What have we been up to!

August

Avery started Kindergarten!  She has absolutely loved school and is excited about learning.img_3303 img_3304 img_3307 img_3309img_3314

Raegan started her second year of Preschool.  She only goes two days a week but enjoys it and has asked why she can’t go every day like Avery.img_3316 img_3326 img_3327

September

Avery got glasses!  She had her well child checkup and she read the eye chart and they recommended we get her eyes checked.  Sure enough this girl needed glasses.  We picked out some dark purple Princess glasses and she is so cute!!img_7256

Alex and I celebrated our 9 year anniversary!an092016

October

Raegan turned 4!  We celebrated with an Olaf party at the park!

Avery blew her candles out?!

Avery blew her candles out?!

Raegan and I had a mommy/daughter day. We went to the doctors for a well child checkup, lunch, and Build a Bear to use her gift card from her birthday.  She got two monsters!  Olaf and monsters are this girls favorite things right now!img_7345 img_7348 img_7350 img_7352

Avery and Raegan each had field trips to the Pumpkin Patch.img_7428 img_7425

We went to the Rutledge-Wilson Farm for the fall festival.img_7477 img_7483 img_7489 img_7491

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November

We started the process of breaking the twins of their binkys.

We cut the tips off the binky

We cut the tips off the binky

We put the Christmas tree up!img_7969

December

We’ve had some Christmas Programs

Avery was in charge of pictures!

Avery was in charge of pictures!

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It has been a busy couple of months!  I get so busy with everyday life and blogging completely slips my mind.  I know many of you like to know what the girls have been up to and how big they have gotten.  Maybe I will find a good way to keep up with the blog eventually!

I started this post after Christmas and I am just now getting it finished up!  Hopefully I can at least get in some monthly posts!

 

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Fall pictures

Here are some pictures of the girls we took back in October.  For the most part everyone did great.  Skylee wasn’t really in the mood for pictures so some of her faces are just ornery!  Then there is Avery who would be happy to have her picture taken all day long!

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They love to be silly with daddy!

They love to be silly with daddy!

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Avery age 5

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Raegan age 4

Raegan age 4

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Skylee age 2

Skylee age 2

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Rylee age 2

Rylee age 2

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Oh skylee...

Oh skylee…

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My favorite!

My favorite!

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My little model

My little model

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Mom life

Mom life

Girl dad

Girl dad

24 months

We just celebrated the twins 2nd Birthday!

These two sweet girls are growing up too fast.IMG_3262

Skylee @ 24 months:

Weight: 23 lbs 8 oz – (18 month: 21 lbs 8 oz)
Height:  34 1/4 in – (18 month: 32 in)
Head: 47 in (18 month: 46 in)

Rylee @ 24 months:

Weight: 22 lbs 11 oz – (18 month: 20 lbs 12 oz)
Height:  33 3/4 in – (18 month: 32 1/2 in)
Head: 46 1/2 in (18 month: 46 in)

These measurements are not the most accurate, but the doctor didn’t feel the need to have the nurse try and measure the twins again.  I should have taken some backup to this doctors appointment.  These girls wanted nothing to do with sitting on the scale or laying down on the table so they could do their measurements!  Crying and a good death grip around my neck made things really hard to get done!  Once the doctor came in they had gotten a little more comfortable and did great for him and didn’t cry at all.

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Where the wilds things are
Birthday theme

Where we are at this month:

PLAY

These girls are in full toddler mode when it comes to play.  They are running, climbing, and jumping!  They were climbing out of their cribs so much we finally broke down and transitioned them to toddler beds.  This has been a somewhat easy transition.  The main issue is during nap time they will play and play and sometimes not get their nap.  They have enjoyed going to the pool this summer.  Once they got comfortable being in the water they loved just floating around and playing in the water.

As of lately their favorite toys are baby dolls.  They will change the dolls diaper and feed them bottles.  They hold them with care and will even bounce them.  It’s the cutest thing!

Strollers from Grandma!

Strollers from Grandma!

EAT
Food has been an issue lately.  All of the sudden they wont eat meat??  I’m thinking its just a phase, maybe brought on by teething, but hoping it passes soon.  We offer them meat whenever we eat it, but once it is in their mouth they will spit it out and say “Yuck”!  Sometimes they will eat chicken nuggets but not always.  They still eat fruits and most veggies we’ve offered them pretty good.
Not in the mood for pictures!

Not in the mood for pictures!

SLEEP

They have been sleeping good for the most part.  We have the occasional waking at night but I don’t typically have to do anything.  They sometimes fall out of bed, which I hate, but keep in mind they are in toddler beds which are very low to the ground.  I also have their baby quilts on the floor folded in half so its a cushioned fall!IMG_3267

Skylee –

Miss Skylee has definitely taken on the role of being the big sister with Rylee.  She cares for her in such a sweet way.  She gives the funniest facial expressions and gets that from her Daddy!  Sky has quite the attitude for a 2 year old.  Sometimes its funny, but most of the time its like “really? already?!”  She is usually the first to run to daddy when he gets home!  Her and Avery have a lot in common!  Both Daddy’s girls and addicted to the Ipad!

Words: They have taken off in the vocabulary area so I can’t even list all the words they now say.  They are up to 2-3 word sentences.  Can repeat almost anything you say!

Teeth: 16

Likes: iphone/ipad (seriously she is obsessed!), binky (not needing as much anymore), Daddy (still daddys girl), Big Sisters (they love playing with sisters), Bugatti (she enjoys bossing him around!), outside (a favorite for all my girls), shoes (completely obsessed!)

Dislikes: sisters bothering her, being hungry, mommy or daddy leaving, when anyone steals her stuff especially the Ipad!

Boots!!

Boots!!

Rylee –

Definitely a mama’s girl!  I have to carry this girl around more than any of the others, but she is the baby of the family, so she gets a pass!  Rylee is the sweetest little girl!  She cares for others but especially sister bear!  She is more willing to give hugs, but also wants her space when she is just done with people!  Not as talkative as Skylee.  More like Raegan and on the shy side.

Words: Repeating almost anything you say

Teeth: 16

Likes:  iphone/ipad (likes to play on them, but doesn’t last long), binky (very attached), Big Sisters (loves when they play with her), Bugatti (like to sit or lay on him), climbing (will climb on/up anything), outside (adventurous), shoes (obsessed)

Dislikes: sisters bothering her, waiting to eat/being hungry, mommy leaving, teething.IMG_3291

 More birthday party pictures

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This picture cracks me up!

This picture cracks me up!

Grandma comforting Rylee

Grandma comforting Rylee

Avery helped blow out the candles

Avery helped blow out the candles

IMG_3288 IMG_3289I think they cried more at this party than their first!  It started when everyone sang “Happy Birthday” so I think they were overwhelmed with everyone starring at them!

We’ve been busy!

Sorry for the lack in posting…keeping up with these four girls keeps me busy!  School is wrapping up this week and Avery has her Pre-K graduation tonight!  The girls are so excited about summer break, they can’t wait until the pool opens!

They are now climbing out of their cribs!

They are now climbing out of their cribs!

They love taking care of their babies!

They love taking care of their babies!

Rylee can now climb the rock wall by herself!

Rylee can now climb the rock wall by herself!

They love going to the park!  The twins keep me very busy though!

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Avery also climbs on EVERYTHING!!IMG_8142 IMG_8141

So independent!

So independent!

Skylee takes good care of Rylee!

Skylee takes good care of Rylee!

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Chilling with Avery

Chilling with Avery

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Hugs just because!

Hugs just because!

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I wish I knew what they were talking about!

I wish I knew what they were talking about!

Mother's Day!

Mother’s Day!

18 months

These two girlies are looking more and more like toddlers and less like little babies.  😦

Sleeping babes

Sleeping babes

Remember when they were this little?!

Skylee @ 18 months:
Weight: 21 lbs 8 oz – (15 month: 19 lbs 4 oz)
Height:  32 in – (15 month: 30 1/4 in)
Head: 46 in (15 month: 45 1/2 in)

Rylee @ 18 months:
Weight: 20 lbs 12 oz – (15 month: 17 lbs 14 oz)
Height:  32 1/2 in – (15 month: 29 3/4 in)
Head: 46 in (15 month: 45 in)

Rylee had such a growth spurt this time around that the nurse measured her twice!

Fun at the doctors

Fun at the doctors

Where we are at this month:

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kisses

PLAY

The pediatrician was very impressed with the girls motor skills!  Walking, running, climbing, spinning….they are trying to catch up to big sisters in everything they do!  They are getting better at running not so wobbly these days.

These two are going to love being outside as much as big sisters.  They get so excited when we have a nice day and get to go play outside.  We can’t wait for spring/summer to hurry up and get here!

These two love the park!

These two love the park!

Disappearing into big sisters room to play and get into their toys is a common occurrence these days!  Raegan even told me one day “they’ll make a mess in my room if they play”! These two are in to everything, especially shoes!  Avery now keeps her door closed at all times so the babies don’t get into her stuff!  If they aren’t playing with toys they are trying on shoes and walking around in them!

Playing dress up with sisters

Playing dress up with sisters

EAT

They are still good eaters but are starting to show a picky side.  Sometimes Skylee will eat something and Rylee wont so when they finish eating what they like we will catch them trading plates!  I guess that’s one benefit to having a twin!  They are big fans of fruit.  I can’t think of a fruit that we have offered that they haven’t eaten.  They love Annie’s Mac n Cheese!  I think that is probably their favorite right now.  They have also become addicted to fruit snacks.  These are a limited snack in our house and I hate that they love them so much!IMG_7377 IMG_7538

SLEEP

They have been sleeping good for the most part.  We have the occasional waking at night but I dont typically have to do anything.  Skylee had a bad night a few weeks ago where she woke up screaming and crying, when I got in their room she was pointing at things and acted like it was scaring her.  After the third time of her doing this I had the hubby go in and see if he could help her.  He put her bed back where it typically is (it had been moved while we were cleaning and never got put back) and she slept the rest of the night!

Twin Dad!

Twin Dad!

Skylee –

Got her binky stuck!

Got her binky stuck!

This girl has developed quite the attitude!  The looks that she gives you if she doesn’t like what you say or do, watch out!  She is very independent.  Only asking for help after she has tried doing it herself.  She thinks she is older/bigger than what she is!

Words: mama, what, Avery, Buggy(Bugatti – the dog), daddy, more, look, no, owee(ouch), done – *I’m sure there are more words but these are what I recall hearing the most!

Teeth: 12

Likes: iphone/ipad, binky, Daddy, Big Sisters, Bugatti, climbing, outside, riding in the car

Dislikes: sisters bothering her, being overtired, falling, losing the binky, being hungry, mommy or daddy leaving, when anyone steals her stuff!

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Rylee is the sweetest little girl!

Showing concern for everyone, but especially for sister girl, snacks, treats, sippy’s, toys – you must always have two.
One for you, and one to offer for Skylee..if that doesn’t melt my heart.

This girl is growing up way too fast…she is showing major signs of being ready to start potty training.  She has successfully gone 6 or more times in the potty.  The trouble is keeping with it when we are not home all day.

Words: mama, dada, ya, Sky, done, nana (banana), locks(blocks), more, owee(ouch), look, no –  *I’m sure there are more words but these are what I recall hearing the most!

Teeth: 11 1/2

Likes:  iphone/ipad, binky, Daddy, Big Sisters, Bugatti, climbing, outside

Dislikes: sisters bothering her, waiting to eat/being hungry, being overtired, mommy leaving, teething.

loves her Bugatti

loves her Bugatti

daddy time

daddy time

coloring with sisters

coloring with sisters

Looking at the fish!

Looking at the fish!

coloring

coloring

Daddy can make anything fun!

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We took a trip to the zoo with cousins and the girls had a blast!IMG_7726 IMG_7742

*Sorry for the low quality iphone pictures

My Diastasis Recti Surgery | One Year Post Op

Here you can see why I had surgery.

Here you can see my recovery.

It’s hard for me to believe that it’s been a year since I went through diastasis recti surgery.  I just had my one year post op appointment with my surgeon.  She was so happy with my results that she said I was a poster child for this surgery.  While at my appointment they took photos, then they showed me the before and after photos…I couldn’t believe the difference!  I think I forgot how bad my belly looked before surgery!

Before & After

Before & After

Due to the number of requests I receive about how I’m doing these days, I wanted to give an update along with pictures. I’ll answer some of the more frequent questions I get, and I’ll go into a little more detail on what life is like after the surgery.

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  • How soon post partum did you have your surgery?

I was 4 1/2 months post partum when I had my surgery.  The only reason I did it so soon after birth was for insurance reasons.  For the sake of your family I would say wait until the baby/babies are older!

  • How are you feeling?

I feel great!  The only time I notice anything is when I am working out.  Stretching or tightening the abdominal muscles does feel strange at times, with the occasional burning sensation.  The burning sensation I’m referring to, is not the muscle burn you get when working out, but a burning pain that I felt after my surgery.  I only notice this when I am pushing myself and my core is straining.

  • How long is the recovery?

I’m sure this is different for every person.  For me, I was feeling almost back to normal by 3 months post op.  I started to try and get some workouts in around 6 months post op, but time was still limited for that so not a lot of working out going on!

  • Do you regret your decision to have the surgery?

No, I am very happy with my decision.  I haven’t had any major issues with this surgery and feel so much better physically.  No more back pain, or workout limits, along with no longer having a terrible looking mommy tummy!

  • Are you happy with the results?

Absolutely!!  My surgeon did an amazing job!  Other than the fact that my skin is so thin below my belly button, which can’t be fixed, and is the result of having four babies, I think my belly looks great.

  • Would I recommend this surgery?

Well I would suggest trying physical therapy first.  Sometimes the gap can be fixed with the correct exercises.  Then if the therapist suggests that you get the surgery, then go for it!

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I am currently using my Young Living essential oils to help with my scarring. My incision already looks pretty great and if I used my oils consistently I think it would be almost gone by now.  I’m currently using Lavendar, Lemongrass, and Vetiver diluted with a carrier oil on my incision. I’m also using these oils on my stretch marks.IMG_2988

I also used my essential oils once I got home from having my surgery. At the time, I only had the Young Living starter kit and was limited with what would help best with my pain management. I diffused Frankincense, Lavender, and Lemon oils for the entire time I was in bed recovering, along with putting Frankincense and Peppermint oils on my feet.

I hope I have covered most of the questions about the surgery.  Now I just need to get myself back in shape!

15 months

The months just seem to fly by these days!  The girls are learning and doing new things everyday and I love watching how they interact with each other.  We are now seeing them communicate with each other.  I wouldn’t say they are “twin talking” just doing the normal baby talking but they do understand each other!

Skylee @ 15 months:
Weight: 19 lbs 4 oz – 17% (12 month: 17 lbs 2 oz)
Height:  30 1/4 in – 35% (12 month: 28 1/2 in)
Head: 45 1/2 in (12 month: 44 1/2 in)

Rylee @ 15 months:
Weight: 17 lbs 14 oz – 7% (12 month: 16 lbs 11 oz)
Height:  29 3/4 in – 17% (12 month: 28 3/4 in)
Head: 45 in (12 month: 44 in)

2012

This is the first time they have been more than a couple ounces apart on their weight!  We saw our new pediatrician at this appointment.  Dr. Sears resigned and this was her replacement.  I was very happy with the new pediatrician after meeting him and watching him interact with the girls.  Appointments with twins aren’t easy when you’re alone and to add to that they are going through the separation anxiety stage and didn’t want to be put down.  The new Doctor was so patient and friendly and took the time to let the girls get comfortable with him touching them before he got started.

He was very pleased with their good health and growth.  These girls are just very petite!2017

Teething has slowed down a bit.  We got a small break but I have a feeling more are coming.  They are starting to get that grumpy/fussy/teething thing going on.  I hated teething with just one child but having two at the same time is rough!

*The twins are teething again!  I’m just now finishing this post and they are at 16 months and have a first molar coming in.

We had our first stomach bug and it hit both of them!  One evening Skylee threw up maybe an hour after we put them to bed.  We get her all cleaned up and back in bed, leave the room, and Rylee throws up.  This continued on until about 3am, one then the other.  It lingered for a couple days and then they were back to normal.

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Where we are at this month:

PLAY

These babes are everywhere and into everything!  Walking, running, climbing, spinning….they think they can do anything that big sisters do!  It is so fun to watch them get caught up in a game of chasing big sisters around the house. Seeing those little legs going as quickly as possible but still wobbly cause they can’t quite run and listening to all the giggles!  Melts my heart.

Both girls are playing with dolls a lot these days. They especially love putting the doll in their baby doll strollers and pushing them around. One day they found Avery’s water baby and got in the biggest sister fight over it!  I knew immediately what these girls were getting for Christmas!  They also love being pushed around in the baby doll strollers!  Thanks to big sisters deciding to put them in the strollers and push them around.  Sometimes the twins will push each other, but I think majority of the time Skylee is the one riding and Rylee is pushing.

2013

 Skylee loves to play with shoes.  She is shoe obssessed!  It doesn’t matter if its one of big sisters pretend shoes, Avery’s, Raegan’s, or even my shoes, Skylee will be putting them on and walk around in them.
Rylee has recently taken a liking to playing with blocks.  She likes to stack them and then show them to you saying “locks” and getting excited about what she has done!  She will also occasionally pick up a pretend shoe and walk around in them, but she isn’t as into it as Skylee is!
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EAT

These babes love to eat!  They don’t like having to wait for their food either.  They don’t have too many things they will not eat.  We are still introducing foods but most of the time they eat whatever we give them!

Skylee is the messy eater and just shovels in the food one fist full at a time!  We are starting to have to tell her to slow down or finish whats in her mouth before she can have more!  This could be why she has jumped up in her weight!

Rylee is a very clean eater.  Only if its a messy meal like lasagna does she get messy like Skylee!  She is very lady like with her eating!

Rylee's newest face!

Rylee’s newest face!

SLEEP

We have been sleeping good but then the teething started up again.

Sleep has been rough!  Sometimes they sleep all night without a peep, some nights they fuss just until they find their bink and go right back to sleep, then other nights they are up and wanting cuddled for a bit, a frozen bink, or even need some medicine for the pain. We have yet to drop that morning nap around 10:30am and I am fine with keeping it as I can get some things done while they are down.  After lunch around 1:30-2pm they take their long nap and sleep until 3:30-4pm.  Bedtime is at 8:30pm.  My kids do not do early bedtimes!  Never have!

2016

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Miss Sky has definitely taken on the big sister role.  She is quick to help or lead Rylee around and even be protective over her, and it is just the sweetest thing ever…sometimes!  For the most part she is independent and does her own thing and likes to do things by herself.  She will get SO frustrated sometimes when trying to do things without help and its not until she is at her breaking point that she will finally let me help her!  She is also starting to be quite the Daddy’s girl.  She gets so excited to see Daddy when he gets home from work and will run right up to him!

At any sound of music she will start dancing or head bobbing.

Words: mama, what, Avery, Buggy(Bugatti – the dog), daddy, more, done – *I’m sure there are more words but these are what I recall hearing the most!

Teeth: 8 1/2

Likes: iphone/ipad, clapping(she claps all the time), watching big sisters, sleep, Rylee, Daddy, binky, eating, sucking on fingers, blowing raspberries, bath time, brushing gums, walking, being outside, mommy, dancing, music, dolls, chasing sisters

Dislikes: sisters bothering her, being overtired, falling, losing the binky, being hungry, mommy or daddy leaving, when anyone steals her stuff!

Rylee –
IMG_2878Rylee is the sweetest little girl!  Very caring and easy going.  She does get frustrated with her doll stroller sometimes and can have quite the meltdown.  She will quietly go off and play by herself and be perfectly content.  While teething she does like to be held a lot and is a mommy’s girl.  Lots of evenings I am cooking dinner with this girl chasing me around the kitchen or hanging on my hip!  Neither of the girls are fans of being around someone they don’t know very well but Rylee seems to be the worst about it.

Words: mama, dada, ya, Sky, done, nana (banana), locks(blocks), more –  *I’m sure there are more words but these are what I recall hearing the most!

Teeth: 8 1/2

Likes: walking, sleep, clapping, binky, Skylee, big sisters, eating, cuddling/hugging, sucking on fingers, blowing raspberries, the ipad/iphone, brushing gums, bathtime, music, dancing, spinning, climbing

Dislikes: sisters bothering her, waiting to eat/being hungry, being overtired, mommy leaving, teething.

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I keep telling myself I will get better at blogging but life happens and this gets put on hold.  So this post is a combo of months 15 and 16!

Family vacation – Part 1

About two weeks ago we went to Oregon for a family vacation.  Some of the hubby’s family lives there along with his grandma, who had her 85th birthday, and they were having a surprise birthday party for her.  It was so nice to see all of the family but having 4 children under 4 made this a very exhausting vacation!!  I’m still working on getting all of our photos together from our trip so there will have to be a part two!

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We also went for a carousel ride.IMG_2694 IMG_2705 IMG_2709Then more time at the beach with all the cousins!IMG_2710 IMG_2713 IMG_2715 IMG_2717 IMG_2718 IMG_2725 IMG_2727 IMG_2730

Weekend Rewind

We had a fun family outing on Saturday and headed to the Rutledge Wilson Farm Park. They have a Harvest Fest during this time of year and the kids always love going!

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Avery’s favorite thing is the pony rides!  She loves horses and this is the one thing we always try and do.IMG_2777 IMG_2778 IMG_2784

She looks so little on this horse!IMG_2797

Raegan was shy at first but by the end she had her head up and smiling!  IMG_2796 IMG_2806 IMG_2808 IMG_2811 IMG_2815 IMG_2832 IMG_2834

I love having weekends like this!  It is so fun to watch how excited the kids get and just enjoying the time outside of the house with them!