Saturday, October 31, 2009


Happy Halloween!!!!!!!!!!



Finley and Zane thoroughly enjoyed their first Halloween…can’t you tell?!?



Blakeley came over in her butterfly costume and she was just too cute!!


We were even able to get a cousin picture this time!



Grammy is here to celebrate also!


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

1 month appt update

Actually they will be 5 weeks Thursday, but we had their 1 month appt today.  Overall, they got a great report. He now outweighs her at 8lbs 7 oz and she weighs 7lbs 14 oz…both gaining nicely!!

Lately they are much more alert during the day and we are having fun talking to them and watching them grow…tracking objects, lifting their heads while on their tummy, and cooing just a bit!! They do tend to get very fussy late evening making for a very long night!  As they were crying (or screaming, rather) during the appt for all their measurements and such, the pediatrician called them VERY COLICKY.  Uh oh…that is what I was afraid of.  Not much you can do ‘bout that!  If any of you have any suggestions, PLEASE share!  The doc said that it tends to peak at 3 months and could last until 5 months…WHAT!?!?!  If you have had experience with Colic, how long did it last? One good thing…the doc said that babies who have colic tend to be very bright and be great leaders! Then we have 2 GENIUSES on our hands!

Here is a pic from Finley’s bath last night!  Zane was not as happy afterwards, so I did not capture a pic of him!


Little buddy asleep on Grammy!


Our first family walk…


Vader getting a little too comfortable!


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tummy Time

We are trying to increase the number of times we have tummy time, but they are still pretty sleepy during the day.  If we weren’t wanting them to sleep at night, there would be plenty of time for them do do it during the wee hours of the night since they are awake!

Zane during tummy time!  I just love the end of this video…how his head just bobbles down!

Finley works on her tummy time too!

Don’t mind the dates on the video…I guess I need to change that on the Flip…now how do you do that?

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Hook ‘Em Horns!

We cheered on the Longhorns to a 16-13 victory over OU!!! Finley and Zane got in the spirit and sported burnt orange for the game, too!!



Saturday, October 10, 2009

First attempt at Tummy Time!

We had our 2 week appt and they look great! I was a little surprised when the doc told me that we could start tummy time! So we are having tummy time a couple times a day for about 5 minutes! Blakeley was over and she showed them how to do it!


Zane was the superstar this time…just look at his head lift!  Finley just wasn’t having any part of it!



My sleeping beauty!


My precious prince!


I just love watching them sleep! I just wish they’d do more of it at night!!!!!!!!!!!

My recovery…

So I want to start out by saying that even though my recovery has not been a breeze so far, I would endure all of these symptoms and more for the precious angels I have been blessed with.  I love them so much, but it was so tough to take care of them the first few days because mommy was in so much pain. I felt like I was not able to take care of them the way I had always envisioned.

Okay so here it goes…there may be TMI posted below so beware!

  • Typical incision pain: This was the least of my worries.  I had the typical discomfort of abdominal surgery but it was regulated with pain meds.
  • Excruciating neck and back pain: This one threw me for a loop.  I felt very uncomfortable on the OR table after pushing on it for such a long time.  Then when they set me up for the c-section I remember telling the anesthesiologist that my neck and back hurt. But the worst was after…it hurt to look down at them while trying to feed them and I could not get comfortable to sleep..and the pain meds did not touch this pain AT ALL.  It gave me a nauseating headache and just made things miserable. I am seeing a chiropractor and she is helping a ton (oh, and she has twins and went through a very similar experience to mine!) It still comes and goes, but I am trying to do simple stretches and such to help!
  • Swelling: After receiving fluids throughout both procedures, my whole body swelled.  I could not see my knees.  And it pooled in my right hip so my lopsided belly to the left and a huge right hip…I looked sexy!!!  It took a full 2 weeks for the swelling to go down.  I finally have ankles again and can wear more that one pair of flip flops…just in time for the cooler weather!

Swollen Feet 

  • Huge bruise on my left side: this one shocked me! The nurse in the hospital asked me if I had fallen…uh, no?!? The doctor later said that it was from the incision and that some blood had pooled over on that side.  This pic is after delivery!


  • Hematoma: A blood filled mass developed under the skin.  You know the bruise mentioned above…it was firm to the touch and tender so I called and they checked and called it a hematoma.  We are hoping that it re-absorbs on its own.  I am putting heat on it at night and hoping that it goes away.
  • Hemorrhoids: no need to explain myself!

Each day I am getting better and better…as of right now I am only taking ibuprofen a couple times a day, so I’d say that is pretty good! 

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Many Firsts…

We had their first family dinner,  pediatrician appointment and their first sponge bath, and meeting their cousin Blakeley for the first time! What a week!.

First Family Dinner!


First Pediatrician appt!


First Sponge bath…boy were they not happy!

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First attempt at a cousin pic…we are going to have to work on this!


Home Sweet Home!

As glad as I was to be headed home, I was not feeling very well (as you can see in the pics!).  The babies did great during their first car ride!

All strapped in!


Cheking out!


Loaded in the car!


Home at last!


Meeting big brother and big sister!


Enjoying some family time!

Finley and Zane had so many visitors while in the hospital!

Grammy and GiGi


Gran P and GiGi


Papa Tank




Uncle Joe and Aunt Angela all the way from Phoenix!


Aunt Jan and Uncle Ryan


I think my mom has one of Aunt Sarah!! So sorry, Sarah, but i am sure we’ll make up for it I am sure!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Birth story.

We arrived at the hospital on Thursday, September 24 to welcome Finley and Zane into the world. We had a wonderful nurse, Sarah who got me all hooked up and settled in….she was great and explained everything in detail.

I was still at 4 cm, but fully effaced that morning.  We got the pitocin hooked up along with fluids and monitors. The doc came in and broke my water and I started to progress nicely! It was neat to be able to watch the contractions and heartbeats of the babies.  It took me a while to actually feel the contractions (I am so not complaining!). But once I did, it was shortly after that I requested drugs!

The anesthesiologist  came in a did the epidural.  It wasn’t easy for her to do since I had so much swelling  and edema .  She also informed me that my spine was curved making it difficult to place and that she was not sure if it was a spinal that she had given or an epidural because she was blindly placing it.  At the end of the day, it was an epidural and placed correctly.

I could feel the pressure of the contractions and that is when I called the nurse and she came to check and I was 9.5 cm.  Off to the OR!!!  We got settled into the OR and started pushing around 4:00…it was just Gary,, the nurse, and me for a while pushing, and pushing, and pushing. 5:00 shift change was quickly approaching and I started progressing slowly.  My nurse called her hubby to try to stay longer, but wasn’t able to.  Unfortunately that is where things started to change.  I stopped being able to feel the contractions and therefore was not pushing properly. I continued to push a while longer until no progress was being made.  It was then that we had to make a decision.  My doc came in and told us our options, and that is when we decided that c-section would be the safest route. 

As soon as we made that decision, the room filled with docs, nurses, anesthesiologists and pediatricians.  It was amazing how fast they had me ready.  Within 10 minutes, the babies had  arrived.  Needless to say I was exhausted, emotional, and immediately  in love with the 2 most precious miracles.

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My recovery is a whole other story!  I am on the mend, but it sure started out rough.