Josh, Kelly, Everett, Emery, Atticus & Boo

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

6 - 9 Month Must haves

6 - 9 Month Must haves

1  Highchair  - Must have a sturdy & easy to clean highchair! We love our Graco duo diner!
2 Stackable Cups - This is so random, but the twins love these stackable cups. They can bang them together, stack them, hide them and just carry them around.
3. Sippy cup grip - the first thing they do when you give them a sippy cup is throw it on the ground. So this grip has been a life saver. We love this one from boggin head.
4. Sippy cup - who would think learning to drink from a sippy cup would be hard? Well I guess when all your used to is a boob or a bottle, this cup is kind of strange. We have tired a variety of different kinds & this one by NUK is their favorite.
5. Lovey - this was when we decided to introduce them to a lovey. We figured they were old enough to not suffocate from it and are hoping they will attach to it. My favorite is this one from Little Giraffe. They are pricey, but oh so soft!.
6 & 7 - Teethers! Between the two of them they have gotten 10 teeth! So needless to say we love teethers. These are by far their favorite!
8 - XOXO Freezable baby food trays. I make their baby food and after trying a ton of trays these are my favorite. You just twist them one way and the cube pops right out!
9 & 10 - Finger foods! The twins love to feed themselves. These are their favorites. Mum Mums & Puffs! I've chosen to do organic, but you can find them in a variety of flavors!

Hospital Picts!

From April 2012

Emery Channing
 5 pounds 8 ounces
18 1/2 inches long
 7:33 a.m. April 10, 2012
Everett Trotter
7 pounds 2 ounces
20 inches long
7:32 a.m. April 10, 2012

1st Week

I found a bunch of old drafts from post from a long time! So figured for memory sake I need to post them!

This is from April 2012

We stayed in the hospital for 5 days. This was great for us! There was someone there to cook for me, a nurses to check on me and the babies, & a nursery where we could send the babies when we wanted to get a little bit of sleep.

Josh was absolutely wonderful! Since I wasn't aloud out of bed for the first 24 hrs, that meant Josh was super busy. Breastfeeding twins is a full time job! They eat every 2 hours. This meant Josh would have to hand me a baby, let me feed them, then take them back and change their diaper, and then get them to sleep. Then start the whole process again for the second baby. As you can imagine, it was a long 24 hrs.

On about day 3 our pediatrician told us that Everett was losing too much weight so we would need to start supplementing until my milk came in. I was not thrilled about this. I didn't want to give them bottles yet because I was afraid of nipple confusion since they were so little. So we decided we would use an eye dropper to get the formula in their mouth. While they were latched on we would put the dropper in their mouth. It was super hard. I also had started tandem feeding them in order to save time and not spend all day feeding them. This meant that Josh and one of the nurses had to help out and put the droppers in their mouth while I held their head. It was quite the scene. We did this for about a day before we decided that I would just feed them independently while we had to supplement.

On day 5 they sent us home & we were ready to take them home to meet our fur babies and start our new life. It was a surreal moment to pull away with 2 newborns in the back seat! So crazy!

Our fur babies were super excited to see us when we got home! Atticus could really have cared less about the babies, he just wanted to see us. Boo, was super interested and just stared at them. It was sweet.

Some of my dear friends had decorated the house! There was a welcome banner on the garage, signs with their names and weights, and a twins banner on the mantel. I was so excited when we pulled into the drive way. What a great surprise!

What's for dinner?

In an attempt to be better about blogging I'm going to start out simple. Pretty much daily I think "I should blog about that" but of course I don't. Sometimes it's things that I want to remember and sometimes it's things that I know friends have asked for more information about like reciepes and sometimes it's just silly stuff. is my attempt!

What's for dinner? 


Last night we had one of my favorite go to dinners! Taco Soup! Thanks to some friends this is one of my favorite soups!

1 lb boned ckn breast ( I use boneless sometimes and already cooked) 
5-6 c ckn broth
1 onion chopped ( I did 1/2 last night) 
1 green pepper- chopped
1 clove garlic- minced
1 15oz can diced tomatoes
1 10oz can tomatoes w green chilis ( I put just one 15 oz) 
1 15oz can pinto beans - drain
1 15 oz can black beans - drain
1 15 oz can creamed or reg corn ( if reg corn, drain) 
1 t garlic salt 
1/2 t cumin 
1-1 1/2 pkg taco seasoning ( I used a little over 1 - don't like super spicy) 
1 pkg dry ranch dressing mix ( didn't use last night) 

Tortilla chips
Shredded chz 

In soup pot cook ckn breast in broth, onion, grn pepper, and garlic clove, covered until ckn is tender. Remove chkn and cool- cut into small pieces. Return to broth and add tomatoes, garlic salt, beans, corn, taco seasoning, ranch mix, and cumin. Stir together and simmer, covered for 20 min. Serve w tortilla chips and shredded chz. 

Hope you enjoy!