Monday, June 28, 2010

Twin Peaks

We finally had our one-year pediatrician appointment today, so I'll use it as an opportunity to update you on Hadley and Leila's progress! We're still feeling the effects of prematurity, as the girls are behind developmentally in some areas, but it's nothing we're concerned about. It's obvious to me that they're consistently learning new skills, and that's the most important thing.

(Hadley/Leila -- working on standing!)

At 12 1/2 months, Hadley:
  • weighs 18 lbs 0 oz (4th percentile)
  • is 29" tall (45th percentile)
  • has a head size of 46 cm (75th percentile)
  • can get from laying to sitting (new within the last few days)
  • is getting SO close to crawling! Expect video within the next week or so!
  • can feed herself and hold her own sippy cup
  • loves to imitate voices and sounds, but hasn't officially had a first word
  • spends her time emptying the toy box and laundry basket, clapping her hands, and playing peek-a-boo with us, Leila, or even herself
At 12 1/2 months, Leila:
  • weighs 18 lbs 3 oz (6th percentile)
  • is 29" tall (45th percentile)
  • has a head size of 46 cm (75th percentile)
  • crawls everywhere and gets into everything!
  • is trying to pull up while holding onto something
  • can feed herself and hold her own sippy cup
  • waves goodbye
  • loves to scream for fun
  • spends her time unplugging the computer, "helping" empty the dishwasher, and navigating underneath the dining room table
At 12 1/2 months, Mommy and Daddy:
  • are feeling so much freedom, now that the girls are feeding themselves! A parent could get used to this!
  • spend a lot of time singing action songs like "Itsy Bitsy Spider" and "Open, Shut Them"
  • are learning how to change diapers on toddlers that like to roll over and/or crawl away
  • try to keep Hadley from being jealous because she's not crawling while simultaneously keeping Leila from unplugging the computer ... again
  • love to watch our baby girls grow and learn!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

We Are One

I'm so, so happy to have my sister, Paula, living in Colorado now! We're enjoying her and the kids so much, not to mention her awesome photography skills. She did a session with us for the girls' first birthday, and here's the debut!

(Here's my shameless pitch for my sister: she's taking a limited number of sessions while she gets settled into Colorado, but contact me or her if you're interested and we'll see if she can squeeze you in. You'll love your time with her and the results!)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Who Wears Short Shorts?

Sometimes, it's the littlest things that make me happy as a mother. Seriously, and you're about to see for yourselves. Have you seen the new Huggies diapers that look like jeans? They're adorable, and I just had to have some for the girls. One sale and three coupons later, of course, I was the proud owner of a few packs.

(1 - Hadley; 2- Hadley/Leila; 3 - Leila, 4- Hadley)

Tony calls the diapers their "daisy dukes", and has already warned them that when they get older, they can't wear clothes like this. :)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Birthday Party: The Mr. Men & Little Misses

It wouldn't be a birthday party without the people! Our attendees at the party were: my parents, three of my four sisters, one brother-in-law, and ten of my nieces and nephews. My neighbors stopped by for a few minutes, also (and brought the most amazing homemade ice cream!). It was a rowdy crew, to say the least!
Below: four of the sisters!

Below: twelve of the grandkids!
The cake eaters:
Above: Lucas didn't waste any time stuffing his mouth!
Below: Hadley was hesitant at first...
But dug right in when she tasted it!
Below: Leila was the cleanest of the three. She hardly ate anything, but I don't think she felt very good.
And some random picnic photos:

Thanks for celebrating our special day with us, guys! We love you!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Birthday Party: The Celebration

Yay! I have been so excited to blog about the birthday party for all of you! I'm going to do it in two parts: The Celebration and The Family. Let's get started!

My nephew is only five days older than the girls. That's right, Grandma and Grandpa got three grandchildren in five days last year! So, of course we had a joint party with all three of the babies.

The Theme: Little Miss Twins and Mr. Happy, from the Mr. Men and Little Miss series of books from the 1970's and 1980's.

The Invitation:
As you can see, we tried something that might become a tradition -- asking for no gifts. Last year I read that Americans spend more on Christmas gifts alone than it would take to provide clean, sustainable drinking water for the entire world. Yeah, that's enough for me to rethink the way we look at gifts. I'm still thinking about how to address it when the girls get older, but for now, since they don't know the difference, no gifts. We are blessed beyond belief anyway.

The Outfits:

My splurge was these onesies, which I ordered online.My sister was more frugal than me by making Lucas's shirt, but I did make the twins' tutus and hair bows. (Do you realize how impossible it is to get one sitter, one crawler, and one walker to sit still for a picture AND smile?)The Decorations:
I didn't do very much in the decoration area. I used some strings of lights that I got at a swap party (shout out to Naomi!), some balloons that I got for free from something else, and tablecloths that I already had. The only thing I made was this, using my mom's Cricut machine:Oh, I also collaborated with my mom on some fun "nametags" for everyone there. We printed out a bunch of the different Mr. Men and Little Miss characters, and mom made badges out of them with her Cricut. Who were Tony and I? Why, Little Miss Brainy and Mr. Perfect, of course! (Hey, I can pick whichever characters I want, right?) The Cake:
My sister Becky makes the most delicious cakes, and she did an awesome job making the Little Miss Twins and Mr. Happy characters in frosting, don't you think?
The little cakes for the one-year-olds.

Phew! I'll let you "savor" those pictures for a while ... family pictures to come, although it might be next week. Such a blast!

Bare Necessities

I'm still gathering birthday pictures from the people who took them ... I was too busy enjoying myself to take many. :)

Until then, enjoy a picture that Leila will hate me for later. She loves the bath so much that she crawls away before we can get her totally undressed!

Friday, June 4, 2010

12 Months of Photos

A picture for every month this year, in order. We've come so far!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Happy First Birthday!

Today's the day! Happy Birthday to my sweet baby girls! If you've been reading the blog for a while, you know that my writing in the weeks following Hadley and Leila's birth was a blur of pieces of information while I was recovering from labor and spending time in the NICU. I never felt like their whole birth story was told. So, there's no better opportunity to reminisce than their birthday, right?

My mom has a tradition of telling us our birth story on our birthday every year, and I want to continue that tradition. I actually wrote this version for the girls' memory books, so you'll see that it's a little "rosy". Which is probably okay for a public blog. :)

On Thursday, June 4, 2009, I was 33 weeks and 6 days pregnant, and had been on bed rest for five weeks. My doctor told me that if I made it to 34 weeks, I could start doing things around the house again, so I was looking forward to Friday. But I didn’t make it to Friday – I woke up at 8:00 a.m. when my water broke in bed! Daddy was at work, so I called him right away. “I think my water broke, but I’m not sure!” He didn’t wait to see if I was sure – he started driving home right away. While I waited for him, I packed a bag for the hospital and called everybody I could think of, to tell them that you were going to be born that day!

When we got to the hospital at 9:30 a.m., they put me in a room and started monitoring my contractions, but told me that I couldn’t move at all because they wanted to keep you inside me as long as possible, even if it was only a few more hours. Because I was on medicine to stop you from being born too early, my contractions didn’t start until the medicine had worn off, at about 1:00 p.m. Grandma and Grandpa K. came to the hospital to wait with us. At 3:00 p.m., I decided to get an epidural, just in case there was an emergency and the doctor had to do a c-section, which is common with twins. At 6:00 p.m., the nurse came into the room and said, “You’re ready to have your twins!” They wheeled my bed into an operating room, and Daddy came with us. There were about twenty doctors and nurses in the operating room, to make sure that you were okay.

At first, everything went smoothly. After about 45 minutes, we had our first beautiful baby girl, Hadley Luella! You were so tiny, and perfect, and gorgeous! Daddy cut your umbilical cord, and I got to hold you for a minute before they took you to the NICU to take care of you, since you were premature.

Next, we waited for a little while so that I could rest. It was almost time for our second baby to be born, when the doctor looked at the monitor and said, “It looks like this baby will need a c-section.” She didn’t know why, but the baby’s heart rate was dropping very fast. One doctor picked me up by himself to move me from the hospital bed to the operating table, and they performed an emergency c-section. I was very scared! The table shook a lot, and I couldn't see Daddy because of all the doctors and nurses around me. It seemed like a long time (and a very short time), but only 28 minutes after sister was born, we had our second beautiful baby girl, Leila Elaine! The doctor found out that your placenta had torn loose, and you weren’t getting any oxygen inside me. You had bruises from the c-section, and you weren’t breathing very well. I didn’t get to see you for more than a few seconds before they took you to the NICU, but you were also tiny, perfect, and gorgeous!

You ended up spending 16 days in the hospital, and were on oxygen for 8 weeks. Despite all of that, you were, and continue to be, very healthy babies. Every single day – even now – we look at you and are so thankful for what God gave us, His protection over all of us, and the blessings that He shares with us.

364 Days Old

One day until the twins' first birthday!

I semi-promised a post a day until the big day, but I'm going to play the "Mom of Multiples" card as an excuse. Leila's been sick ... and that's the first time I've ever hugged someone covered in vomit ... and I did it happily. :)

Also, Tony has started to work two days a week from home, so I have less access to the computer than I'm used to. It's been fantastic having him home, though. We like to take walks around the neighborhood during his lunch break, and it's good for all of us to get some fresh air.

Anyway, for your enjoyment, here's Hadley's new "laugh". You'll hear my sister Paula egging her on in the background. See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

One Year Twin Stats


Three days until Hadley and Leila's first birthday! Wow, can you believe how the time has flown? At this time last year, I had been on bed rest for four weeks, and was patiently waiting for an undetermined amount of time until I went into labor -- it could have been another hour or another month!

The year since the twins were born has been BUSY, to say the least. Out of my own curiosity, I did some research and number-crunching on what our first year has been like. I/We have:
  • Changed 4,000 diapers
  • Produced 6,500 ounces of breast milk (that's 50 gallons!)
  • Made 600 bottles of formula
  • Made 1,000 servings of homemade baby food
  • Sang 2,000 lullabies
  • Read 500 books
And that's just taking care of the babies! Somehow, we had to squeeze in eating and sleeping, too. Here's the best part: it was a JOY. Okay, maybe there were a few "unjoyful" moments ... but right now, we're talking about the good things. :)

Don't my girls look all grown up in their overalls?