Archive | February, 2010

Notes From the Trenches

23 Feb

Two weeks later and we’re all still alive! Sometimes it feels like we’re just hanging by a thread, but here we are. I’m trying to update frequently, but posts like this take several days to compose, since I’m constantly being interrupted by the myriad of needy small people around me. Here’s an update on what’s been going on around here.

I feel like I should put up a banner saying “I lost 30 lbs in 2 weeks, ask me how!” Continue reading


The Birth Story

16 Feb

As mentioned, our twin babies arrived in the same manner as Finn did- waiting until the eviction notice had been served, then deciding at the last minute to come on their own terms. Willful children we have.

Let me be the first to offer congratulations to the winners of the Due Date Prediction contest- Grandma LeAnn and Kay. LeAnn is especially excited about having won a copy of her very own cookbook- Recipes by LeAnn.

I have a free minute, which is a rare thing around this house, so I thought I’d finally post the twins’ birth story. Continue reading


10 Feb

Sorry for the delay. I brought the wrong camera cord to the hospital. Explains why I never pursued that career as a roadie.

They’re Here!!!

8 Feb

Our twins have arrived and they are just amazing! We’d been excited to meet them but nothing prepared us for actually seeing them come into this world and holding them close. We are seriously in love.

I went into labor early Sunday morning and labored them naturally until it was time to push at which point the Dr. discovered complications that meant an emergency c-section. All turned out well though and we feel very very blessed.

Everett James arrived at 6:33pm, weighing 6 lbs 7oz and is 19.5″ long.

Lucia Grace followed him at 6:36pm, beating him at 6lbs 8oz and measuring 19.25″ long.

Both Rhett and Lucy look like they have red hair; eye color is undetermined. We’ll be putting up pictures once Patrick gets a chance to run and pick up our camera cord, by tonight for sure.

For now, we’re just all enjoying getting to know each other. Grandma Luisa arrived shortly after the babies’ arrival. Finn will be coming by to meet them in a few hours.

Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers. We look forward to our friends and family getting to know them and being part of their lives.

On the Imminent Arrival of Twins

4 Feb

On Getting Ready

We’re approaching Friday as if it is the day we will bring Baby Girl and Baby Boy into the world. What this means is that today has been a strange and busy day of preparations and waiting. Of rest and list-making (I made one last list tonight). Patrick woke up Finn and together they made a wonderful breakfast of waffles and bacon. We shared a family meal, with Finn eating more slices of bacon than any person under 30 lbs has a right to eat. This would come back to haunt him and us. Continue reading

Sixty to Zero

3 Feb

Once the shock of realizing we were having twins wore off, I went out and bought a small spiral notebook. This poor notebook has borne the brunt of my stress and anxiety. Every few days for the last few months I would make a to-do list of things that must be done before the babies arrived. And trust me, there is an endless number of tasks that one can come up with when imagining the daunting task of three small children in one as yet not completely unpacked house. As soon as items were crossed off, new ones would be added. For months this went on.

Over the weekend, I completed the last list in the notebook, titled “Final To-Do Before Twins Arrive.” Continue reading

Dispatches from my bed

2 Feb

My body is a ticking time bomb.

Which I guess is true at any point this late in pregnancy, but apparently mine is the kind of bomb that the SWAT team is sent in for. I didn’t know this until yesterday. While I assumed my mind and body were working together, it turns out my body was quietly plotting and planning. My mind feels betrayed, unaware that while it was practicing relaxation techniques and visualization, my body was discreetly photocopying secret documents and passing them on to the Russians. Continue reading