Tuesday, April 30, 2013

4 months old

Dear James and Laura,
I can hardly believe you are already over 4 months old.  It was only a year ago we found out that we were pregnant-  we didn't even know we were going to have twins.  It is amazing how much our lives changed - but not in the obvious ways.  The new inability to sleep well even if you are sleeping, the constant thinking about you even when I don't realize I am.  My new obsession with all things traditional.  No desires for me and 1000s for each of you. 
James-  You started out as my quiet one.  Didn't move much, didn't cry much and happy as a clam alone.  That is no longer the case.  Right now you are in the stage of HAVING to be near someone.  Or held.  You prefer being held-  but not while laying down or sitting.  No, you have to be held while standing up.  You cry at the drop of a hat- if you can't reach a toy or if someone walks out of the room.  You aren't really rolling over much-  unless you are mad that you are alone.  You are quick to grab toys and things to chew on-  but also quick to drop them when bored.  You have surpassed your sister in weight - checking in at 13lbs 10oz.  You also LOVE applesauce.  We were given the OK to start solids-  so I made homemade sweet potato and homemade applesauce.  You like the sweet potato but applesauce is your main thing. 
Laura-  You started out as my fussy one.  You never did like to be held facing in, from the very beginning you wanted to see where you were going, not where you had been.  You are still like that.  You only just tolerate being held of snuggled, unless you are sleepy.  I love sneaking in your room and holding you while you are asleep because it is the only time you act pleased to be held.  Now while James demands attention you are usually content to just sit and kick and kick and kick.  You love bath time because you can kick and swim in the water.  And when we visited Uncle David's in Destin you loved the pool.  You are my little roller.  You hated to be on your stomach for so long but once you learned to roll from your back to your stomach you couldn't be stopped.  You use it to move around now -  if I leave the room for only a minute and come back you are rarely where I left you.  You don't cry often-  but when you do you mean it.  You stick out your lower lip to pout and I'm told that is something I still do ( I don't buy that though).  You grunt in anger-  and I do know that is me.  You aren't big on eating yet-  you make funny (or perhaps ugly) faces when given sweet potatoes and applesauce.  But we still play with it to see how you do. 
Both of your are amazing and I know you are going to test my patience and sanity at times.  But every moment has been worth everything we went through to have you. 
You both are definitely my sunshine. 
Finally getting to meet you

Big Boy and Girl-  4 months old already!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

It has almost been one month!!

Dear James Rutherford and Laura Maylene-

I can't believe it has almost been a whole month since you arrived!!!  It has been a whirlwind of activity and disorganized chaos that has left me little time to write letters to the children that I now know.

You were born on a Saturday morning on December 15.  James came first at 5:26 am- weighing 5lbs 4oz and 18.9 inches long.  Just a little while later came you Laura at 6:01am- weighing 6lbs even and  18.7 inches long.  Dr. Franz and all the nurses did an amazing job getting you both here and coaching your very reluctant mother through delivery.  I admit that I would have preferred a c-section, but now that it is over I am so happy that we went a little more natural route. 

The feelings that overcame me after each of your arrivals, the first time I saw you and the first time I held each of you can not be expressed in words-  but you will know them with the birth of your own children and trust me it is the most miraculous and amazing feelings you will ever have.  The instant love and amazement is a God-given miracle. 

I was induced into labor on December 13- exactly 8 months after our trip to Shands to have our 11 eggs extracted and two of those became you.  It was an amazing journey and I can hardly believe that this leg of the trip is already over.  It was the longest and quickest 8 months of my life. 

The both of you have changes our lives in ways we could have never imagined and I am going to enjoy the rest of our lives with you both. 

Love Your Eternally Grateful and Amazed Mother

It is Time!

Good Morning Twinsies-

Today is the day (well tomorrow will be).  Tonight we head to the hospital and begin the process of inducing you into the world.  I can't believe it.  It has been 8 months to the day that you were conceived-  the fastest and longest 8 months of our lives! 

Because your Mama doesn't do well with lots of people hovering around, asking questions and trying to be helpful when there really isn't anything to do, we are not telling anyone that we are going in tonight.  Hopefully be mid-morning tomorrow things will be moving along well and then we will call both sets of grandparents.  Plus most importantly for me and your Daddy is that it we will get to spend your first hours and day together as our own family-  learning how the heck to take care of you both! 

I'm not sure if I will get to write while in the hospital, but I'm sure your birth story will be well recorded before it is all said and done. 

Can't wait to see you!



Week 2 of Bed Rest

Well good morning babies-  you are being very active this morning as I sit here watching committee meetings on my computer.  My stomach is rolling and moving like crazy.  At first these movements really freaked me out-  but now I enjoy them.  I can sit here and watch them all day.  It is the one part of pregnancy I am going to miss. 

We are about to start week 2 of bed rest.  So far it is going well.  My blood pressure is staying down (relatively speaking) and so far no other symptoms have popped up.

I feel like we are getting close to meeting you.  I'm having lots of contractions each day (although not consistently) and at my last appointment I was showing signs of things progressing.  While I want you to cook as long as possible-  I admit I am ready to meet you both!!!