Thursday, June 30, 2011

hospital high livin'

Photo on 2011-05-16 at 18.24

Taken in May, measuring almost full term.

Well, I'm still here. It's been 2 weeks and 2 days, and I'm just hoping and praying that this Monday they'll let me go home until the girls come. They are happy and healthy, are now over 4 lbs each, and the meds seem to be keeping things quiet on my end. My Dr. is so happy that I've lasted this long, and I just want to say, Please oh please oh please can I go home?

What's been OK about hospital living:

 - Cable TV. We don't have cable, so I've been watching Food Network and HGtv like crazy. I looove House Hunters International and Paula Deen cracks me up.

 - My big room with windows and a garden view. When the doctor told me I would be staying for another two weeks, she said, "But I'll get you a better room."

 - The nurses are nice.

 - A daily wheelchair ride through the garden when Andy comes after work. Fresh air, ahhhhh.

- Watching loads of BBC Masterpiece shows like Downton Abbey and funky foreign films on Netflix.

- Reading Sophie Kinsella books. Highly entertaining, and doesn't take much focus.

- Having time to read and read and read about twins and taking care of babies. The Mothering Forums have been a constant friend.

But nothing, and I mean NOTHING, is as good as being in your own home, in your own bed, without someone waking you up every few hours to check your BP and your babies' heart rates...and discovering the first stretch marks in the bad bathroom lighting (noooooo!) Seriously, leave us alone!

Photo on 2011-06-30 at 13.07

Definitely bigger, and feeling it, too.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

garden party shower.

My two very dear friends, with lots of help from my aunties, mom, and grandma, threw me the most stunning garden party shower earlier this month. It was down in Jacksonville, in my parents' backyard, and everything was absolutely perfect. I was so blessed by the hard work and the details that had gone into the planning - it was unbelievable! Walking out onto the patio brought tears to my eyes because I just knew how much had gone into making this a very special party. Move over, Martha!

The table runners and napkins were hand-sewn by my aunts. They were gorgeous. 

The party favors of body scrub were made by dear friend and shower planner Jessi's brother, Matt.


The gazillion poofballs (there are more you can't see) were made by all and hung by my dad.


The flower arrangements were put together by my good friend Emmalee. The flowers are from the transplants of our prior business venture - a produce stand and cutting garden. Epic fail, but such good and hilarious memories!


This mama's special chair!


All the food was made by dear friend and shower planners Tiffany and Jessi. Tiff is a fabulous cook and Jessi is a trained pastry chef. Everything was d.e.l.i.s.h.

240325_10150267379705027_539335026_9318960_2535006_oWhen they asked me for any special requests, I had one word: BACON!! And who wouldn't love a bacon bouquet?

The mimosa bar. TJ's limeade, blueberry pomegranate juice, and freshly squeezed OJ (by my dad with his juicer). Need I say more?


Enjoying food, friends, and fellowship. It was also exciting for me because a number of girlfriends from high school and previous jobs came that I hadn't seen in years. It was so good to reconnect!


Each gift at this shower was so thoughtful and special.

My daughters are so blessed to be surrounded by such loving people.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Father's Day and a Birthday.

Photo on 2011-06-19 at 10.27
Today we are spending Father's Day and Andy's 29th birthday in a teeny little hospital room. I've been here since Tuesday, after being admitted for preterm labor. After a few days on some not-so-nice drugs (which I don't remember much of), it seems like labor has slowed down enough for us to hopefully go home tomorrow. The girls are doing fabulously, and they are so's just their "house" that doesn't seem to understand that it isn't time for them to come out yet.

But Andy has been here the whole time, taking days off from work and sleeping here, so much so that one night nurse commented, "Well, I hear that you just do everything for her!" And he does, making me feel loved and safe even when circumstances leave us scared and worried, and even when he might go crazy from boredom after being in a hospital room for almost a week straight. He woke up this morning from his narrow bench next to my hospital bed without a card or a special gift or surprise; I could only tell him how much I appreciated his presence and was thankful beyond words that he is our new little family's provider and protector.


Monday, June 13, 2011



We'll be attempting cloth diapers for the girls (once we figure out breastfeeding, first things first) and I've been looking for cloth wipe solution recipes, and found Zany Zebra, a great site with lots of info.

I think I'll start with the basic recipe, using burt's bees or earth mama angel baby oil + earth mama angel baby shampoo/body wash + water. Later, I might try the castile soap solution.

We'll be saving a good chunk of money not only on diapers, but on wipes, too. There's a great beginner's tutorial on Simple Organic that got me excited and motivated. You can make wipes from almost anything, including old t-shirts or extra receiving blankets! A perfect project for these last weeks where I'm too uncomfortable to do much of anything.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Fill in the Blank Friday

Courtesy of Lauren @ The Little Things We Do...

she's going to the beach this weekend! lucky girl! 


(Coastline of the Cinque Terre, Italy 2010)

1.   This weekend I'm relaxing and  we're going to a Natural Baby Care class at MotherTree Birth! I signed up for the class with a coupon from the PDX Birth Bucks booklet. 
2.  My last vacation was Europe! Oh, so sad to think about. We definitely live on those memories right now.
3.  My next vacation will be errr....probably not for a while especially with the babies coming. What I wouldn't give for a nice beachside holiday right now.
4.  My favorite way to relax is  definitely the classic dinner-and-a-movie! Or, a massage or pedi. 
5.  When vacationing one should always remember to chill out and let go of preconceived expectations - then the best things happen!
6.  When vacationing one should never keep your cell phone on. It's definitely one of my little "rules". Check it once a day for emergencies, that's it. 
7.  The best part about a vacation is  how nourishing to the soul it is, especially when you're with loved ones and everyone is relaxed and in good spirits.
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