Monday, December 28, 2009

Santa's Little Helpers

Merry Christmas! I hope you had a great time with family, as we did. In fact, we had so much fun that I only got one picture of the twins in their Christmas outfits before they started losing pieces of it to spit-up, diaper changes, and general dislike of the hats. :) (Dad's family, close your eyes ... you'll probably see a repeat of these outfits on Friday. Looking forward to seeing you!)

I may be biased, but aren't they just getting cuter and cuter? (Hadley / Leila)

Friday, December 18, 2009

Let's Get Physical

Here's an update on the twincesses health! We had our six month checkup yesterday, and a big thank you to Grandma (my mom) for going to the appointment with me. You know I couldn't have done it without you!

Leila is turning out to be our "chunky" baby, at 14 lbs 10 oz! That's the 25th percentile, not adjusted for prematurity. Everything looks great with her, although she is still a little behind developmentally because they were premature, but no worries! Leila's favorite thing to do right now is lay on her back with her feet straight up in the air. :)

Even though I call Leila fat, I don't really mean it, since Hadley is running a close second at 14 lbs 5 oz. She's a little farther behind than Leila, but again, no worries. I don't think I've mentioned on the blog before that Hadley was born with torticollis, which is just tightening of the neck muscles on one side because she was in a funny position in the womb (a.k.a. growing for 7 months with somebody sitting on her!). This is probably the reason that she's developmentally behind Leila. She's been in physical therapy for three weeks now, and the P.T. says that she is already showing signs of being ready to graduate! That's my overachiever! She really loves to play on the exercise ball at therapy.
Oh, and did I mention that the twins are still sleeping about 18 hours a day? That's to make you other moms out there jealous. :) Even the pediatrician was surprised! I don't know how it's happening, or how I got lucky, but I'm thankful for a little time to myself!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Weeping for Willow

At Thanksgiving, in a move that I'm sure you all saw coming way before we did, we decided to give Willow away to Tony's brother and his family. Once again, it was an effort to reduce my stress at home, so our pet family is down to only one, Roxie, our Shiba Inu. We love Willow so much, and we miss her a ton, which is why we made sure we gave her to a family that would treat her right, and who we get to visit all the time!
Here's just one of the things we'll miss about Willow:

Also at Thanksgiving, we got the six VanHorn granddaughters together for a picture for the first time! It was so fun to pick out their coordinating outfits and go to the portrait place. The three in the striped sweaters are the new owners of Willow! I see lots of tea parties in her future.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

On Solid Ground

My beautiful baby girls started solids last weekend! They're doing awesome already, and we've done rice cereal and sweet potatoes so far. Is there anything cuter than a baby with cereal all over her face?


Doesn't this one just steal your heart? (Hadley)

On a related note, for all you moms out there, I'd like to give a glowing review to our amazing highchairs! These Chicco 360 Hook-On highchairs are one of the only things that we have purchased new instead of used, and here's why: they save us a ton of space in our little house, the chair seats up to 35 lbs and rotates 360 degrees (which is handy for a hundred reasons), and it has a snap-on tray (most hook-on highchairs don't). AND the whole thing fits into a little mesh bag for traveling!

Oh, and as long as I'm reviewing things, I'll mention something else. Many of you know that I am making and freezing my own baby food, instead of buying jarred food, to save money. I figure that I'll save about 50% in the few months before my girls can start eating finger foods. To help me in my efforts, I purchased a used Beaba Babycook. You should check it out -- it's a European all-in-one baby food steamer/blender/defroster. I can honestly say that I can survive without it by using the stove to steam and our blender to puree, and I wouldn't recommend paying full price for one by any means. But I really enjoy the easy set-up and clean-up of having everything in one product!

Enough commercialism ... we see enough of that at Christmastime as it is! :)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

A Very VanHorn Year

Yes, exactly a year ago today, we found out that we had not one, but two, buns in my oven!

What a year it has been ... endless doctor's appointments, getting two of everything, generous baby showers, bed rest for five weeks, finishing my employment from the couch, waking up to my water breaking six weeks early, giving birth both ways, two weeks in the NICU, eight weeks on oxygen, breastfeeding exclusively, sleepless nights, screaming car rides, first smiles, first giggles, thinking "I can't do this!" and "I am so blessed!" within minutes of each other on several occasions ...

And I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.

I wrote about the moment when Tony and I found out earlier this year, so I won't repeat myself, but if you haven't had a chance to read that posting, click here.

Also, I've had my blog for a year now. If you're bored, go back and start from the beginning ... see how my belly grew, check out ultrasound photos, and see how big the twins have gotten!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Chipotle Cuties

There's a new shopping center open in my area of town! We're so excited to have some shopping, grocery, and restaurant options a little closer to our house. Feeling like Panera soup-in-a-breadbowl? Well, there's one about two minutes away!

There's also a Chipotle in the shopping center, and on the night that it opened, it was giving away free burritos to the first 100 customers. Tony and I packed up the girls after naptime and headed over, hoping to score big time ... but by the time we got there, the cashier said we were probably about 200 people too late. Oops! We bought burritos anyway and headed home, hanging our heads in "I've missed a deal" shame. But wait! There was an employee stationed by the door, and apparently the first 100 customers were not babies, because they still had lots of free Chiptole bibs and onesies to give away! We'll take free clothes anytime!

Here are my little burritos in their Chiptole clothes:
Hadley modeling the front
Leila modeling the back