Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Joe and I started the girls off on their first Halloween by carving two pumpkins last night. The girls were our inspiration for our carvings. I carved a cat in my pumpkin because Abby is a black cat for tonight and Joe did a scary pumpkin face because Chloe is a pumpkin tonight. I think Joe's pumpkin would scare the girls if they knew what a pumpkin was, but we had a great time carving.
I would already have some pictures up of the girls in their Halloween outfits but Abby had a spit-up incident this morning in hers and it had to be washed. And by spit-up incident I mean she spit-up her entire feeding all over both of us this morning. It was not fun for either of us. It is currently in the dryer getting ready for tonight. Stay tuned for those pictures!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Yummy Pumpkin Bread

Yesterday I baked this awesome pumpkin bread. I got in the mood on Saturday but didn't get around to making it until yesterday. I'm not sure why I didn't have the time until then...not two little cuties taking up all my time:) Anyway, the recipe was delicious! I changed the recipe just a bit and it turned out great. First I changed the serving from 36 to 12. It's easy to change the serving because the site does the work for you. Making three loaves is way too much for Joe and I so I just made one. Next I did not measure out my pumpkin, I just added a whole small can of the stuff. Finally I baked it in my bread machine on the bake only program for 1 hour. It was moist and oh so yummy, but the funny thing is I can't stand pumpkin pie but I love pumpkin bread. I think it has something to do with the consistency of pumpkin pie.

Monday, October 27, 2008

What I'm Loving Right Now...

I received the Flip Video as a baby shower gift from my sisters and bro-in-laws and at the time I knew nothing about it. Now Joe and I are totally addicted to taking awesome videos of everything from our girls to the cat. Taking videos is fun but what really rocks is how easy it is to download and share these videos with our family and friends. If you are thinking about getting one of these, I would highly recommend it. And for those who don't know what the Flip video should go find out and then get yourself one!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

It's Starting to Feel like Fall Here!

We've been having some gorgeous weather here in Northeast Florida. By gorgeous I mean lows in the 50's and highs in the low 70's. You know it is starting to feel like fall in Florida when you can turn off the air conditioning and open the windows, even if it's only for a week or so. I really got into the spirit of Halloween and Fall while my big sis Sarah was here. She helped me get out my decorations from the shed and make my house festive for the season. I didn't realize how much I missed decorating. You see, this was a huge part of my job as an activities director for the assisted living facility. We always decorated the building for every holiday. And by every holiday I mean every holiday and when you do it so much at work it becomes tedious. I really missed that part of my job and just didn't realize it. Here is a pic of the wreath I made and hung on the front on my house.

Growing, Growing, Growing....

On Tuesday evening, I gave the girls their first "big girl bath". By "big girl bath" I am referring to their bath tub. Up until Tuesday we had been giving the girls their bath on the kitchen counter on a towel more like a sponge bath. But on Tuesday I decided it was time to try out their bath tub, and it worked perfectly. Chloe was first and she seemed to really like it. She didn't cry at all and actually almost smiled when I poured the water over her for the first time. Abigail was second and was not thrilled at all. She was hungry and was letting me know as well as the mesh they lay on was now wet and cold from Chloe's bath. Once I poured the warm water over Abigail she seemed to enjoy it much better. All in all bath time in the big girl tub went great.

The girls have grown so much since their birth. I have had to pack up most of the preemie clothes because they have out grown them. Abigail weighs 9 lbs. 4 1/2 oz. and Chloe weighs 7 lbs. 13 oz. Abigail is wearing the 0-3 months size and Chloe wears the newborn and some 0-3 months. With the cooler weather we've been having I've enjoyed dressing the girls in their footy PJ's. My absolute favorite is their Winnie the Pooh sleepers with Pooh hand covers. They are so soft and comfy. The girls love them too!

Sleep is not readily available in our house unless you are a baby. This is a picture of the girls sleeping in this morning around 10:30am. They look so adorable in the double bassinet our friend Carey let us borrow. Thank you so much Carey. The girls love it and it is nice to have them in the bedroom with us for the next few months!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Long Time No Post...

Just in case you were wondering...yes we are still here. I unfortunately have not had much time to post anything and/or have not been inspired in what to write about. Between the feeding schedule and exhaustion of caring for twins, the days seem to fly by and time runs together. We have had lots of family visiting and I welcome all the help I can get from them. This week my sister Sarah and bro-in-law Laszlo have been visiting. We've had lots of good times visiting and of course I will be sad to see them go on Sunday.

The girls are doing great these days! They are changing daily and they have gained so much weight since their birth! Abby weighs 8lb. 13oz. and Chloe weighs 7lb. 6oz. I can't wait for them to smile at me. They have smiled mind you but it is usually after the release of gas or something like that.

I will post more soon....Chloe is calling to be fed:)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

6 Week Follow-up

I had my 6 week folow-up appointment at the OB-GYN today. I recieved the all clear to return to my normal activity.
Here is my first picture holding both girls!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

All Dressed Up & No Place to Go...

I got the girls all dressed up today in their adorable skirt outfits handmade by their Grandma Nichols! The girls had cute little shoes on for the very first time. I got them out of the closet today because they are so tiny I knew if I did not use them now they would soon out grow them. We actually did have one place to go, the pediatricians. Chloe had a 2 week follow-up appointment. This appointment was to track her weight gain to make sure she is gaining enough. She passed with flying colors. The goal was for her to gain a half ounce to an ounce a day and she gained 15 1/2 ounces over 15 days. Chloe now weighs 6 lbs. 3oz. and Abby weighs as of Saturday (we weigh them on bath days) 7 lbs. 4 oz. Tonight is bath night so I haven't weighed Abby today yet.

This has been a busy week of appointments. Chloe had two- pulmonologist and pediatricians and I have my 6 week follow-up at the OB-GYN. Chloe is still on her monitor for another 2-3 weeks per the pulmonologist. She said Chloe was doing great but it is standard procedure to keep them on for 2-3 weeks after their due date (which was this past Saturday). We only have to keep her plugged into the monitor when she is sleeping. We will be so happy when she is done with that.

Everything else is fine here. This is my first week without any help during the day and it is going well. Joe and I are exhausted most days but who wouldn't be with two.