Potty Training

After reading Oh Crap!  Potty Training by Jamie Glowacki we started potty training our twins this past Friday.  Thank goodness it was a hot Seattle weekend because we had the girls naked all day on Friday and Saturday.  So far, I think we are making progress….

We had been preparing the girls all week leading up to the weekend, we kept telling them that the diapers were going “bye-bye” since they were getting to be big girls and that we were going to start using the potty all of the time.  I hid all of the diapers in their closet and we placed our two potty chairs in our living room.

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Side by side potty chairs in our living room

Friday morning we brought the girls downstairs in their pajamas, took off their pajamas and diapers and had them sit on the potties.  Zoe was a little traumatized being completely naked, but got over it in about 5 minutes.  After that we sat them down in their seats (we have seats attached to our counter for meals instead of high chairs now) and they ate breakfast in the buff.  Around 9 AM I gave them each a juice box to get more fluids in them.  Jemma was a rockstar going on the potty but Zoe had about four accidents in about thirty minutes on the floor (I don’t think her bladder could quite handle the extra fluids).  Jemma made it to the potty every time on Friday, Zoe had a few accidents.  I don’t think Zoe was quite making the connection between having to go and getting to the potty.  Luckily, Zoe did have a tell tale sign of grabbing between her legs when she needed to go.  We would let the girls help us carry the insert to the bathroom, place the pee in the toilet and flush. They thought it was pretty exciting to dump the pee in the potty.  Of course we cheered and praised their behavior.

We placed diapers on at both nap and nighttime, we specifically would tell them that the diapers were only for sleeping since it would be a long time before they would be able to use the potty again.  We would make the girls sit and go potty before both naps and bed.  Jemma had a completely dry diaper on Saturday morning and Zoe had a completely dry diaper on Sunday after a 3+ hour nap!

Saturday was another naked day.  Zoe had zero accidents and Jemma had two small ones.  One when she was distracted playing and another when she was in the bathroom with me watching me go (for more encouragement).  Jemma had 2 poops in the potty, Zoe had one in her diaper during nap and another that hit the floor!  Her poop literally happened when I looked away for five seconds.  Zoe always stands on her tippy toes while pooping, so I have a feeling that sitting will be more challenging for her.

Sunday we dressed the girls in tank tops and loose fitting shorts-no diapers or underwear.  Since we had the girls clothed, we finally let them go out to our backyard to play and they definitely enjoyed being outside again.  The day went well.  We would always say “PUSH your shorts down”.  (Jamie says this makes much more sense to a toddler than “PULL your pants down”).  Zoe had a small accident while playing outside and Jemma had a bigger accident while we were on the sofa watching Daniel Tiger (I think she got too immersed in the show to think about going to the potty).

We are definitely having to prompt them to go, they aren’t quite self initiating yet, but I feel good about the progress we’ve made.

My Mom is home all day with them on Monday and Tuesday while Hubby and I are at work.  My office is closed Wednesday and Thursday, but I have a four day dental conference that I will be attending, going back and forth between home and the conference which is here in Seattle.  We are taking the girls with us to Tillicum Village on Thursday from about 4 PM to 8:30 PM, so I’m nervous to see how that goes.  I may try Jamie’s Red Solo Cup trick-taking a plastic cup with you to have your child pee in if a bathroom isn’t immediately available.

Jamie highly encourages those who are expecting a baby to start potty training before rather than after the arrival of the new baby if your child is between twenty and thirty months.  She states that delaying will only prolong the process (time waiting for baby, months of keeping your head above water, and finally leading up to actually starting training) and your child may be beyond the window that she recommends starting if you wait as well.

We aren’t done by any means, but I feel good about where we are so far, and I’m thinking positively that we’ll be trained in a month.

xoxo

 

Photo highlights and pregnancy update

I feel as though a lot has happened since my last post.  Right before the girls’ second birthday we did a last hurrah trip to Maui, Hawaii.  We figure it will be quite a while before we vacation again with the new baby arriving in October.  We also wanted to get another vacation in before we have to buy airplane tickets for the girls.  We had a great week on Maui, the girls enjoyed lots of walks, pool and beach time.  We had our most successful plane trip home, no meltdowns!  Jemma actually watched an entire season of Daniel Tiger.  We limit screen time at home, so it was a real treat for her.  Zoe wasn’t as fond of the headphones or iPad, but kept entertained with new toys we had bought specifically for the plane ride.

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Out for dinner on the 4th of July-sister love!

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Out for a morning walk

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Trip to the Maui Ocean Center

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Checking out more fish at the Maui Ocean Center

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Beach time

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Having fun in the ocean

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Breakfast with a view in downtown Lahaina

After returning home, we celebrated Jemma and Zoe’s second birthday.  Hubby had to travel to Chicago on their actual birthday, so my Mom and I took the girls out for a pizza dinner that night.  After Hubby returned from his trip, we had a luau birthday party at our house with friends and family, there were a lot of kids and chaos at our house, but lots of fun!  The girls enjoyed their birthday cupcakes in adorable vintage high chairs restored by one of my talented friends.

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Luau party!!!

The girls had a wonderful time running around with the other children, again, so hard to believe my babies are already two years old!

We’ve been having lots of fun this summer, lots of playing outside and spending time with friends.  We are going to attempt to tackle potty training this upcoming weekend.  Spite or Flight recommended the book Oh Crap! Potty Training by Jamie Glowacki, so we are going to use her methods to hopefully get our girls potty trained before baby brother arrives.  Jemma will use the potty semi-regularly, Zoe isn’t too interested, but has gone a few times on the potty, so we’ll see how it goes!  Any must try tips from those of you who have gone through this recently?  Especially anyone potty training twins?

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Having lots of fun in our kiddie pool!

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Fun day celebrating a friend’s birthday at Remlinger Farms!

In the above picture, the girls look happy on the ponies and train, but as soon as the pictures were snapped we had instant tears!  Guess we’ll have to try it again in the future.

Pregnancy 

As far as my pregnancy goes, I’m feeling great.  This pregnancy (knock on wood!) feels a million times easier than my first pregnancy.  I’m still feeling quite mobile, don’t have any swelling yet and my carpal tunnel has been minimal to non-existent (thank goodness!)  Once again though, I didn’t pass my one hour glucose test, I was twelve points over and all I had eaten was a single hard boiled egg.  This time around with the three hour test, I felt horrible after drinking the 100g sugar drink, I had a terrible stomachache and felt so sick, I didn’t feel that bad when I had to do the three hour with the twins.  By the time I got home and was getting ready for lunch I was in a cold sweat and nearly passed out!  But, luckily, I passed the three hour with flying colors.  In fact, my numbers were low enough that she thought my one hour might have been an off day/reading.  Anyway, I’m glad it’s behind me and I’m trying to be a little more conscious of my sugar intake.

We are nearly into single digits of weeks remaining.  I’m 29 weeks as of this past Saturday.  I decided I’m going to schedule a C-section during my 39th week in case I haven’t gone into labor since I only have 6 weeks off from work and don’t want to be waiting around for baby to arrive, but if I go into labor before my scheduled date I’m still considering trying for a VBAC.

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29 week bump!

We recently took family/maternity photos with the same photographer who has been working with us since the girls were born.  Hoping to post some of the photos from our session soon!

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer!  We have rain in Seattle today and it’s definitely feeling like fall.

xoxo

Happy 2nd Birthday Jemma & Zoe!

Dearest Jemma and Zoe-

How are you 2 years old already?  Right before my eyes you’ve gone from tiny little babies to fun, energetic, loving, silly, beautiful, thoughtful and independent little ladies.  I’m amazed at how much you’ve grown in the past two years.

I love how you scrunch your noses when you smile and laugh.  I love that you always kiss owies and bring each other your lovies when each of you is crying.  I love that you share food with Mommy and Daddy when we ask for a bite, even if it’s just a crumb (Jemma!).  I love that you sing in the car and in the stroller, your voices are beautiful!  I love your hugs, especially when you rest your head on my shoulder.

I love your excitement over seeing your grandparents and having friends visit our house.  I love your kindness in sharing toys with others even when you don’t want to.  I love seeing your smiling faces at the back door as I’m walking in from a long day at work.  You make even the worst day at work the best day at home.

Jemma-continue to be your determined, strong-willed, funny self.  Keep saying “nope” and “yup” if it makes you happy.  Keep giving hugs to Zoe even when she refuses them.  Keep eating the berries you love!  Keep loving your Daddy the way you do.  Even though you are Zoe’s twin, you are my first born with a first born personality.  You pave the way, you do things how you want them done, you are determined.  I know you have big things in store for you!

Zoe-continue to be your fearless, silly, stubborn self.  Stay happy and draw people in with your funny personality and infectious laugh.  Keep letting me hold you.  Take care of others like you do.  Continue to share things with Jemma even if she doesn’t always reciprocate.  You will pursue your dreams, don’t let anyone shadow your sunshine!

You are both going to be wonderful, caring and protective big sisters.  I know you will take care of your little brother.  You’ve already shown us and the world what loving people you are.

I’m closing my eyes and holding onto this moment.  This day, the day you were born two years ago, was one of my happiest days.  I longed to be a Mommy and you made that happen!  I love every moment with you, even when we have tough moments, I still love you with all of my heart.  I love being your Mommy, I couldn’t imagine a world without either of you!

Love,

Mommy

xoxo

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Two weeks old

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My little ladies! Love you!

Pregnancy Update

 I haven’t really documented this pregnancy compared to my first pregnancy. Like I mentioned before, we are so busy with the girls, that this pregnancy is just flying by. I’m already 24 1/2 weeks along, hard to imagine that we are more than halfway there.

When I was pregnant with the girls, I had an ultrasound at almost every OB visit, this time around I’ve only had two since the initial ones at the fertility clinic.
I have my glucose test at my next visit, I failed my one hour with the girls and had to do the three hour test, I’m hoping I’ll pass the one hour this time around, but with how often and how many sweets I like to eat, we’ll have to wait and see….
Overall I’m feeling really good, it’s just now getting hard to bend over and maneuver, but unlike last time, I’m sleeping comfortably and haven’t had to get my body pillow out yet. I’m still able to exercise (although I don’t get to the gym nearly as often as I’d like to since we have the girls at home and I feel guilty leaving them when I’m gone already with work), but staying active has definitely helped me feel good.
I’m being lenient with my diet, eating what sounds good and not being restrictive in anyway. This time around I’ve been more lenient with caffeine and with the permission of my OB have indulged in a regular Americano a few times a week. I think I only had caffeine a handful of time with the girls, so if this boy comes out crazy and out-of-control, I’ll blame the caffeine. 🙂
Last I weighed myself, I was up about 10 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight. I had lost a few pounds in my first trimester, so probably up more like 14 pounds total. I can still wear a few of my workout pants and almost all of my leggings, thank goodness for stretchy pants! But, otherwise, wearing maternity clothes, especially for work. I love these asos maternity jeans, they look stylish and are comfortable.
I’m continuing to do acupuncture about once every four weeks, I had carpal tunnel extremely bad with my first pregnancy which interfered with work and with taking care of the girls postpartum. Thank God, I’ve only have a few very mild episodes when I’ve been really busy at work, but otherwise, it hasn’t been an issue. I’m hoping the swelling and edema that I had last time will not happen this time around.
We are in Hawaii this week, our last big hurrah vacation until after baby arrives. The girls are doing really well (taking 2-3 hour naps each day and staying relatively on schedule), but we hardly get a chance to sit down when they are awake. Dining out is always an adventure and not always a fun one! They have discovered Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, so that can buy us a little quiet time when we are hanging out at the condo.
Hubby and I will be going to Suncadia Resort in a few weeks for our tenth dental school reunion for a weekend and will have an overnight stay at Willows Lodge for our anniversary in September, lucky number seven! Looking forward to a little time with just the two of us before we become a family of five!
I’ll be prepping for the girls’ second birthday party after we get home from vacation. We’ll be keeping with our vacation theme and will be hosting a Luau Birthday Party. I’m going to order food from a local Hawaiian restaurant to keep things simple and will make their dessert (probably cupcakes). I can’t believe they are almost 2, I’m so happy that they are growing up happy, healthy and well-loved, but can’t help feel a little sad at how quickly it has flown by and that this time will pass. I love that they need me now, that they want me to hold them, that they want to be around me and I love their innocence and pure joy about everything! If only we could all remember this time in our lives.
  

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Aloha! I’ll post about our trip soon! Hope you all had a fun and safe 4th of July!

Xoxo

Twenty Three Months

One month until I have two two-year-olds!!!!  (Insert emoji with tears)  It is unbelievable how fast these last two years have gone by-I think the saying “days are long, years are short” is so accurate and true when you have little ones.  At this point, I would be happy for life to slow down so I can enjoy the pure innocence, joy and naivete of this time in Jemma and Zoe’s life.  Also, I would like to enjoy more time sleeping through the night before Baby #3 arrives this coming fall.

I feel like the girls have really had some developmental milestones in the last month.  Their vocabulary is exploding and they are starting to put two to three words together in phrases.  I stopped writing down all of their words since I felt like I wasn’t keeping up.  They are running all over, going up and down stairs with less assistance, remembering things that happened a day or even a week ago, and of course, we are getting much more sass, tantrums and feisty behavior.  We use to think Zoe was our “easy” and “mellow” child, my, how the tables have turned, she is now our wild child.  We now know that Jemma is our cautious, more reserved one and that Zoe is our spunky, more adventurous one.  They still will go back and forth with being shy and reserved when they are around new people, but it’s funny how Jemma has more of a first born personality (Baby A) and Zoe more of a second child personality (Baby B).

The girls still love to do the face filters on SnapChat and LOVE watching videos of themselves on my phone.  They are also getting a little more interested in the TV, I will on occasion let them watch a 20-30 minute program when I need to get dinner made or just need a little time to relax.  Since they rarely get to watch TV, it’s a special treat.

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Happy Birthday Mimi!

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Zoe playing with SnapChat

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Jemma posing on our step stool!

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Dining al fresco, Zoe giving a cheesy smile

This past week Hubby brought the girls to my office for their first dental visit.  They come to my office pretty often, so they are use to the atmosphere, but this was their first time sitting in our dental chairs.  Neither wanted to sit by herself in the chair, so Hubby laid down and both laid on his chest for their cleanings and exam.  I was amazed at how well both of them did.  They let my hygienist clean their teeth first with a toothbrush, then they let her use a prophy/polishing cup and let her floss and they loved the suction tip.  Then both girls let Mommy come in and count their teeth and do their exam!  We thought this would be more of a “Happy Visit” to the dentist, but it was an actual dental visit!  I was a proud Mama that day!

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Mommy doing an exam on Jemma

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Our dental family

Hubby and I recently did a lot of painting on the interior of our house.  We are going to move the girls to our bigger extra bedroom upstairs, so it started with me wanting to paint an accent wall in their new room.  Then it turned into me painting their whole room and then it turned into Hubby and I painting our whole main floor minus our kitchen and our stairwell and upstairs hallway.  Our main floor had several colors, all flat paint (which shows every scratch, scuff, and hand print)-light cream yellow, olive green and a dark olive/brown color is what we had.  Hubby taped everything and primed the dark walls and we painted everything a light blue/grey color and used eggshell-type paint which should be much more kid friendly and easy to touch-up if needed.  Amazingly, we knocked out the whole project in two weekends.  Hubby did the prep work one weekend and we did all of the other painting the following weekend either after the girls went to bed or during nap times.  Luckily the girls cooperated on sleeping so we could get everything done.

This past weekend we were down in California to celebrate my sister-in-law’s graduation from her PhD/Psy D program.  My in laws were on our flight down and back and all of my Hubby’s brothers came to town-it was so nice to spend time with family and it was nice for everyone to spend time with the girls.  One of my Hubby’s brothers lives with his wife in Texas and they hadn’t seen the girls for a year!

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Family photo at the graduation BBQ

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J & Z with two of their Uncles and Aunts, Hubby’s second brother and wife on top, his third brother and wife on bottom

The girls did well on the flights, it’s nice to have a two to three hour flight versus a five to six hour flight.  We woke the girls up at 5:30 AM on Friday and they didn’t take naps that entire day, so it made for a very long day!

I’m now 21 weeks and 3 days into this pregnancy.  Still feeling great, my tummy has definitely popped out and I’m wearing maternity clothes.  We had our twenty week ultrasound on June 3rd, baby boy is doing great, since we already knew gender the technician didn’t spend anytime checking for boy parts.  Heart rate and blood flow looked great as well.

Hubby and I still can’t believe how fast this pregnancy is going.  Since we are so busy with the girls, we hardly have time to think about it.  So crazy to think that the baby will be here before the end of the year.  I keep going back and forth about doing a VBAC or having a scheduled C-section.  Since I have my own dental practice, I’ll only be able to take six weeks off and I don’t want to spend two weeks of that waiting for baby, but I know a vaginal recovery could be easier as long as everything goes smoothly versus a C-section surgery.  The more I think of it the more I lean towards the scheduled C-section.  I have a patient who is an OB and she said she would recommend a VBAC to her patients but she herself has and would have a scheduled C-section.  Any Mamas out there who have been in this same situation?  If so, what would you recommend from personal experience?

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Twenty week bump, it’s gotten much since this picture!

Summer officially starts next week!  I’m excited for more sun and long days, but wouldn’t mind this year slowing down.

xoxo

 

Twenty Two Months

Happy May!  We’ve had an unbelievable spring so far here in the Northwest.  Lots of time outside which has been great.  The girls love being outside, it’s almost difficult to get them to go inside once they are out.  They also love being barefoot and take their shoes and socks off as soon as they can.

We’ve been going on lots of evening walks, eating out of our deck, blowing bubbles in the grass and going to neighborhood parks.  The girls have discovered slides and LOVE them!  Some of the park slides are a little tall and make me nervous, but it’s nice that some parks have smaller slides made for toddlers.

Zoe has started using the potty on occasion but feels the need to take off all of her clothes when she sits on the potty, I think it’s because most of the time that she goes pee is right before bath and we get them undressed.  Jemma is still being somewhat regular on using the potty, we’re planning on picking a weekend this summer to do a dedicated weekend of potty training, I continue to go back and forth on whether I think two toddlers in diapers or two toddlers who may or may not be fully potty trained with a new baby will be easier.  Thoughts from any of you who have been through it?

The girls are both teething, Jemma especially, her second molars are coming through and this is the first time we’ve had issues with teething.  Crying, waking at night, fussiness, etc., hoping they’ll come through and they won’t be having discomfort for too long.  We have been giving them ice rings and Hyland’s Teething Tablets to help soothe the discomfort.

We’ve definitely had a word explosion in the last month.  They are talking all of the time, not quite saying phrases or words in conjunction, but lots of words.

New Words:

Edamame (mame)

Hawaii

Ruff ruff

Crow

Eat

Brown bear (Zoe will say this when we read Brown Bear, Brown Bear)

Up

Down

Whoa

Sorry

Poopy and Pee Pee

Rice

Mimi (my Mom is thrilled that they finally say the name we call her)

Cookie

Go

Baby (It’s so cute, they’ll point to my stomach and say “baby” or point to the infant seat and say it)

This

Please

Yucky

Speaking of yucky, I got Zoe to get rid of her striped kitty that use to be attached to her Wubbanub, we took the pacifier off of it early on (around 4 months), but she would still suck on the legs and it would smell and would often be soaking wet.  Finally one day I told her that it was gross and yucky and that maybe we should throw it away.  She agreed and threw it into the garbage can, she never looked back and now it’s gone, hooray!  She has now moved onto the pink kitty Wubbanub animal, but I figure it’s got some time until it’s as gross as the striped kitty was.

The girls had their first haircut a couple of weeks ago, Zoe didn’t mind at all and actually had fun at the kids’ salon.  Jemma was pretty nervous and apprehensive, she started off on Hubby’s lap and then had to go on my lap.  In the end, they were both troopers and got their shaggy hair trimmed up.  We rewarded them with donuts after.

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Enjoying the sun on our deck!

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Popsicles on a hot day!

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Zoe in the Barbie Jeep ready for her first haircut!

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Jemma sitting on Daddy’s lap, not too thrilled about her haircut.

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Haircuts!

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Spending a sunny Friday with my girls!

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Having fun with the filters on Snapchat!

As far as the pregnancy goes, I’m just a little over 17 weeks.  I forget that I am pregnant often times, I don’t know if it’s being pregnant with a boy vs. girl, one vs. two or having two toddlers around to chase.  I have another appointment this Friday with my OB, I’m hoping to hear the heartbeat as I’m still not feeling the baby and getting a little nervous that all is okay.  I think the worry comes from my journey to this point, I think until this baby boy is in my arms, the worry of the pregnancy won’t fully subside.

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16 weeks pregnant, I know I was definitely bigger than this with the twins.

Hope you all have a great week!

xoxo

 

Visit to Mimi & Papa’s

We had the last week off from work, we originally had plans to go with friends and my parents to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico but we cancelled our trip due to the Zika virus.  My OB advised against travel to any country that the CDC has listed for the Zika virus.  Mexico will always be there, we definitely do not want to take any chances with the new baby.

We spent the week off getting a lot of stuff done around the house and we went over to Central Washington to visit my parents for a few days.  My Mom takes care of our girls for two weeks of every month, but my Dad doesn’t get to spend a lot of time with the girls and they love having us visit them at home.  We visited a few parks and enjoyed some of my parents delicious cooking!

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Car ride to Mimi & Papa’s-we coordinated our departure time with nap time

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I’m pretty tall-don’t you think?!

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Daddy’s girls

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Wearing Mimi’s glasses….upside down of course!

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Papa and Zoe

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Running at the park

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My little Harry Potter

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Feeding the ducks……geese mostly

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Zoe on the spiral slide!

The girls had so much fun and are really growing up, we spent time with my friend who has two kids older than Jemma and Zoe and they love playing with older kids!

I’m still feeling great, minimal pregnancy symptoms, I had an OB exam last week and heard baby’s heartbeat on the Doppler, sounded nice and strong!  We already have our 20 week anatomy scan ultrasound scheduled for early June…..half way through, eek!

Happy Hump Day!

xoxo

 

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