Thursday, December 29, 2011

Made it...

So, selfishly, the one thing I really wanted to do was make it to Christmas and NOT be in labor and in the hospital over Christmas.  I knew exactly when I could/could not go into labor and be out of the hospital in time, etc.  So, I was thrilled to wake up on Christmas morning and celebrate with Mike and Addie and Sam and not be in the hospital!  Yay!  Here's a peak at our three days of fun at Mike's Mom's house, my Mom's house, Christmas morning, and my Mom's family party at Marlene & Dave's.  We had a great time and even though we didn't make it to all our normal stops or a Christmas Eve service, it was a great holiday on bedrest.  ;)

Hope yours was wonderful too.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Best. Wife. Ever.

10 inch asus transformer pad.   Rock!

Merry Christmas

We sending you the merriest Christmas wishes! No babies yet! Here's hoping the stay put for a couple more weeks! They're 4lbs.4oz. and 4lbs.5oz. right now!
jen & mike

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


If you have children, nieces, nephews, friends...whatever...stop what you're doing and create one of these Santa videos for your kiddo:

It is so darling.  I can't wait to show Addie and Sam when they get home.  It takes about 15 minutes and it's absolutely necessary to upload three photos.  It's so cute you'll melt!

(Special thanks to my Mom for finding the cute idea!)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Not quite the Christmas Baker

In between laying on my side and with lots of help from my Mom and Mike, we have managed to pull of some holiday baking.  We made chocolates, cookies, and even a gingerbread house.  Let's just say these pics are proof that perhaps Sam wasn't quite as into the baking and decorating as he was into the taste-testing.

The last shot is hilarious because his face gives him away.  :)  Luckily, miss Addie was quite the opposite--a total help.

 And yes, why wouldn't we make a GB house in our Halloween princess costume? 


Today is our very happy 32 week point! Yay! I'm so excited/relieved to make it to this happy milestone. We finished up the babies' nursery yesterday. We kept most things the same except for the extra crib and a fancy new vinyl wall transfer of the tree and birdies. It was fun to do something new and special for the girls. We had to rearrange a little and move the glider to a new location. I even scored an extra glider from my friend Jenny for our master bedroom in case one baby is up and one is sleeping in the nursery. Our extra crib was a hand-me-down from a teacher-friend, Lara, at Bassett. I love how the new crib matches the rest of the furniture! We set a tentative c-section date for January 3rd! I'm hoping the girls stay put until then!

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Addie's Preschool Christmas Show

Addie's preschool show was darling.  Here's a highlight. 


We love this crazy neighborhood in Strongsville that goes ALL out with Christmas lights.  We went to see them last weekend.  Mike even let me out of the car for a few minutes.  Yay!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Santa Scramble...

Addie:   "Daddy, I changed my mind.  I know I told Santa I wanted a surprise, but what I really want is that board you can color on and it glows."


Monday, December 12, 2011

31...and counting...

I think I can, I think I can...

Kitchen Re-Work

So this summer we decided to make some minor changes in our kitchen to improve functionality and make room for one two more babies.  We started with a new door that slid instead of opened into the kitchen. We had to add some drywall and create a larger corner too. We added a giant floor to ceiling cupboard from IKEA:

We Our friend Mark cut some holes in this current section of our countertop and added a new drawer and a new cupboard door so you can actually see into the cupboard and remove things without the use of extendo arms and a flashlight.  It's fabulous.
So of course, all this meant I had to reorganize the pantry, new cupboard, new drawer, etc.  Here are some of those highlights.

 Check out this fancy contraption my mom found for me.  She knows I'm organized crazy and buys me early Christmas presents having to do with organization.  The drawers slide out.  Genius!  You can find it at your local Bed, Bath, & Beyond.  Below is the new IKEA inside...the top became Mike's new liquor cabinet kitchen storage area.  I put all my baking goods on that top shelf there to make room in the pantry for kid snacks and dinner prep stuff.  The less frequently used stuff went over here:
 I also want to mention that prior to this point I had NO drawers that were wider than 8 inches.  Which meant I was deprived of this:

Hello full sized silverware organizer.  I love you.

Credits: Huge thank yous to the brains behind the operation: my Mom and the super muscle power: Steve N. and the painting and IKEA install help: Steve A. The carpentry expertise: Mark.  Staining expertise: my mom.  It's sooooo nice to cook and live in our kitchen with these new fancy improvements.  Yay!

Sunday, December 11, 2011


My sweet parents are doing overtime lately with me on bed rest. Pretty sure no one would be getting anything for Christmas and my hubby would be nuts be now if it wasn't for all their help. Anyways, last Friday, they took the kids to see Santa. The results are quite impressive...and no one is crying on Santa's lap this year. Woo woo!

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Saturday, December 10, 2011


We're pretty spot on with the names we want for the girls...with one small tweak we're currently considering.  But in case you were wondering:

Names Addie has wanted to name the twins:
·         Maya
·         Hailey
·         Lauren
·         Maddie
·         Holly
·         Molly
·         Rapunzel
·        Tiana
·         Belle

Friday, December 9, 2011


So one of my dear college friends, Caitland, is married to a Christian songwriter named Stephan Sharp.  They live in Tennessee and I just got this video from her...fully NOT knowing that it was one of her hubby's more recent hits.  I'm sure you've heard the song at church or on the radio...if not, give a listen:

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Grow Babies Grow!

My friends Lisa and Megan have adopted the mantra "Grow Babies Grow" after all these countless doctor's appointments.  Well the good news is...that they are!

Mike and I went to the specialist today and the girls did some great growing since our last visit.  They are 3 lbs. 8oz. and 3lbs. 13 oz!  Woo hoo!  And since they're bigger, the percentage difference went down to 8% variance...which is good because once they get to 10-20% variance people get nervous. 

The next few weeks mean more doc visits and nonstress tests to make sure babies are good and growing.  I've decided with 3 appointments a week, this bedrest thing will just speed right up. 

Thanks to you for your prayers, meals, well-wishes, visits, and slave labor.  And thanks to God, as always, for watching over our sweet baby girls and our family.


Dear Christmas Music Radio Stations,
You really shouldn't play that "Christmas Shoes" song anymore in case there's a pregnant girl on bedrest with twins.  It's far too emotional. 
Just saying.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

True Confessions

1. You know that warm, sweet feelings you have about pregnancy and feeling that baby inside and wanting to rub your big belly?  It's that feeling that you can't imagine never being pregnant again because it's so magical.  I'm over that.

2. I'm wearing Mike's tshirts now. 

Michael Buble Christmas Special

Last night I watched the Michael Buble Christmas special.  It's the kind of show I'd normally never watch because I'm running around gluing 25 reindeer noses on something for my first graders at this time of the year. 

So last night I watched it.  I will tell you this, I give him credit for where he was trying to go.  It was all old-fashioned and nostalgic and everything.  But, truth be told, about the only thing I liked was Michael Buble's voice.  And why, pray tell, was Justin Beiber's pants slouched so much.  I was having flashbacks to high school.  Please pull them up. 

Michael Buble, I think I will stick to your CDs. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Santa's Elves...

So this weekend my darling sister and her wonderful hubby came all the way from Cincinnati to help us do some serious decorating and baby-prep.  They set up my tree, decorated the house, put up lights outside, entertained our children, brought us food, built a crib, hung up stuff, wrapped presents...and more.  Seriously, Santa's elves don't hold a candle to Shell and Steve.  We're so grateful for all of our family and friends who have been nonstop amazing.  We're so blessed!

Monday, December 5, 2011

30 Weeks are Here!

I am so grateful to have reached 30 weeks with the twins.  Thanks to the countless family and friends who are praying along with us that those little girls stay put a few more weeks!  :)

I had a test last week that indicated I *might* go into labor prematurely...although the odds are low 20-30% and the test is riddled with false positives.  Nonetheless we went and got two shots of steroids this weekend which will advance the girls' lungs about a week. 

I'll go for my next ultrasound on Thursday!  We're obviously praying things are holding strong with my body but we're also praying that the girls continue to grow at a safe rate.  If either girl gets too big, then they may have to induce labor also.  So those are our two prayers now, we'd be honored if you'd join us in them! 

Thanks! j

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Further notes on bedrest...

I have to send some big gratitude to my hubby for making my bedrest LOTS easier.  Besides taking great care of the kids, he keeps me entertained too.  We've been playing loads of Scrabble (on the ground of course, on my arm falls asleep mid-game).  He also made me this countdown sign which we change each day.  I think it's his countdown too. 

Love u m.