Sixteen Months

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving continues to be my favorite holiday of all-one day to be surrounded by loved ones, eating a huge delicious meal and remembering all that we have to be thankful for.  Thanksgiving also holds a new special place in my heart since the Wednesday before Thanksgiving two years ago, I saw the second faint pink line that told me I was pregnant for the first time in my life.  A pregnancy that had not come without heartache, prayer, and hope.  Fast forward to 2015 and I continue to look upon Jemma and Zoe with a full and happy heart.

Jemma and Zoe are now sixteen and a half months, I’m a little late posting.  Both girls are walking and Zoe is almost running.  Jemma is getting to be steady on her feet and they love to explore.  Exploring kitchen drawers full of dishtowels, cupboards full of pots and pans, Mommy’s shoe rack, iPhones, and most recently…..the decorated Christmas tree (they think they’ve hit the jackpot!).

Jemma is a little under 31 inches tall and Zoe just a little shorter at under 30 inches tall.  We haven’t had a recently weight check, but I would guess Jemma to be about 3 pounds heavier than Zoe.

Their hair is really starting to grow in, I’ve done a couple of bang trims and I can now put their hair up in pony and pigtails.  I must admit, I love having girls.

Both girls are continuing to be good eaters, definitely more opinionated about what they like from day-to-day, but we are lucky that mealtime isn’t the struggle that I know it can be.  We definitely have a couple of carnivores-they love meat!  Also love eggs, kiwis, avocados, toast, satsuma oranges, and of course, sweets that we share with them.  Hubby and I have a very strong affection  for sweets.  We are still giving a nighttime bottle after baths and before teethbrushing.  Jemma has 16 teeth and Zoe 10, soon to be 12 teeth.

The girls are still taking one 2-3 hour nap a day, bath is around 8 PM and bed around 8:30, we are lucky that 11-12 hour nights are still the norm.  We had one really rough week that was a combination of colds, traveling and Daylight Savings.

Jemma and Zoe enjoyed their first bubble bath the other night, both were quite apprehensive of the bubbles at first, but now they LOVE bubble baths.  Jemma likes to scream and splash and both girls like to eat bubbles and wave around hands covered in them.

Some words are on the horizon:  duck, bubble, hi, ma/mom, dada, whoo (owl sound), meow (sort of sounds like meow).  I think they are fully aware of what they are saying, but sometimes the words are a little hard to understand.

We spent Thanksgiving in my home town in Central Washington at my parent’s place.  They loved having the girls at home and we had lots of visitors who came by to see them.  We hadn’t been back since Christmas of last year, so the girls have changed a lot since then.

So hard to believe that we are approaching Christmas, our decorations went up yesterday and it’s fun to see how the girls react to everything.  I’m sure their wonder will only grow as they begin to understand the Christmas season and holiday.


Cold winter walk-Go Seahawks!


At Papa and Mimi’s house


Playing with Coco


Watching the movie Home


Shopping at Costco-we love the double cart seats

I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday weekend and continue to enjoy the holiday season.  Safe travels and much love!


Hawaii-photos and travel tips

Happy Halloween!  We are back in Seattle and are missing the sun already.  I would say our trip to Hawaii was 95% successful…..we had a tough flight home yesterday.  With a  1 PM departure time from Kona (4 PM Seattle time) we missed nap time and were overly tired on the plane.  Overly tired for our girls equals meltdowns and craziness.  Zoe finally conked out and slept a good 2 hours, however, Jemma kept fighting her tiredness and was not her pleasant self.  I think the flight attendants were feeling bad for me-I got offered a free glass of wine, they brought Jemma a cup of ice for entertainment and returned later with crayons and an activity book.  It wasn’t until I was rocking her in the aisle for quite a while did she finally sleep for an hour (don’t worry, I was able to sit down with her sleeping!).  This time around the girls’ ears were bothering them on descent, Jemma was wailing coming down last night and ended up vomiting all over herself and Hubby.  We got home around 10:30 PM and Jemma wasn’t down until 12 midnight, but on the bright side they slept in until 9:45 AM and took a 2 hour nap today.

Now that I’ve primed you with the worst of our trip, I’ll give some highlights and some of our personal tricks for successful travel with two 15 month olds.

 Pool time (lots of sunscreen and sun hats)-both girls really enjoyed the pool.
 Walking with Hubby in front of the condo.

   Ready to go out to dinner with Grandpa and Grammy. 

Dinner with my in-laws.  They were so nice to take the girls a few times so Hubby and I could have some beach time and could go out to dinner.  
 Our last dinner out, ocean view and a gorgeous sunset! 
Travel Tips:


This is essentially what we arrived at the airport with:

One large suitcase which held clothes, shoes, and toiletries for Hubby and I .

One large suitcase which held clothes, shoes, and toiletries for J & Z.  Plus 2 travel high chair seats (these ones are perfect for mounting on a counter or table), additional food (bars/puffs/animal crackers/oatmeal packs/pasta), toys/books, sleep sacks, sound machine, enough diapers to last all or part of your trip (we make a point of packing about half as many diapers as need and then find a Target/Walmart/Box store to purchase more diapers for the remainder of our trip since diapers take up valuable suitcase space), baby wipes, favorite lovies/animals, and for the first time-our baby monitor!

2 carseats with carseat bags.  Once we got to the airport, we unhooked our carseats and loaded them up in these bags, these allowed us to carry our large carseats on our backs.

One large suitcase with two Guava Family travel cribs.  This was the first time we traveled with travel cribs, in the past we have rented or used pack n’ plays or cribs.  These are super lightweight, fold up easily, and are easy to set-up.

Carry-ons with food, milk, water, toys/books, magazines and books for us.  Diaper bag with plenty of diapers, extra clothes, wipes, bibs, hand sanitizer, Chlorox wipes.

Stroller-we use the stroller to transport the girls of course, but also use it to haul some of our carry-ons through the airport.  We each carry a baby through security-they have to test sippy cups and the stroller and then we gate check the stroller right before getting on the plane.


To travel with twins and to sit together on the airplane we had to buy one extra seat.  They don’t allow two lap babies in the same row without the extra seat because of the number of oxygen masks.  It’s costly, but keeps us together and we could use the space between our two seats as a play area.  We are Alaska Visa cardholders which gives us two companion tickets per year.

Pack food-snacks, some finger foods, pouches, milk and water.  We packed basically enough food for two meals plus snacks.  I placed a small freezer pack in the diaper bag to keep the milk chilled until we needed it.  Try to give water or milk during descent to help with ears.

Pack some novel toys and books.  Right before we left for our trip we ordered some new finger puppets, Koosh balls and books that the girls had never seen.  The novelty keep them entertained on the long flight.  

Dress kiddos in warm clothing (we did long footed onesies) since airplanes are drafy and can get chilly.  We packed short sleeve onesies to change the girls into after we landed in a warmer climate.

Bring a change of clothes for babies and yourself.  As I first mentioned, Hubby got vomited on and luckily he had a sweatshirt on that he could quickly take off.  We had a spare set of clothes for Jemma to change into as well.  You never know when bodily fluids could warrant a change of clothing!


We rented a two-bedroom, two-bath condo.  Jemma and Zoe took the master because it was large enough for their cribs.  Hubby and I had a smaller bedroom but it was off the living room and let us have some time to watch TV during naps/evening.  We have made it a point to rent a place with a bathtub.  The girls have let us know that they are not fans of the shower yet and this way I can get in with them one at a time and make it easier.  As I said, we also packed our baby monitor this time, the pool was right next to our condo, so we could go hang out at the pool for a bit while the girls napped during the day.  We actually felt like we were on our own vacation during these times!


As a mom of twins I’m kind of a schedule-freak.  Ever since J & Z came into this world, Hubby and I, as well as our Moms have all kept the girls on a pretty strict schedule-it just makes each day go more smoothly and predictable.  Therefore, while in Hawaii, with a three hour time change, we did our best to keep the girls on their normal schedule.  Of course, by week end they were off by about 2 hours.  When we started off the week-wake up was at 5:30-6 AM, naps at 10-11 AM, bedtime at 6-7 PM.  Since tomorrow is Daylight Savings the hour we lose will actually be to our advantage.  We always travel with sleep sacks, sound machine and lovies to make the environment as close to home as possible.

Travel cribs set up in the condo 
 These are awesome for traveling if your accommodations have laundry (it’s so nice to be able to do one or two loads during the week!)

 Folding travel high chairs mounted on the kitchen counter-perfect for meals!  
 All packed up again and heading home.  This was before our crazy plane ride home!

We are extremely blessed to be able to travel and take our girls on vacation.  Hubby and I have always enjoyed traveling and although it isn’t nearly as relaxing as it use to be, we LOVE spending a whole week with our girls and look forward to our time away from work.  Yes, traveling with little ones can be stressful, but if you plan ahead, take some things in stride, focus on family, keep a schedule as much as possible, it can be a great adventure!

What are some of your tried and true travel tips?

Have a fun and ghostly evening!



Fifteen Months

Aloha! It’s pitch dark down here in Hawaii and we’ve been up since 4 AM Hawaii time, the girls slept until 7 AM Seattle time, about an hour to an hour and a half earlier than they usually wake. Today may be as long as our travel day yesterday. We are very lucky to be here in Hawaii again and blessed that we made it with all of our gear and two 15 month olds.
Jemma and Zoe are growing and developing so much, they are little people with personalities, opinions, and are full of wonder.
Zoe is now walking all on her own, she went from walking with us holding two hands, to taking a few steps toward us on her own, to walking quickly holding onto one of our hands, to now full-on walking by herself. Jemma still prefers to walk with us holding both of her hands, but is able to stand and take a few steps on her own. I think Zoe is motivating her to try walking, but at the same time, it’s nice to have them at slightly different stages and not running in separate directions.

Jemma and Zoe aren’t saying any comprehensible words yet, but they like to wave hello and goodbye and are good at expressing what they want through squeals and hand gestures. They say “buh” which is as close to “bye” as they get and they do say “duck” but it’s not perfectly clear yet. They continue to say “dada” and “mama” but still not in context to Hubby and I.

Even though they aren’t speaking yet, they definitely understand almost everything we say to them. We can ask if they want a drink or are hungry and they will let us know if they are. They will give hugs, kisses and give each other their lovies when we ask them to give it to Z or J. They know who Maya and Bode (our cats) are and know their nose, eyes, mouth, ears, hands and feet. Jemma points to her features more readily than Zoe does, but Zoe seems to still know what everything is. They love to dance, clap, and laugh!

We haven’t weighed or measured the girls lately. For weight I would guess Jemma is about 23 pounds and Zoe around 20 pounds. I thought we would have a fifteen month well visit, but we don’t have another pediatrician appointment until eighteen months. Jemma currently has 16 teeth and Zoe has 10 teeth. Jemma has everything except her second molars and Zoe has central and lateral incisors up top and canine-to-canine on the bottom. Since the girls still can’t spit out toothpaste foam we are sticking with a fluoride-free paste, they seem to like the strawberry flavored paste by the Honest Company.

Zoe and Jemma have always been the best eaters and have pretty much eaten whatever we have put in front of them. About a month ago they started to get more opinionated about what they like and dislike. Just like other parents have told us, one day they like something and the next they don’t. Both use to LOVE raspberries, but now aren’t too fond of them. They are hit or miss about foods that require a spoon to eat (oatmeal, applesauce, yogurt) and that is a challenge since we give them Rainbow Light Nutristart powder daily in spoonfed foods. Luckily they still eat their protein whether it’s chicken, beef, pork, fish, or eggs. We offer milk in sippy cups at each meal, which are rarely finished and the girls still get a bottle before bed, usually around 6-7 ounces. The one nap a day (2-3 hours) is still going very well and we are lucky to still have them sleeping 11-12 hours a night.

For this trip to Hawaii we brought two large suitcases with clothes for us and the babies and 2 portable highchairs, a large suitcase with two Guava Family travel cribs, 2 carseats inside carseat bags and 3 carryons, including their diaper bag. The girls did surprisingly well on the flight and even slept about 1.5 hours each. My inlaws are here on the Big Island as well and I’m sure they will gladly take the girls so Hubby and I can have a little relaxation time. People continually comment “you sure have your hands full”, which is true, but I am so blessed to have the most hands-on husband and two easy-going babies. As much as our life can be crazy busy-I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

 Our little Seahawks fans 
 Fun with little besties!  Daughters of my best friends from growing up.
 At the airport yesterday with all of our stuff!  We looked like we are moving to Hawaii!


Success!  Napping on the flight down to Hawaii.

 Dinner at the condo last night.


Happy Saturday!  I’m sure I’ll be posting more vacation photos soon.


Fourteen Months

Happy Fall!  My favorite season is upon us, is it just me or has 2015 gone by in a flash?!  

We now have a walker!  Zoe is taking unassisted steps and my Mom said she even took some steps today from our dining room table to the kitchen without being coaxed to come.  Jemma is continuing to cruise along the furniture and likes to walk around holding our hands, but hasn’t taken steps on her own…..yet.  I know it’s only a matter of time before I have two little girls running around.

We recently had a week off of work and headed to Seabrook for the Labor Day weekend with three of the other families from our PEMS twin group.  We all had an adventurous time getting to Pacific Beach, WA, but were able to relax with some wine and dinner after getting settled in.  We shared a house with another family whose twin boys are exactly one month older than Jemma and Zoe.  The house was set up perfect for two families.  Our family took the basement and the other family took the upstairs, the main floor separated us which had the kitchen and living space.  One of the Dad’s from the group took charge and created a meal schedule and it worked out perfectly-each family prepared one meal and everyone pitched in side dishes and drinks.  We all had lots of fun going down to the beach, swimming at the pool, eating meals together and laughing.  The guys did a Dad’s Night Out and the girls did a Mom’s night out.  It was fun to be together with other couples who know exactly the chaos, craziness and fun that having twins entails.  We had a wonderful time, but came home completely exhausted.  The girls slept in a pack n’ play and travel crib in the TV room right outside our bedroom, being in a new environment they didn’t sleep well and cried a lot of the night.  Therefore, Hubby and I didn’t sleep well either.  Both girls caught colds from the other little guys in our house and Zoe was not happy about it!  Zoe also got carsick on the way down and back, it’s an ongoing battle since we transitioned to the next carseat.  We’ll all be happy when we can face-forward in another ten months or so.
 Four times the fun!  3 boys and 5 girls

Unfortunately, the cold the girls caught from our Labor Day vacation turned into fevers the following week and Jemma ended up with an ear infection.   She had a fever from Sunday until Wednesday and it was my Mom who pointed out that she was tucking her right ear to her right shoulder and also tugging at it.  Hubby took her to the pediatrician the same Thursday and it was determined she had an ear infection and had to do a course of antibiotic suspension.  She’s doing well now, but it’s no fun having sick babies!
Jemma and Zoe are still eating well.  While they were sick they definitely were more picky and didn’t have their usual voracious appetites.  Jemma still prefers fruit, especially berries and Zoe still continues to love avocadoes.  Zoe has been eating especially well, maybe it’s all the calories she’s burning trying to walk.

Our bath and bedtime routine is still working well and the girls are continuing to take their mid-day nap for two to three hours.  

The girls’ hair has been growing and they started getting long pieces in their eyes-with reluctance I trimmed their bangs slightly.  I might have gone a little too short on Zoe, but now I can see their eyes.

 Maybe a little short?! 
We are still anxiously awaiting actual words to come from Jemma and Zoe’s mouths, but it’s clear that they understand what we are saying.  We can asked for the “kitty” or “doggy” Duplo toy and they will pick out just what we are asking for.  They also will lift up their feet for us to do “This Little Piggy” on their toes.  They listen to direction and laugh when we laugh.  They also will do a Downward Dog when asked, sometimes a Three Legged Dog for Jemma.  

When the girls were three months old, I kept thinking, “I love this stage, I don’t think it can get better than this.” and sure enough I thought that month after month.  I am still overwhelmed by how much I love these two little miracles and keep thinking that each moment is beautiful, amazing and so much fun.  They are developing their own personalities and it is a blessing to be get to witness all of their developments.

 Swinging together at the park

Zoe loves hanging out with Mimi and her friend! 

 Jemma laying with Daddy while he gets his dental exam from Mommy.

 These two melt my heart!!

Happy Fall! 



Thirteen Months

Busy busy, these girls are definitely keeping us on our toes!  They are not walking yet, but are constantly on the move and don’t want to sit still for one second.  I can only imagine what life will be like once they start walking.

We are now down to one nap a day, it seemed a little early to drop a nap, but the girls dictated the change.  Morning naps were usually successful, but the afternoon nap was hit or miss and sometimes would only be half an hour to forty-five minutes.  We are now doing one mid-day nap and the girls will usually nap for two to three hours.  With only one nap a day, it has been a little easier to schedule our day and go out and about if we want.  The girls are still sleeping almost twelve hours at night, so we really can’t complain.

Jemma and Zoe are still LOVING food, they seriously haven’t met a food that they don’t love.  Jemma doesn’t love avocados as much as Zoe, but it’s been so nice to give them a variety of foods and have them eat everything without a fuss.  We even took them out to Indian food a couple of weeks ago and they happily ate paneer naan, tandoori chicken and a curry cauliflower dish!  We have simplified meals as well-morning (around 8 AM) meal and 5 ounce sippy cup of milk with their DHA, Vitamin D, and probiotics, a late morning/early afternoon (11:30 AM-12 PM) meal with another 5 ounce sippy cup of milk, nap and then a late afternoon (4 PM) meal and another 5 ounce sippy cup.  They usually don’t drink all of their sippy cups while eating, so we let them sip on them while playing after their meals.  Baths happen around 7:30-8:00 PM and are followed by a 7 ounce bottle again with DHA and probiotics.  The routine seems to be working well and has made things a little easier for both of our Moms who are still helping us-we are so fortunate and blessed to have them taking care of the girls while we are at work.

The girls still enjoy their baths, but baths have gotten a little more challenging for me.  Both girls either like to stand up on feet or knees in the bath, they literally stand on feet or knees, turn and look at me and smile.  I, of course, try to intervene immediately, sitting them down on their bottoms and telling them not to stand, but unfortunately with trying to get two to cooperate simultaneously we’ve had a couple of spills.  Luckily, no one has been seriously hurt, but a bathtub spill is very scary to observe!

Jemma and Zoe are babbling a lot but still not saying any actual words.  They are starting to point a lot and will whimper if they want something.  Jemma especially loves to hand things to us and both girls are starting to mimic us.  They have play cell phones and they hold them to their ears-so cute!

We are trying to wear all of the 12 month clothing that the girls have gotten as gifts and a few things I’ve bought for them.  They are growing so fast that I’m trying to make sure they wear everything.  We have been fortunate to have such warm weather in the Northwest this summer that they have had a chance to wear a lot of sundresses.

Family photo at their first birthday party

Family photo at their first birthday party

Homemade smash cakes-Trophy Cupcake recipe

Homemade smash cakes-Trophy Cupcake recipe

Birthday girls!!

Birthday girls!!

All clean after cake smash

All clean after cake smash

Summer is winding down and we are heading to a Washington resort area, Seabrook, with three other twins families.  We met the other families through our PEMS group and are really looking forward to a fun weekend away with all of them.  It will definitely be an adventure to have eight one-year-olds all together who all have varying nap schedules, but we’ll go with the flow.  We are sharing a house with one other family whose twin boys are exactly one month older than Jemma and Zoe, the other two families will be in individual cottages.

I also sadly found out that my OB is leaving the group that I see.  I love my doctor and felt that she took great care of me all through my pregnancy and did an amazing job with my delivery.  I had a lot of complications after my delivery and the other doctor who did my C-section was there to take care of me as well.  I wanted to see her one last time before she goes, she won’t be seeing regular patients in her new position as a laborist at another branch of the same hospital that we delivered at.  Hubby and I saw her yesterday and asked her if we did decide to have another child if she thinks it’s safe and if we would face any of the same complications we did with the girls-HELLP syndrome and post partum hemorrhage.  She has given us the green light if we decide to have another child-of course a singleton!  She said what I experienced was likely only due to the fact that it was a multiples pregnancy and not that I was high risk on my own.  We are not sure if we will pursue another child-but it gives us peace of mind if we do.

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer, I love fall but am sad to see the summer going by so quickly!

Also, check out Jessah’s post, I could not have said it better myself…….true words.


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!


Weight: 21 pounds 9 ounces (75th percentile)

Length:  30.5 inches (89th percentile)

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


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!!!



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.  


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


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!



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