Sunday, December 24, 2006
All this to say, Have a very Merry Christmas and we will post NY pictures soon:) We had a wonderful time and are very thankful Martha's family let us stay while they cared for the sick boys, while they were sick themselves.
Monday, December 11, 2006
Friday, December 08, 2006
First spaghetti supper
The famous Parker scowl face finally caught on camera. If he is not happy with something or someone...you will get the scowl. I guess he did not like the fact that I was exploiting his table manners.
Peyton giving up on the spork. They have recently insisted on feeding themselves with their own utensils....it's a great mess for all to enjoy!
First Double Date
Parker is not so excited about this photo op. We missed the scowl but caught his true feelings. We attended Caroline and Abby's first birthday party last weekend. What an answer to prayer they all are. God sure was busy answering prayers last year:) Our boys were born at 32 weeks, 3# 10 oz and 4# 3 oz. They spent just over 3 weeks in the NICU. The girls were born at 28 weeks, 2# 9 oz and 2# 14 oz and spent 8 weeks in the NICU. Both our families have many blessings to be thankful for this Christmas. All four are very happy and healthy! Praise the Lord for answered prayer and the joy of children.
This is my favorite first:) First visit with Santa
As you can see this went very well:) This was the boys first trip to see Santa. Yep, should have gone last year when they would have been just fine. I was way too nervous to take them last year. They had been so small and fragile and I just couldn't bring myself to take them out. I just knew little RSV bugs would be hiding in Santa's beard, ready to jump down on them. Needless to say, my Nazi germ days are long gone. I can't keep up with their toys and plundering....how could I think I would be able to keep up with all the germs. Yes, having twins has relaxed me and is now working on my perfectionism...we have a long way to go. God blessing us with twins is a great way to see His sense of humor. What in the world is a control freak, have it my way, self centered person like me doing with twins? Surviving and learning to enjoy what life brings! Funny how God works in growing your character and grace....I am very blessed and thankful He choose to do it through twins. I love my boys!
We had a busy week of many first things. We have a couple more but I will add them to another post as this one is already a novel.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
So, one may ask: "how do you toddler proof Christmas?". Well, in our house, with two little scurrying mice, that would require everything in site. Seeing that the tree falls into the "everything in site" category.... well, take a look for yourself:)
This my friends is what a toddler proof Christmas tree looks like. It requires no extra gadgets from Babies R Us, nothing to assemble and no broken record repeating "No Touch". You simply take a 9ft. tree and leave the bottom 3ft. empty. No lights, no ornaments....Nothing. As for the presents, well we have not crossed that bridge yet. I'll let you know how that goes. They may not appear until the boys are in bed Christmas Eve.
Parker presenting our Christmas tree. It's so funny to watch the two of them develop at the same time, yet in different ways. In the past month they have finally started pointing at things. Peyton uses the typical pointer finger, while Parker uses his whole hand as if presenting something. It is quite funny to watch. We are so thankful the boys are happy and healthy. It's hard to believe this time last year they were barely breaking 11lbs! They have doubled their weight and grown a few inches too. Peyton is 22# 11 oz and Parker is 22# 3oz. Both are just over 30 inches and we have hit the 10th percentile! It is hard to imagine life with only 1 of them.
The perfect toddler proof tree. As you can see by our model (Parker), everything is just out of reach:) It sure beats my parents way when my sister and I were little....instead of the baby in the playpen, the tree went in the playpen! Clearly this should have been the cover tree for Southern Living and Martha Stewart!
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
In his own words:"This is bringing sexy back". Justin has nothing on this! I snapped this picture of Chris right before his double hernia repair surgery. I guess double the fun (twins) brings with it double the strains! Needless to say this is why we have been absent from our blog. Chris had the surgery the day before Thanksgiving....Martha has been on 24/7 duty since then. All is well and everyone is healthy again. The surgery went well and he even got to eat his Pa Pa's fried turkey on Thanksgiving. I thought I would include a few other fun photos of his "big" day. If only I had had the video camera. There are times that make you laugh and there are times that make you really laugh. You know, the kind that makes your sides hurt and brings tears to your eyes. Well, the nurses and I were entertained in recovery. We laughed so hard we cried. It's amazing how sharing a good laugh can make strangers feel as if they have known each other for years. As a nurse myself, it's always fun to care for a patient that has as we call it a "virgin system", meaning no familiarity to drugs. He put on quite the show...of course not remembering any of it. Thought I would share a bit with you all.
As with any guy I have cared for....they just don't get the Foley thing when they are supper sleepy. He repeatedly kept telling the nurse he needed to "pee". She repeatedly told him he had a tube in his bladder and could go anytime he wished. Back and forth, back and forth they went....she finally relented and pulled the Foley catheter out...but to no avail...he kept at it. Enter the laughter with tears here. I think she grew tired of telling him over and over and over that he could now go....so she wrote a note. This is what I found standing on his belly when I walked in to see him. Wish I had thought of this one with my guy patients.....but I guess this is just one more reason I do peds!