Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A Look Back

Here's a look back at some pictures of 2008. Some captured good moments, some not so good, but all memorable!













Happy New Year!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas 2008

We began celebrating Christmas at Deedee and Papaw's house on Christmas Eve. Emmy, Grandad, Bryan and Morgan joined us there, and a good time was had by all!

Clare was very excited that the day that she could open presents had finally arrived!

Jane got in on the fun as well.

Sydney is looking very mischievous.

Clare got a dress-up trunk, and she enjoyed modeling the Little Mermaid.

I am loving Jane's curls!

We returned to our house that evening and got everything ready for Santa.

And his reindeer.

Santa did indeed come, and he brought Clare a mini trampoline that she loves jumping on. He also brought several little toys for the twins and filled everyone's stockings. Clare commented that morning, "I like Santa now."

Later Christmas morning, we headed over to LoLo and Pop's house. Nathan, Megan and Brody were there and present opening commenced again.

Clare got a laptop. A pink one, at that.

The crew...Brody, Jane, Clare and Sydney

Brody loved playing with his stocking!

An added bonus this year was knowing that my brother's family isn't just here for the holidays. They are here for good, and I know we are going to enjoy getting to be a part of, not only the "special" days, but they everyday, ordinary moments as well.

We had a great Christmas. Clare seemed to "get it," and her excitement was contagious. The twins were entertained by all of the activity, even if exhausted by the end of a very full two days. The holidays always have a way of making me feel very reflective and thankful for all that I have been given. Suffice it to say, I feel abundantly blessed.

I hope your Christmas was as great as ours was.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas to all....

...and to all a good night!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Friday Night Lights

Last night after dinner, we loaded the girls up and went to look at Christmas lights.

Clare had been looking forward to it all day. She even decided to bring "Molly" along.

Sydney and Jane were excited too. So excited that they both fell asleep!

Normally, we would get hot chocolate for this event, but it was so warm here yesterday that we opted for ice cream.

After about five minutes, Clare was ready to go home....until we spotted Winnie the Pooh, The Peanuts, and Sponge Bob. After that she was hooked.

All day today, she has been asking to go see her new "friends." I have a feeling we haven't seen those inflatables for the last time!

Monday, December 15, 2008

The Infirmary

My cup runneth over....with snot.

In the past week our house has been hit hard with some nasty germs. We've had runny noses, coughs, ear infections, fever, pink eye, and general unpleasantness.

All four girls have suffered.

Jane just isn't her usual happy self.

Clare has fared the best but hasn't escaped all together.

Poor Sydney got hit hard with a fever. She was so lethargic; such a change from her usual adventurous self!

I think the worst is behind us, and I am hoping we can be totally healthy for Christmas next week.

It feels like this stuff is going to last forever, but I know it's snot.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Bah Humbug

We haven't been feeling too merry around here, with four of the six little ears in the house infected. Tuesday was spent at the doctor and the pharmacy, and yesterday was spent at home trying to get everyone well and avoiding the cold weather.

However, Clare and I did manage to squeeze in some Christmas craft time. Clare was much more interested in eating the marshmallows than creating the snowmen.

She seemed to enjoy making Rudolph, although she isn't 100% sure about who he is. I am having so much fun telling her all about Christmas stuff this year.

Thankfully, Clare felt well enough to go to school today for pajama day.

With everyone on the mend, I think we are going to attempt pictures with Santa tomorrow. If you remember last year's picture, you'll understand my apprehension. I am really just hoping to get a decent picture with Jane and Sydney. We'll see if they decide to be naughty or nice!

Two weeks until Christmas......

Monday, December 8, 2008

Gingerbread House Party

In my book, the girls weren't officially one until they had their birthday party last Saturday. We invited some friends and all of our family over to "Jane and Sydney's Gingerbread House!" I'll let the pictures speak for themselves...

The Birthday Girls

Sydney and Jane

The Decor

Decorating Gingerbread Cookies

Waiting for Cake

The Happy Customers

Enjoying the Loot

Jane and Sydney had a great time. They scarfed down their cake, loved their presents, and tolerated the limelight quite well. It was a success. And I guess now it is official...they are one!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Happy Birthday

It was a Tuesday. I was laying on the couch, as I had been for the majority of the past two and a half months. I was huge. I was 33 weeks and six days pregnant. Again, let me say, I was huge.

My mom was scheduled to help on Tuesdays, but on that particular day, she was sharing duties with my Dad. Dad had come over to take Clare to the park while Mom went to her book club. He brought Clare home from the park, we put her down for her nap, and Mom returned to take over the late afternoon shift. Thankfully, Clare was taking a late nap.

Mom was getting some laundry out of the dryer, I told her to throw it on the couch....I could at least help fold it. She threw it down and headed back into the laundry room. I reached over to grab an item of clothing and felt a gush. It was happening. And it was too early.

I had been to the doctor the previous day. The past two weeks had brought with them some "activity." I was having contractions; I got a positive read on a Fetal Fibronectin Test; I had spent one night in the hospital. Even with all of that, my doctor thought it was certainly still a possibility that I would go until 36 weeks. I was hopeful. I wanted to avoid the NICU and all that brought with it.

But, my water had just broken. There was no doubt about it, I was in labor. Frantic, I called my doctor's office who told me to go to Labor and Delivery. I was crying and scared. My mom called Casey and told him to get to the hospital. Next, she called Casey's dad and stepmom to come over and keep Clare. She also called my dad, who hadn't even made it home yet, and Casey's mom and told them what had happened. When Scotty and Mary arrived, I went in to peek on Clare one last time while she was sleeping, and then my mom and I headed out the door.

I had regained my composure while we were in the car, and I called Casey and talked to him while we were driving. He was more excited than scared. He was hopeful that this would actually be "it," and that it wouldn't end up with an extended hospital stay. He was asking details about what had happened and if I was sure that it was actually my water that had broken. I told him it was like a Sonic Route 44 pouring out of me....I was certain that is what had happened! We arrived at the hospital, and I got all checked in. Not too long later, my doctor came in and said they were going to go ahead with the C-section that evening. There were several nurses and doctors who came by and told me that because the girls were younger than 34 weeks (even if by a few hours), they would go directly to the NICU.

After blood work, epidural, and other administrative tasks, the nurse came to get me to wheel me to the operating room. Casey stayed behind to get in his scrubs. They assured me they wouldn't forget to go back and get him, and they didn't.

By the time he got there, it was go time. Not long after Casey joined me, we heard sweet Jane Jennings cry at 7:46. Six long minutes later at 7:52, Sydney Scott was out. We didn't hear her cry and they didn't hold her up for us to look at her like they did Jane. It was scary, but they passed her to the neonatologist who, thankfully, got her breathing before they took her to the NICU. When they wheeled the girls out, Casey went with them.

Jane in front

When I was in recovery, Casey came back to join me. He told me that he watched the "evaluations" of each girl, and they both did very well and neither were on oxygen. I felt a sense of relief. I knew that we weren't out of the woods yet and that the next few weeks would have ups and downs, but I felt good at that moment. My twin girls had arrived!

Sydney-left, Jane-right

And that was one year ago today. We made it! We survived the first year. The past year has been crazy for sure, but such a blessing. I am flooded with such great memories... holding them together for the first time, bringing each girl home from the hospital, watching Clare meet her sisters, seeing all of them start to interact with each other, watching each personality develop, and seeing how the twins crack up at Clare. Even smaller things stick out like taking all three girls to the grocery store by myself, getting the twins on a good nap schedule, and capturing simultaneous smiles on camera.

Sydney and Jane

It is so hard to believe that a year has passed. But the calendar doesn't lie, and today is their birthday! I am so thankful for these two precious girls, and I look forward to the next year. I am sure it will bring with it much excitement as well. Happy Birthday to Jane and Sydney!

Jane-front, Sydney on the drums