Babies First Thanksgiving

This post is embarassingly late. But that’s me lately when it comes to downloading & uploading photos & often for social events too. I hope the ‘hello, I have two babies’ will work for a little bit longer.

While we’re still in the land of sick babies, so far today is our first fever-free day. And I thought I’d post Thanksgiving before we got into Christmas week. 😛

My entire extended family {us, my parents, brother & SIL, my mom’s sisters & my grandfather} arrived in OIB {where my Dad’s parents live} Wednesday night. We all gathered together first for a Thanksgiving church service on the beach Thursday morning.

Lucy & I had seen it become daylight that morning ~ what a way to be thankful~ to see the sun rising over a canal while holding your baby girl. I was also thankful a few minutes later when my Nana & Pawpaw woke up, took over Lucy duty so I could get another hour’s sleep before Zach woke up.

After church, we chilled, watched the parade, enjoyed a delicious brunch, then my SIL, Mom, aunts, Nana & the babies & I headed off to the two little local shops open Thanksgiving day. We bought a few birthday/Christmas gifts for each other then arrived back at the beach house in time for me to nurse & the others to finish up cooking dinner. My thanksgiving meal was interrupted by a big Lucy poo {not the last meal interruptedfor that reason of that I can be sure}. 

Friday, we took Z & L with us for their first black Friday shopping. They were a hit in all the stores & we all found a few deals too. Friday night, we went out to dinner at Inlet View. The food & company was great!

Saturday was more of a chill day, watching football, playing with the babies on the floor. We all bundled up & went to watch the OIB floatila Saturday evening. It was great. Lucy was snuggled on me in our Ergo & slept through it. Zach watched it from my Dad’s lap; one of his favorite spots. Overall, a great thankful weekend.

Babies First Trip

This was my pack list put together after googling {& subsequently freaking out} last week. Thank goodness  my parents’ came down Friday night to help us get organized & packed up Saturday morning.

Clothing/Accessories 
Dressy Outfits {x3 for Suz, x2 per baby}, Casual Outfits {x6 for babies}, Jackets {didn’t bring}
Underwear, Nursing Bras, Socks {4}, Pajamas {2 Per Baby}
Sunglasses, Suz sandals
Purse + Diaper Bag, Jewelry/Watch
Feeding
Breast Pump & Accessories, Suz snacks
Bottles, Nipples {10}
Bottle Brush, Dish soap, Cleaning Tub
Enfacare, Brestfriend Pillow, Boppy
Burp Cloths {4}, Bibs {4}
Toiletries/Bath
Shampoo, Conditioner {sample size baby wash}
Make-Up Bag/Shaving Kit, Hair Products
Tooth Brush, Tooth Paste
Entertainment
Books, Rocking Chair, Lovey/Blankie/Wubbas
Diapering (In Addition to Diaper Bag)
Disposable Changing Pads, Diaper Cream?
Box of Wipes, Diapers {25}
Baby Gear
Baby Carrier (Ergos) {we ended up leaving these at home}
Car Seat (& Car Seat Base)
Pacifiers & Pacifier Hooks
Baby Monitor {didn’t bring}
Bedding
Travel Crib {didn’t use since hotel had two}, Travel Crib Sheets (2), sleep sheep/giraffe
Swaddle Blankets
Medicine
Tummy Medicine, Prescription Medicines, Baby Tylenol {didn’t have to use thank God}

Crazy right? But we pretty much used everything. And were very glad for the extra bibs & clothes as Lucy went through three outfits before 1p Sunday.

Papa visited the babies while they were in the NICU was didn’t hold them until Saturday.

Papa & Zachy poo

He was so great with them!

Papa holding Lucy for the first time

The babies made themselves right at home at his condo. We set up blankets & the rocker & boppy on the floor for playtime &  napping.

Nothing like full bellies & comfy spots for napping

They did great at the hotel for Mom & Dad Saturday night. They woke for their dream feed at 4 then slept again until 730/745a. Zach & I rocked side lying feeding for the first time. They had a blast playing on the bed while Mom & I were getting ready.

Good morning babies!

Zach & his brunch attire

Lucy spit up on her brunch dress before we left the condo building.

The babies were the hit of Cypress brunch. Mom & Papa carried them everywhere wanting to show them off. It was really cute.

Lucy & her Pops at brunch

Lucy loved the attention & Zach slept through most of it. 🙂

Papa entertaining Lucy & saying bye before we left

We stopped by to see Jenny & the trips & buy 6-12 month clothes on the way home where Zach was the entertainment & Lucy pooped! They did great sleeping most of the car ride home. One successful trip down, lots more to go!

B & Kevin’s Couples Shower

Beth {who ended up sick & unable to attend}, Kelly, Kim & I {& technically our spouses} gave our good friend B & her hubby-to-be an uptown Charlotte shower Saturday night.

The hostesses & the bride-to-be

We went with a luau themed drinks & dessert party.

All set up & ready for the guests!

For the drinks part served: Diana’s punch aka spiked Hawaiian punch, red & white wine, sodas & water, & had a 1/4 keg of Miller lite.

Cookies, Brownies, Dessert Sliders & Lemon Squares

Our desserts included: chocolate chip cookie bites, brownie bites, strawberries, pineapples, marshmallows, pretzels & melted milk chocolate in a chafing dish for dipping all the above.

Melted chocolate goodness for all!

We also had lemon squares with blueberries & raspberries, dessert sliders & vanilla cupcakes.

G cupcakes!

We decorated the cupcakes with mini umbrellas, hung Chinese lanterns, had wreaths made of the umbrellas & had bright flowers throughout. Oh & gave the happy couples lais!

They were a trip opening gifts~ taking their time & being so sweet!

The happy couple & the pitcher I gave them.

Laughing & joking & being so happy to have all their favorite people together in one place.

Party group!

Based on this crowd & party, I know the Apr wedding is going to be a blast!

B’s bridesmaids

The New Suz

The new Suz is much like the old one. Likes fun, friends, & traveling. Loves owls {especially on baby clothes!}, pizza, college football {Go Pack!} & beer. Enjoys reading, reality TV, sleeping & shopping.

The new Suz though has been working her way out of the haze of the first 18 weeks as a mom of two babies. The haze of little sleep, lots of family taking over her house help, & too much TV. Not enough of seeing friends or beer & no travel.

But I’m beginning to feel like me.

Me, who’s got a handle on breastfeeding & pumping at work for twins.

Me, who, thanks to daycare wearing the babies out, is consistently getting 5-7 hours of {sometimes broken up} sleep.

Me, who’s learned that time chillin on the couch reading or watching TV can only come after bottles are washed & prepared; cloth diapers are washed, dried & packed for daycare; clothes for babies are set out for the next day.

Me, who’s looking forward to our first weekend away this Saturday. With my parents’ help, I’ll have a night of fun & friends, showering & celebrating B & Kevin’s upcoming wedding. Shopping for the bridesmaids dress. Chatting & laughing & drinking {just a bit} with college friends.

I’ll be back Sunday afternoon. I imagine I’ll be travel weary but with a happy, refreshed heart. {& with lots of photos from the shower & of the babies hanging out with their grandparents & great-grandfather!}

Happy Friday?!

I was hoping I could write a happy Infertile Friday post today. Not in a “I’m pregnant” kind of happy. That’d be ecstatic happy. I was hoping for normal happy.

And now as I type this with a strong cocktail in hand, I’m happy. I’m surrounded by my parents & aunt, & tonight I will enjoy good home cooked food for the first time in five days.

But this week was another crazy one working hours away from home in the claims department. Eleven hour days filled with phone calls, check folding, writing, file organizing, & excel spreadsheet entry.

I left work at 315p ready to fight the rain for 3 hours on my way up to Richmond. Five minutes later, I’m crying as I walk embarrassed back in the office letting them know I just crashed the company car into a brick column. It’s just a sort of small horizontal dent in the back bumper only. I’m not hurt. It’s not that big of a deal. But it still sucks. And since I didn’t have cell service at all I couldn’t even call my supervisor or bosses to let them know. The managers of the claims office took photos & were going to email them to my manager.

I’m spent just typing this. And I’ve got nothing to say on the infertility front. Since my cervix dilation, I have had a lot more CM which is an awesome sign. But my being away from home & husband for two weeks means pretty much no likelihood of pregnancy this cycle. But I’ve been so busy I haven’t really had time to think about it & I’ve really been okay. So long story short. I’m okay. My company car is kinda okay. And I’m off to have another drink. Happy Infertile Friday y’all.

 

Unplugged

This past week I’ve been 99% unplugged. I was in Edenton, NC & spent 11 hours a day in the claims office & the other time at a local B&B. Nice people. Pretty historic district. Some good restaurants. No cell service with my provider.

I could go a few miles south to a restaurant to have it, but where I was all week: nothing. There was a bit of WiFi at the B&B but only if I was in the other part of the place or a certain middle spot on the bed. So without my control, I took a week off from twitter, my google reader, & blogging here too. I’m going to try to play catch up before I head back there Monday morning.

So thanks to Irene, I’ll have two weeks unplugged from city life. From normal day-to-day life. From 4G internet. From Moe kitty. And from Husband. And thus, from TTC.

We decided we’d just let or not let things happen on our own this month. No crazy old wives tales & no meds. I chose to make these work travel plans around future RE appointments realizing that meant that I was probably ovulating in a B&B in Eastern NC alone yesterday. Here’s hoping the $$ I make helping out is enough for a IUI cycle or two or that this weekend home does the trick. 😉

Another Infertile Friday. Hope your week was filled with hope & happiness. Sometimes a week unplugged can do that for you.