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Thanksgiving ’13

We celebrated another wonderful Thanksgiving down at OIB with my Mom & Dad & my Dad’s parents, Nana & Pawpaw. {We missed my brother & SIL in NY & my mom’s side in Charlotte!}

And their dog, Bocce was a huge hit with Zach & Lucy. Who needs toys when there’s a dog?! Even better that they’d just learned to say dog & woof woof & learned his name while we were there. Zach just followed him around & loved to pat him on the back & head. L liked to talk to him & look from afar & thought his fluffy tail was fun to pet. They were surprisingly gentle, & Bocce, who can be skiddish, did great putting up with them. I think Bocce’s a big fan of L & Z because he gets to do clean up floor duty after every meal & snack {bribery at it’s finest}.

Thursday morning, we made a chilly walk up for beach church on the sand. Rev John spoke quick because it was cold! Z ‘played’ with sand & had fun watching birds then got too cold even all bundled up. Lucy was snuggled into me & lasted in her owl fluffy hat & ruffle coat.

Thanksgiving was also my mom’s birthday! So we had birthday cake along with our Thanksgiving meal. :)

Dad enjoyed lots of books with L & Z including hallmark The Night Before Christmas which he recorded his voice reading. It’s so cool.

Thanksgiving Thursday

Friday & Saturday we shopped, ate & ate, played, L & Z had dance parties with Nana & their Cici.

Jason & I escaped for a day date to see Hunger Games Catching Fire & a quick Boj’s lunch. Our first movie since the weekend before I went on hospital bed rest.

Lucy & Zach took baths in Nana’s big garden tub. Zach loved it & I think he’s going to be our lil fish. Lucy liked a quick duck tub {within the tub} bath then to watch.

Saturday, OIB starts off the Christmas holiday with a bunch of events. L&Z were napping during parade time & we skipped the floatila bc it was dinner/bath/bedtime. But we made it to the fire station for cookies & meeting Santa. LOL. It didn’t go so well! Poor L was hating it!
Friday and Saturday Thanksgiving

Sunday, we went to my grandparents’ church {where we were married} & L & Z did great playing I the children’s room while we worshiped & listened to Nana in the choir. Afterwards we finally remembered to take a four generations photo!
Four Coggins generations

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. Now onto Christmas holiday posts!

Beach Week

I’ve finally complied all my favorite photos from last week. Get ready for beach pics overload! A few are a little out of order as I made the collages by what was on my cell then ones from my SIL.

Zach slept most of the trip down Saturday. My view of the Atlantic from the back deck Saturday afternoon. Zach, J, Lucy & I at dinner Sunday night at River City Cafe.

Zach slept most of the trip down Saturday. My view of the Atlantic from the back deck Saturday afternoon. Zach, J, Lucy & I at dinner Sunday night at River City Cafe.

Lucy loved her cousins ~ especially Reid’s beard!

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Lucy & Reid Saturday night.

It rained every day we were in Surfside with my husband’s family. We tried to make the best of it though including playing in their tailgate style tent on the beach in the rain!

Sunday Zach touched the ocean for the first time. He wasn't a big fan. Lucy had a blast on her aunt Sissy's lap on our rainy beach morning.

Sunday Zach touched the ocean for the first time. He wasn’t a big fan. Lucy had a blast on her aunt Sissy’s lap on our rainy beach morning.

 

I escaped during afternoon naps &/or playtime with Dada & their Nana for some quiet beach reading. Thanks to Sara, I discovered side braids were Lucy-proof. Adventures in babies wrangling with Nana Monday night before dinner at Dead Dog Saloon!

I escaped during afternoon naps &/or playtime with Dada & their Nana for some quiet beach reading. Thanks to Sara, I discovered side braids were Lucy-proof. Adventures in babies wrangling with Nana Monday night before dinner at Dead Dog Saloon!

And when the sun did shine long enough to get us fed, bathing suited & sun screened, we hit the beach.

Monday morning naps with Nana then playing on the beach while we could.

Monday morning naps with Nana then playing on the beach while we could.

The babies enjoyed play time with their teenage/young adult cousins as well as dining out & eating off the kids’ menu! I had a great time soaking in the sun when I could, reading in the house while nursing/listening to the waves & playing Apples to Apples with everyone.

Tuesday was a rainy wash out ~ so we napped, ate, read & played instead.

Zach on Nana's lap on the porch Tuesday. Not sure when this photo of Felicity & Zach was taken but I love it.

Zach on Nana’s lap on the porch Tuesday.
Not sure when this photo of Felicity & Zach was taken but I love it.

A perfect day for Zach napping on the couch with his Papa & rocking with Dada. & for Lucy to nap on the deck {girl loved the ocean breezes!} with me.

A perfect day for Zach napping on the couch with his Papa & rocking with Dada. & for Lucy to nap on the deck {girl loved the ocean breezes!} with me.

Playing with their cousins Tuesday afternoon.

Playing with their cousins Tuesday afternoon.

We enjoyed a full day of sun on Wednesday & took advantage as best we could.

Beach day!

Beach day!

 

Wednesday we celebrated the almost 4th with a beach day then breaking out their chervon Lolly Wolly Doodle outfits for dinner at Inlet Crab House & a family photo.

Wednesday we celebrated the almost 4th with a beach day then breaking out their chervon Lolly Wolly Doodle outfits for dinner at Inlet Crab House & a family photo.

J wasn't feeling good after dinner, so I was grateful to their cousins for helping get Zach & Lucy ready for bed.

J wasn’t feeling good after dinner, so I was grateful to their cousins for helping get Zach & Lucy ready for bed.

We left Surfside during midmorning nap time & drove up to OIB where my parents & grandparents & the sunshine awaited us. We unpacked, ate lunch, sunscreened up & hit the beach!
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We had a happy July 4th beach afternoon complete with Lucy putting her feet in the ocean for the first time, Zach taking an epic nap on my Nana & Lucy playing her heart out in their baby pool.

Friday was a beautiful day, so we hit the beach early. Zach played in the sand & both played in the baby pool {no pics as I left my cell in the bag}. We went home in time for lunch & the babies napped with their Dada & Pops while Mom & I soaked in the afternoon sun.

I walked in the door around 415, grabbed Lucy & two steps later, she threw up & continued to do so for the next 45 mins til we got to a local after hours doctor. The cause- an epically bad ear infection without a fever but with puss drainage. A big, painful antibiotic shot & antinasuea shot later, she went to bed ok before waking up & proceeding to vomit every 1-2 hours throughout the night.

We made the decision in the wee morning hours to head home when she was stable with my parents following us home to help. We finally got her keeping down liquids {& thankfully making tears & drool & pee}.
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She slept almost the entire trip home. Slowly by Sun evening, she was up to normal amounts of milk & eating again too.

Husband told the doctor at her follow up appt Mon (still two ear infections & were doing a 10 day oral antibiotic) it was quite a hell of a week. And yes, we could have done without the rain, babies colds which they gave to his mom, most likely food poisoning for J & his Mom Wed night, & then Lucy’s ear infection/vomiting.

I’m much more of a look on the positive side person though, & I feel like there were many more fun times than bad ones. And in the future, I’m hoping we look back on the adverse moments with a laugh & focus more on the silly, unforgetable memories.

The babies & I loved spending time with his sister & her family. It was the first time for most of them meeting Lucy & Zach & it was so awesome to see 20+ year old guys rolling around with my littles.

Lucy & Zach light up at the sight of their Cici & Pops. Their relationships are so special to witness. We are lucky & blessed to have been able to get away for a week & see both families. And we are so blessed with our families & the help & love they generously provide to us & Lucy & Zach.

Happy {belated} Independence Day

Just getting back to reality after a week long beach vacation. {Did you catch my liberating working moms post on it?!}

I downloaded the photos from our dslr & realized these are all that are on there. I’ll update later this week with photos my sister-in-law took & ones from my cell.

Needless to say, we had a wonderful break from reality. It was a fabulous week full of family- both my ILs as well as my parents & grands.

As you might’ve seen from instagram/facebook, Lucy girl got sick Friday afternoon & we cut our trip a few hours short.

But Jason took these photos Thursday evening of me & my babies.

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Lucy & Momma OIB July 4th

Lucy & Momma 2

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July 4th OIB Zach, Lucy & Momma

July 4th OIB Zach, Lucy & Momma

Love the evening light! Love them! {posting from our new mini-laptop chrome book so excuse weird photo errors}

A New Definition of Fun

When I think back on the first months of mothering preemies to now there’s no comparison. I think back to where we were once too busy for anything including sleep. Too busy dealing with all the changes, all the challenges, all the hardships, all the life to find but fleeting moments of joy.

Not to say that now isn’t still hard, as it is, but these new challenges, new situations {like solids & adding in formula} I can roll with & they keep me on my toes. But these days are also filled with so many more moments of fun.

I think we’ve reached very fun age. These last months as Lucy & Zach are interacting more & more & sponging everything have been wild to watch. To be there the moments they push toy/walk for the first time. They walk holding our fingers. They open mouth laugh while being tickled & copy cat us making funny faces.

After my mom left last weekend, she was sad saying on the phone that she’d be missing out on the fun my dad & I would have with the babies this week. My dad laughed & said it’s hard to call this fun. {He’s the one who’s picked up handling laundry, dishes & bottle washing while I’m at work these two weeks. And also giving morning snuggles & Zach’s bedtime routine.}

After they hung up, I laughed & said to Dad, this is my version of fun. Playing with a tiny kitchen. Putting balls on a play table. Feeding babies. Making bottles. Washing diapers. Putting Lucy & Zach to bed. It’s now my evening fun. And what choice do I have? As I said, this is my life; I have to call it fun or go a lil crazy.

Hard but Fun

Wrangling two babies while I make bottles is crazy, hard & fun!

So as I juggle holding & hugging two before & after working a full time day job, paying bills {including still fighting with my health ins company & hospital over maternity bills} & making dinners, I can say that not every moment is fun. Trust me, Lucy was the only one really having fun still being awake Sunday night at 1030p! But it was fun that she was blowing raspberries, making kissy fish faces & clapping she was so impressed with herself afterward.

That is my new defition of fun. And I’ll take it.

{Today marks one year since Zach’s water broke which was the catalyst that began my 2 weeks of bed-rest followed by their birth. Be prepared for more sappy posts as I reflect on their first year here & my first year of motherhood.}

Brunch with Papa

This past weekend was a busy one for me & Lucy & Zach. We were all in Charlotte for my good friend B’s wedding. I was lucky enough to be a bridesmaid so I was running back & forth from wedding events uptown & loving/hugging/nursing babies who were being watched by my parents & my Papa at his condo/near by hotel room. I will post later this week on the wedding {those photos are on the husband’s phone since mine died}.

But I did remember to charge my phone Saturday night & took a few sweet photos while we brunched with Papa & his friends at their club house. We had a private room which was fabulous & also meant that we weren’t worried about the babies being loud {they weren’t} or a distraction {they were, but a good one}. After everyone ate, Lucy & Zach were passed around the table for giggles. Lucy especially loved it when Papa tried to nibble on her toes too.

Cypress Brunch, Lucy & Zach style

Cypress Brunch, Lucy & Zach style

We walked the fully, sleepy babies back to the condo where we quickly packed up. And took this shot of our four generations!

Four Generations: Papa, Cici, me, Lucy & Zach

Four Generations: Papa, Cici, me, Lucy & Zach

Lucy & Zach were asleep before we got on the highway & both slept until minutes before we got home. Score!