Half Marathon Training

Around the time that Henry & Emily began taking their first steps, I realized it was time to tackle a few new steps of my own. That was both the plan and promise I made to myself after delivering my two cutiepies; “Baby steps, before Babies’ Steps“. So once it was time to take “The Next Step” for my fitness goals I registered for the 2017 Route 66 Half-Marathon!

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Happy Birthday, Henry & Emily!

Exactly one year ago today, Sean and I set our alarm clocks for a 4:30 a.m. wake up call. I was being induced for labor that day! I was 37.5 weeks along, officially “past due” (37 weeks is considered full term for twins), and the babies were both estimated to be healthy weights + facing head-down.

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Henry & Emily: 6 months

Six months?! It feels like just a few days ago we were bringing them home from the hospital. Then – they were too tiny to hold up their preciously fragile heads and still reeling from their wild new surroundings. Now – they’re babbling, giggling, wiggling, smiling, verge-of mobile little people!

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Sean and I are truly amazed by their growth, development, and contagious joy. This morning I took them to their 6 month pediatrician check up and they’re growing beautifully!

Henry (right) is at the 90th percentile for his height! He’s now rockin 28 inches tall and 18 pounds. Our super tall “little man” is SO STRONG, y’all. He’s also quick as lightning in his walker, and desperate to finally figure out how to crawl, walk, and let’s be real…he wants to RUN RUN RUN as soon as he can! He has his daddy’s engineer brain for sure. Give him a toy and he’ll study it for ever. His joy is everything; all I need to get through a day, a week, a year. I am completely in awe of how genuinely joyful Henry is. One head turn and a wide-open, toothless grin from him and your day will be made. Guaranteed.

Emily (left) rings in right on cue at the 40th percentile for her height. She’s 26 inches tall and 16 pounds. Way to go, little angel! This beautiful girl was super underweight for her very first week-old check up but has completely soared since that day. She is the cutest ‘lil chatty-mac-chatterson these days. “Emmy” loves to study our faces as we talk to her, then babble on her own…then squeal to the highest heavens. She loves a good toy, but she’s her mama’s daughter for sure when it comes to being more interested in people; a true people watcher. She’s more careful when she shows off her smile (which I kinda love about her too), but when you do make her smile….wooooo your heart will melt!

This has been the fastest, most joyful 6 months of my life. As we enter the “mobile babies” phase in the 2nd half of the year, I’m gonna hold on tight and get ready for that wild ride!

Big hugs,

Katherine

Yay for the Day

2:30am awoke and thought it was time for a bottle feeding, but sweet Emmy was just babbling in her sleep. Smiled and went back to sleep to the sound of “ahhdududu. Blabuuuu. BBbbbbaaah….”

Emily was ready for a 5am bottle feeding so I woke up Henry (gotta keep them synced!) and sweet boy just nestled into my nook. Both H & E held a finger/arm of mine while feeding. Huge smiles mid-diaper change in the dim lit nursery. Slow danced as I snuggled with each. One last snuggle before back to bed. 6am – crawled back in bed…I ADORE crawling back in bed 🙂

7am – both are stirring and I love the confidence of knowing that bottles are ready in the fridge. 1st sip of coffee…”hmmmmm.” Hubby helps with H & E. Bottle feeding while watching the news. Some decent things. Focusing on the good: Veterans Day. Heartfelt gratitude. Teared up as they shared this:

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/military-fathers-goodnight-kiss-promise-43464186

Have been off of Facebook and Instagram for 48 hours and counting. Loving the break.

Group-text check in with the besties: one has a sweet outfit for work, one’s on her way to a weekend wedding, one is sick but heading home for some needed rest.

Read books to H & E. Watched as they played in their walkers as I cleaned up and prepared more formula and bottles. Heart melted as I glanced over and saw them discovering things.

Henry’s new voice this week steals my attention. It’s stronger and louder than before. Emily gets licked in the face by Stella (our yellow lab). They adore each other.

Apples introduced! Henry’s thoughtful and adorably unsure about the pureed apples. Emily is in heaven! She even giggled and went “mmm!”. Heart melted. They briefly napped as I cooked up some seasoned chicken for the week.

Long afternoon stroller walk. Slight chill but balanced by the most beautiful sunshine. Stopped by a sweet older man who asked about the twins. He has a twin sister himself. Told me he was one of 10 kids. I praised his mother and he smiled. He told Stella she was a good looking dog. Thanked him. Told me to have a blessed day, and I wished him the same. Carried on our walk. Both babies asleep from the walk. Came back and tidied up until Henry awoke. Henry listened to a story while I held him. Emily slept for 15 more minutes. Love having one-on-one time with each of them.

Tummy time ambition. Snuggles after meltdowns. Tickling both in exchange for giggles.

Wrote long overdue thank you notes while they played and kicked in their pack & play. Back and forth babble.

Hubby watched both babies as I made dinner. I’m in love with making dinner uninterrupted. Poured a glass of red while dancing around the kitchen. Apple chicken sausage over seasoned, shredded brussel sprouts with sliced cherry tomatoes. Total hit.

Final feeding after 3 more books read. Where The Wild Things Are, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and Brown Bear, Brown Bear. Emily listened beautifully. Henry tried 🙂

PJ’s and giggles. Family time in the nursery. I signed on to FB juuuust for a LuLaRoe live sale – couldn’t resist.

Great day.

 

 

 

The Twins’ Nursery

Once upon a time, I told y’all that I’d post photos of the nursery. Remember that? That was many many months ago. Oopsies! So sorry for the delay, friends. Turns out, raising twins is time consuming. No one told me that!!! Hehe…kidding.

I adore our nursery so much and am so excited to finally share photos of it! Back when I was preggo, I blissfully settled on the theme “Moon and Stars” for our nursery decor. After all, we’ve loved Henry & Emily “to the moon and back” ever since we found out I was pregnant! I wanted moon, stars, and pops of pink and baby blue to soften the taupe colored walls and to steer your eyes away from the 70’s brown shag carpet. I’m so happy with how it all turned out! Especially the cribs. Did you know that my sweet dad, Victor Wilson, hand crafted each of the two cribs himself! Incredible!!! It means the world knowing that Henry & Emily sleep peacefully in these beautiful pieces made with such love!

Below is a panoramic photo of the whole room, followed by photos of each special piece. So many of these pieces were gifted to us from our sweet friends and family. I’ve listed what store each piece was purchased from in case any of you want to add a piece or two to your nursery. Enjoy!

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SUCH a comfy rocker! Purchased from Buy Buy Baby. Those precious 2 pillows were an Etsy find.
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The moon was a gift purchased via Pottery Barn Kids! Those 2 stars I bought from Michaels 🙂
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I LOVE these curtains. Something needed to doll up those brown walls! They were a Pottery Barn Kids purchase. The rod is from Home Depot (way less expensive than PB Kids’ rods!)

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Having a mirror next to the changing table is (so far…) such a good distraction for the babies! Found the dresser that the changing table sits on via Craigslist
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Sits right above the changing table & mirror. Couldn’t resist these 2 pieces when I spotted them at Hobby Lobby.

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Emily’s Crib! Still can’t believe all the work that my Dad put into building this! We have two beautiful pink & blue bumpers gifted from my PB Kids registry, but we’re waiting until the twins are wee bit older to put those in. For now, these mesh bumpers are perfect; safe, secure, and soft! Mesh bumpers were a Target purchase.
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Sweet “Emmy” napping in her crib! Pink sheet was a PB Kids gift.
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Henry’s Crib! Dad actually build this one a few years ago for the 1st grandchild, Ellie (my niece) and now it’s been passed down to Henry!
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Both Henry and Emily have these beautiful linen dust ruffles/bed skirts (PB Kids gift), as were the mattresses (BuyBuy Baby gift)! 

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Isn’t he just the sweetest “little man” you’ve ever seen?! Blue sheet was also a PB Kids gift.
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In love with our 2 “Moon & Stars” mobiles! PB Kids gift.
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Safe to say this one was a “gift” a long time ago. We just love our Stella girl. We also love how beautifully she watches over Henry & Emily! She has adjusted so well. Couldn’t ask for a better doggie!
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Head over heels for this piece! “The Great Adventures of Henry & Emily” is exactly right – they have many fun adventures ahead of them. PB Kids gift.
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Just thought this was so sweet! Bought it at Hobby Lobby.
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Every single book was gifted to us, and MANY more are in a cubby close by. Thank you, sweet friends and family!
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Blue & pink arrow piece bought at Hobby Lobby
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Floating white shelves bought at Target.
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I just love this photo! Sweet Emily is playing while Henry is napping. This play mat has been an awesome gift, as was another that we keep down stairs. It’s been so helpful to have one on each floor! Bumbo chair (one of two) is off in the corner and those have been so great as they learn to sit up! Bumbo chairs were a BuyBuy Baby gift. 

And then…there’s the closet. Thank the Lord for our closet! Keeps the room looking tidy while toys, clothes, shoes, socks, diapers, wipes, etc all stay stocked behind doors. Friends & family, thank you once again for all of your gifts! Henry and Emily are loving life so far, and you’ve helped tremendously 🙂

Please comment with any questions or thoughts!

Big hugs,

Katherine

 

 

Now, we wait.

Tomorrow officially welcomes my 3rd trimester (woohooooo!!!) at 28 weeks and we’ve done a lot to prepare knowing that the twins are likely to arrive early. Obviously we’d LOVE for them to stay in my belly as long as possible, but we’re prepared for any week now. It could happen in 2 weeks…4…6…8…who knows! IMG_9573

The hospital bag is almost ready.

The diaper bag that I’m already in love with is packed.

We’ve learned how to install both car seats.

The nursery is coming along adorably.

Sean and I took an Infant CPR class.

I took a breastfeeding class.

I’ve joined the Tulsa Mothers of Multiples group (shout out to the TMOMs!).

We’ve gone on a tour of the labor, delivery, and NICU wings of our awesome hospital in Tulsa.

I’ve even got our little 3 ring binder ready with all the important documents we need. (Nerd alert!)

Can you tell we’re excited?!

Now, we wait.

It’s a very strange feeling to just sit here and wait for my children (and this crazy new chapter in my life) to get here. The waiting game is not easy. Do you remember that perfect scene at the end of When Harry Met Sally? Harry sums it up beautifully by saying:

“…when you realize you wanna spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”

Well said, Harry. I luckily found my “somebody,” but now we’re both ready to spend the rest of our lives with our two little ones and we’d LOVE for the rest of our lives to start as soon as possible :). But…we have to wait…and wait…and wait. Life with our twins will undoubtedly be the greatest, most rewarding chapter in our lives. However, the whirlwind of the: intense challenges, screaming fits, bumps and bruises, temper tantrums, and sleep deprivation that will face us as new parents, not to mention attempting to do all of this “times two”, is very intimidating.

Friends of ours have reminded us to take time for ourselves these last few weeks. Even though I’m on “modified bedrest” I can still go out w/ hubby for occasional dinners, movies, or even short road trips just as long as I’m not on my feet very long. I try to savor sleeping in for a little while longer (and through the night for that matter). I’m also trying to appreciate the simple freedom of managing each day with only my & Sean’s agenda in place. As it’s all about to change, this is the time to celebrate “just us” for a little while longer.

22 weeks - 2Words can’t even begin to express how thankful we are to have our little boy and girl both on the way. We’re honestly still in shock and can’t believe that this dream came true. The other day I said to Sean, “Babe, how did we get so lucky?” Sean confidently replied with a smile, “Because we deserve this.” I love him so much. He’s right. We do deserve this! We’ve been praying for children for years. Years! Getting pregnant can be a long-term struggle on its own and it doesn’t just happen as quickly as most people think. There are so many couples who deserve this too and wait patiently for their turn to finally become parents. We’re very lucky to finally be here.

Hubby’s gentle reminder eased my heart. It allowed me to set aside those normal mama-to-be fears and instead turn it into the gratitude and confidence that I know I have in me to be a good mama; also to not only survive any parenting challenges ahead, but to celebrate that they even exist.

Lately, I like using this time to mentally prepare by remembering any fears I’ve overcome in order to tackle some of my greatest challenges to date. It’s a beautiful reminder that I’ve got everything I need now – all the spiritual, mental, and physical tools to be a great mother. I channel memories like:

  • rowing competitively for 8 years
  • buying a one-way ticket to Seattle, WA to live there after college, knowing no one
  • cycling coast to coast across America during the summer of 2007
  • running 2 RAGNAR relays with my fellow Washington College alumnae
  • moving to Oklahoma in 2014 knowing no one but my hubby and our dog

These things started out a ‘lil terrifying, were out of my comfort zone, and at times made me question whether I was up for the challenge. Beautifully though…every single one of those outcomes made me feel that it was one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life. The friends I made, the mental and physical fears I overcame, and more than anything – the trust I grew in myself all reminded me that I have everything I need to get through this whole “two at once” + 1st-time-parent path ahead.

So, to my babies, I say bring it on :). I cannot wait to have them change our lives forever!

Thanks for reading, friends! Anything you’re anxiously waiting for? I hope this helps you too. It certainly helps me!

Happy waiting ;),

Katherine

 

Twins’ Gender Reveal!

We found out the gender of “Baby A” and “Baby B” yesterday! Sean and I both raced home after work to throw together this cheesy (yes, I know it’s cheesy) but oh-so-fun & fabulous little video to reveal the news to our families (all who live back East) last night. We’re thrilled!!! Had to share it on the blog too. I couldn’t resist 😉

Here we go. Are you READYYY!?!

WE’RE SO THRILLED!!! Like….OVER the MOON! Oh my gosh. I can’t stop smiling 🙂

Love, big hugs, and thanks for watching!

Katherine