Thursday, December 1, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Now that Rusty is able to carry the benefits, I have been able to drop to a per diem position 2 days a week. Not that being a nurse working 3 12hr shifts isn't great enough but dropping that extra day has enabled me to stay at home with my girls 5 days a week and avoid child care (see: I am thankful for my family!) I am so lucky to have such great co-workers and have such a flexible work schedule. Our jobs don't make us rich but we can pay the bills and have a little bit left over. Besides, the time I get to spend at home is truly priceless!
Monday, November 21, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Tonight I am thankful for our basic needs. We have shelter, food and water, and our health. We have never known what it is like to be hungry, truely hungry. We've done our fair share of cheap spagetti dinners but we have never gone without. I recently took care of a patient that hadn't eaten in 3 days because he didn't have money to buy food and I realized that we sometimes take some of the most basic things forgranted.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
This past month we were busy with ordinary life. My sister, Paige came for a much needed visit and we took a trip to the beach with Grandma and Grandpa Jones. Most noted, we introduced solid food to the girls' diet! So far they have eaten: avocado, pear, sweet potato, zucchini, butternut squash, banana, yellow squash and carrots! They hardly ever like something the first time they try it but when offered a second or third time, they will polish off the whole jar! It's so much fun to see them exploring food and trying new things for the first time!! We are still letting them explore table food as they experience spoon feeding. Their favorite things to feed themselves are avocado pears and bananas!
Developmentally, they are starting to sit unassisted. Audrey is rolling all over the living room and Madison prefers to sit and watch the show. (Especially when it involves Layla chasing after her toys!) They are doing well, according to their doctor and Audrey remains solidly in the 5% for weight and height and Madison is around the 50%! They differ in weight by 2.5lbs now and are certainly very different babies! For October, we are looking forward to visiting SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular, a mommy's day out brunch (with daddies to babysit!) and a picnic with work friends at Lake Eola. Oh, and babies' first Halloween of course! With fall in the air, it's shaping up to be a pretty good month!
Monday, September 12, 2011
First, they started out feeding themselves (well at least Audrey did, Madison was totally uninterested!) This is called the baby-led-weaning method of introducing solids. In true BLW, there is never any spoon feeding, the baby decides when and how much solid food to eat and when to wean from milk. I'm into letting them discover textures and foods in their natural form but I'm wanting them to actually EAT the food too (this doesn't usually happen until about 9 months old with BLW). So we are making up our own routine! BLW with some spoon feeding thrown in the mix! It was so much fun watching their little faces with the first tastes of food!
I'm not quite sure what Madison thought of the whole experience. Definitely not as interested as Audrey but not totally rejecting it, just unsure! Our more timid child for sure!!! Next on the menu: baby cereal and pear and sweet potatoes! I wonder if the girls will have the same reaction to sweet potatoes as Rusty did as a baby (he spit it all over his grandmother!) Just another day in the life of a twin mommy :)
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
It wasn't long before the sounds of the ocean put Audrey right to sleep. We've never seen that child sleep that well before!!!
Here's a shot of the 4 of us enjoying the waves. The sun did some damage that day and fried daddy to a crisp. Luckily the girls got off with just a touch of sun on their cheeks. All in all we had a great trip and enjoyed getting out with the girls and catching up with friends!
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
We have started Madison in cloth diapers and Audrey will be soon to follow! Can't wait to see what the next few months have in store for us!
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
Today is (was?) my due date and on Sunday the girls will be one month old. Believe it? I don't!
We celebrated Easter at my mom's house. Lunch was amazing and it was nice to have a change of scenery and visit with family. We even got a multi-generational picture.
Paige came home from college and has spent most of her time so far here helping out around the house! She even helped me go to a support group for new mommies and bake some cookies to say thank you to the office that cared for me during my pregnancy.
Gotta keep it short because my babies are stirring and ready to eat again! Check out the newest pictures in our photo album :)
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
As always, check out our photo album (right) for the pictures!!
Friday, April 1, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
At our 35 week check up, the babies looked perfect during their weekly non-stress test. I also had an ultrasound to measure the babies and check their position. They are still both in perfect position and dropping lower every week! Their estimated weights were 5lbs 4oz (44th percentile) and 5lbs 10oz (59th percentile). The smaller baby is actually probably much bigger but she was so hard to measure because she is smashed so low in my belly! I'm still on my medications for contractions and no dilation so far but they still don't think birth is far off (they keep saying that!). Friday makes 36 weeks. At this point each day counts!!
We also received our double jogger in the mail!! Rusty put it together in a snap and has also organized the whole garage but he made me promise: NO MORE ONLINE SHOPPING! I complied (it's all done now!) This stroller will be perfect for the theme parks and jogging on the trail behind our house. At first we'll be using our in-line because we'll be able to clip the car seats right in. Who knew there were so many choices for double strollers?!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
There's only one thing left: mental and emotional prepartion. I'm not sure that's an item I can check off my to-do list! Can any new parent-to-be?
Monday, March 21, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
So, here's the crib bumper that took me a good portion of last week to hand sew...but didn't have much else on the calendar so it worked out! I'm happy with how the room has turned out so far...check out the photo albums, as always for continued picture updates :)
At our 33 week checkup today we got a chance to see the babies but they didn't get measured this week (but will in 2 more weeks!) They have a good amount of fluid around them and are officially both in head down positions!! Perfect for a normal delivery...keep your fingers crossed for a non C-section birth!!!
I've still had quite a few contractions despite medication, fluid and rest so they will be happy to see me get to 36 weeks. The doctor said I should expect them to come home with me if they are born at that time. So for now, I'm back on the really, really taking it easy instead of just doing a lot of resting. The time is getting close, and we are getting nervous but I'm happy with how things have turned out so far! Just hoping for a safe delivery for the 4 of us (no passing out daddy!)
It seems like everything is all about baby(ies) for now but life goes on for Rusty! He is enjoying his job at Universal on 2nd shift and has been able to get really good at diving! He even tricked a veteran diver into thinking that he's been diving for several years! He's hoping to get his advanced dive certification soon and maybe, one day will talk me into it so we can do some reef diving in the Caribbean. Ahh...dreams! We all have them :)
Monday, March 7, 2011
The doctor also cleared me to get out of the house once or twice a week for lunch or any place I can go and sit and not do anything! At this point I'm losing the desire to go out and do a whole lot anyways! I'm trying to enjoy my mid-day naps as much as possible because I won't get much sleep soon.
This weekend I have a baby shower with my work friends and I'm SO looking forward to it! It'll be nice to get out and see everyone again.
Monday, February 28, 2011
Well, another week down! At least 5 more to go!! At our appointment today everything seems to be going well with the babies and my contractions are under control with the medication they have me on.
Today the ultrasound tech estimated both girls to weigh in at 3lbs 6oz!! Now the real weight gain should start (at least for the babies!) We also got a nice surprise, baby "A" is now head down instead of transverse! I may be able to have the babies naturally instead of a c-section although time will tell! Here's hoping!
With all that good news you might think I'm off bed rest. I think all the excitement and anxiety of the day got to me. My blood pressure was elevated to the point I'm on bed rest because of it! Boo! Going back Thursday and hoping to be off restrictions!!!! Of course, when I got home my blood pressure was better than ever.
Today Rusty installed the car seats in the Fusion and we practiced putting the car seats into the double stroller. Seems like it would be easy but it's a tight fit! One more thing we can check off our to-do list!!
Monday, February 21, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
At our 27 week check up and ultrasound we got a clean bill of health and an ok to go north for our babymoon! The babies were measuring 2lbs 7oz and 2lbs 9oz. A full 5lbs of baby inside of me...so hard to believe!! They are growing right at and above a normal singlton baby :) But, it looks like Baby "A" is still being stubborn, in a transverse position...they say she has plenty of time to turn and face head down, but only time will tell!
As for the babymoon, Rusty and I took a quick vacation to northern Florida. We were lucky to get an extra night and spent it in St. Augustine. The next day we visited the fort and watched them discharge the cannon. It's been since 4th grade since I visited that place! Then we continued our drive to Amelia Island where we spent 2 additional nights. The weather was awful, cold and rainy as a cold front moved through. All we really did this trip was eat, and sleep so the rain really didn't interfere :)The last day was beautiful. Before leaving town we did a little shopping (a beach town is perfect for finding beachy stuff for the babies' room!) then headed to THE beach. It had been 80 degrees in Orlando that previous week, keep in mind! I was determined to go the the beach, so that's what we did! Overall I had a wonderful time with my hubby and tried to cherish every moment of quiet! In a way I'm sad things will be changing because they are so great right now, but I know once the babies are here it will be great too, just in a different way.
About a week after we returned from our trip I started having some contractions. Painless but much more frequent and strong than usual. I headed to the doctor's office and promptly got sent to the hospital. I was surprised but complied. After 6 hours, several medications and some fluids I was sent home. Later that night the contractions returned and Rusty drove me back to the hospital for a 2 night stay. I'm now on strict bedrest for at least a week or 2 and on a pill that helps control the contractions until they are ready to be born. So far, things are going well but we still have a long 6 weeks until we should even be THINKING about welcoming the babies into the world. I just hope they don't have any other plans!!
Now that I am home on bedrest, I should hope to update a bit more frequently :) As for right now, I'm doing a whole lot of directing and supervising from my comfy spot on the couch! I'm feeling well but wish I could partake in some of the activities around here! My mom and dad have been by helping with chores and cooking. Rusty has been so supportive and is really helpful and keeping my spirits up. How lucky could a girl be?
Sunday, January 16, 2011
So far the pregnancy is still going well. I feel like we just found out we were pregnant but also find ourselves rushing to get things done before the babies get here!! How does time go so fast? As you can see I am growing rapidly which is starting to make getting around at work a little more difficult! I have 6 weeks left before I have to take my leave of absence...hope I can make it!! So glad to have such a great team at work to help me!!!!