Mar 25, 2013
My heart is feeling heavy with thankfulness and concern today. My second cousin had twins recently, and one of them was born with a heart problem. He’s a little over two months old now, and today he is having surgery to repair his heart.
I still remember the day I had to leave Linc and Viv in the NICU and come home for the night; it was the hardest thing I’d ever had to do. They were healthy, had amazing nurses taking care of them, and even at home we were still only 15 minute away from them. But I felt like my heart was being torn apart when I left the hospital that day. Thinking about Caroline having to hand sweet little Everett over to the doctors for a 6 hour surgery today leaves me in tears.
She is so much stronger than I was, and it’s so inspiring the way she is trusting the Lord with Everett’s life. I sit here writing this feeling overcome with gratefulness that my babies are sleeping safely in their cribs.
So many times life doesn’t seem fair, but I know God always has a plan, and I hope to become better and better at trusting Him. No matter how difficult things become, He will carry us through. Please say a prayer for Everett today.
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Mar 11, 2013
So, I’ve been wanting to do a post for awhile about what our typical day looks like for awhile. The last eight months seem like such a blur when I look back, and I wish I had done a post like this periodically just so I’d be able to remember what life was like when the twins were 2 months, 3 months, 5 months etc. Anyway, here we go!
7:00 am: Linc and Viv wake up and babble to each other and roll around in their crib for a half hour or so.
7:30 am: Jon and I head into the nursery for the best part of the day. When the babies see us they start flapping their arms and smiling, so excited that we’ve finally come in to rescue them. We snuggle for a few minutes, change diapers and head into the living room for them to nurse. Jon leaves for work soon after. When they finish nursing, we go into our bedroom and the babies lay on our bed and play while I pump. I get such a small amount of milk when I pump at this time (only about 5-10 mls), but it’s about all the extra milk I ever get, so we use it to dilute their vitamins at night. After I pump, the babies and I play on our bed and cuddle for a little bit.
8:15 am: I move the twins to the living room floor to play with toys while I make tea and scurry around doing a few morning chores - unload the dishwasher, move the diapers to the dryer, make the bed, pick up the house etc.
8:45 am: We read books and get ready to go down for their morning nap.
9:15 am: I put the babies down for their nap. Once they’re down, I use this time to get as much done as possible, such as workout, fold diapers, make baby wipes, do laundry, write a blog post, shower and get ready, eat breakfast and anything else that pops up. Their morning nap is usually the longest, lasting around an hour and a half to two hours. Many times one baby will wake up early, so I try to have the non negotiable things done (shower, baby wipes) first so I can relax and have one-on-one time with that baby. Early naptime wake-ups are really the only alone time I get with each baby, so I try and take advantage of it!
10:45/11 am: Babies wake up, and I change and nurse them.
11:15 am: Time to eat! I strip them down to their diapers and move them to their high chairs where they play with kitchen utensils while I fix their lunch. These days they usually have either yogurt or avocado, a vegetable (sweet potato, green beans, squash etc.) and a little bit of fruit. Sometimes I’ll add in a grain like barley or brown rice or some spices.
12 pm: They get moved back to their playmat on the floor while I clean up the kitchen. If Jon is coming home for lunch, I’ll fix our lunch right away. If not, I usually wait and eat once they go down for their next nap. If daddy isn’t home, we play with toys, read books and I get them dressed for the day.
12:30 pm: Nap #2! Babies sleep for about an hour and fifteen minutes. If Jon’s home, we hang out (yay!). If not, I get done anything I didn’t accomplish that morning or I work on whatever project I currently have going on. Right now it’s a renovation of our office closet (turning it into a mini office for me!) or an outfit I’m sewing for V.
1:45 pm: Babies wake up. Diapers get changed. Nurse.
2:15 pm: If we are going to have an outing, this is the time we usually go. Often it includes going for a walk if the weather is nice or running errands. I absolutely cannot wait until the weather warms up so we can do more things outside. We all get so stir crazy on days we don’t get out at all! If we don’t go anywhere at this point, we usually go play in the nursery for awhile.
3:30/3:45 pm: If we are home, the babies go down for nap #3! Usually by this point we’ve made a fairly significant mess of the house, so I clean up. I also do any prep work I can for dinner, work on laundry, organizing, blog, projects etc.
4:45 pm: Change diapers and nurse!
5:30 pm: Daddy comes home! One of us feeds dinner to the babies while the other works on dinner for us. We play, we eat, sometime we run errands, go for a walk. Just hang out and catch up from the day.
7:30 pm: Bathtime. Even though “they” say you don’t need to, we do baths every night. We’ve done this for quite some time now. In the beginning it helped a lot with nighttime routine and getting the babies into sleep mode. We’re still doing it now because it’s one of our favorite parts of the day! The babies love to splash around, and they are so darn cute doing it:) We’ve now graduated to bath toys and sitting up for the first part, which is even cuter if that’s possible. After baths, we do lotion, pajamas, nurse and vitamins.
8:15/8:30: Bedtime! We cuddle, rock and sometimes sing, but when it comes down to it they go down awake. We’ve spent a lot of time working on laying them in bed drowsy but awake and teaching them to put themselves to sleep. After a lot of patience on our part and theirs, they are pro sleepers! Literally amazing:)
8:30/8:45 pm: Now we pick up the house, start a load of diapers and load the dishwasher and start it. After all that is done, one of my other favorite parts of the day begins…adult time. As much as I adore our sweet babies, it’s so nice to have this time at night when they are in bed for the night, and we can work on stuff together or just relax and watch a TV show…whatever we want. I often use this time to make batches of baby food as well.
10:30 pm: Dream feed. Jon lifts the babies out of bed for me so he can get a few cuddles in, and then I feed them one at a time before slipping them back in bed. They don’t even wake up. It’s past time to wean them off this feeding, but we just haven’t done it yet. Part of it is sheer laziness. Part of it is that I’m a big baby, and I love having that time with them. We finally started this week to try and wean them. Hopefully it won’t be too hard!
Midnight: Bed! I usually go to sleep by midnight, sometimes a little later. More often than not, Jon has to stay up and work a little longer on Outbox. I don’t know how he does it. If I go to bed much later than midnight, I really feel it the whole next day. It’s not pretty;)
So that’s it! Our days look pretty similar most the time. Until the babies enter a new stage, and then everything will change again. Until then I am absolutely loving this phase of life.
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Mar 7, 2013
Since we came home from our little trip to Colorado, things have been so busy! First Jon’s birthday, then getting the house/laundry/groceries back in order and now we’ve been fixing up a space for me in our office. Just one thing after another….but I still wanted to wrap up our trip!
It was our first family vacation since the twins were born. I was so proud of how well they did – they flew, they sat in their carseats for hours, they wore snowsuits pretty much 24/7, they missed most of their naps. But they were still so happy and aside from a couple of bad moments in the car they hardly skipped a beat!
So many people acted like we were crazy to be taking the twins with us on our trip. While we’re open to going on a trip just the two of us, it’s also really important to us to start making memories with our little family now. The babies are only this age once, and we don’t want it to pass us by! Were there moments when both babies were crying and Jon and I were nearly in tears as well? Sure. We had some lows. But our highs were so precious that by the end that’s all you really remember. Already our time away is such a special memory for me…I want to re-live it over and over.
After spending our first day in Denver, we headed to the mountains bright and early the next morning. Our ultimate destination was Snowmass/Aspen, but we stopped for lunch and to see the sights in Breckenridge on the way. My favorite part of all was all of our driving. The scenery was unreal.
Denver was so quaint. We hung around downtown at Happy Coffee and did a little exploring and shopping before heading out of town early the next morning.
Breckenridge was the first place we deemed the snowsuits necessary. Viv was a happy girl because she hate being cold. Linc on the other hand…
We had out first public baby food experiences. They went okay:)
Finally arrived in Snowmass and checked into our hotel just as a massive snowstorm was hitting. Thankfully, loads of snow changes absolutely nothing about the goings on around town. The next day it was like nothing had happened. OKC would have been shut down, lol.
Gloves aren’t made in size itty bitty.
We had the best time and just so much enjoyed getting out of time and spending time just the four of us. It was bitterly cold, but oh so beautiful. We had each other to keep warm:)
Oh Aspen - it snowed the entire time we visited you, but you were beyond gorgeous. Despite not being able to feel our faces, we reveled in your beauty. And of course took full advantage of your delicious and warm cafes.
We took a bus to and from Aspen, and the babies loved to watch out the windows.
On the way from Snowmass back to Denver, we decided to take the scenic route. Ultimately, with two crying babies in the back for the last half hour and 400 rounds of “if you’re happy and you know it” which eventually lost all effect, we regretted this decision. But it was fun while it lasted, and the views were the most beautiful we’d seen. Pictures don’t begin to do it justice of course.
A little outside of Aspen, at the beginning of our roadtrip back to Denver, we stopped in at Whole Foods, which proved to be the perfect place for a beginning of roadtrip stop. Conveniently, it was time for the babies to eat lunch, so we grabbed some organic baby food and made ourselves at home in the seating area, complete with highchairs and a beautiful view. Just as I was about to put a spoonful of carrots into Viv’s mouth, I noticed a tiny glimmer of white, and upon further inspection discovered that she’d been hiding a tooth inside that tiny mouth. It was one of the moments as a parent where you get this giddy feeling upon realizing that something unknown and exciting has happened in your baby’s life. While I got teary eyed and covered her in kisses, she of course could have cared less and probably thought I was crazy.
No highchairs at the airport…time to improvise!
And back on the airplane we went after several delays and sitting on the runway for way too long, considering we have two babies to keep happy. It was one of the situations where we planned meticulously, and then it all went out the window. But overall they did amazing, and a couple of hours later we landed back in OKC, carrying with us everything we packed plus a shiny white tooth and cherished memories….and minus a sippy cup and battery charger (apparently).
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Mar 6, 2013
One of the things I’m most excited about is seeing your personality emerge more and more. Your likes, dislikes, personality quirks – I love seeing you become more and more you and discovering who you are. You are precious, sweet baby, and the Lord has made you so special and unique, exactly how He wants you. I want you to always believe that. You are perfectly created by Him. Your daddy and I adore you. And you are going to do amazing things.
- from mama’s letter to you
What you weigh –11 lbs. 5 oz.
What you eat – Still nursing full time. And now you’ve started solids! We started them just a few days into your eighth month. At first you really didn’t want anything in your mouth. You’d make the worst (but cutest!) face every time I’d stick anything in your mouth. All you wanted was to suck on your fingers. I’d put a spoonful of food in your mouth, and like a reflex your fingers would go straight in your mouth. It would make the biggest mess! You did this for several weeks, and I would have to hold your little hand throughout your whole meal. Finally, right about the time you turned 8 months, you stopped doing that. Your favorites foods are sweet potatoes, carrots and avocado with a little bit of apple mixed in. WE’ve also tried green beans, peas, bananas, pears, barley, squash, plums, I’ve tried to do some baby led weaning with you, but you aren’t quite sure what to do with a piece of banana yet. You sure like to play with it though! So, we’re doing purees for now. You are eating a lot more now than the first few weeks, but honestly you still act like you just don’t really want anything in your mouth, even your favorites will bring a look of disbelief on your face when they first go in. You are a funny babyJ Right now we are doing one meal a day around lunch time.
How you sleep – You are sleeping just perfectly. You go down at about 8-8:30 each night and sleep until about 7 am. I still pull you out of bed at about 10:30 and feed you, but you don’t wake up for it. Most days you take 3 naps. We’ve dropped your fourth one for the most part, but if we go out and you miss one during the day sometimes you’ll take it. Your naps are usually about and hour to an hour and a half, sometimes longer, sometimes a little shorter. Your morning nap is usually on the longer side. We are still swaddling you with one arm out.
What you wear – You’re still wearing a mix of 0-3 and 3-6 depending on what it is. Pants are all 3-6 because of your giant diaper. Onesies are 3-6 for the most part, although you can still technically wear your 0-3. They are really getting too short, especially the sleeves, but I still put my favorites on your sometimes. Sweaters and dresses are definitely still 0-3. You are our perfectly tiny girl.
Diaper – Bum Genius Freetime with one row of snaps left open in the middle.
Favorite activities – being tickled, sucking on your fingers, sitting up (!), playing with bubba, grabbing people’s faces, chewing on things, swinging, bathtime, hanging upside down, playing peek-a-boo
Least favorite activities: having your face cleaned, being wrapped up in a towel when you get out of the bath, getting strapped into your carseat
Big moments in your fifth month of life – started babbling consonants (m’s – mamamama), started using a sippy cup (really just playing with it stillJ), started solids, first snow
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Mar 6, 2013
You are such a happy baby, and you laugh so much. I am so excited for our relationship to grow more and more as you get older. I think you are going to be just like your daddy, and I couldn’t be happier about that. I love you so much Lincoln, and I thank God every day that he has let me be your mama for the best 8 months of my life.
- from mama’s letter to you
What you weigh – 12 lbs. 11 oz.
What you eat – Still nursing the same amount! Also started solids this month! We’ve tried bananas, apples, plums, pears, green beans, brown rice, peas, barley, carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, avocado. Your favorites are sweet potatoes and avocado with a little apple mixed in. Your least favorites are peas and green beans. I keep trying to get you to eat them because I want you to like greens so much. Hopefully you’ll start liking them more soon. Right now we are only doing one meal a day around lunchtime. You are such a little gentleman when you eat. You rarely try to grab the spoon or put your hands in your face or anything. You are super easy to feed most days. I’m so excited for when you start wanting to feed yourself, but for now we’re just taking it nice and easy.
How you sleep –You go to sleep at about 8 or 8:30 at night and aside from us pulling you out of bed for your dreamfeed, you sleep until about 7 or 7:30. Naps are great these days. You take your first one around 9, your second one around 12:30 and your third one around 3:30. They’re usually around an hour and a half, give or take 30 minutes. You’ll sleep swaddled or unswaddled, which comes in handy when I need to wash your swaddle!
What you wear – 3-6 month clothes!
Diaper – BumGenius Freetime with one row of snaps left open in the middle
Favorite activities –Eating, standing up (with assistance), reaching for things, taking your bath, cuddling with mama or daddy, bathtime, sitting up, being tickled, reading books, laughing, singing “if you’re happy and you know it”, playing in your exersaucer
Least favorite activities – being laid down on your changing table when you’re hungry, waiting to eat, having your face cleaned. That’s pretty much it! You are a happy little babyJ
Big moments in your eighth month of life – started solids, started using your sippy cup (although you really just play with it still), started babbling (mamama)
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