November 22, 2018 - NC Mountains
I just love first holidays for babies. Can't wait til we get to xmas but first Thanksgiving!
Now we're only starting on the solids game so the twins didn't get to have any turkey day goodies but they did get to meet a lot of family! We were staying at Jon's parents (since that was easiest) but we spent part of Wednesday and Thursday over at the Christmount retreat where my mom's side of the family has a reunion every other year. The twins got to meet lots of 2nd and 3rd cousins and Luke even did a little crawling for everyone.
We ate Thanksgiving lunch in shifts so they could eat and then we could. They had sweet potatoes and apples - close as I could get to a Thanksgiving meal haha. After a little more visiting we said goodbye and headed back to Waynesville for Thanksgiving #2!
More cousins galore to play with before some photos and then dinner. Similar to lunch but still keeping to the theme. :) And then a little bedtime story and these kiddos were out cold.
Another solid holiday this year!
October 31, 2018
Twins first halloween!!
Originally I hadn't planned to do much as they are too young for trick or treating but then my mom unearthed some of my old costumes. She found a pumpkin and a devil - both that she made for me 34 years ago! So of course I had to use those and boy did the little guys turn out super cute.
Luke was a lil' pumpkin and Graham was a lil' devil. :) We took some fun photos - even got Loki dressed in his old Love devil costume - and then loaded up in the stroller for a walk around the neighborhood. We took in all the dressed kids and decorations before heading home for our usual bedtime routine.
Excited for years to come! And all the trick or treating fun!!
10/27/18 - 8 months old!
This month we traveled to Raleigh twice! The first time was to watch Mommy run a half marathon, and the second was to stay with Gammy and Granddaddy while Mommy and Daddy went to Charleston for a wedding. Both times were lots of fun! We also visited the pumpkin patch near our home in Virginia. It was pretty cold that day but we got some fun photos. We bundled up for some winter stroller rides and tried out our fancy hats from Cassie. And finally we went out to eat at the Farmhouse restaurant and then cheered on Michigan to win!
October 13, 2018 - Sinkland Farms - Christiansburg, VA
One of the best parts about little kids is you have an excuse to do all the fun things you enjoyed as a kid. :)
Enter the pumpkin patch. We have a pretty nice one not too far from our place in Christiansburg. I had heard only good things so between feedings and naps I thought we could get the twins out for a little visit and some photos.
It's a little pricey- especially since we weren't there for very long. We loaded the twins into their carriers- Jon had Luke and I had Graham. After paying their fee and getting our stamps we headed over to the hay bale ride to get to the pumpkin patch area. It was a little chilly that day so the twins were kind of cold :\. We found a cute spot among the pumpkins and sat them down for some photos. Afterwards we wandered around the grounds, took a few more photos, and got a nice family shot! and then headed back to the car (because it was really really cold for the babies).
Enjoy their cute photos!
October 6, 2018 - Raleigh, NC
First race after babies. I had to use a credit with the race series so at 7 months postpartum I took on a half marathon.
I was not up to racing shape but was looking to prove that I was able to do it. I worked with my coach on a plan that would get me to a good place to complete the race. Of course she had more faith in me than I did- giving me paces for the race that were really scary.
Race morning dawned hot and humid (my nemeses). The race started out on a downhill so I started with the paces Becki prescribed for me. I felt fine for the first few miles but once we hit the greenway section we were shrouded with trees and there was absolutely no air flow. It was like running with a warm blanket on. In that moment I made the decision to slow down and just enjoy being able to run this far again.
It wasn't a super interesting course- a lot on the local greenways. And had it not been 99% humidity I think it would have been really nice. But I kept going knowing I was capable AND that my babies would be at the finish waiting for me. :)
The remaining miles weren't my prettiest but I got through them and pushed on to the finish. And when I was reaching the final turn I saw my parents each holding a twin and cheering for me! It totally made me cry.
But I DID IT. I completed a half marathon at 7 months postpartum. My babies got to see me do something really hard. I was so proud of my body. I'm looking forward at what I can really do with an entire training cycle behind me.
9/27/18 - 7 months old!
Another big month! We tried solid food for the first time - green beans - and absolutely LOVED it. More, more, more please! We like our high chairs too - and sometimes even fall asleep in them. We traveled to Waynesville to spend time with Daddy's family and have a special blessing on the knoll. We also moved into our own room and started sleeping in our own cribs. Plus football kicked off so we got to start cheering for our Tarheels, Wolverines, and Colts! And last but not least we got jumpers this month- the best things EVER!!
September 2018 - 6 months PP
I know, I know this has been mostly a twin blog for the last few months but I swear I'm getting back into running. As you know I've been working with a coach since May. First we worked on rebuilding my core strength. When they slice your body in half to pull out two babies your abs are suddenly toast. So that has been a long road that I'm still climbing on- and probably will be for awhile to come.
We also started off with lots of run/walk intervals until I was finally feeling good enough to start stringing some miles together. It has been quite the process. I thought by running until I was 30 weeks pregnant and then walking and doing yoga until the twins arrived that I would be in decent shape to start again. But boy, does the nursing, the sleeplessness, the constant worrying, not to mention the surgery and recovery... I had no idea how much it was going to take out of me. Relearning to run has been so much harder than I thought.
But finally I'm getting to a better place. Still pretty slow but we are finally working in little bursts of speed here and there trying to remind my legs of what they used to be able to do.
I had an entry to the 13.1 series that I had to use before the end of 2018. I settled on the Raleigh race in October so I could be with my parents and have helpers while I ran. :) I've got about a month until I take it on. Coach is building me up on the weekend but my only goal for the race is to complete it. I'll be satisfied knowing that at 7 months PP I completed a half.
8/27/18 - 6 months old!
We started figuring out how to hold our own bottles this month! Free hands for mommy and daddy!! We like our new home a lot and have spent many hours playing on the floor with Mommy and Loki. We also got our own room! We're really getting the hang of tummy time! We love to laugh and wish we could do it all the time. We traveled to Raleigh toward the end of the month and got baptized! We spent time with lots of family- it was a special affair.
7/27/18 - 5 months old!
This was a big month! We attended our first wedding in cute sailor suits from our Great Nana. Congrats to cousin Brennan and Daniel! We also celebrated our first 4th of July and went swimming for the first time! G loved his float and chilling in the water, L was not a big fan of the float but was ok when Mommy was holding him. We also got to go visit Aunt Jordan at work and play on the microphones at her radio station. We met our Sophie giraffes this month and are BIG FANS. Oh- and we moved away from our first home (mommy and daddy's Blacksburg apartment) to a bigger, better townhouse in Christiansburg.
July 14, 2018 - Waynesville, NC
Twins first wedding!
Jon's cousin Brennan was getting married and asked that the twins come to the ceremony so they could be in the pictures. We dressed them in cute sailor suits (from my grandmother) that were a play on what Jon wore with his Aunt (Brennan's mother) got married. He was a sailor too! Can't make this stuff up.
Anyway we weren't sure how it was going to go so we sat with them in the back of the church in case we needed to go out. In general Brennan and Daniel had asked for no children to be present so we knew we were a special case and wanted to keep them as quiet as we could!
It was a little warm in there and Luke got a tiny bit fussy so Jon took him out before he could make any real noise. And then towards the end of the ceremony another baby started to cry! It wasn't us though- because the twins were both really good.
Afterwards we got some nice photos with the wedding party and family, and then headed outside to do a few of our own. :) Then it was time to take the twins home to hang out with a sitter while we had a little break and enjoyed the reception.
Was really nice to relax for the evening knowing they were in good care. First wedding for them and first evening away for us -- both were a success!