Apr 30, 2014
Apr 29, 2014
|A rare moment with two sleeping boys.|
|Competition for Jackson Pollock in the morning||and bubbles in the afternoon!|
|Collapsing on pillows during playtime. So tired! So pathetic!|
I am not the only one.I am not alone.Other women too need a helping hand.Show them to me, God, so I won’t wallow in self-pityOr think more of myself than I should.Show me your face through a woman’s face.Let me hear your voice when my friend embraces meSaying, “Girl, where have you been? I’ve missed you.”-From Renita J. Reems Showing Mary: How Women can Share Prayers, Wisdom, and the Blessings of God
Father in Heaven,Today I remember to praise you, for you are good and you and are faithful and you are loving. All the time. And so all the time I should praise you. Even in the midst of my plea for help I need to remember to praise you always.You are a God of compassion and a God who is capable of anything. But I am not capable of much. Both my little boys have fevers and clearly don't feel well. And all I can do is hold them and tell them I love them. I feel helpless. But I have one thing I can do Lord. I can turn to you in prayer.I pray for their health. I pray they feel better soon. I miss my laughing, smiling, mischievous little boys. I pray they come back soon. I also ask for prayers of strength and patience and compassion for myself. Set in me a heart to help my little boys and be there for them today. Create in me a spirit of a servant. Prepare me for today. Grant me courage. Grant me strength. Grant me patience. Grant me a cure for the grumpies.In Jesus' Name I Pray,Amen
Apr 28, 2014
|With my love at his 30th birthday party!|
|I was nervous posting this photo|
-comparing a professional maternity photo to a selfie can't work out well for me!-
so I really appreciated all the sweet comments!
|Our invite. Photo taken in Napa at Chase Cellars during our 5 year anniversary trip.|
|They look so cute in diapers!|
|And I am serving as a reminder of why this will NEVER be a fashion blog. |
Jams and a t-shirt that doesn't quite cover the belly is certainly not a fashion statement!
|Rockin the coral lips.|
|Sunroom with new wood-look foam.|
I kind of miss the orange 70s tile but it's much more practical.
And nicer than the primary colored foam.
|The old foam and gate |
on the day we I stalked the twins newest greatest nemesis:
The Permanently Affixed Iron Gate.
A week in and they haven't escaped yet!
Apr 25, 2014
For those of you don’t, I’ll start at the very beginning.
As it is the last day of National Infertility Awareness Week, I’m actually going to start at the VERY beginning.
My very difficult pregnancy didn't leave me much time to worry about how I would handle twins once they arrived. I learned as a I went and at this point I'm pretty good at triage!
Left: December 2, 2012 with twins.
Right: April 25, 2014 with a singleton.
Twins are all I know!
When I hear the "you must be so busy" and "double trouble" comments I never know how to respond. My boys rough and tumble. They fight over toys. They randomly give each other hugs. They can't sleep if they can't see each other.
They already have a bond I can't describe. So, yes I'm busy. And yes, when one gets in trouble the other is close behind. But, I was thrown in to this parenting thing straight to the deep end with two babies! I don't know any different. I learned triage at the same time I learned how to be a mom.
My life with twins has been crazy. (Hence, This Crazy Cass Life!). It's a crazy, chaotic life. I'm busy. I'm exhausted. And this is the most joy-filled I've ever been. I love being a mom to these two boys. I feel so blessed that God saw fit to give us twins.
We waited a long time for these bundles of joy. We prayed. We struggled. And our hearts were truly prepared. And now Casey and I just look at these perfect blessings and can't believe we have the honor of being their parents. So when you say "better you than me," I agree. I'm so glad these boys are mine.
Part of me feels sad for our third little boy. I hope the twins bring him in to their little duo. I hope he is able to share in the bond and the love of this little brotherhood. Their is something very special about twins. Hopefully Irish triplets** share a similar bond!
Instead of five randoms about my week, for Five on Friday this week I am sharing these facts with some more color and links to other great bloggers on the subjects. I really encourage you to "Resolve to know more."
Apr 24, 2014
|A look into our cabinet|
|Alternative 2. The straw cup.|
|First cups! The cups have a mixture of water and juice at the recommendation of the pedi GI.|
|Zoli cups at the picnic table outside.|
Labels from My Two Babes on Etsy. Or find her store on Facebook.
|Tripp with the Playtex.|
- Lansinoh mOmma. Like the Zoli Cup, this cup has a weighted straw which is great, but the rounded bottom got old fast. It was far to easy to knock off the table and it didn't carry well in the diaper bag.
- Skip Hop Straw (Dinosaur). We got a Skip Hop cup in our Citrus Lane box and were actually pretty impressed so we ordered another. These cups are great for water. They don't leak at all. The boys seem to really like them. They are gosh darn cute. But the straw is horrible and doesn't reach anywhere near the bottom of the cup. I absolutely refused to put breastmilk in these. Now that they drink "milk" it isn't as bad, but I am still very annoyed by the amount of waste at the bottom of the cup. These clean well and are easy to assemble.
- Munchkin Click Lock Flip Straw Cup. Like the name says, this cup has a great click lop system. And a flip top. We hate this cup. Davis learned how to remove the plastic flip top piece and will put the whole thing in his mouth. Choking hazard!! I can't give them this cup unless I know I will be watching like a hawk. It is rarely used. I could tell you about the straw length and the leaking but none of that matters because it just isn't safe. (Really, everything about this cup is fairly decent with the exception of the whole choking hazard part.)
- Avent Straw Cup. This is one of our very favorites. It holds 9oz which is really great for leaving the house. The lid twists on securely and never leaks. The straw is not a good weighted straw, but does reach nearly all the way to the bottom of the cup so not as much milk is wasted. The boys drink from it well and seem to like it. This cup is tricky to disassemble and I actually had to read the instructions (for a cup!). The lid is so well secured that it isn't easy to pop off. Once disassembled it cleans well and re-assembles very quickly.
- Playtex Lil Gripper Straw Cup (this is the closest I can find. Playtex updated the styling so this is not the exact cup we have). These cups are just okay. While all straw cups suffer from liquid pushing up the straw, this is the only cup we have where the liquid comes out like a geyser. It is very easy to take apart for cleaning - maybe too easy. When my boys shake the cup they frequently dislodge the straw and so can't drink anymore. It also has a straw that is, yet again, at least an ounce short on the bottom.
- The LollaCup is a great weighted straw cup with really good reviews. I haven't bought it because the handles make it HUGE and after seeing it in the store I just couldn't fathom carrying it around in a diaper bag. I have heard a lot of negative comments about the handle design and they crack if the cup is dropped or thrown. I might try buying this cup when my boys outgrow the need to throw all things.
- The ThinkBaby doesn't have a weighted straw but the straw is long enough that most of the liquid comes out. However, it only comes in orange. And I have twins. Who need differentiation so I know who has drank how much. So a cup in one color doesn't do it for me. I could put name labels on them (I have adorable ones from MyTwoBabes on Etsy) but I wouldn't be able to quickly grab the right cup without looking for the label. Not okay.
- Munchkin Weighted Straw. I am really interested in trying out this new cup from Munchkin. It has the leakproof click lock system - without the dangerous flip top. And it has a weighted straw! It is new to the market and I haven't found it any local stores yet. It is on Amazon (my go to shopping location) but shipping prices are ridiculous for a sippy cup! (Why is everything not Prime?!) So I'm waiting to see it at my local baby store or until I find time to drive to the further away Buy Buy Baby that has them in the store.
Apr 23, 2014
|One of our earliest dates. At the Dallas Arboretum. |
May 2003. 19 year old Casey.
As I write this, you are still 29. Still in that youthful decade of self-exploration and discovery. But tomorrow is a big day. Your birthday. Your 30th birthday.
|(1) Mardi Gras in New Orleans. February 2003 before we were dating.|
(2) Skiiing in Angel Fire. December 2005.
(3) Swing dancing in college. Sophomore year (2003/2004?)
(4) SMU v Baylor football game. Fall 2005.
|Daddy with both his boys. September 2013.|
So now, we will enter into your next decade together. You have worked so hard this past year. Balancing God, our relationship, your demanding career, and fatherhood isn't easy but I have seen you do it smashingly. I have seen you make incredibly positive changes in yourself and in your attitude. I have watched you grow closer to God. I have seen your priorities shift and change to welcome two beautiful little people into your life. I have been so impressed by your commitment to do better. My heart overflows with love for you. I love you more today than the day you proposed. More than the day we were married.
|Engagement Photos. July 2006.|
|Three boys in Burberry. Father's Day and Baptism Day. June 2013.|
|Clockwise (1 and 2) Black and White Masqurade. |
(3) Poker Birthday
(4) The Luau
(5) Back to the 80s Bash
(6) A few of the guys at the luau
|Family photo. July 2011.|
Apr 22, 2014
Apr 21, 2014
|Infertility can look like this.|
I am grateful for all of the tears I have cried and for a God who promises to wipe each and every tear from my eyes (Revelations 21:4). Every circumstance, every event, every place has a meaning. He will use everything! Every tear I have shed, every heartache, every hurt, He will use. Even though I am disheartened by our struggle to have a child (more on our journey so far in another post), I know that God will use my experience to encourage and motivate others.
But unless I am being open and honest about our journey, God can't use me. So this is me, opening my heart to all you people of the interweb hoping that just one person finds hope in our journey.
Apr 20, 2014
|Smocked Easter Outfits. |
|Easter 2013 at 3 months.|
Easter 2014 at 15 months.
Last weekend, our car was packed with 3 babies (all rear-facing) and four adults. To get folks in and out, two adults were having to climb through the back hatch because rear-facing seats don't leave any space to get by. We all went to the Easter Egg Hunt and then went to a local place, Bake and Play Cafe, for a snack. Sometime in the fun of the day and the chaos of getting in and out of the car we lost a shoe. All week, I have searched for this shoe. Diaper bag. Car. Nursery. No luck! On Thursday, Casey suggested I call Bake and Play and see if anyone had turned it in. I knew the boys went into the cafe shoeless and the parking lot is shared with a whole strip mall so even if someone found it outside there is no guarantee where (if!) they would turn it in. I was sure it wasn't there and didn't call. On Friday while we were doing errands, Casey took the initiative and called. And they had our shoe! Someone turned it in!! He's feeling like the hero.
|At InNOut Burger. |
Dairy free fries.
Dairy free burger.
|The Easter Bunny was here!|
|Checking out the new toys.|
|Alleluia. Christ The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.|
|(1) Nana helping Tripp look.|
(2) Davy found an egg high on the ledge.
(3) Tripp shaking his eggs.
(4) McKinley holding Tripp's basket (and trying to explain that we put eggs in the basket!)
(5) Courtney leading Davy out to the egg hunt.
|(1) Davy decided he didn't need to search. Plenty of eggs in brothers basket!|
(2) Davy emptied his basket. One thing at a time.
(3) Brothers comparing notes.
(4) Who needs shaky eggs? They have shaky buckets!