Thursday, July 31, 2008

As you wish . . .

I guess people are getting sick of looking at my poopy shirt! Here are some pictures to delight you.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

You think YOU had a bad day . . .

I was changing Owen this morning, he had a poopy diaper and it was no big deal. Suddenly there was an explosion and it shot all over my shirt, my arm, hit the carpet, the hard wood and shot onto the rug under our table. I didn't even know what to do I was shocked! I laughed good, got the camera and documented it. What else is there to do? Oh-I also cleaned up the mess.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Owen's sweet sleeping face and his disgruntled face.

Owen and Chase in their prison stripes

Chase and Owen at the Arboretum

Who Do You Look Like?

From the moment the babies arrived people have asked, "Who do they look like?" It was pretty easy to tell that Owen looked like Jeff but we couldn't figure out who Chase looked like. My Mom and I have been looking at him for the past few weeks saying, "We know he looks like someone, we just can't figure out who." Well, the mystery was solved Saturday night when my cousin Wendy told us he looked like my Mom! The person he looked like was right before our eyes the entire time!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Jeff with Chase

Owen and Grandma

Owen Smiling

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Bye Bye Bumper

You read that bumpers shouldn't be used in cribs, right? Well I thought, surely my boys won't roll over for a couple months or even move, I have time to use the cute bumper. Sure enough, wiggle worm (Owen) moved his little body right up next to the bumper a few nights back. I went in for a 3 am feeding to find him pressed up against the bumper. I proceeded to do what any new mom would do-I ripped that bumper right out of the crib. I couldn't believe he had moved already and was so scared for him. I'm glad he was ok, but now I understand the "no bumper" rule. The bumper will be displayed nicely on the closet shelf. Bye Bye Bumper.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Good Sleep

The boys slept very well last night, praise God! They wake up every 3 hours for their feedings, but go right back to sleep. We have a little difficulty getting them to bed at 10:00, but they are doing better. It's been a good couple days. Each time I wake up for a feeding I'm a little bummed to be getting up, but as soon as I see the faces of my babies I smile and am so happy to be getting up. It's amazing how much love I feel for them.

Grandma Anderson is back and we've had a fun couple days. We put Chase and Owen in cute little outfits today and took them to a green house to look around. I had a little trouble getting the new stroller into the trunk and I thought it wasn't going to fit. I was wondering what I would do-we'd have to get a new car! I wouldn't ever be able to leave, what would I do, etc. Mom came out and very calmly helped me maneuver the stroller so it actually fit in the trunk. Praise the Lord! :) The boys love their Grandmas and the time they get to spend with each of them. We are very lucky to have our parents so close and willing to help.

We've had a lot of visitors, which is fun. It helps us stay connected to the "real world". The boys love to be held, so visitors are very welcome in their book.

Sunday we went to our neighbors house. He is a photographer and had asked to take pictures of the twins for his portfolio. It was a lot of fun. Jeff and I each got peed on twice, as the boys were nude for some of the shots. They did very well and we are super happy with the pictures he took.

My face is slowly getting better. I have a little muscle movement on the left now and am choosing to remain positive about it. It's only been 3 weeks today so I'm remaining patient.

Chase sure likes to grunt. He makes the most noise out of anyone in the house. Each time he moves he grunts-lifts his arm, he grunts. Owen is much more quiet and relaxed about things. He's pretty easy going like his Mommy. ha ha. Both boys are just delightful and bring so much joy to our lives. They love their baths, swings, bouncy seats and sleep. Thank goodness they like sleep-hopefully it will continue.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Our Bible study group hung this sign for us outside the house!

Daddy with Chase and Owen

Burping Owen

Bottle Time

Chase and Owen had their first bottles today! They did super! Chase downed his (2.5 oz) as usual. Owen took his time but finished his as well. Jeff and Grandma Sandy got to feed them, which was a treat for them. We are happy they took the bottle as it frees up some time for me and allows others to interact with them.

Yesterday Chase rolled over for the first time. :) He was pretty happy with himself. Owen rolled over for the first time at the Dr. at 5 days of age. He's pretty wiggly and will roll often when we are having play time. They are both learning to say Mommy and Daddy and should be advancing on to Grandma and Grandpa within in the week. ha ha

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

2 week check up

We had Chase and Owen's 2 week check up today. I was really excited to see how much they weighed and to ask my questions of the Dr. Sandy came with so we were able to get both boys fed, in the car seats and to the clinic with time to spare! Chase weighed in at 7 lbs! Owen weighed 6 lbs. 14.5 oz. They are both up 1 whole pound from their birth weight, which I guess is a big deal! Grandma and I were very happy. They are healthy all around. I found out I can start introducing a bottle at any point, which will be nice for late night feedings. :) Right now Owen is in the Moby Wrap sleeping with me and Chase is in the swing fighting sleep. He's pretty noisy. He likes to grunt and make all sorts of noises. Owen likes to stretch out his body and head and can be hard to hold on to at times. They are just great little boys and we feel so blessed to have them in our family.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Aunt Lindsay, Uncle Patrick and cousin Sophia visited the babies.

Mommy and her boys

Chase is on the left and Owen the right. Chase was born
with a little birthmark on his cheek.

Just minutes old


June 30th,
The babies birth story begins on June 30th. We went to Abbott Northwestern Hospital at 3:00 because I was having some drooping of my face. I was pretty concerned as this isn't typical for me! :) The babies and I were assessed and found to be doing well. Because I was at 38 weeks the Dr. decided to admit me and start the labor process. After eating at McDonald's I was admitted at about 7:30 that night. During this time my face continued to get worse and I got very concerned. No one could tell me what was going on, but assured me I was ok. A nurse came in around 9:30 and they gave me some medicine to begin labor.

July 1,
At 4:00 a.m. my water broke and labor pains began. At 6:30 they started petocin and I began to dilate. I began to experience pain with my contractions and decided to get an epidural. At 9:00 I got the epidural, however it didn't work. By 11:00 I was in a lot of pain and was wondering why. The Dr. came in and discovered they had put the epidural into a vein, which is why it wasn't delivering the relief I wanted. The Dr. decided to do another epidural, however the anesthesiologist was in a c-section and couldn't get to me for at least 30 minutes. I had hit a wall and demanded something for pain. They gave me nubain, which made me really goofy and sleepy. Right after giving me nubain the anesthesiologist showed up and gave me the new epidural. After this I felt my legs go numb for the first time and was able to take small cat naps between nurse and Dr. visits. At some point a neurologist came in to talk to me to tell me I had Bell's Palsy. I was happy to hear I wasn't having a stroke. She put me on some drugs, talked to me about what to expect and when it should go away. I don't remember much of this, however, because I was so drugged up! The Bell's Palsy should resolve itself with time. At about 3:30 I was dilated almost to 10 and was very uncomfortable, as the epidural was wearing off again. The Dr. wasn't ready for me to start pushing so we held off. At 5:00 there was a shift change and a new Dr. came on. I was very ready to begin pushing, but she had to deliver another baby right then! About 5:30 they wheeled me to the OR (all twins at Abbott are delivered in the OR in case an emergency c-section is needed) and began to set things up. I was in extreme pain by this point and was ready to get the babies out. Still no Dr. Finally the nurses let me begin to push. About 5 minutes later the Dr. came in and we began actively pushing. Jeff was very helpful and got me through some of the worst pain. Finally at 6:11 Chase Robert was born and placed on my stomach. He was beautiful and I had some relief. The Dr. broke Baby B's water and I began pushing again. At 6:19 Owen James was born and once again I had a baby on my stomach to stare at in wonder. Both babies cried a little and then were quiet under the warmer. Jeff and I looked at each other, cried, laughed and were in awe at what had just happened. They were so perfect, just little bundles of joy and love. We got to our room that night about 10:30, Chase and Owen were given their first bath about 11:30 p.m. and Jeff and I slept very well that night! We feel so lucky to have such healthy and wonderful little babies to call our own. We know it has all been ordained by God and we praise Him.

Chase weighed in at 6lbs. 0 oz. and was 19 inches long. Owen was 5 lbs. 14 oz. and was 18.5 inches long. Both of them had very long fingernails and dark brown hair.

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Monday, July 14, 2008

This is the first day of our new blog! I thought it would be the easiest way to let friends and family know what is going on with Chase and Owen. They are 2 weeks old tomorrow and are doing great. Right now they are laying on a blanket having "awake time". This is in the hopes that they will sleep better tonight! :) I was up until 4:00 with them last night, which was fun bonding time. Today Owen was having tummy time and he rolled over. This doesn't surprise me that much, considering he rolled from his back to his tummy at his weight check appointment when he was 5 days old! We have some motivated children. Chase and I read about dump trucks today. He looked intently at the pictures (not really), but seemed to enjoy my voice reading it to him. Grandma Sandy arrived today to spend a week with us. I'm very excited to have her and to have help. My Mom was here last week and helped immensely. She'll be back! :)