Friday, July 31, 2009

Something's Missing ...

That's right, Hadley and Leila got their oxygen off today! Aren't they pretty without tubes? :)
(Hadley / Leila)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Look Alikes

Tony's coworker suggested that we post baby pictures of ourselves with pictures of the girls, to see who they look like. What a great suggestion! These pictures of Tony and I weren't taken when we were as young as the girls, but they're all I have. The most striking feature (to me) is how much Hadley's chin (top right photo) looks like her daddy's. But I think both the girls have my coloring, and maybe even my eyes. What do you think?

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Saber "O2-thed" Tigers

We passed our oxygen test today! Now all we have to do is pass an overnight test, and we'll lose the nose jewelry, which you can see don't spend much time in our noses anyway!
Leila

Hadley
And a bonus photo (Leila/Hadley):

Friday, July 17, 2009

Happy Due Date!

It's July 17th -- the official due date of our girls! It's amazing to me that they've already been here for six weeks, and they should have been inside me until today. Aside from not being able to imagine two babies that big inside me (!), I thought today would be a good time to finish a posting that I started right before the girls were born, and never finished or posted because I went into labor, and other things became more important! I wanted to write about the moment that we found out we were having twins, so the girls can read it when they grow up. I apologize for the length!

For some reason, our doctor does an 8-week ultrasound for all of her patients' pregnancies. Tony and I both left work early so that we could see our little one, who we knew would only be about the size of a kidney bean, but whose heart would already be beating! Because of the shape of the room and the size of the ultrasound machine, Tony had to stand about 5 feet away from me during the ultrasound. When the doctor started, the first thing I noticed was that there were two "holes" in the picture, so I was trying really hard to remember what the second hole was, since I've seen plenty of ultrasound pictures in my life. I thought maybe it was the placenta, but there was a fleeting thought in the back of my head that most people don't see two holes. That was as far as I got in that thought process before the doctor started talking.

The doctor shifted the picture a couple of times, and then announced, "Okay, let's do this first!" It didn't strike me as funny, but I guess I should have been thinking, what's second? She moved the view so that the second hole disappeared, and we could clearly see the baby in the left hole. We could see his or her little heart beating, and I made sure Tony could see from where he was standing. He was already such a proud daddy! Then I heard the doctor say very casually, "And it looks like there's two!" while she moved the view again and the second baby showed up in the right hole.

It gets kind of fuzzy from this moment. I remember saying something like "what?" or "you're kidding, right?" or "really?" I remember Tony, who suddenly felt much farther away than five feet, saying, "No way!" and then, "I thought only special people had twins!" Mostly, I remember that neither one of us freaked out for even a second. We just embraced it! And now, on their real due date, we can't imagine life without either one of them. Happy "birthday", Hadley and Leila!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Wubbanubs

I'll admit it: our girls have an addiction already. They're addicted to their pacifiers. :) The problem is, they don't have enough suck control or hand control to keep their Soothies in their mouths, and then they scream for Mommy and Daddy to come help. And I'm up enough in the night without getting up to replace binkies every five minutes. :) So, I turned to the internet. This is what I discovered -- the Wubbanub. Basically, it's a Soothie sewed to the face of a mini Beanie Baby. It adds weight so that the binkie isn't as easy to spit out (but not too much -- I'm not suffocating my children here), and length so that it's easier to hold on to. Here's Leila modeling it:

I told my sister that I wasn't getting one, and then I did it anyway. Desperate times lead to desperate measures, I guess! I'm undecided on whether it's actually helping or not, though. What do you think? Genius invention or useless money-making scheme?

Two things: we named the Wubbanub "Copper" in honor of our former cat. And does it look like Leila is about to punch the camera in that picture? :)

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Sleeping Like a Baby

Hadley
Leila
A short update on their oxygen: the oxygen company finally came and tested their levels yesterday, but the results weren't good enough to take them off yet. They'll be tested once a week from now on. We're hoping that they can come off soon, because we're getting tired of dragging oxygen tanks everywhere we go, even from room to room!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Little Firecrackers

We spent the 4th of July at my sister's house with my parents and three of my four sisters ... which means there were twelve out of fourteen grandchildren there! None of us even realized how huge our family has gotten until we sat them down for this picture. I always think of that saying "all because two people fell in love"... but that's too corny to actually use in this posting, right? :)
For those of you who like to know, here's the list, from left to right, and who they belong to.
Naomi (Melissa), Titus (Becky) holding Leila (me), Maya (Becky), Simon and Jonah (Paula) holding Lucas (Melissa), Eli (Becky) holding Hadley (me), Maryanne (Melissa), Paige (Becky), Trinity (Paula)
Got that? We really missed Carrie with Sophia and Sampras, that's for sure!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Chillaxin'...

...or just plain tired? Either way, it's nice to be home!
Tony and Leila
(I like this one because it shows you how truly tiny the girls are!)

Me holding Hadley, Leila on the pillow