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Sinner saved by grace. Wife to a cute preacher. Momma to 2 precious baby boys. Blessed beyond measure. And I deserve none of it.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Reflecting on ONE

As I type this out, I am overwhelmed with so much emotion. My babies turn one tomorrow. We are saying goodbye to bottles and rattles and hello to sippy cups and walking toys. It seems like just yesterday, d handed me those 2 sweet baby boys for the first time. Though I knew they were Luke and Jude, I had no idea who they really were or what they needed. I simply knew my heart could burst at that moment. Here were two precious baby boys that were ours.

I am surprisingly not weepy as we say goodbye to the infancy stage. What a scary, newness that it was! I cherished those days, but I am glad to see this new stage upon on. Personality and independence are getting more fun and challenging every day. I know these upcoming days will bring a whole slew of new challenges but I am enjoying and look forward to this journey. 

Even though we have had what I believe to be excellently, easy babies, I still feel that a celebration of  survival is in order. Hallelujah, we survived infancy with twins! But in celebrating this milestone, I am reminded of so much. God's goodness still baffles me. A year ago we experienced His goodness in a way that falls only under salvation and our wedding day. Hearing those sweet cries for the first time will forever be one of the greatest moments in my life.

The journey of parenthood has brought about many changes. Our schedules have changed.  We realize we are people who need a lot of sleep. I have realized a new love for and dependence on coffee. We have been humbled. We have been challenged. And of course we had no idea we could love 2 little people so much.

Jude and Luke, thank you for rocking our world. We love you more than you'll ever know!


Monday, December 1, 2014

Jude and Luke 11 months

3 meals a day- anything and everything
4 bottles a day
Started dropping one bottle
Introduced cow milk and they love it

10-12 hours a night
2- 2.5 hour naps a day
They need it. They are like their parents and require sleep and will make it known when they haven't had enough.

-Still strongly pulling up and cruising, but no walking on their own yet.
-Jude still prefers his army crawl over a normal crawl. He can do it but switches to the army crawl when he wants to get somewhere quickly.
-Jude's front right tooth popped through and the other top front one is close behind. He also had a molar pop through.
-Luke is still holding strong with his 2 bottom front teeth. We think his top fang-ish teeth may be fixing to break through.
-They say, "mom,mom,mom," "dadada" and "byebyebye." Everything comes in 3's.
-Jude does an adorable 2 handed wave thats all wrist and he does it very dramatically.
-Luke's wave is normally towards himself and its a shy wave unlike Jude's.
-Our whole family got the stomach bug... enough said.
-Luke was diagnosed with his first ear infection on their 11 month bday. 

Happy 11 months to my sweet, happy boys!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Jude and Luke 10 months

Life around our house has been full of babbling, crawling, pulling up, and cruising. 

Jude has 3 bottom teeth. Luke has 2.

Jude is still army crawling. Luke is normal crawling.

Jude just learned to pull up. Luke has been pulling up for awhile and is now cruising.

Jude weighs 20.5lbs. Luke weighs 20lbs.

Jude's favorite word: va-va-va-va... whatever that is.

Luke uses more blend combos. He did say, "Bye-Bye" the other night.

They both wave bye-bye.

Jude shakes his head "no" very dramtically. It's funny when he does it as I'm telling Luke "no." It's ironic because Luke so far seems to understand it better than Jude. Luke will stop what he's doing. Jude will smile and keep doing it.

In their babble, they've both said, "mom-mom-mom" and "da-da-da"... now if they were referring to us I'm not sure. I doubt it.

Jude has become more picky in eating. Luke seems to eat anything. Luke decided baby food was not for him and much prefers real food. Both babies prefer to eat whatever we are eating even if they've already eaten.

Their current favorite food: blueberries.

They drink 4 bottles a day and eat 3 meals a day. 

Their favorite toy is a ball... doesn't matter what kind. They throw it then chase it. Then eat it. Then repeat.

They sleep 10-12 hours a night. And they take two 1.5-2.5 hour naps a day.

They love people and most of the time give smiles freely. Luke smiled and flirted with the nurse who gave him his flu shot while Jude gave her death stares the whole time.

We've recently converted our living into a safe baby room. Removing the dvds and xbox out from under the tv. Moving the love seat out from the corner as well as the curtains and making that the baby corner where they can play freely. Baby gates are on the stairs and door ways to keep them contained. They love to move and explore and touch EVERYTHING. Life is busy, but oh so fun. I find myself saying no numerous times a day. The teaching and training is in full swing. It's not always a fun job, but I know its a very important one. The sweet, chubby, baby squeezes make up for the not so fun parts.

And my favorite part of this corner is the phot collages that disply their newborn pics and more recent ones. 

Life this last month:

They really are excellent babies, but sometimes we do have moments like this:

Happy 10 months!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Jude and Luke 9 months

Jude and Luke are 9 months old today. This has been a fun month of exploration and learning the word, "No."

They are talking and babbling almost constantly. They play and laugh together. Jude follows Luke everywhere. Jude is army crawling almost as quickly as Luke crawls on all fours. Although Jude looks more like a lizard to me.

Jude still only has 2 bottom teeth and now Luke has his bottom 2 teeth as well.

They now think they need to be eating whatever we are eating so mushy baby food is almost a thing of the past. They still get 7-8oz of formula or breastmilk every 3-4 hours. They are sleeping 10-12 hours a night with two 1.5-2.5 hour naps a day. Self feeding is one of the cutest, funniest things to watch.

Jude loves to clap.

This was the first time Luke pulled up on something.

This sums them up. Luke is my explorer and Jude, though he does like following Luke around, he is more likely to stay put and play.

Sweet profile of his duck lips

Sweet Jude's pumpkin face.


They move so much its hard to get clear pictures! But you can still catch the cuteness of this shark and monkey.

This cute baby (Luke), standing jut like this, looked up and saw my coke can. I said, "You see momma's coke?" He clear as day said, "Coke." Then I kept prodding just in case it was a fluke. Sure enough, he kept saying, Coke. He babbles other words, but Coke he said on cue.

Happy 9 months to my favorite baby boys!