“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Friday, March 16, 2012

Where have we been?!?


Where Tatum dressed up like Princess Aurora and had lots of Mickey Mouse ice cream bars...
Where the babies spent their first vacation ever with their crazy big sister!
Where it was 40 degrees one day and 80 degrees the next (and both babies were visited by the Disney doctor and diagnosed with double ear infections on our first day there)!
And where, for the second time in her short little life, Tatum had a BLAST!!!!
We'll see Mickey again in a couple of years.

And I'll hopefully post again before months and months go by. With the babies awake most of the day, things get pretty busy around here!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Merry Christmas???

I expected some tears and maybe a meltdown or two when we met Santa this year. I just didn't expect it to come from Tatum... Sorry for the weird pic - it was scanned in because I was unable to take a picture with my own camera. See the hand reaching in from the left side, holding Tatum's hand? That's me. It was the only way to get her that close to Santa. Oh well - at least her dress was cute! And the babies did great!

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Squirmy Worm

At a very early age, we began calling Tatum a "squirmy worm" because she could NOT be still. She would roll off changing tables to the point where I had to strap her down to change her diaper. She crawled early, walked early, and was always on the move. I guess one squirmy worm attracts another because this is what Tatum brought to the door a couple of weeks ago.
Yes. To my horror, a worm.
I am not a bug, snake, frog, lizard or worm person. I like to look at ladybugs, butterflies and dragonflies, but I would prefer that even the pretty creatures stay at a distance. As for frogs and lizards (especially frogs), well, I'll put it nicely: I don't like them. In fact, I have an intense fear of frogs to the point that it is difficult for me to see a frog on television or in a book. You don't want to be around me when and if I see one in person - even at a distance. I don't want to impose this fear on Tatum or the twins, partly because I realize that my frog phobia is somewhat irrational. I still can't help it though. Peter does not share in my fear, thank goodness, and he has already captured several lizards for Tatum to pet and play with. I dread the day, however, when Tatum (or Libby or Allen) comes home with a frog to show me. Today it's a worm, tomorrow it could be anything. I'm hoping for another worm.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Spot On

So this morning around 5:30am, Allen woke up for his usual early morning bottle. I always warm the bottle first and feed him in the dark in the hopes that he won't fully wake up and will easily go back to sleep. As we were walking around in nearly complete darkness, I notice a mosquito bite-looking bump on his face. Then I notice another one. Ugh. A mosquito. So I turn on the light to assess the damage the "mosquito" had done, and this is what I see:Alarmed, I start to undress him...

Holy crap. He's covered in spots. My thoughts were racing. Chicken pox? Measles? Small pox? How many chest compressions per breath? How many fingers for each compression? I stop myself before administering CPR. He's breathing. In fact, he's smiling. He doesn't have fever. So I yell for Peter. Peter gets on the internet. Mistake. He's convinced that I picked up an exotic disease while visiting a friend in the hospital who'd just had a baby the night before. I go back to my bug theory and search Allen's crib. Nothing. So... I wait until 8am and make an appointment to see the pediatrician. And the verdict is.... penicillin allergy. Allen has been on Amoxicillin for the past week for double ear infections. His ears were clear (yay!) so he'll take some steroids and Zyrtec for the allergic reaction. As the pediatrician said, "He had a rash this time, next time he could stop breathing." So no more penicillin drugs for this little guy!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

NICU Memories...

Someone posted this on Facebook and I had to share. Just a funny way to remember a pretty stressful time. Of course, it's all worth it now with 2 healthy babies at home!

Friday, November 11, 2011

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like... Christmas???

Why not? My mom has had her tree up with presents underneath it for about a month now. I can't wait to see it Thanksgiving. I wonder how many presents are for me... Anyway, I'm really looking forward to the holiday season this year. We are so blessed to have 3 beautiful children to celebrate. Plus, Tatum is at a great age. She is super excited already, and is anxiously awaiting the appearance of our Elf.

In an effort to not wait until the last minute, we had family Christmas pictures made. Here are just a few. I might add that with a 4 year old and 6 month old twins, it is very difficult to get a good picture of the 3 kids together. Very difficult. But we got a few that were pretty good. (Thanks to Christi Santangelo - check her out for your next photos.)

Merry Christmas early!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Libby at 6 months old.Tatum at 4 months old.
The picture of Tatum is poor quality because it's a photo of a framed photo - but I think you can still see the similarities of these sisters.