Friday, March 28, 2008

For the Twins


So massive. So large. So unreal, but really real.

3 days before delivery.

I told my OB/GYN that I wanted keep them in my belly as long as possible. The first pregnancy to last 12 months and counting!!! :) I knew my life was going to change drastically once they were born, so hey, let's not rush it. He let me go to 38 weeks and said it was time for a c-section. Here I am, 2 days before meeting my babes.

Pregnancy Sympathy Day. Even my dad carried a balloon under his kitchen apron for a while. Toting a balloon around would be a piece of cake after lugging my 60-pound belly about the house for 9 months (OK, it didn't weigh 60-pounds for 9 months.....)
Hello Babies!!! This was my last day in the Logan Regional Hospital after my painful c-section. The twins were 4 days old. At birth, Max weighed a whopping 7 lbs, 7 oz. and Mae tipped the scales at 7 lbs, 1 oz. I heard nurses outside my hospital door whisper-shouting "These are the 7 lb. twins!" before entering my room. Good job, children, for getting so big and healthy before arriving. I really appreciate that.

Let's go home! I was living with my parents in Logan for the majority of my pregnancy (for bed rest reasons) so when we left the hospital to go "home" we went to Gran & Pa's. It was emotional for me to leave the hospital...I'd spent so much time there during my pregnancy, I couldn't believe it was over.

One week old. Snoozin'. I'm pretty sure I was snoozin' too...who took this picture??

The ONLY picture I took on their blessing day (well, I took one other, but they were screaming and bright red). The twins were almost 1 month old, but I was no where near being OK with my situation. Things were really challenging. Taking pictures was at the bottom of my list of things to do.
Here they are at 7 months. They're happy babies. It's nice. It's really nice.

I didn't take a picture of them today. Why? I should have. I guess that's something that comes with having more than one child. I forgot. Happy birthday, little ones. You are my treasures, and I love you dearly.

Oh, and P.S.----Thanks for getting easier as you get older. Those first 5 months were somethin' else. :) We can smile about it now. :)

Friday, March 21, 2008

For the wearin 'o' the green...........

I tried to capture the kids on St. Paddy's Day. Sort of successful..........
Mae kept crawling away. Max was happy watching my slapstick. Quinn gave me his 'camera smile' before grabbing a toy car and vrooming away. I've learned, ya gotta be quick with this bunch.....
Who is this Cheese?? LOVE it when he smiles with his nose.
Mike was on call St. Patrick's Night, so the kids and I met him in the hospital cafeteria for dinner. I enjoy a fish sandwich from time to time. Warm from the hot lights.....crusty from being prepared 2 days ago and served tonight......flaky from being stored in the freezer for many, many days. It was raining, so I wanted to park close. I found an opening in a 30 minute spot and snagged it. Unloading the children from our clown car (aka Toyota Echo) took a large portion of my half hour, so we had to rush. Mike was decked out in blue scrubs. Not an ounce of green on him. I was most disappointed (in high school, I used to dress green from toe to head, sparkling green shamrock garland, wrapped into a circle, perched atop my hair). This night, I wore a necklace of dyed green seashells and a loud green shirt. A nurse sitting close to our table caught my attention with her green blazer, green shell, green pants (all slightly different greens) and green stud earrings. I HAD to wish her a Happy St. Patrick's Day on my way out. She screamed it.
Hope you all had a merry green day full of pinches and corned beef.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Who's 3?

I haven't posted in ages (everyone's nodding their heads) and my computer won't let me put my pictures in the order I want, so here they are in random order! No, wait! Mike just got home and solved the problem. He's changing out of his spandex Super-Hero outfit right now........

Here are some high-lights from Quinn's Big Day (March 9th)-
Quinn got a play tent from Gran & Pa! Everyone (Daddy included) enjoy this gift.

He got lots of new cars. His party theme was Disney/Pixar's film, CARS. We can't get enough of Lightning McQueen at our house. Ka-Chow!
My amazing sister, Quinn's wonderful Auntie LooLoo, made this Lightning McQueen birthday cake. He was rather grumpy the day we were celebrating his birthday, but as soon as he saw Laura walking through the door holding a double-decker, sweet n' sugary, full of chocolatey-goodness birthday cake for him, he was all smiles. Really, EVERYONE was all smiles. Well done Loo!

We spent the month of February visiting family in Utah (seriously, the whole month) so Quinn got to party with his cousins. These three beauties are my sister's kids. We spent a week with Jess and Fam at her house in American Fork and had such a great time. Quinn loved all the attention and action that goes on in a household containing a 7 year old, a 4 1/2 year old and a 2 year old. It was fun for me to get a glimpse of what life has in store for me when Quinn and the twins grow older.

So, now I'm back in Minnesota and the weather is nicer and my attitude toward life is better after spending a month with my family. I called Mike to ask if he wanted us to stay in UT longer so he could study more (undisturbed) for the 3rd step of the boards and he practically yelled into the phone, "No! Come home!". I smiled when I heard that, and stepped onto the plane.