Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A good day!

Today was a good day. Molly went to preschool this morning and after feeding the babies I was able to get them both asleep at the same time. The peace and quiet was FABULOUS! I was able to take a nice, long, hot shower, which is a luxury these days. And then Paige broke out with her first smiles! AND I was able to get a photo of the moment by swiftly grabbing our point-n-shoot camera. Although the photo isn't the best quality, I was so thrilled to be able to capture the moment!


Then a fabulous couple from church came over to help this afternoon. Not only did they help with the babies, but they vacuumed the house, washed the windows AND made us an unreal dinner! It was such a treat. Today was a good day!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Life normalizes around here...

Well, life is slowly starting to feel a little more normal. The week was overshadowed by Steve going to the memorial service Thursday night for his friend Danny. As for me, I'm trying my best to figure out what life is going to look like now in our household.

The weather here started out crummy and got better as the week went on. During the bad weather I struggled to find things to do to keep Molly busy while I tended to the babies. So we had to get creative...


But once the weather got better, Molly enjoyed playing in the backyard. She does much better entertaining herself outside. However, one afternoon after going inside to change a dirty diaper, I came back out to find her stripped down and sitting in our fountain, which she had filled up with ice cold water from the hose. She's dying for summer to be here.


The twins are doing great, although Garrett is still struggling with his reflux issues. It's amazing to us to see how fast he is growing considering it seems he spits up half his bottle after each feeding. But he's probably 3 pounds heavier than Paige now, so he must be doing something right! It just makes for a LOT of laundry between the bibs, burp cloths, and clothing. Anyways, I caught a cute video clip of the babies interacting with each other (see below). It makes you wonder what is going through their heads.

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Our week... the good and the bad...

Well, last week started out good. Steve's mom came for the week to help us out with the kids. Her timing was perfect because I was in terrible need of the assistance. With her help I was able to get out of the house a little bit more. We took a trip to the mall and one to the zoo. She also took part of the night shift and allowed Steve to heal up from his sinus infection. I'm so thankful that he's feeling better now!


We also were able to spend some time with Steve's family up in Roseville. Of course everyone took turns loving on the new babies. But the highlight was little cousin Logan who cuddled with Paige for hours on the couch. It's was way too cute!


Molly enjoyed her opportunity to play with her cousin Brody. He's 7 months younger than her and they have so much fun together!


Unfortunately, a great week was marred by some horrible news. On Saturday, four police officers were shot and killed in Oakland. One of the SWAT officers that was killed was an old school friend of Steve's... Officer Daniel Sakai.


Dan and Steve and two other guys were inseparable friends growing up, and the four of them also just happened to graduate top of their class. Dan's death is a real tragedy and he leaves behind a wife and 4-year old daughter. Please keep them, his parents and brother in your prayers. The photo below is of Steve, Dan, Allen and Doug (from left to right).

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A loving sister...

For all of Molly's difficulty adapting, she sure does love her new sister and brother. She constantly wants to love on them and brings them "gifts". I'm always finding little toys lovingly placed beside (or on top of) the babies. But one particular "gift" totally cracked me up. I was in the kitchen and Molly came running in excitedly and announced, "Molly's sharing!" And then she showed me how she had shared her FAVORITE toy (her pink electric guitar) with Paige.


I was a little worried and had visions of her accidentally whacking Paige in the head with the guitar, but Paige seemed unconcerned so I didn't burst Molly's bubble.

Some other sweet Molly moments this week:
1. Upon realizing that I've never really taught her what her last name is, I asked her if she knew her full name. She said, "Yes... Princess Molly".
2. During an art project, she put two heart stickers on her picture... one big and one small. She told me that the big one was Molly and the little one was Paige... because "Molly loves sister".
3. When talking to Garrett I said to him, "Do you love your big sister, Garrett?" And when he didn't answer Molly declared, "Garrett's shy".

Also, I want to continue to thank everyone who has been so generous with their time and energy over the last week (DeAnna, Linda, Suzanne, Paige, Ann, Andrea, and Aunt Nancy)! I really couldn't have done it without your support. Also, thanks to the ladies from First Covenant Mom's Connection for the meals (Andrea, Stacey, Kristina, Jennifer and Nichole)! And a super BIG THANKS to our old Bible study group and the Himmelberger's group for paying a house cleaner to come and clean our house. She came today and did a fabulous job, just in time for my mother-in-law to come tonight! Whoo whoo! It was REALLY appreciated!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Some highs and some lows...

Well, today has been an emotional day... of ups and downs (probably exacerbated by postpartum hormones). First of all, the highlight of the day was the arrival of Steve's sister's new baby boy! Little Luke was born this morning via C-section weighing in at 7 lbs 13 oz and everyone is doing great! It's exciting that he is so close in age to Paige and Garrett, especially considering their little girl (Hailey) is only 3 days older than Molly! Hopefully they'll all grow up as good friends! Congratulations you guys! Wish we could be up there celebrating with you!


Life around here is being taken one day at a time. I'm continuing to have problems with Molly and her tantrums. If anyone has any pointers or a good book I should read, please let me know. From what I've read so far, apparently 20% of toddlers have regular tantrums, particularly when they are dealing with big life changes. Interestingly enough, tantrums are also exacerbated by allergies and delayed speech, both which Molly deals with. It's just absolutely emotionally draining dealing with it AND having two new babies. I suppose I have to remember the other 95% of the time when she's sweet and completely enjoyable! Gotta love that face...


And then today I've made a difficult decision to start weaning the twins. Nursing is not working out very well, and we're having a variety of problems. The primary issue is that my "supply" is not meeting the "demand" of two babies, despite my extra efforts. So EVERY time I nurse I still have to give them bottles after. That makes feeding take FOREVER. Interestingly enough, this has been a really emotional decision for me to make. I feel a bit like a failure. I mean, other women have been able to nurse twins so why can't I? I'm also a little angry at the hospital's recommendation to supplement the babies so much without getting an "exit strategy". But my logical side figures that I was a formula fed baby and I turned out just peachy. Anyway, I figure that it's better for my sanity if I just let it go knowing that they got the major benefit of nursing in the first month of their life.

And then today, my entire extended family (my sisters, their families, and my parents) went on a family vacation to New York City, and then on a 12-day cruise to the Caribbean. I definitely wouldn't trade the twins for a cruise, but I must admit that I'm a little sad I'm not with them (not that we could have afforded it anyways). I do hope they have a fabulous time! I just hope they miss us TERRIBLY! :)

Monday, March 9, 2009

Happy 1 Month Birthday!

Well, today the twins turned 1 month old! Can you believe that? It's gone by so fast that it's a good reminder that I need to enjoy every day. Anyway, I wanted to continue the tradition of the "monthly photo" that I did with Molly. And, taking a cue from my friend DeAnna, I thought it would be cute to post Molly's photos with them so you can see the differences and similarities between all three kids! So here's Garrett today:

And here's Paige today:

And here's Molly at 1 month old:

It's kinda like Molly is a cross between Garrett and Paige. It will be interesting to see how they grow and change!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Sisters...

Well, today I was desperate to pick up my camera and take some pictures of our three kids together. I'm still trying to get the "perfect" picture of the three of them to blow up big for our wall. But, Garrett wasn't cooperating which left me with a nice opportunity to get some pics of the sisters. Molly loved having the opportunity to cuddle with her! Can they get any cuter?


Things here are getting a little crazier it seems. The babies are starting to be awake a lot more, which makes for double the fussiness. And Garrett, who was supposed to be my easy baby, seems to be making up for his previously relaxed state. It can be really emotionally exhausting at times. This evening it took over an hour before I could find time to run to the bathroom, and within a minute of entering the restroom I heard Garrett screaming. I'm actually amazed I've found 15 minutes to update this blog!

But things are definitely made better with the copious amounts of help we are receiving. Thanks to Stacy and Nicole from my First Covenant Mom's Group who brought meals on Wednesday and Friday. Thanks to Kacie and Jen who came Wednesday night to bathe, feed and change babies and fold our laundry! Jen gets an award for changing the most poopy diapers in a two hour period! Thanks to Katie for coming Thursday so I could sneak away to have a shower. And thanks to Kristina for your time on Friday holding babies and entertaining Molly! We are blessed by you guys!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Life amidst chaos...

Just a quick update. Sorry there won't be any pictures... but I literally haven't had any time to pick up my camera. Hopefully this weekend! Anyway, we had our doctor's appointment on Tuesday and the babies are doing great. Garrett is truly our chunky monkey, and now weighs 8 lbs 11 oz and is 21 3/4 inches long! Paige is a lean 7 lbs 5 oz and 20 1/2 inches long, and is growing at a normal rate. It's really odd to pick them both up and feel such a difference in their weights. This week is the first week I've been home alone with the three kids. It's been both really good and really horrible, mostly depending on Molly's mood. Yesterday was a complete train wreck and at one point all three kids AND me were in tears. I felt like I was doing triage... who's crying the most and whose needs are most urgent. Today has been the exact opposite and we've been doing alright (even though I've been running non-stop), and ironically it's the first day that no one has come over to assist during the day.

Some quick "thank you's". Thanks to Toria (our senior pastor's wife) and her 5-year old son Evan who came Monday afternoon to help with babies and make lunch for us all. Thanks to Andrea who brought us an awesome meal Monday night. Thanks to Faye who bought extra food that we've been eating for lunches! Thanks to Paige, Suzanne and Winter who helped me Monday night, when Steve was at a Vision Team meeting, and saved my sanity during one of Molly's worse tantrums ever. Thanks to Jen who helped wrangle kids Tuesday afternoon and brought me chocolate mini-eggs to keep me happy! I am humbled by the how loving and giving our church family is and I am truly seeing an extension of God's love through His people!