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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 6 months sweet viv

I cannot believe it has already been six months since you were born.  All day I’ve been intent on celebrating you and your bubba, but I’m fighting this sadness that threatens to take over.   The sadness of you growing up and not being my sweet, tiny little baby anymore.  I know life is only going to get better as I get to know you better and better and as you grow and learn, but it is so hard to feel like time is flying by so fast, and there’s nothing I can do to slow it down.  Every time I rock you to sleep or just hold and cuddle you I wish more than anything that there was a pause button where I could freeze time and hold you forever.  But I know that’s not possible and it’s not what God intended.  And I truly am excited about each new stage you are going to go through.  Life is so good with you in it, baby girl.

- from mama’s letter to you

What you weigh – 10 lbs. 1 oz.

What you eat – Nothing has really changed since last month.  You are still nursing full-time.  And while I still have feedings where I worry about how much you’re eating, I feel like we’ve really hit a stride.  Life is just easy now, and we’ve really settled into our new normal.  Guess we better get ready for things to change soon, haha!
How you sleep – You’re still our little sleeper!  Many of your naps are as long as 2.5 hours, and most are at least an hour and a half.  We hit a huge milestone this past week, and you are no longer getting swaddled for naps!  You sleep on your tummy with a blanket over your back, and you seem to really love it.  I don’t know if it was just coincidence but when we started sleeping you that way, your naps got even longer.  And I have to say, one of my absolute favorite moments of the day is when I go in and get you up from your nap.  I love picking you up off your tummy and cuddling you before I change your diaper.
What you wear – You’re still wearing 0-3 months.  I’ve started buying you 3-6 now to last you through the end of winter, but it’s all pretty big on you.
Diaper – Still on the tightest snap of Bum Genius Freetime, and we’re still loving them!
Favorite activities – bath time, laying on your towel after getting out of the bath – you don’t like to be swaddled up in the towel.  For the longest time we thought you were fussing after coming out of the bath because you were cold, but then we discovered you just don’t want the towel wrapped around you!  Facing out where you can see everything, listening to tape being pulled, laying in bed and talking in the morning, sleeping

Least favorite activities:  getting burped, laying down on your back, being wrapped up in a towel after your bath
Big moments in your sixth month of life –Visited Great Grandma Barbara’s and Grandpa George’s just for fun – helped Grandpa make peanut brittle, visited your great great great Aunt Jean and Uncle Ollie, first trip to Duncan for your first Christmas celebration, found your voice, started grabbing your feet

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happy six months sweet linc

You are such a happy little baby.  You rarely ever get fussy unless you’re hungry, and then we better all watch out!  I love getting to hang out with you during the days, and I know I am one of the luckiest people in the world to get to spend my days taking care of you.  This past week something tragic happened and several mamas and daddies lost their little ones.  I am having such a hard time dealing with the sadness I feel over it all, and so many times in the past week I have just sat and held you and your sister and just wept.  I weep because of how sad I am at the thought of even the possibility of losing you.  I weep out of happiness because I can hardly believe how blessed I am to have you in my life.  I weep out of sympathy for those families and for the loss they are dealing with.  I hope I never have to figure out how to function without you in my life, baby boy.  You and your sissy are daddy and I’s greatest joys.  We love you more than words can describe.  Thank you for being our boy.

- from mama’s letter to you

What you weigh – 11 lbs. 1 oz.

What you eat
– You are still exclusively nursing.  Not much has change since last month.  Your schedule is still fluctuating from day to day and we still aren’t very consistent, but we don’t care.  You are such a good little eater.

How you sleep –  You are sleeping really well these days.  You take 4 naps a day, each one about 45 minutes to an hour on average.  Some naps you cry a little bit before going to sleep, but if I put you down at just the right time, you can usually fall right asleep without crying.    You finally got to stop being swaddled for naps about a week ago, but you still get swaddled for bedtime.  During naps you sleep on your tummy, and I think you really love it.  You’ve started sleeping better than ever since we started it.

What you wear – You are in 0-3 and 3-6 month clothes.

Diaper – Still wearing Bum Genius Freetime on the smallest setting.  Still loving them!

Favorite activities – Being lifted up in the air on your tummy, talking, eating, reaching for things, taking your bath, cuddling with mama, sitting in your highchair playing with kitchen utensils, playing with your new light up toy camera

Least favorite activities – being laid down on your changing table when you’re hungry, waiting to eat.  That’s pretty much it!  You are a happy little babyJ

Big moments in your sixth month of life – Visited Great Grandma Barbara’s and Grandpa George’s just for fun – helped Grandpa make peanut brittle, visited your great great great Aunt Jean and Uncle Ollie, first trip to Duncan for your first Christmas celebration, started grabbing your feet, rolled from your back to your tummy

twin life:)

we’d rather do this than look at the camera:)

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thoughts

I’ve felt such a need all day long to sit down and write…and now that the twins are napping and I finally have the computer in front of me I feel a bit paralyzed.  My instinct is to vent about all the feelings I’ve been having since Friday afternoon – fear, pain, disbelief, thankfulness – but the core of all those feelings is the concern I feel for the victims and families of the victims of the Connecticut shooting so it feels a little bit selfish to complain.

Just like every other morning, I sat on our bed with the twins this morning…but this time I just held them and wept.  I cannot fathom what those families are experiencing.  The thought of anything ever happening to Linc and Viv is more than I can bear, and I cannot understand how those moms and dads, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters are continuing on with life.  I once heard someone say that when something like this happens, you don’t heal from the pain, you just learn to live with it.  And I know that when faced with something like this, you must just do that.  But my heart just hurts so badly for them.

This past weekend we had our first Christmas celebration with the McCoy side of our family, and amidst all the excitement my mind kept drifting, and I felt so numb.  Since Friday I find myself feeling like life shouldn’t move on, but at the same time I know it’s not right or possible to dwell on the tragedy forever.  I just don’t really know how to deal with this other than to just pray.  Pray that God will continue to make his presence known as a comfort and a source of peace to the victims, the families, the children who survived.  And that God will make his presence known as our country moves forward and changes are made to help protect our people, especially our children, better.

Aside from living a life of prayer, I also hope we can all take this as a reminder to love each other better and to focus on what really matters.  We get so wrapped up in our own selfish desires and the things of this world, and we forget that one of the most important things in life is loving each other and looking out for one another.  I hope I can begin to do that better.  To go out of my way whenever possible to make someone’s day easier if even just for a moment.  We really have to watch out for each other, even when it’s not easy.

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