Friday, November 28, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Kyle and Austin 9 months

Big brother always gets the best smiles.

Can't believe my babies are so close to 1!

Had to give them a bat to get them to sit on the couch.

They both have 4 teeth.

Austin is saying Dada.

Kyle is 28in tall and 19lbs 2.5oz. Austin is 29in tall and 21lbs 10 ounces.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Kyle and Austin are 8 months!

It is crazy hard to get a picture of these two on the couch now! 

Didn't help that my settings were kinda off too. This was the best I could do. 

They are both pulling themselves to standing and giving me a heart attack on a regular basis.

Kyle got a top tooth. 

They are in 12 month clothes.

Getting excited for their 1st Halloween!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Kyle and Austin are 7 months

On the downhill slide to one now.

Both boys are crawling! Both boys have their two bottom teeth.

best outtake:

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Kyle and Austin 6 months

Can't believe my babies are half a year old! They are the happiest babies most of the time and we just adore them. Austin is getting up on his knees and getting across the room by scooting and has his first tooth!

My favorite outtake-

Thursday, July 31, 2014

I feel like we graduated from college

   Oh hi! Remember me? I used to blog here. Now I have three kids and am moving. I've been thinking about writing this post for awhile now but doesn't seem like there is ever time for this old hobby of mine. It seems like a lot of us are feeling this way. I've noticed a lot of bloggers having their second or third baby and slowing down on the blogging. Some people also say instagram is to blame. Whatever the reason, I MISS you guys!
   I feel like we graduated from college. I feel like a lot of us started blogging 5 or 6 years ago when we were engaged or newlyweds. Back when some of us worked in office jobs that allowed us the time to sit and read and type. We had the time to recap our wedding detail by detail or our weekend or vacation. Even after we had one baby and we had time to write about every milestone every adventure every question.
   I miss those days. I feel like we were in college and had all the time in the world to sit around chatting and staying up late sharing stories. I shared a lot about our miscarriage. Plenty of my friends and family don't even know we had one. We have all shared a lot. A lot of us have been through a lot together. We have prayed for each other. Some of us have met, are facebook friends. But we don't share like we used to.
   We've graduated. We've moved away. We are busy. We would rather instagram. But I miss you guys! I miss when we had that time to get to know each other. We still share the big things. But I haven't really shared any where that we are moving. When we bought our first house I told you all when we put an offer on it and when the offer was accepted. Now we are like a week from closing on our first house and moving to our dream house and I haven't shared any of the process with you guys.
   Unfortunately, there just isn't time any more. But I wanted to take a second while Chase was at swim lessons with my dad, Kyle was napping and I was rocking Austin to sleep to say I miss you all and the blogging. You are in my thoughts and some times at 2 or 3 in the morning when I am up nursing the babies I catch up on your lives on instagram. I'm glad we can at least stay in touch. Hopefully we will have time soon to blog again and visit and share like old times.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Dance party with Papa

Kyle and Austin 4 months

Had so much fun taking pictures of the boys this morning. Excited that I got a couple that they were both smiling. They are both very happy and easy babies. I got lucky! They both love to talk now. In size 2 diapers and still wearing 3 month clothes if I ever bother to get them dressed. They started laughing this month. If you kiss Austin on his neck right below his right ear he just cracks up. Kyle's tickle spot is more his belly.

Kyle started physical therapy for congenital torticollis after his 2 month appointment. His neck is getting a lot better. We are going to talk to the pediatrician about his head at the 4 month appointment.

I wanted to capture their blue eyes.
Kyle thinks I'm hilarious, obviously.
Austin is always spitting up but Kyle can fill a bowl with spit up too.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Newest addition

It is safe to say I have an Easy Canvas Prints obsession. So when I was asked to write a review of their product it was a no brainer. I already had 4 canvases from their website so I knew it was a great product. Deciding which picture to have made into a canvas was pretty easy too. Obviously things have been pretty crazy around here so I haven't been able to share with you all the amazing newborn pictures we had taken. For Christmas Hubby got me a newborn session with my dream photographer. My boys were her first newborn twins and she spent all day at our house taking every picture you could ever want of newborn twins. If you are looking for a photography in the Sacramento area I can't recommend Lindsay Rene more.

When Easy Canvas approached me about a product review I knew I would pick a print from our newborn session. My favorite picture of Kyle and Austin from the newborn session is one of them all swaddled up together. On our mantle is a sign that says, "And they lived happily ever after..." Before it is a canvas from our wedding day and after it was a picture of Chase. Now that we have Kyle and Austin I needed to add them to the mantle too!

Here is a close up of the canvas. It is so well made and turned out adorable.

Here is the mantle with 3 of our easy canvas prints.

Here are the other two canvases.

Let me know if you have any other questions about easy canvas. I have practice ordering from them, obviously! I love that you can even print your instagram pictures on canvases from their website. Doesn't get much easier than that! I always get standard wrap thickness and wall hanger. I love the look of the mirror image border option. They are so easy to hang and just the best quality. Sign up for their emails there are always great sales and free shipping!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Kyle and Austin 3 months

3 months! Love my chubby little monkeys!

They both slept through the night a couple nights ago so mama is very happy about that!

Kyle is our little talker just cooing away at anyone that will talk to him.

Both boys giving lots of big smiles but I couldn't get them to smile for the camera today.

They are smaller than big brother Chase. He was in 6 month clothes at this age and they fit perfectly in 3 months. Wearing size 1 diapers but need to move up to 2s.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Almost 3

Oh my almost threenager. K&A took a nap today and we got to play outside. I wanted to do a 3 year photo shoot with him. I took my camera out with us to play and got some really great pictures. I need to be doing a million other things besides editing pictures and writing blog posts so I edited these two really quick.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter 2014

Kyle and Austin 2 months

I didn't think they had changed much until I saw their 1 month picture. They are definitely getting bigger, sitting better, and are focusing better. Some people are starting to get smiles out of them.

2 months went by pretty fast. I might have already started thinking about their first birthday party. I'm excited to see how much more they change this next month.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Kyle and Austin 1 month

Kyle and Austin are 1 month old! Begin time warp speed!

There isn't too much to talk about during the first month. They slept a lot. They ate a lot. They needed a lot of diaper changes.

I was feeding them every 2 hours after they were first born to get them back to birth weight. It took a little longer than two weeks and Austin needed a pumped bottle to supplement. Now that they are back to birth weight I am just nursing them. Austin needs a nipple shield sometimes but it has been nice to have a break from pumping. I plan to pump soon and try a bottle with Kyle soon.

I don't want to jinx things and talk about sleep.

At first nursing sessions were taking 90 minutes sometimes and it took awhile to figure out a good time during the day to nurse them when I would have time to eat lunch with Chase and put him down for a nap. I try to nurse them around 7am and then again at 10am, 12:30pm after Chase is asleep and then around 3pm, 5:30, and then 8. I was nursing them at 10 too but I'm going to try and drop the 10pm feeding since Austin is screaming during it and Kyle was up at 1 something last night.

We are so happy that our little boys are here and healthy and adorable. We are excited we made it through the first month and are looking forward to more time with them awake. Can't believe we are already done with the squishy first few weeks!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Birth Story part 2

When I left off I was being wheeled to the o.r.

When we had Chase we were in a big room with just a nurse. The o.r. was a smaller room with bright lights and a crowd. Everything was different from the things my legs were in to Hubby not holding my leg.

I pushed for probably 15 or 20 minutes. I felt like with each push Kyle would be arriving. I also had my amazing doctor, who had cried with me the day before about making our decision, there motivating me. Once his head was out everyone was telling me to open my eyes and I tried to ignore them since I didn't enjoy seeing Chase like that but I opened my eyes and saw my goopy son make his arrival into the world. Then they placed his goopy self on me and I didn't know what to do. He was goopy!

The nurses took him away to clean him up and measure him and we started trying to get Austin in position. There was another doctor there to help my doctor and they used an ultrasound. Austin, our problem child, kept trying to stick his hand out. My doctor said I'm holding his hand and at one point she was holding his foot.

There was a moment when the room went silent and I could see it in my doctor's face that she was about to make the call to do a c section to get Austin out. I sent up some serious prayers. In a matter of seconds they were telling me to push and they got a vacuum and he arrived! I don't even remember if they put Austin on my chest before cleaning him up.

The next thing I remember is getting a clean and eerily quiet Kyle put on my chest. I'm assuming the placentas were delivered. I don't even know if one came out after Kyle and then one after Austin or how that all works. My doctor had to stitch me up and then they wheeled me back to the delivery room to recover for a little while.

Our family saw the boys when Hubby was walking back with them and then they went to lunch so we had some time to try and get them to nurse and they got their first baths. Austin had inhaled a lot of amniotic fluid and was making some concerning grunting noises and our sweet friend the nurse was doing everything she could to keep him with us.

I'm still so amazed that I carried these boys to 38 weeks. Had them vaginally. They spent no time in the nicu. We left the hospital the next day. I'm so grateful for this outcome and of course two perfectly healthy baby boys! God is so good!

Monday, March 3, 2014

They are here! and part 1 of the birth story

I know it has been over a week, I'm sure most of you follow me on instagram and already know that the twins have arrived but I thought I should post here just in case.
Let me introduce Kyle Henry born 2/20/14 at 10:53am weighing 5lbs 14oz and Austin Daley born 2/20/14 at 11:11am weighing 7lbs 1oz.
Our family is complete and we couldn't be happier!

Since I have a few more minutes let me get started with the birth story.
Here I am at 38 weeks pregnant the day before my induction. I didn't mention in my 37 week post that my dr said I was 4 cms dilated. The plan was to arrive at the hospital at 6am and start Pitocin since I was already 4cms. Then my dr would arrive around 8am and break my water.

We got to the hospital at 6am but I guess the orders my dr had sent over were blank so they waited until 7ish I think to start the Pitocin. When my dr got there at 8am she was annoyed they hadn't started the Pitocin early. She tried to break my water but was not able to. That was fun. So they kept uping the Pitocin by 2 every half hour hoping I would make progress so she could break my water and I could get an epidural.

I had some contractions and thought I was making progress. They got the Pitocin up to 17 and tried to break my water again and were again not successful. The dr and nurse did not want to go any higher with the Pitocin so we turned it off. We were given a few options. We could go home and come back in a few days. We could go home and come back at 10pm and start cytotec. We could start cytotec in 4 hours when the Pitocin was out of my system or we could do a c section.

This was one of the hardest decisions we have had to make. I wanted to avoid a c section as much as possible. We didn't think the cytotec would work and once they started the cytotec we would have to stay even if that meant a c section. We ultimately decided what was best for our family was to stay in the hospital for the 4 hours and wait for the Pitocin to get out of my system and then start the cytotec.

So we hung out and had dinner and watched tv and Chase came to visit. We started the cytotec at 8pm. Every 6 hours you add another tablet. I hadn't progressed much by the 2am add another tablet. At 4:30am I was having bad contractions. I made Hubby get out of his bed so he could hold my hand. I might have threatened to stab him or kick him in the balls. I think that is a good indicator for epidural time. I think I was at 6cms when they gave me the epidural.

The plan was for my dr to come in around 10am and break my water and the nurse assumed I would be completely dilated. They were right. They wheeled me to the o.r. All twins are delivered in the o.r....

And I hear the twins waking up. To be continued...

Part 2

Saturday, February 15, 2014

37 weeks

Kinda surprised I still have these babies in my belly! It would be perfect if I had them tonight since my in laws are staying with us and we wouldn't have to call anyone to come be with Chase. It is kinda gray and cloudy out. Not sure if we will get in a 3 or 5 mile walk today. Definitely some jumping jacks though!

My induction is set for Wednesday! Can't believe only 4 days until we meet our little miracles.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

36 weeks

I want to try to take pictures at least once a week and I want to try to take a picture before I go to the hospital in labor since I don't have pictures like that of my pregnancy with Chase. But don't expect any more glamour shots. I don't plan on doing hair or make up again unless I have an induction date and even then maybe not. I wonder if I'll still be pregnant on Valentine's day...

Saturday, February 1, 2014

30 years old and 35 weeks pregnant with twins

It's my 30th birthday!

We are going out to dinner with family and friends tonight. My boys have been spoiling me today.

Twinsies update: Baby a is head down and 6 pounds 1 ounce with hair! Baby b is transverse, 6 pounds 3 ounces and doesn't look like he has hair. Which means we can go ahead with a natural delivery and I'm so excited. My doctor mentioned induction at 38 weeks so I'll be doing lots of walking trying to get things moving before that.

I can't believe we are so close to meeting our boys!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

To my boys,

34 weeks pregnant tomorrow and our house has been taken over by baby gear times two. I'm up early this morning because I was too hungry to stay in bed any longer. When I thought about what I could blog about this morning my heart instantly told me that I need to write a letter to my boys.

Dear Hubby,
   I've told you in person how grateful I am that you have given me these boys. During the hard times I think about and see how much Chase adores you and I know I picked the right man for us to be the father to our children. Neither of us are perfect but we are perfect for each other. There is no one else I would want to make and raise babies with ;). You have been so awesome during this pregnancy coming home from 10+ hour work days and jumping right in to helping with dinner and Chase. Thanks for all the times you've done the dishes and tolerated the messes and laundry piles.
   I know things are about to get CRAZY around here. I pray you continue to be patient with me while I figure out how to be a mom for 3 boys and a wife to you. I think we did a pretty good job getting Chase to a healthy and happy 2.5 year old. I hope this time around to be less stressed out about the twins' sleep. I'm going to try to remind myself that they will sleep eventually and get on a schedule eventually. But if I get crazy maybe remind me of that too :).
   I'm so excited to see you become a Dad to 3 boys! I don't think either of us had any idea this was what our future held but are both thrilled for our family to be complete.

Dear Chase,
   To the one that made me mama. Your excitement about your brothers has blown me away. I knew I wanted to give you a sibling but I definitely worried when we found out you were getting two at one time. I know you are going to be the best big brother.
   You about broke my heart last night when we were talking about mama being in the hospital for a few days having your brothers and you said with your pouty face, "I wanna go wif you". I love you my little sidekick and wish I could bring you with me. I'll come home to you as soon as I can.
   I don't know if you've noticed but mama has been spoiling you a little bit in these last few weeks we have together. Maybe I need to come up with another fun place for us to go or maybe we'll have to make cookies! I can't wait to get back home and have some more special moments with you. Maybe the first night I come home I'll let you stay up late watching Planes.
   I think with twins people worry that you will be jealous of all the attention they get. I'm not too worried about it because I know you. My friendly comedian you have so many people that love and adore you and like I told Nana yesterday, a lot of people probably think you are more fun than the boring babies anyway! I know you will take pride in the compliments we get about your brothers because you are going to be a huge part in raising them too.

Dear K and A,
   My babies. You are about to enter a very close family full of love. We are all very excited for you to complete Daddy's golf foursome and our family. I know you can hear your crazy big brother in there. Sorry about all the noise. It is probably only going to be louder when you get out here.
   I'm sure you've heard your brother figuring out life as a 2.5 year old. You'll find out it isn't easy. I hope you cut him some slack as he figures out life as a 3 year old and a big brother. I hear its probably going to be tough for him. But know that he loves you with all his heart. Mama is an only child so I hope I can help all three of you figure out how to love each other and communicate.
   I tell everyone how being a second time mom is even more exciting than the first because I know I am going to love you both instantly the moment I see you. I have worried about both of you and loved you since I saw your little hearts beating on that first ultrasound.
   I look forward to meeting you and getting to see your little individual personalities develop. Just so you know, your big brother wants to be the funny one so you might have to come up with something else ;). I am going to try to savor every second of your first year because I now know how fast it goes.
   By the way, if you could turn head down so we can all get home faster that would be awesome!

To all my boys,
    I love you all so much and hope I can be the best wife and mama to all of you. I'm the only one you've got ;)!


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Dear baby b, you were your brother's first favorite

33 weeks pregnant tomorrow and having a hard time sleeping. Getting up to go to the bathroom and getting back in to bed right before your husband's alarm goes off is the worst!

I am enjoying getting up before Chase and having a little time to myself to eat my cereal and blog.

I mentioned it on facebook and twitter but Chase totally has a favorite brother already. For awhile he has said that baby b (he calls him by his name) is in his tummy. Yesterday kind of sealed the deal on the whole favorite thing. He wanted to help me pack my hospital bag and was all ready to go to the hospital. I told him the babies decide when it is time to go and probably won't be for another month or so. Later I asked him if he wanted to go to the grocery store. He said no, I want my baby. He calls blankets babies so I didn't know if he was cold. Then he said, "I want my baby, (baby b's name). See, he has a favorite!

He seems to understand that there are two babies. He will tell you if there are one or two things so that seems to be a concept he understands. Last night at dinner he was saying two brothers, two boys. My first instinct was to worry a little bit that baby b is the early favorite but this morning I can laugh about it. I'm sure my three boys will all have different relationships with each other and all I can do is try to help them develop. It is an interesting family dynamic we have been handed but I know God planned it this way.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Monday morning chat

I'm taking some inspiration from my friend Shannon and taking these few moments this morning before Chase wakes up to just chat and catch up with my blog readers! I miss blogging but it is getting to be crunch time around here with getting ready for the twins to arrive.

This weekend we had plans to take maternity pictures. I was going to get my hair done and it was going to be great. Then the weather decided to be cloudy with chances of rain which it hasn't been for like 34 days! My friend that was supposed to take the pictures also texted me the morning of saying her son was sick. Luckily my sister-in-law lives super close to the location I wanted to use and was available and takes amazing pictures. Chase is such a ham and I think it might have been a little bit for auntie so maybe we got better pictures using her.

I love the pictures so much. My favorite is the bottom left with Chase on his tip toes. All I see when he kisses my belly is the top of his head so I had no idea he goes on his tip toes and I'm so glad we have a picture of it.
I'm going to be 33 weeks on Wednesday. Yesterday, I was really starting to feel it. A twin uterus at 32 weeks is the same as a full term singleton uterus. It frustrates me to have to tell Chase I need to sit on the couch or that I can't make dinner for the family. I'm trying to listen to my body and slow down.

This cold/flu season has been awful for our family. Last week Hubby was sick and we have lost track of who gave it to who. Knock on wood we are all starting to feel better but I'm so paranoid about scheduling any play dates with friends.

On the to do list today is dishes and folding and putting away laundry. I think I will have to at least take Chase to the park. Mom guilt is pretty bad lately. Last night when I told him I had to sit on the couch he said, "I not want to sit on the couch." I said, "I know mom is no fun lately." He said, "yeah". I thought about reminding him that I had colored with him and played t-ball with him but he's 2.

I start doing non stress tests this week. At first I felt like it was an unnecessary annoyance. I have to go twice a week until I deliver. But after yesterday and being in pain I'm looking forward to checking on my little guys and making sure they are ok. My plan for today is use my maternity belt and ace bandage to try and save my body some aches and pains. Hopefully the maternity belt still fits!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Christmas card pics

I don't love my face in our Christmas card pictures but I'm glad we got a cute shots of the candy cane hearts on the belly.