Friday, September 24, 2010

Cereal Killers

Tonight was the night...the 1st attempt at the twins eating solid foods...and the menu included some yummy rice cereal. After downing about 6 ounces each of milk around 5 PM, the girls joined their Mommy, Daddy and Big Sister at the dinner table about a couple of hours later and got to experience the texture of solid food for the 1st time! Blaire was the first taker...she started off all smiles and it was awesome. She wasn't sure about the first bite and would tilt her head back to swallow, but it worked. She gobbled up a lot for the first time! And Big Sister even got in on the action by feeding her a bit of cereal (although Abby gagged and coughed saying how horrible the cereal smelled, ha!).

After Blaire was finished eating, she went to Daddy and Mommy got her hands all over Reagan getting her ready for her first solid foods. She started off almost identical to Blaire...and ended the same way - in all smiles. The middle part was the difficult one for Reagan. Well, not so much difficult as it was that she just could have cared less. She wasn't the biggest fan of the texture of the food, and it took her a few bites to get the swallowing down pat. But in the end, she ate a pretty good amount (even from the helping bites Big Sister offered) and the 1st time for solids was a success!

Now...such a big day for Reagan and Blaire we know. But Abby was not to be out done. She was such a big help this morning at the doctor's office, this afternoon when we got home, and even this evening when feeding and bathing the girls. As a reward for being so great today, we pulled out the slip-n-slide and she invited her friends Savanna and Cooper over and they had a ball outside...slipping, sliding, chalking, throwing water balloons at targets and trying to jump rope. After such an exciting day, we think all three Wade girls will be sleeping soundly tonight!!!!

FOURTH down - move the chains!

Today Reagan and Blaire had appointments with Dr. Mac for the four month check up. Although the girls are still preemies, and got their 2 month shots at 3 months of age, they are going to catch up to speed with pediatrician appointments - starting today! A few days shy of turning 4 1/2 months old, they headed to get their check up and their 4 month in each leg as well as an additional oral medication. They both handled the morning like a pro. With big sister watching, and our favorite local nurse, Ms. Leigh (who was back after missing last month's appt!), the girls got their shots, cried for maybe 5 seconds and then took it all in stride by chilling out in on the exam table.

Watching the girls get their shots isn't bad at all - Blaire hardly bleeds at all from shots, but Reagan's right leg is a gusher, ha! What is a bit interesting is watching a Mommy carry two babies and a toddler into the office by herself! Ha! But we love Dr. Mac and Ms. Leigh and they make these appointments a breeze! Here's today's numbers from the appointment:

Blaire* - Length: 22 1/4 inches; Weight: 10 lbs, 15 ounces;
Temp: 98.5, HC: 38

Reagan - Length: 21 1/2 inches; Weight: 10 lbs 5 1/2 ounces;
Temp: 99.5, HC: 38

The next "official" check up is not until November (at 6 months), but next month, the twins will start going back to Dr. Mac once a month for a Synergist shot. (This is a once-a-month shot given throughout the RSV season - Oct thru March - to babies, usually preemies, that are at high risk from dying from RSV usually with chronic lung isn't a vaccine but rather an immune globulin.) So...for the time being, we are sitting back and waiting for Dr. Mac to call and tell us when the Synergist shots have arrived at her office. Until then, they will continue to grow and grow...especially since we are starting cereal once a day now! Because Dr. Mac was so impressed with the girls (smiling, cooing, laughing, holding up the head with control, sitting in high chairs, etc) she said to go ahead and try a bit. And since their big sister wasn't a "cereal in the bottle fan", she suggested to go ahead and try the bowl, if our day wasn't interesting enough, it looks like dinner time is about to get a lot more crazy!!!!! Praise God for a GREAT four month check up girls!!!!!!

*About a month ago, Blaire developed a little small red spot on her chin. Dr. Mac confirmed this was another superficial hemangioma (although it is very very small compared to her other one) and that it will disappear much faster than the one on her stomach. If you don't know, a hemangioma is a benign tumor of the cells. It is not hereditary. It occurs in the womb or the first few weeks of life. This one appeared on Blaire in what was her 4th (corrected age) week of life. About 10% of infants get these and they are more common in fair skinned females. Regression of the tumor generally occurs by the time the child is 10 years old. (Abby's - which is on her arm - is about 50% in regression.)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Anything you can do I can do you can't, yes I can...

Oh the joys of having twins in the house! A day doesn't go by when someone we know asks us whether the girls are identical and if there are any differences. We are here to set the record straight! Yes, the girls are identical...but yes, there are tons of differences! Here are a few that we've noticed:

Physical characteristics:
Blaire - Has a hemangiomia on her stomach (that is a birthmark that appears as a bright red patch of extra blood vessels in the skin -it grows during the first year of life and then recedes over time - Abby has/had one as well on her elbow). She has darker hair. She has a little blood blister on her chin.
Reagan - Both girls have lost almost 100% of their hair, but Reagan's is lighter. You can still see a very small part of her "soft spot" that has not closed up. Her finger nails grow like crazy.
They both have great vision and hearing. And they hold their heads up without any support. They are growing like weeds!!!! Tomorrow they have a Doc's appt and we will see what their weight is.

Both girls love the mirror and looking at each other. But Blaire will kick Reagan - whenever she is the slightest bit close to her the legs go out and wham! Blaire loves tummy time, Reagan's learned to tolerate it but it isn't her favorite. They get a little "workout" every morning (now that we are back in our routine) that consists of arm/leg movements, and lots of other fun games with Mommy that use their body parts. They both love Peek-A-Bo. They both love hearing Abby read to them (which is something that happens every day...usually about 10 times a day, lol!). They will sit in their "bouncy" seats but don't like doing it too much lately - they'd rather be on the ground on a soft palette squirming around playing.

They both love riding in the fact, it almost always puts them both to sleep! It used to be a bit of an issue but the only problem now is when the big sister (who sits in her booster seat in the middle of the two infant car seats) wakes them up so she can say "See, Mommy - they ARE awake!")

Both sleep great! At night, they are fed by 8 PM and put to bed. Every other night they get a bath (which they both love). They mostly fall sound asleep (the lights are off but they get lullaby music and a humidifier) and we don't see or hear them again until about 4 AM when they wake up to eat. Although both girls sleep on their backs (a must with newborns - don't get us started), Blaire would rather be on her tummy. It is rare the girls use a paci at night now, but they stay around the cribs just in case. During the day, the girls nap throughout but no where near the way they used to for the first month when they came home.

Blaire is a grump! But she will smile more than Reagan - she'll grin at anyone that makes eyes at her, ha!. Blaire even laughs out loud! Reagan is more spunky and active. It takes her a while to smile at strangers, but we see tons of smiles for Mommy and Daddy! Blaire has become a thumb sucker...and it's just too funny because her thumb is just so small! Reagan will suck her thumb but has decided she's not really a fan of either the thumb or the paci.

Daily schedule:
Basically their day is like this -
4AM: Wake up and eat (each eat about 6-7 ounces at this time), go back to sleep.
8 AM: Wake up for the day and eat (about 4 ounces at this time).
9-12PM: Play, exercises with Mommy, laugh, snooze a bit, cry, fuss, enjoy the morning, ha!
12PM: Eat (about 4-5 ounces at this time).
12-4PM: Same as above - play, talk, snooze, fuss, cry, ha!
4PM: Eat (about 4-5 ounces at this time)
7PM: Eat (about 5-6 ounces at this time), bath
8PM: Bedtime.
*We've heard some criticism about keeping a schedule, (most people tell us that we should let babies do what babies do, when they want to do it) but a schedule works for us...and seems to work for the girls as well!

The twins are still "stay at home" girls. They don't go anywhere except for doctor's appointments and rides to pick up their big sister from school. And they are only allowed to stay with Mommy or Daddy - no babysitters, friends or family yet. They are still preemies and you can never be too careful. They are 4 1/2 months old but have only received their 2 month shots...they need to keep gaining weight and get more shots before they can go to other people's houses, church, visits, etc. After watching them struggle in the NICU for 2 months, we don't chance anything around here....but with that being said....the big day is now just weeks away...they will soon be able to venture out into the world! Stay tuned for all of the other stories, information and humor that I'm sure these two will bring - and we plan to share!

Reagan Nichole Wade

Blaire Elizabeth Wade

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Precious moments....precious memories.

Out with the old, in with the new...we have officially done it - we've moved! Although we signed on our new house back on August 26th, the buyers of our old house said they didn't need to move in until October 1st so we took our time with this move...although giving them plenty of time to move in when we said we could be out by September 19th. Which seemed like a long time, until the day popped up on the calendar! Last Saturday, September 18th, the movers showed up at our house a little before 9 AM and in the next 4 hours, everything went from 8992 Hwy 92 in Daleville to 113 E. Robertson Court in Enterprise. Less than a 15 minute drive away, but a world of difference! As we sat down that Friday night, only hours away from the movers coming, we couldn't help but think about all the times we've had in that house...the fun...the not so fun....the visitors...the parties...the holidays...the children...the yard...everything. We were definitely ready for the move, but it was weird to sit back and think that within only hours we would be leaving that house for the last time...although we were extremely happy and blessed to know that not only were we taking all of our belongings with us but also taking those precious memories. And we couldn't help but want to share a few with you....

December 29, 2003: Signing our names to become house owners for the first time...and finding out nope, we weren't changing the den carpet - ha!

Planting the "marriage bush" one Saturday afternoon.

The joys of painting a kitchen red...45 times as Eric says! LOL!

Sitting in the office one night covering 200 CDs with pictures only to find out after the fact that the CDs (wedding favors) didn't work and having to do it all over again a week later.

Barbara running through the backyard waving a supposed-to-be white shirt while screaming at Eric (while he was mowing) because she KNEW something was wrong with our water. Well water isn't supposed to turn clothes brown...unless your pump is busted!!

January 14, 2005: Newlyweds finally in their home is good!

July 2005: Hiring the worst construction men in the world to put stone on the outside of the house...apparently they were cheap because they were so high on drugs they didn't know how to do business right.

A story that involves a dog, fire ants and a screaming lunatic throughout the side yard.

June 1, 2006: Seeing Eric smile and whisper "You're pregnant?" when he first found out he was going to be a Daddy for the first time.

Watching Abby grow up during the first 3 1/2 years of her life: crawling (in a weird army kind of crawl), walking (finally!), learning how to talk, eating in a high chair, finding out she's scared of thunder, potty training, gymnastics, etc.

Hearing Abby say "Cow" over and over...we were so excited until we realized she literally meant a cow was 2 inches away from the family room window looking at her!

Seeing that cow trample our marriage bush.

Not the best memory, but I'll (Barbara) never forget the exact two places I was sitting for the phone calls that Grams and Papere had passed away.

All of our parties: Christmas 2004, Halloween 2005-2009, bridal showers, baby showers, graduation dinners for two sisters and a brother, birthday parties, make-room-for-baby painting parties.

Watching Eric bring home all of his "babies": the Cub, the John Deere, the Acura and Chevy.

Playgroup...every party, every visit, every time a child laughed - it was awesome.

December 10, 2009: Sitting at the kitchen table (over an Arby's dinner) telling Abby that "there is a baby in Mommy's tummy"....12 days before we found out there were 2 babies in Mommy's tummy, ha!

Christmas morning 2009. Wonderful.

February 12, 2010: Eric (covered head to toe in camo) playing with Abby in the snow even though he was sick as a dog with the flu!

Looking into the nursery saying to each other "How are TWO going to fit in here?"

Pulling into the driveway with Reagan and Blaire (coming home for the 1st time) and seeing Abby run to the 4Runner to officially meet and touch her sisters for the first time.

All five of us sitting in the family room doing exactly what that room was meant to do...give family a place to enjoy being family!


And while we got to sitting around talking and thinking about some of our favorite memories (and trust us, the ones you just read are just a few...there are hundreds more we could list!! Ha!), we thought about some of the things we'd miss...and just how we are going to handle missing those things:

Eric will definitely miss his shop....but yet he now lives on a golf course - something tells us he traded up on that deal, ha!

Barbara will miss well water from the sink....but the garbage disposal is well worth the exchange! (No more scrap trips - woo hoo!)

Eric will miss mowing his large yard with his ride on John Deere...but he was satisfied when he found out that a new, shiny push John Deere works great at the new house!

We will miss carpet in the main family room...but Eric loves it that when Abby and Barbara walk through the room, he doesn't hear any heel stomping anymore!

We will miss the pull out drawers of the pantry....but will take the new kitchen over the old one any day of the week - especially when we have more cabinets and counter space than we know what to do with!

We will miss the big pecan tree in the front yard where we took tons of family pics...but this house has a walkway to the front door with a porch that will do well with pics, ha!


And alas, there are definitely things we won't miss at all:

The time of year called harvest that brings dust....and mice....and snakes....oh my!

The "country" animals that seemed to love the backyard...armadillos, mice, coyotes, cats, foxes, flying squirrels...and not to mention the cows that get out of neighboring pens every year and come to visit!

The days of a flooded front yard.

Having to spend 2 hours on mowing the grass.

The never closing mail box.

The house of only 4 closets.

Wrinkles the ghost.

Snowball the cat.

************************************ we are - in a new that we have already started to make into our home. And we are so thankful for this opportunity. We want to thank everyone that helped with this ordeal - from calls and well wishes, to helping us pack...from house warming gifts to visits to the new house...from being there when we closed the old house down, to being here when we opened the new house up...thank you! It has been the wildest year of our lives and this past month went by at warp speed. We are happy, we are healthy, and we are HOME!!!!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Who's dat?

It has now been now exactly 9 weeks to the day that we brought the twins home to Enterprise. And with that being said, these 9 weeks have been a bit rough for Abby. She really has handled the homecoming well - only showing her trouble with the adjustment with a few potty "accidents" during the day. After about a week or so, those stopped. Then we told her we were moving. Seemed she was fine adjusting to that too - no accidents. Then we moved all of her toys, clothes, books and puzzles out of her room and into the new house. That did it - slowly but surely, in the last week, she has started showing signs of trouble. Now, before you even say it, the reason most of her stuff (we kept out a few of her favorite toys and books) has already been moved is because we spend a lot of time at the new house preparing it for the day of the big move. When we are there, she LOVES going up to her new room and playing for hours with her toys. But we come back to the old home for night time and the issues start. There have been 3 nights out of the last 7 that she has had full blown potty accidents in the bed - wetting her comforter, sheets, mattress pad and mattress....and then she has started coming into our room. Not including last night, the 3 nights prior she showed up about 2 AM and wanted to sleep with us. We told her no and she walked (reluctantly) back into her bedroom, but usually before 3 AM passed, we saw her by our bedside again. Our hope is that once we are 100% into the new house, she gets back into the groove of things...and those that we've talked to about this believe it is just an adjustment issue. So, for now, we have talked with her about the accidents, reminded her about how big girls act at night, and hope it is just a passing issue. But, with all of that being said, in the mornings, I've really treasured our one on one time together. She loves to come snuggle on my lap for about the first 30 minutes of her day - and I wouldn't give that up for the world! This morning, during our snuggle time, we were looking at pictures on my computer and I showed her one of my favorite all time pics (see below). Her response was priceless: "Mommy, who is that baby? Aw, she's so cute. We need to invite her over to our new home so she can meet my baby sisters. She will think they are so cute and she will want to be their friend." Man, I love that kid!

Saturday, September 4, 2010


Yea, Alabama! Crimson Tide!
Every Bama man's behind you;
Hit your stride!
Go teach the Bulldogs to behave,
Send the Yellow Jackets to a watery grave!
And if a man starts to weaken,
That's a shame!
For Bama's pluck and grit
Have writ her name in crimson flame!
Fight on, fight on, fight on, men!
Remember the Rose Bowl we'll win then!
Go, roll to victory,
Hit your stride,
You're Dixie's football pride, Crimson Tide!

The season has BEGUN.....Roll Tide Roll!!!!!!!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Panther Pride

Are you ready for some football?????? Now even though our daughters are zoned to go to the Enterprise City School System, we are a bit partial to a few students that attend Wicksburg High School - in particular, one cute little Senior cheerleader that goes by the name of "JESS!" (It helps when you scream it at the top of your lungs and go running to her with your arms out ready for a big hug!) Tonight was the first home game at the WHS field and it was awesome! Although the team lost the game (by only 2 points!), it was a great game complete with being the WDHN's game of the week, lots of great cheerleaders, a great band (and awesome drum major), cool halftime show and wonderful fellowship with friends. I took Abby to the game while Eric stayed home with Reagan and Blaire. That kiddo knew so many people there - more than I did, ha! It was so much fun! She sat in the bleachers cheering and clapping...but I knew where her heart was - it wasn't long before she made it down to the railing in front of the cheerleaders. She jumped around dancing and clapping and had the time of her life. She was NOT happy at all when she heard that we had to leave...but it was waaaaaay past bedtime and as much as we love Friday night football in our house, we love happy-morning-toddlers-after-a-good-night's-sleep even more, ha! GO BIG BLACK AND GOLD!!!!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Life Among The Pines

If you live anywhere near us, then chances are you've heard us yelling from the rooftop - WE ARE MOVING!!!! When God decided that we were going to raise three beautiful daughters, he also decided to talk to Eric about exactly where we were going to raise these girls, ha! After eight months of searching, walking, emailing, wheeling and dealing - we bought our new house! And I couldn't be prouder of my husband for making this happen! He had a goal, set out to achieve it, and did just that! He didn't settle (although some days he had both of us pulling our hair out over the deal) and because of that, we got exactly what we were dreaming of! On August 29, 2010, we signed the papers and became the new proud owners of a 3 year old, 2 story home on a cul de sac in the Tartan Pines subdivision in Enterprise...and have I mentioned how much we LOVE it? The girls have plenty of room to live and play, we have plenty of storage, and are only feet (yes, only feet) away from a pool and the golf course! We can't wait to make this house our home and plan to enjoy many long years of family, friends, faith and fellowship in our home! Welcome home!!!!!