Monthly Archives: May 2011

Happy Birthday!

Saturday we had a party for (on) Mia’s 2nd birthday, for Noah’s 4th, and to give friends and family the chance to meet our newest additions. Click through if you’d like to see tons of photos of the occasion.


My new favorite photo


I cried when I accidentally deleted this photo today. Do you know how hard it is to get 4 kids under 4 to all look at a camera at the same time?!? Thankfully a really smart and tech-savvy friend was online, heard my desperate plea for help, and quickly helped me “undelete” it from the camera’s memory card before too many tears were shed. The internet is a wonderful place sometimes. 🙂 For future reference, is pretty darn cool. And free. And it worked. Thanks again, Damon.

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Five Days Old

Rather than wait till I have time to fill in the missing story of why I haven’t posted in a long, long, long time, it would be easier to just jump in here with some photos and back-fill the details later. Enjoy!

Joshua John & Jacob Paul:


Noah & Jacob:

Noah is excited about singing Laurie Berkner’s “Five Days Old” to his brothers today — he’s been talking about this milestone for weeks!

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Filling in the gaps

I hinted that I might fill in a little of what happened in the 8 months that this blog was mostly dormant. So, here’s the CliffsNotes version.

July-September 2010: Earnestly trying to put together my portfolio for promotion at work. Huge job, lots of stress.

Two days after portfolio deadline:
Found out I was pregnant.

Two weeks later: Ultrasound revealed not one but TWO BABIES. Seriously?

A few days later:
Morning sickness is kicking my ass and I start trying to make arrangements to cut back at work.

A few days later: Forget cutting back at work, I need to QUIT. My OB sets me up with a home-health nursing service so that I can have Zofran (anti-nausea drug) on a continuous pump and round-the-clock IV hydration.

Sick, sick, sick… but thankful to be able to hibernate at home through the worst of it.

January-March: Feeling human again, though very pregnant. I heard somewhere that with multiples, you go straight from 1st trimester to third (then beyond), and that’s what it felt like. Only while mom feels “full-term” big, the babies aren’t ready to safely greet the world. It’s a tricky, careful time. Books and websites said this was the time when many would be heading for bedrest; this mama was headed back to work. It wasn’t easy, but I was lucky to have no medical complications to force me home.

April: In the last month or so of pregnancy, I gradually gave up walking, then standing, then even sitting upright… which finally meant no more work. My OB was ready to schedule an induction the day I hit 37 weeks, but (with her blessing and the support of my perinatologist) we decided to hold out a few days longer for May.

May 2, 2011:

May 3, 2011: