Friday, July 31, 2009
To Daddy, Colleen, Zach, Josh and Aunt Anne, I'm going to start posting more videos so that you can keep up with the boys! I can't wait to see you all in October! Love you all!!
Monday, July 27, 2009
While the four of us were sitting in the waiting room, we met two families: one with an 11 month old and the other with a one year old. The kids were so adorable! They were wobbling around the activity table screeching and waving hello to one another. My little guys were resting in their car seats, but I was looking at them and thinking to myself that I can't believe they're going to be that big some day and they'll be wobbling around and talking to each other!
We took the boys back for their shots and they did remarkably well. They cried for a minute or two, then calmed down and fell asleep. I was giving them extra cuddles because I felt so bad, but they didn't seem to care.
Luke and Nolan have already changed to much since we first bought them home. Justin was looking at them in the rear view mirror today and was saying that Luke doesn't actually look like he's drowning in the car seat like he did just a couple of weeks ago! I've also had to put some of their preemie clothes away because they no longer fit in them. Thank goodness for that!!
Mom Mom and Poppy have offered to take the boys overnight for one night this week and also this coming Saturday night. I can't tell you how excited Justin and I are to get a full night's sleep! This is the best present they could offer us at the moment! Don't get me wrong...I'll miss the little guys, but actually sleeping for a full night will make us more productive parents. I'll let you know how we make out...
Posted by Jennifer at 12:29 PM
Sunday, July 26, 2009
This past Friday, Justin and I transitioned the boys to their cribs in the nursery. It was a tough decision for us to make because we like the comfort of having the little guys in the same room that we are in, but it was getting hard with them both being in the same pack n' play. All last week, Nolan was waking up screaming about an hour after he was fed and changed, which in turn would cause Luke to begin stirring. The only way we could get Nolan to fall back to sleep was to either hold him for an hour (and pray that he wouldn't wake up when he was set back down to sleep) or to let him fall asleep in his swing...which is what we ended up doing.
Since we've transitioned them to their own room, in their own respective cribs, we've all been getting a better night's rest. I keep the monitor right next to me so I can still hear every whimper and cry. If I hear any crying and I know that they are fed and changed, I usually just rub their belly or cheek until they fall asleep again. I am trying not to get into the habit of picking them up to rock them back to sleep -- especially since they usually wake up when they're laid back down. So far, it's been working well!
One thing that has been a lifesaver for us has been the Homemedics SoundSpa Lullaby With Picture Projection. It projects images onto the ceiling and plays lullaby music or background noise. I don't think they boys care about the images yet, but if we keep it running throughout the night, it is a nice nightlight for them and the music is very soothing. They really seem to sleep better with it on. It's also nice for mom & dad because it provides just enough light for us to check on them at night.
Posted by Jennifer at 1:03 PM
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
I originally planned on going myself on Saturday, but when I woke up on Friday, I talked to my my mom and asked if she would accompany the boys and I to the mall. Thankfully, she agreed to go with me. I had just finished feeding Nolan and was working on Luke. Feeding them separately usually takes about an hour, then I needed to take a shower and get myself ready which I can do in a half hour. Seriously, it takes A LOT of planning when you need to take two infants out. You have to worry about their bottle time; making sure you have enough diapers; and don't forget the pacifier. This was a last-minute idea of mine, so I was not prepared, but I think I managed nicely.
After I finished getting dressed, I came downstairs, got the bottles ready, packed my diaper bag, got the boys into their carseats (which always causes tears!), then I worked on getting my behemoth of a stroller into the trunk of the Caddy. That was a sight! I'm still a little sore from my c-section and I had to lift a 50 pound stroller into the trunk of a CTS without resting the damn thing on the bumper because if there was a scratch or smudge in paint, I think Justin would have heart failure. He loves this car almost as much as he loves me and the boys.
After I picked up my mom, we safely made it to my favorite place in the world...the mall. I'm exaggerating a little bit here. I would say that I love Disney World first, the Caribbean second, San Diego third then the mall.
We were stopped a few times by people admiring my little men. I have to admit that I love when people tell me what little cuties I have! I think they're pretty cute too!!
They were very well-behaved, but started getting a bit cranky towards the end of trip because we were getting close to bottle time.
If I didn't have my mom with me, I have NO CLUE how I would have gotten through the doors of Macy's, which is where I always park. They don't have that automatic handicapped door, so I'd have to try and open the door, then squeeze that stroller through. I know mom's do it all the time, it's just that I haven't had to do it myself yet. What if there aren't any people around to help out? Then what do I do? It's the smallest things that panic me!!
Posted by Jennifer at 12:05 PM
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
After the boys went down for a nap, I started feeling like I was coming down with a cold. I took my temperature because I was freezing, but it was perfectly normal. I took some Airborne and tried to relax on the couch.
The feeling just wasn't going away. After Justin came home, I put dinner in the oven then we took the boys for a walk. When we returned home from the walk, I was not feeling well at all. I was very dizzy, so I grabbed the thermometer again. I had a temperature...great. It was only 100.1, but it was enough to make me miserable. The boys are 3 weeks old and I'm sick. How did this happen?!? I haven't really gone anywhere or been around anyone who was sick.
We've been keeping a very close eye on the boys and they appear to be fine. Justin took their temps and all was well. I'm feeling much better today, but last night was awful. I could barely keep my eyes open, but luckily Justin took care of the feedings.
For the first week and a half that the boys were home, they were consistently waking every four hours for a bottle, but lately, Nolan has been waking every three hours. It's rough because we have to wake Luke at that time to feed him too (to keep them both on the same schedule), but Luke doesn't always feel like eating at that time. Trying to keep twins on the same schedule is HARD! If anyone has any advice, I'd be glad to take it!
Posted by Jennifer at 4:35 PM
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Nolan is on the left and Luke on the right
Here's daddy attempting to comfort Nolan
One of my favorite things to do is to stare at the boys as they fall asleep. This is when I get to see their smiles and giggles as they're drifting off. It's the cutest thing! I can't wait until the time when they smile at me on their own.
This past Friday we had a pedi appointment and Nolan weighed 6lbs 4oz and Luke weighed 5lbs 8oz! They're doing fantastic!! Both belly buttons have fallen off and I missed them both!! Justin was changing Nolan when his fell off and my mom was changing Luke's when his fell off! Hopefully I'll be the one to catch future milestones!!
Posted by Jennifer at 2:43 PM
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
What I was SO happy I packed
My own clothes -- on my first day in the hospital, I just wore the gown that they provided because I was uncomfortable and was terrified of anything touching my incision. After that initial day, I wore yoga pants and comfy tops. I still wore the hospital gown at night though because my own are too short.
Underwear -- I used the hospital mesh ones for the first day, then switched to my own.
Flat Iron -- you all can call me crazy, but it's nice to feel a little pretty even if you're shacked up in L&D.
Onesies, sleepers and little hats -- Luke was in the NICU for 6 days and I liked that he had his own things to wear.
Camera / Video Camera
Toiletries -- but that's a given
What I left up to the hospital
Towels & wash cloths
I'm sure I'm missing something and will add it later if I can remember!
Posted by Jennifer at 8:31 PM
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Posted by Jennifer at 8:07 AM