Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Welcome Bailey and Brynn!

Well..., the twins are here! Last night Maran got a call from the hospital and was told that her C-Section was being moved from 9:30 this morning to 7:30, which meant that we had to be at the hospital at 5:00 AM. Needless to say, neither Maran or I got a lot of sleep last night.

Here is Maran right before we left this morning. The last picture we will ever have of her pregnant with twins. Unless ... it happens again. After arriving at the hospital, checking in, starting the IV, epidural, and letting Hannah give her mom a kiss, we went off to delivery. It was a lot more pleasant than our experience with Hannah, and even though we were hoping that Maran would go into labor early, it was nice to have it planned and to be more prepared.
Maran reacted differently to the medicine and epidural than she did with Hannah's birth. I remember her getting the shakes, which is hard for me to see, but she got very nauseous this morning, and even threw up on the delivery table. She is still having a tough time keeping things down, but she doesn't complain.
So, at 8:02 AM, Brynn Elizabeth was the first to come out. She was 6 Lbs, 8 ounces, and 18 inches long. One minute later, Bailey Marie came, weighing in at 6 Lbs, 11 ounces, and 17.5 inches. The first thing that I noticed was that both of them had really dark hair, and a lot of it. When I first saw Hannah, she did not have a lot of hair, and she looked just like I did when I was born. The same cannot be said for these two. They do not look like me, but they also do not look like each other. As you will see from the pictures, Brynn has lighter skin and a different nose than Bailey, who has darker skin. Hannah had super long eyelashes, but Bailey and Brynn have no eyelashes. Here are some pics

Brynn and Mom

Brynn on the left, Bailey on the right

Hannah with Brynn

Hannah with Bailey

Brynn, Dad, and Bailey (excuse my huge head)

Our happy family!

Bailey Marie

Brynn Elizabeth

As the babies change in the next few days, we will continue to post pictures. We are so blessed and so grateful to have these girls. Sure, I am outnumbered 4 to 1, but I think it is great. We are also so grateful to our moms for being here. With our move this week, and now having the twins here, I honestly don't think we could have made it all work with out them. Thank you Julia Lea and Donna Marie. You are the best!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Good, The Bad, And The Incredibly Ugly

I wish that I were posting a blog saying that I've had the babies, but I'm afraid I have to tell you all that I'm still pregnant. However, we have some good news. First off, I only have ONE week (or less) left until these babies are here. I am very excited and ready for them to come.

Also, we're moving to a 3 bedroom apartment (pictures to come later)!! It's only about 3 minutes from this apartment and it's much nicer and newer!! And best of all.....IT HAS A DISHWASHER!!!!! I am SO excited to finally have a dishwasher after 5 years of marriage. You'd think that after that long that I would have gotten used to washing dishes by hand, but I hate it just as much now as I did the day we got married. It probably sounds weird that I'm getting excited over having a dishwasher, but a lot of apartments around here do not have them, so it's an extra bonus when they do. The bad part of this whole moving thing is that we are doing it this weekend. Although I want these babies to come now, I also kind of want to be moved in before they come.

Some other good news around here....my mom and mother-in-law are both in town right now. I love having them here, but I have a really hard time accepting all of their service. I feel like I need to be serving them. My poor mother, who recently had knee surgery, has been cleaning and packing our house as well as cooking us dinner. My mother-in-law has also been doing these things for us, and I have mostly been relaxing. Tonight my mom even washed and massaged my feet and my mother-in-law painted my toes. They are both wonderful and I feel so blessed to have them here to take care of me.

Now onto the bad and the incredibly ugly....

If you have a queasy stomach, don't scroll down.

If you read one of my posts about pregnancy a few months ago, I stated that pregnancy and I don't go well together. Yes, my cankles have returned big time!!! When I was pregnant with Hannah I didn't get huge cankles until after she was born. This time, it has occurred before these babies are born. My feet are SO SWOLLEN...it's ridiculous. Let me just say again that I'm really excited to have these babies!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Calling All Twilight Lovers...

If you like the Twilight series you might like this. I am really excited for New Moon to come out in November. Hopefully I can take two hours away from our little ones to go see the movie in the theater. Anyway, if you haven't seen the trailer for the movie, please watch this:

After watching the trailer, you must click on this LINK
and watch the video that pops up. I found it to be extremely hilarious. Hopefully you will too.

Monday, July 06, 2009

4th O' July

Ok, time to update the blog. We had a great Independence day weekend. Scott had Friday and Saturday off of school and work, which was awesome because we got to spend the entire two days together. On Friday morning I wanted to do something we've never done before. Provo has a hot air balloon festival for the 4th of July. I thought Hannah would love it, especially since she loves balloons and loves the movie "Up," which has a bunch of balloons that fly a house through the air (kind of like a hot air balloon, right?). Anyway, the only problem was that we needed to be there at 6:30am, so we rolled out of bed at 5:45am, which is quite early for Hannah and me. Actually I don't think that Hannah had ever seen the sun rise before this day. Anywho, we all really enjoyed it. Someday I would love to actually ride in a hot air balloon.

I think I've written this before, but I love Independence day here. Everyone dresses up in red, white, and blue. We have a parade that people camp out for the night before to get a good seat. It's only a block away from our house and literally thousands of people come to watch it.

Hannah and her little tongue at the parade.

One of the floats above.

After the parade we all took a 2 hour long nap, which was awesome. I can't remember the last time that happened. Hannah doesn't take naps anymore, but she took THREE this week. It's amazing how angelic this child is after a nap. After the nap we went swimming and later that night we watched fireworks on BYU campus with Scott's cousins. This is the first year that we let Hannah stay up this late to watch fireworks and I think she really enjoyed them.

Anyway, so that was our 4th of July weekend.

Here's an update on the babies: I have a scheduled C-section on July 28th at 9:30am. That's only 3 weeks away!! My mom is coming into town this weekend and my mother-in-law will be in town next weekend. Then I can do everything in my power to put myself into labor. I can tell that these babies are getting big because I feel like my belly is sagging. I think I need a belly bra. I believe I'm measuring around 10 months along and I've even had strangers ask me if I'm having twins. Oh man, people are funny.

Two rules thumb: 1. Don't ever ask anyone if they're pregnant unless it is completely obvious that they are.
2. Don't ever ask anyone if they're having twins.

Come on peeps, women are sensitive about their bigness (not sure if that's a word) and these questions can hurt their feelings if the answer is no to either of them. It's a good thing I am pregnant with twins; otherwise I might have started crying:-(

These last few weeks seem to be going by slower than the rest of the pregnancy. I just can't wait to see their sweet little faces!!!