Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Currently

Browsing...
So many blogs. I fell so far behind on keeping up with my favorite bloggers while on maternity leave that I think it will take me weeks to get myself caught back up. I also am reading up on baby sleeping schedules for 4 month olds.

Watching...
Nothing at the moment, but when we are at home and the girls are in bed, we have been watching Secrets and Lies. So in love with this show. I get so excited when an episode pops up in our dvr. Also we are finally getting around to watching House of Cards. I am so far behind which is crazy as I watched the last two seasons in a day or two.

Wishing...
I was with my babies right now. They are so close (across the street) but so far away. Mommy misses them so much.

Excited for...
The weekend. My momma and I are brunching it up with the girls and then heading out to a massive kids sale (all new and gently used clothing). And the countdown is on to our annual Graeagle trip. This time the girls will be with us as last time they were brand new embryos in mommy's belly. And we thought there was only one, but we were blessed with two!

Wondering...
How I am ever going to find a bikini top that will fit these huge milkers. I tried on a bikini top, pre-pregnancy one and it doesn't fit at all. And I went to my go-to Victoria Secret to see if they made cute bikini tops in my size...nope. Ugh. I might need to up the band to fit the tatas. Plus the bikini I really want, the Milly Bikini from Triangl, I am afraid it won't fit. Even the Small++ (fits d-dd cup bust) might be too small. Do I risk it and send it back if it doesn't fit?
 
Frustrated by...
Our dvr box is about to crash. Well it has been about to crash for a month or so. It is agonizingly slow and we finally called AT&T for a new box which was great. But the frustrating part...instead of sending us a brand new box that has cloud features, they sent us one that is a month newer than the old one. May 2011 folks. So now we have to wait it out again and try to binge watch our shows on a dvr that barely works and hope we don't lose all of our saved shows. Boo.

Craving...
Spaghetti. Pasta. Sushi. You name it, I want it. Pumping means I am starving all the time and I don't have the luxury of a pantry or frig one room away from me. Thankfully, it seems I have cut the sweets down to almost nothing since having these sweet babies.

Sipping on...
Delicious coffee. It is the only thing that keeps me going through the day. Waking up at 4:45 am to get ready, pump, feed the girls and get to work is exhausting.  

Monday, April 20, 2015

My First Day Back

Well the day that I have dreaded for 16 weeks is finally here. The day I go back to work. The day I leave my babies at a daycare. The day I spend more than 2 1/2 hours away from them.

Today is hard. But I know each passing day will get easier and the tears will be less each day, but in the meantime, I dream about being home with them again. The silver lining...I can go see them on breaks and lunch. Please oh please be lunch time already.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Weekend

We had a pretty good weekend other than the girls might be going through a growth spurt which means our babies are a bit fussy and taking down way more milk.

My husband took Friday off work and we headed to Sacramento. This was huge for us since we have only been to our parents house with the girls for "big" outings. I bought a car battery charger for my pump on Thursday which was a huge life saver. I would recommend getting one.

We headed to Vacaville for the outlets. First stop was Carters and Osh Kosh for the girls...even though we have them in Reno. We bought the girls a bunch of summery rompers and dresses. The girls finally fit in size 3 clothes and we need to stock up on more since they go through so many outfits a day (mostly due to drooling now).
 Avery enjoyed her day in Sacramento
 And so did Miss Sutton

Then my husband and I proceeded to buy the place out. Ok not really, but we both did buy a lot which is weird considering we pay our first daycare bill this week ($1,456 per month...Ouch). In between shopping, I would pump in the car (or while we were driving) and we would feed the girls on the go. I think we all did a great job with this. We even changed a really poopy diaper on the tailgate of our truck. I think the day was a success. A long day, but a good day.

Saturday we didn't do much since we had a big day Friday. But we did enjoy some breakfast at this crepe place. Yum. And I had about 6 cups of coffee that day. The girls grandparents came by to visit with them since they left to Mexico today. We are very jealous as we usually go there each year, but we have to wait it out until next year.

Sunday we did some gardening. It felt really good to get outside and be in the sun. The girls enjoyed themselves too. Then we ended our day with massages. I loved it. Been far too long.

The weekend flew by in an instant it seemed and I am on my final week of maternity leave. Boy will things be different after next weekend.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Maternity Leave

Well my last week of maternity leave is here. It has gone by way to fast and in a short week, I will experience what my husband so many weeks ago did. I won't get to see my girls ALL DAY EVERYDAY.

We made the choice to send our girls to daycare. I would love if a grandparent could watch them for us, but none of our parents are retired...YET. I tried to get my mom to retire, but sadly she still has about 7 years left.

But we did our research, had advice from friends and decided to send our girls to the daycare across the street from our work. Super convenient yes, but we just like the place in general. There are only four children (infants) to one teacher and two of those babies are ours. It is a Christian based program, it is reasonably priced and comes highly rated.

Now I just have to make it through my first day of work while they are there. But in the meantime, I am going to soak up every ounce of these babies and enjoy my week off with them.

But going back to work also means I can blog more. I won't have my little ones to attend to and keep me from finishing my post (I have a few drafts in my folder). I also will get back the adult interaction everyday and get myself out of the house everyday. So I have to look at the good with the bad and transition into my new life.

But look at these faces...how can one leave them?
 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Easter Highlights

 Our Easter weekend was pretty special this year since it was our first having our girls to celebrate with. I guess every holiday will feel this way, but this was the first we could do things for the girls. We got them dressed up, got them a small Easter basket and they met so many family members. It was definitely a great weekend.

I am not really into doing the matchy outfits for the girls except for special occasions, and Easter was one of those. Check out my matching baby girls.

The tights are a bit big, but they look so adorable in their outfits. I can't get over their cuteness. The girls received a bunch of Easter gifts from their grandparents, great grandma and cousins. They are spoiled and loving it!

I can't wait for next years Easter so we can decorate eggs (maybe just my husband and I) and have the girls hunt for Easter eggs. Oh the cuteness that will be.

How was your Easter weekend?

And one more photo because Avery was just being too darn cute for the camera.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Oh Hey Friday

Can you believe Easter is this weekend? I can't. And it's the first Easter for the girls. I am beyond excited. I am really looking forward to celebrating all the holidays with the girls. I am late on this train, but we are going to Target today to pick up some items for the girls Easter baskets. I am thinking books, stuffed animals, maybe new Wubba Nubs, an outfit or two and whatever else I can find. Hopefully I don't break the bank.

I can't wait to show you all the girls Easter outfits. We bought them a few weeks ago and they are matching. I am not really into the matching outfits for identical twins other than holidays or special days. And Easter is one of them. So look out for that post Monday-ish.

But today is Friday, and that means link up day. I haven't done one in weeks, so it's time to get back in the game. So here are my five randoms for Oh Hey Friday.

One. Almost two weeks ago someone hit my car while I was in a coffee shop getting my husband and I coffees. I didn't even notice until I saw the note on my windshield. It didn't seem like much, but the estimate is over $1,000 to fix it. It needs some new paint, there is a dent, the door handle is messed up and sticks, some parts need to be replaced, etc. The sucky part is trying to do this with the girls. I took them to the estimate, but I won't be able to take them when I drop the car off because I have to get a rent a car and put their carseat bases in that thing. Way to hard to do with the babies there. Thankfully my mother-in-law is going to watch the girls. Love having family around!

Two. The girls first Easter as I said above. I am really excited to start our own traditions for holidays. Plus next year the girls can go on Easter egg hunts. Oh the cuteness that will be!

Three. It is my moms birthday this weekend (Saturday to be exact) and I wanted to wish her a very Happy Birthday! She is going to be...Oh don't worry I won't tell. But I will tell you this, she is a young grandma since she had me at 19.

Four. Getting eyelash extensions. I have been on the fence about getting extensions again (I had them for my wedding and a bit after) as it is costly, but I am so happy I got them. Not only will it make my life easier getting ready in the mornings (which is great since I have twins and not as much time as I used to), but I can wear less make up and still have that wow factor.

I went to see Jess at Maza Salon in Reno, and I can't recommend her enough. And not just because she is my friend. She is awesome at what she does. She mixes the eyelash lengths and curls to get a more realistic look but still have that wow factor. Go see Jess if you are in the Reno/Tahoe area.

Five. My girls, my husband and my pup. I am so thankful to have such a full and happy life. My husband's birthday was last week (Monday March 23rd) and he is still the most handsome man I have ever laid my eyes upon. He is my rock, my love, my life and my support. Plus he gave me the cutest twins EVER.
Baby smiles (Sutton on the left, Avery on the right)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

My Maternity Leave is Coming to an End

I can't believe I only have 2 1/2 weeks left at home with my baby girls. The time has flown by in an instant it seems. Even those tough days flew by.

I will be going back to work on April 20th and I am having mixed feelings about it. One moment I wish more than anything that I could be a stay at home mommy. And then the next I am ready to go back to work.

I crave the adult interaction and some freedom (like going to the bathroom without babies screaming for me), but I will miss their sweet faces all day. I don't know how new mommies do it. I know this though, I will be at the daycare everyday that first week during lunch (the daycare is across the street from my work) to see them. I haven't been away from them for more than 2-3 hours at a time except my one night hospital stay, and that was really HARD.

How do moms cope with going back to work and not being with their babies? Did you pumping/supply go down when you went back to work? Any tips or tricks to keep your supply up?

Also, the list of things the girls need for daycare is insane, but reasonable I guess. But times that by two? Ouch. Two more sets of sheets, boxes of diapers, more bottles, wipes in a hard case, Aquaphor, pacis, milk, blanket (if wanted), 2 to 3 changes of clothes per baby and sunscreen (for summer outtings).

Hopefully they give us report cards for the babies and keep us posted on their schedule. I am hoping the girls get a better schedule for napping down. Right now they sort of nap opposites of each other except the later afternoon nap.

Any ideas or suggestions on how to make transitioning back to work and daycare easier for mommy and babies?