The fourth month has come and gone. We have just enjoyed time at home, watching the boys grow and play. We took our first “hike” at Lair O’ the Bear park and generally enjoyed the nice weather.
The third month came to a close while we were in Nashville. Things got more interesting with our trips to Breckenridge and Nashville, and hopefully the fun outings will continue.
Also in the third month, my mom came back to visit, as did Matt, Erin, Evie, & Amelia. We had lots of fun with all of them and look forward to the next time they can visit. The boys started smiling too, so that makes everything better.
In mid-October, we journeyed to Nashville for our first flight with babies. We survived. Flight one: I sat by a self-proclaimed “baby whisperer” who put both of them to sleep for me. Flight two: They let us bring a car seat on, so we let Noah sleep in his seat and tag-teamed with Luke. Success! (Fun fact: You can’t have 2 lap babies on the same row because there are only 4 masks that drop down in case of emergency. We couldn’t sit on the same row on the first flight, but we were able to on the second flight when there was an extra seat for our carseat. If you have one or two babies, always ask if there is room for you to bring your carseat onboard if you didn’t buy a ticket for your baby.)
The reason for our trip was that Joel had a conference in Philadelphia, so we thought it would be nice for me to go to Nashville while he was gone. So we flew to Nashville, Joel stayed for a day and then headed to Philly. We met up in the airport on the way home. We had a great trip – the boys got to meet Grandmommy, Uncle Adam, Brittney, lots more friends and family, and they got to spend some time with the grandparents and cousins too! We pushed them way past their limit on Sunday afternoon with a big family gathering, but they did really well the rest of the trip.
We made it through our first trip with babies! Joel’s office had a work retreat in Breckenridge, and families were invited. We spent 4 nights in a 3-bedroom condo with two other coworkers…and honestly the nights were a little stressful trying to keep the boys quiet, not to mention having them in our room (they moved out of our room at home at about 5 weeks old). But we had a good time walking around Breckenridge and eating. We were probably a week past the peak of the leaves turning, but it was still beautiful!
I’ll let you guess which one of us did the posing in the pictures of the boys below, despite Luke’s dismay.
Work on the backyard was one of the items that got cut from our renovation project because of budget issues, so we saved to do the necessary work for the first year we were here. And when we found out we were having babies, we knew we had to get it done or it might never happen!
We didn’t want anything fancy – just something besides a wasteland. It took several steps, but we finally got there and are so happy to have it done.
Our dear friends, Annie and Marcus, got married on July 7th. We thought we’d have babies by then and not be able to make it, but it all worked out! Despite some rain right up until time for the ceremony, everything worked out well for a beautiful wedding at Red Rocks Trading Post.
The first month went by pretty quickly! Our babies slept a whole lot the first week home, and it was great. We woke them every 3rd hour to feed them, and I hated my alarm every night. We quit setting the alarm after the first 10 days or so, and the sleep hasn’t come quite as easily. From our wonderful parents helping out, I haven’t had a whole lot of days by myself, but it is quite the challenge! It’s amazing to watch the boys grow so quickly.
Nearly a month later, I guess it’s high time we posted that we have babies! They were born about 20 minutes apart with Noah first and Luke second (born in the operating room, as is required for twins). It is a wonderful and challenging time so far! Here are some pictures from our first couple of days.
Note: In the operating room photos, Noah is in the swaddle with the footprints on it, and Luke is in the striped one. Noah is in the red car seat; Luke is in the brown one.
Here are some pictures of our house as it is today (sans baby items that are starting to take over everywhere). These make me realize how we never got around to painting anything differently than the way it started, except the nursery!