Monday, August 12, 2013

Well, well, well...

Look who's 4 months old! I can't believe how much they have grown and changed. They aren't even the same babies!

Caroline is such a joy! She talks all.the.time. and I can't get enough of it. She just sits and smiles and talks and interacts so much. I think I kiss her about 500 times a day. I hardly ever wear lipstick because I know I'm just going to kiss P&C a million times and I don't want them to be covered in it. I can't help myself. 

They don't go to the doctor until next week so I don't know all of their stats, but I'm guessing she is about 13 lbs and around 22-23 inches long. 

She loves sitting in her bumbo, playing in the bouncer (she is starting to reach for things), and looking into a mirror. She loves walks outside, being talked to, and she will totally watch the TV when the Ranger's are on! I'm not kidding that she turns her neck to see. Little baseball fan in the making! 

Her favorite conversation partner is my Nana! She will just tell story after story after story to Nana! It's the cutest thing in the world. 

My baby girl, I love watching you grow. You learn and discover everyday and I can't get enough of your sweet smile. You are my little beauty and I pray everyday your beautiful heart will seek after Jesus and far outshine your outward beauty. 

Parker is my little love! This handsome man is my cuddle bug. He snuggles right under my chin/on my chest and is a little lovey. He smiles with his entire face. When he gets a big grin his eyes squint closed and it's the cutest thing in the world! He giggles!! He has been doing this for weeks and it seriously makes me laugh out loud every time. It's a baby belly laugh and I adore it. 

I'm guessing him to be around 17 lbs and 24-25 inches!

His favorite activity is going for walks. He loves to be outside, like to sit in his bumbo, play in the bouncer, and coo. He has taken to a lovey and scoops it up in his arms for bed time. It's pretty adorable. 

His favorite talking partner is his daddy and Nana. (Nana has a way with the babies!) He cooed and giggled with Nana for a good 10 minutes the other day and we were all dying laughing. I got it on video and I've watched it at least 20 times. He has a new trick that I haven't quite figured out...we put him down for bed and by the morning he's still on his back but almost completely out of camera view. He must spin himself around in his sleep by kicking? 

My little Parker man, you are such a precious gift. I love watching you explore and learn! You make me laugh and when you smile my heart bursts. You coo as you fall asleep when I'm rocking you and I feel like you're saying "goodnight". I pray that you know how much you're loved and that you grow into a man of faith and character. 

Just to make you giggle...getting infant twins to cooperate for photos is insanely difficult 1-on-1 but we are a complete joke trying to get photos of them together at this point! The photos below CRACK me up. They were in succession and you can see Caroline's increasing frustration and the look on Parker's face is priceless. 

"Wait? Are we crying?? I thought we were just chillin, but OK. I can do crying."

I'll leave you with that. Happy Monday, friends :)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Playing Catch Up...

It's August, y'all. I know that because everyone on my facebook and instagram feed are posting photos of their dashboard reading 112 degree temperatures, teachers are posting photos of their fresh classrooms ready for a new year and complaining about in-service days, and Kindergarten moms are reliving the last 5 years of their lives and getting sappy about sending off their little ones. 

And let's not kid about that last one. I've only been a mom for 4 months and I know that in 5 short years I will simultaneously be crying in my cheerios at the thought of my kids leaving the nest and doing a little happy dance for a few hours of freedom. The time does seem to pass rather quickly.

It's been a busy 5 weeks. I went back to work and that has thrown everyone for a loop. We rallied the troops to keep P&C for my first few months back at work while they are still so little. Those troops consist of my mom and dad, my mother in law, and the occasional helper we can add into the mix. It takes a village!

We've gone to the "divide and conquer" method as two infants is just a lot of hard work for my mom and MIL. Let me's hard work for anyone!! But they are helping me out BIG TIME, so I don't want to run them ragged. My mom and MIL each keep a baby and it has worked out really well. If you follow my mom on Instagram (@10szsazsa) she chronicles her journeys with the hashtag #oldaupairs. :) 

My time back at work has been hectic. So little time with my little people, so much time at work, in the car to/from work, and packing bags and preparing to go back to work. I have very little time with P&C, even less time with Dave, and after paying for childcare for two I was hardly contributing to our bottom line. In the end, Dave and I decided that what is best for our family is for me to be home with P&C. So I am happy to say that I will soon be home full time with my little loves. I'm really excited and really thankful.

Someone else who is excited and thankful is this guy! His Uncle Taylor plays baseball and is in Richmond, VA for the season. He hasn't met P&C yet but come September he'll be teaching them bad habits and trying to make Parker a lefty. In the meantime, he sent his little buddy a baseball for his nursery. Parker was pretty pumped! :)

Caroline got a little girl time with mom and Nana on one of her days as a singleton. They went shopping and enjoyed being ladies who lunch. :) 

Cheesecake Factory was chosen as our after church lunch spot this past weekend and it was a winner. I may have gotten a piece of red velvet cheesecake to go. I've been eating on it for 2 days and I still have over half of a piece left. #winning!

I have had many amazing moments since being a mother. It's insane how much I love these tiny munchkins. But this was a moment I just didn't want to end. I would have sat in the same spot the entire night and never moved. Sent.straight.from.Heaven.

Speaking of gifts from Heaven...this little lovey fell asleep in the car and I wanted to drive around forever because he was so peaceful Those cheeks. That hand holding onto his lovey...I could just eat him up. 

Let them sleep, for when they wake, they will move mountains...