30 Month Update

Bailey and Brooke are 30 months old now and approaching 3 years old way too fast! They have changed so much in the last 6 months. Somewhere between 2 and now they have turned into big girls.

Bailey

School Picture 2014

Height – 35 inches
Weight – 25 lbs

Bailey loves fruits and vegetables. Those are the first thing she eats on her plate. Meats are usually the last.

She has shown the biggest transition in the past 6 months. She had tubes put in her ears a year ago in February, we thought she would start talking more after the surgery but she didn’t. She continued to have ear troubles until December of last year. Bailey now talks so much. Sometimes she out talks her sister, which is really hard to do.

Bailey is our good sleeper. The child loves to sleep and rarely fights bed time. She usually sleeps 11-12 hours at night and 2 hours at nap time.

Bailey loves to play dress up and play with baby dolls. I call her my little diva because is a dress up diva.

Bailey’s version of the terrible twos is a little more mild than her sister. Her big issue in this stage is her whining. She whines and cries any time something doesn’t go her way. Usually we can just talk to her and it will stop but at times she finds herself taking a time out to stop the fussiness. Bailey also gets really upset about her outfits. She prefers to wear pink and will not wear something that her sister has worn. Picking out clothes can be difficult with this sweet girl.

School Picture 2014

Brooke

Height – 35 inches
Weight – 31 lbs

Brooke loves to eat meat! She has recently starting trying fruits and vegetables again. She is our picky eater. She would live off of meat and cheese if we would let her.

Brooke speaks in full conversations now the same as her sister. Joel and I are constantly amazed at the things she says. She has turned into this smart, funny girl.

Brooke doesn’t sleep as well as her sister. She does fight nap times and bed times. She will usually sleep 10-11 hours at night. Brooke still suffers from night terrors with two-three outbursts a night.

Brooke loves to play with foam puzzles. She will dress up if Bailey dresses up. She loves her baby dolls as well.

Brooke’s terrible twos are major tantrums. She will throw a screaming fit anywhere, anytime. There have been days that her tantrums start as soon as she climbs out of bed. Her biggest problem now is that she will throw such a tantrum, she goes into an anxiety fit. Those days are the worst for all of us.

Even with the terrible twos upon us, I wouldn’t change who they have become one bit!

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Recipe of the Week: St. Patrick’s Day Puppy Chow

St. Patrick’s Day Puppy Chow
1 box rice Chex cereal
1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips
¾ cup peanut butter
½ cup butter
2 cups powdered sugar
Green food coloring
Microwave the chocolate, peanut butter, and butter together in a microwave safe bowl for 1-2 minutes until slightly melted. Stir together and microwave for one more minute until mixture is stirred smooth together. Put a few drops of green food coloring in the mix, put enough for desired green color.

 

Pour over the Chex cereal in a large bowl and toss around until all the cereal is coated with the mixture. Add half the powdered sugar to a large Ziploc bag. Add the cereal and toss around to coat in the powdered sugar. Add the remaining powdered sugar to make sure all the cereal is coated. Transfer to an airtight container.

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The Liebster Award!


Firstly, I would like to thank Christine at The Kenny Family, who nominated me. “Thank you for visiting my blog and nominating me for this award.”
The award is given to new and upcoming bloggers with small followings as a way to helping each other out by cross-promoting blogs that you feel are worth the read. It has such a special meaning behind it, as we all know how hard it is to get people to our blogs.
In German, Liebster means Dearest/Sweetheart, which is exactly what this award is all about –  showing some LOVE.
These are the rules:
 Christine gave me the following questions to answer:
1.    Why did you start your blog?
I started my blog to share my story with my twins. We went through so many unknowns as first time parents of twins and I wanted to share our experiences so that I could help other twin parents through life’s challenges.
2.    If you could go to any place in the world, where would that be and why?
Italy!! Years ago my mom and I made a promise that we would go to Italy together. We haven’t been able to go yet but I still plan on making it someday.
3.    If money was not a factor, what would be your dream job?
I love being a stay at home mom but if I had to choose a dream job, it would be an Interior Designer.
4.    What do you do in order to overcome writer’s block?
I have a list of ideas for blog posts that I want to add to my blog. When I get stuck on one post, I put that post on pause and move to another post. I also use brainstorming pages and charts to help me get all of the ideas out on paper so that I can try to write it.
5.    What do you value most in life?
I value most in life my family. I have always had a close family and want that to continue with my children. I do not know where I would be in life without my family.
6.    What does a normal day in your life look like?
A normal day starts with the struggles of trying to get two children dressed, fed, in and out of the bathroom in time to go to school or run errands. There is usually a conflict first thing over who is wearing what outfit or not liking what was for breakfast. As we finally make it out the door and to our destination, everything calms down. The rest of the day is a balancing act of cleaning, feeding, nap times, play time, and more with twins. By the end of the day I am exhausted!
7.    What makes you smile?
With all the struggles that we face with twins each day, the most rewarding part is having your child tell you, “You are the best mom” and “I love you, Mom!”
8.    If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?
It would probably be my high school years. There is so much I would change if I could do it all over again.
9.    Finish this sentence: “There is beauty all around when …… “
There is beauty all around when there is love in the home.
10. What movie did you love to watch as a child?
Cinderella
11. Share your favorite quote.
“Faith in God includes Faith in His timing.”
Here are eleven random facts about me:
1.    I love to read.
2.    I love crafting and am not afraid to try a new project.
3.    As a child I would dream that I was going to have twins someday. I thought it would be so much fun.
4.    I knew two months into dating my husband that he was the one I was supposed to be with.
5.    I absolutely hate a cluttered house.
6.    I love watching 19 Kids and Counting.
7.    I have four brothers and four sisters, a mixed family.
8.    I would love to have more children.
9.    I have a shopping addiction.
10. I have my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction.
11. I hate remodeling!
I nominate the following blogs:
My eleven questions for the nominees:
1.    Why did you start blogging?
2.    Pick one word to describe yourself.
3.    If you could change something about yourself or your life, what would it be?
4.    What is your favorite food?
5.    What was the last movie you saw in theaters?
6.    What is something that most people don’t know about you?
7.    What is your favorite quote?
8.    What does a typical day look life for you?
9.    If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
10. What do you do when you have a day to yourself?

11. What do you value most in life?

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My Twins Birth Story

I was 34 weeks, 4 days pregnant when I gave birth to my twin girls. I had gone to the hospital for a routine Neonatal Stress Test (NST). At this point I had been on bed-rest for 5 weeks due to early dilation. When I was at the NST pre-appointment area, the nurse measured my dilation. She told me I was currently at 3 cm and figured that I would not be allowed to leave the hospital. A few minutes later she returned telling me that my doctor was on her way to the hospital to check on me. I was really confused and feeling nervous. Why was my doctor on her way to see me? I called Joel at work and asked him to come sit with me. He made it just before the doctor arrived to meet with me. My doctor re-examined me, confirming that I was dilated to 3 cm. She told me that I would be on bed-rest in the hospital until I gave birth.

I was admitted to labor and delivery and put on a magnesium drip to stop any progression of labor. I was still allowed to get out of bed to go to the restroom but had to return to the bed immediately following. Around 10 pm I requested to go the restroom. A nurse had to check my cervix before letting me out of bed. The nurse I had checked me and wasn’t sure if I was any more dilated so she checked me again. This time she pushed so hard that she stripped the membranes, also known as membrane sweeping. This caused so much pain that I vomited. Between the stripping of the membranes and pressure from vomiting, my water broke for baby a. At 10:30 pm, I was officially in labor.

I called our parents to let them know. We were scared and excited. We knew they would be in the NICU since they would be here six weeks early.

I labored for 10 hours before I was taken into the operating room. I received an epidural so I had little pain during most of it. I entered the operating room at 8:15 am. The birth plan was to deliver naturally but with multiples, no one knows what will happen. At 8:34 am baby a, Bailey Nicole, was born. She was beautiful! The doctor laid her on my chest for a moment before the nurses rushed her to the NICU.

At this point I was given Petocin to start the labor with baby b. My doctor broke my water again and a nurse squeezed my stomach tight, holding baby b in a locked position. It is possible for the second baby to find room  and flip positions at the last minute causing a breech birth or cesarean birth.  This part was more painful. I had just delivered one baby, I had bad contractions with this baby, I was shaking from the medications, and I had a nurse holding me tight. Thankfully it only lasted 20 minutes.

At 8:54 am baby b, Brooke Morgan, was born. The nurses immediately took her into the next room, not allowing me to hold or see her. Joel went into the other room to take pictures of her for me. They quickly rushed her upstairs to the NICU just like her sister.

I was still in the operating room with no clue what was going on with my babies or me. We received a phone call to the O.R. that they needed parental consent for one of the babies so Joel ran upstairs, leaving me alone with my doctors in the O.R.

My doctor told me after Joel left, that my uterus was struggling to contract due to all the medications I had previously been on to postpone labor. She also told me that she was manually forcing it to contract by rolling her hands on my stomach. This took a long time. It had been about 45 minutes to an hour since Joel had left when I was finally rolled into recovery. I had no idea what was going on with my babies and was suffering from a little bit of shock. Around 10:30 am, they allowed Joel back to the recovery room to see me. When he came in he looked completely terrified. I remember a sinking feeling that something was wrong or that we had lost one of the girls.

Joel informed me that his concern wasn’t the girls, it was me. When he went up to the NICU, it was not to sign a form, but to see them. The NICU had finished putting them on ventilators and they were ready to meet us. That was not communicated to us earlier on. So Joel went up to see them and returned to see me in the O.R. only to find out that he could not re-enter because the doctor was trying to stop a complication with me. I told him what my doctor had told me about my uterus contracting and we both felt a little relieved because the girls were okay and I was too.

I was moved into a patient room around 11:30. My doctor came in to talk to Joel and I further about my complications. When my uterus refused to contract on it’s own, it caused me to bleed excessively. I hemorrhaged for a while before they could have stopped the bleeding. She did not tell me this during that time because she was afraid of making me panic. Instead she chose to keep me talking about the babies and keep my nerves calm. Due to all of these complications I was not allowed out of my bed that day. I was so upset that I couldn’t walk upstairs or be wheeled upstairs to see the girls.

I had a very understanding nurse who sat with me after the doctor came in. She listened to me cry, which was exactly what I needed at that moment. I remember her telling me to hold on and not be discouraged, then getting up and leaving. When she came back she told me that she was bringing in a stretcher and would wheel me in a stretcher to see my babies. She had stopped my doctor and gotten permission to do this. She knew that I needed to see my babies so that afternoon she took me up to see them.

Seeing them connected to all of the tubes and on a ventilator was heartbreaking. I was not allowed to touch them. I had no idea what our journey would be in the NICU. I was scared and really sad as I watched them laying there. I remember telling them both how sorry I was that she came too soon.

I was in the hospital for 4 days after delivery. I received two units of blood because I was severly anemic. On the day I left I had to sign discharge papers that stated I was leaving my babies behind. I cried so much and fought so hard to stay. Joel finally convinced me that leaving was best. He promised me that we could come back in a few hours to see them. As I left the hospital, tears rolled down my face, instead of being a happy new mom, I felt as though I had lost my babies. I was leaving a piece of my behind.

We were very lucky that the girls were only in the NICU 11 days before coming home. I like to think of our story as a scary blessing. To see our NICU experience go to: NICU Week 1 and NICU Week 2.

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Spring Break Fun For Two: Day 8

Spring Break Fun For Two: Day 8 Weather
On this day we will do a weather unit. We live in Texas so we can see different types of weather in the same week. For example this past week, we had snow and freezing rain one day and two days later it was sunny and in the 60s. We will read weather stories and make different weather crafts throughout the day.
We will start the day by reading a few of our weather stories. Here are some recommended weather books.
Rain
The first craft we will make is a rain cloud. I will have pre-cut clouds that the girls can color gray. Then I will attach strings of yarn for the rain drops. They will color some raindrops blue. The raindrops will then be glued to the strings.

 

Sun
This craft will have pre-cut circles and yellow strips of paper for sun rays. The girls will glue their yellow circles and strips onto a piece of paper. I will then let them color pictures around the sun.
Snow
We will then make a snow man for the final craft. I will have precut circles in three different sizes for the snow man. They will then put together the snow man and color his/her hat and scarf. We will add eyes, nose, and mouth.
Coloring Activity
To finish up the coloring, craft activities we will color a weather activity book that I found from Twisty Noodle. The girls will color the different weather types.

 

We will read more weather stories this afternoon after we finish our crafts.

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Spring Break Fun for Two: Day 7

Day 7: Birds
Our final day will be the theme of birds. The girls are obsessed with the birds that fly into our backyard right now. We are constantly filling up the bird feeders so that they can watch the birds fly in and out of the yard.
We will start the morning by creating birds’ nests out of construction paper. We may even include a few baby bird eggs. Then we will create birds using play dough. We will finish our morning with the Owl Bird Tot 

or Bird activity pack.

After nap we will go outside and feed the birds in our backyard. Then it’s time for our big craft, making a bird house. I have ordered two bird house kits from Amazon. ToysmithBirdhouse. This project will include Joel since we are doing two birdhouses.

 

We are looking forward to a fun week.  

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Spring Break Fun for Two: Day 6

Day 6: Rainbows
This morning will start with reading color books. We will name all the colors in the books and then find those colors in the room. We will continue to search for colors as we play a “Simon says” color find game. The girls will go find an item of a color that is asked for.
After this game, we will start our arts and crafts. We will make rainbows with finger paints, adding cotton balls for clouds. After the painting is cleaned up we will make rainbows with fruit loop cereal during snack time. Our morning will finish with making rainbows with play dough.

 

The afternoon will include a packet for Spring and open gym time at our local gymnastics center.

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Spring Break Fun for Two: Day 5

Day 5: Picnics
 
The girls love having picnics in the house so a fun themed day is to have picnics all day. We will start our morning with a picnic breakfast in the living room. Then we will go to the girls’ playroom where we will have a picnic tea party with all their dolls and stuffed animals.

 

The girls have a toy picnic basket that we will practice packing. They will help pack the toy picnic basket with the items that we will need for a picnic lunch. The girls will be free for imaginary play and dress up time while I prepare our picnic lunch.Picnic Basket

 

Joel and I will take the girls to a local duck pond to have a picnic lunch and feed the ducks. After nap, we will have reading time on our picnic blankets and curl up with pillows on the blankets to watch a movie of their choice. If I need something else to do, I have found another Spring Time learning packet full of activities. 

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Spring Break Fun for Two: Day 4

Day 4: Beach Day
One of my favorite past times of Spring Break is going to the Beach. Well, we do not have a beach near us so we will create our own beach day. To set up I will have beach towels and their beach toys out ready to play with around the house. This day will start by reading a few of our beach themed books followed by a game of beach ball toss. Wednesday is a Toddler Library day that includes story time and a craft so we will go to that mid-morning for some outside of the house fun.
When we return home it will be time for lunch and nap. The afternoon will start with sandbox time in the backyard. We will build sandcastles in the girls sand box and enjoy some fun in the sun with their water table, if it is warm enough. We will also take time to blow bubbles in the backyard.

 

I have a Beach Learning Pack for today if we have time. We will finish our day reading books quietly on our beach blankets. 

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What’s Cooking Tonight: Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Picking meals that both girls will eat can be difficult. Bailey usually will eat anything that is put in front of her, especially vegetables. Brooke, however, is extremely picky. She loves meat and hates vegetables. Something that they will usually eat is casseroles.

Here is a casserole worth trying that is toddler approved.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
 

You will need:

1 cup of cooked rice (we used whole grain)
1 1/2 cups of cooked chicken (chopped)
4 slices of swiss cheese
10 slices of chopped ham (lunchmeat)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/4 cup of milk
1/4 cup of sour cream
10 saltine crackers crushed
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp parsley
1 tsp chives (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8×8 casserole dish. Place cooked rice in bottom of dish. Top with cooked chicken followed by swiss cheese slices. Place chopped ham on top of cheese.

In a small bowl mix cream of chicken soup, milk, and sour cream. I added chives to this mixture but that is optional. Pour mixture on top of chopped ham in casserole dish.

In another small box mix crushed crackers, paprika, garlic salt, and parsley. Sprinkle on top of soup mixture.

Bake for 30 minutes.

I found this recipe at Organize Your Stuff Now. I cut the original recipe in half because we have a smaller family.

Enjoy! 🙂

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