Friday, July 31, 2009

tummy time with the boys

It's a rainy morning here in Philly, so the boys and I are confined to the house. Why not take the opportunity to capture some tummy time on video? I no longer refer to it as "torture time" as the boys seem to enjoy spending time looking at at the world from a different angle!

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

Shots. I think it hurts mommy more than it hurts you.

We took the boys in to the pediatrician this morning for their second Hepatitis B shot. I was very anxious because I don't like needles, so naturally my boys won't like them...right?

Here we are before we left.
Sad mommy...sleepy boys.

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...

Sunday, July 26, 2009

The big move to the nursery

Moving your baby to their own nursery is a big step for any parent to make. Some start their baby in their crib from day one, but for other parents, it could take months, even a year to move their baby to their own room.

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.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

One Month Old Today!!

Happy One Month Birthday Nolan & Luke!
A month has passed since I had the little guys. I now understand what moms mean when they say to enjoy the babies when they're this small because the time passes so quickly and the boys will never be this tiny again. I am drinking in every minute I have with them during this precious time. I've memorized their little noises and gurgles and the way their little hands grasp my finger when I'm feeding them. It's truly amazing!!
I took Luke to the peditrician yesterday because he has been having little crusties in his eyes. It turns out he has a blocked tear duct. It's very common and easy to fix, thank goodness. Luke was put on the scale and he weighs 6lbs 12 oz!! Wow, he's grown so much in 2 weeks!!! We have another appointment on Monday for their 2nd Hep B shot. I'm not looking forward to it.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Happy Due Date, Boys!!!

Dear Boys,

Today is your date!! I'm so glad that you're here with us and that you're happy (I hope!), healthy and growing!

Nolan, daddy and I lovingly call you our little beast because of the way you inhale your bottle. You make the most adorable little grunts and groans -- almost as if you can't get it in your tummy fast enough. You've been giving us the sweetest smiles lately; especially when daddy gives you kisses on your little cheeks.

Luke, you still remain our little squirmer and I'm convinced you're going to be rolling over soon! You have the most incredible head and neck control and when we hold you, you're constantly pulling your head off our chest to take a peek at our face. You're very inquisitive and interested in what's going on around you.

Each day brings mommy and daddy something new. We get to see a new expression or hear a different type of cry. Sometimes you just make little noises just for the sake of making a noise -- these are our favorite!

We love you more and more every day. Thank you for completing our family.

Hugs and Kisses,

Mommy & Daddy

Saturday, July 18, 2009

First trip to the mall with the boys

This week I received a coupon in the mail to my favorite store, Express, which needed to be used by this Sunday. I am returning to work part time in September, so I wanted to pick up some new pants and shirts. I ONLY wear Express Editor pants. I don't know if you've ever tried them, but they're seriously amazing. I would marry the Editor pant if I could. I have tried pants from many different stores, but I always return to Express for the Editor. They fit my body perfectly and I have them in just about every color and pattern. They're $79.50, so whenever I get a coupon, I usually run to the store and pick up a pair. So, I needed to make a trip to the mall.

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!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Great...I'm sick.

On Monday morning I woke up around 8:30, checked on my sleeping boys then took a quick shower. The boys woke at 9:30, so I fed them, gave them their baths they we played on the floor for a little while (as much as you can actually "play" with a 3 week old!).

Here are the little men after their bath. Their newborn outfits are still pretty big on Luke, but Nolan is fitting into them a little better.

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!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

torture time...I mean, tummy time

Sorry that my posts have been few and far between the past week, but I've been a little busy!

It's amazing how quickly our lives have changed in the span of 3 weeks. We went from a family of 3...Justin, myself and Tank, to a family of five. Nolan and Luke have completed us and it's just incredible! I find myself looking at them in awe thinking, "I can't believe you're finally here."

Justin returned to work last Tuesday and boy do I miss him during the day. They boys are still on an every four hour eating schedule, but we modified it a bit and have them eating at 10, 2, 6 then 10. This makes it a bit easier for Justin to wake with me throughout the night to feed the little guys. Since they're still so small, they spend a nice amount of time napping, but are staying awake a little more frequently. I try to sneak in some tummy time during these intervals. Luke is a champ!! He lifts his head and moves it from left to right, but sweet Nolan wails when we put him on his belly! It makes him so miserable!

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!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

my hospital bag must-haves

The boys are down for a nap so I figured I'd take a few minutes to talk about my hospital bag. I received some pretty great suggestions from my previous blog and I wanted to let everyone know what I used and didn't use.

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.
Hair Dryer
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.
Cell Phone
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!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Quick Update

Justin and I have been home with the boys for a few days now and we're loving it! It's definitely going to be hard when he goes back to work next week though. We've been keeping the boys on their hospital feeding routine which is every four hours. So, we do rounds of 12, 4, 8 & 12 and it seems to be working well.

Nolan is our little firecracker! He's very expressive -- just like his momma! I can't get enough of his adorable faces! He does not like to be naked and would love to skip over diaper changes as much as possible.

We call Luke our little squirmer. He doesn't like to have his arms swaddled and always seems to free them from captivity! He stretches his legs out sooo far. It's almost as if he's willing himself to grow! He makes the sweetest sucking noises when he's ready for a bottle -- love it!

It's been wonderful sitting around with my little men and getting to know their personalities. I love when they look up into my face when I sing to them. I know I have a terrible voice, but I hope that they're looking at me with love and not like "would you PLEASE stop that now?!"

I'll be writing more later about the hospital bag -- what I needed and didn't need. I'll also let everyone know what I can't live without so far!

I'm off to go snuggle my babies!