October was full of fun! We painted pumpkins and went to the pumpkin patch as well as Halloween. Fynn was Boba Fett and Sutton was Obi Wan Kenobi. Evie was SuperBaby. We introduced Evie to her playmat, which she loves!
The story of Evelyn Ann……
I can’t believe it has been so long since my last post! With my photography business and the boys and every day life time slipped by.
First, the boys are awesome. We really are blessed with two amazing kiddos! They just wrapped up their final year at preschool and will begin preK in August. We played tball this spring and it was hilarious! They did exactly what I thought they would……Fynn was focused and determined to play well and learn the game while Sutton just had fun. We did swim lessons for two weeks, which helped SO MUCH with their swimming abilities.
Last year Jason and I discussed when we would make the move and schedule an appointment with the fertility doctor. We had a summer full of fun and decided to make the appointment for September. With the boys we had to do a fresh IVF cycle and it took months and months to get my body regulated and to even do the procedure but we didn’t know what would take place with a frozen embryo transfer.
It still took months….
But, like always, God had a plan and He is always perfect in His ways. So, on December 5 we finally got to go in for our transfer. We were giddy and nervous and super hopeful. Our little embryo was as perfect as it could be.
We had two weeks to wait for an actual blood test but less than a week went by and I couldn’t wait…..I tested and tested and tested. Positive!!!!!!!!!!
We were able to tell family and our best friends pretty and then got confirmation with the blood test. The day before our scheduled ultrasound I started bleeding. I called Jason crying and I was just terrified of losing this baby. I wasn’t sure I could handle another loss.
The next day our beautiful baby came to the screen and I finally took a deep breath. Strong heart beat. That was all I needed to hear.
A couple of weeks went by and then I had some more bleeding. My OB finally got me in for another ultrasound and we discovered there was a subchorionic hemorrhage, which isn’t super uncommon and wasn’t horrible but just something to keep an eye on.
Because of the hemorrhage I was at the high risk doctor quite often for ultrasounds. We got to find out the gender at 16 weeks. Jason couldn’t come to the appointment so I had the tech put it in an envelope. The boys and I went straight to Jason’s office from the doctor and we opened it together.
I was SHOCKED! I was so convinced it was a boy so it has taken some time for it to all sink in. Fynn reacted with excitement while Sutton’s response was “but I wanted a bbbooooyyyyy!” At least one was excited.
Everyone was so excited and we constantly get the “you finally get your girl” remarks. I was just so excited and so blessed to be pregnant.
With monthly visits to the high risk doctor and monthly visits to the regular OB we have had so many confirmations it is a girl and she is a cutie!
The first of June I was informed there were two exposed blood vessels where the cord attaches to the placenta so I would be starting weekly non-stress tests and biophysicals at 32 weeks. So far so good but ready to have a healthy baby in my arms!
We can’t wait to meet you Evelyn Ann.
Life is full of HAPPINESS! We are so blessed with two boy who are seriously SO MUCH FUN. They have become so close and sometimes we wonder if it might be a little codependent but who cares..they are 3.
Fynn is somewhat of a “mama’s boy” but he is also so tough and loves things like wrestling with daddy, playing football, jumping on the couch or bed and anything that screams BOY! He is super sensitive and says the sweetest things to me. Today when I picked them up from their 2nd day of school this year he said, “I love you mama.” And we will be driving and he will say, “you’re pretty mama.” They hear it from their daddy! 🙂
Fynn literally wants to eat all day long and he is still a good sleeper. I can usually count on him to take a nap. In the morning he will go over and wake up Sutton and ask, “you have sweet dreams bubba?” He really does enjoy learning how things work and what things mean. I get about 300 “why” questions a day.
Fynn could eat mac n’ cheese every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner if I would let him. He really loves to color and draw and is getting really good at writing letters and numbers. Fynn also minds really well and rarely gets in trouble. When he senses he might get in trouble he pulls out one of his “I love you mama” and smiles with his beautiful blue eyes. Already working it!
I always say Sutton is going to sing and dance through life. He is so full of life and extremely expressive. He has the attention spam of a typical 3-year-old boy. He is my emotional, sensitive and outgoing child. He can make friends with anyone he meets. On his first day of school he informed me he had a girlfriend and that night he wanted to pray for her. He has a great imagination! He can come up with fun, descriptive ways to play with his brother. He still doesn’t love sleep. Naps are few and far between. But, when he does nap it is a LLLLOOONGGG one. Sutton loves to REALLY describe everything in detail. And I just want to bottle up his belly laugh and keep it with me forever! When he is in the right mood he will give you LOTS of hugs and kisses. When he gives hugs they are the biggest, sweetest hugs you will ever get! He enjoys reading books and will sit and “read” them forever. And yes he still loves movies and now really loves iPad games.
To say we enjoy these two would be a major understatement.
Ahhhh, I WILL be better with keeping up my blog this year!! Here’s a recap of December. Busy month. Fun Month.
We made Christmas cookies with Aubrey and Cam.
We also went on the Christmas Train, which I think will be an annual tradition from here on out!
Fynn was so excited for the train ride and Sutton was a little tired and quiet but when we got to the carousel he completely brightened up. He was so happy on there and could have stayed on it all night.
We listened to carol singers, ate yummy stew and cornbread, ride mini horses and drank hot chocolate.
Christmas was a little difficult this year without Grandma.
Luckily the boys being another year old made it more fun because they were finally into opening presents and santa and the whole bit.
Uncle Jordan came to visit as well.
Fynn completely did this on his own. Once he put those glasses on he became an entirely different boy.
The boys are complete wrestlers lately.
We were at a nice Christmas party and they started wrestling in the middle of the floor.
Of course everyone there thought it was so cute and funny but I was mortified.
Luckily they are 2 (ALMOST 3) so we can get away with it for now.
Fynn asked Santa for a race car and Sutton asked for a microphone.
And grandpa Jim and Linda sent this awesome roller coaster!
Papa O gave some awesome stocking stuffers and Sutton loved his Cars magazine.
Aunt Kim and Uncle Tom got this awesome double sided race track that they LOVE!
Miranda got them these cute books that Sutton loves.
Although I love the Christmas decorations I was happy to have our house back to normal once we took everything down.
And of course we had our annual play date with our twin friends!
My goal for 2013 is to do a better job at document my babies since they are almost 3 and no longer babies but BIG BOYS!
Until next post…
It’s been a while….I’m so busy I’ve been slacking and I feel terrible I have neglected to document the boys’ lives for the past month.
Daddy and I went to New Orleans for a wedding and I also spent a weekend volunteering for the Tulsa Moms of Multiples consignment sale.
School has started The boys LOVE school! Drop off is so easy and they are now at the age where they tell me all about their day.
We have been riding our bikes out front a lot lately. They like to ride from our driveway to the neighbor’s on the sidewalk and can pretty much coast the entire length! I think they will be ready for real bikes come next summer.
My photography business is really picking up! October and November will be busy months.
Daddy’s practice is SO busy as well.
Life is going so great and you boys are just growing and changing each day.
Sutton is currently obsessed (slightly scary obsessed) with DVD cases. He carries them at all times and even sleeps with at least one. Fynn is equally obsessed with cars.
After we explored the area we loaded up to go to Claremore for some cupcakes!
Tiny Cakes is just down the road from where Grandma and Grandpa lived. We took the boys there once with Grandma and she just loved spending time with them! We miss her so much!
The boys are such a fun age and behave pretty good so I have been venturing out with them to do more things and it has been so great being at home with them more.
Until next post…
Life is truly full of changes and transitions and each time something new happens I learn to embrace it with an open mind and open heart. My husband encouraged me to start my own photography business and hearing his uplifting words made me confident to just DO IT. So I did and I was nervous about how it would go and what people would say. I would be putting my work, my personal work on display for others to truly critique. It is one thing to do it for myself but having someone trust ME to capture the moment in life they want to capture is nerve wracking. But, I took my time and built a small portfolio and then literally within weeks I had two paid sessions booked. And now, my next three months are filling fast!
We also recently decided to hire a new chiropractic assistant so I would no longer work in the clinic two afternoons each week.
I’ll still pop in and help out when the boys are in school and I have time but I need to take this time to REALLY focus on what makes me happy…being a mommy to our boys and photography.
I want to have time to really learn more and more and practice more and more and the way my life has been lately I just don’t have a lot of time.
So I will now be devoting my “free” time each week to photography and when the boys are not in preschool I will be 100% with them. I have to add that “free” time will also be spent grocery shopping, meal planning, cleaning, laundry and all the great things that come with being an adult.
We recently went to spend a morning at a local park. We had a picnic, played on the playground and then walked the entire sidewalk checking out the ducks, the trees and enjoying being outside.
The boys are now at such a FUN age. They play together so well (MOST OF THE TIME) and they will hold hands, kiss each other’s boo boos, say sorry when they hurt the other…just a fun age.
They were walking in front of me and held hands and I could barely compose myself to capture it with my camera!
Exciting things are happening and I am so thankful GOD has blessed me with such riches!
Until next post…
I have been procrastinating writing on here way too long!! We have just been super busy enjoying life and all the new adventures.
Sutton recovered from surgery amazingly! You would never know he had an operation. We have been getting ready for the new school year to begin, my new photography business picking up, a Stella & Dot trunk show and some networking for the chiropractic clinic.
Last weekend Daddy went to Dallas for a guys’ weekend so it was Mommy and the boys!
I have to say it was SO much fun…..for the most part.
Friday I took the boys to eat pizza for dinner. This was my first dining alone with the boys experience. They did great!
I then rewarded their great behavior with frozen yogurt, which they LOVE.
After a visit with Kiki and Pappy we went home and painted.
Usually when we paint it is at the table inside but this time I unrolled a large section of paper and taped it to the driveway. The boys crack me up! They love to paint but never do anything but dots. They literally just put the brush on the paper and blob it, then move to a blank spot. I will try to encourage them to let go and get crazy with the painting but nope.
After we painted it was past our bedtime but we snuck in a quick bath, which is always fun.
Then came the worst part of the weekend!
99.99999% of the time our kids go to bed SUPER easy. We say, “time to go night night” and everyone heads upstairs to brush teeth/bath/pajamas and we say prayers, give kisses, do our family kiss and lay down. Simple as that.
Well of course the night Daddy is gone Sutton decides to put up the worst fight ever. I have no clue what was wrong with him but if I wasn’t holding him he was climbing out of his bed, screaming, hysterical, shaking, sobbing….well you get the picture. This went on for 1.5 hours! I even had Daddy FaceTime to calm him down, which helped until we got off the phone. I was literally sweating and exhausted by the time he finally fell asleep.
Saturday I had plans to take them to the park in the morning and then have a picnic but it rained most of the day.
Our friends, Aubrey and Cam, came over to play and have dinner, which wore them out.
Sunday we had brunch with Kiki, Pappy, Grandpa and Aunt Kim at our favorite First Watch.
Aside from Friday night’s bedtime disaster it was such a great weekend!
Until next post…
No, this wasn’t their first 4th of July….their 3rd actually. But, it was their first time to experience the fireworks. The first year they were almost 6 months old and I was more worried about the fireworks waking up my babies! Last year we had been to the lake house all day and only saw the fireworks on our drive home, which they slept through. So, this year we got sparklers and poppers and a few others and they LOVED them! We went to Kiki & Pappy’s house for dinner and then let them play and it was hysterical! Sutton would just throw the poppers on the ground one by one without even looking. Fynn liked to put them on the driveway and then step on them.
Since Fynn can be a bit of a weeny I suggested we use the plastic cups as shields (something I saw on Pinterest) and it worked great!
After our fireworks we headed down to the river to watch the BIG fireworks!
We ended up waiting a while because we wanted to be there early when the jets flew over. They had some airplanes at first, which the boys were glued to for at least 20 minutes and once the jets flew overhead Fynn FREAKED OUT! Sutton loved them! Fynn, not so much. Well, not so much until Pappy said HE liked the jets…then of course Fynn had to announce, “I like the jets!”
Hope everyone had a great 4th and THANK YOU to all our service men and women for protecting our FREEDOM!
Until next post…
You simply light up my life.
You have been SUCH an easy kiddo to raise.
You go with the flow for the most part. You tend to get a little opinionated when picking out a movie to watch.
You are tender. Soft-spoken most of the time. Focused. Simply Sweet.
When you start running or even just walking fast you get your arm wound up and it might just be one of the cutest things we have ever seen. Your daddy and I always give each other a little smirk when we see it coming.
You are OBSESSED with ALL sports. You could shoot hoops (or bas-keet-ball), kick the soccer ball, throw the football, catch the football and even hit the baseball off the tee – ALL DAY LONG.
When you are doing any of the above you always look up to see if I am watching and I ALWAYS AM! And each time you realize I am watching, your face lights up with such joy.
You have started talking SO MUCH more, it is a language I am still learning and I can now translate for others.
Day by day it gets a little clearer.
When you want me to come see something, you run up and grab my hand and say, “i comin.”
You still LOVE books.
You are so concerned with your brother and won’t leave the house without him. If you get your clothes changed first, you will say, “Bubba next.”
You ABSOLUTELY love to color and draw. And you are really good. You enjoy drawing shapes and telling me which one is a circle, a square, triangle, star and so on.
I see so many diverse aspects of your personality it amazes me each day.
You go to bed at night so easily, practically climbing into your crib. You don’t really ever try to climb out. When you wake in the morning or from your nap you quietly sit in your crib waiting for Bubba to wake up or for Mommy to come get you.
The only time you seem to get fussy lately is when we make you leave something fun or when I leave the room. You have started a little separation anxiety, which we are trying to stop.
You are so inquisitive and always wanting to figure out HOW things work. You love to count and have to always try and do the fingers to match the numbers.
I pray that you will always keep the sweet, gentle spirit you have now and I pray you carry on that character with your future wife and children. I pray you will always want your mommy close by. I know you will do something amazing with your life and I am so excited to find out what exactly that is. Thank you for being my “little man” and I will love you forever and always.
Until next post…
Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend! Our weekend was AWESOME! Friday we took the boys and got a few pictures of them playing on a gravel road by our house, splurged with some ice cream and played so well together all day! Aunt Kim, Grandpa and Uncle Tom came by with some new t-shirts for the boys as well as some homemade pickled beets for me. Daddy and I got to snuggle up and watch We Bought a Zoo….HIGHLY recommend it, great movie! Saturday we worked in the yard some more, cleaned, went to the store and played. We have been enjoying our new patio furniture!
Sunday after church and brunch our good friends, Katie and Reid, came to visit with their 2-year-old son, Owen, and 4-month-old son, Boone. We also invited two other families over for a big BBQ!
There were 9 kids and 8 adults.
We jumped and jumped…
Even Daddy jumped!
We had a fun new sprinkler!
Of course kids find the hose cart so fun!
Sutton did not like the grass sticking to his feet!
Katie is always sooo good with all the kiddos!
We grilled hot dogs and hamburgers and so much yummy food!
Spending some quality time with awesome people made my weekend perfect.
I loved being surrounded by old friends as well as new.
Until next post…