Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Baby Girls are 8 Months!

I know I am a few days late, but I finally got around to writing about the girls being 8 months. I am usually on top of my game, but not this time. And can I just say how hard it is to get the girls to sit still, take photos, actually smile and look at the camera. Getting harder each month. Not the best photos, but nevertheless still cute.

Our girls are growing up so fast. This month has been by far the biggest changes for the girls (in our opinion).

nicknames: Avery: Avery Girl, Avey, Bunny, Chunky Monkey  Sutton: Sutton Muffin, Sutte, Bear Cub, Little Miss

weight: Avery was weighed a week and a half ago at the pediatrician (for her tear duct check up) and she weighed 15 pounds 8 ounces, so I am guessing she is over 16 pounds now. Sutton hasn't been weighed recently, but if her sister is over 16 pounds, she is either right there or just under. My girls are getting so big!

sleep: The girls have been sleeping so much better lately (don't want to jinx it). Sutton has been sleeping through the night consistently, and Avery has been waking up once or twice for her paci and then right back to sleep. Sometimes she self soothes (puts her own paci in or calms herself down too) and other times we are up at it. Naps are a whole different story. When they are at daycare they will take several small naps or an occasional 2 hour nap. When they are at home, they will sleep for 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours twice a day and maybe a small cat nap here and there. It used to be opposite, and I think the girls are just wanting to be up with all the other kids at daycare. It's a work in progress.

eats: this month has been so much better for purees for Miss Avery. Last month she didn't have much interest in food other than her bottles, but this month, girlfriend has upped her game. She LOVES sweet potatoes. Sutton still loves purees. The girls have had carrots, sweet potatoes, apple sauce, pears, squash, peas, green beans (hated them), avocado (hated it when it is by itself, but loves it mixed with other things), kiwi, spinach, mango, orange (mixed), pineapple (mixed), raspberry (mixed) and banana.

As for milk, they still get one breast milk bottle a day (currently). I have been weaning over the last month, so they had mostly breast milk until the last week where they got more formula than milk. They have milk 5 times a day with 190 mls per bottle.   
 
loves: Sutton: Baby girl loves to sit up now. She would rather sit up and see the world then lay down. She loves sitting, then lowering herself to the ground and slowly bringing herself back up. She has some strong ab muscles. She has been using her hands to grab everything in sight and then puts it all into her mouth. She is turning around (her body) when sitting up to see more things and has gotten into the crawl position (but more on accident). She loves chewing on blankets, her WubbaNub, her teething toys and her hands. She has learned to throw things (especially her WubbaNub) and also puts her paci back in her mouth now. She holds her bottle almost every feeding now. Sutton loves being outside. She loves going on walks in her Ergo carrier and the beach. Sutton loves scooting and rolling around. When you put her over your legs, she will be in the crawling position for a long time. She just hasn't figured out what to do next. I think it is time to baby proof soon. Sutton loves raspberries on her tummy, bath time, getting her diaper changed, waking up in the morning and snuggles. Sutton loves to babble and scream! Sutton is just the sweetest baby. 

Avery: Avery Girl loves to talk. She will babble all day long. She is also a big squealer. Girl has some lungs on her. Avery also loves to sit. She would rather sit than lay down. But when she is laying down, she is always on her side. She loves to roll and scoot around and will be mobile anytime now. Avery loves her toys. She loves chewing on them, waving them around and throwing them. She loves to droll and put everything in her mouth. She loves to chew on her blanket tags, her hands, her paci and toys. Avery loves to hold her bottle and be very independent, but when she sees her momma, she lights up and wants all the snuggles. Avery still loves to pester her sister. She loves to try to chew on her sisters leg, steal her toys, hold her hand and just be around Sutton. Avery loves getting her diaper changed, playing airplane, raspberries on her tummy, bath time and cuddles from her daddy. Avery is such a fun and sweet baby!

dislikes: Avery does not like getting up in the morning. Sutton is a morning girl, but if you wake up Avery, she will cry and scream until she gets her bottle. Girlfriend hates the mornings. The girls started to hate their helmets the last week they were wearing them, so they are pretty happy to have them off. The girls also hate waiting for their food. And with their teething in full force (when will those first teeth finally pop through), they get grumpy.

clothing size: They are wearing 6 month clothing and even a few 6 to 9 month items.

diaper size: Size 2, but we have size 3 on order for September.

Baby girls, I can't believe you are 8 months already. You are growing so fast, changing daily and we fall more in love with you two each day. You are the light of our lives and have forever changed us. We love you baby girls.

Love, Mommy and Daddy
 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

I Have a Secret...

I often get asked if our twins are identical. I always reply yes without missing a step, but in the back of my mind, I have always wondered, are they really identical?

When we first found out we were having twins, there wasn't a way of telling whether or not they were (around 8 or so weeks). Then around 11 weeks, we had an ultrasound that showed a very small membrane between the girls amniotic sacks. My perinatal doctor declared they were identical. We continued to monitor this line which gets harder to see and define as the twins get bigger.

We were also monitored for twin to twin syndrome which happens in identical twins where they share a placenta (fused or not) and one takes more fluid and nutrients than the other. Our girls started off great, but over time, one had more than the other. As long as it was 20% or less difference, we were ok. And luckily at the time of delivery (or close to) they were at a 11% difference.

We would always ask the perinatal doctor if they were in fact identical and he said more than likely, but we wouldn't know until they were born. So we went with it.

Then I had the babies and I had every intention on keeping the placenta to have it dried out and put into capsules to take daily. Gross, I know, but so good for a postpartum woman. Helps stabilize the hormones. Then labor and choas happened. My placenta broke inside of me (part was still attached to my uterus wall) and caused major hemorrhaging. Enough to give me a transfusion.

My husband asked if we could keep it, but the surgeon said it had to go to pathology to be tested since it broke. She said we could find out if the girls were identical or not (the full proof way) once the results came in.

Well we waited until my 2 week postpartum appointment, but the results were not ready yet. Then came the 8 week appointment and I forgot about it. I always just assumed they were. Finally, last week, I got access to all my medical reports and labs (I know so late).

And the final word is: they are diamniotic monochorionic twins or IDENTICAL TWINS

They came from one egg that split around 5 to 8 days, were in separate sacks, but shared a placenta.

So there we have it. Now I can confidently say our girls are identical.

What do you all think? Do they look identical? Who is on the left? Who is on the right?

Monday, August 31, 2015

Weekending

Another weekend flew by in a blink of an eye. And this weekend was far less busy than the previous several have been for me.

Friday started off with lunch with some of my dear friends who are in town for Burning Man. Side note: I would love to go to Burning Man some year (may have missed my time though) to experience it all, especially with how close it is. Anyways, that evening I had a facial/massage and it was needed. Though my esthetician said the left side of my body is really out of whack. Super tight and retaining water.
Twins
 Received this gem when I was at my appointment

Saturday was spent running errands (Target, Total Wine, Whole Foods) and doing household chores. Then we went to my in-laws house for dinner and to see my sister-in-law. Plus the girls turned 8 months on Saturday (post coming soon).

Sunday we headed up to the beach again. So much fun. And my sister-in-law came with us. It wasn't the warmest day (and kind of windy), but we all enjoyed ourselves. Especially the girls.
Twins
Daddy and Avery
Mommy and Sutton

Sunday night I had my first Fantasy Football draft. I would say I did decently considering there was 12 teams. Plus I had two babies to help attend to. Luckily, my husband watched the girls for the most part and allowed me to draft and drink some wine. Win! Next one is next Monday with a six team group. Hopefully I can keep up with my teams this year.  

Our weekend flew by and we have a pretty busy week this week. We have our first home football game this week (Thursday) and the Rib Cook-off Wednesday night (which is date night!) and then we are going camping this weekend. Lots of fun ahead.

How was your weekend?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Twin Fall Favorites

So much going on in my head lately. And it mainly has to do with the holidays. So many holidays are coming up and that means I need festive clothes for the girls, first baby Christmas ornaments, planning a trip to Apple Hill, first and last time camping this year, 1st birthday party for the girls and a trip that is in the works.

I am so excited for everything that Fall has to offer. Plus I am not pregnant this upcoming winter season and that means I can go snowboarding again. Please oh please let it snow a ton this year. Momma has a date with her handsome husband on the hill while her babies are getting spoiled at the grandparents house.

So I thought I would post some of my Fall/Winter favorites for the girls.
 Halloween Costumes for twin girls via Pinterest


Recreating this for our Christmas photo? So darling. We need to figure out our Christmas photo and photos for the girls' first birthday.

1st birthday outfits? via Etsy

Baby's First Christmas Ornament via Etsy

So excited to celebrate the next few months with our sweet baby girls (who will be 8 months this weekend). So many fun times ahead. Next week, they will go to their first of many Nevada Wolf Pack Football games. Don't worry, we have all their football gear ready.

Any ideas you have for me for my girls this holiday season? I already have their "big" birthday presents picked out. Yes I am that mom.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

20 Questions Tuesday

After reading one of my favorite blogs (September Farm) yesterday, I decided to copy/steal borrow the subject of her post.

A game of 20 questions. And I figured now is as good of a time as any other since I have some new readers (thanks by the way!).

1. FAVORITE FOOD?
Italian. I love pasta and pizza. I could live on those every single day, but I would be 400 pounds if I did. My cousin makes the BEST meatballs EVER. Mouth watering, moist (such a gross word) and flavorful. Get in my belly. Oh that's right, they were Sunday night (family dinner).

2. FLIP FLOPS or HIGH HEELS?
A few years ago I would have told you high heels. I love me some high heels, but now that I am a mommy, wearing high heels isn't that practical. I usually chose flats, boots or sandals. But I do still covet high heels and slap them on for special occasions (like the wedding I was in on Saturday).

3.  FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP...FOR ME!
J Crew, Banana Republic and Nordstrom.

4. STANDARD COFFEE ORDER?
The largest vanilla latte. But sadly, we are cutting back on going out for coffee, so on weekdays I get french pressed coffee with some half and half made by myself or my husband (oh the horror, right?).

5. ROAD TRIP MUST HAVE SNACK?
Beef jerky. Hot and sweet or teriyaki. Best snack ever.

6. DIY or HIRE IT OUT?
I love DIY projects, but sometimes you end up spending more time, effort and money to DIY. So some crafts (like wedding stuff, some household items, some baby stuff, etc) I will DIY and the big stuff, I hire out (like our upcoming kitchen remodel).

7. TOP 5 TV SHOWS?
Modern Family, Grey's Anatomy, Orange is the New Black, Breaking Bad, Gossip Girl

8. FAVORITE BOOK?
This one is hard because I love reading on my kindle app, but don't get to do it as often now since I have two little ones running around.

9. FAVORITE FORM OF EXERCISE?
Cardio. I like lifting weights, but there is nothing like running (especially outside), biking or the eliptical to burn all that Italian food off.

10. HOW TALL ARE YOU?
Almost 5'9"

11. DO YOU TRY SOMETHING NEW AT RESTAURANTS OR STICK TO YOUR FAVORITES?
I stick to my favorites a lot, but I am willing to branch out. Plus my husband always makes me try new things at places like Thai, Indian, etc.

12. ONE MAKEUP ITEM YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT?
Mascara. I am not blessed with the longest eyelashes. I feel naked without it. But my husband on the other hand, has long gorgeous lashes. Hopefully our girls get his lashes.

13. WHAT'S ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND?
Lamp, picture from our wedding, baby monitor, ring box.

14. ONE THING MOTHERHOOD HAS TAUGHT YOU?
One that, that's it? Geez it has taught me a lot about myself. Patience and chores can wait. It is best to soak up all the baby snuggles you can get because soon they won't want to cuddle. And having two babies, I have learned a bit about patience. It is still a work in progress, but definitely a must with two.

15. MUSIC THAT REMINDS YOU OF HIGH SCHOOL?
Ha. Punk music. I recently put some of my favorite punk bands into my pandora stations and my husband wasn't so sure what to think. He was into hip hop when he was in high school and I loved the punk music. Makes for an interesting road trip.

16. IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD OTHER THAN YOUR CURRENT CITY, WHERE?
Again, so many choices. I would love Oregon for the West Coast, New York for the East Coast, Florida for the South and Texas for the mid-South. And as for out of country, some place in Europe.

17. TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOU WE MIGHT NOT KNOW
I am deathly afraid of sharks, but find them so fascinating that I often google them. Example: I google great white shark attack videos at least a couple times a year (weird and gross I know). Growing up I wanted to be a doctor or nurse, and I still want to be a nurse. I constantly kick myself in the butt that I chose IT instead of nursing (technology always wins). I have had eight surgeries and those don't include mole removals (one of mine was really bad and required a lot of stitches).

18. WEBSITES YOU READ // BROWSE (besides blogs)
Tahoe Unveiled, Buzzfeed, Perez Hilton (love celebrity gossip), Instagram, Drudge Report

19. MORNING PERSON or NIGHT OWL?
I am becoming more and more of a morning person. I like to get up early (due to my children) and get a lot done during the early morning hours. But I used to be a night owl. Again, children change that.

20. WHAT'S YOUR BEST FEATURE?
My butt. I used to have an awesome bubble butt. Now it isn't quite as lovely after having children, but I am getting it back. Love glut exercises and having a nice tight butt.

Wanna join in? Send me your blog post link so I can get to know you more!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Wedding Weekend

My feet are sore, I have a few bruises and I am tired, but I had the BEST weekend. And I actually made it out alive. It was a crazy busy weekend, but filled with so much love, friendship, food and champagne.

As I mentioned on Friday, we had to take Avery to the pediatrician for her clogged tear duct, and guess what, that is exactly what she has. So we have to massage under her tear duct by rubbing 10 small circles and then massage downwards along her nose. This is to hopefully break up the clog. And if we can't get it to do that, then she can see an eye doctor to see what our next course of action will be.
 Little Miss Avery and momma

Then I got my toes done and another appointment for the girls. Their helmets are off, the doctor took some measurements and they are looking great. So happy for my girls.

I headed up to Montreux Golf Course and County Club for the wedding rehearsal. We rehearsed and it was a scary walk down the aisle. Huge slope on pavement. But a gorgeous location. Then we went to the rehearsal dinner. So much fun hanging out with my friends!
 Bridesmaids with the bride!

Saturday morning I was up bright and early. After hanging out with my girls in the morning, I headed to GSR to meet the bridal party at 7:30 am. From there we headed to the bride's friends house for the days festivities. We had brunch, lunch, got our make up done, hair done, some DIY projects, girl time and spent the day getting ready for the wedding.
 Stacey and I before the ceremony

At 4 pm we headed to the wedding site and watched our friends Nick and Nathalie get married. Beautiful vows. I did cry.
All of the bridesmaids

We took pictures and headed back to cocktail hour where I met this handsome man of mine.
Stunners
And this gorgeous friend of ours

We ate, drank, danced and had the most amazing time.
 Bridesmaid fun
Mike and I cupcake cheersing
 Cake
Cupcakes and cake pops by Cake on Sunday
The gorgeous bride and her mom

After the wedding, we headed back to the GSR (Grand Sierra Resort) to go to Lex for more dancing and fun. My husband and I never go to clubs, so it was fun and a change of pace. We danced even more and stayed up so very late.

Sunday we slept in, went to brunch and went home to our babies who we missed so very much.
 Sweet Sutton with mommy
Sweet Avery girl

We capped off our weekend with a family dinner of Italian food. So good. I need to go on a cleanse pronto. It was an amazing weekend and I am sad to see it end and be back to work on Monday. But my body is glad it is done. 

How was your weekend?

Friday, August 21, 2015

Wedding Friday

Friday is here and I have survived my crazy busy week so far, but there is still time for a meltdown before end of day. I have a busy day planned starting right after work, so I am using my work time to get work done and blog a bit. Once work is done, I am off to a doctor's appointment for my Avery girl. She has a clogged tear duct and we need to see what to do about it. Then it's grabbing lunch on the run, getting a pedicure, running home (if I have time) to change, going to the girls final helmet appointment (final measurements and care instructions) then off to the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. Busy lady here.

And I have to try to squeeze in some time with my ladies. I haven't seen them much this week due to all the evening appointments, but I did get some quality time in with them yesterday. And even some one on one time with Sutton when her sister took a cat nap. Love my girls!

Tomorrow is Nathalie's wedding and I can't wait to share her day with her. Thanks for letting me be a bridesmaid and stand up next to you while you marry Nick (whom we introduced to you!). We love you both!

Now onto my link up. Most likely will be random because I am throwing this together on the fly.

One. Coffee. I can't get enough of it lately. I love it. I need it to survive. We bought a french press, kettle and awesome coffee for work and I have been downing it all day every day. We have been buying from local roasters and it is so good. Plus it saves us soooooo much money ($4 lattes for two everyday hurts the pocketbook). And I am sure I will need coffee all day tomorrow unless my little ladies both sleep through the night (I am looking at you Avery).

Two. Nat's Wedding. I love weddings and reminisced my own wedding Monday (2nd Anniversary). I can't wait for tomorrow.
Nathalie and Danielle at Butler Wedding
MOH Nathalie and I at my wedding

Three. Weekend away with my husband. This wedding weekend comes at a good time (right after our anniversary) and I get to have an overnight with my husband sans babies. This is huge. We have each spent a night or 7 (husband) away from the girls, but never together. Sure we have date nights where we have someone watch the girls, but this time we get a whole night away. Don't get me wrong, I love my girls so much and hate being away from them. But we need a husband and wife evening every once in awhile too. Next time it will be a weekend in Napa/Sonoma!

Four. Football. The first Nevada Wolf Pack game is less than two weeks away. I have been enjoying some preseason NFL games and getting ready for my fantasy football draft. I am in two leagues and I had other offers. Two is going to be hard to handle this year with babies, but I got this. Even more funny, my husband isn't playing this year. Only me and in two leagues. At least he won't have to lose to me AGAIN. Go Pack and Niners!

Five. Halloween. I know Halloween is still months away, but I am starting to think of costumes for the girls. I have seen lots of twin ideas on the web, but I want cute girl twins ones. I see mostly boy/girl costumes. Any suggestions? Can you believe the girls will be 8 months next Saturday? Time flies.

Six. I had to throw in that my girls are eating like champs now. We have tried a ton of purees and so far they have liked them all except green beans and avocado, but they liked avocado in a mix we did. They have had squash, sweet potatoes (a big favorite), apple sauce, mangos, banana, rice cereal, raspberries, green beans, peas, avocado and carrots. It is pretty fun to watch them eat. Sutton loves her food!! And Avery goes crazy for sweet potatoes.