The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

October 30, 2009 at 4:41 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

 Wednesday night Jack smiled at us for the first time and I know it was on purpose because he did it three or four times in a row. It wasn’t just good it was great! Its so nice to know that he does actually know that we are talking to him.. plus he looks so cute when he smiles. Leah still doesn’t smile too much. I think she is just a serious girl. She also seems to be a few days behind Jack.. everything he does she seems to do four or five days later.

Wednesday night the kiddos also went four hours without eating.. which was also a first. Normally I would say that this was a good thing, but they didn’t really sleep much at all on Wednesday night so I’m not sure. It was a rough night and no one got much sleep.  I was so glad that my Aunt Elizabeth was coming to help out Thursday. When she got here the kids and I were a bit of a mess. It was nice to have an extra pair of hands for the day.

Last night the kids slept great. Aunt Melanie came to help out today. We are so blessed to have so many family members that are willing to come and help us. The kids will be six weeks old on Sunday and I still haven’t had more than two days alone with them.

Several people have asked me what the kids are going to be for Halloween. The original plan was to have then be two peas in a pod, but they got a little too big and can’t fit in the pod together, so we have new costumes. I won’t tell you what they are yet… but they are super cute.

Personalities

October 28, 2009 at 10:51 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The babies are starting to show their personalities more and they are acting like they did while they were still in the womb. They are totally opposite of each other. Leah is very quiet and serious. She looks like she is taking everything in, but doesn’t make a lot of noise or wiggle around all that much. Jack on the other hand is very noisy. Even in his sleep he grunts and makes all kinds of noises. Jack is constantly in motion. When you put him down at night he is often sideways when you go to get him in the morning while Leah is exactly where you put her.

Jack has smiled at me a couple of times.. although I’m not sure if it was on accident or on purpose. Yesterday I even got him on video smiling. I tried to post it here, but I couldn’t get it to work for some reason. I guess I’m not as tech savvy as I thought I was. Leah doesn’t smile as much, but I had them on the floor next to each other for tummy time a couple of days ago and they were both grinning at each other. It was the cutest thing. I wish someone else had been here to see it.

In other news. Leah has lost most of her hair, but she is starting to get new hair already. I just assumed that she would be blonde because Jason and I were both blonde as babies, but her fuzz and her eyebrows are looking darker. It looks like we may have a Snow White instead of a Cinderella.

Update

October 26, 2009 at 7:18 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

I have been meaning to post for the past few days, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. Last week was good. Monday I had my first day home alone with the babies. For some reason I was nervous about it… which I’m not really sure why. I am happy to report that it went very well. I even got a shower and took the babies on a walk. My Aunt came to help out last Tuesday and Jason was home last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. It was so nice to have Jason here helping and to have some time just the four of us. We made some great meals and watched a lot of movies. I was sad this morning when he left for work, but I know that we need to get in to a normal routine.

This afternoon my mom came back. She is spending the night with us tonight and is going to do ALL of the night-time feedings so that we can both sleep.  I can’t tell you how excited Jason and I are. Jason is even having a drink to celebrate. I have a feeling I will be a new person tomorrow!! The babies are still waking up every three hours. We have had a couple of nights where they have slept 3 and a half hours but they haven’t gone any longer than that. If one wakes up we go ahead and wake up the other one to keep them on the same schedule, so I think that it may be awhile before they start sleeping in longer stretches. I know I said that I was going to try and appreciate the stage that the babies were in and not wish for the future… but I can’t wait for them to sleep a little more at night

Here are a couple of new pictures.

 

 

Friday

October 23, 2009 at 10:25 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I’m glad it is friday. I’m tired today… so only pictures.

Stop and Smell the Roses

October 21, 2009 at 10:29 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

My whole life I have been in a hurry. I am always excited and looking forward to the next step. When I was in high school I couldn’t wait for college, when I was in college I couldn’t wait to graduate and be out on my own. When Gina got pregnant, I couldn’t wait for the babies to be here. When they got here I couldn’t wait to bring them home. I am always anxiously awaiting the next step.

Yesterday the babies were one month old. I was looking back through pictures from when they were born and I realized that they have already changed so much. They are not the same babies. They are bigger, more alert and in my opinion a bit cuter. I realized yesterday that I need to slow down and not be in such a hurry. I need to enjoy the stage that the kids are in what they are currently doing. Each new stage will bring new challenges and new rewards but we will never be able to go backwards. So, I made a promise to myself. I am going to stop and smell the roses. I’m going to try and enjoy every moment of what is happening now and not be in such a hurry for the next step.

Groundhog Day

October 18, 2009 at 5:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

In the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray the main character Phil finds himself living the same day over and over again. Living with newborn twins is a lot like that movie. Everyday is the same …yet totally different. Everyday you feed the two babies eight times a day, you change two babies eight times a day and you find yourself washing the same clothes and cleaning the same bottles over and over again. I even find myself wearing the same clothes because I’m constantly doing laundry and the same things are always on the top of the drawer. Suddenly my life is measured in three hour periods rather than 24 hour periods. I can only do things that take two hours or less because that is all the time that is left after both babies are changed and fed.

Being a parent is very different from any thing than I could have ever imagined. It is better than anything I could have imagained. It is amazing, wonderful and exhausting and challenging. Somehow looking at their sweet little faces can make you forget the exhaustion and all of the frustration. I’m not sure that I could explain what it is like to someone who isn’t a parent.

After two weeks with us my mom left on Thursday evening. Going from three adults to two adults makes a huge difference. Before we had one adult for each baby and one adult for the chores around the house. Now we are a man on man approach and if the other stuff gets done it is an added bonus. I can’t imagine how single moms or dads raise kids. If I didn’t have Jason and our families to help us I’m not sure what I would do. I feel very lucky that we live so close to our families.. and that they are willing to come help us.

In the movie Phil realizes that living the same day over and over again isn’t so bad. Jason and I have learned the same thing… living with Jack and Leah is pretty amazing and we are very lucky to be their parents.

Wordless Wednesday

October 14, 2009 at 12:59 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Chief Dog

October 13, 2009 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

When I thought about bringing the babies home one of the things that I was worried about most was how our dog Chief would respond. Jason told me not to worry becuase Chief would be fine, but I couldn’t help it. Don’t get me wrong, Chief is a good dog. I was just worried because Jason spends a lot of time with him and some people would say that he is a bit spoiled… actually most everyone who knows Jason and Chief would say that Chief is a bit spoiled. Chief was Jason’s dog before we met and has had quite a few changes in life since I came into the picture. Before I came around Chief slept in the bed, could get on all of the furniture and had free range of the house. Now he sleeps in a kennel is not allowed on the furniture, and is in one room when we are gone. He did well with these changes with only a couple of incidents.. one involving an entire bag of Kit Kats but that is another story. I was worried that this change might push chief over the edge.

Before the babies came I read on-line about how to introduce your new additions to the dog. We followed most of the suggestions. We brought things home that smelled like the babies and we even wrapped a baby doll up and talked to it like a baby. I know how this sounds… but I really do think it helped. When we first brought Jack home, I think that Chief thought Jack was the doll. He didn’t even look twice at him. It wasn’t until later than evening when Jack started crying that Chief  realized he was even real.

Overall Chief has done great with change… I am very proud. He is even a little protective over the babies. He sits in front of their cradle when they are sleeping. If we put them in the crade and leave the room for a minute he barks. The only time he seems to get jealous is when we have visitors. He is used to the visitors paying attention to him, but I’m sure that with time he will get used to it.

Jason was right on two accounts. One chief really is a good dog and two I shouldn’t worry so much.

Chief

Busy

October 12, 2009 at 1:08 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It was a busy weekend. My mom went home for the day on Saturday to spend some time with my Dad and sister and catch up on some things around her house, so Jason and I held down the fort on our own for the day. It went pretty well… Jack didn’t have the best night Saturday night, but that happens.

Some of the family that hadn’t yet met Jack and Leah came to visit this weekend, so we had a lot of visitors in and out both days. I was a little tired after everyone left, but it was nice to see everyone and introduce them to Jack and Leah.

Here are a few pictures of our visitors this weekend:

Sunday the babies were three weeks old. I wanted to write down a few things about what our everyday life is like, because I’m sure that I won’t always be able to remember.  So… here are the babies stats right now.

70-75 ml of formula every three hours (per kid)

16-20 diaperss a day total

Clothing Size: Newborn

Diaper Size: Newborn

Blessed

October 9, 2009 at 9:08 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This is Jason. I’m taking over the blog today:

Never in my life have I felt like I haven’t had anything to say.  I’ve never really been speechless.  Even as a kid, I was the one who would always be talking. In fact, most of my detentions in school were because of it.  Now, without a doubt, I feel like this whole experience is so hard to put into words that I find myself in a place that is unfamiliar.  I’m speechless.  

When asked, “What is like to be a dad?”, “How do you say thanks to your Sister-in-law & brother?” or comments from people like “What an amazing gift!” I simply don’t have the words to respond.  Sure I’ll answer and say things like, “Yeah, so unbelievable, just amazing.” And I do think those things but it just doesn’t seem to do it justice.

Jack and Leah are by far the greatest things that have ever happened to Natalie and me.  I know there will be up’s and down’s; like when Jack peed on me today while changing his diaper or how Leah smiled at me (and I realize it was only because she was gassy).Over time, maybe I’ll have a better response,  or maybe I never will.  Either way, I do know that each and every day when I look into my kids eyes, I will feel blessed.

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