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.

 

 

 

Yay for the Day

5:30am feeding in exchange for baby snuggles. Back to sleep for another hour.

Henry’s giggles. Emily’s chatter. Emily’s smile. Henry’s smile. 1st cup of coffee…I smile…they both smile. Back to giggles.

My forever comfortable grey LuLaRoe leggings. Stormy morning. Let Henry & Emily see & hear the rain from our covered patio. Zero expectations for the day and loving it so far. Playlist compilation for Saturday’s Tulsa Run. Tummy time rockstars. Double snuggles.

2nd cup of coffee. Diaper changing chit-chat. Sauteed veggies with leftover seasoned chicken. Trader Joe’s cold pomegranate flavored green tea. FaceTime with my sweet mama. Henry & Emily showed off their cute moves for her.

Discoveries in their walkers. Ambition setting in. Productivity. Clean laundry. Naptime article reading. Afternoon sunshine. Slow stroller walk one neighborhood over. Fresh air. Trees changing color. The kind old man who drives a tractor yelled out “How ‘dem babies?!” 2 miles conquered. Smiles turned to sleeping on the walk. Bottle prep success.

Zero dinner prep thanks to leftovers. Hubby’s home. Put their Halloween costumes on. Laughed hysterically. Took pictures (posting tomorrow!). Fell in love with my babies all over again. Bottles & pureed carrots. Bedtime routine as a fam.

Red wine. Modern Family.

Great day.

 

Thirty Two

I love birthdays. I’ve always felt that’s it’s an adorably special way to celebrate life by honoring the day we were born.

Today’s mine 🙂

I can safely say that “thirty two” is the happiest, most balanced I’ve ever felt. Life is never perfect, nor will it ever be, but I’m a firm believer in being on high alert for all the good that surrounds us. So naturally, I’ve made my annual birthday list of the random, lovely, perfect little things that make me oh-so happy; in no particular order of course. This year the list reaches 32…but I feel so fortunate knowing that it could go on and on :).

  1. Embracing new adventures.
  2. Quiet weekends at home.
  3. Lots and lots and lots of laughter.
  4. An Oklahoma sunrise & sunset.
  5. How much our yellow lab, Stella, loves to snuggle.
  6. These two little miracles growing in my belly…and the incredible fact that there are 3 beating hearts in me right now.
  7. Unbelievably delicious meals.
  8. Avocados.
  9. Unwavering care and devotion from family.
  10. The ability to stay in touch with friends from miles and miles away.
  11. Popcorn…always.
  12. Long walks with Stella to the neighborhood across the street where we see horses, an adorable Sybian pony, donkeys, chickens and roosters.
  13. Listening to Miles Davis, Etta James, Ray Charles, and Frank Sinatra on vinyl.
  14. Podcasts.
  15. Binge watching Parenthood on Netflix.
  16. Dedication.
  17. The realization that I will soon, finally, become a mama.
  18. How no one makes me laugh quite like my hubby.
  19. Spontaneously dancing when the mood strikes.
  20. French fries.
  21. Good, genuine country music.
  22. Cowboy boots.
  23. Prenatal yoga.
  24. Front porches.
  25. Maternity clothes.
  26. Watching a storm roll in during the Summer.
  27. How the awesome company I work for, Community HigherEd, gives employees a “Birthday Holiday” to enjoy!
  28. Attempting to wear lipstick more often.
  29. A new dress from Anthropologie.
  30. Mama’s mashed potatoes.
  31. Choosing happiness.
  32. Savoring sleep while I still can.

I hope this inspires you to make your own list! Or, feel free to totally go to town with your own list in a comment below. I’d LOVE to read it! Consider it a birthday present 🙂