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!
July 12, 2018 - Asheville, NC
We weren't sure we'd be able to take time away from the twins to celebrate but thanks to my wonderful in-laws and some milk stash, Jon and I were able to get some time to ourselves for an afternoon away.
We headed to Asheville to see the Chihuly exhibit at the Biltmore first. [And I pumped in the car on the way there- a total first for me] Well, first we actually stopped by the winery on the property to start the celebrations :) After a lovely wine tasting we headed back to the main grounds to wander around. The exhibition was mainly outside - so after lots of walking (and sweating) we were happy to head into the house to see a few pieces there as well. It was beautiful! I had always heard how amazing Chihuly's work is but had only seen a ceiling in a Vegas casino. It was really nice to see more of his work.
We had a really nice time at Biltmore but dragged our sweaty selves back to the car for another pumping session for me before we headed to our dinner at Curate. Now- we had heard wonderful things about this restaurant and I was able to get us an early dinner session (4:30!) so we could make it back to get the twins into bed. We started with a nice red wine and bruschetta and manchego cheese. Delish. Then on to the Patatas Bravas (a MUST for me at tapas places) and a giant prawn for Jon. He then had muscles while I had a nice salad. (Got get some greens in!) And then we had the pièce de résistance - Iberico Skirt Steak. AMAZING. So worth it. I forgot to take a photo it was so good. :D And then of course to close we had to get dessert so we got two :) a cheesecake and a chocolate torte. Both were delightful- I think the cheesecake won. It was a wonderful meal!! And then our server surprised us with chocolate covered cherry popsicles. YES.
A wonderful 4th Anniversary with the only person I can imagine going through this life with. Love you J.
June 29, 2018 - Blacksburg, VA
Our apartment complex has a pretty nice pool so when it was finally warm enough we decided we'd take the twins for a swim! We knew we might swim while in NC over the 4th so we thought we should probably give it a try before then. I picked up some cheap swim shirts and swim diapers at the store and we dressed them in those as well as their sun hats and sunglasses. We also found some small floats that we can use for the next couple of years and Jon was tasked with blowing them up while I took each twin in one at a time.
Graham loved it. He was like 'cool. water like bath time. I'm in.' Luke on the other hand was not having it. The water felt cold, he didn't want to sit in his float, he did not like it. I ended up holding him and that was a little better. We let them float around for about 30mins before heading back for naptime. Overall I think their reactions were positive :) hopefully as it gets warmer we'll have a couple more opportunities to swim before we move.
Needless to say they were super cute! Enjoy the photos below. :)
6/27/18 - 4 months old!
We took a trip to NC to meet our great-grandmothers! First we went to Wilmington and met all of Granddaddy's family (aunts, uncles, cousins galore!) and met Great-Nana. Then we spent time in Raleigh visiting with GG (Great-Gammy). We also met Uncle Jeremy! We took our first ride in Mommy's fancy running stroller- so nice to not be strapped into carseats! Lastly we celebrated Daddy's first father's day with a trip to Roanoke for a nice lunch out.
June 1-6, 2019
Now that we've got our travel legs it was time to head south to NC to visit all of Mommy's side of the family. First we were in Raleigh briefly and got to meet our Great Gammy (or GG). We also got to see our Great Aunt and Uncle, Libess and David. We've been working on tummy time so we did a lot of that when we weren't visiting.
Then on Sunday, we made the drive to Wilmington to see Granddaddy's side of the family. All of our cousins, great aunts and uncles were there and we got to meet our Great Nana for the first time. We even matched with our red stripes! It was nice to meet everyone and then we slept all of the way back to Raleigh!
The next couple of days we met some of Mommy and Daddy's friends and had so much fun playing with our Gammy and Granddaddy. On our last day we took our weekly picture and got to meet Lily! She's going to be one of our great friends when we grow up.
A good first trip to NC!
5/27/18 - 3 months old!
This month we took a trip to DC for Daddy's conference. We met lots of mommy and daddy's friends, visited the Lincoln Memorial and World War II Memorial, and went out to dinner at the Wharf. We also had our first baths without the sling and really enjoyed it! We're getting better at tummy time but it's definitely not our favorite.
May 17-20, 2018 - Washington DC
Babies first trip!
Jon had a conference in DC and so we all made the trek (with the help of Jon's parents). Even Loki came along! We stayed just outside the city in Alexandria in a dog friendly hotel.
Once we were all checked in, we made sure Loki was comfortable and then we loaded up to head into the city. We went to the new Wharf area- it was built after I moved away. We were meeting my friend Kate for early dinner and so she could meet the twins. They were very snuggly and warmed right up to her! We also had a delicious dinner while they slept. WIN. Of course when we went to leave it was pouring so that was interesting but we managed to get to the car (with a quick detour for me to get some dessert from Milk Bar :)).
Only a couple of night feedings that evening thankfully and we got a wet interval run in the next morning. Then we decided to take the twins for a little drive over on the National Mall. Between rain we loaded them into their carriers and took them to the Lincoln Memorial and the World War II Memorial. Then back to the hotel for naps and rest while Jon went to his first conference session. AND Luke rolled over for the first time!!
On Saturday we said goodbye to Jon's parents and then headed over to Port City Brewing to meet up with lots of friends. Lots of baby snuggles for everyone and even Jon got to join in toward the end of our time there. An early evening for all of us as we started to get things packed up to head home the next day.
On Sunday we dropped Jon off for this last conference meeting and then headed over to JJ's to hang out for a bit until he was ready for pick up. We got to meet Zuni (Loki got super protective over the babies) but it was a nice visit before we swung back by the Kennedy Center, grabbed Jon and then headed down the highway to home.
A successful first trip!