Saturday, August 18, 2012

First Birthdays

Since the babies seemed to be doing well after their shots last Friday, we managed to make it to our friends Jon and Tracey's house Saturday morning to celebrate their daughter Callie's 1st birthday. The twins first birthday party!!! They did pretty well, but tired out quickly so we headed home to nap the afternoon away. 

{the birthday girl callie}

{loved her cupcake}


{impossible to take a good picture of the two of them together}

{after her mini melt-down}

Tuesday was my 27th birthday and my first birthday as a mommy... CrAzY!!!! Looking back, I never would have imagined my life looking like it does. I am so glad that the Lord tell us in Isaiah, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." He knew exactly what I would need at this point in my life. And now, I couldn't imagine life looking any differently. An unbelievably selfless and loving husband, two adorable children, and an incredible family and group of friends. 

During the day, my sweet friend Christina, who just had a baby girl several weeks ago, treated me to froyo at Yogurt Mountain, and then Mattie Rose, James, and I walked over to Carter's to find something for them to wear for pictures next month. While we were there, two women decided to load up some shopping bags with goodies and book it out the front door using their five-finger-discount. One of the women was pregnant and fell during her escape. I have been trying to pay more attention to opportunities where the Lord is trying to speak to me. And typically, my judgmental flesh would have been annoyed with the shoplifting, but my first inclination was to pray for her and her growing baby in utero. We all need grace...

Tuesday night we went over to my mom and Mike's for dinner. Mom made my traditional birthday dinner of crab legs, and then I opened some gifts!

{new rain jacket from kyle - lost mine in el salvador last year and never bought a new one - and funny story, the afternoon before i got caught in a monsoon leaving babies r us and called kyle to complain about needing a new rain jacket. he had bought it two weeks before. why i love him. please excuse the lack of make-up and grooming ha.}

{my new obsession - the frye paige riding boots in gray- ask and you shall receive! never thought anyone would take me seriously, but my mom and mother-in-law gifted them to me! can't wait for cooler weather}

{my sweet family after dinner - james was tired}

{birthday loving after bath time - the best birthday present i could ask for}

The rest of the week was rather enjoyable as well with a CAbi party at mom's Wednesday, lunch and consignment sale with some friends on Thursday, and a trip to Target and Pottery Barn Outlet on Friday. I am thoroughly enjoying my time home with the babies and keeping the house running!

I hope everyone has a relaxing weekend and enjoys the cooler weather! Looking forward to a walk around the neighborhood once James and Mattie Rose wake up from their nap! 

Saturday, August 11, 2012

2 Month Check-Up

Yesterday the twins had their two month doctor's appointment. I knew they would be getting their shots so I tried to mentally prepare myself not to cry. I was feeling pretty good about it until the nurse stuck them and they turned bright red and had that horrible silent cry where they are so mad that no noise comes out for about 5 seconds. Kyle held Mattie Rose's arms down and I somehow ended up doing the same for James. Not something I wanted to do...

Dr. Hanson said they look great and that Mom and Dad were doing a great job (so nice to hear when as a new mom you often second-guess every decision). P.S. If anyone is looking for a pediatrician in Memphis, Dr. Hanson at Laurelwood Pediatrics is fantastic! The whole group is fantastic! They are incredibly smart, reassuring, easy to access, and absolutely love on all the kiddos!

{mattie rose and james waiting - they were hungry and mad, but i wanted to wait to feed them so we had an as accurate weigh-in as possible}

{james on the left and mattie rose on the right}

{love those double chins}

{playing in the mirror}

{mattie rose}


{sweet baby james post shots}

{mattie rose post shots}

And now for the stats:

       James: 10 pounds 5 ounces, 20th percentile
       Mattie Rose: 8 pounds 14 ounces, 8th percentile

      James: 21.75 inches, 26th percentile
      Mattie Rose: 21.25 inches, 23rd percentile

      James: 37.5 centimeters, 19th percentile
      Mattie Rose: 37 centimeters, 27th percentile

So they are still small but growing nicely considering how early they were and how small at birth! Proud mama!

James is now wearing size 1 diapers and Mattie Rose is still in newborn. James' newborn size onesies are a little too snug now, but his 0-3 months clothes still swallow him a little. Mattie Rose is still fitting comfortably in her newborn sizes and a few of her 0-3 month clothes. I hope she hurries up and grows a little because we have lots of cute summer dresses that I would hate to go to waste :) 

We go back to the doctor in two months to get the second round of the same immunizations. Hopefully I will leave my tears at home....

Early Birthday Dinner

This past week, the McShans were in town so Ramona could have some dental work done by her favorite dentist :) While they were here, they took us out to dinner at J. Alexander's to celebrate my birthday a little early! We snapped just a few pictures while we were out. It's so difficult to get pictures of the four of us together, so we took full advantage of having them around.

{kyle and james}

{my birthday carrot cake - delish}

{mattie rose helping me blow out the candle}

{"ooo mama, give me a bite of that cake"}

{family photo}

[my sweet girl}

{making sure she was being heard}

{sweet baby james}

{his cheeks are starting to get chubby - i love!}

The babies had their two month check up with Dr. Hanson yesterday so as soon as I get pictures uploaded, I will update their stats!

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!