Mar 31, 2014
|Text to my OB. |
Who responded that I needed to head into L&D.
|The babies bag all packed. |
With things we barely used due to NICU restrictions.
|Settling in to my room.|
|Smiling on Saturday during a moment of lucidity.|
|Casey finally ready!|
|The clock outside the OR when they wheeled me in.|
|Crowded operating room. |
We had my medical team for delivery and a NICU team for each boy.
|The boys first picture together. My first look at my sons.|
|Riding together to the NICU. |
They made a quick stop on the way to meet their grandparents!
|My OB checking out the boys in the NICU|
|Meeting my boys in the NICU!|
Mar 28, 2014
|This will forever be a favorite picture!|
Because who has time to shower every day? Or even every other? I live by the four day hair cycle but umm sometimes I want to leave the house in the middle of that. So dry shampoo. Seriously. Life saving. For more on dry shampoo read this full post from last week.
|BabyWearing at The State Fair of Texas|
I knew things would change.
I underestimated how drastically.
We have friends we have barely seen since I got pregnant. Almost two years! These friends are probably now just acquaintances, sadly. But, we haven't made new friends to replace them. Making friends feel scary and hard. I'm really good at acquaintances and small talk. I'm not very good at taking relationships to the next level.
But ignoring the weekend social life, I spend everyday with the twins. Many days we don't leave the house. And when we do it's not easy, because beyond just having kids, I have twins. And so, I have been left out of play dates with local moms because I have twins and "it would be too difficult." And while they might be right, I'd rather make that choice myself!
So, social media is my outlet. I have made some amazing friends on twitter and consider them my go to resource for advice. I am a member of a really great and non-judgmental group on Facebook for moms of twins born in 2013. These ladies on twitter and Facebook are my outlet. They are my human contact on days we can't leave. They are my sounding board. They are my sanity. They probably really have no idea just how much they mean to me. But seriously, there are days they are my only adult contact. Especially with how much Casey works and travels.
This one is pretty self explanatory. And doesn't work so well for the pregnant mama. Not well at all. So drink a glass (or five) for me tonight!
|Stomping grapes in Napa on our five year anniversary trip.|
Mar 27, 2014
|The operating room where I delivered. |
Given generously by a family I grew up with and go to my home church.
Performed by a doctor who is a close family friend and goes to my home church.
Lots of good juju in this room!
|Pictures from the OR. |
Of the non-gory variety.
Some of the photos - well, you can't unsee them.
Mar 25, 2014
|Source: The Atlantic Magazine|
Mar 24, 2014
|Tripp and Davy at 3 months|
|Tripp and Davy at 12 months|
- Even when I am frustrated and think I am at the end of my rope about to lose it all and I am dreaming (sometimes out loud) about bedtime (both yours and mine), all it takes is smile. Or a wave. Or, the best ever, one of you crawling or toddling over for a hug or cuddle and I melt. I am forever yours and those little moments are a constant reminder.
A reminder that I love you more than life itself.
A reminder that I love you with an all consuming, passionate love that will not end.
A reminder that no matter the time, the distance, the space, I will love you forever. Nothing you will ever do or not do or say or think or be will change this. Nothing.
You should also know, the love I have for you has only made me love your daddy more. There are times when I watch the three of you together and I feel like my heart might just burst. Soon I'll be watching four of you and wow! the joy of watching daddy with another itty bitty turns me into a big puddle of goo.
- You amaze my daily and I am honored to have the privilege of watching you learn and grow. I know that this will only get more miraculous as you get older. Watching a little person learn about the world and how to do things that we as adults take for granted is a great reminder of the enchantment in the world.
Gravity? So cool! Every time you drop your blanket out of the crib it falls to the ground.
Cause and effect? Wow! Every time you open the barn door it moos. Every time you use your feet to push your high chair away from the table you can't reach your food anymore.
Watching the determination on your little faces as you try to get the toy ball into the hole over and over again gives me a glimpse into your future. A future filled with hope, promise, and unlimited possibilities just as long as you keep that can do attitude!
- I love that you will try any food I set in front if you. No hesitation. No testing it out. Just full on shove each bite in. Sometimes they immediately get spit out. And that's okay. But never lose that sense of adventure and willingness to try new things.
Throw caution to the wind and jump in with both feet!
But boys, please please please stop throwing food!
- I love that you both have your own identities and even though you are together all the time I can clearly see that you are so very different. I love watching your personalities come to life and develop.
Tripp and Davy, you complement each other so well and I love watching you play and interact.
- I love being your mommy. The few and far between moments when I am away from you, I can't wait to return. I cannot wait to see your eyes light up when I walk into the room. Although I do look forward to the day that the excitement isn't immediately followed by tears.
Right now, in your eyes, I can do no wrong. I know the day will come when, in your eyes, I will do no right. But I'm going to remember these moments when you needed me. When we laughed together. When we played together. And let them sustain me.
You make me a better wife.
Mar 23, 2014
And the boys loved it!!
It's only lunchtime but we are feeling like heroes. We successfully took two mobile babies to donuts in a shop without high chairs (luckily we always have these in our car!). And then ran an errand. And went to the grocery store. Parenting win!
Mar 20, 2014
Like a good shampoo or a brush, what works for someone else's hair might not work for you. It might take 3-4 tries to find one you love. A lot depends on the color, texture, oiliness, and how you are styling your hair. But, you will eventually love dry shampoo. I promise.
And if you are a twin mom, dry shampoo is a twin mom essential!
Other suggestions from The Twin Super Mommies:
- Lush (powder not a spray)
- Batiste (less than $10 and comes in lots of yummy scents)
- Suave Professionals (this one was suggested as someone's favorite, but I have to add that I've tried it and wasn't impressed. Maybe it works better for your hair texture) -- available at WalMart
- Umberto (spray it at night so it has time to blend or it will leave your hair white)
- Dove (got a few votes. This one is sold at my local Target but always seems to be sold out!)
- Rockaholics (another more expensive brand)
- Kevin Murphy (another more expensive brand)
- Got2be Rockin' It
Ones that received on or more negative comment:
- Suave Professionals
Mar 19, 2014
|The boys found an empty cabinet in the office and it entertained them for almost 20 minutes! |
Needed entertainment during our hour long wait!
- I have a tight and spasming piriformis muscle. Either causing, caused by, or in some other way associated with sciatic nerve pain. And potentially sciatic nerve damage.
- We still don't know what the issue is. But will slowly rule things out.
- Most likely given my symptoms: bulging disc.
- Worst case scenario: bulging disc.
- Also likely (and perhaps present in conjunction): piriformis syndrome
- Treating as if it's piriformis syndrome for now.
- And it seems to be working!
- I'm still in pain but I can walk!
- I'm still in pain but I can pick up my boys!
- I'm still in pain but I can function!
Mar 17, 2014
|Snack time with Papa. |
Thank goodness for amazing Grandparents who came to help out while I'm incapacitated!
For me, the big selling point of the Baby K’tan was that it is a wrap carrier (like the ever popular Moby) without all of the complicated wrapping. I knew I would be dealing with two babies and the time and effort it took to wrap seemed like a problem. Basically, the Baby K'tan is two big loops of soft stretchy fabric that are attached (with a smaller little loop) to make an X. There is also a sash necessary for some of the carry styles. To use the k'tan, just put the carrier over your head and arms through the loops. Then, you drop one of the shoulder straps to your waist, put your child in (multiple positions to choose from) and bring the strap back up onto your shoulder. It sounds complicated but takes seconds. Literally, seconds. After baby is in, you tie the sash on for security depending on babies weight and the carry you chose.
|My mom and I each wearing a baby on their first trip out of the house. A perfect way to stop strangers from touching them and spreading germs. You can really see how happy Davy is all snuggled in.|
|K'Tan at the SMU Bookstore. Raising these little boys right!|
|K'Tan on a plane. Sleeping baby so I can play on my phone.|
|Happy Tripp and a handsome camera-shy daddy|
|Tripp fast asleep on his Daddy's back.|
|The Ergo and Bjorn at The State Fair of Texas.|
|Two babies in one k'tan. This carry works until the babies hit 10lbs.|
|Ergo on the front. K'tan on the back.|
Mar 16, 2014
|Casey being SuperDad. |
Reading Dear Zoo (for the 586th time) and entertaining both boys.
So, what is piriformis syndrome?
|Casey multi-tasking. |
Walking the boys around the parking lot of the chiropractor
while making calls for work.
I am so thankful that Casey and I are a team (as he has reminded me over and over the past few days during my down moments!). He worked from home on Friday so that he could take care of the boys. I am able to lay in the baby corral zone and play with them, but I can't get them there, change diapers, or feed them. So Casey worked during nap time and a bit during play time and ALSO took primary care of the boys. He was the one in charge all day Saturday and all day Sunday too. He is seriously SuperDad! The boys and I are so lucky to have him.