Thursday, December 26, 2013

santa came to town!


this year is the first year the twins have really grasped who santa is, so it was fun playing along and telling them about santa claus this holiday season. they still don't really know why he gives presents to kids, but they love him for doing it! on christmas eve we went to my sister's house for dinner and decorated cupcakes for baby Jesus' (made up, haha) birthday. we also brought down the nativity scene and told them the story of Jesus' birth and then watched this video.


the girls LOVE to dress up in fancy dresses and are so mad when i never let them sleep in them. i've been looking online for cute nightgowns, but never found any that were super cute and less than $50 each (seriously?!). their room gets quite warm in the summer and winter, so they don't need thick and heavy sleepwear, so these little nightgowns i made them are perfect. they couldn't love them more! they took them off for their bath last night, but i'm not ashamed to admit that they still have them on. the bodice is from this pattern, but i changed it a little bit. instead of silk i used cotton and didn't add the tulle or flower broach. 



santa brought the girls games and wooden toys.


and candy, of course.


olivia wears glasses all day, every day, but i'm kind of glad she wasn't wearing them in these photos. she is absolutely adorable in her glasses, but there's something about a little face right after they've awoken from a good sleep. like this picture below of olivia. she looks so beautiful. there's one below of stella too. they're such sweet little girls.


the twins and i went out on a mommy/daughter date before christmas and picked out some toys for ezra. we settled on this police car (just like papa used to have) and a really cool radio flyer ride-on car that transforms into a scooter when ezra's a little older.




this girl is always on the move, so i was totally shocked when she stopped right in front of me and the camera and just smiled. love my silly girl.



stella is eating her fruit snacks from her stocking an holding onto her stuff so her brother doesn't get it. :)



we had such a wonderful morning opening presents. i'll be so sad to pack away the colorful christmas decor and the twins' first tree of their own.


we had such a great christmas and hope you did too!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

i cry EVERYTIME i get our family pictures back.

please tell me i'm not the only one?! i cry good, happy tears because i love seeing these moments captured and frozen in time.

my good friend stephanie of stephanie ryan photography took our yearly fall family pictures and i don't know how she does it, but she just keeps getting better every time! stephanie has taken pictures for us when ezra was a newbornwhen i was pregnant with ezra, when the twins were a year old, and when the twins were newborns. she also took these photos for candy kirby designs.  now prepare yourself for photo overload, i couldn't stop adding more! the colors are just so dreamy.


























there is nothing i love more than this family of mine. we sure know how to drive each other crazy sometimes, but when we love, we love hard. :)

the twins are three!

my sweet and sassy little twins are three.

when i was writing ezra's birth story post, i went through photos from when we were in the hospital and could believe how little and young the twins seemed! they were wearing teeny little 18 month leggings {i remember weird things} and it was before olivia's first REAL haircut. they were still in diapers! {yup, they're finally potty trained! woohoo!} looking back i'm surprised at how surprised i am at how young they were. it's like the cliche of cliches. it just blows my mind because now they're talking in rambling paragraphs and say things like, "you're crazy, mom!" {yes! ALREADY! heaven help me for the teenage years.}

i was originally planning a fun play date birthday party for them, but the days were flying by and hurdling toward their birthday before i could even think of a design for an invitation. we just got back from a three day trip to disneyland {more on that later} and i wanted to just have a fun and laid back day with them. so we stayed home and they helped me make their cakes and just hung out before they went out with their daddy. {ezra likes to take one nap from 12-4 every day, so it limits our daytime outings. earl travels a lot during the week and gets to spend some nice 2-on-1 time with his girls on the weekends.}

olivia loves wall-e and robots, so i got her a cute wall-e figurine for her cake. she requested a pink cake, so i made her a vanilla cake with fresh raspberry buttercream. it was yummmmmmy.


stella loves cats, so naturally her cake topper was a bunch of little cats. she wanted a white cake, so she got a vanilla cake with cream cheese buttercream. another totally yummy cake.


whenever i meet adult twins, i always ask them about what bothered them about being a twin. one time a girl told me how she hated that she always had to share her birthday cake with her twin. i vowed then that my girls would always have their own cakes. they already have to share so much, more than traditional siblings, so their own cake on their birthday seemed totally doable. i bought some 6" round cake tins for their 2nd birthday and think i probably should have invested in some 4" ones. haha. there's always so much cake afterward!


i bought a ton of fun beads from this etsy shop to make necklaces with the girls. i got their capelets and stella's kitty cat dress from joyfolie. these girls LOVE balloons, so i got them some fun "3" balloons to run around with.






they had such a fun day. i'm so happy they are so easy to please at this age! i'm looking forward to them learning and growing more this year. after their birthday we learned that olivia is extremely farsighted and needs to wear glasses all day, every day. we had no idea that nearly everything she was seeing was incredibly blurry. i'm happy she has glasses now and can't wait to see her world literally open up for her. below is a video of her getting her glasses put on for the first time. it warms my heart and makes me want to cry at the same time. we are so lucky to have good doctors and the ability to get her the glasses she needs.

{this video made it to the popular page on instagram! that cutie pie!}

{photo from stephanie ryan photography}

stella didn't want to pose for any pictures for me on her birthday because she wanted to play inside with her balloon. stella says the silliest phrases to me all the time and she loves jumping around and climbing on ANYTHING. the girls have been in dance {ballet and tap} since the beginning of summer and i'm excited to get them into gymnastics. i have a feeling that stella will really, really love it. 

i'm a better person having these girls in my life and am challenged by them every day. i love them to the moon and back. happy third birthday, stella and olivia!


Saturday, November 23, 2013

ezra's birth story

ezra james turned one a month ago. he's now considered a toddler! i'm in denial. he's still a baby. and to keep me thinking about his babyness, {it's a word...kind of.} i'm going to now share his birth story. it may totally be boring to the average person, but i'd like it documented in my little space on the internet.

i had a fabulous nurse in labor & delivery that i actually went to high school with. we didn't hang out in the same circles, so i didn't know her that well, but she's a gem. good nurses really make all the difference! she literally had my back in the OR when the mean anesthesiologist kept hitting my nerves {FOUR times!} while giving me my spinal. i was crying and the guy was practically yelling at me. i'm not even exaggerating, he was so mean. my nurse told him to give me a break because every time he would hit a nerve and send "zinggggggggs" down my spine and legs it would shock me. she was the best. i love it when people don't make you feel stupid for crying. :) 



the twins' birth was amazing and wonderful, but i also knew that there were things i would change if i ever had another chance. so i did that this time and it made ALL the difference. last time the girls were taken to get checked out right away {which makes total sense, they were premature twins after all!}, but this time ezra got to stay in the OR with us the entire time. it was so nice. i said 'no visitors' in the recovery room, which made this birth so much more relaxing. with the twins we had family members in the hall and in our room when i was being wheeled out of the OR and it was all so overwhelming {first major surgery, first birth, first spinal, it was ALL overwhelming!).  those were the main two things that made this birth so peaceful, but i'm getting ahead of myself. here's the story...

we arrived at the hospital and checked in. while i was signing the necessary forms, earl turned to me and said, "it's a boy." i was all wwwhhhhaaaaaaa?! {we didn't find out the gender of the baby, we wanted it to be a surprise!} he said that he saw the baby and it was a boy. since i felt like this baby was a boy the whole time, it got me even more excited to meet our baby.

we went upstairs, i changed into my hospital gown, got poked my an intern who popped my {really good} vein, went to the OR, met the mean anesthesiologist and things got crackin'. when it came time for my doctor to pull the baby out, he couldn't get him out! they must have used the same size incision that they did with the twins and it was totally not big enough. a lot of pulling and pressure later, he still wasn't out. the had to get the suction to pull him out! that had me kinda freaked out, but luckily they were quick about it and got him out. they held him up and said, "ok dad, say what it is!" earl looked at ezra with the biggest love in his eyes and said, "IT'S A BOY! and he's BIG!" i instantly started crying and then ezra started crying and it was all so perfect. they wrapped him up, showed him to me, then took him over to get weighed and cleaned up. earl was over there with him, snapping away with my camera as i was getting sewn up. these are his shots:


once we were wheeled into our room we cuddled and did our skin-to-skin time. i didn't want to let my little man go! i couldn't believe he was finally here. and that he was almost 8 pounds {7lbs 15oz}. and he had so much hair! he was so perfect. i kept saying, "we have a BOY. we have a SON!" over and over and over. we had the name ezra picked out forever, so seeing our little ezra was so surreal.

our hospital stay was lovely {my bomb nurse got us a private room} and the cherry on top was when the twins got to come and meet their baby brother for the first time. they loved seeing the baby, but i think they loved my window that overlooked the pond outside even more. they kept trying to open the window to go outside! crazy girls.



when we had the twins i was a lot more hormonal and emotional. this time i was a lot more relaxed. ezra was such a good little sleeper that he stayed in our room the entire time we were in the hospital. when the twins were born i sent them to the nursery a few times so i could get some sleep, but because we're practically professionals at handling babies now, we kept ezra with us. i can't believe i had three babies in less than 23 months. i have a pretttttty good feeling that will NOT be repeated. it was/can be absolutely chaotic having so many kids so close in age, but i feel like now that ezra is one and the twins are almost three that it will be so great in the long run.



so now he's one.



he only has two bottom teeth and his two top teeth are coming in. so many babies have full on grills, but not little man. he swallows a lot of food whole. his poor tummy!



he isn't walking yet, but he can take two steps before falling on his bottom.
he will only eat green beans if they're from a can. i know. totally gross.
he likes his milk cold.
he loves bread, kidney beans, cheerios, goldfish crackers, and basically anything on my plate. if it's on his plate, it's somewhat undesirable. it must taste so much better from my plate.
he smiles more than any baby i've ever known. i just look at him and he smiles.



he's a petite little dude, but he's long. hopefully he'll be tall!
he loves to clap his hands, shake his head "no" and wave.
he freaks out if he can't see me. total mamas boy.



he now hates hats. such a bummer! i'm working on it though. it's getting cold! he needs his head covered.



he refuses to eat bananas. he used to refuse purees and smooth food, but he's slowly making progress there. he'll eat ice cream, yogurt and applesauce now, which is kind of a huge deal. when he was around six months old he wouldn't eat any form of table food. it wouldn't have been a problem if he wasn't losing weight and in the 4th percentile for weight. it was a scary, scary time. he wouldn't drink formula or pedia-sure or anything that could possibly get his weight up. he finally allowed bread in his diet {panera's asiago cheese bread to be exact} and has slowly turned into a good little eater. pizza is his love language and he can eat three pieces in one sitting. we're in trouble for his teen years!


he has such a fun little personality and such a sweet disposition.


i can't wait to see the little boy he turns out to be. we're so, so lucky he's ours.


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