Monday, September 26, 2011

first twin scrapbook item

The shock has worn off enough that shopping can begin.
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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Addie (aka...Mommy's little helper...)

Lots of people asked what Addie said when we told her about the twins. It was super cute. We luckily caught it on video. So I thought I'd share:

We showed her the picture told her there were actually two babies and not just one. She instantly patted her belly and said, "Do I have one too???" I told her no, that they were both growing in Mommy's belly. She paused, looked at my belly and said, "Oh brother!"

She looked at the photos as we summarized again, that we thought there was just one baby, but there are actually two, etc. To which she says,

"It's okay Mommy. You can feed one and I can feed one."

Sunday, September 18, 2011


If you live in Cleveland or have been around us in the last 3 months or so, we probably have had the chance to share our great news! Mike and I decided, after some debate, to have one more kiddo this spring. We got preggo quickly and were expecting our third (and final) babe in February. We felt incredibly blessed and honored to actually get pregnant again and excited about becoming a family of 5. :)

I had a great first trimester and felt very decent. Things went very smoothly. We decided this baby was going to be a surprise since we already had a boy and a girl. We'd go into the delivery and found out when baby #3 was here! I went for my first ultrasound on Thursday morning. Mike took off work and we arrived for the ultrasound around 8:15am.

The technician squirted that warm jelly stuff on my belly and took the first peak at our baby. This is what we saw:

Yes, my dear friends, that's two babies' heads and hands. Two babies. I nearly fell off the table. The woman looked at us and said, "Did you two know you were expecting twins?" Twins? What? Who in the world has twins? Certainly not us!

Mike and I decided several things immediately:
1. This was clearly NOT our plan.
2. We would not name them anything matchy-matchy, or rhyming.
3. This has to be the biggest surprise of our life.
4. We need to settle on final birth control plans STAT!
5. Holy smokes, we're having twins.

So the babies, affectionately referred to as baby A and baby B (A is on the bottom, lower down, B is more to the side.), are identical twins that share one placenta. (Mike told me the odds of identical twins is .3%) They're of course, the most dangerous twins to have. More complications, more trouble. Right now they're growing and healthy and perfect. One is 9oz. and one is 10oz. I'm on a modified rest until we can be sure I'm not about to burst into premature labor. We'll also monitor the babies to make sure one doesn't start to steal nutrients from the other. (Happens about 10-15% of the time) The babies will be delivered at 32 or 34 weeks. (hello Christmas? Not Valentine's Day!) It's too risky to let them go longer.
We'd love your prayers and help to make it successfully to that 34 week mark with BIG healthy babies. :)

It's funny because never, in my wildest dreams, did I ever plan or imagine we'd have a big family of 6. My Mom says God must think we're pretty decent parents that he sent us one extra babe as a real 'surprise.' I certainly know Mike and I and our extended family and friends have more than enough love for one extra babe. I'm not sure what we'll do with 4 kids under 5. Or how you actually sleep and feed twins. :) I know this wasn't the surprise that I had planned. I do know that we're totally blessed and grateful and overwhelmed all at the same time.

God "is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us." (Ephesians 3:20)

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Touch A Truck

Once a year, our metropark system does Touch A Truck day! The kids really got into it... there were dozens of vehicles - police cars, construction equipment, tractors, etc. The horns could be heard blowing for miles! As you can see, Addie and Sam had quite a good time.

Friday, September 2, 2011

County Fair...

I always enjoy our county fair (if you can get past its priciness & that it means summer is nearly over). This year my Mom and I took the kids to the fair on this gorgeous summer day. The high was like 73. It was perfect. Sure, sure...I might have fed my kids hot pretzels and funnel cakes for lunch. But if you can't have a lunch like that at the fair, then where else can you?

Thursday, September 1, 2011


Good college friends make me smile and release a deep cozy sigh of happiness. I'm so thankful we all make time once a year(ish) to get together sans kiddos for some catch up time. I loved our time in Nashville hanging out with Cait's newly adopted son, drink wine(ish), and chatting the day away. Thanks for all the fun girls...