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over the weekend…

This weekend was pretty low key.  We spent a lot of time around the house trying to avoid the flu…and so far it seems to have worked.

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Staying around the house does have its perks though.  We managed to clean out our closet, which was way overdue and decorate our dining room wall.  We have a very simplistic style, and I have a huge aversion to too much “stuff.”  If something seems cluttered in the least it drives me crazy, and I’m more likely to have a completely blank wall than one with lots of different things adorning it.  That combined with the fact that I tend to be indecisive means that we have a lot of bare walls in our house.  The following quote totally resonates with me -

Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.  ~William Morris

But it is nice and homey to have some pictures of the twins and things we love around the house.  Gotta find a happy medium:)

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 Anyway, so literally that was the weekend.  Wouldn’t have sounded exciting to my 20 year old self…but it was really quite nice.

I’m trying to finish up the last part of my birth story now that the twins are 6 months old.  For some reason it’s hard for me to sit down and get started on those types of posts, but once I do it all comes pouring out. You can read part I, part II and part III if you haven’t already, and hopefully part IV will be up tomorrow!

 How was your weekend?

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the most wonderful time of the year. part II

Christmas has been more fun this year than it has in a long time.  It has gone by way way too fast…but there were so many times where I stopped and tried to seal the moment in my mind forever because it was so special and sweet. Having Viv and Linc in our lives has made everything just a touch sweeter, but when I held each of them in my arms on Christmas morning….seeing them look at gifts, lights, glittery decorations with wide eyes…it was just the best.  More than anything I used the day of our Savior’s birth to focus on everything we have to be thankful for – Jesus himself, and our sweet precious babies he has given us.

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It’s crazy how Christmas is no longer just Christmas Eve and Christmas morning – we’ve had Christmas in Duncan, Christmas in south Texas, and this week we’ll have Christmas in Harrah.  I have to admit, despite how worn out I am from traveling and whatnot, I’m pretty stoked that we get to draw it all out for so long.

Linc and Viv experienced their first flight on Sunday as we headed down for Christmas with Jon’s extended family in south Texas, and they did so great.  I think the pressure during landing bothered Linc a little bit, and I ended up having to feed him right as we landed, but otherwise everything went perfectly. After being picked up at the airport, we went straight to Grandma McCoy’s house.  Jon’s aunts, uncles and cousins were there, all waiting on pins and needles to meet our sweet babies.  My heart soared seeing them surrounded by so much love.

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We stayed with Jon’s Grammy and Aunt Karen that night, and the babies slept like angels.  In the morning the babies opened gifts from Grammy, Aunt Karen, and Jon’s Aunt Bev.  Lincoln just kind of sat back and took everything in, while Vivi really got after the gifts.  She loved tearing the paper, and then attacking the gift and trying to eat it.  It was precious how excited she was!

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The rest of the day brought with it warm, humid weather, and a trip back over to Grandma McCoy’s for more time hanging out.  I worked really hard to keep the babies on their normal routine as much as possible, and it really paid off.  They napped fairly well, and therefore were happy babies when they were awake! Later Christmas Eve night, the adults did our gift exchange and had the traditional Christmas Eve seafood dinner.  And as usual we ended the night with games around the table – a favorite McCoy family tradition.

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Christmas morning, we felt so much joy hearing our babies start “talking” in their bed and getting to pull them over into our bed and cuddle for a little while.  By far our favorite part of the day these days.  After feeding them and getting everybody ready we headed over to Jon’s Aunt Brenda and Uncle Ronny’s.  The McCoy family traditionally gathers there on Christmas morning to start the day off with hugs, lots of hanging out and pancakes.  The family has grown to be rather large over the years, and there is an element of comfort that comes with the chaos of Christmas morning.  After pancakes (which the twins slept through), everybody piled into the living room to open gifts.  This time Linc gave Viv a run for her money and did a little paper ripping of his own:)

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We spent the rest of the day just hanging out – passing the babies around, eating tons of food and even taking a little nap in the afternoon.  What a great first Christmas for the Lincoln and Vivian.  They won’t remember it, but they’ll be able to see in the pictures and videos how much love they were surrounded by.

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the first thanksgiving

Thanksgiving had a double special meaning for us this year as it was the 1 year anniversary of the week we found out we were having a baby!  That’s right a baby.  We didn’t see our elusive little baby b on the first ultrasound.  On the night before Thanksgiving we announced to my mom that we were pregnant and the next day we told the rest of my family by giving my grandparent’s a new Christmas ornament.

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Later that week we shared the news with Jon’s side of the family.  A perfect weekend for sure.

And 2 weeks later we discovered tiny baby #2.

This was our year to go to my family’s Thanksgiving celebration, so on Wednesday night we packed up the car and headed to my mom’s.  This wasn’t technically the twin’s first time to go to Grandma’s house, but it was the first time that they stayed for very long.  Bright and early Thursday morning we were up cooking, loving on the babies and getting everything ready to go over to my grandparent’s house.

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For as far back as I can remember, we’ve gone to my grandpa and grandma’s for Thanksgiving Day.  While the food is amazing, it’s really not about the food (well, okay, it’s a little about the food).  I’m just so thankful that I still get to go to my Grandparent’s house every year.  Just being in their home is so special to me.  I was smitten at getting to take the twin’s this year, and I hope we’ll go for many years to come.

Later in the week we stopped by my Aunt Terri’s to see my dad and his family.  We don’t see them very often, so it was great to introduce the twins to everyone and of course great to see my dad.  So much to be thankful for.

 

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happy 5 months, vivi

we are so very much alike, sweet girl.  And lately I worry that because of that we will have to work at not driving each other crazy.  But I also know that will help us to understand each other better and bond us together in the best of ways.  You’ve only been in our world for 5 months, and I already can’t imagine my life without you!

- from mama’s letter to you

What you weigh – 9 lbs. 7 oz.

What you eat – you are still nursing full time.  Sometimes mama gets worried because you will eat for less than 10 minutes and then stop.  If I try to make you eat more you scream, but if I just let you lay there and look around you’re perfectly happy.  It’s hard to believe you can get all you want in that short amount of time, but I’m starting to learn that as along as you’re happy and content, then I’ll let you lead the way!  You eat about every 3- 3.5, sometimes 4 hours, but only because bubba gets ready.  Sometimes I wonder if you’d ever eat if it wasn’t for him.  You rarely act like you’re very hungry.  I guess you’re just not a big eater!  We’re having a little trouble sorting out your evening schedule right now.  Because you are stretching your feedings out a little more, your last feeding ends up landing at about 9 o’clock, which mama thinks is a little late by the time you get your bath and get in bed.  But I also don’t want to drop one of your feedings yet…so we’re trying to figure out a good solution.  After your last feeding, you go to bed and sleep for about 3 hours before I get you up and feed you again.  You don’t even wake up to eat that feeding…you’re pretty good at eating in your sleep!  After that you don’t eat again until 7:30.

How you sleep – You love to sleep!  Naps are so so easy with you now.  When you get sleepy, I go in the nursery, turn on your sound machine, swaddle you and lay you down and you go right to sleep.  You usually sleep for at least an hour and a half if not longer.  You now get to keep one arm out of your swaddle so you can suck on your fingers.  As long as you have your fingers you sleep just fine and don’t even wake up mid-nap.  Same story at night.  You are out like a light.  Other than your 11:30 feeding, which you don’t even wake up for, you sleep straight through until about 6:30 or 7.  Then you lay in bed and talk to yourself until we get you up to eat around 7:30.

What you wear – You are now fully in 0-3 months size.  All your up to seven pounds sized stuff is too small, but I’m having a little bit of a problem packing it away so for now it’s still taking up space in your closet.  One of these days I pull myself together and put it away.  As much as I love the fact that you are growing, I just can’t bear the thought of losing my tiny little baby girl.

Diaper – You are now wearing the regular sized Bum Genius Freetime all in one diaper.  It fits you great and rarely leaks at all.  Sometimes we snap it on the tightest setting, but sometimes we even leave a snap open in the middle.

Favorite activities – sitting up facing out, hearing the sound of tape being pulled, holding/chewing on your sophie teether, sleeping, standing up, bathtime, holding hands with bubba

Least favorite activities:  getting burped, laying down on your back

Big moments in your fifth month of life – Slept through the night! Started reaching for toys, rolled from your front to your back, lifted your upper body up during tummy time, first trip staying the night at Grandma’s in Harrah, first trip staying the night at Uncle Jamie and Aunt Kristin’s in Tulsa

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about 2 years ago…

Jon and I were shopping around in the Plaza District and we ended up in a store that carries some handmade items.  At the time we were trying really hard to have a baby with no luck at all, and were on the cusp of our infertility journey.  As we were shopping I spotted the sweetest little crocheted purple and white hat, and the second I laid eyes on it I knew I had to have it.  Feeling a bit silly, I splurged on this sweet little gift for the future baby we didn’t even know if we would have.  I went home that day (we were living with my parents at the time) and tucked the brown paper bag away, knowing that if I looked at it everyday it would just make me sad.  A matter of months later we finally moved into our new house, and I found a special place on my closet shelf.  Oftentimes I would glimpse the edge of the bag as I was hanging up clothes or debating over what to wear to work, and I’d feel a tinge of sadness, but also a surge of hope.

After many months of waiting and uncertainty, a long pregnancy complete with bedrest at home, time in the hospital, 17 days in the NICU and a glorious 4 months with my sweet baby girl, I finally got to fish the little hat out of my closet and plop it on her perfect little head.

My heart is full.

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