Twelve Months

I’m finding this post to be bittersweet.  I love that my girls are growing, developing, learning and turning into these amazing little people, but I’m also sad that they are no longer babies and that life sometimes goes by too quickly.  How is it that we have already gone from small miracle babies that could almost fit in the palm of our hands to almost walking one year olds?  We’ve had sleepless nights, first smiles, coos, joy at a six hour stretch of sleep, cheers for rolling over, amazement over sitting up, giggles, crawling, trying first foods, splashing in the bath and now cruising along the furniture.  It never ceases to amaze me how much development occurs in the first year of life.  

Twins are a lot of work, but I cannot imagine life without both Jemma and Zoe.  I still remember so clearly the day we went for our last embryo transfer (November 23, 2013) and the embryologist brought out the picture of a single embryo and us telling him that we had decided to transfer not one but two embryos.  He smiled and gladly said he would go and defrost another.  He mentioned that it was still slightly frozen upon transfer but that it would thaw once placed.  Jemma or Zoe?  Who was the little frosty?  They are two peas in a pod and life couldn’t be more sweet.

My Mom aka Mimi to the girls calls Jemma our “comedian”, she makes the funniest faces and keeps us laughing all the time.  From her crinkled up nose and sniffing sounds, to her tossing of everythin you hand her over her shoulder, to sly smiles, to “mmmmm” to almost every food she eats and to the utter joy she expresses when splashing water everywhere-her little personality is anything but.  

Zoe also brings smiles to everyones faces, she freely smiles and giggles at almost everyone, holds her arms up for you to carry her and is so happy when you do.  She is our little busy body who can wiggle herself out of the TwinZ pillow when she should be drinking her bottle, barely will hold still for a diaper change, and moves from point A to B in a matter of seconds.  She has such a sweet demeanor and will often give in if her sister wants the toy she has.

Jemma and Zoe LOVE food and have not fussed about any food that I can think of.  They love berries, chicken, beef, avocadoes, corn, pasta, toast, pancakes, broccoli, beans, rice, the list goes on!  Both have eight teeth-four on top, four on bottom.  Both are cruising (a term I didn’t know until we saw the doctor) and are pretty proficient at feeding themselves.  Jemma’s pinscher grip is a little stronger than Zoe’s.  Jemma still loves to say “dada” and Zoe leans towards saying “mama”, but I still don’t think they associate the words with us.  Jemma and Zoe LOVE our cats Bode and Maya, Zoe is pretty good about gently petting, but Jemma gets very excited and screams and sometimes pulls their fur.  Eek!  Both are starting to mimic our behavior, recently, they started to hold their new baby cell phones up to their ears…so cute!  Jemma’s lovey is her white Jellycat bunny which now looks like a platypus from her sucking on it’s face and Zoe’s lovey is her white lamb (which use to be attached to her Wubbunub pacifier), she now uses it’s legs as a pacifier and they are yellow and gross.

The girls had their twelve month check up and both are doing very well.  Their pediatrician didn’t have any concerns and gave us advice to move away from bottles and to make food the focus of meals rather than bottles.  He said we should offer lots of finger foods and let the girls eat until they are full.  We have been giving the girls a mix of formula and goat milk (4 times a day) and are going to be transitioning to cow milk soon.  We just set up a milk delivery service that will bring it to our porch every Monday-I’ve been very excited about this!  Just like the old days.

  Twelve Months-our last onesie photo, very squirmy little girls!

  
Jemma

Weight: 21 pounds 9 ounces (75th percentile)

Length:  30.5 inches (89th percentile)

Head circumference:  47.2 centimeters (95th percentile)-big head like Mommy!

Zoe

Weight:  18 pounds 8 ounces (29th percentile)

Length:  29.5 inches (62th percentile)

Head circumference:  44.6 centimeters (41st percentile)

Both girls received their PCV13, MMR, Varicella, and HepA vaccines and did awesome.  Daddy promised gelato after, so we took them for a sweet treat after.

July 14, 2015-We took the week off of work and I unfortunately had been summoned for jury duty and reported to the King County Courthouse in downtown Seattle on Monday July 13th.  I was selected for a jury, but was lucky enough to get a trial that was only going to be a day and a half.  Therefore, I spent the first half of the day at the courthouse on Jemma and Zoe’s birthday, but we still had a fun rest of the day.  We took the girls to the Woodland Park Zoo and out to dinner at a neighborhood Mexican restaurant.  They also received their personalized big girl chairs and seemed pretty excited about them.

 Visiting the penguins-about the only animals they seemed to notice 
 Big girl chairs!  Jemma making funny noises and Zoe cracking up! 
The rest of the week we got to relax at home, get things ready for their party the following weekend, and enjoy the hot, sunny weather!

Their first birthday party was this past Sunday July 19, 2015, I think we picked one of the hottest days of the year so far.  I was happy to have sun, but I think all of us were melting!  We kept the gathering pretty low key, surrounded with family, relatives visiting from Hawaii and a few family friends.  We ordered Vietnamese food from one of our favorite restaurants and I made cupcakes for everyone and small smash cakes for the girls.  Stephanie-the amazing photographer who captured Jemma and Zoe as newborns and at six months came to our house and captured the special day.  Below are some teasers she posted and I will be following up with another post of pictures.  The girls cooperated and took good morning naps, so they were 90% cooperative, I think 10% cooperation went away due to the heat.  

  
  
  
The day was so hot that Hubby went and bought the girls a small outdoor pool, but not until the evening.  I think everyone would have appreciated having the pool during the party!

 
Dearest Jemma and Zoe-

Happy first birthday!  You have filled my heart with so much love that I often think it will explode.  Daddy and I cannot imagine a life without you.  You bring us so much joy and happiness!  We wished, prayed, hoped and waited so long for you and now you are a whole year old.  We feel so blessed to have two daughters who are happy, healthy, inquisitive and curious about the world.  I thank God everyday that He brought two miracles to us.  You are truly miracles and I love both of you so very very much!!!

Love,

Mommy

I’m sure I could keep writing, trying to think of all the small details that I’ll want to remember from this first year.  Time goes so quickly and I hope to savor and enjoy every minute.  Thank you to all of you who have supported me on my journey of infertility to pregnancy to being a new Mom.  I know I’ve said this before, but don’t give up hope if you are still trying to conceive, I almost had and  when I least expected things to work, they did.  

Goodnight……xoxo

Eleven Months

What?!?!  Eleven months?  How have we gotten to this point already?  It seems like almost yesterday that I was waddling around swollen and pregnant and anticipating meeting our sweet little girls!  Even though we faced many sleepless nights and many days trying to develop a schedule, it was all so short lived.  I love seeing how much Jemma and Zoe are growing up, changing, developing and turning into little girls, it is amazing how much they have changed, but at the same time, I dearly miss the “baby” stage.  Time goes so fast……too fast.  

Both girls are continuing to crawl all over, exploring the stairs, chasing the cats, picking up whatever speck they see on the floor and both are now pulling up to stand.  I have a feeling that walking isn’t far off.  Wah…..walking?! Not yet!

We have placed all of our drawer and cabinet magnetic locks, gates are now on both the top and bottom of our staircase, all small objects are put away or placed higher on shelves, and bathroom doors are always left shut.  No longer can we leave the girls on the living room rug to find them sitting in the exact same spot that we left them and if it’s too quiet there may be a reason why.  

Jemma loves to say “dada” but I don’t think has actually associated it with Daddy.  She loves to splash in the tub, splash so much that I’m often soaked.  She has almost mastered her pincher grip and can pick up small crumbs.  She is often reserved, but will laugh with abandon if you smell her “stinky” feet.  She loves to hand you an item which you delightfully tell her “Thank you!” and says “mmmm” while bouncing up and down if she’s eaten something yummy.  Recently when the girls came to visit me at work, a sweet older patient of mine rubbed Jemma’s arm……Jemma wrinkled her nose, furrowed her brow and gave the sweet lady the most intense “don’t touch me” face, I’d never seen her make this face before and my employees and I could not stop laughing, it was just too funny!  Jemma recently had a stomach bug and gave us a little scare with some vomiting and diarhhea, but it was short lived.  I was most scared of Zoe catching it, as well as the rest of us.  Luckily, it’s yet to be passed along.

Zoe loves to say “mama”, but like Jemma I don’t think she actually associates it with me.  She crawls on hands and knees and is a mover!  She’s often from one side of the rooom to the other in less than a minute.  Zoe often raises her arms in the air and wants to be picked up and carried.  She smiles at anyone and everyone and has the craziest hair you’ve ever seen.  She seems to be a bit of a Mama’s girl, but loves her Daddy and grandparents so much.  She still hates to have her faced wiped, but loves to wipe food all over including her hair.  She is very steady on pulling up and is careful to get back down on her knees.  She loves jewelry, inspecting and grasping almost all necklaces and earrings.  She is extremely easy going and hardly ever fusses when Jemma takes a toy away from her and she loves to sit and “read” books.  She also loves to strum her lower lip and make funny sounds.

Hubby celebrated his first official Father’s Day this past Sunday.  We spent the day at Chambers Bay golf course watching the US Open with my parents.  My Dad is an avid player and fan of golf.  The girls spent the day with my inlaws, so Grandpa got to be with his “little princesses”.  It was a fun day and an unforgettable experience.

Summer is in full force here in Seattle, we are suppose to hit the mid-90s this weekend, so we will do all that we can to stay cool.  We are spending the day with my inlaws on Sunday who have AC…..aaah!

Eleven Months

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Zoe-tears and snot running.  :)

  Hubby and I at the US Open

Next month I’ll be blogging about 12 months…..1 year!  Happy tears!  I just love J and Z so much!

xoxo 

  

Ten Months

***Written Monday May 18th***

Hello from San Francisco!  Hubby has a conference down here and I luckily got to tag along.  Jemma and Zoe are with my in-laws, so we are enjoying a long weekend here.  We miss them like crazy, but know that my in-laws are taking wonderful care of them.  They have two cribs, two high chairs, two bouncers, and a million toys at their house that I know Jemma and Zoe feel right at home there.  We’ve been able to Skype with them and see how they are doing.  They both want to grab the screen and seem perplexed about us being “in the computer”.  

The girls are now in double digit months, and only two months away from being a year old.  I love how much they have grown and how interactive they are, but I have moments of sadness about how fast it’s going.  They are no longer babies and sometimes I wish time would slow down so that we could enjoy each stage a little longer.  

Since my last post the girls had their nine month pediatric visit.  

Jemma

Weight:  20 pounds 5.5 ounces

Length:  29.5 inches

Head circumference: 46.2 cm

Zoe

Weight: 17 pounds 3 ounces

Length: 27.5 inches

Head circumference: 44.0 cm

The size difference between them is getting wider.  Jemma is in the nineties for head circumference and length percentiles and 80th for her weight percentile.  Zoe is in the thirties range for all of her percentiles.  When people meet them they always seem a little confused that one of our twins is a little bigger than the other one.

We are continuing to love every minute with our daughters.  Zoe is actively crawling and moves very quickly.  She is always up on her knees and I’m sure is anxious to stand up.  I’m sure she’ll be walking before her first birthday.  She loves to blow raspberries and will often have spit bubbles running down her chin from doing so.  She still gives us huge infectious smiles and laughs whenever we play peek-a-boo.  Zoe was starting to get very fussy taking her bottles, so we are back to giving her her bottles in the twin-z-pillow.  Did anyone see the twin-z-pillow on Shark Tank?  It’s an amazing invention!  Zoe continues to have some issues with her BMs, the doctor told us that if we can handle it without Miralax that would be preferable.  We have been continuing to give her an ounce of pear juice with every bottle, have her on the Stage 1 formula, staying away from the starchy foods and offering her water in her sippy cup.  She has been going back and forth between “normal” and hard BMs, so this weekend we finally told my MIL that she could introduce goat milk to both girls.  She is giving them half formula/half goat milk bottles this weekend and she says it’s starting to help so far.  Zoe also has been having a little more trouble going down, she’ll be sound asleep but as soon as you set her down in her crib she wakes up and starts wailing to be picked back up.  As soon as she is in our arms she’s happy as a clam.  We have to do this a couple of times before she’ll finally be fast asleep.

Jemma wasn’t crawling at all when Zoe started crawling and she would usually watch Zoe move without much complaint.  When Jemma did transition from sitting up to being on her tummy she would get very frustrated that she couldn’t move.  She started off log-rolling around the living room and has now started with the army crawl.  She uses her upper body to pull herself and one leg to push herself and has been able to move around quite well.  She doesn’t seem as frustrated and if she is on the hardwood floor can actually move herself around more quickly.  Jemma loves to babble and says a lot of bababa, mamama, dadada and Hubby and I can’t help but get excited when she does the mama and dada even though she doesn’t connect us to those words yet.  Jemma is a good snuggler and still loves to be carried around before going down for the night.  I’ve been getting lots of steps with my Fitbit, pacing the halls with her.  Both girls love trying new foods now and if Jemma likes something she waves her hands and will sometimes scream if you don’t give her another bite.

Both girls love their baths!  We transitioned to a blow-up tub and can put the girls in the tub together.  They play with their bath toys, splash the water and laugh when the other one has the foam shampoo atop her head.  It’s so much fun to see them interact.

We will soon be planning their first birthday, I can’t believe it’s almost here.  Jemma and Zoe have and continue to bring us so much joy, happiness, wonder and love!

  

 My first official Mother’s Day!   

 The Top Pot Donut 5K, Jemma and Zoe’s first race!
Happy belated Mother’s Day to my Mom, my MIL and all of my fellow Mom’s out there.  Also, I know from past experience how hard of a day it is for those of you still longing to be a Mom, have faith and be hopeful, miracles do happen!   

xoxo

Nine Months

Here we are again!  My how time flies!  I just captured this photo, it’s a beautiful and sunny day here in Seattle.

  

We are all getting our Vitamin D for the day.  Jemma and Zoe are doing really well.  I feel like they are on the cusp of being little girls and not babies any longer.  I recently had two very best friends give births to little girls and it’s amazing to me how small they look even though both were a little bigger than our girls when they were born.  We forget so soon how tiny and fragile they once were.

We were very fortunate to take the girls to Maui again earlier this month.  We all had an amazing time, the girls aren’t quite mobile yet, so we’re taking advantage of traveling now.  The flight this time around was a little more challenging than it had been the first two times they flew, Jemma and Zoe are more active and sleep less during the day, so we had to keep them entertained for the almost 6 hour flights.  But, now that they are bigger and can sit up, it’s so much fun to take them out to dinner where they can sit in high chairs and have nibbles of our food.  They really like everything that we offer them, not too many sour faces.

Jemma still has 8 teeth and has really been very mellow and especially easy-going.  However, she had a rough night earlier this week.  She was up and screaming, I tried to see if she would settle down on her own for twenty minutes and finally knew something was wrong, we thought it was just a mid-night cry but I think gas was really upsetting her tummy and causing her to be very upset.  Her and I spent about 2 hours down in the living room on the sofa before I was able to take her back to the nursery.  She is starting to really cuddle and hug and I absolutely love it.  She is sitting up very well but not showing much interest in crawling yet.  We weighed her at home and think she is around twenty pounds!!!  She is very talkative and often cracks herself up.

Zoe still only has 2 teeth and no sign of others coming through.  She is still our sweet girl who giggles and laughs constantly but has been a bit more fussy as of late.  She hates having her face wiped, she had a cold and was getting her nose wiped often.  She also hasn’t been finishing her bottles most feedings.  She has had some BM issues-she doens’t go as often as Jemma and when she does it’s usually just a few hard “raisins”.  She is getting about 1 ounce of pear juice per bottle and both girls are back to the Stage 1 formula with less iron than the Stage 3 that we had switched them to at around six months.  We’ve also cut back on the starchy fruits and veggies and are having more peas, spinach, mangos, peaches, prunes, pears, berries, etc. and are offering more water to the girls.  Zoe is weighing in at around seventeen pounds.  She is nearly crawling, lots of scooting and backward movement and some forward movement here and there.  I think it’ll only be a matter of days before she’s on the go.

The girls will have their nine month doctor visit this upcoming Friday, I’ll be very curious to see where they land in their percentiles.  At six months both were above average, but Jemma was in the 90th percentile for both head size and weight.  We’ll also be checking in with the pediatrician about how to help Zoe with her pooping issues.

My in-laws are in Hawaii right now.  A much needed vacation for my MIL who has been doing all of our childcare. Thankfully, I have a great friend who is watching the girls for a couple of weeks and she’s been a lifesaver helping us out while my MIL is gone.  

We really couldn’t be more blessed with such fun, easygoing, happy and healthy babies.  Jemma and Zoe continue to fill our hearts with more love than we could imagine, fill our days with smiles and giggles, give us cuddles and hugs and amaze us by how much they are learning and growing.

We are rounding the corner to almost a year of them being a part of our lives.  I’m loving every minute but sometimes it just goes too fast.

I recently got a cortisone injection in my left wrist for DeQuervain’s syndrome aka “mommy wrist” and it worked like a charm, no pain.  Now I think I might be needing one in my right wrist.  My carpal tunnel has been quiet and I’m really hoping to avoid any future surgery.  I really don’t want to take time away from taking care of the girls (hands-on) and away from my office. 

 Very hard to get them to hold still these days!

 Had to take away the animals to get a somewhat still photo.

   

 Easter brunch on Maui 

 Hanging out at the condo 

Have a fabulous weekend!!!

xoxo

Eight Months

Happy Spring!  We are having an exceptionally mild year in the Northwest and have been enjoying spring-like weather for quite some time now.  Lots of sunny days and surprisingly little rain

Jemma and Zoe are eight months, so hard to believe how fast they are growing.  We are still blessed with such fun, happy, easy-going and sweet little girls.  They rarely fuss and only cry when tired or hungry.

The girls are eating three solid meals a day, a mix of pureed foods and some finger foods (BLW method).  The girls get a bottle first thing in the morning, have three meals followed by smaller bottles throughout the day and then have baths and a bottle before bedtime which has been around 7:30-8:00 PM.  Both are still sleeping easily through the night for around 12 hours.

Jemma has 7 teeth now!  She has her 4 lower incisors and 3 of her upper incisors.  She can easily bite into foods if placed in the front of her mouth.  She loves berries and makes “mmmm” sounds when she eats.  She is not a fan of avocado and will often gag (and sometimes throw-up) when eating them.  She loves mum mums and they disappear quickly.

Zoe still only has 2 of her lower incisors, but the lack of teeth doesn’t keep her from enjoying the same foods as Jemma.  She is a good eater but will sometimes blow bubbles/spit her food out and then laughs after doing so.  We have to tell her “no”, but then turn our heads to laugh because it’s so funny.  Trying not to encourage the bad behavior.  Zoe still likes to take her time with her bottles and needs lots of breaks.  

Jemma has been more easy-going than in the past lately and is very happy these days.  She is starting to clap her hands and loves the song, “When You’re Happy”.  Zoe has been a little more fussy lately, but is still overall, very happy.  She is getting up on all fours and rocking back and forth.  No forward motion yet, but she somehow can move backwards and can get all around our living room.

Hubby has been able to cut back a little at work this month and has been able to stay home with the girls to give his Mom a break from childcare.  My Mom is still unable to help us as she is in her third month of recovery following rotator cuff surgery.  We gave my parents my old iPad and have been doing FaceTime with them since they aren’t visiting as often.  The girls and grandparents really enjoy seeing each other!

 Eight Months!

Enjoying our US Weekly magazines

 

All smiles

Happy girls

   

Hubby and I survived our first weekend away from the girls earlier this month.  Their grandparents had more toys and gear at their place than we have at home!  They sent us lots of photos and gave us constant updates.  We are very lucky to be returning to Maui again in April.  Hoping the trip will go as well as last time.

My bestie just gave birth this past Friday to a beautiful baby girl.  This is her second daughter, her older daughter is 2 1/2.  It’s so much fun to have so many friends with children around the same age as Jemma and Zoe!  Hoping they’ll all be lifetime friends!

Happy Sunday!

xoxo             

Finding Balance



Sunday evening and this is my life right at this moment and I’m in love!  Girls are having so much fun with Daddy, our living room is chaos and I can’t imagine our life before these little ones came along.

I’m savoring my Sunday since I had to spend all day at my office on Friday and Saturday for in-office training for some dental technology that I want to start implementing.  In hindsight, I am so glad that I did the training, but I was not looking forward to the 2-day training as I knew it meant giving up almost two whole days with Jemma and Zoe.  Hubby took last Thursday off from work, so he was home three days with the girls and I have to admit I was envious.  I’m so thankful to have such a hands-on husband, but I wanted to be with everyone at home also!  

Right now I’m trying to find the balance in my life-I love being a Mom but I also love my career.  Don’t get me wrong, I know that I’m very blessed to have a job/career that allows me to have a three and a half day work week, but I can’t help but feel guilty that I don’t feel I give either place 100%.  On the days that I work, I leave before the girls wake-up and get home just in time for a little play time, baths and bedtime.  And I’m always the first to leave my office at the end of the day and often leave chart notes for the following morning.  Sometimes it feels as though the days don’t have enough hours!  I do feel extremely lucky that our daughters are at home with either of their grandmas, but sometimes I feel like I’m missing the little things.  

In the past, I use to try to workout 5-6 days a week, these days sometimes my “workout” is taking the girls for a walk around a nearby lake and I’m perfectly happy with these changes.  I’m not going to go to the gym after work when it would cut into my valuable time with the girls.

Everyday these girls are changing and growing so much.  Tonight they were both sitting on their own and looked like such big girls!





This upcoming weekend Hubby and I are flying down to Arizona for a wedding, Jemma and Zoe are going to spend the weekend at my in-laws.  Here again-finding the balance, I’m sad and anxious to leave the girls for the first time but I’m also looking forward to a weekend with just Hubby.  We haven’t had much time to focus on just us, it will be nice to have a date-weekend!

I’m down to pumping one time a day since Friday and plan to be done this week.  I’ll be happy to not have to spend the time pumping and deal with pumping at work and all of my pump parts, but I do feel sad about it.  I pumped longer than I anticipated I would, but I feel emotional about not continuing to make milk for the girls.  I can only imagine that weaning from nursing would be even more emotional and tough.

How do you find balance?  If you work outside of the home, what is your biggest challenge?  How do you deal with Mom-guilt?  Work-guilt?  How do you make “me” time without feeling like you are being selfish?

***I know this post sounds like a glass-half-empty post and I know that my life is definitely a glass-half-full life.  I just read about this Mom who passed away giving birth to her quadruplets and it broke my heart and scared me at the same time.  And I know many of you are still struggling to conceive and are thinking to yourself that I shouldn’t even be complaining.  Please know that I am trying to find balance but understand that I cannot complain about my struggles.***

Happy Sunday!

xoxo

Seven Months

***This is a long post as I feel there is a lot to catch up on! Feel free to skip ahead to the photos!***

Jemma and Zoe are over a half year old now! My gosh, it’s amazing how much they have changed and grown since they were born in July. They are so interactive, smiley, giggly and just so much fun!

Jemma now has 4 teeth, all on the bottom, she was continually biting her lip and making this face, but now that the teeth are in, she seems to have gotten past the habit. Zoe still only has 2 lower teeth and we don’t see any others popping through yet. We are brushing their teeth every evening after bath time, both girls don’t mind at all. Mama wants to see them get into the brushing habit early, as a dentist, I don’t want them to have to visit me at all except to have their teeth cleaned.

Zoe is rolling back and forth constantly now and log rolls herself all over our living room. She is pushing up on her hands and I think will be crawling in not too long (uh oh!). Jemma, on the other hand, is perfectly content to lie on her back. She is capable of rolling onto her tummy, but prefers to be on her back. I don’t think we need to worry about her moving too soon.

The girls are now thoroughly enjoying solids. We tried the Baby Led Weaning method, but it wasn’t going as well or as easy as we thought, so we’ve focused more on purees and are spoon feeding. We give hand held foods occasionally and will probably go back to the BLW in time. They have pretty much enjoyed everything we’ve given them-applesauce, peaches, peas, squash, sweet potato, prunes, and avocados. We captured a video of Zoe while we were on vacation and she was just ecstatic eating peaches and peas, screaming, giggling, and pumping her little arms up and down. Zoe, unfortunately, has had some issues with constipation. I think with the introduction of solids and us changing them to the next level of formula (with more iron) has contributed, we’ve managed it pretty well with prune juice (mixed into her bottles) and hopefully won’t have to resort to other methods. The girls are definitely having more solid BMs now.

Jemma and Zoe are still continuing to sleep 12 hours a night and aren’t napping all that long during the day. We are trying to transition from three to two naps a day. A late morning nap and an afternoon nap and dropping the mid-day nap. They are still great about sleeping in the car and often times in the stroller if we’re on a longer walk.

We recently took six month photos, of both the girls and of our family. We made sure to schedule a morning session as the girls are happiest in the morning. They did great, Zoe’s smiles were a little easier to get, Jemma was in the middle of her lip biting phase and a bit more pensive. Our photographer Stephanie is awesome! If you live in the Seattle area and are looking for a photographer, we highly recommend her.

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Another big event is that we took the girls to Hawaii right before their seven month birthday. We spent a week in Maui and the girls did great! We rented a condo in the Kaanapali area and were within walking distance to Whaler’s Village. The girls did great on the airplane ride and probably surprised the passengers around us (who were likely scared when they saw us coming). We purchased one extra seat so that we could bring one of the carseats onboard, which freed up our hands from one baby occasionally. We tried to give the girls their bottles on take off and landing and they didn’t seem to have any troubles with their ears. While in Hawaii, we tried to keep them on their same Seattle schedules as much as possible. It meant a lot of condo time for us, and only one day at the beach, but it was great to spend all day with them for a whole week. We miss them so much while we are at work, so getting to spend so much time with them was wonderful! Also, my front office employee’s aunt is a nanny on Maui, so we hired her twice while we were there. One day she came so that Hubby and I could go to the beach and then out to lunch and another evening so that we could go out to dinner. The girls went to the pool twice and had mixed feelings about it. We did have to get a little inventive at the condo, since it had tile floors everywhere but the bedrooms, we pushed the two sofas together to make a large area where the girls could safely roll around and we had to resort to baths in the kitchen sink since Jemma especially hated being in the shower.

Sitting on the sofa of the condo

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Asleep in the couch fort

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Ready for the pool

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Out to one of our favorite breakfast spots-The Gazebo

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Seven Months!

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In highchairs!

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I’m still pumping, down to twice a day which is very manageable. I no longer feel tied to my pump and can go about my day without feeling like I have to pump every few hours. My milk supply has dropped pretty drastically since I went from three to two pumping sessions a day. I plan on dropping to just a single pump a day by the end of this week. Hubby and I are going to a wedding in Arizona the first weekend of March without the girls and I’d like to be done pumping by then. The girls are still getting one breast milk bottle a day and will hopefully continue to do so until they are eight months.

We are enjoying spring like weather here in the Northwest, we are lucky compared to the East Coast getting slammed with snow. We are enjoying walks and some outdoor time.

Happy Sunday!

xoxo

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