Friday, June 30, 2006

Number 7 - My Favorite Memories in Pictures - 1

I absolutely LOVE pictures! I have captured many special moments with the camera. Here are a few...

Jason and I tried to get Abby Kate and Joshua to hold hands. They would never do it for us though. The first night that we were all home together, we had laid the two of them beside each other. Next thing we know, they were holding hands!!! Quick, where is the camera!

Bath Time! They did not care so much for their baths at first. Now we have to pull them out kicking and screaming, "mo baa" (more bath).

Our two little Tennessee Volunteers! No, they do not have any other choices.

Isn't he such a cutie!

Christmas 2004 with our PawPaw and Nana.

Abby Kate at her first birthday party. Do I look like I love cake or what?

I am having such a hard time sorting through all of the pics. More pictures tomorrow.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Number 8 – Book, Momma, Read Book

I love to watch my children look at books. From an early age, Jason and I have read books to them. They are so fascinated with all of the pictures and colors. I treasure each opportunity to snuggle up on the couch and read with them.

Joshua has always been a book lover. He is always bringing us a book to read to him. He patiently asks, “Book, momma, read book.” He especially enjoys the books that have pictures of balls. At the end of the day, every book has been read at least twice.

Abby Kate really gets involved in reading. She loves to turn the pages (sometimes a little too fast, so, we have to speed read) and point out all the objects in the book for me to say aloud. She will bring me a book and hand it to me saying, “Book.” She will then pat my leg until I put her in my lap.

Here’s a list of some of Abby Kate’s and Joshua’s favorite books.
Giggles with Daddy, Kisses for Mommy, Good Night Moon, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Peek a Who?, One Little Duck, Moo, Baa, LaLaLa, God Made You, Ten Little Ladybugs, Maisy’s Colors, Little One, God Loves You, Colors (A Razzle Dazzle Book), Happy Baby Animals, (Touch & Feel) Baseball, My World of Animals, ABC and the Ten Little Monkeys

What books do your little ones like to have read to them?

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

The Morrow Triplets are here!

Our friends Ben and Anna Morrow had their 3 babies tonight. They are all doing very well. Anna made it to a very impressive 31 weeks in her pregnancy. Many prayers have been prayed for this sweet family. Bailey Grace weighed 3lbs. 7 ozs. 15", Noah Andrew 3 lbs. 1 oz. 15" and Abbie Claire came out at 3 lbs. 10 ozs. 17".

How Great is Our God!

Follow their journey on The Morrow Triplets Website.

Number 9 – The Weeks of Colic and the Stomach Bug

This too shall pass…

I know that you are looking at the title and thinking to yourself, how can this be one of her most memorable moments???

Let me explain...

The Weeks of Colic
As many of you know, lots of babies end up going through a colicky period. You may be wondering, what is colic? “Colic is uncontrollable, extended crying in a baby who is otherwise healthy and well-fed. Every baby cries, but babies who cry for more than three hours a day, three to four days a week, may have colic. About 20% of babies get colic, and it equally affects boys and girls, first-born children and those born later. In general, it appears at around two to four weeks of age and can last for three months, or longer in some cases.” Colic Facts

This is the most heart-wrenching thing to watch your child go through. I believe that having a colicky child is even harder on a parent. Jason and I had two colicky babies at the same time!

Times were tough. As soon as Jason would get home from his days at the office, both kids would instantly start crying and it seemed to never end. We tried it all; hair dryer, vacuum cleaner, music, walking around outside. All these methods worked for the first three minutes and then we were faced with more crying.

The worst case of the colicky babies came one weekend in October. Jason was out of town on the Junior High Fall Retreat and I was home (by myself) with the kids. Things were going well until 5:00 pm hit and boy did it! I ended up calling the on-call pediatrician (about 10 times) and Jason came home early from the retreat after much pleading. At one point, I even joined in on all the crying. I don’t really recall much after that.

The Stomach Bug
One night this past spring, I had laid Abby Kate down for the night. Not five minutes after leaving the room, I heard this screaming coming from her room. Jason and I both ran in to check on her. She had thrown up over all of her pjs, sheets and blanket. We instantly picked her up and started getting her out of her nasty pjs, when it happened again. This time Jason was the receiver. I then took Abby Kate to the bathroom to wash her off while Jason changed his clothes. When Jason came back, he took Abby Kate so that I could change her sheets. Once again, Jason was the lucky target. I finally had her bed all made and both Jason and Abby Kate were clean once again. We put her back to bed (what was I thinking?) only to hear the cry (the “I’m about to throw up, so help me, please!” cry). Needless to say, we spent most of the night waiting for the cry and running to the sink. Abby Kate finally drifted off to sleep around 11:30. Around midnight, I was the one running to the bathroom every 5 minutes. Jason and Abby Kate slept right through my whole stomach bug episode. Jason followed me shortly though. We spent most of the day on the couch trying to recoup. Fortunately, Joshua never got the bug. Thank goodness for that!

These are the moments that you never forget. Even though the times were difficult, we always knew that they would pass.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Number 10 – Are they twins?

Joshua and Abby Kate will be 2 in 10 days! Today, I will begin my daily countdown of some of my most memorable moments. Hope you enjoy.

Are they twins?

I am asked this question ALL the time. I want to look at them and say, “No, I was just in labor for like 4 months.” When I finally do tell them that they are in fact twins, they come back with, “No, they are not!” Why do they feel the need to argue with me about this?

I guess that when you have twins, people feel as if they have the right to ask you a million questions. They also like to tell you everyone that they know (family or friend) that has twins. I do not mind the questions or comments from the people that I know. It’s just weird having all these strangers ask you all these questions about your kids. Why do you have the right to know? Can’t you just mind your own business? I know that as a new mother, you are constantly being watched. I love how everyone wants to tell me what is wrong with my children. “Oh, they must be tired.” To that I say, actually they just woke up from a 3 hour nap. They just don’t like strangers!

So one of my top ten favorite memories from the past two years is the question that always gets asked. It annoys me to no end. I have learned to just accept it!

Here are some of my favorite answers to the tiresome questions we always get asked.

1. Yes they are twins.
(They were born on the same day, in the same month and even the same year)
2. No they are not identical.
(He is a boy and she is a girl! They can’t be identical. Some people actually argue with me and tell me that they can be because they have a friend who has boy/girl twins and they are identical).
3. Yes my hands are full, but my heart is overflowing.
(I get this one all the time in Wal-Mart. I usually push the kids in their stroller and drag the shopping cart behind me. My goal is simple, get in, and get out so I can go on about my day).
4. Yes twins do run in the family, they run all over the place.
(Actually they start crawling first and then they run).
5. Yes she is older.
(By like 30 seconds).

Any other crazy questions you've been asked?

My Soapbox

Okay, why is it that I seem to have the ONLY parking space in the entire lot? My case in point...
...Today, I had a lady watch me as I left the doors at Babies 'R Us and traveled all the way to my van. Keep in mind now, that I had one child strapped in the buggy and was carrying the other on my hip. I was pushing the buggy with a case of 140 diapers, my purse, and the diaper bag. This did not seem to deter the woman from putting on her blinker and waiting ever so patiently. I loaded one child, put the diapers in the back of the van, loaded and buckled the other child, ran back to the other side to drop off my purse and diaper bag and strapped that child in. I then proceeded to hand both kids their juice cups and somewhere in there I started up the van. I was then left with the buggy, I ran that back across the parking lot up onto the sidewalk and finally got in the van and backed away. In the time that it took me to load everything into the van, this lady could have parked, gone inside and been back in her car and out of there. Oh, and this same thing happened again about 30 minutes later. What is up with all of that???
(I did have the first parking space!)

Monday, June 26, 2006

Look at us now!

My little Joshua and Abby Kate will be turning two in a little over a week. In honor of the two of them, I thought I would have a countdown to their birthday (day 10 begins tomorrow). I will be counting down ten of my favorite memories from over the past two years. Here’s a glimpse at where we started and where we are now.

Abby Kate (left) and Joshua (right) – 5 days old

Joshua and Abby Kate – present day

“Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him…
…Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.” Psalm 127:3-5

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Double Stuf

I finally decided to join the blogging world. As you know, Jason, my wonderful husband, bought me a computer for my birthday. Not only did he spring for a computer, he got me connected to the wide world of interneting. I guess that I was running out of things to do while on the internet, so I got this wild hair to create my very own blog.

As many of you know, I am a stay at home mom to my twins, Abby Kate and Joshua. They will turn 2 in about 2 weeks!
Ah!!! Two 2 year olds!!! Most of my blogs will be about these two little ones.

So I decided to call my blog Double Stuf. I went through a couple of name ideas before deciding. I tossed around Two Peas in a Pod and The Twin Diaries, but those just didn't do it for me. Why did I settle on Double Stuf? After dinner tonight, Jason and I were discussing some of my blog name ideas over some Double Stuf Oreos...

...when it dawned on me that my life has been "Double Stuffed" over the last two years. For two years now, we've done two of everything. Two babies. Two nurseries. Two baby beds. Two highchairs. Two car seats. Double the dirty diapers. Double the colic. Double the crying. Double the spit ups. Double the tantrums.

But just like Double Stuf Oreos, things are better when doubled. Sure, it's been hard at times, but it's also been double the fun. I've had double the love, double the laughs, double the kisses, double the hugs, and double the joy. Sometimes people see our family at the mall or somewhere and they'll say, "Oh, double trouble!" (Don't get me started on the silly things people say when they see that we have twins. That's a whole different blog!!!) I feel like correcting them and saying, "No, double blessings!" Our lives are so full with these two little ones. We know we've been blessed.

So that's the title of my blog page. I hope that you all will join me as I begin this new blogging adventure!