Saturday, October 2, 2010

More pictures

Boy 2 at 5 weeks with eyes open

Boy 2 at 5 weeks with eyes open

Boy 2 at 5 weeks

Boy 1 at 5 weeks

Boy 2 on left, Boy 1 on right at 5 weeks

Boy 1 on left, Boy 2 on right at 3 weeks

All 4 kiddos - Boy 1 on top, Boy 2 on bottom, Blessing on left, Joy on right

Boy 1 on left and Boy 2 on right (7 weeks)


Baby Boy 1 (just home from hospital)

Baby Boy 2 (just home from hospital)

Baby Boy 1 on left, Baby boy 2 on right 

Me, less than 24 hours before delivery

My 2 girls and myself (less than 24 hours before delivery)

Almost 7 weeks...already!

Greetings all!

So sorry it has taken me so very long to get this information to you!  It has been a crazy 6 weeks with a huge life adjustment (every new addition has been an adjustment - this one more of a challenge)!  I have barely had 10 minutes to myself lately - but today, I finally do, so I thought I would update everybody!

Here is a journal entry I did the night before I headed to the hospital...

Only 30 minutes until nothing to eat or drink, which is fine as my tummy is very unstable due to nerves. However, I have been so thirsty tonight...

So, today has been a day full of blessings and just enjoyable memories. We went to church today and enjoyed worship. Our pastor talked about being salt and light and is challenging us to live out our faith. After church we went to McDonalds to treat our girls. We wanted to do something special for them on our last day as a family of 4. We wanted them to know that we love them tremendously! McDonalds was horrible, though. The girls didn't know the difference - but poor service, no ketchup or straws, and the food was not very good today...oh I said, it is about the experience!

After McDonalds, we went to Reiman Gardens. We had only about an hour, but it was amazing. They have a butterfly atrium that houses butterflies from all over the world. It is a beautiful place with butterflies flying all over! My girls absolutely loved it. We then went out onto the main garden area (over 14 acres of flower gardens) and walked around and took pictures. We took pictures of my tummy, the girls alone, the girls and I, and the girls and daddy. It was a great experience on a perfect day - low 80's and low humidity! Beautiful! The girls didn't want to leave but we had to get my husband to work. We dropped him off at work around 2 and told the girls we would have to go back to the gardens sometime so they could enjoy it more - they understood.

We got home and took a nap. My youngest slept in her bed after some extra cuddle time and my oldest napped in my bed with me. I enjoyed the extra cuddles and extra time spent reading to her! After our nap, we played, or rather the girls played, ants in the pants. They laughed and laughed and it was music to my ears. I got supper around for them (I didn't eat as my tummy was really upset - nerves). After supper, we loaded into the van and I took them to where they are staying while I am in the hospital. The drop-off went very smoothly and I haven't received a call yet, so am assuming they went to bed alright! It was difficult, but not as hard as I had anticipated - God has really given me a peace tonight!

I came home and have been enjoying peace and quiet and trying to avoid phone calls - just to enjoy time with the Lord and myself. I ate dinner, relaxed by playing the piano, finished laundry and dishes, and have finished packing. I am going to go get a bath and shave my legs (well, what I can reach of them - HA) and then head to bed. I probably won't sleep well, but at least will be in bed! I have to leave the house around 4:45 tomorrow morning. My husband is sleeping at the hospital (he works there) so he will meet me in the main lobby in the morning!

So, that was the night before.  Now, onto the rest of the story...

I arrived at the hospital on time and was greeted by my husband.  We unloaded and took everything up to our room on the maternity floor.  Once there, the menagerie of questions began and the pre-op drill began.  We were teasing the nurse, but she really had no sense of humor, so it became very boring quickly.  They were ready for me a few minutes early, so we headed to the c-section room.  Everything went well with the spinal block and the procedure began.  At 7:48 AM, our 1st baby boy was born. He was 7 pound 11 ounces and 19.5 inches long.  At 7:49 AM our 2nd baby boy was born.  He was 6 pounds 9 ounces and 19.5 inches long.  They were taken to the NICU for their initial exams. The procedure ended around 8:40 AM and I went to recovery.  Around 9:45 AM I was taken back to my room and met the boys for the first time.  It was very precious! We spent 4 days at the hospital and made it home around 6:30 pm on Thursday, August 19. Our girls returned to us on Friday afternoon, after we arrived back from taking the boys to a doctor appointment (a weight and jaundice check). 

So...7 weeks have passed (almost), and I am maybe starting to adjust a little bit.  I average about 4 hours of sleep a night (broken up into 1.5 to 2 hour chunks).  I am really hoping that they start sleeping longer chunks of time!  Nursing has been tough, but they are still getting mamma milk - via pumping and bottle.  They are growing like crazy - Boy 1 is now over 11 pounds and Boy 2 is right around 10 pounds!  So crazy how fast they grow. They both have their own personalities and are cute as buttons!  The girls have adjusted fairly well and love their brothers so very much!

Well, I am going to upload some pictures on a new post for everyone and then try to enjoy the rest of my alone time - all 4 children are sleeping!  What am I doing awake???  ;-)