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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Pregnancy Brain???

Several of my really close friends were pregnant at the same time that I was. We would often talk about all the crazy things we did while we were pregnant. I guess this is commonly called pregnancy brain, I don't think we made that up, but who knows. That inability to remember is one of the symptoms! I am just wondering when pregnancy brain resolves itself. I haven't been pregnant for six months now but I am still showing symptoms of this common ailment. I have done three extremely nutty things in the last week or so.

Incident #1
First of all, I was giving the girls baths last week. I just recently started putting their little bathtub up on the kitchen counter because my back has really been hurting and I was tired of bending over the side of our bathtub when bathing them. I gave Ellie her bath with no mishaps but when it was Gracelyn's turn the pregnancy brain kicked in. I drained Ellie's bath water and started refilling the tub. It seemed to be filling a little slower than it had for Ellie but I didn't give it much thought. After I got Gracelyn in and started bathing her I noticed that I hadn't put enough water in the tub so I started adding a little more. About that time I started noticing a splatter at my feet. I looked down and there was water running off the counter all over the floor. The entire counter was wet--even under the toaster oven and a small oscillating fan (both of which WERE plugged in). I quickly unplugged the toaster oven and fan and pulled out all my kitchen hand towels and tried to mop up the mess. Come to find out, I had not plugged the stopper back in the bottom of the tub when I started refilling it.

Incident #2
It is a good thing that Ellie and Gracelyn don't have dirty diapers in the middle of the night very often. Night before last, Gracelyn woke me up while dirtying her diaper. I lugged myself out of bed and proceded to change her. When I was finished and went to pick up the diaper to roll it up and take it to the trash I realized it was open, upside down, on my comforter....Nice!

Incident #3
Last night I thought I was getting soooo prepared for church this morning. I got the girls' dresses ironed, socks and bows layed out, water, formula, and bottles in the diaper bag, and bottles made for this morning so we didn't have to do it when we woke up. Well, this afternoon after we used everything that had been prepared from last night, Ellie got ready to eat. She is very vocal when she is ready! I went into the kitchen figuring I would just make up a couple of bottles real quickly. I noticed ALL the bottles were dirty in the sink (I don't know who would have done that?!?!?!). I asked Dave to come and help me by mixing the formula while I washed the bottles. He came into the kitchen and opened the can of formula only to find about two scoops worth of powder left in the bottom. I REALLY don't know who would have done that!!! He made a quick trip to the local grocery store to buy a small can that ended up costing about twice what we would have paid at walmart or target. Nevertheless, the crisis was averted, both girls were fed and all was right with the world once again.

I have heard that once you have been afflicted with pregnancy brain you never fully recover. This could be a problem because it seems worse now than it was when I was pregnant. Maybe I should try to think of a new name for this condition!

Since I don't want to post without pictures I just crept into the nursery to take a few. Tonight is the first night that both girls have slept in the nursery together. They were sleeping in the same crib in our room until Gracelyn really started rolling over about a week ago. Since then, Dave has been sleeping on the floor in the nursery with one girl and I have slept in our room with the other. We moved the crib from our room into the nursery tonight. We will see how it goes. It has been harder for me than either of the girls! I am still a little concerned because they are still having some reflux and E still gags on it sometimes. Neither girl is choking like they used to, though. G has also started sleeping on her stomach. She will roll over and sleep for a while but then get tired of it or uncomfortable and want to be on her back but she isn't as good about rolling to her back so she will bury her face in the mattress, nose completely squished, and fuss. The pediatrician was a little concerned when I talked to her about it, but there really isn't too much we can do short of bringing her into bed with us, which isn't an option for us. I really think she will be fine, but it still worries me a little.

Gracelyn has not put herself to sleep yet. She is getting there but when she saw me come into the room she just stopped and stared.

Ellie, already sleeping. So peaceful!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Catch up!

Man, I didn't realize just how much my mom helped me out until she was gone! I am busy from the time I get up until the girls go to bed at night. I feed babies, do laundry, wash bottles, feed babies, fold laundry, wash bottles, grab something quick for lunch, feed babies....You get the idea. I have a few minutes here and there to get on the computer check email or look at a couple of blogs that I faithfully follow, but it is hard to find the time to get my own blog updated. So sorry to those few who follow us faithfully. I haven't been giving you much to follow lately, but I am working on it. I am going to try to catch you up on what we have been doing the last few weeks. I can't believe I have been out of school for three weeks already!!

Gracelyn and Ellie are growing up so fast! They have started rolling over. Gracelyn, especially, just rolls and rolls day and night. She is so funny about it, too. She insists on rolling to her tummy every chance she gets, but still has a hard time rolling from her tummy to her back so she gets really frustrated when she decides she want to be on her back again. I will help her roll over but she immediately rolls back on her tummy. She just likes to make sure I stay busy during the day. She would absolutely hate for me to get bored!

Gracelyn just being cute.

I thought this was so funny. Look at Ellie's legs on top of Gracelyn's. When I laid them in the pack 'n play they were laying next to each other. Ellie just scooted around until she got her legs over to Gracelyn then they just talked and talked with each other.

I have taken the girls up a couple of times to eat lunch with Dave. These pictures are from our second visit. We just had a picnic in the grass at the tennis courts.

Dave holding Gracelyn and Ellie.

Gracelyn loving it outside!


Ellie and her Daddy playing.

Ellie and Gracelyn turned 6 months old a little over a week ago. I tried to get some pictures of them on their half birthday. I am afraid this is only the beginning of the drama we may experience with these two! In this first picture, I was a little too slow grabbing the camera to catch Ellie trying to "help" Gracelyn with her bow.

What???? I didn't do anything. Really....

Give me that bow. I will just take it myself!

Mom, aren't you going to do anything to stop this?


Really, I didn't do anything!

We went to the pediatrician Thursday and things are looking good. Gracelyn is an "ideal" 6 month old size wise and developmentally. She has caught up to normal 6 month olds; normal being full-term. Ellie is still a little small, but she is growing well so the pediatrician is not concerned. Gracelyn now weighs 15 pounds, 14 ounces and is 26 inches long. Both of which put her in the 50th percentile for 6 month olds. Ellie weighs 13 pounds, 9 ounces and is 25 1/2 inches long. She is in the 15th percentile in weight and the 50th percentile for height. It still amazes me how well Ellie and Gracelyn have grown considering how early they were born. I guess that's the power of prayer!!

We went to the cardiologist last week to check Ellie's PDA. We were hoping it had fixed itself, but, unfortunately, it hasn't. It is very small and Dr. H doesn't seem very worried. We are not even going back in to have her checked until Ellie is about 3 years old. There are a few symptoms we will have to keep an eye open for between now and then, but the doctor doesn't really expect us to start having problems now. We had thought that if it hadn't fixed itself by the time she was a year old they would go in and close it through surgery. Apparently, since it is so small and she hasn't had any problems so far, they are hoping that by giving it a couple of extra years it still might heal on it's own. I guess that gives us two more years to pray about it!!

We ate real "food" for the first time today! Well, I guess if you call rice cereal real food. It was definitely an experience! I think Dave and I had more fun than Ellie and Gracelyn, though.

Gracelyn's first bite. Hum, what is this stuff???

Ohhhh, we are going to have some fun with this stuff!

Daddy feeding Gracelyn. Doesn't he look like he is having fun!!

Yuck! I will not eat another bite....

Ok, just one more.

Ellie's first bite. She wasn't too sure about it.

Ugh, what is this stuff?!?!

Um, maybe it is OK.

Hey, let's try this again tomorrow!

Monday, June 22, 2009

We Miss You, Grammy!!

My mom came and stayed with us when I went back to work in April. She kept Ellie and Gracelyn for 2 months. Having her here was such a blessing to Dave and I. Not only did our girls not have to be put in daycare, which was something I was worried about because they were born so early, but they had someone keeping them who cherished every minute. Everyday when I left for work I knew that they were loved, played with, changed when they needed it, taken for walks, all kinds of great things. I know the two months they spent with their Grammy helped Ellie and Gracelyn be the easy going, happy babies that they are today. We are so thankful that my mom stayed with us and took care of our precious girls.
Grammy with Ellie and Gracelyn the morning she left.

Grammy with Gracelyn the night before she went home.

Grammy with Ellie on Easter.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Busy, busy

We have been staying pretty busy around here lately! I am wrapping up the school year--my last one for awhile (hopefully forever)! I have a half day tomorrow with my students and then Friday is a work day. I will miss my kids, but I AM READY TO BE FINISHED! I can't wait to get to stay home with Ellie and Gracelyn all the time!

Dave's parents came to visit a couple of weekends ago. Here they are holding Gracelyn and Ellie. We had fun spending time with them! We wish they lived closer so we could see them more often!!

How cute are these onesies?!?!?! My mom got them for me before we found out we were having two girls. When Ellie and Gracelyn first came home from the hospital I remember thinking that there was no way they would fit the girls at 6 months. I thought they would probably be wearing them in the fall. That was before I realized how fast these two little girls were going to grow!!

I have been trying to get the girls to spend a little more time on their tummies lately. When we first started putting them on their tummies they would both just put their faces flat on the floor and whimper. They have both gotten stronger and are able to hold their heads up for a few minutes at a time while on their tummies. Gracelyn is a little better at it than Ellie right now. Here is my big girl showing off how strong she is!

My mom has been keeping the girls since I have been back at work. They love their Grammy and I am SO thankful that she has been here. Her parents and one of her sisters came for a visit yesterday. It was really nice that they were able to come for the day. They stayed long enough for me to get to spend some time with them after I got off work. Here is my granma with Ellie. Then my granpa with Gracelyn and Aunt Janice with Ellie. It was so nice to see all of you. I will give you a call sometime this summer and come for a visit!!

Here are some more sleeping pictures. My sister, the girl's Aunt Jill, gave them these blankets. They are completely attached! They like to cuddle up with their blankies anytime they are going to sleep. They will be squirmy and fussy one minute, but as soon as those blankies touch their faces, their eyes will start to get droopy and they will usually be asleep within minutes.