Friday, February 29, 2008

Surprise party

I did it! I pulled off a pretty fun surprise 30th birthday party for John. I still can't believe I did it without giving it away! There was no way for me to get John out of the house to set up the party, so I organized it for the party to come to John. It worked out great!!! So I was trying to have a normal evening (without bursting!) I even started cooking John dinner. He had requested chicken parmigian for dinner. So I was cooking that, and trying to go slow since I knew everyone would show up at 6:30. His family, his friend Chenault and my family all met at the pool parking lot in my neighborhood. Then at 6:30 they caravaned over to my house and walked in the door. John was sitting on the couch. He was so surprised! Everyone was wearing hats, my sister had balloons, Jackie had salad and garlic bread, my Mom and Chris showed up with wine, a cake and the lasagna I had cooked the morning before. It was insta-party. John's comment was that people just kept on coming in. We all had a good time with good food. The girls were great, Sammy was having fun with Ripley. Julie looked terrific! What a blast. Here are some of the photo's that were taken:
Surprise!!! John holding Maddie sees everyone walk in.

We had a lot of yummy food, it was insta-party. Chris is holding Maddie.

The girls had their dinner too. Nanny, Grandma and Izzie.

Aunt Rhonda holding Maddie and Izzie

John and John. What a lovely hat!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Hard workers

Today the girls and I visited Daddy at work. They got to help out the bluetooth industry. Now hopefully the stocks will start to go back up. I mean, once the princesses have arrived on the scene it should make it all better. All the women of the office descended upon the girls and oohed and awed. It was great fun! The men in the office stopped by and nodded at them. Here's some pictures of my sweet peas working hard.
Daddy with Maddie and Izzie at work.

Maddie working hard with Penny.

Izzie sweet talking Jeannie.

Maddie checking things out with Nathalie.

360 months; 10 weeks

More numbers. Today John is 360 months old. It's his 30th birthday. Today the girls are 10 weeks old. He wants me to take the girls up to the office today to show them off to everyone. Since they seem to be feeling okay after their shots yesterday, I think we'll try to go after the next feeding. They've pretty much slept since 3 o'clock yesterday. Of course waking up to eat in between all that sleep. It'll be fun to show the girls off to his co-workers. I'm going to try and put them in these cute yellow dresses I got, but they might still be too big for them. We shall see.

I'm starting to get really excited about our anniversary. On March 1st (Saturday) we will have been married for 5 years. Every year we go to the Melting Pot to celebrate. Well the first year we didn't because we stayed at the hotel we had our reception at. It was part of the package to stay there and have dinner in their restaurant on our first anniversary. But for the last 3 years and this year, we will go to the Melting Pot. We look forward to the tradition even planning out what we are going to order a week in advance. We always get the Big Night Out, but you can change what cheese and chocolate you want. We get all dressed up and have a good time. The girls Grandma and Grandpa are going to babysit for us. I'm so excited!


Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The numbers are in

Today the girls went in for their 2 month check-up. I'm proud to say that everything is going great. The girls got a stamp of approval. They are in the 50th percentile on the preemie chart. Here's the break down:
Madeline: 7lbs 9 oz, 20 3/4" with a head circumference of 14 1/8"
Isabelle: 7lbs 8oz, 21 1/4" with a head circumference of 14"

They are only 1oz difference in weight! Only 1/2" difference in length and 1/8" difference in their hat size! Wow.

Maddie is up:2lb 7oz from birth
Izzie is up: 2lb 10oz from birth

The immunization shots were no fun, but over quickly.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Mazzie BooBear

Our girls have lots of nicknames. I think that's funny considering I hated nicknames when I was a kid. My mom thought she'd call me Mandy, but I wouldn't have any of it. I was Amanda Nichole Carnes- Self (I was trying to say that I was MYSELF, and not Mandy, whoever that was) Apparently I didn't quite understand the concept of nicknames.

As for Mazzie BooBear- Their Grandma and Aunt Julie came up with Mazzie. Anytime the girls do something and we don't know which one, Mazzie did it! We call Izzie, Isaboo, and we call Maddie, MaddieBear. So Mazzie BooBear is their combined name.



Monday, February 25, 2008

A day in the kitchen

Today the girls took turns being chefs. Maddie started out with me in the kitchen this morning while Izzie was sleeping. I wanted to cook some meals for friends. I made 22 breakfast burritos for Stephanie who is on bedrest with twins and chicken and beef fajitas for Andrea who just had Aubree a week ago. Since I was on a roll, and the girls were happy I also made a big pot of tortilla soup for me and some pizza dough so we could have a pizza for dinner. Just as I was finishing up the girls got a bit fussy, but I wasn't complaining I got a lot accomplished this morning. I think Maddie is in a growth spurt because she wanted to eat every two hours today. So I ended up feeding her separate and they got off schedule a bit, which made for an afternoon of feeding babies. I think I have them back together again though. When John got home, I dropped off the fajitas off at Andrea's house. Then I got the girls in the stroller, grabbed the breakfast burritos and walked down to Stephanie's house. She enjoyed seeing the girls. It's cool to see twins when you are pregnant with twins. I know while I was pregnant when I saw twins, I just wanted to stare and imagine how it was going to be for me. She's excited to see her boys. I sat with her for an hour and then headed home. It was Izzie's turn to become a chef. She sat on the counter in the car seat and watched me make a pizza.

By this time, I'm exhausted. I think I over did it today, but it sure felt good to spend the morning in my kitchen.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Family photos

Chris, Izzie and Maddie

Julie, Izzie and Nanny

One fajita

Yesterday afternoon flew by in a flash. Like I said, I had spent the morning over at Stephanie's house for her baby shower. Then somehow the afternoon was over in a flash. I wanted to stop by Andrea's house and see her new baby Aubree. She was born January 16th. When I stopped by, Andrea had left to go shopping and her husband Bryan said she'd be back in probably and hour and to come by then. So I went back home. I started the prep work on some chicken wings I was going to make for John's D&D group that is coming over today. I've never made chicken wings, but they were cheap at the store and I thought it might be fun to try. I marinated them in buttermilk for a few hours, drained and rinsed them, and then marinated half in chili sauce and half in this raspberry chipolte sauce. This morning I baked them at 455 degrees for 25 minutes flipping them once. (By the way, my smoke detector went off 3 times during this process. If anyone knows why, please let me know. There was NO smoke, just a hot oven. It's SO annoying when that happens!) But I digress.... I finally got to go visit Andrea and her baby girl, who of course is so precious and cute as a button! My girls are only 9 and half weeks old, but I still wanted to see the newborn! As I was leaving Andrea's house, I ran into my neighbor Laura who hasn't seen the girls yet. So she came over for a few minutes.

By the time she left, it was 6pm, John and I were hungry. When he asked me what was for dinner, I had to think for a minute. I knew I had some chicken meat in the freezer that I had pre-marinated in tequila lime sauce. So, I grabbed that out, started defrosting it, started chopping onions and bell peppers. John walks in and asks what I was making. I walked into my pantry and came out with one tortilla. I said, "Apparently we are having a fajita." I had thought we'd had more than one tortilla in the pantry! John had been snacking on them and I didn't know it! So, he ended up having a Chicken Fajita Salad (kinda like a taco salad) and I had one giant stuffed fajita for dinner. I thought the whole thing was pretty funny.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Baby shower

This morning I went to a friends baby shower. Stephanie lives around the block and she's having twin boys. I'm so excited! She's a little past 32 weeks. Her boys will be here soon! Of course we all hope she goes for as long as possible. Anyway, we had a good time, she got a lot of cute clothes and the baby swing she registered for. Her daughter Gracie (who I believe is 2.5) was adorable. She got a shirt that said, I'm the BIG sister. She also had a double baby stroller that she could push around her baby dolls in. I thought that was cute.

My girls have been angels today. Maddie has been a big sleepyhead today, but when she's been awake she's been happy. Izzie wants to be held, but she's very alert. She is watching everything around her. She started reaching out for her toys.

Speaking of toys, Grandma Bettie sent each of the girls some money for Valentines Day and I bought some toys and clothes for each of the girls. They say, "Thanks Grandma & Grandpa!"

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Just hangin out

Rainy day at Grandma's

Today was a yucky cold rainy day so to make it a bit more exciting, we decided to go to Grandma's house for the afternoon. The girls were terrific today after an eight hour night! We just lounged around staying warm and visiting. At one point it stopped raining so I jumped in the hot tub. That felt good, but when it was time to get out I had to run to the backdoor so I wouldn't freeze! BRRRRRR. I love hot tubs. Here's a couple of pictures of Grandma giving Izzie a diaper change.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Last bath

The girls have outgrown the bathroom sink. The other night I had John take pictures of them in their last bathroom sink baths. When they were first born, they fit completely in the sink with room to spare. My how my little babies have grown!
Top: Izzie

2 months old today

The girls are two months old today! We had their two month doctors appointment scheduled for today, but the doctor called in sick, so it is rescheduled for next Wed. I'm anxious to see how much weight they've gained! But, I wasn't looking forward to the shots. Right now, I have Izzie wrapped and John has Maddie wrapped. They are wanting to be held all day long. This won't work too well when John goes back to work next week! I'll figure it out.

Our six hour stretch of sleep has come to an end. Last night they only slept for 4 hours at a time. Hopefully it was just a hiccup and not an end. Maybe tonight will be another sixer.

I was so focused on taking them to the docs today that I didn't make any other plans. So, now I've got to decide what to do today. Probably more of what I did yesterday. Laundry, housework, playing with babies in no particular order. John and I got to watch part of American Idol last night, but the girls told us we'd have to finish it today. I guess they really didn't like the guys singing, but they started crying during one of the songs. Now that I think about it, maybe they've hit another growth spurt. They ate every three hours yesterday. When they have been going closer to 4 during the day. I'm learning that you just really can't "figure" out a baby. You just go with the flow, enjoy each and every moment and tell yourself, "this too, shall pass."

Today after their mid-day feeding John got the girls mixed up! He took Maddie and dressed her in Izzie's clothes. I wasn't paying much attention as I was burping Izzie. I heard him call Maddie, Izzie. I told him he had Maddie. He said he didn't. Then he asked if I was sure. I think both of us had a moment of confusion. Then I said, no, I really do have Izzie. It was the first time he really got them mixed up.

4:30pm- we are still trying to get 2 month pictures taken. The girls have been very fussy today, so it hasn't been easy. We took some in these little dresses they have, but the dresses are too big and the pictures didn't come out. I'm going to try again in a little bit to take some more.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Our first public appearance

I couldn't wait any longer. We had said we weren't going to take the girls out until after the 20th when they were 2 months old, but I'm not a very patient person. So, Mom and I took the girls out to lunch yesterday for the first time. It went pretty well. We went to San Fransisco Oven. It's a little sandwich shop in Firewheel Mall. I wanted to go somewhere that I knew wouldn't be too crowded. I didn't bring the stroller thinking it would be easy to carry them in, sit down and eat. A stroller would have been nice, but we did okay without it. They were sleeping almost the whole time Mom and I ate. Then we went to Carter's Kids Clothing store which is right next door to San Fransisco Oven. I bought two new sleepers, but I bought the wrong size. Oh well, they will grow into them soon enough!

Nighttime has been great around here the last 4 nights. The girls are sleeping so much better! They even slept 7 hours straight last night. John and I forgot what that much sleep felt like. Of course it wasn't the best 7 hours, since they ate at 8pm, we had to wake up at 3 to feed, but I'm not complaining about that one bit!!

Cookin' Corner

John asked me to make a chicken dish with tomatoes and greenbeans. I didn't think that sounded too good, but I told him I'd give it a go. I have made a beef dish that way before.

Chicken Rustica (John named it)
-chicken breasts (I did 3)
-1/4 cup flour
-can of fire roasted diced tomatoes
-can of green beans rinsed really well and drained
-1/2 cup of chicken broth or so
-clove of garlic (what do I cook without one?)
-italian seasoning
-cooked brown rice

This one is really easy. I put the chicken breasts in a zippy bag, poured in the flour with a little salt and pepper. Shake really well to coat. Spray your skillet with cooking spray and add chicken to brown the outside. Flip the chicken over and brown the other side. Add can of tomatoes and the can of really well rinsed greenbeans. (I hate the "can" taste!) Add the chicken broth and seasonings. Let simmer on low until chicken is falling apart tender. Serve over brown rice. This was really tasty! (And simple!)

Sunday, February 17, 2008


John has a couple of guys coming over today to play D&D. I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet. I know I want to cook up a batch of breakfast burritos. (I make up about 24 or so burritos at once and freeze them. They make excellent quick breakfasts) That way I can visit with the guys while they are playing for a bit. Then I may take the girls over to my mom's for the afternoon to hang out. But anyway, since the guys are coming over I dressed the girls in their very first Texas A&M outfits. SO cute! I'll take some pictures in a little while. I think these are the outfits that my Unka D and Auntie R bought for them. I got so many cute clothes from so many people, that I have a hard time remembering who gave me what.
Cookin' Corner
So today I made a very yummy soup. I like having a pot of soup around for lunches. I'll call this soup:
Chicken Tortellini Soup.
-half an onion
-couple cloves of garlic
-a bunch of kale
-can of cream of chicken soup
-can of white beans
-carton of chicken broth
-package of prepared chicken tortellini
-Italian seasoning
-1/2 tsp of chili pepper flakes

Saute the onion and garlic until soft. Add seasonings. Add beans and cream of chicken soup. Pour in chicken broth. Chop kale into bite size pieces and add to soup. Last, add package of tortellini. Cook until noodles are done. Serve with crusty bread.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Stormy day

Today was the perfect pajama day. A pajama day, by definition is a day that you stay in your pajamas for the entire day. We had rain storms all day long, the fire burning in the fire place and a movie on the tv. John, the girls and I all cuddled up and watched Stardust. It's a cute adventure/fantasy/romance. When I asked John if he was interested in watching it, he looked it up and said, "Oh, great, a chick flick." I told him that it was labeled as adventure and fantasy before romance. He said the labels were alphabetical. Hum. Anyway, we did end up watching it, and it was a good movie.

The girls have been generally in good spirits today, but they do want to be held continuously. John's been wearing the Baby Bjorn and I've been wearing the Moby Wrap. These girls sure do like their cuddle time.

Family picture

Friday, February 15, 2008

Date night

Tonight is date night. My valentine asked me out on a date. We decided on tonight instead of yesterday for a few reasons. One it being Valentine's everything would be really crowded and we aren't the crowd kind of people. Two, John joined weight watchers and his weigh-in for his first week was last night. (He did really great!) We are going to Genghis Grill for dinner. John can get a meat free meal (it's lent and he's Catholic) and stay within his WW points. I need to start eating healthier. I am eating a lot of food because breastfeeding twins takes a lot of calories! But I need to start making those calories a bit healthier and a little less chocolately. But the girls are hoping for chocolate milk, so I keep trying! I'm back at my pre-pregnancy weight, but then came to a screeching halt.

Cookin' Corner
Last night we had Grilled Tarragon Turkey Burgers. There has been a bit of a grill theme lately. We got a propane grill for Christmas and I love it. You can cook healthy and not get everything dirty in the kitchen.

Grilled Tarragon Turkey Burgers. (I cooked these once for Pepaw and he liked them. His quote was something like, "Now, don't get me wrong, they sure aren't a hamburger, but if you don't think of it like that, they are pretty tasty.")

Package of ground turkey meat
about a fourth of an onion finely diced
a handful of chopped parsley if you have it
about a tsp of dried tarragon (it's pretty powerful)
salt n' pepper to taste

Mix, form patties and grill. Serve on buns. I'd use mustard, but no ketchup.

Accompaniment: Grilled Potato Slices. Easy- slice potatoes in about 1/4" round slices. Spray with cooking oil, salt & pepper. Grill about 5 min each side. Very easy, very tasty.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Aw, how sweet!

John bought me roses (there is actually 3, the photo got cut off) and a funny card for Valentine's Day. Then he helped Izzie and Maddie buy me chocolate covered strawberries and a card! It's my first card that has Mom on it!!! I love it. How sweet. We said we weren't going to get each other anything because we are going to go out to dinner tomorrow night, but my sweet hubby surprised me! I love him so muches of a bunches! (I can be corny, it's Valentine's Day.)

Happy Valentine's Day!

The day started off kind of funny for me. At around 5 am this morning, Maddie starts fussing. I am trying to wake up, but my brain isn't moving fast enough. I look over at the clock and see that it is 5 in the morning. I think to myself, "Oh, she must be getting hungry. Then I jolt out of bed. In my sleepy state I had forgotten that we had fed them at midnight. I thought they had gone 8 hours without eating. I jump out of bed and get Maddie ready, thinking she was going to start bawling. I get Izzie out of John's arms. (Somehow we ended up sleeping with them in our arms again.) And then I remember we had fed them at midnight. Still, five hours was very nice. Especially since they ate, and we all got back in bed. John went to work at 6 like usual, and the girls and I slept until 8.

This morning I was carrying Maddie around in the baby bjorn. It's a different type of baby carrier. I thought it might be easier for John to use. The first time we tried it, she didn't like it, but today she did fine. I put her in the crib when Izzie started crying. Izzie and I did a little dance around the toy room. I think her tummy was hurting her some more. Now both girls are asleep in their crib. Some days it is a matter of one girl after the other. At least those days are better than when they are both upset at the same time. Then I usually have to sit cross legged on the floor. I put one girl in my lap and hold the other one up high in my arms.

About a week ago, the girls became Pacifier Obsessed. The only problem is that they kept falling out. And then they would cry. So we'd stick it back in, they'd suck and it would fall out, they'd cry. Repeat. Repeat a million more times. Repeat a million more times in the middle of the night. You get the picture. So in desperation I posted to my twin board for suggestions. The answer they said was the Wabbanub. The said it was a beanie baby attached to a paci so you can prop it next to them and the weight helps keep it in their mouths. Or they can hug it, to keep it in. I was so excited. I ordered one right away. I checked the tracking every day for a week waiting for it to arrive so sure all my troubles would be over. (Not really, but I was hoping it would help a little bit!) Finally they arrive. The package was suspiciously small. John opens it up, and these itty bitty things fall out. They have no heft to them at all. My disappointment was very evident. But I figured we'd try them out. They are cute when the girls hug them. But as for helping to keep them in their mouth, no improvement whatsoever.

Here's a picture of Maddie with her kitty cat Wabbanub. Followed by a picture of John holding Maddie in the very first outfit I bought for the girls while I was still pregnant. It says, "Daddy is my Hero." Aw... cute.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008


Yesterday I went to my first PAMOM meeting since having the girls. PAMOM stands for Plano Area Mom's of Multiples. So, it was my first time in the New Mom's group! When I was in the Expectant Mom's group I met two new friends. They've had their babies already too, but didn't make it to last night's meeting. It's hard to get away when you have new twins. The topic last night was called "Twin Proofing" they had a safety expert come and show us products designed to baby proof your house. They call it twin-proofing because twins can take baby proofing to a whole new level. I stayed for the twin-proofing topic, the free dinner and the general meeting. I ended up coming home early before the general guest speaker. It was my first time to skip a feeding. That was hard for me. John fed the girls with bottled breastmilk while I was gone. They weren't used to the bottle and he said it took him 40 minutes to take a little over 2 ounces each.

Twin things: It's so much fun having twins. At least when they aren't both crying at you. A lot of times when they are laying side by side in their crib they do the same things at the same time. It is so cute! Like, they will wave their left arms in unison. Also, when they are both crying at the same time, sometimes they both stop at the exact same moment. Which you think is good, until they both start crying again at the same moment.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Cookin' corner

Family is constantly fussing at me for not being able to recreate recipes. You see, I cook on the fly and make it up as I go. I have some "recipes" that I sort of recreate, but ask anyone and you know you'll pretty much never have the same thing twice at my house. It's always a little different. So, my mom is always telling me to write down what I cook. I never do, because I figure I can't keep up with it. I thought about starting a new blog, but John said for me to add a Cookin' Corner to this one for when I feel like adding a recipe.

Last night I made "Cuban." Everyone knows I love Food Network. It's basically my soap opera channel. I watch it every day. The other day one of the chefs made a Cuban meal. I guess it stuck in my mind because at the grocery store I saw a plantain. I've never eaten one, much less cooked with one, but thought I'd try it out. So I made grilled pork chops, fried plantains and black beans. I know it's not authentic without the white rice, but I left that out this time around.

Grilled Pork Chops- Easy enough. I marinated them over night in Tequila Lime Marinade. (Again, not authentic, but it was a Cuban inspired meal.) Put on Grill
Black Beans- Chopped onion, celery & garlic. Spices: cumin & oregano. Add can of Black beans and cook. Smash up some of them for thickness.
Fried Plantains- Cut up and fry.

It was a very easy meal that was fun.

Hanging out

The girls love their swings. Izzie is on the left and Maddie is on the right. Maddie is on the top of the picture, Izzie is on the bottom.
Maddie, then Izzie.

What a wonderful night

What an absolutely, wonderful, perfect night. First of all, the evening when John got home was pretty good. The girls were awake for a good portion of it and were happy, not fussy. We fed them at 9, gave them baths and put them to sleep. Where they fell immediately to sleep!!! It was awesome. They slept for 5 hours and they weren't gassy during that time. They slept peacefully. They both woke up with bad gas, but we were able to help them get rid of it by rubbing their tummies, and bicycling their legs. So we fed at 2am. While we were feeding the thunderstorm started. We had a HUGE thunderstorm. The rain was just pouring down, the lightening was fierce. It was awesome. I love thunderstorms. We put them back to sleep and again, they went right down. They slept for another 3.5 peaceful hours. Again, they woke up with bad gas. John helped me sort that out and feed them, then he took off for work. Us girls decided to try and get just a little more shut eye. Again, they went right down. Now this time, poor Maddie has had tummy hurts the whole time. I've tried rubbing her tummy and rocking her. She's sound asleep, but groaning and grunting the whole time. My poor little angel!

Monday, February 11, 2008


Yesterday I went to my mom's house with the girls while John had some friends over to play D&D. Then we spent yesterday evening over at his Mom's house to celebrate Chris V's b-day. We had a good time and ate some good food. John's Grandma is doing so much better since her pace maker was put in. She has more energy and is feeling better.

Today went pretty well. Last night was another hard night, but the day went smoothly. Maddie slept for most of the morning while Izzie and I played and then the opposite for the afternoon. They haven't been as gassy today. Izzie had one pretty bad spell of it though. I feel so bad when I know their tummy is hurting so badly!

The bad news is that Julie had to go back to the hospital today. She's doing better this evening, but we are all still really worried about her. The good news is that her baby is doing fine, so we just got to get Julie healthy! She's at 32 weeks, and we want to keep her little one cooking a little longer.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Woman vs. Suburbia

Have you ever seen the show Man vs. Wild on the discovery channel? Well today, I was Woman vs. Suburbia. I decided to take the girls out on a walk. The weather is absolutely gorgeous today. It's bright and sunny and crisp. I'm even wearing a short sleeve shirt. Anyway, we get all set up and start on our walk. Then as a spur of the moment thing I decide to check out the new neighborhood. While I was on bedrest the neighborhood expanded. There is a whole new section across the way. So we start walking. And walking. And walking some more. By this time, I'm forced to admit I'm lost in my own subdivision. The streets are all twisty turny, the houses all look the same and I have no orientation as to which way is home. I saw the mail lady down a ways and *almost* asked for directions to get home! But I couldn't bring myself to do that just yet. I did have my cell phone. I figured I could call for help if things got desperate enough. Then when the bumble bee starting following us, I was just about to call it quits. But you can't quit a walk when you don't even know where you are.

Then a wonderful sight. I saw the gazebo of the pool in the distance. Finally! A landmark. Something that didn't look like one cookie cutter house after the other. Keeping that gazebo in my sights I start walking towards it. I end up on a dead end. Exasperated and not willing to lose sight of my beloved landmark, I take another street, slowly and steadily heading towards the gazebo like it's an oasis. Finally I reach my destination. Now, I'm still far away from home, but at least I know where I am! I head on home and with relief look down at my watch. What?? The whole thing was only thirty minutes?? I could have sworn I was out there in the depths of suburbia for at least an hour. Oh well. I got some exercise and the girls got some good fresh air. They didn't know we were lost.

Friday, February 8, 2008

It's Friday already???

This week has gone by in a flash. The girls are now 7 weeks old. I can hardly believe it. Wasn't I pregnant just the other day? I keep saying it but being pregnant for 7 weeks is a LOT different than having babies around for 7 weeks. This week has had ups and downs with the girls. We've been fighting tummy troubles all week with them. Nana had to come over on Tuesday to help hold and soothe the girls. Then Wed and Thursday they were all better. Today it is back to the bad gas. Luckily John chose today to work from home so he's here to help. They've needed to be held all day. Their poor little tummies are hurting some more!

I finally finished the layout for my community newsletter. For those that don't know, I volunteer for the Woodbridge Newsletter committee. I don't do any writing, I do the layout design for the paper. I love doing it. Although I grumble about each time before I start! I've done 6 issues so far and just finished designing the 7th. You can see the first four at this website: I did issues 17-20. For some reason the last few haven't been posted. This issue we increased the paper from 8 pages to 12 pages!

Here are some pictures of the girls first trip to Nana's house.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Quick update

Whew... what a past few days! The girls have had some tummy troubles so I've been dealing with that. Nothing out of the ordinary. Just baby gas, so they've needed a lot of holding and comforting. I spent the day at my Mom's house on Monday with the girls. (Their first trip to Nana's house!) Then Mom came over here yesterday. We did the Toot Poot & Boogie. The poor girls had gas ALL day! So far today they've been fine. I'm trying to work on my community newsletter that I design and put out once a quarter. I haven't had much time for the computer. So, that's what I'm doing this week. When I get finished with that, I'll be able to play Blog more! I have been taking pictures and will post them when I get a chance.

Oh yeah, last night they had their second ever 5 hour stretch! We got some decent sleep! WooHoo!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Another day at Grandma's

Today John and I went over to his mom's house to hang out so she could visit with the girls some. John then went with his dad to Julie's house to help set up the nursery for the new baby. I stayed with Mom and the girls and Sammy. We had a good relaxing time. I actually even got to sit in the hot tub! That was really really nice. Since the weather today was so nice, we loaded the girls in t he "limo" stroller and went with a walk with Sammy around Grandma's neighborhood. Sammy helped push the stroller. Apparently, while I was out in the hot tub, one of the girls started crying. Sammy sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars to her! How cute, wish I could have seen that. We stayed for a yummy dinner and then headed back home. Now it's past my bedtime and I'm sleepy. Yes, I know that this is posted before 8:00pm, but sometimes my bedtime is that early.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Izzie in a baby wrap

This is Izzie's favorite place to be! Right up next to her Momma.

Busy days

The last couple of days have been very busy. I've been going non-stop! I *think* last night I finally caught up on some very needed sleep because I was run ragged. Yesterday evening around 6pm I was ready to turn in. I started crying at the thought of dinner. I ended up eating a bowl of cereal and John had a sandwich. We have some prepared dinners, but I didn't even have the energy to use the microwave!

On Wed, John came home and we spend the evening making Arachini Balls for a Super Bowl Cook Off his office was having on Thursday. Arachini Balls are basically risotto balls stuffed with ham and mozzarella, battered and then deep fried. They take a while to make, but are so delicious! Rolling up risotto isn't easy! But he hopes to win the prize for best overall dish. During all this we were watching the girls, who were being very good! Also, Nana was over visiting and she was playing with the girls too.

Then on Wed night we heard the news that Julie (my sis-in-law) was in the hospital. She's 30 weeks pregnant so we were very scared! Turns out she had to go into emergency surgery that night to relieve pressure from her kidneys. It was a very dangerous risky surgery and we were all scared and hoping for the best. Well, she's okay right now. They've got her in a holding pattern for (hopefully 6-7 weeks) until the baby is born. Then they can find out what caused the problem and hopefully fix it. So yesterday we went to the hospital to visit her. She looks tired (who can blame her?) but seems to be doing okay.

I also got a chance to visit my friend Stephanie who is also in antipartum (right next door to Julie!) She's on hospital bedrest for the duration of her multiples pregnancy. She's having twin boys. I wish I could have stayed to visit both of them longer, but I had to get back home to feed my girls.

When I got home (after the girls got their fill), John stayed and I went out with mom to Home Depot. She has a coupon that expired and I had a gift card I wanted to use. I bought handles for my kitchen cabinets. Then we went to Target to pick up a prescription that I had called in. They said it would take over an hour to fill. I was so upset. (Mostly due to how exhausted I was at this point.) I left the store crying.

Finally got home, got in my jammies, ate my bowl of cereal, fed and bathed my girls and hit the sack. Luckily last night the girls slept really well and John and I got some deep sleep. I feel much better this morning! We figured out that they weren't sleeping well because they had bad gas. Poor munchkins!! We gave them some gas drops (baby antacids) and they felt so much better. They weren't squirming and grunting continuously, and slept very peacefully for the first time in about 3 nights.