Browsing Tag:

Family

Me and My Boys

I want to start getting in the habit of participating in “Embrace the Camera” Thursdays.  This wasn’t taken today but it is the most recent picture I have with my boys.  I’m going to have to do some practice with the self-timer for next week.

I don’t want to look back and wish I would have had more pictures with my babies so here is a new beginning to try and capture more memories WITH them.

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

July 28, 2011
/

Closet

Posted in Fynn, House, Playtime, Shoes, Sutton, Twins by

Our closet has become the boys’ favorite place to play!  It is located right when you come in from the garage and through the laundry room so they love to run in there and play.  If we have any clothes on the floor, they have to pick them up and put them in the hamper.  Then come the SHOES!  Mr. Sutton is OBSESSED with shoes.  It’s hysterical.  And then of course, the HANGERS!  Oh what fun it is play with hangers.  They have a room FULL of toys, yet it’s these cheap, plastic items that they love.  Go figure.

Fynn stole a brown high heel!


And there is ALWAYS some brotherly love – wrestling!

Oh how I love my little buddies!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

July 27, 2011
/

L.O.V.E.

Posted in Jason by

Just wanted to share a photo of the love of my life.

Thanks to my sister-in-law for finally getting a picture of us!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

July 25, 2011
/

Chiropractic Babies

Our boys are PURE chiropractic babies!  They have been getting adjusted since birth and it has truly helped with their overall health as well as Sutton’s hip dysplasia.  They are 18 months old and have only had ONE very MINOR cold with a 100 degree temperature for only a day.  I give all the credit to chiropractic and of course GOD.  Thankfully we have a chiropractor for a Daddy.

Once every couple of weeks I take the boys in to get adjusted and they are now at the age where they just walk right up to the adjusting chair and climb in.  They LOVE it! 🙂

Fynn usually jumps in the seat first.

 

Sutton’s turn!

Sutton getting adjusted on the table and he usually gets his hips checked just to be sure everything is still doing good.

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

July 23, 2011
/

July 19 Part II – 18 Months Old

**I’ve had technical difficulties so this post has taken a few days to get up!

I have 1 1/2 year olds!!!!!  So crazy to think about how fast it has all gone by!

At 18 months old my boys are pretty much AMAZING!  They are sooo adorable, fun, smart, sweet, funny and too many things to capture into one sentence.  They are so smart….or at least we think so.  You show them how to do something once they pick it up.  That might be a bad thing down the road.  They say mama, dada, banana (nana), ball (baw) and Sutton just learned “no” and Fynn learned “dirty.”  They do a LOT of jibber jabber and “twin talk,” which is hysterical to watch.  They get so serious and you can tell one will be telling the other something very important.

Fynn or Fynnie or Fynnie Boy is my sweet, sensitive, calm child.  He has always been a little studious one.  He LOVES books and figuring out objects and spaces and how everything works.  When I make a “fish face” at him he spends the next few minutes REALLY trying hard to figure out how to do it.

He still loves to play with balls….basketballs, soccer balls, bouncy balls, any balls he likes.  He loves to pick one up and say “baw” all loud and proud.

Most of the time he goes RIGHT to sleep when he gets in his crib for nap or bedtime.  He loves to brush his teeth and pick up stuff off the floor to help mommy clean.  Sutton enjoys emptying the ball pit in the game room and Fynn will start putting them back in right away.  He is working on his 2nd molars and just now has started to fuss a bit.  He hasn’t fussed a bit through 18 months of teething!  This boy LOVES cartoons.  It is scary how focused he gets when they are on.  He likes music and will dance with a serious face.  It’s comical from my point of view.  He had become a bit less picky with food….this boy would not TOUCH meat or veggies and was very picky about everything once we went to finger foods.  He has started eating organic all beef hot dogs, meatloaf, strawberries, oranges and more.  He even ate broccoli!

He likes to point and talk but I just wish I could understand what he was trying to tell me.  I can tell him to go pick up something and bring it to me and he will.  He still has the craziest hair!  Those two cowlicks in the back will sure frustrate any hairdresser in the future.  Fynn is the more independent child and does not need a lot of affection, even though we smother him with loving!  He could be content just running around on his own.  He is overall mostly calm yet sometimes he gets a spark and will RUN and RUN and LAUGH!!  And he loves to give “high-fives!”

Sutton or Sutty or Bubba is my passionate child.  He smiles and laughs straight from the gut!  He will do something good like fit a puzzle piece in its spot and will look up at you as if he is saying, “Did you see?”  I am always watching for these looks to give him that reinforcement he needs.

He is definitely more cuddly and affectionate.  He will chase his brother around trying to give him hugs and kisses.  He will OPEN MOUTH kiss too and it’s hysterical because he won’t give just one kiss, he has to give multiple.    He LOVES to turn things over and make a mess!  His favorite thing is to flip the ball pit over and then run around in the balls laughing!

He tends to throw tantrums, which we are working on but this kid is mild compared to some so I won’t complain too much about them.  He too hasn’t fussed much at all in 18 months of teething!  He loves to just chew on his hand or try and bite everything….toys, books, spoons, etc.  Sutton is GREAT at sharing….for the most part!  If his brother does not have a toy like he does, he will pick it up and bring it to him even if Fynn wasn’t looking for it.  He makes sure Fynn has his bear every time Sutton has his mouse.  He loves to walk around the game room and pick up toys and bring them to me with a big grin on his face.  And he loves to bring you SHOES!  He will literally pick each one up and bring it to you.

And this kid is CHATTY!  He will just jibber jabber ALL DAY LONG….in his crib, at breakfast, in the car, before bed.  ALL THE TIME!  He even softly hums when we put him down for bed, as if he hasn’t been able to get out all he is trying to say during the day.  He too loves to dance and really loves to do the “fist pump” especially in the car.  He is sooo goofy he makes us laugh every day.

The boys are on a great schedule now.  We moved to one nap a day a month or so ago.  They wake at about 8/8:30 and I make their breakfast while they talk in their cribs and entertain themselves.  Once I bring them down and we eat breakfast, we will either go run errands or go play or if they are still a little cranky and tired we’ll cuddle up and watch some Sprout.  If we run errands it is kind of limited to only place with double carts or places where our double stroller will fit.  We will also go see Daddy at the chiropractic office and get adjusted!  They eat lunch around noon and then go down for a nap around 12:45/1 and will usually sleep anywhere from 2-3.5 hours.  When they wake from their nap they get a snack and a TINY bit of juice diluted with water.  Then we either run errands (if we didn’t in the morning) or we play, sometimes outside.  We have a sand/water table, bubbles, a lawnmower, sidewalk chalk, etc.  It’s been SO HOT outside we don’t last long out there or we just wait until before bed.  THEY LOVE THE WATER HOSE!!!

We’ve also been going to the splash park and our neighborhood pool.  The neighborhood pool is AWESOME for toddlers because the entry to the water is like a ramp so they can walk and play in the water without a parents having to hold them the entire time.

Life is getting more and more fun with these two.  They are my little buddies that is for sure!

Until next post..

The Mamarazzi

July 21, 2011
/

July 19

Posted in Birthday, Fynn, Jason, Sutton by

July 19 is a big day in our house.  It is Daddy’s birthday and the boys’ half birthday.  So, to start this post off right we will wish our daddy of the house HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!  What an incredible man I have!  Over the past 12 years I’ve always tried to make his birthday a big deal….I’ve thrown a few surprise parties and a BIG party for his 30th.  This year we didn’t do anything BIG but it was just as nice.  I baked him a cake.  Oh boy did it turn out beautiful.  This is when I wish I could create a “sarcasm” font.  It wasn’t pretty but it sure tasted good!  We had dinner at a local hibachi restaurant with the family and the boys entertained us the entire time of course.

Back to my man.  Jason is always showing me how much he loves me.  He had done so many simple, yet amazingly romantic things….made his very own Valentine’s Day card with a paper rose and all back in college, he had a custom poem written for me for our anniversary this year, he would pick me up from class with a rose just because, he has stopped in the middle of a random day just to slow dance and the list goes on.  Even better he has been an incredible father.  He never missed a feeding, even in the middle of the night when he would have to get up and go to school the next day.  He has never once mentioned any hint of a complaint at missing out on certain events because we have kids now.  And he is always so involved the minute he gets home from work.

He truly cares about his patients and is an awesome chiropractor.  He puts his heart and soul into his work and wants to be the best he can be because he wants to help people.

I do thank God every day for my man.

We love you Daddy!

Happy Birthday to my amazing man!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

 

July 20, 2011
/

Twins

Posted in Fynn, Jason, Jordan, Sutton, Twins by

I love having twins.  I really do.  Even when they were not yet sleeping through the night (I was blessed with a very involved husband even at 3 am feedings) or during the time of bottles and spit-up, I have always loved having twins.

Growing up with an older brother I knew I wanted more than one child.  Now, seeing my TWO together brings so much joy to my heart!  When I lost my mom at 18 I was so thankful to have my brother, Uncle Jordan.  He is truly someone I can talk about anything with and the ONE person who remembers our mother like I do.  I pray nothing happens to my husband or I at an early age but if it were to happen I’m so thankful our boys have each other.

Watching them together is so fun!  They play and giggle and hug and kiss and dance together.  Yes, there are spats here and there but for the most part it’s love and fun.

It’s also kind of weird to never know what it is like to only have ONE child.  When people often ask us, “How do you do it?!”  We always reply, “We dont’ know anything ELSE!”  It’s weird but also kind of refreshing.  Never knowing what it’s like to only have one, I’ve always been aware of my attention being spread equally and making sure each boy knows how much I love him.  There are times when one will wake from a nap early and I sneak in to get him out of his crib for some one-on-one time before his brother wakes up.  But for the most part I am reminding myself DAILY to always treat them equally and acknowledge each as an individual for they are SO different!

It’s also fun having twins because you instantly bond with anyone who has multiples.  It is kind of like a secret code.  I’ve made so many new friends just by having twins….on Facebook, in the blog world and in real life.  And anytime anyone comes to me with questions about having twins I get so excited because I can pass on all the knowledge and wisdom that I was so lucky to receive.

Love my twins.

Until next post…..they will be 18 months tomorrow!!!

The Mamarazzi

July 19, 2011
/

Not Where I Thought I’d Be But…

Posted in Infertility, Jason by

June 29, 2009 Ultrasound

I meet people all the time who say, “I want twins!”  I used to find it so odd to hear because growing up I never ONCE even thought about twins.  I didn’t know much about twins or multiples so it never was a topic of conversation.  When I was younger I envisioned myself growing up, graduating college, getting married and having A BABY.  It’s funny what we THINK we will do and what God brings us.

I met Jason my first semester at college in 1999.  We moved in together within 6 months (drastic I know…our families weren’t too thrilled) and when school let out for summer in 2002 Jason proposed.  Obviously I said yes and that following year, one month after I graduated college we got hitched.  Now, prior to the wedding we always knew we wanted to have kids we just didn’t set in stone WHEN.

Well, we got home from our honeymoon and BABY FEVER set in.  I now warn all my girlfriends of this intense, sudden feeling as soon as the wedding festivities pass because I was NOT prepared.  It’s funny because I hear girlfriends admit this feeling too.  I think we, as women, are sometimes programmed “first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a baby carriage” so once the wedding is over, onto the next step.  Seems logical, right?

Jason had just started his undergrad work to eventually head to chiropractic college so it wasn’t the most appealing time for us.  But, it happened and neither one of us thought it would.  We REALLY weren’t trying.  So for our first anniversary we got to FREAK OUT that we were pregnant.  I will never forget the words popping up on the digital pregnancy test “PREGNANT!”  Okay, it didn’t have an exclamation point but it felt like it did.  Up until this very moment I WANTED a baby but never once had I sat down and REALLY thought about what it meant to have a baby.  But once the shock wore off we were excited.  We knew we would just figure it out.

We announced the news to our family on Father’s Day a week later and everyone was thrilled for us.  Fast forward to July 10 (yes I remember the day) I started having complications and we had lost the baby.  TALK ABOUT A BLOW!!  I took it extremely hard and found it to be a HUGE wake up call that I was not as ready as I thought.  Baby talk was put on hold.

Two years later, once we had moved to Kansas City and started getting settled the baby topic came up.  We had been to church that Sunday evening and the message was about finding your passion in life.  After that evening service Jason and I went to Village Inn and started discussing the subject.  I knew Jason was meant to be a chiropractor.  I had yet to meet anyone as passionate as he was about chiropractic and how much he genuinely wanted to HELP people….besides his father that is.  In our discussion I explained that the only thing I ever felt a calling to do was to be a mother.  Yes, I had attended college and received a degree in Advertising & Sales but that wasn’t what I was PASSIONATE about, just something that sounded interested at 18 years old.

The original plan was to wait until Jason was done with school to start a family but that September evening in 2006 after our visit to church and the ever-romantic and enlightening Village Inn, we started trying to have a baby.  Jason explained to me that it wasn’t fair for me to have to wait all those years to get to be a mother when I had supported his every decision toward becoming a chiropractor.

One month passed, two then three and finally six.  The worry set in.  The first pregnancy happened so easily and wasn’t even planned.  WHY was it taking so long?  I started researching online for tips and tricks and all the fun things we can laugh about now (anyone reading this that has tried to conceive will be laughing as well), now that we have BABIES.  I came across a message board full of women who were in my situation.  I started checking in a few times a day and we all became pretty close friends.  It’s amazing to see women support one another and encourage one another, even when they are struggling themselves.  And to this day, 4 1/2 years later I still talk to a majority of those women!

Nothing was working.  We tried supplements, acupuncture and a lot of other things I won’t share with the world.  But every month was a disappointment.  Finally we came upon a year of trying.  My doctor suggested a Reproductive Endocrinologist so to him we went for answers.  We got our answers.  We were told we had a better chance of getting pregnant by going to dinner and a movie than going to the bedroom.  Talk about painful news.  The procedure he recommended was In-Vitro Fertilization.  The costs were OUTRAGEOUS and the process was intimidating.  We attempted IUI just to SEE if it would work.  No luck.  We decided to hold off and try more of the same.  That was September of 2007.

Skip through months of sadness, disappointment, frustration, tears, anger and so on.  We were trying to save and figure out how to pay for this procedure once we decided to actually do it.  We were approached by my stepfather in April 2008.  He said he would donate a very nice donation to the “Blair and Jason Want a Baby” project.  Bring on the water-works!  After that evening we realized we should seriously consider WHEN we would want to attempt this invasive procedure now that it was more realistic…..we decided we would address it after the first of the year.  Then 2009 came and I said, “Let’s do it!”  With more contributions from family and our savings we were finally ready.

So we thought.

At the end of January 2009 we went in for the consult with our RE who went over every.single.detail.  We got started.  Not to bore you with the medical details…basically when the time came for the stim shots to start my body was not responding.  I was taking one shop a day.  This continued until April.  Yes, until April.  ONE SHOT EVERY SINGLE DAY!  Finally in April we took a break and were planned to start fresh with all new meds in May.  My body had a horrible time trying to respond positively to the meds but once it did the timing could not have been more PERFECT.

May 13, 2009 I got the news my grandfather had passed.  It was right after Mother’s Day, which is already a very difficult holiday for me….I was missing my mom and working so hard to try and become a mom.  I went in to get my blood work at the RE’s office before we headed home for the funeral.  The nurses and entire staff there knew us pretty well by that point and they were really cheering us on!  In the car on the way to my grandfather’s house I got the email….EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT!  I finally could start the stim shots.

From that point on it was a blur.  I was doing 2-3 shots a day for about 11 days I think.  We went in for the egg retrieval on May 27 and when I came out they informed us we had 15 eggs!  WOO HOO!  If you know IVF terms you know that is great.  We then got the embryo report the next day.  We had 13 viable, healthy embryos.  We transferred two and of course now you know two stuck.  We even have 8 still frozen for future use if we choose to do so.

I write this post because I have met SO MANY women who were in my shoes.  Women who have experienced miscarriage and/or fertility struggles.  I decided from day one of this struggle to be an open book.  I want women out there to know what we went through so if they ever need anything they know who to ask because I was fortunate to have women like that in my life.

Did I ever think this was HOW I would get pregnant?  NO

Did I ever think I would have TWINS?  NEVER

Would I change anything about the entire experience?  HECK NO!!!

God’s timing was so perfect in all of it.  I thank Him for the struggle, I truly do.  I appreciate my children more and more because I remember those days when I would just sit on the bathroom floor crying and wondering WHY this was happening.  I thank Him for surprising us with twins because that in itself is an experience I would never trade with another

Until next post….

The Mamarazzi

July 15, 2011
/

Stylin’

Posted in Fynn, Haircut, Sutton by

Before Pictures…..

Jesse’s little girl was helping cheer the boys up before the haircuts.

Hair is out of control!

Hair everywhere!!  Jesse over at Good Girl Gone Glad came over to cut the boys’ hair and it started out a tad rough.  The boys didn’t nap as long as usual and they were struggling to keep a happy face.  I had to hold Sutton while he had his buzz but Fynn was a champ and mostly sat in the chair all by himself.  We had planned on doing Mohawks but once we started it was becoming clear their hair was too thin and has many funny cowlicks to do a full-on Mohawk.  This style will be cute without being fixed but we can also throw some product in it and give it some STYLE!!!

Those are his REAL blue eyes!

We had the Backyardigans on and that distracted him for a bit.

He seems to like it.

So does Sutton.

There was hair everywhere mainly because of Fynn….did you see the before picture???  He must have lost a few pounds from his buzz.  Sutton was running around and getting in it before we could clean it up and he DID NOT like it all over his hands and feet.  Probably was a bit itchy.

Everyone always says they don’t like how haircuts make kids look so much older but I feel different now.  I remember their first haircuts in January right before their first birthday I was kind of sad after because they didn’t have that baby look to them anymore.  But, now they will be 18 months next week and they are acting so much older I think it fits them.

Yes, it is natural to experience sadness with each new day that passes and they become more adult and less baby BUT I also get excited about the future……I tear up with expectations thinking about their first day at school, their first sports game, their first time to ride a bike without training wheels, their first sleepover, their first EVERYTHING!  Yes we have passed the rolling over, the crawling, the walking and all the baby milestones but each new day gets MORE fun and they are MORE my buddies than my babies.

These two guys bring so much joy and fulfillment words won’t ever be able to describe.  Yes, time is going by so fast but the unknowns are still so exciting to look forward to with them.

Thank you Jesse for the haircuts!!  You and your family are such amazing people and I hope my kiddos turn out as awesome as yours…they were so cute today!

Until next post….

The Mamarazzi

July 14, 2011
/

Backyard Fun

Posted in Fynn, Jason, Outside, Playtime, Sutton by

BoysIt is middle of July here and the temperatures will not go below 100 degrees!  It’s miserably HOT!  The boys cannot be outside for longer than 5 minutes without their cheeks turning maroon.

I haven’t been taking them out back during the week because it is so hot but last night after dinner the backyard was mostly shaded so we let them out to play and even get a little wet!

Fynn

Fynn cannot stand the grass on his hands!

SuttonThis is Sutton’s way of saying, “I’m ready to play in the water!”

Now we’re talking…

Nights like these are my favorite!  I love watching my boys enjoy the simple fun of water coming out of a hose….and the giggles are contagious!

Until next post…..HINT Mohawks are coming tomorrow…

The Mamarazzi

July 12, 2011
/