Friday, May 28, 2010

Pictures Galore!

Here are a few of the pictures I’ve been taking these past 2 weeks and this isn’t even a third of them.  Thank goodness for digital cameras!

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Isaac’s graduation from pre-school.  It was an adorable occasion with dancing, music, and comedy.

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Elizabeth making a Cheerio mouth

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“Please, no more pictures, I’m trying to sleep.”

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Miriam

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Big brother holding Elizabeth

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Dad and his girls

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All three big brothers.  What do we do with girls?

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Miriam squinting at the flash.

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Cute outfits from Aunt Andi and Uncle Aaron.

Life with little girls is just plain wonderful.  Sleep is something of the past for us but definitely worth it.  How do we turn nocturnal babies into day time babies?  They’re doing well according to their 2 week doctor check up. 

I think the boys are starting to adjust to the female additions to the family.  Isaac I think is feeling a little ignored so we’re having to make a special effort to make sure he feels included.  He sure loves his sisters though and is constantly showering them with kisses.  Reed and Douglas think they’re “so cute.”

I’ll try to keep the pictures coming when I can.  Chris has been able to work from home this week and I don’t know what I’d have done without him.  I’m not sure how I did this before with the first set of twins.  I remember having a constant flow of family members coming to help, so that must have been how I came out of it still with breathing and with a pulse.

Miriam is calling for me in her cute, delicate yet urgent cry.  Must go!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Two more little baby birds in our nest…

Elizabeth just fell asleep and Chris is holding a very alert and curious Miriam, so I find that I have about 2 minutes to update this blog.

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Two beautiful little ladies and one puffy mommy.

Thursday the 13th, Chris and I woke up at about 5 am, got dressed in our most modest hospital suited attire and drove over for the scheduled c-section.  It was so simple and unrushed of a thing that it almost felt as if I was going in for some basic procedure and not the delivery of my two precious baby girls.  After some waiting, re-dressing, monitoring of the babies, IV attachments, and a few bathroom trips we were ready for the operating room.  This time there were no painful contractions accompanied by moans and complaints, rather we had a nice walk to the OR, I climbed gracefully (as graceful as a 38 week pregnant lady can be) onto the table, met my best friend, a.k.a. the anesthesiologist, and the procedures began. 

Despite the calm mode of this civil surgery, I was quite nervous, a little emotional, and anxious for all impending events.  After surviving the administration of the epidural, the surgery went rather smoothly.  The usual pain in my arm pit that I’ve had with my previous c-sections reappeared, the blue cloth to block any views of the surgical process was installed, Chris was lovingly by my side holding my hand and fanning me with a clip board to help with the nausea, and the doctor behind the screen gave me the non-gory version of what she was doing play by play.  Then, after some pressure on my lungs and ribs, a gushing sound which I believe was the water breaking, I heard one of the most glorious sounds on earth, the healthy cry of my new born baby.  Elizabeth Erin was born at 8:34 am with great lungs, big alert eyes, and beautiful black hair.  They brought her around for me to see after which a joyful flood of tears came.  Two minutes later after some more of the same tugging and pushing about of my body parts came Miriam Andra who also had a beautiful set of lungs, brown hair, and like her sister, carried a bit of heaven with her.  It is one of the most celestial experiences I have ever had, giving birth to these two girls and my other three children.  Just thinking of those remembered feelings brings tears to my eyes.

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We are all home now, after a 3 1/2 day hospital stay, and all of us are doing our best to adjust to life as a family of seven.  Writing it feels weird but saying we are a family of seven is even weirder.  We are all so grateful for these new additions and the boys love them and are constantly asking to hold them and give them kisses.  Sleep is definitely a thing of the past and it’s going to take a while to adjust.  The first night home I think Chris and I got a total of 1 hour of sleep.  Last night I think I got maybe 2 or 3 if you count falling asleep while nursing.   

Both of the girls are quite healthy and Miriam only had to be on oxygen for an hour and a half.  It can be a very crowded place when you are one of two inside of your mother. 

Here are the stats:

Baby A:  Elizabeth Erin  weight:  7 lbs. 9 oz. 21” long

Baby B:  Miriam Andra  weight:  7 lbs. 2 oz. 19 1/2” long

As for the contest from my previous blog entry the winner would need to be closest to the total weight of the babies (not the total weight of all that came out during the surgery which was 20 lbs.).  So, the babies combined totals in weight were 14 lbs. 11 oz..  My mom, who hasn’t seen me since Christmas, guessed the closest.  Nobody would suspect that twins could come in that size and at just weeks early.  Imagine if I’d gone to 40 weeks!  Thanks for all of you who joined in the contest!  We’ll get you that gift certificate as soon as we can mom!

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Patience is a Virtue

I finally managed to get my wedding ring off today, just before I lost complete circulation in that significant finger.  A good preemptive strike if you know that mother-nature intends to see you in a sausage-esque state for at least another week.  I only wonder how long it will be before I’ll be able to get it back on.  The permanent 1/16th of an inch indentation on that finger will leave few wondering how lucky I was to have managed to get it off without calling in the “jaws of life” tools.

imageTomorrow is my last doctor visit before the big day next Thursday.  I’m blessed at this moment, and up to the big day, to have my youngest sister Dani in town for a visit offering a spare, and very helpful, hand in this uncomfortable state I now find myself. 

I think I finally figured out who coined that phrase, “patience is a virtue.”  That brave statement most definitely came from Adam, as it had to be what the first husband on earth said to the first wife on earth, a very pregnant Eve.  Adam, after receiving his/and the first slap in the face on earth, quickly kept quiet, boiled more water, and stood by as Eve continued waiting and laboring for her first born.

Patience is the virtue that I’m still trying to grasp, but I think I’m getting better at it.  It seems that many others are learning its virtues as they wait with me for these babies to come.  Every time I see someone from church at the grocery store they’re amazed I haven’t popped yet.  I get concerned calls almost daily from people who are “just wondering if…” and for each call, I am quite grateful and feel so loved.  Thank you all for your concern and generosity during this twin pregnancy. 

Challenge:

So, I thought for fun and to increase our lack of patience, it would be fun to have a contest to see who can guess the birth-weight of these two babies.  The winner will get a gift card for the total weight of these babies combined, translated into a dollar amount for Cafe Rio or somewhere else if you don’t have one near you.  In the comment section, or via email, tell me how much you think each baby will weigh.  Hint:  Baby A is weighing at 2 days older than Baby B and they both seem to be thriving.  For a little extra help, I’ll let you know that my first set of twins were born at 36 weeks one weighing 5lb. 13 oz. and the other 6 lb.4 oz..  My singlet child weighed 9lb.6 oz. at 40 weeks and 1 day.

Baby A: ____________

Baby B: ____________

Total: _____________

If you can guess their lengths too, we’ll add an extra $5.00 for desert!  Good luck to us all!

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