Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Hulse and Olivia's First Christmas and their 11-month birthday

Hulse and Olivia,

Your first Christmas was so much fun. I've always heard that Christmas is so much more fun with kids and I totally agree. Even though you didn't quite get it yet, you seemed to really enjoy all the attention you were getting. My heart is so full this year with memories of a first Christmas with you and our family and friends. I want you both to know the childlike joy of Christmas. I want you to know the fun and magic in cookies, trees, ornaments, lights, cold night air, reindeer, cheer, and of course Santa. These things are all so wonderful and I know that you will come to know your own special Christmas magic in years to come. Sweet babies, I also want you to know the joy in a Savior who loved you with such an unnameable passion that he sent his ONLY son to this world to save you from your sin. He sent that son knowing that in the end he would have to die to give that salvation and yet He knew there was no other way. And you know what? He would have sent that son even if it had been just the two of you that needing saving. The enormity of that sacrifice is more than enough reason to celebrate Christmas all year long! But we can't leave the tree up all year, so we'll say good bye to your first Christmas and wildly anticipate the many more to come.

"Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!" 2 Corinthians 9:15



In other news, you both turned 11 months on the 26th. (How can that be possible?!) Things are wild and crazy around our house these days. You are both so mobile now that if we turn around for even a second the toilet paper is off the roll, the trash is turned over, or you're eating the cat food. I know we're in for more and more of that to come. You are both awesome eaters and are pretty much done with baby food and eating what we are for meals. That's been nice on the wallet and baby gear factor of not having to lug jars and utensils everywhere we go. You are also done with the bottle and using only a sippy cup for milk or juice. I think this will be nice when we hopefully try milk in another month or so. You are such big kids to me now. I know you're still my babies but everyday you do or say something that makes me think that you're so big.

Olivia,
you have morphed into our laid back child. You're easy to please, easy to smile, and a sweetheart. You are good about playing by yourself but you really love your big brother and want to play with him when you can. You talk all the time but your real words are mama and dada. You say something with a B sound and are starting to do an N sound as well. You are ever so close to walking. As soon as you get the nerve to let go and try it you will be gone. You've got 3 teeth now and are a good little eater.

Hulse,
you are such a mess. You are a little high maintenance at this time and are prone to a little fussing if something isn't happening just like you think it should. You don't always want to share with Livi and sometimes that causes a little sibling argument. You're a talker as well and say mama, dada, and uh ohh. You also know that when someone sneezes people say bless you so you've decided that anytime someone says bless you you'll fake sneeze. That little trick has been killing at the family get togethers! You're a little behind your sister in the mobility department but are practicing walking everyday. You've got 3 teeth and another top one peeking in. You're totally into food of any kind and get super excited when it's time to eat.



Monday, December 14, 2009

Quick Changes

Hulse and Olivia,
you have been up to so many new things it's hard to keep track. It's hard for your momma because I'm always excited about what you're doing but sad because it means you're leaving another stage too quickly. You both saw Santa for the first time and did pretty well. No one had a meltdown, but you were too enamored with the jolly old elf to look at the camera. You are also both way into people food and getting ready to leave the jar stuff behind. Saturday I couldn't believe that I was making a grilled cheese and cutting up a banana for my babies, they just can't be that big!

Hulse,
Your new tricks are waving and saying "uh-oh". There is a little boy at daycare who just learned to wave and I think he taught you. You haven't quite mastered hi or bye-bye yet but you'll throw that little hand up when we save wave and go to town. Saturday night you were pulling all of the contents out of my sock drawer and you dropped a pair of socks and said "uh-oh". I couldn't believe you were using it in context but you were and have done many times since then when you drop something. What a genius baby!

Olivia,
You are also waving but you're main new trick is cruising everywhere. You've been cruising around the ottoman for a while now, but now you can go from the ottoman through the kitchen and out the other side. It's going to be no time before you're walking baby girl.










Monday, November 30, 2009

Thankful for 10 Months

Hulse and Olivia,
you were 10 months old this Thanksgiving day and are up to something different everyday. You are both crawling everywhere and getting into everything. Neither of you like to sit these days and prefer to be on the move or standing up.

Olivia, you are cruising around the ottoman and walking really well behind your lion toy.

Hulse, you're still working on the foot placement for the cruise but you can do a few steps.

Both of you are kind of clingy right now, not with mom and dad but with people in general. You don't really want to be alone at all and prefer to be played with nonstop. You have both started eating the lunch at school and have tried all kinds of new foods. You both ate well at Thanksgiving and loved the dressing, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce. You are both doing well with the sippy cup, and we will start in January really trying to get away from the bottles as we move toward milk for both of you. Everyday you bring a new challenge, but you also bring a new joy, and we love you.



Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Today I'm thankful for...

prayer. I'm never in a more calm steady place than when I'm praying. It is such a comfort to have God's ear anytime I need it or just want to talk to him. I am also thankful for the power of prayer and the countless things I've seen it do in my life and the lives of so many people.

Monday, November 23, 2009

October and November Pictures

A little Hulse and Livi Update

I haven't really updated on what the kiddos are up to these days so here goes. Hulse has decided that he wants to crawl and he's going at it with gusto. He gets up on all fours and he's off. It's so funny now to be in the kitchen and here those little hands hitting the tile and he's there. I keep saying over and over again, things are never going to be the same. He's also decided to spout not one, not two, but three teeth. I think he's trying to rush it so he can get a happy meal. Olivia is still scooting around and hasn't really tried to crawl yet. She is however a great little "walker" she love to hold on to your hands and go. Maybe she's going to skip crawling and go right to walking! We've also been trying a lot of new foods. They've had mashed potatoes, green beans, dressing, cheese, oatmeal, and chicken nuggets to name a few.





On another note, today I'm thankful for people who are willing to help. We just wrapped up our holiday food basket and Samaritan's purse box collection at church and I am always astounded by the love and generosity that people display. I'm thankful that there are so many individuals who give up themselves to help those who need it.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Today I'm thankful for...

email, Facebook, blogs, and any other medium that makes it easier to stay in touch. In the business of life I may not talk with someone every day, but I can always shoot a quick electronic message or check their blog and be connected to the people I love.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Today I'm thankful for...

the Weekend. I love spending the weekend with my family and always look forward to some good quality downtime. Even If I have errands to run I love knowing that the time belongs to me. I'm blessed to not have to work on the weekends and enjoy my hubby and babies.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Today I'm thankful for...

my health. I come from a line of pretty healthy people and I'm hoping I got those good genes! I am truly thankful to be a fairly healthy individual with a healthy husband and 2 healthy kiddos. I know how blessed I am to live in a country where I have access to resources like doctors, hospitals, and health insurance (for now!) that help me be as healthy as I can be.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Today I'm thankful for...

laughter. It's so much fun to laugh! I honestly believe that laughing is great medicine. A funny movie, story, joke, or listening to my kids giggle can just make my day.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Today I'm thankful for...

the opportunity to travel. Whether it's to Branson or on a Caribbean cruise I'm thankful to have to opportunity to get out and see places from time to time. I've always been a "goer" and love to get out and see places. I think I love to travel because it makes it so nice to come home!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Today I'm thankful for...

stability. I am so blessed that in a world of shifting sand to have stability in my life. First of all I the stability of having my life built on the solid rock of Jesus Christ. Because of that firm foundation I am also blessed with stability in my marriage, family, and finances. Stability is a fading commodity in this world and I am daily thankful for the solid things in my life.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Giggle Box

The kids are pretty ticklish. They also love standing up holding on to things. So while they were distracted, I thought it would be funny to tickle them. It was definitely funny.

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Did you notice how the moment that I stopped tickling they immediately quit laughing? Those two are hilarious.

Scooting

A lot of effort for such little movement; but it's progress.

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Today I'm thankful for...

The freedom we have in this country. I'm especially thankful for the sacrifices made each day by men and women in the military to ensure my freedom. A freedom I've done nothing to deserve but that is extended to me anyway. No problem that I may have is comparable to the war they encounter on a daily basis.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Today I'm thankful for...

A day off. Even though it was spent cleaning house and doing laundry it was still a nice break from the norm.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Today I'm thankful for...

Books. Every Saturday morning my mom, grandmother and I would start our day at the library. I loved to go in and pick out as many books as I wanted and you can bet all of them got read. I've always loved to read and I still find a great story a magical get-away. I love to read to my babies and I hope they fall in love with reading also.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Today I'm thankful for...

Trey's job. Trey works for a wonderful company that values their employees and has some great benefits. I am truly grateful for his job and his provision for our family.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Thankful Weekend

This weekend I'm thankful for my job and my education. I'm keenly aware these days how thankful I am to have a job. With so many people out of work I am truly blessed to have a good job (I may not always act like it!) and a great boss. I am also thankful to have been afforded the opportunity to go back to school and further my education.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Today I'm thankful for...

My home. When Trey and I moved into our home on last May I couldn't help but think about how it wildly exceeded my expectations. I was so overcome with how much the Lord had blessed our search and led us to the perfect house. We were looking for a home with more room so that when a baby Hankins came along we would have a place to put him/her, what we didn't know then was that we were going to be having 2 babies to fill it up. I always pray that our home will be a place filled with love, safety, and tons of laughter.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Today I'm thankful for...

My friends. I have always been the type of person who loves being surrounded by people and having lots of friends. I am so blessed to have close girlfriends who are in all stages of life. I've got single friends, friends with older kids who I can go to for advice, and friends who are just starting their families to share stories with. Trey and I are also blessed with some wonderful couple friends who we so enjoy spending time with.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Today I'm thankful for...

My family. I am so blessed to have parents who are still together, raised me with a sense of right/wrong and who I am, and who love me (and now my children) unconditionally. I am also blessed to have grown up with all of my grandparents surrounded by love and fun.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Thankful November

I'm thinking that I'll dedicate the whole month of November to things that I'm thankful for. I'm blessed beyond measure so I shouldn't have any trouble coming up with a new thankful thing every day. I'll do three things today to get me caught up.

I'm thankful for my relationship with my Savior. No matter how little or how much I put in, his steadfast love and presence never waivers. Salvation is my most undeserved yet treasured blessing.

I'm thankful for my husband. I could not ask for a more loving and patient husband and father. Even when it's hard my marriage is a treasure.

I'm thankful for my children. With so many women struggling with infertility, sick kids, and loss I am all the more thankful for 2 happy healthy babies. Hulse and Olivia are the gleam in my eye and the joy in my heart.

"Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire." Hebrews 12:27-29

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A 9 Month Post

Hulse and Olivia,

You are 9 months and 1 day old today. You are both at a super fun age right now where everyday it's something new. Your Dad and I can't wait to see what you can do every day. You have both had a pretty good month despite the fact that you had the flu and were confined to the house for a week. This month you've tailgated, had some time with each parent alone while the other was out of town, and in a couple of days you'll dress up for your first Halloween. For your first Trick or Treat Hulse you'll be the Tin Man and Livi you'll be going as the Cowardly Lion.

Hulse you are a big boy at 21 pounds. You are growing right on track. It's just a matter of time before you're crawling. You are on your hands and knees everyday trying to figure out what the next step is. You also like to pull up on things especially when mom and dad hold your hands. You love to play and clap your hands when you get really excited. You are saying new sounds all of the time, but your favorite words are still Mama and Dada. You love baby food and have even started eating some table food like pickles, mashed potatoes, baked beans, baby yogurt, and even a little BBQ.

Olivia you are growing like a little weed coming in at 19 pounds. You are also interested in being mobile but take more of an army crawl approach. Scooting on your belly is a favorite activity. You also like to pull to a standing position and you love to walk in place once you get there. I think you would rather skip the crawling action and go straight for walking, but your poor momma isn't ready for that yet! You are going to be a late sleeper like your mom. If we let you on the weekends you'll usually sleep until at least 8:00. I've seen you eat your entire breakfast bottle with your eyes closed because you can't believe we would wake you up so early. You are also a very playful little girl until it's time for your nap and then your ready for your beauty rest. You also clap your hands when you get excited and your constantly have a smile on your face. You also really like your baby food and have tried table foods as well.


Monday, September 28, 2009

8 Months Old

I can't even beleive that I'm typing that you are 8 months old. Where in the world did that time go? I don't know, but's it's going much too quickly.

Here is a little snapshot of what you are both up to at your 8 month birthday.


Hulse:
Talking all the time. You can say Mama and Dada.
You've learned to clap and will even do it on cue when you're not being a turkey.
You're very close to waving.
I think you're getting ready to be on the move. There is for sure some scootin' going on.
You have the funniest belly laugh. You're daddy can really get you going and it's hillarious.
You still love your bottle and jar food. Not super crazy about the sippy cup but mommy and daddy haven't been very diligent about it, so you can blame us.
You love to be played with and will sometimes get a little fussy when your companion leaves the room.
Still an excellent sleeper.

Olivia:
You are also a talker and a grinner. You are also saying Mama and Dada.
You're doing this funny little thing when you get tickled you have taken to cocking your little head to the side. It makes your audience smile, and we know how you love to perform!
You are also interested in being on your belly a lot learning how to move. I think you will be crawling in no time.
You're a pretty good eater, but I think you like the real food better than your bottle. You are also a good drinker with the sippy cup. You really had no problems adjusting to it.
You have developed into a great sleeper. In fact, you've become the one we have to wake up in the mornings to get ready for daycare.

Monday, August 31, 2009

7 Months Old


So we're bluffing here a little bit because we were on vacation when the babies turned seven months old, but here's their picture.


Olivia at 7 Months:
- You are on the move, rolling around to get to where you need to go.
- Sitting up and playing with everything.
- Eating a fruit and veggie/meat everyday. You do turn your nose up at green beans, peaches, and macaroni and cheese.
- Got your first 2 teeth. You've been a little out of sorts about it, but not too terrible.
- You're a talker and love to "preach" at anyone who will listen.


Hulse at 7 Months:
- You are still a pretty lazy boy and not too interested in being mobile. I think you think we're going to carry you everywhere you need to go for the rest of your life!
- Sitting up, reaching, and also playing with everything.
- Eating a fruit and veggie/meat everyday. Like your sister you don't want green beans, peaches, or mac and cheese.
- No toofers yet!
- Talking up a storm! On vacation you talked for at least an hour straight on the car ride.

Vacation 2009

We decided to bite the bullet and take a much needed family vacation to the Gulf. The most common reaction we got when people found out about the trip was "You're taking the babies?", and the answer was yes we decided to take the babies. Not to mention we went with some friends who also have a 7 1/2 month old. It's not much of a family vacation without the family, so we loaded up my parent's Tahoe with what seemed like our entire house and off we went. Turns out our babies are rock star travelers. They did so great the entire drive down. They slept, watched Nemo, Cinderella, and Praise Baby, or entertained themselves. We stayed out in Fort Morgan at the Gulf Shores Plantation and had a room right on the beach.The weather was great all week long and school has started for most kids so we really had the run of the place. The babies really enjoyed the beach. Olivia went right in the ocean and starting playing with Daddy. Hulse didn't like the waves or noise so he was content playing in/eating the sand. They both loved the pools and did well adjusting to the new surroundings. We went out to eat at night and they did great playing in their highchairs and watching people. We even got brave and headed to Foley for some outlet shopping one day and stayed from 9-4 without incident. Trey and I have decided that we are just blessed with some really great babies and we look forward to many more vacations!

Here are some pictures from the trip!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Toofer the Price of One

Yesterday morning we noticed that Olivia was drooling up a storm. She has not slept well at all the night before so we knew something was up. She also kept cramming anything she could get her hands on in her mouth and gnawing. Trey just happened to check in her mouth and our 7 month baby girl has her first tooth. We couldn't believe it. I'm sure she'll start asking for cookies any day now.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Water Babies

You've seen the video now for the recap. We decided to take the babies to Scott, Donna, and Tanner's new pool to see how they would do in water bigger than the blow up pool in the backyard, and because mom and dad are always willing to test drive a pool!
Hulse and Livi, you did great! You really seemed to like the water and had no problem getting right in. You floated around in your boats but you also liked getting out and "swimming" around the pool. I've always heard that babies can take to water very naturally and Hulse you did that. Daddy took you out of your boat and you went straight to your belly and started kicking away. We have a future Olympic swimmer on our hands. We swam for over an hour and you both had a great time. I'm glad you liked it because mom and dad both love water. Here are some great pictures from the day.





Saturday, August 15, 2009

Swimming

We've been in a bath tub.
We've been in a blow-up pool that is smaller than the bath tub.
But now we've finally been in a real pool!

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Happy Birthday Daddy!

Dad,
Hope you have the best birthday ever. We love you!

Hulse and Olivia

Monday, July 20, 2009

Half of a Year in the Blink of an Eye

Hulse and Olivia,

I can't believe that you are already 6 months old. It is almost hard for me to remember what you were like the first night that I met you. So small, sweet, and not quite sure you were ready to be out in the big world. Now, you're full of life and taking the big world by storm. What a blessing you are to your Dad and I. Our life before you came was fun, but I think we would both agree that the two of you make it more fun than we can handle sometimes. I'm prepared for the next 6 months to fly by like these have and before you know it I'll be planning a party for your first birthday. We thank God for you everyday and can't wait to watch all of the new things you're about to do!

Hulser at 6 months you have bright eyes and big cheeks. You are a little ahead of your sister on most things, as you should be as the big brother. You love to talk in a loud voice. You get excited and shout it out to anyone in ear shot. You're sitting up unassisted for longer and longer periods of time (when your not being a lazy boy), and it's a matter of time before you'll be able to get there on your own. You are a sweet boy who seems to "think" a lot. I can see the little gears turning sometimes. You love to play and will reach for toys and whatever is around. You love to eat carrots, sweet potatoes, peas, bananas, and of course you love your bottle. You're love of food is reflected in your big boy size. You weigh 18 pounds 2.5 ounces and are 26 1/2 inches long. You're wearing 6-9 month clothes and a size 2 shoe. Still not a lot of hair to speak of, but we're getting there. You are a superstar sleeper! We put you down, you immediately roll to your right side, and we don't hear from you again until we wake you up.

Livi at 6 months you are smiles and giggles. Such a little girl, you love to be entertained and clapped for. I think there is something involving a stage in your future. You love to talk our ears off, but usually in a much quieter way than your brother. You've come a long way in two weeks and can sit unassisted for quite a while; we work on it everyday and you get better and better. You love your toys also and are interested in reaching out for what's around you. You love to eat carrots, sweet potatoes, peas, bananas, and you like your bottle also. You're not quite as into food as Hulse, but you're still a good eater. You weigh 16 pounds and are 25 inches long. You're wearing 6 month clothes and still a 0-1 shoe, tiny tiny foot. You've got some hair and it ranges from strawberry blond to red in the back. You've got the red head temper to match. You will let anyone know when you're not happy, we'll have to work on the anger management a bit. You are a sleeper in training. You still don't like to sleep without being bundled, but if you're a baby burrito you sleep well.





Monday, July 6, 2009

Photo Session, July 5

Click the image to view the slideshow.


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

How far we've come - 5 months

Click our picture and we will get bigger.

And here are some pictures that were taken during the five month photo shoot:
Dad is soooo funny!
Livi got caught blinking; usually makes for a terrible picture, but I liked this one.

Daycare Cellphone Pictures

These pictures were sent to us by cellphone. Amanda Rodtnick works at our daycare, checks in on things for us and sends us some shots form her phone's camera. I'm just now taking them from my phone to a computer.

April 22
Livi smilin'


April 23
Hulse in bouncy seat


May 20
Hulse scared of Amanda?


May 28
Livi and Riley Rodtnick


June 25
Presumably, Livi taking a nap

June 25
Hulse in the loudest jumperoo ever

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Jumperoo...

Will wear you smooth out!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Firsts

This weekend marked a first for babies and grandparents alike. Hulse and Livi spent Friday and Saturday nights with their Nana, Gigi, and Papaws respectively. Trey and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary and the grandparents stepped in to give us a little break. It was so nice to spend time with one another and some good friends and not worry about bottle steamers, jarred green beans, or poo. I consider it pretty successful, no baby had a melt down and they slept pretty good. All in all we might get the grandparents to keep them again sometime.

Also, the babies turned 5 months old on Friday. It's so hard to believe they are getting so big! They are doing all kinds of fun things.





Hulse and Livi,
You love to:
Roll over and over (still working on that back to belly thing!)
Eat peas, green beans, carrots
Play in your jumperoo and your exersaucer
Talk, screech (Hulse), smile, giggle
Play with your toys and put everything in your mouth
You can both sit up unassisted for 10-15 seconds and then you slowly lean over, but you're getting better everyday
You are both still sleeping pretty well when you don't cough and wake yourself up
You both seem to love people. Of course you like your grandparents, but you also like your daycare ladies and the sweet ladies in the nursery at church.

It's something new everyday and I can't wait to see what you both do next.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Monday, June 22, 2009

Happy First Father's Day

Trey,
Hulse, Olivia and I wanted to say how much we love you on your very first Father's Day. You are a great daddy and husband. We can't imigine a better man for the job. We look forward to celebrating many more father's days to come.

Love,
Your Family

Thursday, June 18, 2009

A Birthday Story

So, I was thinking that I should probably tell the story about how my precious pumpkins made their grand entrance into the world. Now I know those who read this blog (all 5 of you!) have been waiting with bated breath for this, but I think one day my babies might be interested in the story of their birthday. *Disclaimer - this is a long one, so if you're only mildly interested, stop right here.

I was 36 weeks and going to see my doctor (Dr. Singleton) weekly, if not twice a week, to have the babies checked out. Everything was going fine we were just monitoring them closely since we were getting down to the delivery date. We had talked with Dr. S and due to a variety of circumstances including one breech twin, we had scheduled a section for February 10th. Because everything was going so well we had no inkling that we wouldn't make it to the 10th. I love how we think we're "planning" things!

January 26th I had my regular weekly appointment and was a little concerned because the weekend previous my blood pressure had been elevated.In fact, I had done a urine collection and turned it in that morning to check my protein level. For most of the pregnancy I'd been monitoring my pressure at home to watch for anything abnormal. The nurse checked my pressure and sure enough is was elevated. Up until this point I had a totally normal pregnancy and my pressure had been great so the nurse was a little concerned.

Funny sidebar you'll want to tuck away for later, we were in the exam room waiting and Dr. Sellers (another Dr. in the clinic) comes in looks at us with a puzzled expression and says "Wait, I'm not supposed to be seeing you today." The clinic was crazy that day and we were in a room he normally uses while they were preparing one of Dr. Singleton's room. Why was it crazy you ask, there was an ice storm on the horizon. So you know people in Arkansas are clamoring for doctor's appointments and loaves of bread.

Dr. Singleton wanted me to check my pressure again as we left and it was higher than when I came in the clinic so he sent us over to L&D for monitoring. I should have known right then and there to go home and get the bag because babies were coming, but never having given birth I was dumb! We get to L&D at about 4:00pm and they hook me up to the belts and spend FOREVER trying to get both babies to cooperate and stay on the monitors. In addition they are constantly monitoring my pressure, which gets higher as we progress. I had already called my mom and she arrived in less than an hour to check on me. So for the next 2 hours I lay there and people looked at me. I'm starving, the ice storm is raging, and I'm still not thinking we're having babies. In fact, my mom still had to drive to Pine Bluff so I sent her home around 5:30, convinced we were going home. Stupid.

At least by this time Trey and I are thinking we might be staying the night and we need some kind of overnight bag. However, there's that pesky ice storm. We live in an area where either way you go, you have to pass a large iced over bridge to get home. It would have been a dangerous undertaking and could have taken hours. So, we just planned to tough it out and get our things in the morning when we were sure we'd be discharged.

I start getting fuzzy on times here but I think around 8-8:30pm the nurse who has been in contact with the on call doctor comes in and wheels the bedside stool up. I remember thinking if she's wheeling the stool over and sitting down, something isn't right and we're having babies tonight. She tells Trey and I that the doctor is at home but is on his way in. A little while later the door opens and in walks Dr. Sellers (you'll remember him from our sidebar earlier) and he says "I guess I was supposed to see you guys today." He explains that my pressure is causing my body to enter into dangerous territory for not only me, but also Hulse and Olivia. He proceeds to tell us in not so many words that we are going to have these children tonight or something potentially serious could happen to me and them. I ask if we can wait until the morning, not really. So I ask if we can give our families time to get there, and he says he'll do his best, and then they start prepping me for the section.

The scoop is that my BP has elevated to the point where I could be in danger of having a seizure. If that happens with the babies in utero it's not a good situation for mom or baby. To try and prevent me from having a seizure they start me on a medication called magnesium sulfate. This stuff has a nasty reputation and I had read about it, but thank the Lord it didn't seem to affect me negatively and I didn't have a seizure so that was a blessing.

In what seemed like a crazy whirlwind I was taken to the OR, got my epidural and spinal, and they brought Trey in and we started. Hulse you were born first. You came out and immediately started crying. They told me you had hair and that everything looked great. Three minutes later Olivia you arrived quietly on the scene. You took a little more time to pop out because you were backwards and they tried to turn you around, but you just insisted on coming out bottom first. And just like that it was over. The doctors and nurses continued to check you out and finished with my part of the procedure. They wrapped you both into a tight little package and I held you for the first time as we went down the hall to our room. The doctors and nurses gave you some shots, cleaned you up, took your footprints, and wrapped you up. Hulse you were 5 lbs, and 6 oz and 19 inches long. Olivia you were 5 lbs, and 5 oz and were 18 1/4 inches long. I was so relieved that you were both here and that everything was ok. You met your grandparents and then you spent the night in the nursery so mom and dad could rest.

I woke up around 3:00/4:00 on 1/27/09 and everything was really fuzzy. So I reached for my glasses and put them on and everything was still really fuzzy. In a little bit of a panic I woke Trey up and told him to call the nurse that I couldn't see. He understood me pretty well in his sleepy state because he jumped up and called. Over the next 48 hours I felt like someone had taken dirty contacts and put them over my eyes. Apparently, my BP was so high the vessels behind my eyes has constricted or the fuzzy vision was a reaction to the mag sulfate. Who knows, but I thought I was going to be blind. It was much better when we left the hospital, but it took probably 2 weeks after we got home to be completely normal again. My BP continued to be higher than everyone was comfortable with for a few days and I ended up staying for 5 days. At some point Dr. Sellers rounded on me and we got the result of that urine collection I had done and my protein level was 3,000 times what is considered safe. So it really was God's hand moving with us that day to deliver those babies before something happened to me or them. We finally made it home, and you know the rest of the story, you're 5 months old and growing like weeds. We love you so much and can't wait one day to tell you all about your birthday.

Monday, June 8, 2009

4 Month Musings

First, let me preface with I love my babies and they are the most precious things on Earth, but Lord have mercy four months has been an interesting milestone for Hulse and Olivia. They had been doing really great in the eating & sleeping departments and then wham we hit a brick wall. They were eating 6-7 ounces every 4 hours and now we're doing good if they take 4 ounces every three hours. We have been eating off of a spoon, some rice cereal and green peas. They do pretty well with that. It's been frustrating because their bellies aren't getting full then they want to eat more often. Which has led to them waking up one time a night (two on a couple of occasions) starving like they were never going to eat again. Everything I've read/heard says this is normal around this time and is related to a slow down in growth, but nobody has given any advice on how to survive it! I know we're lucky though because a lot of parents I know would love to only get up one time a night with their four-month-old. Of course, we've had a little illness again. Both babies got a little rash and started running fever. It turned out to be just a viral infection (which of course you can do nothing about). Hopefully, we'll be over that soon.


In other exciting news, my mom and dad recently sold their house and are planning a move to our area. This is exciting for Trey and I when we need a few more hands on deck. The babies are getting to the age when they're a little easier to handle so we're hoping that GiGi and Pappaw will be able to babysit when they get settled in.