B now weighs in at 2 pounds 3 ounces with a heart rate of 157.

Baby A has decided he no longer enjoys his brother's tushee in his face, so he has now flipped and is breech. Baby B still enjoys controlling things and taking up the most space, so he is still transverse. So what I thought was a head and a bottom in the middle of my tummy is really 2 heads almost together. I guess they just wanted to see the face of the guy who has been kicking them.

Next week we will go for one last 3D-4D ultrasound...I will post pictures then.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Sweetness...


Now try to imagine this photo cropped a bit, so it is just heads and belly in retro color. Retro is almost a sephia tone. It is my new fave!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

The boy who knows how to smile...

I have always taken A LOT of photos of both my kids, so I am not completely shocked when one or both of them ham it up for the camera.
Last week we went to 'the big city' for some photos of the kids and I had to laugh when JP started 'working the camera'.
You would have thought the boy does a 'photo shoot' daily or something. The series of photos was literally taken in less than 5 minutes as he naturally spun around into various positions. I love how his smile shows his giant adult teeth, a memory I will cherish forever.

my favorite is the very first one, I think it reflects his personality the most.