Leave it to Great Grandma Julie to get the first provoked smile from Wesley. During our visit yesterday, she got Wesley to smile several times and I was able to capture it on film, however there was no way to capture how seeing him smile made us all feel. We were all smiling and laughing with him. What a warm, fuzzy afternoon it was :)
1.) The boys seem to be growing like crazy. They both feel like they weigh 40 lbs! I'm thinking they must be pretty darn close to 10 lbs each, if not more.
2.) The outfits I brought the boys home from the hospital in (affectionately called their 'Beep beeps' due to the fact that there are a bunch of cars on them along with the words "beep beep") have been tossed into the "too small" pile. Andrew and Wes swam in these newborn outfits until about a week ago. Now, sadly, they have outgrown them. I had tears in my eyes as I told Dan that they would no longer be wearing them. Dan seemed just as sad, sans the tears. My little boys are growing up. Before I know it, they'll be wearing 3-6 months...
Hey Everyone! My friend Kim's blog has been selected as a finalist for the "best crafty mommy blog" by thebump.com (same crew that brought us ladies theknot.com)! Kim is the creative genius that made my adorable baby shower invites. She's truly a crafty mommy and deserves to win! Please vote for her HERE if you have a minute. Just scroll down the page and select TomKat Studio. It's that easy! ...and don't forget to swing by her blog! You'll be inspired to create something... I promise! Thanks!
Dan's vacation time is over :( After five weeks of leave, he's finally gone back to work. That time off flew by so fast. I admit, things are now a bit more difficult without him around 24/7, and I find myself more tired than the first few weeks after the boys came home, but I've found a way to make the days a bit easier... schedule visits from friends and family, or venture out ourselves. Everyone loves to hold and feed the babies, so I get a temporary break from those duties, and if people visit us, that gives me a chance to clean up the house a bit.
This past Friday, I packed up the boys and we headed to Rochester (picking up Nana along the way) to visit my brother Joe, S-I-L Julie and their two little ones; Miles and Mia. Julie made an awesome lunch for us all and the kids finally got to visit their new cousins. Miles was infatuated with Andrew and I was amazed at how gentle he was with both of the boys. Mia needed to help with everything. She handed me wipes during the diaper changes, hoisted the bottles during feedings and held the boys with some help from the adults ;) Too cute!
Out of the 1000+ pictures that Dan and I have taken of Andrew and Wesley, I'm still trying to get a couple of decent photos for their birth announcements. When it comes to infants, I'm limited on creative photo ideas, but then again, simplicity probably works best for these things. Also, I have the camera and the babies, but no props, no studio and very limited time! Nothing is screaming 'perfect' to me yet, so I'll keep snapping until I get the perfect shots. Hopefully, it'll be before the boys are 6 months old (or 6 years for that matter)! Here's today's attempt...
FALL IS HERE!! I absolutely LOVE this time of year. My birthday is in the fall, we got married in the fall (coincidentally, on my 28th birthday!), and my boys were born pretty darn close to the beginning of fall. Besides the leaves changing colors, and the return of wine-drinking weather, I am a total halloween fan. Dan and I go to a great costume party every year, and always put a TON of effort into our costumes, however, with all that has been going on in the past month, costumes have been the furthest thing from my mind.
To get my fall fix (early) this year, I insisted that Dan take us all to the Great Pumpkin farm after one of the boy's doctor appointments. It was a cool, dreary day, and the boys weren't in the best of moods, but we managed to get a few quick pictures with the colors of the season. ;)
Not sure how I could possibly think that I could update this blog "regularly" after the boys were born, but I have an idea... Perhaps when I am up at 3am feeding the boys, I will try to write a quick update here and there, between bottles or between burpings. Until that happens, here's a photo of the boys to hold you all over ;) I'm happy to report that everyone is doing fabulous. The boys are gaining weight and changing right before our eyes. Wes, our little peanut, is now up to 7 pounds, 5 ounces, and Andrew is 7 pounds, 2 ounces.
*Wesley (top) and Andrew (bottom), 4 weeks and 3 days old*