First time cooking

First Haircut

I finally caved in and took Abigail to get her haircut. I kept waffling about whether I wanted to get her bangs cut, or just try to grow them out. But her hair is growing soooooo slooooow. Her hair was always getting in her eyes, and it was getting quite unruly in the back and on the sides too. Abigail did a great job sitting still. (Well, mostly still...) She now has bangs that don't get in her eyes, and little more shape to her overall 'do. This picture isn't great, but you get the idea...

At a cookout with Becca

Watching a caterpillar

Ring around the rosie cream bar!

Friday at the park

Ultrasound pics

Here are some of the ultrasound pictures. In case you can't tell, they show Baby B's profile, Baby A's face and tummy, Baby B's face and tummy, then Baby A's "gender determination" (in that order).

You can click on any image to view full-size.

Surprise, Surprise!

WE'RE HAVING TWINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, you read that right. We found out during our sonogram today that there's not just "a" baby in there, but there are TWO babies! Twins!

Backstory (Some Cool History): Prior to my pregnancy with Abigail, we lost a baby to miscarriage (in 2004). Shortly after that time, Aaron and I both thought "It would be cool to have twins." So, we prayed and asked the Lord for twins. Clearly the Lord has answered that prayer. It was a little delayed from what we were thinking, and definitely came as a surprise, but it is like a kiss from God! He heard the cry of our hearts, and He answered with a double blessing.

Story (How We Got the News): Today was my first prenatal appointment. I am 17 weeks pregnant, so that's quite late to be starting prenatal care. We went in for a sonogram right away. (Aaron was there for that part of the appointment). The tech squirted the cold gel on my belly and barely even started to take a look at things. She probably had moved the wand around for about two seconds when she stopped, took a breath, and asked "Have you had any care yet for this pregnancy?" I responded - "No, this is my first appointment" - and in the mere seconds that it took for me to say that and for her to she speak again, I was thinking "Oh, Lord! She already saw something that she's concerned about? What on earth could be so bad that she would see it within two seconds??" Thankfully, she didn't wait to respond "Well. It's twins." Aaron and I both said something exclamatory, smiled, looked at each other, and grinned goofy grins. We kept saying "Oh my gosh, we're having twins!" while alternating between joy and shock.

Stats (The Basic Info): Both babies are looking healthy and are normal size. Probably about half a pound each. They are both measuring just a little bit ahead of their gestational age...just like Abigail did throughout most of my pregnancy with her. "Baby A" is a girl. "Baby B" appeared to be a girl as well, but it was less clear. We're going to wait for the next ultrasound and hope we get a better view before calling it for sure. My due date is August 28, but it's very rare for twins to go full term. The midwives would like to see me get to at least 34-36 weeks, so basically anytime after mid-July is the "safe zone" for delivery, so to speak.

Thoughts (Our Reaction): We were thrilled and shocked, all in a moment. Our overwhelming reaction is joy. We are so blessed, so excited. We're still thrilled, and still definitely trying to grasp the reality of it all. We are just starting to think about all that this means for our family. Our planning process will look very different that we thought it would. The arrival of two babies at once has some significant ramifications on the practical realm. And on the heart!

Prayers, please!: We would appreciate your prayers as the pregnancy continues. Of course, our first and foremost request is that both babies be born healthy, with no complications. I will share other specific requests as time goes on...but at this point, general "health" is pretty much what we want. In the practical realm, we will be needing to find a larger vehicle. We currently drive a little Hyundai Accent, which we love. But there is absolutely no way that we could fit three car seats in the back. We are praying that the Lord will provide the right vehicle, at the right time.

So, that's the big news 'round here! Thanks for celebrating with us!

I will try to find a way to post some ultrasound pictures soon.

Pretty face

Big Girl Bed

I am so proud of Abigail! She has been sleeping in her "big-girl bed" for three nights, and she is doing soooo awesome. (It's still actually her crib, but with one of the sides taken off. We're going to buy a twin bed soon and move her into that.)

We knew we needed transition Abigail out of her crib soon because the baby** will need the crib. We wanted the transition to be well established long before baby's arrival, so Abigail didn't feel like she got "kicked out". I had been dreading the day that Abigail was no longer contained by her crib. I thought it was going to be a total nightmare and battle of the wills to keep her in bed. When she learned how to climb out of her crib a week or two ago, we decided that we needed to make the move as soon as possible.

Three days ago we switched the crib into toddler-bed mode. Not one time has Abigail gotten out of bed when she's supposed to be sleeping. Naptime and nighttime have both gone smoothly. Now I'm excited to get the real big-girl bed for her, and have her help me pick out some fun new bedding. Yay!

**Speaking of baby...we have an appointment for an ultrasound on Wednesday. We have decided that we will find out the gender if we can. So, we have have an announcement on Wednesday!

Helping in the garden

Friends R Fun

Boon. Buff. Boot.

Abigail and her "boon" (Abigailese for "balloon")

Today, I heard some funny noises coming from the living room. As I looked in, I saw Abigail rearranging the furniture. Yep, she was moving the couches all by herself!

Aren't these boots cute? Abigail always asks to wear boots, so I picked up these at a garage sale for cheap.

In my attempt to get a picture of the cute boots, I angered Abigail by refusing to let her play with the camera. In the interest of full disclosure, I thought I'd show you how she was really feeling in the picture that I cropped for the boot shot.

Backyard Adventures

A-B-I-G-A-I-L, coloring

Abigail is learning how to spell her name. And she loves to color.