Monday, October 26, 2009

Boys on the Go!!!

We are in the middle of a building project in our basement and the boys are having a hoot helping Daddy. We have a wonderful exchange student named Edith living with us. She is from Estonia and was only supposed to be living here for a few weeks so she had a place on our rec room pullout couch. We soon realized two things... the exchange program is having a really tough time getting host families this year and we love having her here. So we decided to build a bedroom in the basement. Tool man Zack
Brycen the builder

Watch those fingers buddy!!!

Doesn't he just crack you up!!!!
Cameron continues to be on the go....he loves his jolly jumper and bounces like crazy in it. He only lasts in it for a short time...I think he finds it harder on his legs and body than the exersaucer.

A few weeks ago Zack's school had a family skating night. He enjoyed going though he was pretty nervous and convinced he couldn't skate anymore.

Brycen had a tough time skating that night but has been skating a few times since and is doing well. He like to use the skating frames that we have at the arena...they work way better than the stroller!!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Cameron's latest brag pics!

The roll....he needs a bit of help to go back to front...he mastered front to back a few months ago....

It's hard work

But I can do it

All done!

Not crawling at all but he LOVES to be on his feet and I'm sure it won't be long!

Sitting up like a big boy!

First Thanksgiving with Nana and Aunt Kim

He loves his exersaucer!!!


Fall Fun!

In late September our family went to the Stratford Fair. The klds loved holding the rabbits.

Zack chose to play a game that day and Brycen went on the rides!
While Cameron hung out and watched.

The merry go round with Daddy!

Later we wandered back to the barns to see the goats and sheep. At first Brycen was a bit nervous around them but that quickly changed when

He realized these kids were smaller than he was!!!


Cameron is getting HUGE!!! Well huge compared to where he started at 7.5 months ago. He is now 4 times his birth just over 16 pounds. That puts him at about the 25th percentile for his corrected age.

He loves to snuggle with his brothers...or anyone else, especially Mommy! He's eating fruits and veggies now, sitting unassisted and wants to stand ALL THE TIME!!! I'll post some photo updates of him in the next posting....the camera they are on isn't downloading right now.

My how time flies!!!

I am feeling tremendously guilty as I realize it's been over a month since I last posted on here. Life gets busy I guess and we've been up to lots of things but it's still hard to believe that I went this long without updates.
We hit a big first anniversary about 4 weeks ago....1 year since we learned that I was carrying twins. It was a bit of a tough time for me but for the most part I focused on the positive thoughts from that time. I also took some photos a week or so after that of Cameron that really help to put the twin image in my's been so hard for me to imagine what it would have been like to have both Cameron and Cole in our very hard to picture what Cole looks like despite being identical to Cameron. So here are some images for you to enjoy! I have also posted parts of a letter I wrote to my boys on that anniversary.

Dear Cameron and Cole;
There are so many things from that day that I’d change if I could but I can’t. So instead I am going to try to remember as many things about that day and the days that followed as I can.
I still remember the ultrasound tech saying ‘I have some news for you…there’s two babies in there’. I teared up as she showed me the two of you for the first time but it wasn’t tears of sadness or even of joy…just of disbelief at the amazing thing that was happening.
The world kind spun around me abit as I walked out of the clinic and I went to tell Daddy. He came around the corner of the van and asked me what I was so worked up about. I think his comment was ‘what is it…twins?’ When I told him yes he broke into a huge grin and started hugging me as I, admittedly, cried. He told me it was going to be fine, that we would make this work. I was becoming increasingly overwhelmed with the thoughts of two newborns, no room in the house, double daycare etc. Daddy kept assuring me it was going to be fine.
I had to leave to go and get your brothers from Cheryl’s as I was already an hour later than I had thought I would be. I called Grandma on the way there and got her while she was walking through the IPM grounds. I told her she needed to sit down. When she asked me why I told her I’d had my ultrasound today. AND was her response. When I said “it’s twins mom” she said “no shit, Jod!!!”.
And as I drove to Teeswater to attend the IPM the world began to spin and shift again and I cried again. How could I do this, how could I manage? How could we afford this? Why us?
But then my typical organizing self took over and began crunching the numbers…if I had this many Epicure parties a week, found a weekend shift doing this, got this much government money for ALL the kids I was going to have….yup we could do this.
That day in Teeswater was one of the best days of my whole pregnancy. I saw Grandma and Papa within a short while of reaching the IPM and they were both so excited. Papa even picked me up in a huge bear hug. They had told so many people already and we all continued to tell everyone all day. I showed the ultrasound to everyone I saw. I loved the attention that you were bringing me. Everyone was so very excited and although I was overwhelmed and scared I was pretty excited too.
I have so often wrote about the guilt I have felt about not being excited about having twins. but when I look back I realize I was excited but I was also realistic. By being realistic and worrying about the things that were going to be hard I was beginning, early, to solve the problems we might have before they arrived. It seemed to me like I wasn’t enjoying my twin pregnancy when I first looked back at it but the more I think about it the more I realize and remember how much I marveled at all things ‘twin’. It was the most special time of my life and for as much as I wasn’t jumping up and down and showing overt excitement I know that I was so very happy, so excited and so eager to meet you both.
Every time I had an ultrasound I asked for copies so I could show off my latest pics of my babies. I remember returning to work and showing them off each time and then rushing home and scanning them and posting them on Facebook. Now if that’s not an excited mommy, I don’t know what is!!! I also remember the joy I’d feel as I got to see you moving on the screen, the wonderment of it all!!!
It was pretty early in the pregnancy when I started feeling you moving…just flutters at first, but lots of it. It never got be a lot of distinct movements, never got to the stage where I felt like I was being kicked all over. I wonder now if that was so I wouldn’t miss as much being pregnant with two active babies after God took you home Cole. But you were both busy boys for a few weeks. And you sure made mommy grow bigger and bigger. I dreamed of matching outfits, matching Halloween costumes (that I wouldn’t put on you… I swore I wasn’t going to do that to my twins!!). I wondered all the time if you were boys or girls. I joined twin groups, searched hours for strollers and finally in early November ordered the ‘perfect’ one. I looked for cribs and equipment every place I could and spent hours planning and getting ready.
It was the most exciting time of my life and I loved every minute of it.
And since today is about the memories of the good times, of the coolest day of my life I am going to sign off now by telling you both that I love you both so very much!
Love Mommy