Sunday, February 19, 2017

Welcoming a Little Rookie!

I had the privilege of planning Laura's baby shower, and it was SO fun to put together a baseball themed party to welcome baby Cooper!




My sweet sister-in-law was kind and gracious enough to let me host the shower at her house {#becausetwins}. And because she is amazing, she made the desserts. And when you ask Lindsay to make cupcakes OR cookies, she makes both. And they're AWESOME. Since it was an afternoon shower, we had a few snacks...the appropriate shower fruit, veggies, and cheese/crackers. But to stay on theme, we had peanuts, popcorn, Cracker Jacks, Baby Ruths, and Big League Chew :)



See! Lindsay is SO talented. They look good, and they taste awesome!

 We had a few fun activities for shower guests to enjoy {and ultimately bless Laura and Cooper!} I didn't get a photo of it, but I also had guests "autograph" a baseball bat as a fun memento.

Bib making station...complete with adorable bow ties :)


Writing messages on diapers...classic.

We also had a photo booth...because why not? :) I thought it would be a fun way to get some cute photo memories for Laura.


Even this cutie got in on the photo booth fun :)



We had so much fun, and I am SO excited for my sweet friend. I cannot wait to meet and love on sweet baby Cooper!


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Baby Loves

These baby loves were patient with me while I dressed them up and made them participate in a mini Valentine's photo shoot :)


A few things I have learned about trying to take photos of these two:
  • It's almost impossible to get them to both look at the camera at the same time. And if it happens, usually only one or neither are smiling. Or someone is drooling.
  • Maddie is always confused when Eli touches her hand.
  • Eli hates wearing pants.
  • They are my absolute favorite.

But they are just so darn cute, that I can't help myself. And so they will continue to be subjected to these photo shoots for as long as I can help it. I'll keep telling myself that they will be more in to it when they're older :)




Happy Valentine's Day!



Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Photo Every Hour :: Birthday Edition

Look at me, blogging a little more consistently :)  We have been working on sleep training...and I feel like we might be getting our lives back! Seriously, Eli and Maddie have done so well with it; there's hope for some real sleep!

Anyway...yesterday I turned 32. I don't have a problem turning 32, but how on earth did I get to be 32?? It's like I blinked, and all of a sudden, I am the age that I used to think about when I was in my young twenties as so far away. Like, when you turned 32, you were a real life adult or something. For the record, I don't feel old, or even like a real life adult haha. But apparently I am now. Officially ;)

My birthday was a good day. The last few birthdays have been difficult, as they seemed to be clicking by while we were waiting on our babies. So yesterday was that much more special, because I got to wake up and be a mom to 2 precious, happy babies. That alone would have been more than enough, but the birthday blessings just poured in. And I am so thankful. 32 is shaping up to be pretty awesome so far.

I thought I would do a little "Photo Every Hour" to walk you through my day. It was a good one :)

six.
I checked the monitor to see that babies were still sleeping nice and soundly. And yes, that temperature says 69. In Erin-World, freezing. The sacrifices you make for your babies to sleep well...

seven.
Mike heads off to work pretty early, so I decided to do a little reading before babies woke up.

eight.

I mean...come on! When you get to spend your birthday with these 2 cuties, what more could you ask for?? 

nine.
Babies went down for their morning nap, so I worked on some laundry. Yes, even on my birthday. It is never ending. How do such tiny people produce so much laundry??

ten.
Babies were still sleeping {which doesn't always happen!}, so I decided to work on some reports that I needed to get done for the bank.

eleven.
I got to work for a few minutes on a few items for Laura's baby shower this month! Getting really excited about celebrating her and baby Cooper!

twelve.
I got a fun cookie delivery for my birthday from my sweet husband. Who doesn't love warm cookies delivered to your front door?

one.
My brother was sweet to bring over lunch and hang out. My choice? Panera, of course! Yum!

two.
Lindsay dropped off a birthday cake! She is always so sweet to think of me and bake yummy treats for me :)

three.
As part of our embryo adoption process, we have to provide post-birth updates every quarter for the first year. So Eli and Maddie were due for their 3 month update. It was such a blessing to reflect back over the last 3 months and put on paper how much they have grown. 

four.
Mike surprised me by coming home early...and he came bearing jewelry! He bought me this snowflake pendant {along with another one with light blue jewels, one for each baby!} I love them so much!

five.
Family walk around the neighborhood! Eli and Maddie are still not too sure about the stroller ride outside...they both are pretty stoic the whole time. But it's fun to get out and get some fresh air!

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I didn't get any more photos for the rest of the evening, but our evenings now consist of feeding babies dinner, bath time, and bed time routines. They are down by 7:30 now, so that allows me and Mike to have some time together in the evenings, which is SO nice {that hasn't been the case the past 3 months}. Even with all of it, I am still in bed and asleep by about 8:30 or 9 haha. I am going to soak up all the sleep I can right now!

Overall, it was a fantastic birthday, and I look forward to what the rest of this year holds :)


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Visit from Grandma!

This past week, my mom came into town to visit. It was such a blessing to have her here...to have the extra hands to help while Mike was at work, and just to have Grandma around to make things more fun! Unfortunately, Grandpa wasn't able to make this trip, but they will both be back up for a visit at the end of the month. We love being able to soak up as much grandparent time as possible!

I loved being able to capture some of these sweet moments, and I am so thankful for my mom. My babies have such amazing grandparents {on both sides of the family}, and we are just so thankful for how much they love on our babies.

Playing with a fun new toy

Reading books

On Saturday, my brother came over, and Eli and Maddie also got some good uncle time. They sure do love their Uncle Michael! It's so fun to see him with the babies :)



While my brother, my mom, and Mike wrangled the babies, I got to sneak away for a few hours to enjoy some baby-free time. I was able to run a couple of errands and get a pedicure with Laura. Not going to lie...it was really nice. I am really thankful to my sweet husband for making that happen. But as much as I enjoyed my time away, I missed my babies and was all too ready to get back home to them :)


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Eli + Maddie :: 3 Months



Eli & Maddie, 

We have hit 3 months with you, little loves! It's so crazy to look back over the last 3 months and see how much you have changed since we brought you home. While we are still in the bleary-eyed exhausted stage, and some days are really hard to know how best to give you both all that you need, we just love to see your little personalities develop. You are starting to discover more of your world, and it's so fun to see you process it all. You both have found your voices and "talk" all the time. Mama is learning how to give herself grace, and it makes all the difference when you break out into your adorable little smiles. We love you so much, and can't wait to see what the next month brings!

Love,
Mama


E L I J A H      W I N N



Stats :: 12.8 pounds

Loves :: the stuffed lion on your play mat, kicking your legs, morning "talks" with daddy

Dislikes :: hiccups*, being swaddled, losing your pacifier

Eat :: because of your reflux, you need to be fed in a more upright position. and since you both started wanting to eat at the exact same time, we got reclining/adjustable high chairs to help with that. that works out really well most of the time, and you are so good and patient to wait your turn while I am burping your sister. your little appetite is finally growing a little bit, though we are still working on getting you up to speed with your sister.

Sleep :: oh sleep...at the beginning of the month, you started sleeping a longer stretch for us after we take baths and put you down for the night! we still had to help you back to sleep a few times, but you went about 7 hours from your night feed and your first morning feed {which translates to about 5 hours of actual sleep}! but then you decided that you hated your swaddle SO much that sleep became all that much more elusive. you are still napping in 1 to 2 hour increments during the day, but we're getting ready to start some new routines that will hopefully have you sleeping better soon!

Play/Development :: your moro reflex is still strong, so we're hoping that just disappears overnight soon {ha!} when you are focused, you have good, strong head control, but otherwise you can still be a little bobblehead. your fists are still tightly closed, so you are not grasping for things quite yet. your hearing and vision are improving, and you like listening to music. you rock tummy time and hold your head up well, but you don't love being on your tummy and have figured out how to roll onto your back.

Unique to You :: baby boy, you have eyelashes for days! they are so long and absolutely heart-melting. you are an absolute wiggle worm- you move NON-stop. when we lay you on your back, you look like a dying bug, the way that you flail your arms and legs about haha. it makes me wonder what kind of energy you will have when you are actually mobile...your moro reflex is out of control, and we are definitely ready for that to be a thing of the past! you discovered your feet first and will spend long periods of time staring at them. oh, and when you get sad, you stick out your bottom lip to make the most adorable little pouty face.




M A D E L I N E      G R A C E



Stats :: 15 pounds

Loves :: "talking" to the stuffed giraffe on the bouncer seat {seriously- you tell him everything haha}, sticking out your tongue, when Daddy bicycles your legs

Dislikes :: hiccups*, going to sleep, the swing

Eat :: when we put your bib on to eat, you get super excited because you know what's coming. you ball up your fists around your mouth and get a big old smile on your face. because of your brother's reflux and since you both started wanting to eat at the exact same time, we got reclining/adjustable high chairs to help with that. that works out really well most of the time, and you are so good and patient to wait your turn while I am burping your brother. but man, little girl, can you EAT! haha- sometimes I wonder if you will ever stop! ;)

Sleep :: you have some serious FOMO {fear of missing out}. you fight sleep like it's no one's business, and we think it's because you just don't want to miss any of the fun! but once you are actually asleep, you sleep pretty well. following your brother's lead, you started sleeping a longer stretch for us after we take baths and put you down for the night! we still had to help you back to sleep a few times, but you would go about 7 hours from your night feed and your first morning feed {which translates to about 5 hours of actual sleep}! and then your brother started waking up more often during the night, and so did you. you are still napping in 1 to 2 hour increments during the day, but we're getting ready to start some new routines that will hopefully have you sleeping better soon!

Play/Development :: your moro reflex is fading a bit, but you can still startle yourself awake sometimes. you have much better neck control and even enjoy sitting up in mama's lap {with assistance, of course}. you are starting to swat at toys, but haven't quite got the whole concept of grasping down yet. your hearing and vision are improving, and you like listening to music. you rock tummy time and hold your head up well, but you don't love being on your tummy and have figured out how to roll onto your back.

Unique to You :: you have graduated to size 2 diapers...what?? you started doing this weird thing where you lick my neck {??} I know you're hungry, but it kind of weirds me out haha! you were the first to discover your hands, staring intently at them for long periods of time. I don't think you have discovered that you have 2 hands yet, but that will be fun to see that realization from you.



*or is it Mama and Daddy that dislike the hiccups so much?? seriously, they come at the most inconvenient times and last forever...