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Mealtime

Posted in Fynn, Jason, Mealtime, Sutton by

Mealtime at our house can be very messy.  Jason and I have learned to accept this.

The boys usually play or cuddle up with Daddy while I fix dinner.  I love that our kitchen is open to the living room so I don’t feel so left out.  Every few minutes one of the boys might check to see if I need help.  🙂

Cuddle TimeSutton Chewing His Book

 

Tonight the boys had some yummy organic baked ziti with broccoli and rice focaccia bread with an apple crisp for dessert.  I think they liked it.

 

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Fynn

Fynn

 

They do understand the concept of a fork but once you put the food into bowls they just want to pick the bowl up and play with it.  So we just plop the food in front of them and let them go to town.

Until next post….

The Mamarazzi

July 6, 2011
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A Year Ago

Posted in A Year Ago, Fynn, Sutton by

I like to look back at all the old pictures of my babies and see how much they have changed.

This was taken a year ago….

6 months old

And here they were at the lake – from previous post…..

Lake House

If only they would stay as still as they did a year ago…..

Until next post….

The Mamarazzi

July 5, 2011
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Lake House

Posted in Fynn, Jason, Lake House, Sutton by

Today was the boys’ first trip to the lake house.  Jason and I used to go every summer with friends and family but my last time there was two years ago and I was pregnant and exhausted so I didn’t enjoy the full effect of being at the lake.

Fynn and Sutton had a lot of fun.  I am positive they will look back at their childhood and have plenty of fond memories at the lake house.

We laid in the hammock…

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We played inside….had to take breaks so the boys’ cheeks could return to a normal hue instead of BEET red from the heat and humidity.

FynnSuttonLake House

We went down to the shore and Daddy showed the boys how to throw rocks in the water.  That was a HIT!  They did not want to leave.  As we were walking away they kept picking up rocks to throw.

I think there is something in the genetic make up of all males that makes rocks attractive to play with.

Boys will be Boys.

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We played in the yard….plenty of space to run free!

Lake houseLake HouseWatching Daddy coming up from the dock.  Dad got to clean the boat!  🙂  So much fun I’m sure.

Lake House

We even played in the game room and watched all the boaters from the window.

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Yes I ended up taking more pictures of Fynn this time around because his brother was a good boy and slept an hour longer.

After grilling out for dinner we came home and as we pulled in our driveway we got to show the boys their first fireworks from our front yard.

Until next post….

The Mamarazzi

July 4, 2011
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My Family Part III

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Ahhhhh my sweet Sutton!!!

Sutton

Sutton is my youngest.  🙂  He is two minutes younger than Fynn and I am sure that will be mentioned often down the road.

I will never forget my worry for this sweet boy.  Later in my pregnancy I found out I had cholestasis, which required me to go to the doctor twice a week for bio physicals.  This was basically a sonogram which allowed us to monitor the boys’ breathing, movements, heart rates, etc.  There had been a couple of appointments where we thought we would be delivering but then decided after more tests it was okay to allow the pregnancy to continue a bit longer.  At 35 weeks and 5 days I went into the appointment alone and came out heading to the hospital.  I remember calling my mother-in-law from the waiting room telling her I was going to BEG and PLEAD for my doctor to take them out NOW.  The itching was beyond torture…..IT.WOULD.NOT.STOP!  I think Jason was ready for it to be over as well, since the scratching kept him up all night too.  During the biophysical Fynn passed with flying colors but they spend over an HOUR on Sutton and had concerns for his well-being.  That was at 4:00 and they were born at 6:14 and 6:16 p.m.

Once Fynn was out I was so tense waiting to hear my next little guy’s cry.  He was breach and the doctor had a tough time getting him out.  Fynn had been head down ready to come out for some time so he was quick to come out.  After what felt like 30 minutes (which in all actuality was more like 30 seconds) I was told Sutton was out.  I didn’t hear any crying though.  I kept asking if he was okay and they assured me he was fine that breach babies sometimes don’t cry right when they are born.  Jason ran over to check on him and came back to inform me “Sutton has your big lips!”  He did have a few hiccups – minor hip dysplasia, heart murmur and a recessed chin, which made nursing almost impossible.Daddy & Sutton

The feeling I described in Fynn’s post was magnified now – all of this times two within minutes of each other might make a woman faint!  Seeing them together, one in each of daddy’s arms was a vision I will never ever forget.

A week after we came home from the hospital we went back to visit some friends who had just had their son.  In the hallway we saw my anesthesiologist who was BEYOND AMAZING!!!!!!!!  I wish I could remember his name.  He stopped us in the hallway of the hospital and told us that after our delivery he went home and told his wife he had seen such a beautiful moment of pure joy and happiness.  He said he has done this so long and it’s usually all the same but with us he saw something awesome.  I thought that was so sweet!

Sutton had two things from day 1 – BIG LIPS and HUGE CHEEKS!

Cheeks

This child slept the first 3-4 months of life.  Literally would suck a bottle down without even opening his eyes.  Every photo I took with my iPhone was of him asleep or looking about half-asleep.  He had the most adorable little grin.  His dark blue eyes would light up when he would smile.  He was always such a snuggler!  We got into a horrible habit of letting him sleep on our chests because the sweetness of those moments was undeniable.  My father-in-law is the nickname man and he still to this day calls Sutton “potato man.”  No one is quite sure why it is his nickname but it is.

Sutton Sleeping

Sutton & Mama

Now at almost 18 months old he is such a passionate, vibrant, entertaining little guy.  He is so vocal and speaks with such conviction he could convince you the sky is purple.  This child has little to no fear!  He would walk right off the couch if we would let him.  This fearlessness has led us to sometimes refer to him as “knot head.”  Sutton can’t go one week without banging into something.  His favorite game is peek-a-boo and like his brother he LOVES books.  They love their Bible Stories and Bible Prayers books, which makes me a happy mama.  Sutton has been such a wonderful eater since he was a baby.  I was always so sad because he couldn’t nurse well.  He only latched ONCE and I will never forget the bonding I felt to him and how elated I was in that moment.  But, I worked so hard to pump for him to get some breast milk!!

Sutton has the funniest facial expressions and it seems like each second there is a new one.  His favorite is the crinkled nose!  He will do it when he is happy and even when he is angry.  This boy’s laugh is from the GUT!  It is the funniest most contagious giggle and it comes out pretty easy.  I always say he is my passionate child.  He can be emotional and temper-mental but he can also be the most tender boy.  He loves to share his toys with me and gets frustrated when Fynn won’t take what he is trying to give him.

I’m so curious as to who these two guys will grow into.  It’s so amazing to see two children who shared a womb for 35 weeks and 5 days share a language only they understand, yet they are so different in so many ways!

I don’t do much as far as making an impact on the world….I don’t save lives, I don’t fight in wars, I don’t make million dollar decisions each day…..but I will say this, I will do my best to raise two well-rounded, polite, loving and admirable boys who I hope will make a wonderful difference in their lives.

Until next post….

The Mamarazzi

July 3, 2011
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My Family Part II

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FynnMy First Born Son. Yes I have twins but Fynn was my first born.

It is common for a woman’s brain to go to MUSH once she becomes pregnant. It is also common for that MUSH to get even worse once that child(ren) arrives. I can testify that I am one of those said women. But, I will NEVER. EVER. EVER forget that moment in the operating room I first heard my sweet Fynnie boy.

The c-section happened so fast. I looked up and asked Jason, “have they started yet?” They were already half-way to my uterus. Lovely, I know. It felt like seconds later I heard this cry that literally made my heart skip a beat. That moment where you hear the evidence of life you created and longed for for such a long time. I hadn’t seen his face yet but listening to him was music to my hears. Jason ran over to check on him and came back to inform me, “he looks like a little old man!” I barely got a glimpse of the little 5 lbs 6 oz boy before it was time to get his brother out.

The tears were a culmination of feelings – excitement, overwhelming love, fear of being a parent and not doing it right, caution to let my guard down that this was it…..this was the moment I’d prayed about for YEARS…..could I finally enjoy this moment without something going wrong?

Once they got me into the recovery room I got to officially meet my Fynn. He seemed so tiny yet so intimidating. He nursed like a champ from his first hour. I remember being on the phone with Jason’s mother (Kiki) and practically yelling, “I’m breastfeeding!!!!” I still couldn’t believe what was taking place at that very moment.

Mama & Fynn

The first three months were mostly a blur. Our lives revolved around a 3 hour schedule. Nurse Fynn. Wait 30-45 minutes to pump for his brother. Diapers. Naps. Wash Bottles. Remember to eat. Remember to shower. Repeat.

Fynn was always so soft, sweet, smiley and had the world’s largest BOOGIES!! Jason’s dad has nicknamed him “booger man” due to these massive objects. I even photographed one we sucked out with the aspirator….maybe that was the first clue to becoming a mamarazzi. I won’t share that photo.

Fynn

 

Fynn is now almost 18 months and he still brightens every day.  He is the child who has had all but his 2nd molars come in and never made a peep.  He has been sleeping through the night since he was 4-5 months old.  He is easily entertained and can study objects forever.  He has always had crazy hair with two cowlicks in the back making a natural mohawk.  He has my feet and looks like a mini version of my brother, Jordan.  At about a month old we were sure he would have red hair, of course now it is blond.  He loves cartoons and I sometimes worry he has an addiction.  Mom has now cut him back to very limited time watching Sprout or Disney.  This child LOVES milk.  Could drink it all day if we would let him.  He is still quiet most of the time, soft and sweet but when he gets excited it is a DANCE PARTY!

Fynn

 

Fynn

His sweet smile will capture the heart of any person in this world.  I’m so blessed to have this child and I will spend my life making sure I am the best mother I can be.

Until next post….

The Mamarazzi

 

July 2, 2011
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My Family Part I

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First post…I’ve been trying to decide what I want to write about in my first post on my new beautiful blog. First, I must thank Jesse @ www.goodgirlgoneglad.com for doing my custom design. She created this page and made my goal and vision into reality. She rocks!!

This is my world – wife to an amazing man that practices chiropractic, he’s an incredible husband, best friend and father to our boys. Mom to twin boys born January 2010. After struggling to conceive for over 3 years, our two little miracles joined our adventures in life and not only made it more fun but showed us a whole new level of love one cannot describe with words. I try to capture as much of that joy and love with a camera. I have always been the girl with the camera. In college I was always taking photos and now that I have children I can’t help myself. It’s almost an addiction. I can easily take 200+ photos in one day. I just hope to capture every moment I can with the click of my camera.

Meet my family.

Hubby & I Jason – love of my life, great Christian man, fantastic chiropractor, involved and loving father and overall the one I have the most fun with. We married young and fall more in love with each new day. He is not one to talk negatively about people and does not gossip. He is talented in so many areas. He can fix anything, whether it is an issue in the house or your car he will take care of it. He can build pretty much anything he wants, an engine to a car, a deck, a fence, a dining room table…you name it.  He is a man of integrity and has the kindest soul I’ve ever known.  I’m so thankful he approached me on that front porch at a college party in October 1999 and told me I was beautiful.  That was the day our adventure began as two young kids in love who have now grown into a beautiful family.  There have been bumps in the road at times yet he has taught me what true, unconditional love means and has shown me encouragement, support and affection when I needed it most.  Thank you God for bringing Jason into my life.  I’m the luckiest girl to get to spend my life with him and our kids will grow into amazing young men because of their father.

Until next post….

The Mamarazzi

July 1, 2011
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