Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Pre-term labor 1 year ago

Me at 25weeks 2 days, almost one week before pre-term started.

When you have preemies you have all kinds of "anniversaries". On the 23rd it was the one year anniversary of me going into pre-term labor, I was 26 weeks and 3day along. That day was a Friday last year and it was close to quiting time for me at work that day, but I kept having a strange feeling in my stomach, I told one of the nurses. Fortunately I worked in my OB office, she asked me if it was contractions, I said I didn't know, but I had been really tired and I felt the babies balling up a lot, she convinced me to get checked, which I didn't want to do because as you other ladies know, it's no fun and it hurts. Good thing I did because I was dilating. That started it all, one month on mostly hospitalized bed rest. That was no fun and Jimmy and I were so scared. I'm so glad to be on this end of the ordeal and I'm so glad my boys are fine.

Checking out the dogs and the washer and dryer, such busy boys!

Karter eating spaghetti

Kotlon and his spaghetti

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

11 months-3 days late

On the 17Th the boys turned 11 months old. How can they be 11 months old already? People were right, time does go by fast. Lets get started on the updates.

Mama and the boys in their jammies. That's my dog Baylee behind us with his mouth open and his tongue out.

Kolton-He still only has 6 teeth. Four on top which he got all at once and two on bottom. He is a pro at standing and cruising along the couch and coffee tables. He even likes to push the chairs around in the kitchen. Speaking of the kitchen we expanded their play area to include half the kitchen, half the hall and the entry way. Pretty much they spend most of their time in the kitchen area, pushing toys and chairs around, looking out the glass door at the dogs and yelling at them. Kolton I believe has a pretty big vocabulary for his age, of course I'm biased so what do I know? He can say bye and wave. It takes him a minuet to get it going but when he does he grins and watches his hand as he waves. He can also say all gone when his food is gone and holds both hand up by his shoulders and shrugs when he does this. I have done this for a long time when they finish their meal. He also can say momma or mom, daddy, nannie and oh. He has said but does not say often, papa. He no longer eats baby food and only wants real food, which he proceeds to rub all over his head and most times in his eyes. I actually tried to feed them both baby food the other day and they both just sat in their chairs and cried. I am having a hard time finding things to feed them. I want it to be healthy for the most part. I try to always offer them a vegetable. They pretty much like all of them, but finding something else is getting hard sometimes. Kolton is doing great on his sleeping and usually sleeps through the night. They go to bed at 7 or 7:30 and sleep until 7 or 7:30. He still wakes up happy and ready to play.

Karter-He is currently getting 5 teeth. Yes, five, four on top and one on bottom, for a total of 7. This had made for some cranky days and one or two cranky nights. He is now a pro at standing and can also cruise along the coffee table and couch. He too likes to push the chairs in the kitchen and stand at the door yelling at the dogs. Karter can now clap, something his brother has not done yet. One thing I have noticed about him this week is he is aware of when he needs to do number 2. Several times I have watched him crawl into the kitchen sit in the middle of the floor all by himself and do his business. If you look at him and ask him what he is doing he just smiles. Silly boy! Karter also likes to eat, but does not want baby food. He still wakes up one to two times a night and pretty much demands a bottle at least one of those times. He really likes his bottle and his binky. I can handle one or two times a night for a short time, he never stays awake very long and usually I hand him the bottle and go back to bed. Speaking of sleep, Jimmy and I have started switching nights, for example I take both babies one night and he the next. Up until now we had switched babies each night meaning he takes Karter I take Kolton and the next night switch, but with them sleeping better the new way works out better because one of us gets a full nights sleep. Ahhh sleep. Karter can say momma, daddy, nannie and I swear the other day he said doggie. He likes to whisper daddy, it's so cute.

No weights on them until the 20Th of July. I'm sure they are both over 20lbs now so they will be able to turn their seats around when they are one. Yay, they will be happy to be able to see something other than the back of the seat.
Fathers day was nice, we did exactly what daddy wanted to do, which was nothing, but lounge around. I wanted to get a picture, but Jimmy wouldn't let me. He said had he know I wanted to do that he would have shaved because he hadn't done so in a few days and put on something nicer. Oh well.

First time in the pool. They both liked it a lot.

Friday, June 15, 2007

It's Official

We are officially the March of Dimes Ambassador family for our town. I'm excited and nervous . I don't really like to speak in front of people, which I will have to do, but for the cause I can do it. Without the March of Dimes and their research my children would probably not be here today along with all those other preemie families out there. I'll keep everyone posted.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Some fun stuff....

This week the boys got to do some things that they have never gotten to do before. First off they got to eat a sucker. Now they each had a lick or two of sucker a week or so back when Kolton got his first haircut and that was his treat. That was the first time they had tasted a sucker, however they each got there own and we finally had to take Kolton's away because that boy put the hurt on the sucker and had it down to a little nub. I distracted him and daddy took it away. I have this fear that the stick will break off and the sucker will go down his throat. Lets just say they will not be getting this treat often, but they sure did enjoy it and we enjoyed watching them.



Today we went to the park. It's starting to get pretty hot here. 91 degrees today and we decided we better take them to the park for the first time before it gets too hot. With Karter having eczema we don't really want him to get too hot because it caused it to get worse, or so it appears. They seemed to really enjoy it and when we got on the swings they were both all giggles.



All you other preemie moms will probably understand this. When I saw this toy I thought, "my gosh that thing is probably covered in RSV laden germs", but alas I have to stop sheltering them so much and let them get dirty every now and then.

The Boys

Daddy and his little men.

And on a side note, for two nights they have sleep all night long. Oh gory be can it be for real! I hope it lasts but you know how that goes.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Pulling up, A hair cut and cuteness....

Karter has mastered the pulling up and does it all the time now, however he has not mastered getting down yet. When he wants down he will began to cry and just gets louder and louder. I have tried to encourage him to do it on his own but most times he just stands there and cries some more. Once or twice I have seen him get down and land kinda hard on his bottom, I think it scares him so he doesn't like to do it.

Look what I can do!

Kolton got his first hair cut on Thursday. He did great and it was done by my Aunt Barbara who pretty much cuts the whole families hair, so when it was time to get it done, there was no question I would go to her.

Before Haircut.

Putting the cape on.

This is not so bad.

All done. Thanks Aunt Barbara!

Karter just came along to watch. As you can see he does not need a haircut. He needs some hair

Bath time.

Cute time.