Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Liv & Ellie's First Outing...

Sunday was a big day.  We went to church with the girls (I haven't been to a church service in 3 months--gives new meaning to "Alleluia--I'm at church.")  We also went to dinner at my mom's and dad's.  They did pretty well.  Sure Olivia might have needed the back-up outfit from the diaper bag.  But I did have dinner, dessert, and wine all with four children at my parents.  Someone send us an award.  Big outing done.

Not sure if this hit an earlier post, but the girls are named after our Moms!  Eliza's middle name is Lin, after my mom, Linda.  And Olivia's middle name is Laine, after Mike's Mom, Elaine.  Just in case you didn't know...

Visits

Here's my sweet teacher friend Jenny and her cute kids.  {She teaches right next door to me and she didn't even know I was having twins either.}   It's true, I'm deserting her for a whole year to stay home with my babies.  And she still visited me.  And brought me tulips--my favorite flower.  Isn't she a doll?  I told her I'd never desert her again after this year.  I also told her she had to work an extra 10 years so we could retire together.  I'm not so sure she liked that idea.  Maybe I'll have to bring her some tulips.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Great-Grandparents

We're so blessed that Mike's Grandma and Grandpa are still here to snuggle our babies.  Mike's Aunt Pat and Uncle Steve came to visit today too.  We were so happy to share our girls with them.




Twinsies...

Well, the ladies are the big 2 weeks old.  Things are going fairly well.  The girls are sleeping in blocks of about 3 hours.  Every so often I hit the jackpot and they go for four hours.  My {super}husband gets up with me and changes diapers, burps babies, reswaddles, and rocks babies while I nurse at night.  I literally could not do nights without him.   Our girls apparently like to poop in streaks and poor Mike has changed like 4 diapers in a row before those 5lb. tushies give him a break.  It's clearly {not} funny. 

It's official.  I can tell the girls apart.  Sure it took me like one week to be about 60% sure.  But now at week 2, I'm a solid 97% sure which girl is which upon 2 second observation.  I use the shapes of their faces, their hair color (Olivia has slightly more/darker hair), and a small difference in their ear shapes.  We cut off their bracelets and painted a safeguard toenail to be sure we didn't mix the girls up, but I'm pretty sure I've got it. 

We had a photographer come to the house on Thursday and took the girls to the doctor on Wednesday.  Mike {sigh} went back to work on Friday.  My parents were around to help out and I actually did my own grocery shopping for the first time in 3 months too.  So we're officially off and running.  Here's some new  pics.  Note that Sam is officially obsessed with our Dyson.  Who can blame him?  It is a stellar vacuum.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Belly Buttons, Ounces, & Sippy Cups

Notable events of recent days:
1. Girls visited doctor today and both did some nice growing. They're almost up to birth weight, 5#11oz. and 5#14oz.
2. Umbilical cords fell off just in time for tomorrow's photo shoot. Phew. Those things are creepy gross.
3. While I was busy yesterday with the girls, Sam requested some water in his sippy cup. I unscrewed the lid and told him to fill it up in the sink in the bathroom. Apparently the sink is difficult to turn on. He tried to fill it up with potty water instead. Don't worry, I intervened just in time using my Mommy radar. Now we repeat this mantra: "we don't drink potty water. It's only for pee pee."

Twins...

To catch you up, in case you're new to our blog, about 4 months ago, all I knew about twins was there were two types: identical and fraternal. Now, I'm the Mom of twins. :) And, just so you know, because I thought it would be fun...I counted how many NB diapers we used yesterday between Olivia and Eliza. 26.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Coming Home!

So we've been home now for almost a week and things are going fairly well. I keep saying that I'm holding my breath because the girls are doing really well. I'm convinced that it's because, technically, they should still be in my belly and I'm certain around 40 weeks the game will change. They're sleeping lots and behaving and eating well. The nights aren't even too bad. yet. :) I'm at least grateful for this time while I finish recovering. That whole c-section was a different journey than I'm used to. But, we've had lots of visitors and lots of napping (thanks to my Mama) and we've tried to do some special things for Addie and Sam. I'm only slightly terrified that Mike has to go back to work on Friday. But I'm trying to enjoy our second week together. :) Here are some pics of our first week home with the Medved Six.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Twins Days 2 and 3

Hey there, time for a photo update of the twins. Lots of visitors in the last few days, here are some pics! Both are doing really well, feeding really well, sleeping... well lets just say meh. Jen and I think they are probably binky babies (and we may have tested this theory last night - don't tell the lactation consultant).

Saturday, January 14, 2012

blogging skills

This is a new height for my bloginess... I'm blogging you while handling my twins so Jen can nap. What? You want a picture for proof?
From Drop Box

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Twins!!!

Le twins have arrived! Olivia Laine came first at 10:20, weighing in at 5lbs 12 ozs. Next came Eliza Lin at 10:21, at a healthy 6lbs 1oz. Here are some quick pics:

Now Eliza got taken down to the NICU because her breathing is just a bit too slow, so she'll get oxygen for a bit. We may get her back today, more likely tomorrow. I'll update here as we know more.
UPDATE
Eliza is up and back from the NICU. Sounds like all is well and the breathing thing was kind of a fluke. We are feeling super blessed - we've had a very smooth day!
M

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Addie Shenanigans

In case you forgot what this is:
From Drop Box


Addie labeled it for you:
From Drop Box

Twas the night before

It is the last night we will be parents of only two.  Tomorrow two new lives will be born into the world - I can't believe it.  I thought it would be appropriate to at least briefly reflect on life before everything chages (again).

This pregnancy has been tough on both of us.  Actually, looking backwards, it probably couldn't have gone much smoother, but even still it felt difficult.  The hardest part was definitely the bed rest, for both of us.  For Jen, it meant putting aside her typical get-it-done-always-on-the-run personality for hours and hours and laying on her side on the couch.  This sounds like a great deal, and probably is for about 3 days.  But 9 weeks of that is enough to drive a person crazy.  I'm really proud of her for holding it together for so long.

For me it was picking up lots of stuff around the house, and handling the kids more.  I will say this - family, friends, and church peoples saved our butts during this bed rest.  We had so many people come over and clean, cook, help with the kids, etc.  We got lots and lots of food.  There are too many individual people to name them all.

By this point we are both psyched for tomorrow.  I kind of feel like I'm at the top of the big hill on a rollercoaster, waiting with anticipation for the ride to start.  I know that God is faithful and he is going to help us rock this out!  Keep your eyes glued here for updates - pics and info to come tomorrow!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

I've got a loose tooth...

The other afternoon I'm resting calmly on the couch during naptime and Addie comes down and shows me she has a loose tooth. I may have slightly painicked because she's only four and a half years old. I *might* have asked all sorts of calm questions like,
"What did you do? Did you hit it? Did you fall into something? Did you put something in your mouth?" While trying not to freak out my darling girl, I did what every mother in this situation would do...I googled it. And then I called the dentist. Turns out, nothing to worry about. Kiddos between 4-7 can lose their first tooth. Those who got their teeth early (like A) tend to lose them earlier. So smiles and fairy dust, one week later the tooth came out. At first we didn't want a thing to do with said tooth fairy, but alas, we put the tooth under the pillow and tooth fairy delivered said coins. She made certain, in the last shot, to be sure I could see the "blood" in the tooth. Apparently that was slightly cooler than the tooth fairy.





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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Did I mention?

  • I only intended to have one more kid? (God gave us twins.  He's funny.)
  • I've been on bed rest for 2 complete months tomorrow.
  • My husband is a-maze-ing and has been husband of the year (2011 and 2012) with me on the couch.
  • I even let him name one of the twins all by himself.  And the name is starting to make me smile.
  • They will be here sooner than I know it?  Like next week!  
  • Ahhh!
  • Did I mention I might be actually getting excited?  (for the babies I mean, not because I can get off the couch and wear my real clothes again-someday)
  • because I am.  I'm really excited.  It's like being at the top of the roller coaster ready to go down. 

Monday, January 2, 2012

34 Weeks....

Ruldolph


I not Sammy, I Ruldolph

This Christmas, Sam insisted we refer to him as “Ruldolph” and not “Sammy.”  For three days he told us he had a shiny red nose and crawled around on all fours.  It, was. hilarious.