Monday, March 3, 2014

Finally! An update with pics!

Wowzers! It's been so long since I updated this thing. We have not had a single dull moment. Let's see. T has been very busy trying to fix vehicles and computers, our vehicles and others computers, besides work. I'm still working and going to school. A is engaged to P and they will have a June wedding. She just got promoted to full time at work and is excited about that plus going to school. J just got a job and today was his first day of orientation. He is doing well in HS. R is busy with babies and getting ready to move. JT is going to recruiter school next month and R and the babies will come here. We don't know where they will be stationed after that but we're praying it's much closer to us. Dad has done ok with his cochlear implant. It's easier to talk to him in person now but it's still a struggle on the phone. Mom was recently diagnosed with a circulatory problem in her legs and will pursue treatment when they get back from FL. Hopefully that will help with her leg/foot pain.
T, J and I drove out to CO for Christmas to be with R's family. T met his grandsons for the first time. Here he is with Thing 1. 

Thing 2.

J is an excellent uncle and jumped right in to help take care of babies, everything except changing diapers! Like father, like son there 'cause T didn't change any diapers either!

The babies just chillin'.

The hill behind R and JTs place.

Thing 1 in his 1st Christmas outfit.

Thing 2 in his. He's a bit smaller than Thing 1 but he has big eyes!

Mac likes to lay right on the heat vent. Smart cat.

Thing 2 looking mighty pleased with himself for bopping 1 in the face. Ha!

All of us except JT took a ride to the other side of Pikes Peak and found a hill to go sledding on.

It was a beautiful day.

This is the other side of Pikes Peak.

We weren't home from CO for 24 hours when they called from basketball practice to say that J had hurt his leg. Turns out it was a grade 4 fracture of the top of the tibia. He was transported to Vanderbilt by ambulance. It happened on my birthday and he told me that the ambulance ride was his b'day gift to me.

They thought they might be able to set it so they sedated him and set it and casted it but it wasn't lined up well and he had surgery and 2 screws placed. Thankfully he has healed incredibly fast.

Turns out Trixie likes to sleep with her nose on the heating vent. Mac sleeps with his butt on it and Trixie with her nose. Ha! Smart critters.

I love this pic. Thing 1 with his daddy's boots, hat and dog tags and Thing 2 with mommy's boots, hat and a halter. So special.

I made these outfits before the babies were even born and couldn't wait for them to wear them. Thing 1 was fussy but I still love this pic!

Recent sunset. I do love a sunset!

Diesel on top of the roof. He's all boy, that one.

And in the van, helping daddy work on it.

A and P got engaged right after Thanksgiving. He went to her work and popped the question in front of all the co-workers and customers.


2 and 1 with Mufasa. 1 is doing a little hang ten, or something.

The babies have come so far. From preemies spending a month in NICU with oxygen and CPAPs and GI tubes to here right after they came home with their oxygen.... here at 4 months. No longer tethered to their tanks and doing so well. They have a few little issues but overall are doing really well. We are thankful.

This one cracks me up because 2 is flipping a little sideways bird, or something. And 1 looks like he's passed out drunk. Heathen children!

Some more random cuteness. 2.

1 getting a fistful of cat hair.

1 and 2.




2. Love this! I made these bibs at their parents request. Too funny.

The "pro" pics. Him kissing her kissing him kissing him. Precious!


Sunday, November 17, 2013

They're here!!

Wow, what a crazy time it's been. R had to go on bed rest at week 24 or so of her pregnancy. I had surgery on my wrist and things seemed to be going well but quickly came to a stand still. I'm not happy at all with the wrist or the current outcome of surgery and occupational therapy. I don't know what's next other than to just live with it. Boo!!
My dad got ok'd by a doctor for the cochlear implant and was waiting to hear if ins would help pay for it. Then they went on a 2 week vacation, camping on the beach. By this point R was hospitalized with her pregnancy. Thing 1 and Thing 2 wanted out of their cramped quarters. We (T and I, J and a buddy, A and P) decided to head out for camping on the beach at the same place my parents were at. While we were there, after 4 weeks of being in the hospital, R gave birth to the babies! Thing 1 weighed 4lbs 4oz and Thing 2 weighed 3lbs 14oz. They were 17 1/2 inches and 17 inches long. R had managed to carry them for 32 weeks and 5 days. Thing 1's little feet are turned in and sort of scrunched up where his brother was laying on them and Thing 2 has a heart murmur. Other than that they are doing really well. They are still in NICU and on oxygen and feeding tubes but Thing 1 is taking about 60% of his feedings by nursing or bottles and Thing 2 is doing about 40%. They are pushing 5 and 6 pounds and should be going home soon. Also, dad found out right after he got back that he was scheduled for surgery in less than a week. Zoiks! The cochlear has been implanted and he gets "turned on" on Wed. Praying for good results.
I was able to get a few days off work and JTs mom and I flew out to meet our grandbabies. They are precious!! From the pics we had seen they looked pretty good sized so we were surprised at how small they were. Here is Thing 2 with his daddy's hand. You can tell how small he is.

Mimi and Thing 1 the first time I saw him.

Mimi and Thing 2 when I met him.

Holding Thing2.

Bright eyes. He looks just like his daddy.

Thing 1 after his daddy changed his diaper. Unfortunately R got a cold while we were there and couldn't see the babies. She kept pumping though like a champ and has managed to provide more than enough milk for both babies. When we got home R found out she had bronchitis and pink eye. She's well now.

Holding Thing 1, who looks just like his mommy.

Build-a-bear donated costumes for the preemies and this is a pic of their first Halloween outfits, on a poster along with some other babies. Thing 1 and 2 are the Denver Broncos in the middle. Too cute! And they gave the outfits to their parents so they can have build-a-bears made and put the costumes on them. How cool is that?!

Thing 2 gets a mohawk when his hair is washed.

Selfie with Thing 2. His head is so small compared to mine!

Selfie with Thing 1.

That's a newborn size onesie that goes down to his knees.

Last view of Thing 1 before I left.

Momo cracked me up in silhouette behind the curtains.

And on her mommy's lap, with R's hair in her mouth.

CO landscape. Look at all the different colors.

And rock formations.

And rugged beauty.

My last view of Pike's Peak from the airport.

I can't wait to go back and see them again!