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Some adorable Siik Bows on my sick kids

25 February 2015

We might be sick here, but at least we're sick in style thanks to Siik Bows .

No, but really. These bows are so cute!
I think they actually kind of look alike in this picture. Yes?
Twinnerz!
I really do love having a baby girl to play dress up with. Headbands/bows are so fun!
They are handmade by Tiffany, and I love them!

One thing I love about her shop is that a portion of the profits are given to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Southern Florida (an organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions) - so sweet!

I'm so thankful that nothing we have going on here is life-threatening, and especially thankful for modern day medicine! I went to three doctor's appointments today. One for Lyla, one for Ryan, and one for myself.

 Lyla's was a follow-up from earlier this week. She got bronchiolitis over the weekend, and it caused her airway to tighten (making it difficult for her to breath) so she is still on the Nebulizer/breathing treatments for another week or so.

They got weighed at the doctor's today...and the heavy weight champion in the 11 week old category goes to.. Lyla-Belle at 12lbs even. Followed closely by her (older by 2 minutes) brother...Ryan-Cole weighing in at 11lbs 14oz!


Yesterday, Ryan started getting the same cough that Lyla had, and he also had a strange rash the past couple of days that started with a patch of dots on his belly that scabbed over 2 days later, and then he has been getting more of these little dots on his legs and I even noticed one on his ear..., so I decided to take him to the doctor as well today. Sure enough, his cough is bronchiolitis too. And the rash? Oh, it's just Chickenpox! Not related to the bronchiolitis at all, just coincidince he has both at the same time. Our pediatrician actually acted kind of excited to see it. Apparently, it's rare these days. He pulled in a few other doctors to come in and look at Ryan's Chickenpox too, and I could hear him talking about it in the hall when we left. We have no idea who he got the Chickenpox from. The Doctor said he most likely got it from somebody 10-14 days ago. Chickenpox is extremely contagious (and tricky, because you are contagious with the Chickenpox before you even know you have it-a few days before the rash appears). Ryan will be contagious until all of the pox have scabbed over (he said about 10-12 more days for Ryan because he is still getting new ones). We will be staying quarantined in our house until then! The doctor said Lyla might not get it (not everybody does) but there's a good possibility that she will. Babies can't receive the chickenpox vaccine until they are 12 months. Kyler had the vaccine so he's good, and Jared and I have already had the Chickenpox too. We just don't want anyone else who hasn't had it... to get it! Ryan is fine, but the doctor said it's important that we keep him away from pregnant women, and other people with immune system problems. So we will be staying at home for the next 2 weeks, to play it safe!

On top of all of this, I had to visit the doctor today too.  I've had Mastitis the past three weeks. I had been trying home remedies, and they would work for a few days, and then I would get sick again. So I finally gave in (I was just tired of being in pain and feeling sick!) and went to the doctor. I got mildly scolded for not coming in sooner haha, but I'm now on antibiotics and on the mend!

I think it's safe to say our house has had its' fair share of sickness for the year. Here's to hoping we all get better quick!

Valentines on Topsail

21 February 2015

We had a great time at the beach with friends last weekend! However, it was FREEZING and I only made it out onto the actual beach once. I honestly can't think of a time that it has ever been that cold and windy there. Oh well, vacation is vacation with this view, right?


The kids had a blast playing together. 

...but lots of friends also equals lots of time-outs. This is by far the best glare I've ever received.

Kyler usually sleeps in the closet at the beach...he calls it "his room" haha. We found him asleep like this one night- as if the closet floor wasn't already comfortable enough.
He would wear those Christmas jamies all day everyday if I would let him. He puts them back on the minute they come out of the dryer.
The sweet babes. 

The twins are 10 weeks old! I love these onesies from TickleMeBabee!

We spent valentines day on Topsail. The kids did a little craft...

...and we had dinner at one of our family's fav restaurants. It was Ryan and Lyla's first time (of many, I'm sure).

I tried to gulp down the pizza as fast as I could so we could make it back in time for the sunset, but we still didn't make it in time. We ended up just going across the street to the boardwalk to let the kids play at the park... which probably ended up being my favorite part of the trip.


Valentines smooch

We rushed home on Monday so that Jared could make it to his evening class at Wake Forest (MBA program) but as soon as we got home, they sent an email out to the student body saying that class was cancelled due to the weather. I was surprised that we actually did get (a tiny bit) of snow/ice.

I took Kyler out sledding on the golf course behind our house, and he loved it! 

This picture doesn't show it, but this little lady, has been pretty fussy lately- she has a little cough :(

Twin bro is always so mellow.
Man they are growing so fast.

Two months!

10 February 2015

These two are 2 months and are starting to smile and coo when we talk to them...oh I LOVE this stage!

 


...and then 2 minutes of picture taking and they were DONE!

Their 2 month check-up went well! Ryan is 11 pounds 4 ounces and Lyla is 10 pounds 13 ounces. Both are 22 inches long. I can't remember the exact head measurements, but Lyla's was 1 cm bigger.
Kyler was hilarious at the appointment and kept trying to tell the doc what to do! Jared had to work, so my friend Kristine helped me out at their appointment and was a life saver! It was so sad when they got their shots....2 screaming babies ahhh!

We played at Sports Connection last weekend with some good friends, and Kyler had a blast! 

Snuck a stalker pic on the way into church on Sunday... love this view :D

Why do dad's always get the best smiles? Pretty sure I'm the one that keeps these two fed everyday haha.
Sock hands everyday ^^

Lastly, check out this cute little anklet on this adorable tiny foot!

I seriously love these little bracelet/anklets. They are adjustable so they are easy to get on and off, and can expand as your baby grows! They are by PrettybyJL ...check it out. She's so friendly and processes and ships orders so quickly! I'm a fan.

Eating meals with twins

04 February 2015

Time is flying by! These two are 8 weeks old!

Sometimes Kyler feels left out when I take pictures of the twins, so I always take a few of him with the twins and by himself too. This one just cracked me up today:

I've been venturing out of the house a little more lately. Mostly for Kyler. He is going stir crazy in the house, and it's still too cold to take the twins outside. We've ventured out to the Mall, Walmart, Kids Play Here, church, and several doctor's appointments. I finally received the results from my abdominal scan, and learned that the pain I was having a month ago was gallstones, but it hasn't been giving me much trouble the past few weeks, so we are going to leave the gallbladder alone- for now. Lyla had an ultrasound done on her hips (standard procedure for breech babies).

Her hip angulation is a little off (they like the angle to be 60 degrees and her's is 53 degrees) so we got referred to a pediatric orthopedic practice, and that doctor said it is nothing to worry about, and we'll just re-check them again in 5 months.

I've ventured out to the gym a few times too (mostly just to get out of the house for a little bit, I get stir crazy staying inside all day). Jared is such a rockstar dad. I came home one day to this (both babies sleeping in his arms) and my heart exploded!


Meal times around here are pretty interesting! This was dinner a few nights ago:
Cutest table center piece I ever did see! (And the most entertaining. And the noisiest.)

Lunch time a few weeks ago... the babies both fell asleep on me and I was starving, but didn't want to wake them up... luckily Jared was home and brought me a grilled cheese sandwich. It reminded me of how I used to use my belly as a table when I was pregnant... now I get to use my babies :D

Kyler loves it when the babies are awake during breakfast time. He can't wait until they can eat real food. This morning he kept telling them that one day they are going to grow big like him and eat toast and bananas for breakfast. Hah. The twins are starting to find him entertaining, and actually look at him and kick their legs when he talks to them.

Also, this is blog worthy... Kyler has (finally) come around to Lyla! For the first few weeks of their life, Kyler was only interested in Ryan. He only wanted to hold Ryan, and any time Lyla would cry he would say something like "Can we take her back to the hospital?" or "Yie Yuh (Lyla) Belle. Stop Crying!". 

Anyways, he loves her too now, and asks to rock her to sleep... precious!

6 weeks/ the twins birth video

21 January 2015



Jared has been back at work for a few weeks now, which means I have been flying solo with 3 kids at home... and it's been going well! It's a lot of work, but I love it, and they are so worth it.

We moved the twins into their own room, and I think we are all getting better sleep this way. I'm a light sleeper, and was waking up to every little squeak and grunt they made in their sleep.

  

The first few nights were a little tough getting them to go back to sleep, but they are learning, and the nightly feeding routine is finally getting a little shorter. We are anxiously waiting for the day when they can go more than 2-4 hours without waking up to eat!

Kyler's imaginary play has really taken off the past couple of weeks! I love that he can entertain himself now (which also entertains me haha).


We pretty much live in pajamas these days...and I'm okay with that! Getting out of the house involves planning around feeding schedules, and pumping...and just when we are ready to get in the car one (or both) of the twins almost always spits up all over their clothes or poos and needs to be changed...kinda funny. It takes a good half an hour just to get everyone buckled into the car. We did make it out of the house to go to the doctor on Monday though. I hate going to the doctor with the babies, because I'm a germaphobe and am paranoid they'll get sick, but so far everyone is healthy :)

The twins 6 week checkup went well! Ryan is 9 pounds 10oz and Lyla is 9 pounds 6oz. Both 25%. They are still in newborn diapers, and mostly newborn sized clothes, but we are starting to break out a few 0-3 month outfits too.

  

One Month

10 January 2015


        
Waaaaaaa! {me crying} This month went by way too fast! I already miss it. They are growing so quickly, and look so different everyday. I wish I had their one month stats, but their pediatrician is busy/popular and couldn't work them in for another 10 days. 

We packed up the car and headed to the beach to spend new years with my brother and his fam! The twins did great on the drive, but I had a "referred pain from the c-section" (severe upper abdominal and back pain) episode in the car, which wasn't pleasant at all. I'm starting to think the "referred pain" as my doctor called it is something else. Maybe gallstones or a stomach ulcer or something (thanks google) bahah. No but really, it's weird. It only happens at night time (and random nights at that) and the pain is completely gone an hour or so later. I have a doctors appointment next week, so hopefully we can find out what it is!

Topsail was beautiful (as always) and it was nice to get some fresh air!


We haven't taken the twins out in public much yet (trying to avoid that darn flu!) so the beach was our first time out in "public" (and you can see how empty that beach is) with the twins. Pretty much EVERYONE stopped us to ooo and aaaw over the babies and ask questions about them. One lady was walking by and said "Are those REAL babies?!" haha uhhhh no we are holding dolls actually.



I barely stayed awake for new years. Courtney snapped this pic of us looking at some distant fireworks, and cuddling Lyla (who was being a night owl) in between us.

Also, we had a lunch date in Wilmington...

...and uncle Calvin built a fire for s'mores.

...and we had plenty of sand playing time.



Aunt Courtney took some unplanned family pictures of us at the beach, and I'm so appreciative of that! I seriously LOOOOVE them! I was lucky that I even brought some "real clothes" to the beach. I figured we might go out to dinner or something while we were there. I was 3 weeks postpartum and had been living in PJs the whole time.  Anyway, you've probably seen a million on my FB, but I'm going to post a few (lot) more on here, just because!







Oh and Courtney also took these a few weeks ago-- Just realized I didn't post them on here. The twins already look SO different now!


Love, LOVE my sweet family!
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