Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Delicious new recipe

It's no secret that Cole and I haven't cooked very much since July 13. We've been just a little preoccupied. :) This week we've been trying hard to change that. Monday after work Cole stopped by the grocery store to get stuff for dinner. He made this Cooking Light recipe. It was great and was pretty easy to make too. We paired it with couscous.

Tonight I made a recipe I found in Real Simple. I put sharp Cheddar cheese in the polenta instead of Gruyère. We added a salad, and we had an easy and delicious dinner. I especially love that this recipe has just a few ingredients. That way it's easy to pick up what I need to make it without needing a list.

Hopefully we'll continue this cooking streak. I have found that it's much more satisfying to cook (and do the mandatory cleaning afterward) when we make something new and different. Cleaning up after spaghetti just doesn't sound like much fun, so I'm always on the hunt for new recipes. I've found a few other new ones that I'm planning to try soon. I'll let you know how those turn out.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

FATQs (Frequently Asked Twin Questions)

As a mom of twins, I get asked a TON of questions. Some of them are understandable, and some are just downright weird. Since I seem to get a lot of the same questions repeatedly, I thought I'd post the answers here so you can know a little more about what it's like to have twins. Those of you who always thought growing up that it would be fun to have twins...be careful what you wish for! :)


Do they wake each other up when they cry?

If both babies are asleep, they usually do not wake each other up. The only time they even seem to hear each other crying is when one is almost asleep and the other starts to cry. The one who was almost out wakes up scared, and then I have two crying babies. Awesome.

Do they sleep in the same crib?

No. Some twin moms do put both babies in the same crib, but we never have. Cole came home from the NICU about 2 weeks before Ellen, so he had already been sleeping in his bed. We noticed that he seemed to move around a lot, so when Ellen came home we just put her in her bed. Now, most nights Cole sleeps in the swing (this is about to change) and Ellen sleeps in her bed.

Do you carry them at the same time?

Yes, sometimes I do. Most of the time, though, I just take them one at a time to change their diaper or whatever needs to be done. The other one is usually freaking out in the den while waiting their turn.

How do you do it????

I don't know...I just do. It is what it is. I don't know anything else. I have only had two babies. They need to be fed and changed, so I do it. Don't get me wrong, it was super hard in the beginning. The lack of sleep is a killer. But since they've been sleeping better, life is much, much easier.

What's the hardest part about having twins?

There are several things that I think would be easier with just one child. First, when one baby goes to sleep, Mom gets a break. However, in my world after one baby goes to sleep, I still have to wait for the other to go to sleep. Sometimes Ellen will fall asleep easily. Cole will finally go down after some persuasion, and then Ellen will wake up right after I put Cole down. The advice to "sleep when the baby sleeps" doesn't always work in my world. Some days in the beginning there was always someone awake. Not cool.

Play time and cuddle time are both difficult because I have both Ellen and Cole to think about. When I'm playing just with Ellen, I feel like I'm neglecting Cole and vice versa. Some days one of them is feeling more social than the other and therefore gets more attention. I try not to worry too much each day about who is getting more attention because I think it all evens out over time.

Waking sleeping babies. At least once a day I have to wake a sleeping baby. I know it has to be done, but that doesn't make it easier. If Cole wakes up hungry, I have to get Ellen up to eat too or they'll be on different schedules. If you ask twin moms what one piece of advice they would give to new twin moms they would almost all say to keep both babies on the same schedule. Before they started sleeping through the night, this was the hardest thing to do. I kept wondering if Ellen would sleep through the night if Cole hadn't gotten up to eat. Or if Cole would've taken a longer nap if Ellen had stayed asleep. Now it's better since they're not eating in the middle of the night anymore, but still not fun.

What's the best part of having twins?

Twins really are fun. And I've heard they get more fun as they get older. I love seeing their two distinct personalities every day. I can't imagine only getting to experience this with one of them. Part of the fun is seeing how different they are. They are just starting to sort of see each other. They have only looked each other in the eye a couple of times, but it was pretty funny. They both looked really serious as they stared at each other. I can't wait until they smile and laugh together.

And having two makes for some pretty funny days. One day after they had eaten Ellen sneezed. It scared Cole so he started to whine and cry, and Ellen laughed at him. Hilarious. And yesterday Cole started chewing on Ellen's arm since it was on his face while she was eating. Then they sneezed at exactly the same time. I would miss out on stuff like this with only one baby.

I know the challenges of having twins may seem harder in the future (Two crawlers?! Two walkers?!!), but I also know that the joys of having twins will multiply too.

Sip 'n See Pictures

Getting ready to meet our Monroeville friends.


Ellen's cake
(please notice that the bees' wings are made of almond slivers...amazing!)


Cole's cake


Mom and sleeping Ellen


Friends


Mary Alice and Cole


Great great Aunt Patsy and Cole
(She made the outfits they are wearing that they came home in.)



It was a wonderful party, and the babies and I had a great time. Thank you so much to the hostesses!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

World Travelers

Ok, so maybe they aren't technically world travelers, but Cole and Ellen have visited two other states - Georgia (well, we drove through it) and South Carolina. The last few weeks have been quite eventful for our little family.

First, Ellen and Cole got to meet their Uncle Rob for the first time. You can read all about that on my sister's blog here.

Then we went to Monroeville for the first time. It was our first road trip with the babies, and overall it went really well. My best friends hosted a Sip 'n See so our Monroeville friends could meet Ellen and Cole. (I have some pictures that I'll put in a new post.) Both of the babies did so well and loved meeting everyone.

The very next weekend, we went to South Carolina to visit Aunt TayTay and Uncle Brabee (translation: Taylor and Bradley). The scary part of this trip was that I had to drive up there by myself since Cole was out of town for work. I packed the car Thursday night, woke up at 4:30 Friday morning to get myself ready, fed the babies at 6:00, and we were on the road at 7. They were silent until we were just north of Atlanta, and then there was fussing on and off from there to Greenville. I was very pleased with that and was THRILLED to see Taylor on the other side.

We had fun visiting with Taylor and Bradley and seeing old Furman friends since it was Furman's homecoming. Cole rode back with me, and the babies did great. So far they seem to be pretty good travelers.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy Halloween!


Love, Ellen and Cole

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

We're still here

I've been way behind on blogging lately. I have tons of pictures and stories to share, including our first two road trips with Ellen and Cole.

First, a little update on the kiddos. Ellen now weighs 11 pounds 10 ounces. She is holding her head up pretty well, especially when I'm holding her or trying to burp her. She smiles, laughs, and talks regularly, and often would rather do that than eat. She watches me and Cole everywhere we go and has recently started chewing on her hand. She is an excellent sleeper. For the majority of the last week or so, she has slept through the night (around 8:30 pm - 5 or 6 am) in her bed. It's been wonderful. She has an incredibly cute pouty lip she gets when she's upset and about to cry. Cole and I have a hard time not laughing at it. When she wants something, everyone in the house knows it. Her cry is unbelievable. It gets so shrill it's almost like a little girl's scream instead of a cry. She isn't the best eater. I offer her 5 ounces, but she rarely eats it all. Usually she eats 3-4 ounces instead. She has become much more predictable during the day. I can tell when she is tired after she eats. I wrap her up and put her in her bed. Usually she'll fuss for about 2-10 minutes and then she's out.

Cole weighs 10 pounds 8 ounces. He's getting better with his head and neck control, but he still wobbles a lot. When I hold him on my shoulder to burp him, he's likely to accidentally slam his head into mine. Not fun. Usually after he eats, he'll lay on the couch next to me and talk and smile. He looks so funny when he smiles. He has found his hand recently and will chew on it even when it's covered. His legs are moving all the time, frequently straight up in the air. He gets so frantic when he eats. He eats 5 ounces, but I swear that kid would drink a gallon I let him. He's been a terrible burper lately, but his spit up has gotten better. Instead of burping, he would rather stand up and eat his burp cloth. Cole is a little less predictable than Ellen during the day. Sometimes he is falling asleep during the last little bit of his bottle, but sometimes he's wide awake all the way through and ready to play. He naps, but usually not as well or as long as Ellen does. At night, he still wakes at least once. They have both slept through the night at the same time once or twice. I'm not sure what Cole's issue is. Sometimes it seems he's uncomfortable, but sometimes he just seems fussy. Who knows?

Cole and I are trying to get used to our new normal. Now that the babies have more of a routine and are sleeping better, we're feeling much better. We are so thankful to have help from both our families to keep us sane.

I'll post more pictures later, but here are some to tide you over.

Ellen playing on the couch while I'm feeding Cole



Cole has cradle cap, so we put oil on his head and let it sit. The bonnet is keeping the oil on his head and off of everything else.



Ellen is not happy.



The Coles getting ready for the game.



Thursday, September 9, 2010

Confusion

I have been asked several times if it's confusing having two Coles in the family now. And, honestly, it hasn't been so far. I think as little Cole gets older it will become more complex, but for now it's ok.

The one thing that has been super confusing is our car situation. After the babies were born, Cole and I switched cars. His SUV was bigger than my car, and we decided that I needed the extra space for the car seats, stroller, and other baby paraphernalia. Now when we ask if something is in the car or if the other person has the keys, it's not as easy as asking if it's his car or my car. Does my car mean the Camry or the Highlander? Which is Cole's car? Who's on first? Very confusing. We're getting more accustomed to calling the SUV my car and the Camry his car, but it has taken a while and we still get confused by it all in some situations.

Some pictures just for fun:

Ellen hanging out.



Cole is ready to go with a goofy look on his face. :)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Guess who...

weighs 8 pounds!

Miss Ellen McCall. To be exact, she weighs 8 pounds 6 ounces as of Friday. That is twice what Cole weighed when he was born, and almost twice what she weighed at birth. Crazy!

We go to the doctor next week, so we'll get weights for both of them.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Shhhhhh

The babies are sleeping...


Cole










Ellen









Both


Saturday, August 28, 2010

Tummy Time

We've been trying to do tummy time more lately. Cole has been trying to roll over, but his arm keeps getting in the way. Ellen seems to tolerate tummy time for only a short period of time. Then she gets mad and wants to get up. They can both turn their heads from side to side when on their tummies though.

Tummy time


And just for fun here's a picture of them with me:

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Due date

Today was my due date. It's weird to think that if we had only had one baby, he or she may not even be here yet. My doctor wouldn't have let me stay pregnant this long with two babies, but if I hadn't had preterm labor issues I could have one week old babies instead of six week olds.

In baby news, both babies do tummy time (you lay them on their tummy on the floor) but Ellen has far less patience for it than Cole. In fact, Cole was trying really, really hard to roll over yesterday. He can turn his head from one side to the other, but he can't quite get his body over yet. Ellen has been fairly lazy during tummy time lately. Who knows though...she may surprise us and just start rolling over.

I think both Ellen and Cole are getting close to growing out of the preemie clothing we have which is very exciting. The sad part about that is I don't think the newborn or 0-3 month clothing fits very well, so their clothes may look a little big for a while.

We're about to start baths around here, so I've gotta wrap this up without pictures. Don't worry, though, I still have plenty to share. I'll work on that tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Pretty babies

Some pictures I took during the photo shoot with Aunt Emily Joy:







Aunt Taylor gave us our outfits...Aren't we cute?


"Move over Cole. You're ruining the picture!"

Monday, August 23, 2010

Riding in the car with twins

On our way to church last night big Cole sneezed. And if you know Cole, you know that his sneezes are incredibly loud and forceful. Immediately after his sneeze, one of the babies sneezed their little, petite, cute sneezes. Hilarious.

After our delightful trip TO church, we were due for a not-so-delightful trip home. Ellen and Cole both wailed all the way home. First they took turns crying a little, then both of them totally let go. Cole and I think we suffered a little hearing loss, because these babies are LOUD once they get going. They were hungry, so they had a very good reason to cry but still. Oh my.

Good thing they're so cute...

Ellen yawning


Ellen looking around while on Mary Alice's lap


Cole being cute while resting on my mom

Sunday, August 22, 2010


Hanging out with Pop Pop




The Hambys come to visit!


Relaxing in our favorite spots - Ellen in the swing and Cole in the bouncy seat.


Our second cousin Rogers


Great grandmother Mimi


Trying to feed two babies at once - I've gotten better at it since then.


Ellen and her grandmother



There are still lots more to come...

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Goodness!


We have taken almost 800 pictures since the babies were born less than 5 weeks ago. That is insane. You can just call me Marianne I guess. :) Since there are so many, I'm going to have to post a few at a time.

So without further ado, the cutest babies on the planet...

Leaving the NICU


We're home!



Their first photo shoot


Sweet little angels...



"Yummy...you taste good, Cole."

More to come...