Friday, August 31, 2007
We started eating Oatmeal cereal 3 X day when we returned from Colorado on Thursday, 8/31, and so far so good. Mary-Gail opens wide when we say "Eat your oatmeal" and show her the sign for "eat." Rebecca just laughs at us and then spits the oatmeal out. She's gotten better at taking her bottle though. Too bad I'm trying to phase the bottles out.
Enjoy these pictures:
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Monday night (around 9:45 pm) we checked into our hotel. Spencer's family had supper waiting for everyone at their house, but I opted not to go - Mary-Gail had poop leaking from her diaper and needed immediate attention. Dad stayed with me and helped dress the girls after I bathed them. Both their clothes and sockies were bagged pronto! We gave them their "dream feed" at 10:30 pm and tucked them in bed (portable pack'n'play). They slept through the night and got up at 6:30 am. Just like clockwork.
We headed about 45 minutes to the Colorado Gators farm. We held a 3 ft long alligator, saw lots of snakes, and even more alligators. We even got to see an alligator get fed. There were some Emu's that were really interested in Rebecca & Mary-Gail and followed them along in their fences.
10 year old Tortoise
Dadda taunting an Alligator
Tuesday night was the magical night #2 - the wedding reception. Carly looked as beautiful as she always does and her husband, Spencer, was all smiles. The reception was in Spencer's parent's back yard - beautiful. Jo and I did Carly's hair again, and again we all stayed to clean up afterwards. Rebecca & Mary-Gail attracted quiet a crowd and lots of attention. Especially when Rebecca would voice her opinion and "tell it like it is." They went to sleep at 9:00 pm (2 hours after their real bedtime) and slept with their naked legs draped over each other.
Wednesday morning we hit the road. Left at 8:00 am and got into Provo at 4:45 pm. Loooong, loooong, looooong road trip. Now for the pictures:
Monday, August 27, 2007
Some of my favorite and memorable pictures:
Rebecca (left) & Mary-Gail (right).
Born @ 27 wks 3/7 days (3 months + 1 week early).
Mary-Gail has the nasal canula for oxygen and in most pictures is on the Left.
The above 2 pictures were on our Christmas Card for 2006
Wondering why my babies have a Cherry Coke bottle between them? Well, 1st: I lived on Diet Cherry Coke and Chocolate milk while I was prego and on bed rest. 2nd: The Coke bottle gives you some perspective on my babies size. 3rd: We're hoping to strike a deal with Coca-Cola :)
Mary-Gail is smiling - she had such a hard time (heart surgery + bilateral grade 3 brain hemorrage) and she still smiles!
Diapers don't even fit! P.S. the red plaid bows in their hair - measure 1 1/2 inches long.
We're leaving Provo at 9:00 am and hope to be in Alamosa by 6:00 pm. We're staying at the Inn of The Rio Grande Hotel - it's got a waterslide! The wedding reception isn't until Tuesday night, so we'll have Monday night and most of Tuesday day to relax. We're planning on leaving for home early Wednesday morning - not a whole lot to do in Alamosa. I'll post some pictures when we get home.
P.S. today is Rebecca & Mary-Gail's 9 month birthday! Can you believe it? Crazy how time flies!
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Oh my gosh was it so so good! Honestly I was worried that we'd have to take the girls out or stand in the entryway and hold them, or worse - that Rebecca would try to "sing" with the movie (more like scream) - but they were super good and watched the whole movie! (Rebecca dozed for about 45 minutes, but that was it).
By the time the show ended, mom and I were dancing in our seats and so were Rebecca and Mary-Gail. Mary-Gail was kicking her legs and pumping her arms in my lap, and Rebecca was bouncing in mom's arms. So funny! I really think they liked the music and the fun colors. If we tried to take them to any other movie, I don't think they would have lasted. What a fun afternoon!
We then picked up Lovey and went to super at Joe Vera's Mexican Restaurant and then headed to Jo's house. We put out the kiddy pool and put on the girl's swimsuits for a quick dip - the hose water was cold! Yesterday was a great day - thanks mom and Jo!
Friday, August 24, 2007
I don't know if it is because I've been thinking about my mom a lot, or because I'm a mom now, or what, but my mind kept picturing my mom and all that she does: she's a hospice nurse and takes care of geriatric patients. Mom has taken care of people all her life - from 7 pregnancies, raising 6 kids & babysitting 8+ kids at the same time, going to school while working as a low-paid CNA at a resthome, getting her RN license at 40, continuing to work at the same resthome as an RN now, getting promoted to the Director of Nursing (DON), changing jobs to go to another resthome facility to work as their DON, then changing jobs again to be a hospice nurse. My mom has the biggest heart and the most patience and THE MOST LOVE for people - no matter how badly they've hurt her or wronged her - she is so giving. The one characteristic that best describes my mom is Christlike.
So I'm running on the treadmill and thinking of my mom, crying, and my feet start moving faster and I'm hearing the words of Martina McBride singing "Independence Day" and I'm so grateful to have a mom like mine. My mom is strong. My mom is compassionate. My mom is giving. My mom is my friend.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
* When Rebecca lets me hold her to feed her
* When Mary-Gail laughs at me
* Morning time when I hear the girls "talking" to each other
* Morning time when I peek at the girls in their crib and they smile so big
* 7:30 -8:00 pm when my lovey comes home
* 9:00 am when I take Rebecca, Mary-Gail, Pixie & ArlaMae for a walk (you should see us: large "cadillac of all strollers" double-stroller, two very happy pups on separate leashes - it's quite a sight)
* When Tony plays with the girls and they squeal with delight
* Each time I kiss Mary-Gail she laughs and smiles
* Mary-Gail's smiles: her eyes light up her whole face. I've never seen anything like it
* Rebecca's lovely voice - sometimes scream - because she talks all day long
* When the girls discover new things!
Carly & Spencer on wall at SLC Temple, Sat 8.18.07
My lovely baby sister, Carly and her handsome husband, Spencer, Sat 8.18.07
Carly flirting in one of the reflection pools, SLC Temple, Sat 8.18.07
Quick glance back, Sat 8.18.07
Monday, August 20, 2007
Carly had Jo and me do her hair and get her ready Saturday morning, which meant we needed to be at Mom's by 2:30 am. Double Ouch! Tony and I decided we'd spend the night at mom's instead of getting everyone up and driving over in the wee hours of the morning. We gathered the girls and our other girls (Pixie & ArlaMae) and headed over arriving at 10:30 pm.
I still had sewing to do on Rebecca & Mary-Gail's dresses, so I stayed up until....1:30 am. Did I already mention that I was sooo stinkin' tired to begin with?! Carly let me sleep until 3:00 am, but that was it! Jo, who lives about 2 miles from Mom's house, was already upstairs with curly irons plugged in and bobby pins ready.
We tackled Carly's beautiful thick, red hair and 2 hours later (along with lots and lots of hairspray and bobby pins) we had created a masterpiece.
These pictures are from when Carly had her hair done "professionally" for her bridal pictures. Jo and I knew we were going to do Carly's hair for her wedding, so we videotaped the process and I snapped a few still shots.
Don't hang out around me - It'll cost you.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Their dresses are beautiful!
- Chocolate Shantung material
- Double-faced front & back
- All seams finished - french seams or hand sewn in facing - something I've started to do since I don't have a serger (hint, hint)
- Skirt is heavily gathered on empire waist enhanced with a thick band sewn in on side seams
- Cute snow-cap sleeves are double-faced
- A large contrast bow attaches to the front of the dress
- 9" inch zipper - which gave me so much trouble - is perfect!
The pattern is from New Look and was perfect for my babies. I normally like to alter patterns to give them some uniqueness, but I just didn't have time this time. JoJo bought 2 flower clips that I might use instead of the contrast bow. It will save me time and I can use the flowers for my hair afterwards.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Rebecca's tempature at 6:00 pm was 37.9 C (100.22 F). We had dosed her with Tylenol already, and I was nervous that her temp wasn't dropping.
7:30 pm - 37.5 C (99.5 F)
9:30 pm - 38.8 C (101.84 F)
I called my sister, Kristie, who also happens to be a Nurse Practitioner. Kristie said to give Rebecca a sponge bath and to start liquid Motrin, which could help reduce Rebecca's temperature faster than Tylenol. We didn't have any Motrin, so I bathed Rebecca while Tony tested Mary-Gail's temperature, drained her nose, gave her nose drops, fed her, and dosed her with Tylenol, and then went to the store to get liquid Motrin. At 11:00pm Rebecca's temp was 38.1 C (100.58 F). I stayed up through the night and monitored both girls' temperatures, and then dosed them again at 3:00 am.
I'm happy to say - knock on wood - that Rebecca's temperature is 37.0 C (98.6 F) and we're happy today! Thank you Kristie for your help!!
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Cute Car filled up with smoke - it was actually the powder from the airbags - and my chest was so tight. I couldn't breathe; I couldn't expand my lungs. I was just hit by a monster of a vehicle going at least 35 miles per hour. My neck burned (I have an awful seat belt/airbag powder burn on my neck) and my eyes were on fire. Somehow I managed to unbuckle my seat belt (thank heavens I put it on), and nearly fell out of the car. The other car passengers were a young mom and dad and two little boys - probably 2 and 3 years old. The mom was screaming, "If anything happened to my babies..." And then I REALLY couldn't breathe. Oh my gosh! If anything did happen to those kids. I immediately thought of Rebecca and Mary-Gail. Oh please let those boys be alright.
Ambulance and Firetrucks along with 3 squad cars showed up not even a minute later. A policeman was asking me something and I just couldn't put it together. I kept trying to call Tony, but finally realized I was dialing my own voicemail. Tony wasn't answering his phone, so I called the next person, my brother-in-law, Jack Kemp. It was now 12:00 midnight. Carol sat with the girls and Tony and Jack started out to find me. I totally forgot to tell Jack where I was. Tony hugged and loved me and then surveyed Cute Car. I didn't even go back to the car after I got my cell phone out - I was having flashbacks of my accident when we moved to South Carolina. More on that later. A paramedic checked my blood pressure: 198/100, and my pulse was 98, but my oxygen saturation was 100 and I was just in a major accident. I was OK physically, but mentally and emotionally I was NOT. The other family was OK too. Both boys were walking, and talking/crying. The mom went with one boy to the hospital for further assessment, but we were all alive.
Now the awful truth: no collision on Cute Car, just liability. Cute Car was my dream car - ever since I saw the 1980's movie, "Can't buy me love" I have always wanted a convertible cabriolet. Tony gave me my cabrio for my birthday last year, July 2006, and we came to call her "Cute Care." I only got to drive her until September when I was put on bed rest for the rest of my pregnancy. And then b/c of my C-section, I had to have someone else drive me to the NICU for 2 weeks! By then, the weather was too scary to drive in, so I drove our Suburban. Then we gave Cute Car to my sister, Carly, to drive. So, I wasn't until just recently that I was driving Cute Care again. Now she's in the tow yard with no front end. Boo-hoo.
Friday, August 10, 2007
We still have to get the groceries, which we plan on doing tonight at Walmart, and we have to hang signs to get to Jo's house since there is road construction. We made these party favors and ran out of mints in the process: a 64 oz box of mints only netted 20 party favors. Definitely not enough.
Cafe Rio Salad
Raspberry Sherbert & Diet Sprite Drink
Oreo sandwhich icecream cake - yummy
I'm in charge of the food, and Jo's in charge of decorations and the game. We've video taped Spencer answering questions (When was you & Carly's first kiss? What is your song? etc) and we're going to ask Carly the same questions. She has to answer what she thinks Spencer is going to say. If she gets the answer right, we have a present for her. If not, Carly gets to chew HubbaBubba Bubble gum. I hope it turns out like we've planned.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Anyways, I'm to the section where the author talks about S.L.O.W. (acronym for Stop. Listen. Observe. What next). I'm hoping this will help me understand the girls' new language (screaming) and read their new cues (smacking me with their hands - Rebecca is the only one doing this).
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Thursday, August 2, 2007
My mind wanders. Humidity. My skin would glow and my hair was so...dare I say radiant. I love being home in Utah, but the dry air and dry weather is a bummer. Mary-Gail and Rebecca like to go for walks also, although Mary-Gail tries to thrust herself out of her car seat. Gotta watch that little girl.